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Doctor Who – The Macra Terror
Series: Doctor Who -
Target Novelisation
Release Number: 123
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companions: Ben Jackson, Polly, Jamie McCrimmon
Enemy: Macra
Setting: Earth colony, the future
Author: Ian Stuart Black
Publisher: Target Books, W. H. Allen and Co. Ltd. UK
Publication: July 1987 (hardcover)
December 1987 (paperback)
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions, --- Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0-426-20307-0
Previous Story: Doctor Who and the Cybermen
Following Story: Doctor Who - The Faceless Ones



  • This novelisation is based on the original television serial DW: The Macra Terror which was shown from 11th March 1967 and written by Ian Stuart Black
  • The cover and information shown on the right is for the original Target novel and featured the artwork of Tony Masero. (See below for information on other UK and international editions which published with a different cover).

Publisher's Cover Blurb

In the far future a group of humans is living an idyllic existence on a distant planet. Their colony is run like a gigantic holiday camp and nothing seems to trouble their carefree existence.
When one of them claims that the colony is being invaded by hideous monsters, no one takes him seriously. But the Doctor’s suspicions are immediately aroused.
What is the terrible menace that lurks at the heart of this apparent paradise? Why are the colonists unaware of the danger that lies before their very eyes? And what is the Macra Terror?


  • Contains no illustrated pages

Deviations from the Televised Story

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Author, Writing and Publishing Notes

  • No available photographic reference material was available to cover artist Tony Masero, who based his design on real crabs.
  • Range editor Nigel Robinson was unsuccessful in trying to encourage writer Ian Stuart Black to write in the more adult way that he intended for the range by emphasizing the mind controlling aspect of the story.
  • Dedication: Especially for the entertainment of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society (amongst others)
  • Inside back cover colour details of Fantastic Doctor Who Poster Offers.

Associated Images

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Publishing History (UK)

Hardback (July 1987)
  • W.H.Allen & Co. Ltd. UK ISBN:0491032277, copies priced £7.95 (UK))
Paperback (December 1987)
  • Target / W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. Two paperback editions, estimated first print run: 25,500, priced £1.95 (UK).
Interior ISBN 0426202538, exterior ISBN 0426203070

International Editions

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External Sources


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