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This topic might have a better name.

Much like Scratchman (novelisation) and Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen (novelisation), also based on unproduced serials, shouldn't this be The Ultimate Evil (novelisation)?

Talk about it here.


The Ultimate Evil was a novel published in 1989 based on the unproduced TV story of the same name. It was written by Wally K Daly.

30 years later, in 2019, it was adapted into an audio story with the same name.

Publisher's summary[]

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 Ultimate Evil.

With the TARDIS working perfectly the Doctor and Peri find themselves at something of a loose end. A holiday in Tranquela, a peace-loving country where there has been no war for over fifty years, seems the ideal solution.

Unfortunately their visit coincides with that of an unscrupulous arms dealer — the Machiavellian Dwarf Mordant...



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  • The Ultimate Evil was, until November 2019, one of only three stories from the aborted Season 23 that was not adapted by Big Finish Productions' The Lost Stories line. This was because a suitable agreement could not be reached with the story's author, Wally K Daly.
  • Daly recorded an unabridged audiobook of the story himself for the RNIB in 2011. It is only available to the registered blind.
  • A cover proof exists with the Missing Episodes logo reading The Missing Stories instead.


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