Author(s): Eric Saward
Trying to get Tegan back to Heathrow in 1981, the Doctor brings the TARDIS to the right place, but over 300 years early âe" in 1666. They are not the only visitors as Death stalks the local woods, complete with cloak, scythe and a skull-like face.
In fact, âe~Deathâe(tm) is an android brought by a group of alien Terileptils whose spaceship has crashed. Criminals and fugitives from their own race, they now plan to take over Earth. With Adric and Tegan captured, the Doctor and Nyssa try to deal with the deadly android, and a group of local villagers under the control of the Terileptils.
But even if they succeed, can they prevent the Terileptils from unleashing an even more deadly from of the Black Death?
This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 15âe"23 February 1982.
Featuring the Fifth Doctor as played by Peter Davison with his companions Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan
The Fifth Doctor must stop the Terileptils from causing chaos, in a new edition of a Doctor Who classic.
Eric Saward was born in December 1944 and attended grammar school until the age of 18. After working for a short time as an estate agent he moved to Holland for three years where he was briefly married. On his return to England he took a succession of jobs, including that of a bookseller at Hatchards in Piccadilly and then as an assistant manager at Collets Books in the Charing Cross Road. He then trained and worked for a while as an English teacher. He also started to write and found some success with drama scripts for radio, the first he had accepted being a play entitled The Fall and Fall of David Moore. At around the age of 30 he gave up teaching in order to pursue a full-time writing career. To supplement his income he was employed part-time in the theatre as a self-taught electrician, working on productions such as Hair at the Shaftesbury Theatre and The Canterbury Tales at the Phoenix. He was then approached by Doctor Who script editor Christopher H. Bidmead to submit an idea to the series, having been recommended to him by the senior drama script editor at BBC Radio. This led to a commission to write the season nineteen story The Visitation, on the strength of which he was subsequently appointed as Bidmead's successor. He left the series in 1986, following an artistic dispute with producer John Nathan-Turner. Since then he has continued to pursue a career as a freelance writer, including translated scripts for German, Norwegian and Icelandic radio. Author biography by David J. Howe, author of The Target Book, the complete illustrated guide to the Target Doctor Who novelisations.