|Publication Date||8 December 1977|
1977 Target Books edition
Forced off course by the Mandragora Helix, the TARDIS lands in the province of San Martino in fifteenth-century Italy. Here, the court astrologer, Hieronymous, has been taken over by the Mandragora energy-form – Hieronymous and the other members of his star-worshiping black magic cult will be used as a bridgehead, enabling the Mandragora Helix to conquer the Earth and rule it through their chosen servants.
The Doctor has to defeat not only the Mandragora energy, but the evil schemes of the murderous Count Frederico who plans to usurp the place of his nephew, the rightful ruler of the province
1979 Pinnacle Books edition
IN 1492, DOCTOR WHO CAME OUT OF THE BLUE
It is the Italian Renaissance during the corrupt reign of the powerful Medicis. Doctor Who, angry because he was forced to land on Earth by the increditsible Mandragora Helix, walks right into a Machiavellian plot. The unscrupulous Count Frederico plans to usurp the rightful rule of his naive nephew. This, with the help of Hieronymous, influential court astrologer and secret cult member.
Intent on righting all wrongs, Doctor Who studies their political manoeuvres. He uncovers a larger, even more malevalent plot – a plot to rule not only San Martino Province, but the entire world! Hieronymous has been taken over – both in mind and body – by the Mandragora energy ball, an alien, but all-powerful intelligence. Using Hieronymous and his cult members as a bridgehead, the Mandragora Helix intends to conquer Earth and dominate its people!
The question is, will Doctor Who provide a true Renaissance man? Will he be able to drain the Mandragora of its power and foil the Count as well?
Doctor Who is a mysterious, zany, and very mature Time Lord (750 years mature to be exact) who hurries through time in a stolen Time Machine. Since three’s a problem with the steering, he never lands exactly when or where he plans to. This, along with his desperate desire to bring law and order to the galaxy, and his insatiable curiosity, consistently places him in weird and often wild circumstances.
The Increditsible Space Fantasy Now a Hit Television Series
1991 Target Books edition
‘I CAN TELL YOUR FUTURE,’ RETORTED THE DOCTOR, ‘AND IT’S LIKELY TO BE VERY SHORT AND VERY UNPLEASENT UNLESS YOU LISTEN TO ME…’
Forced by the Mandragora Helix to land in fifteenth-century Italy, The Doctor and Sarah find themselves at the mercy of Hieronymous, court astrologer of the province of San Martino. But Hieronymous and the other members of his star-worshiping black magic cult have also been taken over by the Mandragora energy form – they will be used as a bridgehead that will enable the Mandragora Helix to conquer Earth and rule it through their chosen servants.
Doctor Who – The Masque of Mandragora was first broadcast in 1976 and was written by Louis Marks. This adaptation is by Philip Hinchcliffe, who was producer of the programme for three seasons.
- The Mandragora Helix
- The Brethren of Demnos
- The Prince Must Die
- The Secret of the Temple
- The Spell of Evil
- The Invasion Begins
- Duel to the Death
- The Final Eclipse
DEVIATIONS FROM THE STORY