16 September 1965
The Doctor and his companions, Ian and Vicki, are soon captured by the ZARBI, huge ant-like creatures with metallic bodies and pincer claws; meanwhile Barbara falls into the hands of the friendly MENOPTERA who have come to rid Vortis of the malevolent power of the ZARBI…
‘They’re well-written books-adventure stories, of course, but with some thought…the creation of the character of The Doctor had a touch of genius about it.’ Westminster Press
- The Web Planet
- The Zarbi
- Escape to Danger
- The Crater of Needles
- Centre of Terror
DEVIATIONS FROM THE TELEVISED STORY
- The First Doctor is mostly referred to as “Doctor Who” throughout the book, one of the few occasions where the standard naming protocol is broken.
- The Menoptera Vrestin is male. The character was female in the televised story.
- There is a reference made to the events of The Dalek Invasion of Earth, concerning The Doctor and Ian‘s imprisonment on the Dalek saucer.
- The Animus plans “to pluck from the earth its myriad techniques… in its hundredth Christian millennium… !”, possibly indicating the time this story takes place.