The Pirate Planet
 

No. 11 of 17 in the BBC prestige novels series
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Note:Novelisation of the classic 1978 Tom Baker TV story The Pirate Planet. Also available as an audio reading.

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Edition: UK (hardback)
Released:  January 2017
Publisher:  BBC Books
ISBN:978-1-84990-677-7
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‘Yes, it was the supreme fragment of the previous universe, yes, it could restore the balance between good and evil in this one, but really... did there have to be six pieces of it?’

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Edition: Germany (paperback)
Title:  Der Piratenplanet
Released:  February 2017
Publisher:  Cross Cult
ISBN:978-3-95981-180-4
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Edition: Italy (paperback)
Title:  Il Pianeta Pirata
Released:  May 2017
Publisher:  Mondadori
ISBN:978-88-04-67384-2
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UNA NUOVA AVVENTURA DI DOCTOR WHO, LA SERIE PIÙ LONGEVA DI SEMPRE, CREATA DALL’AUTORE-CULTO DELLA GUIDA GALATTICA PER AUTOSTOPPISTI

«La vista, l’olfatto, l’istinto gli dicevano che questo pianeta aveva qualcosa di sbagliato. Qualcosa di decisamente sbagliato. Splendido.
Avanzò, pronto a nuove avventure.»

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Edition: UK (paperback)
Released:  February 2018
Publisher:  BBC Books
ISBN:978-1-84990-678-4
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‘A joy from start to finish’
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Aboard the TARDIS: The Doctor, Romana, and K-9 scour the galaxy in search of six seemingly lost pieces of the incredibly powerful Key to Time.

They soon locate a fragment in the outer reaches of the universe on the happy and prosperous planet of Zanak. Once outside, however, they quickly realise they’re in the wrong place at exactly the right time.

The planet is entering yet another New Golden Age with enough gems and minerals for every resident. So, obviously, something is very, very wrong.

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Edition: Czech Republic (hardback)
Title:  Pirátská Planeta
Released:  March 2018
Publisher:  Argo
ISBN:978-80-257-2330-2
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Edition: Russia (hardback)
Title:  Доктор Кто. Пиратская планета
Released:  June 2018
Publisher:  AST
ISBN:978-5-17-102505-2
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Edition: UK (abridged paperback)
Released:  March 2021
Publisher:  BBC Books
ISBN:978-1-78594-530-4
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Note:  Target-style abridged version, published as part of the new Target novelisations range.
The opening chapter of this novelisation, along with the other 6 new Target novelisations published in 2021, were included in Doctor Who and the Library of Time, a paperback book given away for free with Doctor Who Magazine issue 561 in February 2021. (Not listed here as I don’t list “freebies” — items must be available for purchase by themselves to qualify for listing on this website.)

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‘We Have All Systems Go for the Dawn of a New Golden Age of Prosperity!’


The hugely powerful Key to Time has been split into six segments, all of which have been disguised and hidden throughout time and space. Now the even more powerful White Guardian wants the Doctor to find the pieces. With the first segment successfully retrieved, the Doctor, Romana and K-9 trace the second segment of the Key to the planet Calufrax. But when they arrive at exactly the right point in space, they find themselves on exactly the wrong planet — Zanak.

Ruled by the mysterious ‘Captain’, Zanak is a happy and prosperous planet. Mostly. If the mines run out of valuable minerals and gems then the Captain merely announces a New Golden Age and they fill up again. It’s an economic miracle — so obviously something’s very wrong...

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 30 September - 21 October 1978.

Featuring the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker and his companion Romana.


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