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BBC Reissues 11 Mostly-Classic “Doctor Who” Books

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, BBC Books is reissuing eleven Doctor Who novels, most of them classics. Each novel features one of the eleven Doctors and has been redesigned with new covers (including 50th anniversary branding) and new introductions.

According to Amazon, all books in the series will be available in March. However, note that BBC’s site lists the release date as July.

Embiggened cover images an synopses follow the jump…

Doctor Who: Ten Little Aliens by Stephen Cole

Deep in the heart of a hollowed-out moon the First Doctor finds a chilling secret: ten alien corpses, frozen in time at the moment of their death. They are the empire’s most wanted terrorists, and their discovery could end a war devastating the galaxy. But is the same force that killed them still lurking in the dark? And what are its plans for the people of Earth?

An adventure featuring the First Doctor as played by William Hartnell and his companions Ben and Polly.

Doctor Who: Dreams of Empire by Justin Richards

On a barren asteroid, the once-mighty Haddron Empire is on the brink of collapse, torn apart by civil war. The one man who might have saved it languishes in prison, his enemies planning his death and his friends plotting his escape.The Second Doctor arrives as the last act of this deadly drama is being played out – and with both terrifying killers and cunning traitors to defeat, the future hangs in the balance.

An adventure featuring the Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton and his companions Jamie and Victoria

Doctor Who: Last of the Gaderene by Mark Gatiss

The aerodrome in Culverton has new owners, and they promise an era of prosperity for the idyllic village. But former Spitfire pilot Alex Whistler is suspicious – when black-shirted troops appear on the streets, he contacts his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart at U.N.I.T. The Third Doctor is sent to investigate – and soon uncovers a sinister plot to colonise the Earth. The Gaderene are on their way…

An adventure featuring the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee and his companion Jo

Doctor Who: Festival of Death by Jonathan Morris

The Beautiful Death is the ultimate theme-park ride: a sightseeing tour of the afterlife. But something has gone wrong, and when the Fourth Doctor arrives in the aftermath of the disaster, he is congratulated for saving the population from destruction – something he hasn’t actually done yet. He has no choice but to travel back in time and discover how he became a hero.

And then he finds out. He did it by sacrificing his life.

An adventure featuring the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker and his companions Romana and K-9.

Doctor Who: Fear of the Dark by Trevor Baxendale

On a moon of the ruined planet Akoshemon, an age-old terror is about to be reborn. Something that remembers the spiral of war, pestilence and deprivation – and rejoices in it. The Fifth Doctor joins a team of archaeologists searching for evidence of the planet’s infamous past, and uncovers more than just ancient history. Forced to confront his own worst fears, even the Doctor will be pushed to breaking point – and beyond.

An adventure featuring the Fifth Doctor as played by Peter Davison and his companions Tegan and Nyssa.

Doctor Who: Players by Terrance Dicks

Arriving on the sun-baked veldt in the middle of the Boer War, the Sixth Doctor is soon involved in the adventures of struggling politician and war correspondent Winston Churchill. Of course, he knows Churchill is destined for great things, but unseen forces seem to be interfering with Winston’s historic career… The Doctor suspects the hidden hand of the Players, mysterious beings who regard human history as little more than a game. With time running out, can the Doctor find the right moves to defeat them?

An adventure featuring the Sixth Doctor as played by Colin Baker and his companion Peri.

Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovitch

With unfinished business to attend to, the Seventh Doctor returns to where it all began: Coal Hill School in London in 1963. Last time he was here, the Doctor left something behind – a powerful Time Lord artefact that could unlock the secrets of time travel. Can the Doctor retrieve it before two rival factions of Daleks track it down? And even if he can, how will the Doctor prevent the whole of London becoming a war zone as the Daleks meet in explosive confrontation?

An adventure featuring the Seventh Doctor as played by Sylvester McCoy and his companion Ace.

Doctor Who: Earthworld by Jacqueline Rayner

Anji has just had the worst week of her life. She should be back at her desk, not travelling through time and space in a police box. The Eighth Doctor is supposed to be taking her home, so why are there dinosaurs outside? The Doctor doesn’t seem to know either, or else he surely would have mentioned the homicidal princesses, teen terrorists and mad robots? One thing is certain: Anji is never going to complain about Monday mornings in the office again.

An adventure featuring the Eighth Doctor as played by Paul McGann and his companions Fitz and Anji.

Doctor Who: Only Human by Gareth Roberts

Reports of a time disturbance lead the Ninth Doctor to modern-day London, where he discovers a Neanderthal Man, twenty-eight thousand years after his race became extinct. A trip back to the dawn of humanity only deepens the mystery: who are these strange humans from the far future now living in the distant past? The Doctor must learn the truth about the Osterberg experiment before history is changed forever.

An adventure featuring the Ninth Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston and his companion Rose.

Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell

Wilfred Mott is very happy: his granddaughter, Donna, is back home, catching up with family and gossiping about her journeys, and he has just discovered a new star and had it named after him. He takes the Tenth Doctor with him to the naming ceremony. But the Doctor soon discovers something else new, and worryingly bright, in the heavens – something that is heading for Earth. It’s an ancient force from the Dark Times. And it is very, very angry…

An adventure featuring the Tenth Doctor as played by David Tennant and his companion Donna.

Doctor Who: The Silent Stars Go By by Dan Abnett

The winter festival is approaching for the hardy colony of Morphans, but no one is in the mood to celebrate. They’re trying to build a new life on a cold new world, but each year gets harder and harder. It’s almost as if some dark force is working against them. Then three mysterious travelers arrive out of the midwinter night, one of them claiming to be a doctor. Are they bringing the gift of salvation or doom? And what else might be lurking out there, about to wake up?

An adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor as played by Matt Smith and his companions Amy and Rory.

[via The Geeky Nerfherder]

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7 Comments on BBC Reissues 11 Mostly-Classic “Doctor Who” Books

  1. ‘Most of them classics’? Sorry, but if you don’t include any novels by Kate Orman, Lance Parkin or Paul Cornell, then you can’t call this motley crew ‘classicx’ by any stretch of the imagination. A real pity the First Doctor novel isn’t David Whitaker’s Doctor Who in an Exciting adventure with the Daleks, which is a cracking introduction to Doctor Who in its own right.

    A note for potential buyers that Remembrance of the Daleks (the only novelisation amongst the releases) is much shorter than the other books, which are full blown nobels. That said, it’s the best of the lot!

  2. Or Lawrence Miles! Alien bodies is the peak of the virgin/BBC Books between the cancelation in 1989 and the return in 2005.

  3. With the reviews of Dan Abnett’s Warhammer novels cropping up of late, I’m very interested in his Dr. Who novel. I like the reissued covers.

  4. Bill Spangler // January 28, 2013 at 7:42 am //

    Carl V: I’ve read THE SILENT STARS GO BY; I think you’ll like it. I definitely did.
    As for the rest of the list, I don’t know if it’s a major problem, but I wish they were going to reprint DAMAGED GOODS, the novel by Russell Davies.

    • Thanks for the feedback Bill. I have yet to read any of the Dr. Who books despite loving the show. I seem to be coming across people everywhere reading them lately and have heard good things so these re-issues look like a great point to start off sampling.

  5. There’s better 7th/8th Doctor novels definitely but the problem is that they don’t stand alone. So while “Human Nature” makes sense in one way (since it was adapted for TV and is an excellent novel) it’d be too messy with Bernice. Ditto for “Alien Bodies” and the like. (I know they’re doing it with the 8th Doctor but really, there’s less choice there!).

    For the 4th Doctor I think “The English Way of Death” would be a much better choice – stand alone, funny, and really gets the Doctor / Romana vibe.

  6. The publisher lists the release date as 7/3/2013, which is the European method of writing dates and means 7th of March, 2013. Hope this helps.

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