Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks
 

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By:Terrance Dicks
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Editions:  UK UK (hardback) | UK UK (1st paperback) | UK UK (2nd paperback) | Germany Germany (paperback) | Germany Germany (2nd paperback) | UK UK (3rd paperback)
Note:Also available as an audio reading. This novelisation was also republished as part of two "compilations": an abridged version in Doctor Who and the Daleks Omnibus and an unabridged version in Dalek Omnibus.

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Edition: UK UK (hardback)
When:  September 1976
Publisher:  Allan Wingate
ISBN:0-85523-076-2
Format: hardback
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Edition: UK UK (1st paperback)
When:  October 1976
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11252-0
Format: paperback
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Jo peered through the panel and saw — nothing. Yet someone had entered the cabin. She could hear hoarse breathing and stealthy padding footsteps. A beaker rose in the air of its own accord, then dropped to the floor... The Invisible Enemy

After pursuing the Daleks through Space, Doctor Who lands on the Planet of Spiridon, in the midst of a tropical jungle... and finds more than Daleks. Vicious plants spitting deadly poison, invisible Spiridons attacking from all sides and, in hiding, a vast army waits... for the moment to mobilise and conquer.

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Edition: UK UK (2nd paperback)
When:  August 1978
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11252-0
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Note:  Same ISBN as the original paperback edition; the only change is to the cover design, with a green logo instead of red. Though unusually, subsequent reprints (of which there were several between 1980 and 1987) went back to using the original red logo.

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Edition: Germany Germany (paperback)
Title:  Dr. Who: Der Planet der Daleks
When:  January 1980
Publisher:  Schneider-Buch
ISBN:3-505-07254-0
Format: paperback
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Note:  Surprisingly, this uses a different translation than the 1989 German edition (below). In total, 6 TV novelisations were translated into German — the others were An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Death to the Daleks and Destiny of the Daleks.

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Bösartige Pflanzen verspritzen ihr todbringendes Geft. Unsichtbare Wesen schleichen durch den Dschungel. Irgendwo ubter der Erde wartet eine riesige Armee seelenloser Daleks auf ihren Einsatz. Bei der Landung auf dem Planeten SPIRIDON erwarten Dr. Who Abenteuer und Gefahren, wie sie sich kein Irdischer vorzustellen vermag.

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Edition: Germany Germany (2nd paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who und der Planet der Daleks
When:  December 1989
Publisher:  Goldmann
ISBN:3-442-23622-3
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Note:  This uses a different translation than the 1980 German edition (above).

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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!

Auf seiner Verfolgungsjagd nach den Daleks landet der Doktor zusammen mit seiner Freundin Jo auf dem Planeten Spiridon, inmitten eines tropischen Dschungels. Doch nicht nur Daleks erwarten ihn auf dem Planeten, sondern auch hinterhältige, spuckende Giftpflanzen, unsichtbare Ureinwohner, eine kleine Thalexpedition — und eine riesige Armee tiefgefrorener Daleks, die jeden Moment aus ihrem Kälteschlaf erwachen kann, um die Galaxie zu erobern...

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Edition: UK UK (3rd paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who: Planet of the Daleks
When:  July 1992
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11252-0
Format: paperback
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Note:  Same ISBN as previous UK paperback edition.

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'The Doctor's breathing seems to have stopped. There is no pulse or heartbeat, and his skin is icy cold.'

Alone with the injured and unconscious Doctor, Jo Grant ventures on to the planet Spiridon to find help.

But in the lush undergrowth of Spiridon there lurks disease, poisonous plants, invisible enemies and, most sinister of all, an army of Daleks, waiting in secret for the signal to mobilize — and conquer.

This is a novelization by Terrance Dicks of an original script by Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks as well as of such classic series as Blake's 7 and Survivors.



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