The Nightmare Fair


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The Nightmare Fair

The Nightmare Fair

BOOK DETAILS

Pages 143
ISBN 0-426-20334-8
Publication Date 18 May 1989 / 23 January 1992

SYNOPSIS

1989 EDITION

On Wednesday 27 February 1985 the BBC announced that their longest running sci-fi series, Doctor Who, was to be suspended. Anxious fans worldwide, worried that this might mean an end to the Time Lord’s travels, flooded the BBC with letters of protest. Eighteen months later the show returned to the screens.
But missing from The Doctor’s adventures was the series that would have been made and shown during those lost eighteen months. Now, available for the first time as a book, is one of those stories: The Nightmare Fair.

Drawn into ‘the nexus of the primeval cauldron of Space-Time itself, ‘the Sixth Doctor and Peri are somewhat surprised to find themselves at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Is it really just chance that has brought them to the funfair? Or is their arrival somehow connected with the sinister presence of a rather familiar Chinese Mandarin?

1992 EDITION

“How often do I have to win before you give up?”the Sixth Doctor demanded with a sigh.”Oh lots, ” replied the Mandarin…”
In February 1985 the BBC announced that their longest-running SF series, Doctor Who was to be suspended. Anxious fans worldwide, worried that this might put an end to the Time Lord’s longevity, flooded the BBC with letters of protest. Eighteen months later the show returned to the screens.

But missing from The Doctor’s adventures was the series and would have been made and shown during those eighteen months, and contained in this volume is one of those stories: THE NIGHTMARE FAIR.

Drawn into the nexus of the primeval caudron itself, The Doctor and Peri are somewhat surprised to find themselves at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Is it really just chance that has brought them to the funfair? Or is their arrival somehow connected with the sinister presence of a rather familiar Chinese Mandarin?….

NOTES

CHAPTER TITLES


  • The original ending of the 1985 series finale, Revelation of the Daleks, had The Doctor telling Peri. he was going to take her to Blackpool.
  • Before broadcast, however, the decision was made to freeze frame The Doctor before he says this, thus removing ‘Blackpool’ and leaving the end of the sentence a mystery. Williams’ novelisation of the serial does not, therefore, take its lead from the original ending of Revelation. At the start of this novel, the TARDIS is drawn into “the nexus of the primeval cauldron of Space-Time itself” and he and Peri are surprised to find themselves in Blackpool.

  • Divided Loyalties ends with the Toymaker telling his companion Stefan”I’ll take you to Blackpool”, both setting up this story and pastiching the original end of Revelation.ongside the other fates described for Peri.

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