Doctor Who and the Hand of Fear

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Doctor Who and the Hand of Fear


Pages 128
ISBN 0-426-20033-0
Publication Date 18 January 1979


The TARDIS lands in England, and Sarah, the Fourth Doctor’s companion, looks forward to going home.

A freak accident in a quarry leaves the unconscious Sarah clutching an enormous stone Hand.

The Hand is the only surviving remnant of Eldrad, an alien super-being expelled from his planet, Kastria – and it has the power to control the human mind. Using Sarah as its instrument, the Hand goes in search of the atomic energy it needs to regenerate Eldrad’s body.

Eldrad is determined to return to Kastria and punish his enemies. The Doctor and Sarah are caught up in the terrifying conclusion of a drama of betrayal and revenge that began millions of years ago.



  • Prologue

  1. The Fossil
  2. The Ring of Power
  3. Power Source
  4. The Will of Eldrad
  5. Eldrad Must Live
  6. Countdown
  7. Blow-up
  8. Counterstrike
  9. The Return of Eldrad
  10. Return to Kastria
  11. The Caves of Kastria
  12. Eldrad Reborn
  13. Eldrad’s Destiny
  14. Sarah’s Farewell


  • Abbott, the foreman, is given the first name of Tom.
  • Professor Watson is given the first name of Owen.
  • Technic Obarl is renamed Oban.
  • Rokon instructs Zazzka to give control of the capsule to him rather than detonate and reads Eldrad’s sentence before obliteration.
  • Sarah surviving the blast in the quarry is explained as her finding shelter under an overhang.
  • The Doctor gains Abbott’s co-operation on his return to the quarry by showing his UNIT credentials.
  • Carter describes Sarah as wearing a striped overall dress, rather than pink striped overalls “like Andy Pandy”.
  • Carter does not show signs of being possessed when The Doctor returns to the lab, the first hint being when he hears Sarah speaking over the intercom.
  • Rather than attacking The Doctoron the stairs and overbalancing, Carter tries to pull him off a horizontal ladder and ends up falling off it himself when his lunge carries him over.
  • Driscoll is present While Sarah is being decontaminated.
  • Sarah forgets about Eldrad after The Doctor has deprogrammed her.
  • Elgin is not named.
  • The Doctor, Sarah and Watson leave Nunton in Watson’s Jaguar rather than a Land Rover.
  • It is explained that Watson keeps a gun in case of a terrorist attack.
  • Watson speaks to a ministeron the phone about an enquiry after the incident.
  • Abbott greets The Doctor, Sarah and Eldrad at the quarry and points out the TARDIS to them.
  • The Doctor lures Sarah across the chasm by pretending to be in trouble.

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