Doctor Who 1987-88

Season 24

  • Story 147: Time and the Rani (September 7-28, 1987)
  • Story 148: Paradise Towers (October 5-26, 1987)
  • Story 149: Delta And the Bannermen (November 2-16, 1987)
  • Story 150: Dragonfire (November 23-December 7, 1987)

Doctor Who Magazine

  • April, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 123
  • May, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 124
  • June, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 125
  • July, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 126
  • August, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 127
  • September, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 128
  • October, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 129
  • November, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 130
  • December, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 131
  • January, 1988: Doctor Who Magazine No 132
  • February, 1988: Doctor Who Magazine No 133
  • March, 1988: Doctor Who Magazine No 134

Novelisations

  • April 16, 1987: The Mind Robber
  • May 21, 1987: The Faceless Ones
  • June 18, 1987: The Space Museum
  • July, 16, 1987: The Sensorites
  • August 20, 1987: The Reign of Terror
  • September 19, 1987: The Romans
  • October, 1987: K-9 and Company
  • October, 1987: The Ambassadors of Death
  • November 19, 1987: The Massacre
  • November 19, 1987: The Mysterious Planet
  • December 10, 1987: The Macra Terror
  • January 21, 1988: The Rescue
  • January 21, 1988: Vengeance on Varos
  • February 18, 1988: Terror of the Vervoids
  • March 17, 1988: The Time Meddler

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Season 24

Season 24 of Doctor Who ran between 7 September 1987 and 7 December 1987. It introduced Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor. The season featured the introduction of new companion Ace, who would be a prominent figure in the spinoff fiction that kept the Doctor Who name alive following its cancellation in 1989 and was the final official onscreen companion until Rose Tyler in the revived series.

Unlike the previous regenerations of the Doctor, the Sixth Doctor’s happened at the beginning of the season’s episode. Colin Baker, who played the Sixth Doctor, would not come back to shoot a few episodes leading up to the regeneration as he felt insulted at being replaced after a short time as the Doctor and was displeased to make fans think he was still the Doctor for another year when he was only offered one story before his dismissal.

Recurring Cast

  • The Seventh Doctor – Sylvester McCoy
  • Mel – Bonnie Langford (departs in Dragonfire)
  • Ace – Sophie Aldred (introduced in Dragonfire)
  • The Rani – Kate O’Mara
  • Sabalom Glitz – Tony Selby

Story 147: Time And the Rani (September 7-28, 1987)

Story 148: Paradise Towers (October 5-26, 1987)

Story 149: Delta And the Bannermen (November 2-16, 1987)

Story 150: Dragonfire (November 23-December 7, 1987)

Doctor Who Magazine

April, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 123

May, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 124

June, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 125

July, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 126

August, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 127

September, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 128

October, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 129

November, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 130

December, 1987: Doctor Who Magazine No 131

January, 1988: Doctor Who Magazine No 132

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February, 1988: Doctor Who Magazine No 133

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March, 1988: Doctor Who Magazine No 134

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Novelisations

April 16, 1987: The Mind Robber

May 21, 1987: The Faceless Ones

June 18, 1987: The Space Museum

July, 16, 1987: The Sensorites

August 20, 1987: The Reign of Terror

September 19, 1987: The Romans

October, 1987: K-9 and Company

October, 1987: The Ambassadors of Death

November 19, 1987: The Massacre

November 19, 1987: The Mysterious Planet

December 10, 1987: The Macra Terror

January 21, 1988: The Rescue

Doctor_Who-The_RescueThe Rescue was a novelisation based on the 1965 television serial The Rescue.

From his one previous visit the Doctor remembers the inhabitants of the planet Dido as a gentle, peace-loving people.

But when he returns, things have changed dramatically. It seems that the Dido have brutally massacred the crew of the crashed spaceliner Astra. Even now they are threatening the lives of the sole survivors, Bennett and the orphan girl Vicki.

Why have the Didoi apparently turned against their peaceful natures? Can Bennett and Vicki survive until the rescue ship from Earth arrives? And who is the mysterious Koquillion?

January 21, 1988: Vengeance on Varos

Doctor_Who_Vengeance_on_VarosVengeance on Varos was a novelisation based on the 1985 television serial Vengeance on Varos.

The TARDIS has stalled in mid-flight, and it is only on the planet Varos that the Doctor can find his precious Zeiton-7 ore he needs to continue his travels through time and space.

Arriving on the planet, he saves the rebel Jondar from execution, and incurs the wrath of Sil, the sadistic representative of the Galatron Mining Corporation on Varos.

The hunt is on for the Doctor and his rebel friends. And as they are pursued through the corridors of the deadly Punishment Dome, the Doctor discovers that the people of Varos have some very disturbing ideas of entertainment …

February 18, 1988: Terror of the Vervoids

Doctor_Who_Terror_of_the_VervoidsTerror of the Vervoids was a novelisation based on the 1986 television story Terror of the Vervoids.

The Time Lords have brought the Sixth Doctor to trial, accusing him of gross interference in the affairs of other planets. If he is found guilty he must forfeit all his remaining regenerations.

In his defence the Doctor tells of an adventure set on board the Hyperion III space liner in his future. Answering a distress call, the Doctor and Mel arrive on the liner just as a series of grisly murders begins.

Who is behind the murders? Do the enigmatic Mogarians have anything to do with them? Who sent the distress call to the TARDIS? And what hideous menace lies waiting in the Hydroponic Centre?

March 17, 1988: The Time Meddler

Time_Meddler_novelThe Time Meddler was a novelisation based on the 1965 television serial The Time Meddler.

When the TARDIS materialises on an apparently deserted Northumbrian beach, Steven disputes the Doctor’s claim that they have travelled back to the eleventh century. The discovery of a modern wristwatch in a nearby forest merely reinforces his opinion.

But it is 1066, the most important date in English history, and the Doctor’s arrival has not gone unnoticed. Observing the appearance of the TARDIS is a mysterious monk who recognises the time-machine for what it is. He also knows that the Doctor poses a serious threat to his master plan – a plan which, if successful, could alter the future of the entire world…

 

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