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|release date= [[18 May (releases)|18 May]] [[1989 (releases)|1989]]<br />[[23 January (releases)|23 January]] [[1992 (releases)|1992]] (reissue)
 
|release date= [[18 May (releases)|18 May]] [[1989 (releases)|1989]]<br />[[23 January (releases)|23 January]] [[1992 (releases)|1992]] (reissue)
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|isbn= ISBN 0-426-20334-8
 
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'''''The Nightmare Fair''''', published in [[1989 (releases)|1989]], was the first release in the [[Target Books]] spin-off line, [[Target Missing Episodes]]. This line novelised scripts commissioned for [[Season 23]] before the [[BBC (real world)|BBC]] decided to put ''[[Doctor Who]]'' on hiatus for eighteen months in [[1985 (production)|1985]]-[[1986 (production)|1986]]. When the series returned, it was decided to do a season-long arc called [[TV]]: ''[[The Trial of a Time Lord]]'' and the originally commissioned Season 23 serials were abandoned.
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'''''The Nightmare Fair''''', published in [[1989 (releases)|1989]], was the first release in the [[Target Books]] spin-off line, [[Target Missing Episodes]]. This line novelised scripts commissioned for [[Season 23]] before the [[BBC]] decided to put ''[[Doctor Who]]'' on hiatus for eighteen months in [[1985 (production)|1985]]-[[1986 (production)|1986]]. When the series returned, it was decided to do a season-long arc called ''[[The Trial of a Time Lord]]'', and the originally commissioned Season 23 serials were abandoned.
   
 
[[Big Finish Productions]] released [[The Nightmare Fair (audio story)|an audio version]] as part of their ''[[The Lost Stories]]'' line.
 
[[Big Finish Productions]] released [[The Nightmare Fair (audio story)|an audio version]] as part of their ''[[The Lost Stories]]'' line.
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== Publisher's summary ==
 
== Publisher's summary ==
 
=== 1989 edition ===
 
=== 1989 edition ===
''On Wednesday [[27 February (production)|27 February]] [[1985 (production)|1985]] the [[BBC (real world)|BBC]] announced that their longest running [[science fiction|sci-fi]] series, [[Doctor Who]], was to be suspended. Anxious fans worldwide, worried that this might mean an end to the [[Time Lord]]'s travels, flooded the [[BBC (real world)|BBC]] with letters of protest. Eighteen months later the show returned to the [[television|TV]] screens.''
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''On Wednesday [[27 February (production)|27 February]] [[1985 (production)|1985]] the [[BBC]] announced that their longest running [[science fiction|sci-fi]] series, [[Doctor Who]], was to be suspended. Anxious fans worldwide, worried that this might mean an end to the [[Time Lord]]'s travels, flooded the BBC with letters of protest. Eighteen months later the show returned to the [[television|TV]] screens.''
   
 
''But missing from [[the Doctor]]'s adventures was the series that would have been made and shown during those lost eighteen months. Now, available for the first time as a book, is one of those stories: '''The Nightmare Fair'''.''
 
''But missing from [[the Doctor]]'s adventures was the series that would have been made and shown during those lost eighteen months. Now, available for the first time as a book, is one of those stories: '''The Nightmare Fair'''.''
   
Drawn into 'the nexus of the [[primeval]] cauldron of [[Space]]-[[Time]] itself,' the [[Sixth Doctor]] and [[Peri Brown|Peri]] are somewhat surprised to find themselves at [[Blackpool]] Pleasure Beach.
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Drawn into 'the nexus of the primeval cauldron of [[Space]]-[[Time]] itself,' [[Sixth Doctor|the Doctor]] and [[Peri Brown|Peri]] are somewhat surprised to find themselves at [[Blackpool Pleasure Beach]].
   
 
Is it really just chance that has brought them to the [[funfair]]? Or is their arrival somehow connected with the sinister presence of a rather familiar [[Celestial Toymaker|Chinese Mandarin]]?
 
Is it really just chance that has brought them to the [[funfair]]? Or is their arrival somehow connected with the sinister presence of a rather familiar [[Celestial Toymaker|Chinese Mandarin]]?
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"How often do I have to win before you give up?" the [[Sixth Doctor]] demanded with a sigh. "Oh lots," replied the Mandarin...
 
"How often do I have to win before you give up?" the [[Sixth Doctor]] demanded with a sigh. "Oh lots," replied the Mandarin...
   
In [[February (production)|February]] [[1985 (production)|1985]] the [[BBC (real world)|BBC]] announced that their longest-running [[science fiction|SF]] series, ''[[Doctor Who]]'' was to be suspended. Anxious fans worldwide, worried that this might put an end to the [[Time Lord]]'s longevity, flooded the [[BBC (real world)|BBC]] with letters of protest. Eighteen months later the show returned to the [[television|TV]] screens.
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In [[February (production)|February]] [[1985 (production)|1985]] the [[BBC]] announced that their longest-running [[science fiction|SF]] series, ''[[Doctor Who]]'' was to be suspended. Anxious fans worldwide, worried that this might put an end to the [[Time Lord]]'s longevity, flooded the BBC with letters of protest. Eighteen months later the show returned to the TV screens.
   
 
But missing from [[the Doctor]]'s adventures was the series and would have been made and shown during those eighteen months, and contained in this volume is one of those stories: THE NIGHTMARE FAIR.
 
But missing from [[the Doctor]]'s adventures was the series and would have been made and shown during those eighteen months, and contained in this volume is one of those stories: THE NIGHTMARE FAIR.
   
Drawn into the nexus of the [[primeval]] caudron itself, [[the Doctor]] and [[Peri Brown|Peri]] are somewhat surprised to find themselves at [[Blackpool]] Pleasure Beach.
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Drawn into the nexus of the primeval caudron itself, the Doctor and [[Peri Brown|Peri]] are somewhat surprised to find themselves at [[Blackpool Pleasure Beach]].
   
 
Is it really just chance that has brought them to the funfair? Or is their arrival somehow connected with the sinister presence of a rather familiar [[Celestial Toymaker|Chinese Mandarin?]]....
 
Is it really just chance that has brought them to the funfair? Or is their arrival somehow connected with the sinister presence of a rather familiar [[Celestial Toymaker|Chinese Mandarin?]]....
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== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
* The original ending of the [[season 22|1985 series]] finale, [[TV]]: ''[[Revelation of the Daleks]]'', had [[the Doctor]] telling [[Peri]] he was going to take her to [[Blackpool]]. Before broadcast, however, the decision was made to [[freeze frame]] [[the Doctor]] before he says this, thus removing '[[Blackpool]]' and leaving the end of the sentence a mystery. [[Graham Williams|Williams]]' novelisation of the serial does not, therefore, take its lead from the original ending of [[Revelation of the Daleks|''Revelation'']]. At the start of this novel, [[the Doctor's TARDIS|the&nbsp;TARDIS]] is drawn into "the nexus of the [[primeval]] cauldron of [[Space]]-[[Time]] itself" and he and [[Peri]] are surprised to find themselves in [[Blackpool]].
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* The original ending of the [[season 22|1985 series]] finale, [[TV]]: ''[[Revelation of the Daleks]]'', had [[the Doctor]] telling [[Peri Brown|Peri]] he was going to take her to [[Blackpool]]. Before broadcast, however, the decision was made to [[freeze frame]] [[the Doctor]] before he says this, thus removing '[[Blackpool]]' and leaving the end of the sentence a mystery. [[Graham Williams|Williams]]' novelisation of the serial does not, therefore, take its lead from the original ending of [[Revelation of the Daleks|''Revelation'']]. At the start of this novel, [[the Doctor's TARDIS|the TARDIS]] is drawn into "the nexus of the primeval cauldron of [[Space]]-[[Time]] itself" and he and [[Peri Brown|Peri]] are surprised to find themselves in [[Blackpool]].
 
* [[PROSE]]: ''[[Divided Loyalties]]'' ends with the [[Celestial Toymaker|Toymaker]] telling his companion Stefan "I'll take you to [[Blackpool]]", both setting up this story and pastiching the original end of [[Revelation of the Daleks|''Revelation'']].
 
* [[PROSE]]: ''[[Divided Loyalties]]'' ends with the [[Celestial Toymaker|Toymaker]] telling his companion Stefan "I'll take you to [[Blackpool]]", both setting up this story and pastiching the original end of [[Revelation of the Daleks|''Revelation'']].
   
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== Associated Images ==
 
== Associated Images ==
 
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File:NightmareFairAlt.jpg|1992 edition
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File:NightmareFairAlt.jpg|1992 edition
 
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== Audio adaptations ==
 
== Audio adaptations ==
 
[[File:NightmareFairCD.jpg|thumb]]
 
[[File:NightmareFairCD.jpg|thumb]]
In 2003 an unofficial audio drama adaptation of the novel/[[television|TV]] script was produced by [[Argolis]]. Produced in two episodes on a single CD, the production was released as a charity fund-raiser for [[Sense]], and included liner notes by [[Anthony Read]], who chose the charity. The CD cover does not identify it as a ''[[Doctor Who]]'' story, but rather gives the overall title as ''[[Series X]]''.
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In 2003 an unofficial audio drama adaptation of the novel/[[television|TV]] script was produced by [[Argolis]]. Produced in two episodes on a single CD, the production was released as a [[charity publication|charity fund-raiser]] for [[Sense]], and included liner notes by [[Anthony Read]], who chose the charity. The CD cover does not identify it as a ''[[Doctor Who]]'' story, but rather gives the overall title as ''[[Series X]]''.
   
 
In November 2009, an official [[The Nightmare Fair (audio story)|full cast audio drama]] adaptation was released by [[Big Finish Productions]]. It was the first in a spin-off series called ''[[The Lost Stories]]'' which adapted stories planned for [[television]] production, specifically the aborted Season 23, but never made.
 
In November 2009, an official [[The Nightmare Fair (audio story)|full cast audio drama]] adaptation was released by [[Big Finish Productions]]. It was the first in a spin-off series called ''[[The Lost Stories]]'' which adapted stories planned for [[television]] production, specifically the aborted Season 23, but never made.
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Latest revision as of 15:36, January 22, 2020

RealWorld

The Nightmare Fair, published in 1989, was the first release in the Target Books spin-off line, Target Missing Episodes. This line novelised scripts commissioned for Season 23 before the BBC decided to put Doctor Who on hiatus for eighteen months in 1985-1986. When the series returned, it was decided to do a season-long arc called The Trial of a Time Lord, and the originally commissioned Season 23 serials were abandoned.

Big Finish Productions released an audio version as part of their The Lost Stories line.

Publisher's summary Edit

1989 edition Edit

On Wednesday 27 February 1985 the BBC announced that their longest running sci-fi series, Doctor Who, was to be suspended. Anxious fans worldwide, worried that this might mean an end to the Time Lord's travels, flooded the BBC with letters of protest. Eighteen months later the show returned to the TV screens.

But missing from the Doctor's adventures was the series that would have been made and shown during those lost eighteen months. Now, available for the first time as a book, is one of those stories: The Nightmare Fair.

Drawn into 'the nexus of the primeval cauldron of Space-Time itself,' the Doctor and Peri are somewhat surprised to find themselves at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Is it really just chance that has brought them to the funfair? Or is their arrival somehow connected with the sinister presence of a rather familiar Chinese Mandarin?

1992 edition Edit

"How often do I have to win before you give up?" the Sixth Doctor demanded with a sigh. "Oh lots," replied the Mandarin...

In February 1985 the BBC announced that their longest-running SF series, Doctor Who was to be suspended. Anxious fans worldwide, worried that this might put an end to the Time Lord's longevity, flooded the BBC with letters of protest. Eighteen months later the show returned to the TV screens.

But missing from the Doctor's adventures was the series and would have been made and shown during those eighteen months, and contained in this volume is one of those stories: THE NIGHTMARE FAIR.

Drawn into the nexus of the primeval caudron itself, the Doctor and Peri are somewhat surprised to find themselves at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Is it really just chance that has brought them to the funfair? Or is their arrival somehow connected with the sinister presence of a rather familiar Chinese Mandarin?....

Characters Edit

Notes Edit

Continuity Edit

Associated Images Edit

Audio adaptations Edit

NightmareFairCD

In 2003 an unofficial audio drama adaptation of the novel/TV script was produced by Argolis. Produced in two episodes on a single CD, the production was released as a charity fund-raiser for Sense, and included liner notes by Anthony Read, who chose the charity. The CD cover does not identify it as a Doctor Who story, but rather gives the overall title as Series X.

In November 2009, an official full cast audio drama adaptation was released by Big Finish Productions. It was the first in a spin-off series called The Lost Stories which adapted stories planned for television production, specifically the aborted Season 23, but never made.

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