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The King of Terror was the thirty-sixth novel in the BBC Past Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Keith Topping, released 6 November 2000 and featured the Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka, Vislor Turlough and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

Publisher's summary[]

All this useless beauty. All these great leaps forward. And for what? So that the first alien with an advanced degree in interplanetary warfare can take it all from you?

As the millennium draws to a close, the future of humankind hinges on the activities of one multimedia company, InterCom. Suspecting that old mistakes are being repeated, the Brigadier asks the Doctor and his companions to investigate the company's Los Angeles headquarters. But their infiltration is disrupted by the murderous games of terrorists seeking the fulfilment of age-old prophecies.

While the Doctor and UNIT encounter aliens in the boardroom, Tegan meets a pop star, Turlough finds himself a victim of his own desires and Los Angeles becomes a war zone in which humanity is merely a helpless bystander.


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Food and drinks[]

  • Tegan drinks vodka and orange juice.
  • Turlough drinks eight beers in a bar in Los Angeles.
  • When UNIT was based in its second or third London HQ in Marble Arch, the Brigadier used to buy a bacon and cheese roll with a cup of tea for ninety-nine pence from Signor Graziani's coffee shop.


  • This book is also available as an ebook from the Amazon Kindle store.
  • During a conversation, UNIT soldiers make reference to a crisis known as "the Death of Yesterday", where a captain with a notable lisp gave the order to "Westwain the Waston Wawwiow Wobot!"
  • This story is set between The Awakening and Frontios.


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