Venusian Lullaby

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Doctor Who book
Book cover
Venusian Lullaby
Series Virgin Missing Adventures
Release number 3
Featuring First Doctor
Ian and Barbara
Writer Paul Leonard
Publisher Virgin Books
ISBN ISBN 0-426-20424-7
Set between The Dalek Invasion of Earth and The Rescue[1][2]
Number of pages 312
Release date October 1994

Venusian Lullaby is an original novel written by Paul Leonard and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the First Doctor, Ian and Barbara.


The title refers to a favourite tune of the Third Doctor's, the "Venusian" words of which were first heard in The Dæmons, where the first line is said to mean "Close your eyes, my darling, (well, three of them at least)". The rough transliteration of the song follows ("h" in "haroon" is silent):

Klokleda partha menin klatch,
haroon haroon haroon,
Klokleda sheenah tierra natch,
haroon haroon haroon,
Haroon haroon haroon...[3]

The words were put to music and sung by Jon Pertwee in The Curse of Peladon, in actuality the tune of the Christmas carol "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen".


By the Time I Get to Venus, or Recuerda by Blair Bidmead, a novella featuring the pulp character Señor 105 visiting the ancient Venus of Venusian Lullaby, was published in e-book form by Manleigh Books in 2012. The e-book's use of the novel's continuity was licensed by Paul Leonard.

External links[edit]



  1. ^ The Doctor's Timeline at The Whoniverse
  2. ^ Direct placement confirmed by cover blurb.
  3. ^ A discussion of the song by fans [1], Death By Aspirin forum, May, 2007, accessed December 12, 2010.