Doctor Who and the Planet of the Spiders
 

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By:Terrance Dicks
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Editions:  UK UK (1st paperback) | UK UK (hardback) | UK UK (2nd paperback) | UK UK (3rd paperback)
Note:Also available as an audio reading.

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Edition: UK UK (1st paperback)
When:  October 1975
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-10655-5
Format: paperback
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'It's happening, Brigadier! It's happening!' Sarah cried out. The Brigadier watched, fascinated, as the lifeless body of his old friend and companion, Dr Who, suddenly began to glow with an eerie golden light... The features were blurring, changing...

'Well, bless my soul,' said the Brigadier. 'WHO will be next?'

Read the last exciting adventure of Dr Who's 3rd incarnation!

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Edition: UK UK (hardback)
When:  October 1975
Publisher:  Allan Wingate
ISBN:0-85523-052-5
Format: hardback
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Note:  Also listed on Amazon with the ISBN 0-85523-053-3. Two variant covers exist: The original with a red logo and a 1977 reprint with an orange logo.

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'It's happening, Brigadier! It's happening!' Sarah cried out. The Brigadier watched, fascinated, as the lifeless body of his old friend and companion, DOCTOR WHO, suddenly began to glow with an eerie golden light... The features were blurring, changing... 'Well, bless my soul,' said the Brigadier. 'WHO will he be next?'

Read the exciting adventure of DOCTOR WHO's third incarnation, which brings him face-to-face with the all-powerful eight-legs, the SPIDERS! When the Spiders begin to appear at a meditation centre in the South of England, only the Doctor realises the importance of the blue crystal which he stole from their planet a long time ago. And now they have come, utterly ruthless, to reclaim it...

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 UK (2nd paperback)
When:  September 1978
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-10655-5
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Note:  Same ISBN as previous paperback edition.

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Edition: UK UK (3rd paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
When:  August 1991
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-10655-5
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A planet ruled by spiders...

When Jo Grant left the Doctor he gave her the crystal that he found on the planet Metebelis 3. But that crystal is vital to the giant spiders who rule the planet, and now they send an emissary to Earth to recover it. The Doctor and Sarah are sent to Metebelis 3 to lead an uprising of human slaves against these hideous monsters...

Doctor Who — Planet of the Spiders was the last story to feature Jon Pertwee in the role of the Doctor and was written by Robert Sloman. This adaptation is by Terrance Dicks, who was script editor of the series for five years.

Doctor Who — Planet of Spiders is available as a BBC Video.



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