Well, hello there, dear readers! If you’re reading this sentence, I can probably glean at least two facts about you. The first, and most obvious, is that you at least have a moderate interest, nay love, for the Doctor and his long running adventures. The second is that you probably enjoy reading. After all, you are reading this article as we speak, hmmm? Thus, it is probably safe to say that you’re going to be interested in the latest details on the upcoming Doctor Who novels, featuring the Twelfth Doctor!
A trio of new adventures with the brand new Doctor and Clara were announced a while back but are now available for preorder and we have an inkling of what awaits the pair:
Justin Richards’ upcoming novel Silhouette finds the Doctor and Clara reuniting with the Paternoster Gang (Vastra, Jenny, and Strax) as each one has their own mystery to solve:
“Vastra and Strax and Jenny? Oh no, we don’t need to bother them. Trust me.”
Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra.
Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran.
The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre and fascinating sideshows and performers. This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers.
How are these things connected? And what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all? As the Doctor and Clara joint the hunt for the truth they find themselves thrust into a world where nothing and no one are what they seem.
The Doctor becomes the prisoner of the Governor (writer’s note: and now we know the name of the Doctor is Rick! — NK) James Goss’ Blood Cell:
“Release the Doctor – or the killing will start.”
An asteroid in the furthest reaches of space – the most secure prison for the most dangerous of criminals. The Governor is responsible for the cruellest murderers. So he’s not impressed by the arrival of the man they’re calling the most dangerous criminal in the quadrant. Or, as he prefers to be known, the Doctor.
But when the new prisoner immediately sets about trying to escape, and keeps trying, the Governor sets out to find out why.
Who is the Doctor and what’s he really doing here? And who is the young woman who comes every day to visit him, only to be turned away by the guards?
When the killing finally starts, the Governor begins to get his answers…
Mike Tucker brings us a world with giant, mutated insects and a long standing mystery in The Crawling Terror:
“Well, I doubt you’ll ever see a bigger insect.”
Gabby Nichols is putting her son to bed when she hears her daughter cry out. ‘Mummy there’s a daddy longlegs in my room!’ Then the screaming starts… Kevin Alperton is on his way to school when he is attacked by a mosquito. A big one. Then things get dangerous.
But it isn’t the dead man cocooned inside a huge mass of web that worries the Doctor. It isn’t the swarming, mutated insects that make him nervous.
With the village cut off from the outside world, and the insects becoming more and more dangerous, the Doctor knows that unless he can decode the strange symbols engraved on an ancient stone circle, and unravel a mystery dating back to the Second World War, no one is safe.
The new adventures are set to release on September 11th. The timing is rather curious in that the release date places the books arriving after the what is alleged to be the second episode of Series 8, assuming the rumored August 30th Series 8 premiere. Let’s take stock, shall we? This means that we’ll have only seen the Capaldi Doctor in two televised adventures. The concern that I think may crop up is how can these three separate authors already have a sense of who the Twelfth Doctor is when he’s barely started? Will their representation be an accurate portrayal of 12? Only time will tell.
Fellow Kasterborites, are you excited for these new novels? Let us know!