Doctor Who: Summer Falls by Amelia Williams

Is Summer Falls Littered with Series 7b Clues?

In another way to make the world of Doctor Who even more real, the BBC has been releasing books featured in the new run of episodes!

Doctor Who: Summer Falls by Amelia Williams

Last year saw the release of The Angel’s Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery, a prequel to a book that appeared as a major plot device for the Pond’s final outing, The Angels Take Manhattan. Then there was Devil in the Smoke, a prequel to The Snowmen.

Several eagle eyed viewers will have noticed a book in the The Bells of Saint John called Summer Falls written by one Amelia Williams long after she left the Doctor and settled down. The Doctor’s new friend Clara even remarks to a young friend of hers that “the eleventh [chapter] will make you cry” leaving Doctor Who viewers wondering what mysteries the book contained and if it linked into the new series at all.

Well, the good news is that Summer Falls is not required reading if you want to fo0llow the new series of Doctor Who (the BBC would never allow that) and doesn’t seem to contain any major spoilers or hints for what’s to come next in the troubles of the Doctor and Clara. It has however, been given a great review by Laura Byrne-Cristiano on website Hypable.

The novella, as she calls it, is not only a fun read but also might be a guide for defeating the Great Intelligence but you’ll have to read it to find out if you agree with the reviewer. Byrne-Cristiano also lists her ten most interesting findings in the novella that contain some mild spoilers…


  • The book was written in 1954 by Amelia Williams. This would be roughly 20 years after Amy and Rory were sent back in time. Amy would be about 50 years old at the time she wrote it.

  • The protagonist is a fearless and clever girl named Kate who has no father and an irresponsible mother. She’s just moved to town. She’s very independent because she’s often forced to fend for herself.

  • There is a museum caretaker Kate names Barnabas because he states he’s “between names at the moment,” who is remarkably like the Doctor. His “shed” is likely the TARDIS in disguise.

  • Kate befriends a boy named Armand who has no friends because everyone thinks his father, a pharmacist, has mixed up prescriptions that resulted in the death of several townspeople.

  • A seascape painting called The Lord of Winter seems to come to life. It is made of a canvas almost like tin foil and the ocean part seems damp.

  • After falling asleep Kate wakes up to all the adults gone and summer turned to winter.

  • There is a mysterious talking cat.

  • There are only three children in the town and the actual, sinister Lord of Winter communicates to them and through them not unlike The Great Intelligence.

  • A key, a ring, and a lighthouse are tools needed to fighting the Lord of Winter.

  • The 10th chapter is good; it’s the climax of the story. The 11th didn’t make me cry, but it was sad.

Also note the mention of a plot device in the novella that sees the villain of the piece utilising paintings, is this a foreshadowing of anniversary events?


Summer Falls is available to download now from Amazon for just £1.71.


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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