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The Taking of Planet 5
Series: Doctor Who -
BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures
Release Number: 28
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companions: Fitz Kreiner, Compassion
Enemy: Fendahl, Future Time Lords
Setting: Planet 5, 12 Million Years ago, Antarctica, 1999
Author: Simon Bucher-Jones & Mark Clapham
Publisher: BBC Books
Publication: October, 1999
Format: Paperback Book, --- Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0 563 55578 5
Previous Story: The Blue Angel
Following Story: Frontier Worlds


Publisher's Summary

Twelve million years ago, a war touched the Earth briefly. Now, in Antarctica, an archaeological team has discovered the detritus of the conflict. And it’s alive.

Twelve million years ago, a creature evolved that was capable of consuming all life in the universe. Now someone, or something, is desperate enough to want to revive it.

Outside the ordered universe, things move. They’re hungry. And something has given them the scent of our space/time.

In the far future, the Doctor has learnt of the war and feels he must intervene -- but it’s more than just a local conflict of interest. One of the groups of combatants is from his own future, and the other has never, ever, existed.




  • A temporal anomaly disgorges the Borad (from Timelash) and is dealt with by temporal investigators.
  • Alien Bodies, Unnatural History, Interference, The Shadows of Avalon are all points where when the Doctor (and companions) have encountered elements of the Time Lord's Future War with the Enemy, and/or the Faction Paradox.
  • The Doctor admits to being fascinated by 1980s children's television. Including something about "robots in disguise" (with accompanying hand gestures and "chk-chk-chk" sound effect).
  • The future TARDISes refer to the Doctor's TARDIS in a reverential fashion because the Doctor "freed" his TARDIS from his control.

External Links

Doctor Who Reference Guide - The Taking of Planet 5 Detailed Synopsis

BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures
Previous Release:
The Blue Angel
Next Release:
Frontier Worlds


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