Doctor Who and the
State of Decay
State of decay hardcover
Series Target novelisations
Country United Kingdom
Release date 17 September 1981
Format Hardcover
No. of pages 125
Original RRP £4.50
Other info
State of Decay
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Author Terrance Dicks
Published by W. H. Allen & Co.
ISBN No. 0-491-02953-5

In 1981, State of Decay was released by W. H. Allen & Co. under the title Doctor Who and the State of Decay.

Cover BlurbEdit

The Doctor, Romana and K9 — and a young stowaway called Adric — are trapped in the alternative universe of E-Space.

Seeking help, they land on an unknown planet — and find a nightmare world where oppressed peasants toil for the Lords who live in the Tower, and where all learning is forbidden — a society in a state of decay.

What is the terrifying secret of the Three Who Rule? What monstrous creature stirs beneath the Tower, waking from its thousand-year sleep?

The Doctor discovers that the oldest and deadliest enemy of the Time Lords is about to spring into horrifying action.


  • Cover by Andrew Skilleter.
  • Print run: 3,000.

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