Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster (Terror of the Zygons)
 

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By:Terrance Dicks
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Note:Also available as an audio reading. This is a novelisation of Terror of the Zygons and was later reprinted under its original title. This novelisation was also republished as part of the "compilation" The Adventures of Doctor Who.

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Edition: UK (1st paperback)
Released:  January 1976
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11041-2
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Why is Doctor Who suddenly summoned to the shores of Loch Ness? Terror and panic spread as the third oil rig is smashed into the sea by a mysterious force... the monster?

The controlling power must be the Zygons — alien creatures who have lived hidden on Earth for thousands of years, and now feel strong enough to take over the planet... The Doctor, Sarah and UNIT have different ideas — but can they outwit the supreme cunning of the ruthless Zygons?

Doctor Who scripts — awarded The Writers' Guild Award for the best British children's original drama script.

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Edition: UK (hardback)
Released:  January 1976
Publisher:  Allan Wingate
ISBN:0-85523-054-1
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Why is DOCTOR WHO suddenly summoned to the shores of Loch Ness? Terror and panic spread as the third oil rig is smashed into the sea by a mysterious force... the monster? The controlling power must be the ZYGONS — alien creatures who have lived hidden on Earth for thousands of years, and now feel strong enough to take over the planet... The Doctor, Sarah and UNIT have different ideas — but can they outwit the supreme cunning of the ruthless ZYGONS?

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 freelance author and writes many of the highly successful 'Doctor Who' books.

Terrance Dicks lives in Hampstead, London, is married and has three children. He is an obsessive reader, likes 'messing about in boats' and is cultivating an interest in mysticism and meditation.

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Edition: UK (2nd paperback)
Released:  August 1978
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11041-2
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Note:  Same ISBN as previous paperback edition; the main difference is the cover design, with a green logo instead of blue.

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Edition: US (paperback)
Released:  June 1979
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:0-523-40609-6
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Note:  Number 6 in the series of 10 US paperback novelisations published by Pinnacle in 1979-1980 — the others were: 1) Day of the Daleks, 2) The Doomsday Weapon, 3) The Dinosaur Invasion, 4) Genesis of the Daleks, 5) Revenge of the Cybermen, 7) The Talons of Weng-Chiang, 8) The Masque of Mandragora, 9) The Android Invasion and 10) The Seeds of Doom. Each of these US editions were reprinted several times between 1979 and 1989, with the ISBN changing 3 times (the different ISBNs are listed as separate editions below).

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BORN-AGAIN ZYGONS

Investigating mysterious attacks on North Sea oil rigs, Doctor Who discovers that, yes, there really is a Loch Ness Monster.

Half-animal and half-machine, it's the Skarasen, a monster-child of the exiled Zygons. They and their crippled spaceship have been hiding for centuries. Now that they have regained their strength, the born-again but homeless Zygons plan to invade Earth, conquer its primitive people and stay on — as rulers.

Doctor Who is rather worried, even terrified, that the Zygons really might take over. Will Doctor Who be able to outwit the cunning strategies of the ruthless and dynamic Zygons in time to save us all?

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Edition: US (2nd paperback)
Released:  January 1981
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:0-523-41791-8
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Edition: US (3rd paperback)
Released:  April 1983
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:0-523-42502-3
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Edition: US (hardback)
Released:  June 1986
Publisher:  Aeonian
ISBN:0-84880-155-5
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Note:  Limited edition of 40 copies.

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Edition: US (4th paperback)
Released:  January 1989
Publisher:  Pinnacle
ISBN:1-55817-193-2
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Edition: UK (3rd paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who: Terror of the Zygons
Released:  March 1993
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-20391-7
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'This is no ordinary sea serpent... We're dealing with a cyborg!'

Summoned back to Earth by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, the Doctor is asked to investigate a series of mysterious attacks on Scottish oil rigs. The culprit appears to be Nessie herself, but the monster turns out to be a Skarasen, the half animal, half machine creation of the Zygons. The Doctor, Sarah and Harry must stop the Zygons, some of whom have taken human form, from making Earth their new home planet.

This book, previously published as Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster, has been retitled in line with the TV story.

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Edition: UK (4th paperback)
Released:  May 2012
Publisher:  BBC Books
ISBN:978-1-84990-475-9
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Note:  Following Random House/BBC Books' 6 successful novelisation reprints in 2011, this was a second batch of half-a-dozen reprints, released in both paperback and e-book form. The others in this batch were: The Ark in Space, The Day of the Daleks, The Ice Warriors, The Tenth Planet and The Three Doctors.

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Harry stared in amazement at the fierce head on the immensely long neck, the huge body with its two low humps, and the flat, powerful tail. 'We must be under Loch Ness,' he gasped. 'And that thing — that's the monster!'

Centuries ago, a Zygon spaceship crash landed in Loch Ness. Now, with their home planet destroyed, the alien creatures plan to take over Earth. Their most powerful weapon is a huge, armoured, dinosaur-like creature of terrifying power that they brought to Earth as an embryo — the Loch Ness Monster.

The Doctor, Sarah, and Harry soon discover that the Zygons have another weapon. They can assume the identity of any human they capture. Who knows which of their friends might really be a Zygon?

UNIT faces one of its toughest battles as Broton, Warlord of the Zygons, puts his plan into action and the Loch Ness Monster attacks.

THIS NOVEL IS BASED ON A DOCTOR WHO STORY WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY BROADCAST FROM 30 AUGUST TO 20 SEPTEMBER 1975.

Featuring the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker, with his companions Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan and the UNIT organisation commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart


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