The Ultimate Evil


The Ultimate Evil

Doctorwhobook
title=The Ultimate Evil
series=Doctor Who Missing Episodes


number=2
featuring=Sixth Doctor Peri
writer=Wally K. Daly
publisher=Target Books
isbn= ISBN 0-4262-0338-0
set_between="Revelation of the Daleks" and "The Mysterious Planet"
pages=
date=August 1989
preceding=The Nightmare Fair
The Chase
following=Mission to Magnus
Mission to the Unknown|

"The Ultimate Evil" is the second in a series of novelisations, based on a number of cancelled scripts from the 1986 season of "Doctor Who". It was written by Wally K. Daly. It was first published by Target Books in 1989 as the second volume of its "Missing Episodes" series.

ynopsis

The Sixth Doctor's TARDIS is working perfectly, leaving him with nothing to do. When Peri suggests a holiday, the Doctor decides to visit the peaceful country of Tranquela. But an evil arms dealer, the Dwarf Mordant has been busy fomenting hatred there, so they will break a truce with their enemy, the people of the continent of Ameliora. But when even the Doctor becomes affected, can anything stop Mordant's plans?

Background

It was announced in 1985 that Michael Grade, controller of BBC1, had cancelled a number of long running programmes in order to help fund the launch of a new soap opera named "EastEnders". Of the many programmes that were cancelled, "Doctor Who" was the most high profile. A campaign was quickly launched by the national press to see about its return and Grade very quickly confirmed that "Doctor Who" would be returning in 1986.

Several stories had already been in the planning stages for Season 23 of "Doctor Who", three of which were in the middle of being scripted when the announcement was made. "The Ultimate Evil" was to be directed by Fiona Cumming.

In 1988, Target Books, which had been successfully publishing novelisations of "Doctor Who" stories for many years, saw itself quickly running out of available televised material (although a number of serials remained unadapted, most of these were off-limits due to licensing problems). While negotiations went forward with the BBC for the publication of all new adventures, the decision was made to resurrect three of the cancelled scripts and publish them in book form. The writers of all three were approached, and all were signed on to write the novels.

References

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