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Doctor Who – The Mind Robber
Series: Doctor Who -
Target Novelisation
Release Number: 115
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companions: Jamie McCrimmon, Zoe Heriot
Author: Peter Ling
Publisher: Target Books, W. H. Allen and Co. Ltd. UK
Publication: November 1986 (hardcover)
April 1987 (paperback)
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions, --- Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0-426-20286-4
Previous Story: Doctor Who - The Dominators
Following Story: Doctor Who - The Invasion



  • This novelisation is based on the original television serial DW: The Mind Robber which was shown from 14th September 1968 and written by Peter Ling
  • The cover and information shown on the right is for the original Target novel and featured the artwork of David McAlister. (See below for information on other UK and international editions which published with a different cover).

Publisher's Cover Blurb


1987 edition

To escape a catastrophic volcanic eruption the Doctor takes the TARDIS out of space and time-and into a void he can only describe as `nowhere’.
But the crisis is far from over and when the time-machine’s circuits overload, the TARDIS explodes.
The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe come to a dark unearthly forest. There they encounter a host of characters who seem somehow familiar: a beautiful princess with long flaxen hair, a sea traveller dressed in eighteenth-century clothes, and a white rabbit frantically consulting his pocket watch…
What is happening to the three time-travellers? What strange power guides their actions? In the Land of Fiction who can really tell?


  • Contains no illustrated pages

Deviations from the Televised Story

To be added

Author, Writing and Publishing Notes

  • Several ammendments were made to Peter Ling’s original submission of particular note was his mistaken belief that Zoe had long blond hair! The memory was not disproved until a viwing of the BBC video. Incidently, the character of Zoe, was at one point considered to be a male, with blonde hair!
  • Dedication: For Dave Baldock with love and gratitude.
  • The 1990 Target / Vigin edition utilised the same new cover artwork as used on the BBC video release.

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Publishing History (UK)

Hardback (November 1986)
  • W.H.Allen & Co. Ltd. UK ISBN:0491036825, copies priced £7.25 (UK))
Paperback (April 1987)
  • Target / W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. Single paperback edition, estimated print run: 32,500, priced £1.75 (UK).
Paperback (August 1990)
  • Target / Virgin Publishing New cover artwork by Alister Pearson, priced £2.50 (UK).

International Editions

To be added

External Sources

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