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City at World's End is a BBC Books original novel written by Christopher Bulis and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the First Doctor, Barbara, Ian, and Susan.

City at World's End
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AuthorChristopher Bulis
SeriesDoctor Who book:
Past Doctor Adventures
Release number
First Doctor
Barbara, Ian, and Susan
Set inPeriod between
The Reign of Terror and The Witch Hunters[1][2]
PublisherBBC Books
Publication date
September 1999
Preceded byThe Final Sanction 
Followed byDivided Loyalties 



The Doctor and his three companions travel to Arkhaven. It is one of the last cities on a doomed alien planet. The city has one plan for survival, no backup. However, there are underlying plans threatening to sabotage this as various people vie for power the disaster might bring.

The Doctor then must deal with the 'Creeper', an entity prowling the outskirts of Arkhaven. His companions cannot help him, as one becomes lost and the other becomes mentally ill.

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An earlier novel with the same title,[1] written by Golden Age U.S. science-fiction writer Edmond Hamilton, was first published in 1951 and republished in mass paperback in 1957. Hamilton's novel, which inspired Robert A. Heinlein's survivalist novel Farnham's Freehold. Hamilton's novel begins when a distortion of the space-time continuum, caused by a super-atomic bomb explosion, catapults a U.S. midwestern community of 50,000 residents, called Middletown, into the remote future.


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

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