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Eighth Doctor 50th Anniversary eBook: Spore

Rock guitarist, former graphic designer and best-selling author of the TimeRiders series, Alex Scarrow has been confirmed as the author of Spore, the eighth eBook in the exclusive Doctor Who short fiction series from Puffin.

Here he is to explain more…


Set in a small town in the Nevada desert, an alien pathogen has reduced the entire population to a seething mass of black slime. When the Eighth Doctor arrives, he realises this latest threat to humanity is horrifyingly familiar – it is a virus which almost annihilated his entire race, the Time Lords.

Alex Scarrow commented:

“I am squeeing like an over-sugared toddler at the thought of being part of this project. Doctor Who is an export this country can be proud of. We OWN time travel. My small part in this project was to breathe life back into the least known, Eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann. I chose him because I felt I had the most room to manoeuvre, to explore a lesser known Doctor and add flesh to his character. In my story entitled Spore, we’re getting a particularly grisly tale of an intelligent virus that liquifies and absorbs any creature it infects. All in all… quite gross – liquified people an’ all.”

Spore is the eighth in the series of eBooks to be released on the 23rd of every month leading up to the anniversary in November.

You can pre-order Spore now from Amazon UK for £1.99.

(Thanks to DoctorWho.TV.)


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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