Heard about Doctor Who: The History Collection? It’s another group of republished books from the Doctor Who range of original novels that began back in 1991 when Virgin Books had the licence.
Following the UK success of the TV Movie starring Paul McGann in 1996, the range moved to BBC Books where it has continued ever since. This Saturday, 7th February at 1pm, David Bishop, James Goss, Justin Richards and Paul Cornell will be attending the legendary Forbidden Planet Megastore on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue where they will be signing copies of Amorality Tale, Dead of Winter, Shadow in the Glass and, of course, Human Nature (the original Seventh Doctor novel, not the Tenth Doctor two parter).
The synopses are below. If you’re unable to attend, signed copies can be ordered using the corresponding links.
In David Bishop’s Amorality Tale, the Third Doctor and his companion Sarah Jane Smith land in 1950’s London. When gangster Tommy Ramsey is released from prison, he is determined to retake control of his East End territory. But new arrivals threaten his grip on illegal activity in the area. An evangelical minister is persuading people to seek redemption for their sins. A new gang is claiming the streets. And a watch mender called Smith is leading a revolt against the Ramsey Mob’s protection racket. When Tommy strikes back at his enemies, a far more terrifying threat is revealed.
Dead of Winter features the Eleventh Doctor in an Eighteenth Century Italian adventure. In a remote clinic in 18th century Italy, a lonely girl writes to her mother. She tells of pale English aristocrats and mysterious Russian nobles. She tells of intrigues and secrets, and strange faceless figures that rise up from the sea. And she tells about the enigmatic Mrs Pond, who arrives with her husband and her trusted physician.
In Justin Richards’ Shadow in the Glass, the Sixth Doctor is on an adventure set partly in Second World War. When a squadron of RAF Hurricanes shoots down an unidentified aircraft over Turelhampton, the village is immediately evacuated. But why is the village still guarded by troops in 2001? When a television documentary crew break through the cordon looking for a story, they find they’ve recorded more than they’d bargained for.
Paul Cornell’s Human Nature is an adventure set in Britain on the eve of the First World War, featuring the Seventh Doctor as played by Sylvester McCoy. This book was the basis for the Tenth Doctor television story Human Nature / The Family of Blood starring David Tennant. Hulton College in Norfolk is a school dedicated to producing military officers. With the First World War about to start, the boys of the school will soon be on the front line. But no one expects a war – not even Dr John Smith, the college’s new housemaster…
While Forbidden Planet can’t promise you the actual TARDIS, a critical mass of Who-writing talent that is sure to conjure the imagery and characters from all through the series’ long years is their quite reasonable alternative. Find out more by visiting the event webpage.