The Invasion of Time


Doctor Who and the Invasion of Time


Pages 142
ISBN 0-426-20093-4
Publication Date 21 February 1980


A traitor to the Time Lords?

Can the Fourth Doctor really be in league with the evil Vardans, spearheading a treacherous invasion of his home planet, Gallifrey?

Or is he playing a deadly double game, saving the Time Lords by appearing to betray them?

But the Vardans themselves are only pawns in the game, and The Doctor faces an old and deadly enemy, as he battles to foil the Invasion of Time.

`Terrance Dicks is a skilful professional storyteller … He has deftly recaptured the programme’ popular blend of hectic menace and humorous self-mockery.’ BRITISH BOOK NEWS



  1. Treaty for Treason
  2. The President-Elect
  3. Attack from the Matrix
  4. The Fugitive
  5. The Betrayal
  6. The Invasion
  7. The Outcasts
  8. The Assassin
  9. The Vardans
  10. False Victory
  11. The Sontarans
  12. The Key of Rassilon
  13. Failsafe
  14. The Chase
  15. The Wisdom of Rassilon


  • Upon materialisation in the Panopticon, the Vardans are described”three tall, shimmering shapes, cloaked and hooded figures with the vaguest hint of features under the hoods.”
  • Additionally, it is revealed that The Doctor first learnt of the Vardans‘ attempted invasion of Gallifrey via a telepathic warning from the Matrix.
    Jasko and Ablif are merged into Jablif.
  • The Vardans appear as hooded ghosts.
  • Storr feels insecurities.
  • Leela’s departure is more abrupt than in the televised story.
  • The”search for the Great Key” is a new responsibility because The Master stole it; Fourth Doctor notes it was a fake that didn’t have the power of the true Great Key.

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