Coming Soon: The Pirate Planet Novelisation

Based on a long-forgotten draft of the script found in the Douglas Adams archive in Cambridge, this January sees the release of James Goss’ adaptation of the Fourth Doctor adventure, The Pirate Planet.

Unseen for 40 years and vastly different from the classic TV show, this is a work by The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author that no-one has ever read…

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…


Author James Goss is no stranger to the works of Douglas Adams. He wrote the novelisation of Douglas Adams’ City of Death, as well as several other Doctor Who books. While at the BBC James produced an adaptation of Shada, an unfinished Douglas Adams Doctor Who story, and Dirk is his award-winning stage adaptation of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. He won Best Audiobook 2010 for Dead Air and his books Dead of Winter and First Born were both nominated for the 2012 British Fantasy Society Awards.

The hardback edition of Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by Douglas Adams, novelised by James Goss is available to pre-order now for release on January, 5th 2017 from Amazon for £11.89.