Last of the Gaderene
 

No. 28 of 76 in the BBC Past Doctor novels series
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By:Mark Gatiss
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Editions:  UK (1st paperback) | UK (2nd paperback) | Germany (paperback)
Note:Also available as an audio reading.

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Edition: UK (1st paperback)
Released:  January 2000
Publisher:  BBC Books
ISBN:0-563-55587-4
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'My name is Bliss,' said the newcomer, 'and I bring great news for you all!'

The new owners of a Second World War aerodrome promise a golden dawn of prosperity for the East Anglian village of Culverton. The population rejoices — with one exception. Former spitfire pilot Alec Whistler knows the aerodrome of old, having found a strange, jade-coloured crystal there years before...

When black-shirted troops appear on the streets, Whistler takes his suspicions to his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. The Doctor and Jo are sent to investigate and soon discover that all is not well in the seemingly idyllic village.

What are the black coffin-like objects being unloaded at the aerodrome? What horror lies behind Legion International's impeccable facade? And what is the monstrous creature growing and mutating in the marsh?

As Culverton gears up for its summer fete, the Doctor finds himself involved in a race against time to prevent a massive colonisation of Earth. For the last of the Gaderene are on their way...

Featuring the Third Doctor, Jo Grant and UNIT, this story takes place between Planet of the Daleks and The Green Death.

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Edition: UK (2nd paperback)
Released:  March 2013
Publisher:  BBC Books
ISBN:978-1-84990-597-8
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Note:  One of a batch of eleven "50th anniversary reprints" being released simultaneously, one for each Doctor. The others are: Ten Little Aliens (1st Doctor), Dreams of Empire (2nd), Festival of Death (4th), Fear of the Dark (5th), Players (6th), Remembrance of the Daleks (7th), EarthWorld (8th), Only Human (9th), Beautiful Chaos (10th) and The Silent Stars Go By (11th).

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The aerodrome in Culverton has new owners, and they promise an era of prosperity for the idyllic village. But former Spitfire pilot Alex Whistler is suspicious — when black-shirted troops appear on the streets, he contacts his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart at U.N.I.T. The Third Doctor is sent to investigate — and soon uncovers a sinister plot to colonise the Earth. The Gaderene are on their way...

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection.
Eleven classic adventures.
Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor.

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Edition: Germany (paperback)
Title:  Der Neunte Schlüssel
Released:  July 2018
Publisher:  Bastei Lübbe
ISBN:978-3-404-20913-2
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