|Publication Date||20 March 1980|
Chanting hooded figures gather inside a ring of ancient stones, using rituals of blood sacrifice to awaken the sleeping evil of the Ogri.
Fourth Doctor and Romana go from the countryside of present day England to a deep-space cruiser trapped in hyperspace in their attempt to track down an alien criminal, and unravel the mystery of the Stones of Blood.
Luckily they have the help of the faithful K9 …
`Terrance Dicks is a skilful professional storyteller …. He has deftly recaptured the programme’s popular blend of hectic menace and humorous self-mockery’ BRITISH BOOK NEWS
- The Awakening of the Ogri
- The Circle of Power
- De Vries
- The Sacrifice
- The Ogri Attack
- The Cailleach
- The Vanished
- The Prison Ship
- The Victims
- The Trial
- Surprise Witness
DEVATIONS FROM THE TELEVISED STORY
The Doctor keeps the Key to Time in a safe in the TARDIS control room opened by his palm print, rather than in a side room.
Rumford believes The Doctor is a scientist named Cornish Fougous, the result of mishearing the on-screen dialogue where she believes he wrote a paper on Cornish fougous.
Martha is given back story as a local schoolteacher who joined the Druids because of her friendship with De Vries. She suggests They escape to Plymouth.
There is no mention of Vivien Fay having silver skin in hyperspace.
The Nine Travellers contains nine stones, at least until three turn out to be Ogri.
Rumford agreeing with The Doctor’s assessment of Einstein is omitted.
The Doctor ruminates on his acquaintances with Julius Caesar and Tacitus.
The Megara are described as glowing spheres about the size of footballs. The Doctor dubs them Megara One and Megara Two.
Romana attaches the third segment to the rest of the Key at the climax.