Friday, January 02, 2009


Doctor Who 45th Anniversary – Why Was 1992 Brilliant?

The New Adventures increase in breadth and confidence, with cyberpunk future histories and the series’ defining companion, archaeologist Professor Bernice Summerfield. Andrew Cartmel writes urban nightmares of poverty, pollution and profiteering private corporations; Ben Aaronovitch’s nuts become infamous; Marc Platt’s Cat’s Cradle: Time’s Crucible is one of the stand-out novels, turning the series inside-out with a new, old mythology; and another favourite is…

Doctor Who: The New Adventures – Nightshade
“In her shock, Betty could have been forgiven for not recognising the creature. But, in point of fact, over twenty years late, her brother Alf had come home to stay…”
A Christmas ghost story from Mark Gatiss. Imagine! A Quatermass evocation of ageing actors, ancient evil and radio telescopes, this is the first Doctor Who since 1977 to scare me (read in a dark, strange room). What could terrify a fan more than killer nostalgia?

This is one of the easiest New Adventures to track down – long out of print, but available for free as a BBC eBook, with new illustrations, notes by the author and, most excitingly of all, even MP3s of the ‘soundtrack’ from Cybertech, who released CDs of superb Doctor Who-inspired music in 1994 and 1995. I could have lauded them under those years, but the one that always stood out most for me was the ‘Nightshade TV Theme’… This was also the first novel to have a special Prelude written for Doctor Who Magazine, and that’s available online, too.

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