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Doctor Who and the Giant Robot
Series: Doctor Who-
Target Novelisation
Release Number: 28 (given to later editions)
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companions: Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan, the Brigadier, Sergeant Benton, Captain Mike Yates, UNIT
Enemy: K1 Robot, Scientific Reform Society
Setting: London, Earth, circa 1970s
Author: Terrance Dicks
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen & Co
Publication: March 1975 (paperback)
April 1986 (hardcover)
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions, 124 Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0-426-10858-2
Previous Story: Doctor Who and the Planet of the Spiders
Following Story: Doctor Who and the Ark in Space



  • This novelisation is based on the original television serial DW: Robot which was shown from 28th December 1974 and written by Terrance Dicks
  • The cover and information shown on the right is for the Target novel and featured the artwork of Peter Brookes. (See below for information on other UK and international editions which published with a different cover).
  • The first edition utilized a unique variant of the Doctor Who logo incorporating an image of the Fourth Doctor within the O in Who (Otherwise, the Doctor is absent from the main art, the first time this had occurred since the first edition of Doctor Who and the Crusaders nearly a decade earlier.
  • The first hardcover edition did not appear until more than 11 years later.

Publisher's Cover Blurb


1975 edition

`Look, Brigadier! It’s growing!’ screamed Sarah.
The Brigadier stared in amazement as the Robot began to grow … and grow … swelling to the size of a giant!
Slowly the metal colossus, casting its enormous shadow upon the surrounding trees and buildings, began to stride towards the Brigadier. A giant metal hand reached down to grasp him … Can DOCTOR WHO defeat the evil forces controlling the Robot before they execute their plans to blackmail – or destroy – the world?


  • None

Deviations from the Televised Story

To be added

Author, Writing and Publishing Notes

  • The cover logo for the first edition uniquely used the Fourth Doctor’s face in the `O’ lettering in WHO. Disregarding this modification, this was the first Target novelisation to feature the then-current diamond logo (although only the lettering, not the diamond itself). Prior to this release the line had used a unique logo reminiscent of the one used between 1970 and 1973.
  • The inside cover of the original edition notes: “THE CHANGING FACE OF DOCTOR WHO. The cover illustration of this book portrays the fourth DOCTOR WHO” !

Associated Images

Publishing History (UK)

First Publication:

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


International Editions

To be added

Audio Release

This Target Book was released complete and unabridged by BBC Audio Books and read by Tom Baker who played the Fourth Doctor.

The audio set of 4 CD's with an ISBN 1-405-XX was released in November 2007 priced £17.99 (UK)

The cover blurb was retained in the accompanying booklet with sleevenotes by David J. Howe. Music and sound effects by Simon Power

Junior edition

Main article: Junior Doctor Who and the Giant Robot.

In 1980, Terrance Dicks published a shorter version of this novel aimed at younger readers; it was one of two such experiments.

External Sources

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