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Pages 158
ISBN 0-426-11471-X
Publication Date 17 January 1974


All is not well at the Wenley Moor underground atomic research station: there are unaccountable loses of power-output; nervous breakdowns amongst the staff; and then – a death!

 UNIT is called in and the Brigadier is soon joined by DOCTOR WHO and Liz Shaw in a tense and exciting adventure with subterranean reptile men – SILURIANS – and a 40ft. high Tyrannosaurus Rex, the biggest, most savage mammal which ever trod the earth!

“DOCTOR WHO, the children’s own programme which adults adore…” Gerard Garrett, The Daily Sketch



  1. Prologue: The Little Planet
  2. The Doctor gets a message
  3. The Traitor
  4. Power Loss
  5. The Fighting Monster
  6. Into the Caves
  7. Quinn Visits His Friends
  8. Into an Alien World
  9. The Search
  10. Man Trap
  11. The Doctor Makes a Visit
  12. Goodbye, Dr Quinn
  13. The Prisoner
  14. Man from the Ministry
  15. Attack and Counter-Attack
  16. The Itch
  17. Epidemic
  18. A Hot World
  19. The Lie


  • A prologue tells of the Silurians going into hiding to avoid catastrophe.
  • Each of the reptile men is given an individual name and personality.
  • Major Baker is renamed ‘Major Barker’.
  • In the book it is Dr. Merh who discovers the death of Quinn.
  • at the end, the Brigadier only seals the Silurians in the caves, as opposed to blowing them up. The Doctor’s reaction is more muted.
  • A female technician saves the day when the reactor overloads.
  • As one of the early titles in the Target range, the writer was encouraged to flesh out his script for the novelisation.
  • Chapter 8 titled”Into an Alien World” is written from Morka‘s point of view.
  • The back-cover blurb on the original edition features a scientific error, as the Tyrannosaurus Rex is referred to as a mammal, when in fact dinosaurs were reptiles.
  • The fact that Silurians can cry, stated here, flatly contradicts Blood Heat.
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