Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius


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Doctor Who and the Brain of MorbiusDoctor Who and the Brain of Morbius
Doctor Who and the Brain of MorbiusDoctor Who and the Brain of Morbius


BOOK DETAILS

Pages 140
ISBN 0-426-11674-4
Publication Date 23 June 1977

SYNOPSIS

1977 Target Books edition

Why do so many spaceships crashland on Karn, a bleak, lonely and seemingly deserted planet?

Are they doomed by the mysterious powers of the strange, black-robed Sisterhood, jealously guarding their secret of eternal life? Or does the mad Dr Solon, for some evil purpose of his own, need the bodies of the victims? And more especially, the body of DOCTOR WHO …

1991 Target Books edition

MAREN LEANED FORWARD AND GAZED INTO THE CRYSTAL. ‘NOW IS THE MOMENT, SISTER. THE TIME LORD SLEEPS, HE CANNOT PROTECT HIMSELF AGAINST US…’

On the bleak and lonely planet of Karn, the mysterious Sisterhood guards the Sacredits Flame, from which the Elixir of Life comes. But the Flame is dying…

Elsewhere on the planet, the renegade Time Lord Morbius awaits the creation of a monstrous new body which will give him the power to rule the Galaxy.

This is a novelisation by Terrance Dicks of his own script which he wrote under the pseuodonym Robin Bland. The author of over sixty Doctor Who novelisations, Terrance Dicks was script editor of the series for five years.

Doctor Who – The Brain of Morbius is available on BBC Video and has recently been broadcast on BSB television.

NOTES

CHAPTER TITLES

  1. A Graveyard of Spaceships
  2. The Keepers of the Flame
  3. The Horror Behind the Curtain
  4. Captive of the Flame
  5. Sarah to the Rescue
  6. The Horror in the Crypt
  7. Solon’s Trap
  8. The Doctor Makes a Bargain
  9. The Monster Walks
  10. Monster on the Rampage
  11. Deathlock!
  12. A Time Lord Spell

DEVIATIONS FROM THE STORY


  • Extra characterisation and background of Morbius’ original attack on Karn is expanded upon. The Sisterhood betrayed them to Morbius and was punished by losing her elixir, causing her to age to death.
  • The Mutt is clearly established as having nothing to do with Solos.
  • The Sisterhood are described as wearing black robes, rather than the traditional red-orange.
  • It is mentioned that Solon has made many busts of Morbius, destroying each when it failed to be perfect.
  • The Doctor says goodbye to Sarah before going back to the Sisterhood.
  • The Doctor’s faulty logic regarding being left locked up if the plan doesn’t work is corrected, instead, he and Sarah say the plan will have worked if no-one comes down to gloat.
  • The Doctor attempts to use the dart gun against the revived Morbius only for him to crush it.
  • Maren telepathically guides the Sisterhood in their attack on Rhe Doctor.

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