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Catastrophea is a BBC Books original novel written by Terrance Dicks and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Third Doctor and Jo.

AuthorTerrance Dicks
SeriesDoctor Who book:
Past Doctor Adventures
Release number
Third Doctor
Set inPeriod between
Planet of the Daleks and Dancing the Code[1][2]
PublisherBBC Books
Publication date
5 May 1998
Preceded byThe Hollow Men 
Followed byMission: Impractical 

The events of the book take place immediately following Planet of the Daleks.


The Doctor and Jo arrive at a planet named Kastopheria. Its natives are peaceful, golden-skinned giants who seem not to care that other races are exploiting their world for all it is worth. Said races are coming into conflict with each other, a problem the Doctor and Jo try to solve.

The possibility of peace is disrupted by the war-mongering Draconians. In trying to quell the planet's problems, the Doctor risks uncovering a force that threatens the entire galaxy.


  1. ^ The Doctor's Timeline at The Whoniverse gives support for specific placement relative to other spin-off media.
  2. ^ Placement between Planet of the Daleks and The Green Death confirmed by cover blurb.

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