The Devil Goblins from Neptune
AuthorMartin Day and Keith Topping
SeriesDoctor Who book:
Past Doctor Adventures
Release number
Third Doctor
Liz Shaw, The Brigadier, UNIT
Set inPeriod between
The Scales of Injustice and Terror of the Autons[1][2]
PublisherBBC Books
Publication date
2 June 1997
Followed byThe Murder Game 

The Devil Goblins from Neptune is a BBC Books original novel written by Martin Day and Keith Topping (developed from an original idea by Day, Topping and Paul Cornell) and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was the first novel published in the Past Doctor Adventures range and features the Third Doctor, UNIT, The Brigadier, and Liz Shaw.


The Brigadier is pursued across the world from seeming traitors within UNIT, his own organization. The Doctor and Liz deal with an alien invasion that started with an extraterrestrial mass exploding in the atmosphere.


The events of the novel take place between the television stories Inferno and Terror of the Autons.[3]

The Devil Goblins are mentioned in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio drama Find and Replace.


  1. ^ The Doctor's Timeline at The Whoniverse gives support for specific placement relative to other spin-off media.
  2. ^ Placement between Inferno and Terror of the Autons confirmed by cover blurb.
  3. ^ "The Devil Goblins from Neptune".