Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters


Carnival of Monsters

Carnival of Monsters


Pages 125
ISBN 0-426-11025-0
Publication Date 20 January 1977


1977 Target Books edition

The Doctor and Jo land on a cargo ship crossing the Indian Ocean in the year 1926.

Or so they think.

Far away on a planet called Inter Minor, a travelling showman is setting up his live peepshow, watched by an eager audience of space officials

On board ship, a giant hand suddenly appears, grasps the TARDIS and withdraws. Without warning, a prehistoric monster rises from the sea to attack

What is happening? Where are they? Only The Doctor realises, with horror, that they might be trapped …

1993 Target Books edition

Programming the TARDIS to visit the attractive planet of Metebelis 3, The Doctor and Jo are disappointed to find they’ve arrived in a cargo ship bound for Singapore. Or so they think. In fact, they are trapped in a time-loop on the far away planet Inter Minor, where all the life-forms of the Galaxy miniaturised in the Scope – a peepshow for arch-showman Vorg. These lifeforms include the terrifying Drashigs – huge underwater dragons who add to the monumental problems The Doctor and Jo face in trying to escape this nightmare circus.



  1. Dangerous Arrivals
  2. The Monster from the Sea
  3. The Giant Hand
  4. Trapped!
  5. Inside the Machine
  6. The Monster in the Swamp
  7. ‘Nothing escapes the Drashigs’
  8. The Battle on the Ship
  9. Kalik Plans Rebellion
  10. The Doctor Takes Over
  11. Return to Peril
  12. The End of the Scope


  • The introduction makes specific reference to the events of The Three Doctors.
  • The Scope is made more impressive in the novelisation, producing a mild-hypnotic effect that helps draw the viewer into the experience of the scene being viewed.
  • Other creatures such as Ice Warriors are contained within the scope.
  • While in the televised version
  • The Doctor ignited the marsh gas with his sonic screwdriver, he uses a flare pistol in the novelisation.
  • The aggrometer affects
  • The Doctor but not Jo.
  • While in the televised version Jo uses the magnetic core extractor to open the plates, The Doctor uses it in the novelisation.
  • Orum survives, breaks down and confesses everything.

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