Doctor Who and an Unearthly Child
 

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Editions:  UK UK (1st paperback) | UK UK (hardback) | France France (paperback) | Germany Germany (paperback) | UK UK (2nd paperback)

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Edition: UK UK (1st paperback)
When:  October 1981
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-20144-2
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Note:  Original printing has a red reflective foil Doctor Who logo on the cover. Reprinted several times between 1982 and 1985 with identical cover and ISBN, but with the Doctor Who logo simply printed in red instead (no foil).

Cover blurb:
First publication of the very first Doctor Who story

A strange girl who knows far more than she should about the past — and the future...

Two worried teachers whose curiosity leads them to a deserted junk yard, an extraordinary police box and a mysterious traveller known only as the Doctor...

A fantastic journey through Space and Time ending in a terrifying adventure at the dawn of history...

Doctor Who and an Unearthly Child — The beginning of a legend

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Edition: UK UK (hardback)
When:  October 1981
Publisher:  WH Allen
ISBN:0-491-02806-7
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Note:  Some sources also list an ISBN of 0-491-02748-6 for this edition.

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Edition: France France (paperback)
Title:  Docteur Who Entre en Scène
When:  January 1987
Publisher:  Éditions Garancière
ISBN:2-7340-0201-9
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Note:  The French title literally translates as "Doctor Who enters the scene" or "Doctor Who comes in". One of 8 French novelisations, all published in 1987 — the others were: The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Crusaders, The Masque of Mandragora, The Brain of Morbius, The Abominable Snowmen and Meglos.

Cover blurb:
Un milliard d'admirateurs à travers le monde!

Seigneur du Temps, héros de l'Éternité, le Docteur Who connaît aujourd'hui une fantastique popularité. Le succès inégalé de la série télévisée qui lui a donné naissance, la fascination qu'il exerce sur un immense public à travers plus de cent pays contribuent à faire de ce personnage un véritable mythe pour la premiere fois révélé en France.

Pour la première fois, des terriens accompagnent le docteur Who dans son voyage à l'aube de l'humanité quand les hommes n'étaient que des demibêtes. Parviendront-ils à déjouer tous les pièges de cette terrifiante guerre du feu?

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Edition: Germany Germany (paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who und das Kind von den Sternen
When:  January 1990
Publisher:  Goldmann
ISBN:3-442-23626-6
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Note:  The German title rather poetically translates as "Doctor Who and the Child of the Stars". In total, 6 TV novelisations were translated into German — the others were The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Planet of the Daleks, Death to the Daleks and Destiny of the Daleks.

Cover blurb:
Die Fernsehserie jetzt im Goldmann Taschenbuch!

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

Als Dr. Who mit seinem Begleitern auf dem öden Planeten landet, ahnt zunächst niemand etwas Böses. Doch dann wird der Doktor von Steinzeitmenschen entführt, die ihn, den Pfeifenraucher, für einen mächtigen Feuerzauberer halten. Und weil die Macht hat, wer über das Feuer gebietet, wird der Doktor wider Willen zu einer begehrten Trophäe unter den Steinzeitsmenschen.

Bei ihrem verzweifelten Befreiungsversuch geraten Ian, Barbara und Susan zu allem Unglück ebenfalls in die Gewalt der Wilden — und nun werden Stimmen laut, die Fremden doch dem Sonnengott zu opfern...

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Edition: UK UK (2nd paperback)
Title:  Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child
When:  February 1990
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-20144-2
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Note:  Same ISBN as previous UK paperback edition.

Cover blurb:
23 November 1963: The birth of a phenomenon

Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright are teachers at Coal Hill School in London. One of their pupils, a girl named Susan Foreman, intrigues them: she displays strange knowledge and an uncanny intelligence. They follow her home — and she leads them to a police telephone box, incongruously parked in a junk yard, where they meet a tetchy, white-haired old man. Susan calls him grandfather, but he says he is known as the Doctor...



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