Mawdryn Undead


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BOOK DETAILS

Pages 119
ISBN 0-426-19393-8
Publication Date 12 January 1984

SYNOPSIS

1984 Target Books edition

The Doctor’s time-travelling machine is trapped in the flight-path of an alien spacecraft in orbit around the Earth. To avoid the fatal impact of a head-on collision the TARDIS resorts to the only escape possible and materialises onboard the on-coming liner.

This solves the immediate problem, but a new difficulty arises – the TARDIS cannot get off the ship until a radio signal transmitting from Earth has been disconnected.

The Doctor sets off in a Transmat Capsule, having programmed the TARDIS to enable Tegan and Nyssa to follow him once he has dealt with the interference.

Naturally enough, things don’t go quite as planned…

1992 Target Books edition

‘TURLOUGH PICKED UP A BOULDER AND RAISED IT OVER THE UNSUSPECTING DOCTOR…’

Thurlough hated it all: the routine, the discipline , the invented traditions and petty snobbery of a minor English public school. He hated Earth, and when the mysterious Guardian offered him the chance to escape, he jumped at it. Naturally. All he had to do was to kill The Doctor.

This is a novelisation by Peter Grimwade of his own original story, first broadcast in 1983 and featuring Peter Davison in the role of the Doctor. Mawdryn Undead was also the first story to feature Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart since Terror of the Zygons (1975).

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NOTES

CHAPTER TITLES

  1. An Accidental Meeting
  2. A New Enemy
  3. An Old Friend
  4. The Alien in the TARDIS
  5. Return to the Ship
  6. Rising of the Undead
  7. Double Danger of the Brigadier
  8. All Present and Correct

DEVIATIONS FROM THE TELEVISED STORY


  • The Brigadier’s decline is explored.
  • Turlough feels contempt for his school.
  • The Headmaster is named as Mr. Sellick and the Matron as Miss Cassidy.
  • The Black Guardian is more obviously controlling Turlough throughout the story than on screen, causing him to attack The Doctor with the rock.
  • The Brigadier sees
  • Turlough stealing his car as a reason to bring back corporal punishment.
  • Turlough lets The Doctor know he has advanced technical knowledge as a way of tipping him off that something else is going on.
  • The Doctor’s explanation of what Mawdryn’s people want of him is clearer than the third episode cliffhanger makes it.
  • The Black Guardian criticising
  • Turlough for not getting the 1977 Brigadier to the transmit as The Doctor instructed is left out.
  • The Doctor and Tegan’s opening conversation about the Mara, a holdover from the previous story, is omitted.

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