A great story and sequel to the Curse of Peladon. The doctor arrives fifty years later, by now the peace conference led by Alpha Centauri and the others have joined the galactic federation. However since this alliance there has been turbulance, the planet is well known for the rare and valuable rock in the mountains called Trisculate, and many races are after it, including the Ice Warriors...
A good book and Pertwee story, a shame Aggedor the great beast had to die.
Aside from Earth, Gallifrey and Skaro, for obvious reasons, the Doctor rarely visits a planet more than once on screen. In recent years the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors revisit people when they believe their time was during to an end. Retrospectively it seems like the Third Doctor has done something similar in visiting Peladon in his penultimate story. Of course the Third Doctor has no idea of his fate and there is no clear reason provided why out of all the planets he has been to, he should choose to check how things are progressing on Peladon.
However, ‘The Monster of Peladon’ is a rare example of a direct sequel in televised Doctor Who. It shows what happens to a place after the Doctor has saved the day and departed. ‘The Face of Evil’ is probably the most notable story for showing this but we never get to witness the adventure where the Doctor first encounters Xoanon. The Peladon stories offer both. It is a nice twist that the Doctor gets his timing wrong arrives fifty years or so after he was instrumental in Peladon joining the Federation. An arrangement the federation seem to be exploiting since its trouble with Galaxy 5. What’s more, King Peladon has died and his daughter now sits on the throne.
The televised version of the story has often been unfairly maligned. I’m not really sure as to why and personally enjoy it almost as much as the first story set on Peladon. ‘The Curse of Peladon’ offered an interesting political situation that reflected the real world and provided a host of different and interesting aliens. This story does much the same whilst still being different to its predecessor.
However, the novelisation is a little disappointing. It jumps around far too much between characters and locales. This might have been to give the story some pace but all it effectively does is break up the action and prevent character development. This might be a result of trying to cram a six part serial into the same word length offered to the four part ‘The Curse of Peladon’. I was hoping that the novelisation might expand on events between the two stories, provide more information about Galaxy 5 or make more of the character of Vega Nexos. Unfortunately it adds little and seems to thrust through the events of the programme at too desperate a speed.