|Publication Date||21 October 1976|
1976 Target Books edition
Jo peered through the panel and saw nothing. Yet someone had entered the cabin. She could hear hoarse breathing and stealthy padding footsteps. A beaker rose in the air of its own accord, then dropped to the floor … THE INVISIBLE ENEMY
After pursuing the DALEKS through Space, DOCTOR WHO lands on the Planet of Spiridon, in the midst of a tropical jungle … and finds more than Daleks. Vicious plants spitting deadly poison, invisible Spiridons attacking from all sides and, in hiding, a vast army, waits … for the moment to mobilise and CONQUER
1992 Target Books edition
‘THE DOCTOR’S BREATHING SEEMS TO HAVE STOPPED. THERE IS NO PULSE OR HEARTBEAT, AND HIS SKIN IS ICY COLD.’
Alone with the injured and unconscious Doctor, Jo Grant ventures on to the planet Spiridon to find help.
But in the lush undergrowth of Spiridon there lurks disease, poisonous plants, invisible enemy and, most sinister of all, an army of Daleks, waiting in secret for the signal to mobilize – and conquer.
This novelisation by Terrance Dicks of an original script by Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks as well as of such classic series as Blake’s 7 and Survivors.
- Jo Alone
- The Invisible Menace
- The Deadly Trap
- In the Power of the Daleks
- The Escape
- Danger on Level Zero
- Ascent to Peril
- The Enemy Within
- Vaber’s Sacrifice
- Return to the City
- An Army Awakes
- The Last Gamble
DEVIATIONS FROM THE TELEVISED STORY
- The Daleks saturated the forests with deadly rays which destroyed most of Spiridon. The cliffhanger ending, left out of The Space War is instated here.
- The supreme Dalek is an envoy from the Dalek Emperor.
- The Thals give The Doctor and Jo anti-fungus suits.
- Jo states in the log that The Doctor was injured in a Dalek ambush. In the televised version of Frontier in Space, he was injured in a confrontation with The Master and the Ogrons after the Daleks left.
- Vaber questions Taron’s decision to go and help The Doctor.
- Codal states that he volunteered for the mission because he was the only scientist young and fit enough, rather than because his entire section volunteered.
- Vaber is present when Rebec tells Taron about the Dalek army, rather than having gone to look for other survivors.
- Vaber and Latep’s bomb doesn’t detonate because it is buried by an icecano, rather than because it was faulty.
- It is Vaber, rather than Taron, who joins The Doctor in spray-painting the invisible Dalek.
- Wester removes his robes before releasing the virus, meaning he is invisible at the time. There is no mention of him becoming visible when he dies.