Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters (Doctor Who and the Silurians)
 

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By:Malcolm Hulke
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Editions:  UK UK (1st paperback) | UK UK (hardback) | Netherlands Netherlands (paperback) | Finland Finland (hardback) | UK UK (2nd paperback) | UK UK (3rd paperback) | Japan Japan (paperback) | Portugal Portugal (paperback) | UK UK (3rd paperback) | UK UK (5th paperback)
Note:This is a novelisation of Doctor Who And The Silurians and was later reprinted under its original title. Also available as an audio reading.

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Edition: UK UK (1st paperback)
When:  January 1974
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-10292-4
Format: paperback
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Note:  Yes, the cover blurb really does claim that dinosaurs are "mammals"...! Reprinted twice in 1975, both times without the "Based on the popular BBC Television serial" tagline on the front cover.

Cover blurb:
All is not well at the Wenley Moor underground atomic research station: there are unaccountable losses of power-output; nervous breakdowns amongst the staff; and then — a death!

UNIT is called in and the Brigadier is soon joined by DOCTOR WHO and Liz Shaw in a tense and exciting adventure with subterranean reptile men — SILURIANS — and a 40 ft. high Tyrannosaurus rex, the biggest, most savage mammal which ever trod the earth!

'DOCTOR WHO, the children's own programme which adults adore...'
Gerard Garrett, The Daily Sketch

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Edition: UK UK (hardback)
When:  February 1974
Publisher:  Allan Wingate
ISBN:0-85523-036-3
Format: hardback
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Cover blurb:
No blurb on outer back cover. The front cover flap contains the same blurb as the paperback edition above, but thankfully someone spotted their zoology mistake and replaced "mammal" with "reptile"! The rear cover flap contains the following author blurb:

MALCOLM HULKE has been writing for the 'Doctor Who' television series since 1965 and for television generally — 20 years [sic]. He is co-author of a book called The Making of Doctor Who which tells the behind-the-scenes story of the programme.

The author lectures frequently at schools and professional gatherings on the subject of writing, not least for the medium of television.

Malcolm Hulke enjoys travelling abroad as relaxation from writing at his home in Hampstead, London.

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Edition: Netherlands Netherlands (paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who en de Holenmonsters
When:  December 1974
Publisher:  Unieboek B.V. Bussum
ISBN:90-269-8106-6
Format: paperback
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Note:  One of 8 Dutch paperback novelisations, all published in 1974 — the others were: The Auton Invasion, The Crusaders, The Daemons, The Daleks, The Day of the Daleks, The Doomsday Weapon and The Zarbi. (The only other Dutch novelisation ever published was a hardcover version of The Daleks in 1966.)

Cover blurb:
Er gaat van alles mis in het ondergrondse onderzoek-centrum op Wenley Moor. De stroom valt op onverklaarbare wijze uit, leden van de wetenschappelijke staf lijden aan zenuwinstrortingen en tenslotte valt en een dode!

De hulp van UNIT wordt ingeroepen en al gauw zijn DOCTOR WHO en Liz Shaw verwikkeld in een spannend en opwindend avontuur met onderaardse reptielmensen en een 15 meter hoge TYRANNOSAURUS REX, het genaarlijkste dier dat ooit op de Aarde geleefd heeft!

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Edition: Finland Finland (hardback)
Title:  Tohtori Kuka Ja Luolahirviöt
When:  January 1976
Publisher:  Weilin & Göös
ISBN:951-35-1312-2
Format: hardback
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Note:  Only one other Finnish novelisation was ever published: The Auton Invasion.

Cover blurb:
Tohtori KUKA on päähenkilönä uudessa nuorten tieteisjännärisarjassa, joka perustuu BBC:n suosittuun televisiosarjaan.

Maahan karkotettu tohtori KUKA on yksi avaruuden 'aikavaltiaista', joka pystyy vaivatta liikkumaan aikakaudesta toiseen ja jonka erikoiskykyjen avulla ihmiset selviytyvät maata ja ihmiskuntaa uhkaavista vaaroista.

"Tohtori KUKA, nuorten oma ohjelma, jota aikuiset rakastavat."
Gerard Garrett

Sarjassa ilmestyvät ensimmäisinä:
Terrance Dicks: Tohtori KUKA ja autonien hyökkäys
Malcolm Hulke: Tohtori KUKA ja luolahirviöt

Edellinen kertoo maahan asettuneen kosmisen aivokeskuksen hallitsemista muoviroboteista, jotka aikovat vallata maan, jälkimmäinen esihistoriallisista, tuhatvuotisesta syväjäähdytystilasta heräävistä 'liskoihmisistä', jotka palaavat vaatimaan muinaisia oikeuksiaan.

English translation:

Doctor WHO stars in a new science fiction thriller for young readers based on the popular BBC television series.

Doctor WHO is a 'timelord' from space, capable of travelling between different time periods, helping Earth and humanity to survive by using his special abilities.

"Doctor WHO, a TV show for the young, but loved by adults."

Gerard Garrett

First published in the series:
Terrance Dicks: Doctor WHO and the Auton Invasion
Malcolm Hulke: Doctor WHO and the Cave Monsters

The first book tells a tale of plastic robots settled on Earth, controlled by a central brain, planning to take over the world, the second one of pre-historic 'lizard people' waking from a deep-frozen state and claiming their ancient rights.

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Edition: UK UK (2nd paperback)
When:  March 1976
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11471-X
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Note:  Same cover design as the original paperback edition, just a new ISBN number for reasons unknown.

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Edition: UK UK (3rd paperback)
When:  September 1979 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11471-X
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Note:  Same ISBN as 2nd paperback edition. Some reprints erroneously list the "old" ISBN of 0-426-10292-4 inside.

Cover blurb:
All is not well at the Wenley Moor underground atomic research station: there are unaccountable losses of power-output; nervous breakdowns amongst the staff; and then — a death!

UNIT is called in and the Brigadier is soon joined by DOCTOR WHO and Liz Shaw in a tense and exciting adventure with subterranean reptile men — SILURIANS — and a 40 ft. high Tyrannosaurus rex, the biggest, most savage mammal which ever trod the earth!

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Edition: Japan Japan (paperback)
Title:  Senritsu! Chitei Monsutaa
When:  May 1980
Publisher:  Hayakawa Bunko
ISBN:Unknown
Format: paperback
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Note:  The Japanese title translates to "Shuddering! Underground Monster". One of 5 Japanese novelisations, all published in 1980 — the others were: The Daleks, The Auton Invasion, The Doomsday Weapon and The Day of the Daleks.

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Edition: Portugal Portugal (paperback)
Title:  Doutor Who e os Monstros das Cavernas
When:  January 1983
Publisher:  Editorial Presença
ISBN:None
Format: paperback
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Note:  One of 10 Portuguese novelisations, all published in 1983 — the others were: The Auton Invasion, The Daemons, The Doomsday Weapon, The Sea-Devils, The Day of the Daleks, The Daleks, The Crusaders, The Abominable Snowmen and The Zarbi.

Cover blurb:
As extraordinárias aventuras de Doutor Who, Senhor do Tempo, viajando no seu veículo espácio-temporal, o TARDIS, através de toda a galáxia, da imensa variedade dos seus mundos. Histórias plenas de imaginação, suspense e acção. Um grande êxito mundial.

Na estaçao atomica subterranea do Wenley Moor, sucedem-se os aconfecimentos misteriosos, commando na morte de um enfista Chamados a investigar a situação. Doutor Who, o Brigadeiro e Liz Shaw véem-se envolvidos numa pengosa aventura, em que tém de enfrentar um povo de homens-répteis, que habitam as entranhas da Terram e um gigantesco Tiranosaurus Rex.

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Edition: UK UK (3rd paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who: The Silurians
When:  August 1992
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-20382-8
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Note:  The front cover incorrectly says "first broadcast in 1974" (should be 1970). The fact that the novelisation was first published in 1974 was presumably the source of the confusion.

Cover blurb:
'If you really want to know what I think, the man simply died of fright...'

All is not well at the Wenley Moor underground atomic research station. Power is being unaccountably lost; the staff are on the verge of a strange nervous collapse and one man, his face horribly marked by some hideous claw, has been killed. The Silurians, ancient creatures who once ruled the Earth, are beginning to stir from their centuries-long slumber...

This is an adaptation by Malcolm Hulke of his own original screenplay, which featured Jon Pertwee in the role of the Doctor and which was originally published under the title The Cave Monsters.

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Edition: UK UK (5th paperback)
When:  July 2011
Publisher:  BBC Books
ISBN:978-1-84990-194-9
Format: paperback
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Note:  One of a batch of six reprints by Random House/BBC Books as part of a new "Doctor Who Classics" range, released in both paperback and e-book form. The other reprints in this batch were: The Abominable Snowmen, The Auton Invasion, The Crusaders, The Cybermen and The Daleks.

Cover blurb:
'Okdel looked across the valley to see the tip of the sun as it sank below the horizon. It was the last time he was to see the sun for a hundred million years.'

UNIT is called in to investigate security at a secret research centre buried under Wenley Moor. Unknown to the Doctor and his colleagues, the work at the centre has woken a group of Silurians — intelligent reptiles that used to be the dominant life form on Earth in prehistoric times.

Now they have woken, the Silurians are appalled to find 'their' planet populated by upstart apes. The Doctor hopes to negotiate a peace deal, but there are those on both sides who cannot bear the thought of humans and Silurians living together. As UNIT soldiers enter the cave systems, and the Silurians unleash a deadly plague that could wipe out the human race, the battle for planet Earth begins.

THIS NOVEL IS BASED ON 'THE SILURIANS', A DOCTOR WHO STORY WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY BROADCAST FROM 31 JANUARY — 14 MARCH 1970.

Featuring the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee, his companion Liz Shaw and the UNIT organisation commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart



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