With no official word yet on when Series 10 will appear, Doctor Who fans may be in for a long wait for new televised adventures. But don’t despair! The worlds of Doctor Who have long-since expanded beyond the four corners of the TV screen into books, audios and a whole galaxy of other collectables.
If you’re in need of your Time Lord fix in the months ahead, you could do lot worse than seek out some of the wealth of titles, both recently published and on the slate for 2016, which explore the series and take it to places we never saw before. Join us as we present the Kasterborous guide to the top Doctor Who books to read while waiting for series 10!
Highly rated on its release in late 2015, this lavish title by Stephen Nicholas and long-time Doctor Who effects designer and writer Mike Tucker presents pre-production art, photos and commentary covering the history of the series, all beautifully presented in large format glossy pages.
Other recent non-fiction titles worth a look include The Time Lord Letters (a collection of correspondence which re-imagines various on and off-screen adventures as a series of letters written both by and to the Doctor), Whoniverse: An Unofficial Planet-by-Planet Guide to the Worlds of the Doctor from Gallifrey to Skaro which does what it says in the title and, for those who fancy indulging their creative side, Doctor Who: The Colouring Book, which blends our favourite show with the recent phenomenon of adult colouring books in a nicely presented, intricate series of images from all eras of the programme. Time to sharpen up those pencils!
Fans of Me (by which I mean the character played by Maisie Williams rather than, y’know, me…) will no doubt be curious to read this collection of four stories which fill in the long lifespan of the girl who lived a very long time indeed. Pick of the bunch looks to be Jenny T Colgan’s The Triple Knife, though you’ll need to steel yourself for the harrowing tale of how Ashildr came to lose her children in the plague…
Other new fiction titles worth a look include AL Kennedy’s The Drosten’s Curse, a Fourth Doctor novel now in paperback, and Time Lord Fairy Tales, a rather whimsical collection of classic fairy stories with added Doctor Who elements. An audiobook is due in April with readers including Tom Baker, Paul McGann and Michelle Gomez.
The Fifth(ish) Doctor
Due in April, Peter Davison’s autobiography will be the pick of 2016’s releases for many people. It’s been a while since we had a former Doctor tell their life story in print and Davison’s extensive acting career, which includes a wealth of other shows aside from Doctor Who, promises to make this a fascinating read.
Peter has a nice line in witty, self-deprecating stories and analysis which will be familiar to all who have viewed him on behind-the-scenes features, documentaries and commentaries, and should translate well on the page.
The Doctor’s son-in-law, David Tennant (you might’ve heard of him) will pen the foreword.
Doctor Who and the State of Decay (Audiobook)
Those who enjoy passing the time on a long journey or dreary commute with an audiobook have been spoilt for choice in recent years as BBC Audio works its way through the catalogues of both classic-era Target novelisations and stories published in the long years when the series was off the screen. They’re not just straight readings of the text either, augmented as they are by specially created music and sound effects and accompanied by guest voices (Nick Briggs has been kept busy on non-Big Finish duty by reading-in Dalek and Cybermen voices for a number of stories).
This title sees Doctor Who elder statesman Terrance Dicks adapt his own script and it’s a chilling tale vampires, villagers, and very old Time Lord legends. Doctor Who Magazine describes it as ‘perfect for listening to in chunks or for settling down on a dark and stormy night’.
The announcement of new BBC3 Doctor Who spin-off Class may have been greeted with a less-than wholeheartedly enthusiastic reception but probably the most interesting aspect of the Coal Hill School-set project is that it will be overseen by popular author Patrick Ness. Those curious to read a sample of his work set in the Doctor Who universe can try this short story from the 11 Doctors, 11 Stories collection (also included in the 12 Doctors, 12 Stories box set) which sees the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa investigate strange goings-on in the Second World War.
There are plenty of other titles in the Ness back catalogue to try as well, including his Chaos Walking Trilogy and A Monster Calls (an adaptation of which is coming to cinemas this year).
That’s our pick of books to read in the long months as we wait for Series 10 – what will you be reading? Let us know below – and happy reading!