The Three Doctors


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The Three Doctors


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BOOK DETAILS

Pages 127
ISBN 0-426-11578-3
Publication Date 20 November 1975

SYNOPSIS

1975 Target Books edition

Jo glanced up at The Doctor. ‘Things must be pretty serious then.’ ‘they are, Jo. Very serious indeed. The whole of the Universe is in danger!’

The most amazing WHO adventure, in which Doctors One, Two and Three cross time and space and come together to fight a ruthlessly dangerous enemy – OMEGA. Once a Time Lord, now exiled to a black hole in space, Omega is seeking a bitter and deadly revenge against the whole Universe…

DOCTOR WHO scripts – awarded the 1974 Writers’ Guild Award for the best British children’s original drama script.

1991 Target Books edition

‘I FORBID IT. YOU CANNOT ALLOW THE DOCTOR TO CROSS HIS OWN TIME STREAM AND MEET HIS EARLIER SELF. THE FIRST LAW EXPRESSLEY FORBIDS IT.’

Exiled from his own world, trapped for millennia in a universe of anti-matter, Omega has planned his revenge on his own race, the Time Lords, and on the entire universe…

In order to prevent an unthinkable catastrophe, the Time Lords break the First Law of Time and send The Doctor’s previous selves to help…

Doctor Who – The Three Doctors was first broadcast in 1972 and featured William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee in the role of the Doctor. This adventure marked the end of the Doctor’s Earthbound adventures and was written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin. This novelisation was written by Terrance Dicks who was the Script editor of the series at the time that The Three Doctors was broadcast.

2012 BBC Books edition

The President of the Time Lords turned triumphantly to the Chancellor.”You see, my Lord? We cannot help The Doctor, but perhaps he can help himself!”

A mysterious black hole is draining away power from the Universe. Even the Time Lords are threatened. The Doctor is also in trouble. Creatures from the black hole besiege UNIT Headquarters. The only person who can help The Doctor is… himself.

The Time Lords bring together the first three incarnations of the Doctorto discover the truth about the black hole and stop the energy drain. The Doctors and their companions travel through the black hole itself, into a universe of anti-matter. Here they meet one of the very first Time Lords – Omega, who gave his race the power to travel through time.

Trapped for aeons in the black hole, he now plans to escape – whatever the cost.

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story originally broadcast from 30 December 1972 to 20 January 1973.

Featuring the first three Doctors as played by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, together with Jo Grant and the UNIT organisation commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

NOTES

CHAPTER TITLES


  1. Lightning from Space
  2. Attack from the Unknown
  3. The Menace of the Black Hole
  4. Beyond the Unknown
  5. A Shock for the Brigadier
  6. In the Hands of the Enemy
  7. Door to Freedom
  8. Escape from Omega
  9. ‘All things shall be destroyed’
  10. Return through the Flame
  11. Three Doctors Minus Two

DEVIATIONS FROM THE TELEVISED STORY

  • Jo is given greater respect from the First Doctor than in the television story.
  • The Second Doctor speaks to the the man from the ministry in person rather than on videophone.
  • An original sequence features the Brigadier, Jo and Benton fruitlessly trying to fortify UNIT.
  • The last name of Arthur Ollis is changed to Arthur Hollis.
  • There is a Young Time Lord in the novel that was not present in the story.
  • The Gel guards are named as Blob men.
  • The Blob men, as Terrance Dicks described them, appear to have arms and legs and a sort of head. This is different from the story, as in the story, they are blobs of jelly with a claw.
  • The blob men are more advanced in the novel. An example is when Benton blows one apart, the legs keep running before finally, the legs fall down.
  • Mrs. Ollis (Hollis in this novel) has the first name of Mary.

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