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Doctor Who - Death to the Daleks
Series: Doctor Who -
Target Novelisation
Release Number: 22 (given to later editions)
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companions: Sarah Jane Smith
Enemy: Daleks, Exxilons
Setting: Exxilon
Author: Terrance Dicks
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen & Co
Publication: July 1978
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions, 125 Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0-426-20042-X
Previous Story: Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion
Following Story: Doctor Who and the Monster of Peladon



  • This novelisation is based on the original television serial DW: Death to the Daleks which was shown from 23rd January 1974 and written by Terry Nation
  • The cover and information shown on the right is for the original Target novel and featured the artwork of Roy Knipe. (See below for information on other UK and international editions which published with a different cover).

Publisher's Cover Blurb


1978 edition

A mysterious power-loss strands the TARDIS on Exxilon, a sinister fog-shrouded alien planet. Forced to brave the dangers of the planet, the Doctor meets the survivors of a beleaguered expedition from Earth searching for a precious mineral that can save the galaxy from a terrible space-plague. Sarah finds a mysterious super-City and becomes a captive of the savage Exxilons, and, worst of all, the Doctor’s greatest enemies, the dreaded Daleks, arrive on a secret mission of their own.
What terrifying power makes captives of all who come to the planet? What is the secret of the mysterious deserted City with its great flashing beacon? And what sinister plan has brought the Daleks to Exxilon? The Doctor and Sarah must risk their lives time and again in a desperate attempt to foil the Daleks and save millions of humans from the horrific plague.

1991 edition

"It's as if the TARDIS is dying," whispered Sarah...

Mysteriously drained of its energy by a strange force, the TARDIS and its occupants are stranded on the planet Exxilon, a planet inhabited by a savage and degenerate race. But it's here alone that the cure for the hideous space plague can be found, a cure so vital that even the Daleks are willing to join forces with the Doctor in order to find it...

Doctor Who - Death to the Daleks was first broadcast in 1974 and was written by Terry Nation, the creator of the Daleks. This novelization was written by Terrance Dicks, who was script editor of the series for five years and who has novelized more than sixty Doctor Who television stories.

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Deviations from the Televised Story

  • The Dalek's replacement weapons are referred to as "machine guns" (i.e., fully automatic slug-throwers); in the television story, the weapons appeared to function as semi-automatics.

Author, Writing and Publishing Notes

  • An unused and unfinished piece of cover artwork for this title by Roy Knipe was later finished and and sold privately in the ealy 2000’s.

Associated Images

Publishing History (UK)

To be added

First Publication:

  • Hardback
W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
  • Paperback


1991 Target Books / Virgin Publishing with a new cover by Alister Pearson priced £2.50 (UK)

International Editions

To be added

External Sources

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