Doctor Who and the Destiny of the Daleks
 

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By:Terrance Dicks
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Edition: UK UK (1st paperback)
When:  November 1979
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-20096-9
Format: paperback
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Landing on an apparently devastated planet, the Doctor and Romana make a horrifying discovery.

The planet is Skaro, home-world of the Daleks.

The Daleks are excavating in order to find and revive Davros, the mad, crippled, scientific genius who first created them. They hope that he will give them the scientific superiority to break the deadlock with their Movellan enemies.

Faced once more with the deadly and seemingly indestructible Daleks, the Doctor's wits and strength are stretched to their very limits...

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Edition: UK UK (hardback)
When:  November 1979
Publisher:  WH Allen
ISBN:0-491-02640-4
Format: hardback
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Landing on an apparently devastated planet, the Doctor and Romana make a horrifying discovery.

The planet is Skaro, home-world of the Daleks.

The Movellans, also present on Skaro, are in face a race of robots as cruel and ruthless as the Daleks themselves.

The two robot races have been locked in a ferocious war for hundreds of years, and now the Daleks are excavating Skaro in order to find and revive Davros, the mad, crippled, scientific genius who first created them, in the hopes that Davros will give them the scientific superiority to break the deadlock with their Movellan enemies.

Faced once more with his deadliest and seemingly indestructible enemies, the Doctor's wits and strength are stretched to their very limits...

Terrance Dicks was educated at East Ham Grammar School and Downing College, Cambridge.

After a spell in advertising the author became a full-time scriptwriter, first for radio, then television where for five years he was Script Editor of the 'Doctor Who' series. He is now a freelance author and writes many of the highly successful 'Doctor Who' books.

Terrance Dicks lives in Hampstead, London, is married and has three children.

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Edition: Germany Germany (paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who und der Schöpfer der Daleks
When:  July 1990
Publisher:  Goldmann
ISBN:3-442-23625-8
Format: paperback
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Note:  The German title translates as "Doctor Who and the Creator of the Daleks". And yes, that really is William Hartnell on the cover — the same publishers also released a translation of The Daleks at the same time, but inexplicably switched the cover artwork between the two books. In total, 6 TV novelisations were translated into German — the others were An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Planet of the Daleks and Death to the Daleks.

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Die einzigartige britische Fernsehserie jetzt als Goldmann Taschenbuch!

Der phantastische Dr. WHO mit seinem unmöglichen Raum-schiff auf Abenteuersuche im Weltall!

Als der Doktor und seine Begleiterin Romana auf einem verlassenen Palneten landen, machen sie eine furchtbare Entdeckung: Sie befinden sich auf Skaro, dem Heimatplaneten der Daleks!

Die Daleks sind auf der Suche nach ihrem Schöpfer, dem ebenso genialen wie wahnsinnigen Erfinder Davros, der ihnen zum endgültigen Sieg über ihre Todfeinde, die Movellaner, verhalfen soll.

Und dann wird Romana von den Daleks gefangengenommen und der Doktor von unbekannten Wesen entführt...

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Edition: UK UK (2nd paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who: Destiny of the Daleks
When:  July 1992
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-20096-9
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Note:  Same ISBN as previous UK paperback edition.

Cover blurb:
The Doctor and Romana have landed on Skaro, the home world of the dreaded Daleks...

Landing on an apparently devastated world, they come upon a horrifying discovery. The Daleks are excavating in order to find and revive Davros, the mad, crippled scientific genius whose twisted mind first created them. They hope that he will give them the scientific superiority to break the deadlock with their Movellan enemies.

Faced once more with the deadly and seemingly indestructable Daleks, the Doctor's wits and strength are stretched to their very limits.

This is a novelization by Terrance Dicks, whose name is almost synonymous with Doctor Who, of an original script by Terry Nation — the real creator of the Daleks.



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