BBC Books have revealed details of a new release of Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet featuring Tom Baker’s fourth Doctor.

This new release adapted by writer James Goss is a novel based on a long-forgotten draft of the script found in the Douglas Adams archive in Cambridge. A work by The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author that no-one has ever read. Unseen for 40 years and vastly different from the classic TV show.

Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet

The hugely powerful Key to Time has been split into six segments, all of which have been disguised and hidden throughout time and space. Now the even more powerful White Guardian wants the Doctor to find the pieces.

With the first segment successfully retrieved, the Doctor, Romana and K-9 trace the second segment of the Key to the planet Calufrax. But when they arrive at exactly the right point in space, they find themselves on exactly the wrong planet – Zanak.

Ruled by the mysterious ‘Captain’, Zanak is a happy and prosperous planet. Mostly. If the mines run out of valuable minerals and gems then the Captain merely announces a New Golden Age and they fill up again. It’s an economic miracle – so obviously something’s very wrong…

James Goss

Award winner James Goss is also the author of the novelisation of Douglas Adams’ City of Death and an adaptation of Shada, an unfinished Adams Doctor Who story. His work also includes audio books including the 10th Doctor story ‘Dead Air’ which won Best Audio Book in 2010 along with many titles for Big Finish.

Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet will be released on January 5th, 2017 and is available to pre-order now from


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