|Publication Date||19 August 1982|
1992 Target Books edition
“CALL YOURSELF A TIME LORD?” TEGAN SHOUTED.”A BROKEN CLOCK KEEPS BETTER TIME THAN YOU!”
The Doctor tries to return Tegan to the Heathrow she left in 1981, but instead the TARDIS lands just outside London in 1666 – the year of the Great Plague.
The Doctor and his companions receive a decidedly cool welcome – and it soon becomes clear that the sinister activities of other visitors from space and time have made the villagers extremely sensitive of outsiders.
And as a result of the aliens’ evil schemes, The Doctor finds himself on the point of playing a key role in a gruesome historical event.
This is a novelisation by Eric Saward of his own television story, first broadcast in 1982.
2016 BBC Books edition
Trying to get Tegan back to Heathrow in 1981, The Doctor brings the TARDIS to the right place, but over 300 years early – to 1666. They are not the only visitors as Death stalks the local woods, complete with cloak, scythe and a skull like face.
In fact, ‘Death’ is and android bought by a group of alien Terileptils whose spaceship has crashed. Criminals and fugitives from their own race, they now plan to take over Earth. With Adric and Tegan captured, The Doctor and Nyssa try to deal with the deadly android, and a group of local villagers under the control of the Terileptils.
But even if they succeed, can they prevent the Terileptils from unleashing an even more deadly form of the Black Death?
DEVIATIONS FROM THE TELEVISED STORY
- The Fifth Doctor realises who the Terileptils are because they left their tag on their escape capsule, this was not explained in the televised story
- The Squire is named Sir John.
- Elizabeth is in her room when she spots the Terileptil spacecraft crashing.
- Tegan’s references to the events of Kinda while in her room are removed.