In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, Random House and the BBC have released a collection of 11 novels (one adventure for each Doctor), and they are available starting today for fans in the U.S. and Canada.
To celebrate the release of the novels, and the glory that is Doctor Who, Nerd Approved has teamed up with Random House to offer an exclusive sampling of author-signed books from the series to three lucky readers! These books include:
- 3x Players by Terrance Dicks (6th Doctor)
- 3x Remembrance of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovitch (7th Doctor)
- 3x The Silent Stars Go By by Dan Abnett (11th Doctor)
- 3x Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell (10th Doctor)
- 3x Ten Little Aliens by Steve Cole (1st Doctor)
- 3x Dreams Of An Empire by Justin Richards (2nd Doctor)
Check out the Random House Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection website for details on the entire series, including a synopsis, excerpts and links to product pages.
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The 50th Anniversary Collection
Ten Little Aliens by Steve Cole (BBC)
Acclaimed author Steve Cole brings the First Doctor bang up to date in this intriguing Whodunnit set inside an alien asteroid. While the regular characters are depicted perfectly in tune with their 1960s TV counterparts, the narrative technique and style is as fast-moving and innovative as today’s audience expect.
Steve is the former editor of the BBC Books Doctor Who range and Head of Doctor Who merchandising for Worldwide. He is the bestselling author of the Astrosaurs and Cows in Action series for RHCB.
Dreams of Empire by Justin Richards (BBC)
A Second Doctor novel that perfectly captures the mercurial character of this incarnation of the Doctor. A classic base-under-siege scenario plays out at the end of an epic space war, but that’s just the backdrop for a tale of political intrigue in which nothing and no one is quite what it seems…
Justin is the current creative consultant and editor for the Doctor Who range and has been writing for Doctor Who for over fifteen years.
Last of the Gaderene by Mark Gatiss (BBC)
Considered my many one of the best of the BBC Books novels from this era, this adventure brings together all the essential elements that made the Third Doctor’s era so memorable – the UNIT ‘family’, Jo Grant and the Master – in a not-so-cosy English village setting.
Mark Gatiss is now a successful actor, writer and presenter. He has written several episodes of Doctor Who since the show’s return in 2005, and is the co-creator of Sherlock with Steven Moffat. He is the writer of a one-off drama on the origins of Doctor Who, to air this autumn for the 50th anniversary.
Festival of Death by Jonathan Morris (BBC)
A book that manages to combine the darkest and most humorous aspects of the Fourth Doctor’s era, while also spinning a tale that makes full use of the concept of time travel. Timey-wimey without being too complicated, but also smart, sassy, and sad…
Jonathan Morris is a long-time contributor to the Doctor Who range for BBC Books. He writes the comic strip for Doctor Who magazine, for which he won an Eagle award in 2012 for Favourite British Comic Book.
Fear of the Dark by Trevor Baxendale (BBC)
The Fifth Doctor and his companions are perfectly in character in a claustrophobic tale that brings out the darker possibilities of an era that on television was always too brightly lit. One to read behind the sofa!
Trevor Baxendale has written many well-regarded novels for the Doctor Who and Torchwood ranges and is a regular contributor to Doctor Who Adventures magazine.
Players by Terrance Dicks (BBC)
An intriguing new set of enemies for the Doctor from the absolute Maestro of Doctor Who prose fiction, Terrance Dicks. As ever, he captures the Doctor’s character with pitch-perfect pithiness and sends him straight into fun and trouble.
Terrance Dicks is considered by many to be the pre-eminent writer of Doctor Who fiction. He was a script editor for show through the Troughton, Pertwee and Baker eras, and is the author of over 60 novelisations for the Target range, as many more original Doctor Who adventures.
Remembrance of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovitch (Target)
Considered by many to be one of the best of the late-era Target novelisations, and written by the scriptwriter himself, this book adds layers of characterisation and background detail to a terrific television story.
Ben Aaronovitch was only 24 when he wrote the scripts for Remembrance of the Daleks, still considered one of the very best of the Sylvester McCoy-era Doctor Who serials. He has since become a bestselling urban fantasy novelist, with the success of Rivers of London and his Peter Grant mystery series.
Earthworld by Jacqueline Rayner (BBC)
Free from the encumbrances of any of the various narrative arcs that the Eighth Doctor enjoyed, this standalone novel is at once epic and personal, funny and tragic. It depicts the Eighth Doctor at a point where his character has been fully rounded out, and shows him at his magnificent best, alongside his best-remembered companion Fitz.
Jacqueline Rayner is a long-time contributor to the Doctor Who range for BBC Books, as well as Doctor Who magazine. Her novel, The Stone Rose, is the bestselling Doctor Who novel of all time.
Only Human by Gareth Roberts (BBC)
Gareth wrote this well-received novel just before he started writing for the show, and Russell T Davies has suggested it was the strength of Only Human that persuaded him to ask Gareth to pitch… It’s a standout from the Ninth Doctor novels, and Gareth’s now become a very popular writer for the show.
Gareth Roberts has written several episodes for Doctor Who since the show’s return in 2005, including The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp, and his two episodes featuring James Corden, The Lodger and Closing Time. He was picked by the Douglas Adams estate to novelise Douglas’s Doctor Who adventure, Shada, which BBC Book published to great acclaim in 2012.
Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell (BBC)
Considered by many to be not only Gary’s best Doctor Who novel, but one of the best of the 10th Doctor stories, full stop. It has a strong connection to the TV storyline, which is unique in itself for our novels. And it has the return of Mandragora (from the Tom Baker era).
Gary Russell is the former editor of Doctor Who magazine, producer of Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish, and script editor for Doctor Who and Torchwood at BBC Wales. He has written several Doctor Who novels and reference books, including the Doctor Who Encyclopedia, which is the most successful reference book BBC Books has ever published.
The Silent Stars Go By by Dan Abnett (BBC)
A terrific story, by a top-drawer writer, this book has both Amy and Rory with the Doctor, plus it’s got the Ice Warriors. Those classic monsters just returned to huge acclaim in Mark Gatiss’s episode, Cold War, so the timing is perfect for this paperback edition.
Dan Abnett is a NYT bestselling writer who has developed a strong following through his comics work with Marvel and 2000AD, as well as his novels for Games Workshop’s Black Library. For the latter, he has written over a dozen novels for their Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 series, which have sold well over 1,000,000 copies worldwide.