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Doctor Who – The Dominators
Series: Doctor Who -
Target Novelisation
Release Number: 86
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companions: Jamie McCrimmon, Zoe Heriot
Author: Ian Marter
Publisher: Target Books, W. H. Allen and Co. Ltd. UK
Publication: April 1984 (hardcover)
July 1984 (paperback)
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions, 126 Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0-426-19553-1
Previous Story: Doctor Who - The Wheel in Space
Following Story: Doctor Who - The Mind Robber



  • This novelisation is based on the original television serial DW: The Dominators which was shown from 14th August 1968 and written by Norman Ashby
  • The cover and information shown on the right is for the original Target novel and featured the artwork of Andrew Skilleter. (See below for information on other UK and international editions which published with a different cover).

Publisher's Cover Blurb


1984 edition

The Doctor remembers Dulkis from a previous visit as a civilised and peaceful place. But times have changed, and his second trip is not quite the holiday he was expecting.
The Dulcians themselves are more reluctant than ever before to engage in acts of violence. The so-called Island of Death, once used as an atomic test site, has served as a dire warning of the horrifying consequences of warfare. But an alien race prepares to take advantage of their pacifism…
The whole planet and its passive inhabitants are threatened with complete annihilation - and no one it seems, is going to lift a finger to stop the evil Dominators and their unquestioning robot slaves.

1991 edition

The Doctor hesitated. "Well ... it kills people..." "Fire it!" Rago commanded.
Dulkis. A planet where war has been outlawed and where the Island of Death, once used as an atomic test site, has served as a dire warning to generations of Dulcians of the horrifying consequences of war.
But an alien race prepares to take advantage of their pacifism: the whole planet is threatened with annihilation by the Dominators and their robot slaves...
The five episodes of The Dominators, first broadcast in 1968 and featuring Patrick Troughton in the role of the Doctor, were written by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln under the shared pseudonym "Norman Ashby". This book, originally published in 1984, is by the late Ian Marter, who novelized several Doctor Who stories and who played the role of TARDIS traveller Harry Sullivan from 1974 to 1975.
Doctor Who - The Dominators is available on BBC Video and has recently been broadcast on BSB television.


  • Contains no illustrated pages

Deviations from the Televised Story

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Author, Writing and Publishing Notes

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Associated Images

Publishing History (UK)

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First Publication:

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


1991 Virgin Publishing with a new cover by Alistair Pearson priced £3.50 (UK)

International Editions

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External Sources

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