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. highTyrannosaurus 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
- Prologue: The Little Planet
- The Doctor gets a message
- The Traitor
- Power Loss
- The Fighting Monster
- Into the Caves
- Quinn Visits His Friends
- Into an Alien World
- The Search
- Man Trap
- The Doctor Makes a Visit
- Goodbye, Dr Quinn
- The Prisoner
- Man from the Ministry
- Attack and Counter-Attack
- The Itch
- A Hot World
- The Lie
DEVIATIONS FROM THE TELEVISED STORY
- 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. Meredith 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.