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The classic Doctor Who story, abridged by James Goss from his original novelisation of the 1979 episode by Douglas Adams and David Fisher

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The key to Earth's destruction lies buried in its past.

Visiting Paris in 1979, the Doctor and Romana’s hopes for a holiday are soon shattered by armed thugs, a suave and dangerous Count, a plot to steal the Mona Lisa and a world-threatening experiment with time.

Teaming up with a British detective, the Time Lords discover that a ruthless alien plot hatched in Earth’s pre-history has reached its final stage. If Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth, cannot be stopped then the human race is history, along with all life on Earth…

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    April 16, 2018

    BBC Books

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    April 5, 2018

    BBC Digital

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Also by James Goss

Doctor Who: Scratchman
Doctor Who: The Missy Chronicles
Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen
Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred
Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet
Class: What She Does Next Will Astound You
Doctor Who: The Legends of Ashildr
Doctor Who: City of Death
Doctor Who: The Blood Cell (12th Doctor novel)
Doctor Who: The Doctor - His Lives and Times
Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects
Torchwood: First Born
Doctor Who: The Dalek Handbook
Doctor Who: Dead of Winter
Being Human: Bad Blood
Torchwood: Risk Assessment
Torchwood: Almost Perfect


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