Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon
 

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By:Brian Hayles
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Editions:  UK UK (1st paperback) | UK UK (2nd paperback) | UK UK (hardback) | UK UK (3rd paperback) | UK UK (4th paperback)
Note:Also available as an abridged audio reading.

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Edition: UK UK (1st paperback)
When:  January 1975
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-10452-8
Format: paperback
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Note:  Some reprints of this edition have ISBN 0-426-11498-1 (an ISBN also later re-used by the 1980 and 1992 reprints).

Cover blurb:
Again, the terrifying cry rang out. The Doctor quickened his pace along the gloomy tunnels of the castle. Suddenly, from the darkness lumbered the mighty Aggedor, Royal Beast and Protector of the Kingdom of Peladon!

The Doctor fumbled in his pocket. Would the device work? As he trained the spinning mirror on the eyes of Aggedor, the terrible claws came closer and closer...

What is the secret behind the killings on the Planet of Peladon? Is Aggedor seeking revenge because the King of Peladon wants his kingdom to become a member of the Galactic Federation? Will the Doctor escape the claws of Aggedor and discover the truth?

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Edition: UK UK (2nd paperback)
When:  July 1979
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11084-6
Format: paperback
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Cover blurb:
Same as previous paperback edition.

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Edition: UK UK (hardback)
When:  July 1980
Publisher:  WH Allen
ISBN:0-491-02783-4
Format: hardback
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Note:  As far as I can tell, this is the only example of "unique" WH Allen hardback artwork, i.e. this cover art was never used on a Target paperback. Also, this appears to have been the first WH Allen hardback novelisation with a "laminated" style cover — all previous hardback novelisations had featured removable dustjackets.

Cover blurb:
Again, the terrifying cry rang out. The Doctor quickened his pace along the gloomy tunnels of the castle. Suddenly, from the darkness lumbered the mighty Aggedor, Royal Beast and Protector of the Kingdom of Peladon!

The Doctor fumbled in his pocket. Would the device work? As he trained the spinning mirror on the eyes of Aggedor, the terrible claws came closer and closer...

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Edition: UK UK (3rd paperback)
When:  July 1980
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11498-1
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Note:  Original printings had the ISBN listed as ISBN 0-426-20061-6 (same as Robots of Death) — the ISBN was corrected to 0-426-11498-1 in a later reprinting.

Cover blurb:
Same as previous paperback edition.

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Edition: UK UK (4th paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who: The Curse of Peladon
When:  June 1992
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11498-1
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Note:  Same ISBN as some reprints of the first & third UK paperback editions.

Cover blurb:
'This is the TARDIS,' snapped the Doctor, 'not a number 88 bus!'

The Doctor and Jo simply meant to take a little test ride in the TARDIS, to check that it was working. There was a small fault in the Interstitial Beam Synthesizer, perhaps, but nothing that couldn't be fixed...

But instead the TARDIS takes them to Peladon, a medieval world which is seeking membership of the Galactic Federation. Delegates have gathered on the planet from all over the galaxy, and among them are representatives from Alpha Centauri, from Arcturus and, from Mars, some of the Doctor's oldest and most dangerous enemies...

This is a novelization by Brian Hayles of his own original television story, which featured Jon Pertwee in the role of the Doctor.



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