15 July 1993
THE STRANGER DREW HIMSELF UP TO HIS FULL HEIGHT. “I AM THE DOCTOR”, HE ANNOUNCED.
The Doctor too is worried. The colonists have found the remains of two Daleks — which they plan to revive.
Once revived, the Daleks claim that they are content to serve humanity. Can it really be true? Or do they have their own, more sinister plans?
This is a brand-new novelisation of a classic Dalek story, which is also the first story to feature Patrick Troughton as The Doctor. It has been unavailable since its broadcast in 1966.
- We Must Get Back to the TARDIS
- It’s Beginning to Work Again
- I Think We’ll Make Some Changes
- So You’ve Come At Last
- They’re Not Going to Stop Me Working on the Capsule
- Why Have You Come to Vulcan?
- Alien? Yes — Very Alien
- Nothing Human, No
- You Don’t Half Make Mountains
- Plenty of Nuts
- They’ll be too Frightened to do Anything Else
- It’s Watching Me, Lesterson
- What Have You Done, Lesterson?
- I Obey
- You’ve Done Nothing But Meddle
- Keep Her in a Safe Place
- When I Say Run, Run Like a Rabbit
- These Things Are Just Machines
- We Want No Accidents
- The Doctor Was Right
- I’m Going to Wipe Out The Daleks
- I Can’t Stop them
- The People Will Do Exactly as they Are Told
- Every One Must Be Killed
- You Have To Admire them
- The Law of the Daleks is in Force
DEVIATIONS FROM THE TELEVISED STORY
- In the acknowledgements, author John Peel thanks Dennis Spooner and June Barry for bringing to his attention David Whitaker’s original scripts for the serial, content of which was edited out of the televised story. As a result, Peel was able to restore some of the content when writing the book and has expanded on what was already there:
- The prologue refers to John Benton and UNIT, Sarah Jane Smith — who is described as “UNIT’s official chronicler” — and Allison Williams. None of these were introduced into the series until well after the original serial was broadcast. This marks one of the few times that established characters have been inserted into a novelisation of a story of which they were not originally part.
- According to the novelisation, The Tenth Planet occurs during the 1990s. It is also states that humans went on to examine the Cyberships which allowed them to eventually develop space travel.
- Frequent mention is also made of the Interplanetary Mining Corporation as the driving force behind the colony’s founding and funding. The IMC’s first mention in the television series was not until 1971’s Colony in Space.
- The character Thane, the colony’s medic, is written into the story. She is one of the rebels killed by the Daleks during the climax.
- In the televised version, a Dalek says: “Yes. You gave us life,” before it kills Lesterson. In the novel, it says: “Yes. You gave us life. We give you death.”
- Bragan‘s death is more graphic than it is in the original version. In the tv story, he is simply shot dead; in the novelisation, Valmar shoots first to wound him and save Quinn before shooting Bragan through the head.