September 16, 1965: Second Doctor Who novelisations published


“DOCTOR WHO lands his space-time machine Tardis on the cold, craggy planet of Vortis. 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…” []

Doctor_Who_and_the_Zarbi (1965)The Web Planet was the second serial was the second to be novelised by the publisher Frederick Muller. It was written by Bill Strutton under the title Doctor Who and the Zarbi in 1965. In 1973 Target Books acquired the rights to the novelisation and reprinted it as one of the first in their long-running series of Doctor Who novelisations, although when the imprint began numbering the books in the series, The Zarbi was listed as Number 73 in the series. [Wikipedia]



August 27, 1993: in Doctor Who -: “The Paradise of Death” first airs on radio

Paradise_of_Death-Radio_PlayThe Paradise of Death is a 5-part BBC radio drama, based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who, and starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 5 from 27 August to 24 September 1993. It was subsequently repeated, between 12 April and 10 May 1994, by BBC Radio 2.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart of UNIT asks the Doctor to investigate a particularly gruesome murder at a new theme park on London’s Hampstead Heath, called Space World. Together with journalist Sarah Jane Smith and her photographer Jeremy Fitzoliver, they take in the incongruous exhibits, including virtual reality machines, and even seemingly living alien monstrosities – which the Brigadier immediately suspects of the killing.

The owners of the theme park are a gang of alien carpetbaggers from outer space, who are ostensibly trying to persuade the Government to begin talks on allowing interplanetary trade. Although their real motives are unclear, they have a sophisticated form of mind-control which they employ to kill anyone who threatens their plans.

When Sarah is kidnapped by the sinister Mr Tragan, and transported to the aliens’ home planet, Parakon, the Doctor and the Brigadier must race to her rescue in the Tardis. On Parakon, they learn the truth about the proposed trade deal, which will mean the destruction of all life on Earth. The rapine plant is a parasite which will turn the planet into a wasteland.

Freeth and Tragan are secretly conspiring to overthrow the President and democratic government on Parakon, and fear what the visitors from Earth may accidentally disclose which might reveal their plans to Captain Rudley, the commander of the Presidential Guard. The Doctor hopes to persuade the President that rapine will harm the Earth, but Freeth and Grebber hope to have the Doctor executed before he can do so. [Wikipedia]

August 11, 1994: Actor Peter Cushing dies

Peter Cushing (26 May 1913 – 11 August 1994) was an English actor and a BAFTA TV Award Best Actor winner in 1956. He is mainly known for his prolific appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played strong character roles like the sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing, among many other roles. He appeared frequently opposite Christopher Lee and, occasionally, Vincent Price. A familiar face on both sides of the Atlantic, Cushing is best known outside the Hammer productions for playing Dr. Who in Doctor Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks – Invasion Earth (1966), and for his performance as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (1977).

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July in Doctor Who: Doctor Who Magazine Nos 114, 126, 138 & 150

DWM_114The 114th issue of Doctor Who Magazine had a cover date of July 1986.

The cover features cover artwork from Doctor Who and the Web of Fear by Chris Achilleos.

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The 126th issue of Doctor Who Magazine had a cover date of July 1987. Following Patrick Troughton‘s death on 28 March, this issue served as an obituary with tributes from several people.

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DWM_138The 138th issue of Doctor Who Magazine had a cover date of July 1988.

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The 150th issue of Doctor Who Magazine had a cover date of July 1989.

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July 26, 1979 in Doctor Who: “The Image Of Fendahl” novelisation published

“`The Fendahl is death,’ said the the Doctor. `How do you kill death itself?’

The ultra-modern technology of the Time Scanner combines with the ancient evil of Fetch Wood, and brings to life a terror that has lain hidden for twelve million years.

The Doctor and Leela fight to destroy the Fendahl, a recreated menace that threatens to devour all life in the galaxy.”

Doctor Who and the Image of the Fendahl was a novelisation based on the 1977 television serial Image of the Fendahl, written by Terrance Dicks, and published by Target Books in July 1979. The book’s cover (painted by John Geary) was once voted as the worst in the series by readers of Dreamwatch magazine. [Wikipedia]

July 22, 1982 in Doctor Who: “The Leisure Hive” novelisation published

“The Leisure Hive on the planet Argolis is an entertainment centre for galactic travellers. At the heart of the Hive is the Tachyon Recreation Generator, a machine with a most extraordinary performance capability and vital to the continued existence of the Argolin after their devastating war with the reptilian Foamasi …

While visiting the Hive, the Fourth Doctor and Romana are sucked into a whirlpool of treachery and deceit, and are eventually arrested on suspicion of murder …”

Doctor Who and the Leisure Hive was a novelisation based on the 1980 television serial The Leisure Hive, written by David Fisher, was published by Target Books in July 1982 and re-published in 1993. The novelisation retains many elements of the original script that was intended as a spoof on the Mafia. The original name of Argolis is given as Xbrrrm. [Wikipedia] []