Doctor Who and the Face of Evil
 

No. 25 of 156 in the Target novelisations series
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By:Terrance Dicks
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Editions:  UK (1st paperback) | UK (hardback) | UK (Classics paperback) | UK (2nd paperback)
Note:This novelisation was also republished as part of the "compilation" The Further Adventures of Doctor Who.

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Edition: UK (1st paperback)
Released:  January 1978
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-20006-3
Format: paperback
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Cover blurb:
Setting the controls for Earth, the Doctor is surprised when the TARDIS lands in a primeval forest. Has the Tracer gone wrong or has some impulse deep in his unconscious mind directed him to this alien planet? In investigating the forest, the Doctor meets and assists Leela, a warrior banished from her tribe, the Sevateem. Through Leela it gradually becomes apparent that the constant war between the Sevateem and the Tesh has been instigated by the god they both worship, Xoanon.

Xoanon, an all-powerful computer, is possessed by a desperate madness — a madness that is directly related to Doctor Who, that causes Xoanon to assume the voice and form of the Doctor, a madness that is partly caused by the Doctor and that only the Doctor himself can rectify!

The Doctor must not only do battle with Xoanon, but also must escape from the savage practices of the Sevateem, and the technically mind-controlling destructive impulses of the Tesh.

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Edition: UK (hardback)
Released:  January 1978
Publisher:  WH Allen
ISBN:0-491-02214-X
Format: hardback
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No blurb on back cover. The inside front flap contains the same blurb as the paperback edition. The inside rear flap contains the following author blurb:

Terrance Dicks was born in 1935 and 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 free-lance 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: UK (Classics paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who Classics: The Face of Evil and The Sunmakers
Released:  May 1989
Publisher:  Star
ISBN:0-352-32417-1
Format: paperback
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Note:  This "twin release" also contains the novelisation of The Sunmakers. One of seven Doctor Who Classics novels released in 1988-1989, each one consisting of a pair of Target novelisations published together in one paperback volume. The others were: The Gunfighters / The Myth Makers, The Dalek Invasion of Earth / The Crusaders, The Dominators / The Krotons, The Mind of Evil / The Claws of Axos, The Daemons / The Time Monster and The Seeds of Doom / The Deadly Assassin.

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Edition: UK (2nd paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who: The Face of Evil
Released:  April 1993
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-20006-3
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Note:  Same ISBN as previous paperback edition.

Cover blurb:
When Xoanon gets desperate enough, he's going to destroy everything...'

Thinking the controls are set for Earth, the Doctor is surprised when the TARDIS lands in a huge primeval forest where chaos reigns — chaos for which the Doctor is partly responsible. This is home to the Sevateem and Tesh tribes, who are constantly engaged in savage wars to appease their god Xoanon. Through meeting Leela, the young female warrior banished by her tribe, the Doctor discovers that the constant raging battles between them are instigated by none other than Xoanon, in reality an all-powerful giant computer. With Leela as his companion, the Doctor must not only battle with Xoanon, but reconcile the differences between the two tribes — who are both intent on subjecting them to their savage law.

The Face of Evil was the creation of one of the TV series' most memorable teams: Tom Baker as the Doctor and Louise Jameson as the warrior Leela.


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