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Doctor Who and the Time Warrior
Series: Doctor Who-
Target Novelisation
Release Number: 65 (given to later editions)
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companions: Sarah Jane Smith, the Brigadier, UNIT
Enemy: Linx, Irongron
Setting: Earth, circa 1970s and 13th century
Author: Terrance Dicks
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen & Co
Publication: February 1978 (paperback)
June 1978 (hardcover)
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions, 144 Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0-426-200223-3
Previous Story: Doctor Who and the Green Death
Following Story: Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion



  • This novelisation is based on the original television serial generally referred to as DW: The Time Warrior which was shown from 15th December 1973 and written by Robert Holmes
  • The cover and information shown on the right is for the original Target novel and featured the artwork of Jeff Cummins. (See below for information on other UK and international editions which published with a different cover).

Publisher's Cover Blurb


1978 edition

His spaceship crippled in an inter-stellar battle, the Sontaran warrior, Linx, is forced to crash-land on earth. He arrives in the Middle Ages, a time too primitive to provide the technology he needs to repair his ship. Allying himself with the local robber chief, Linx uses his powers to `borrow’ scientists and equipment from twentieth-century earth.
Doctor Who tracks down the missing scientists and journeys into the past to save them. But can he defeat the ruthless Linx and his savage human allies before the course of human history is changed forever?


  • None

Deviations from the Televised Story

To be added

Author, Writing and Publishing Notes

  • Robert Holmes submitted three pages towards ‘his’ novelisation of the story, before handing it over to Terrance Dicks (who used the notes as a prologue), to finish.

Associated Images

Publishing History (UK)

To be added

First Publication:

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


1993 Virgin Publishing with a new cover by Alister Pearson priced £3.50 (UK)

International Editions

To be added

External Sources

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