Now We Are Six HundredBookmark and Share

Thursday, 18 May 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Books have announced a new hardback book for the summer to tie in with National Poetry Day:

Now We Are Six Hundred (Credit: BBC Books)BBC Books Publishing Director Albert DePetrillo has acquired Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred, the very first collection of Time Lord verse. BBC Books have world rights, with North American rights sold to HarperCollins.

A gentle and humorous riff on the classic Now We Are Six, this is a collection of charming, funny and whimsical poems that celebrate the joys, sorrows and wonders of Time Lord life. Written by author James Goss, the book features illustrations by former Doctor Who Executive Producer Russell T Davies – his first role as an illustrator, using the comic artist skills he developed in his youth.

Albert DePetrillo says:
This is a book I’ve long wanted to publish, and James and Russell have realised the idea brilliantly, well beyond anything I’d hoped. It’s something very special, a unique gift for every Doctor Who fan. For full effect, please be sure to read these poems aloud to your friends, preferably more than once.
James Goss says:
BBC Books have carefully baited an irresistible trap to lure people into reading poetry. Russell's beautiful illustrations make this the most charming Doctor Who book there's ever been (and I'm including that magical first Doctor Who book you discovered as a child). The poems have been a delight to work on. Who could resist retelling the fiendish Daleks’ Masterplan in verse, or finding bizarre and ludicrous rhymes for monster names?
Russell T Davies says:
I’ve been drawing for Doctor Who long before I was writing it, so it was like time-travel for me, voyaging back to that young scribbler who used to cover his school desk with Daleks!

Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred will be published in hardback on 14th September, two weeks before National Poetry Day on 28th September.




BBC Books: Myths & LegendsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 March 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Books have released details about a new hardback book due to be published on 29th June 2017:

Myths & Legends (Credit: BBC Books)Myths & Legends
Written by Richard Dinnick
Published by BBC Books 29th June 2017 (pre-order)


The very first book of illustrated Time Lord mythology – epic tales from the Whoniverse.

For thousands of years, epic stories have been passed down from Time Lord to student, generation to generation. The truth of these tales was lost millennia ago, but the myths and legends themselves are timeless.

These are the most enduring of those tales. From the princess Manussa and her giant snake Mara, to the Vardon Horse of Xeriphin, these stories shed light on the universe around us and the beings from other worlds that we meet. Myths hold up a mirror to our past, present and future, explaining our culture, our history, our hopes and fears.

A collection of epic adventures from the Time Lords’ mist-covered past, Myths and Legends is a unforgettable gallery of heroes and villains, gods and monsters.





BBC Books: A Brief History of Time LordsBookmark and Share

Monday, 20 March 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Books have released details about a new hardback book due to be published on 18th May 2017:

A Brief History of Time Lords (Credit: BBC Books)A Brief History of Time Lords
Written by Steve Tribe
Illustrated by Richard Williams
Published by BBC Books 18th May 2017 (pre-order)


An illustrated ‘secret’ history of the oldest and most powerful civilisation in the universe - the Time Lords of Gallifrey.

The Time Lords are an immensely civilised, and immensely powerful, race. Yet we know very little about them, save that they can live forever (barring accidents) and possess the secrets of space and time travel. Their history has been shrouded in myth and mystery. Until now.

A Brief History of Time Lords unlocks the secrets of this ancient, legendary alien race - a civilisation that inflicted some of its most notorious renegades and criminals on the universe, but was also the benevolent power that rid the cosmos of its most fearsome enemies. Drawn from the ancient records of Gallifrey and from legends and stories handed down from generation to generation, this remarkable book reveals the Time Lords in all of their guises: pioneers and power-mad conspirators, time travellers and tyrants, creators and destroyers.

Be careful who you share it with.




BBC Books: new 12th Doctor adventures for AprilBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Books have announced three new novels featuring the Doctor, Pearl and Nardole for 20th April 2017, tying into the new series which premieres the weekend before their publication.

Diamond Dogs (Credit: BBC Books)Diamond Dogs
Written by Mike Tucker
Published by BBC Books on 20th April 2017 (available to pre-order)

For over fifteen years the crew of Kollo-Zarnista Mining Facility 27 has been extracting diamonds from deep within the atmosphere of Saturn, diamonds that help to fund the ever-expanding Human Empire. But when a mining operation goes wrong, a rescue mission must be launched to save a worker lost overboard, a worker who claims that he has seen something amongst the swirling clouds.

Something that can’t possibly exist.

When the Doctor and Bill arrive, they immediately find themselves caught between hostile miners, suspicious security guards and corrupt company officials as they face accusations of sabotage and diamond theft.

And below them, in the crushing atmosphere of the gas giant, something is starting to rise.

“Here on Saturn, it literally rains diamonds.”



Mike Tucker is an author specialising in books for children and young adults, and has written several original Doctor Who novels, a number of Merlin novelisations, and original fiction for other shared universes. He has also written numerous factual books relating to film and television, including a history of the BBC’s Visual Effects Department, where he used to work. Alongside his writing, Mike works as a Visual Effects Designer, and his company – The Model Unit - recently won a BAFTA Craft Award for its miniature effects work on the 50th anniversary Doctor Who episode The Day of the Doctor.
Plague City (Credit: BBC Books)Plague City
Written by Jonathan Morris
Published by BBC Books on 20th April 2017 (available to pre-order)

“We should leave. We definitely should leave. But... chatty ghosts!”

The year is 1645, and Edinburgh is in the grip of the worst plague in its history. Nobody knows who will be the next to succumb – nobody except the Night Doctor, a masked figure that stalks the streets, seeking out those who will not live to see another day.

But death is not the end. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole discover that the living are being haunted by the recently departed – by ghosts that do not know they are dead. And there are other creatures lurking in the shadows, slithering, creeping creatures filled with an insatiable hunger.

The Doctor and his friends must face the terrifying secret of the Street of Sorrows – that something which has lain dormant for two hundred million years is due to destroy the entire city...



Jonathan Morris is the writer of the official Doctor Who Magazine comic strip, has written three Doctor Who novels for BBC Books and numerous audio adventures for Big Finish Productions and BBC Radio 7. He has also written for the TV sketch shows Dead Ringers and Swinging.
The Shining Man (Credit: BBC Books)The Shining Man
Written by Cavan Scott
Published by BBC Books on 20th April 2017 (available to pre-order)


“Being scared is the least of your worries.”

The Shining Men are everywhere. You spot them out of the corner of your eye. Abnormally tall, with long lank hair, blank faces and blazing eyes. If they catch you, they’ll drag you away to who knows where. No one is safe. They’re on every street corner. Waiting. Watching. Shining bright.

Of course it’s a hoax. It has to be, right? It started as a joke, a prank for Halloween. Then it went viral. Idiots dressing up as monsters. Giving folk a scare. Silly masks and fright wigs. No one gets hurt. Because bogeymen aren’t real.

Until people start going missing and lights burn in the darkness. Burning like eyes. But help is on its way, in the form of a strange man called the Doctor and his friend, Bill.

The Doctor will keep us safe. The Doctor will stop the monsters. Unless the monsters stop the Doctor first...



Number One Bestseller Cavan Scott has written for such popular series as Star Wars, Vikings, Warhammer 40,000 and, of course, Doctor Who. He’s the writer of Titan Comic’s ongoing adventures of the Ninth Doctor and was one of the 2016 World Book Day authors.




Competition Roundup for DecemberBookmark and Share

Friday, 9 December 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The followong competitons are available to enter via Doctor Who News in December:

BBC Audio: The Space Pirates

When space beacon Alpha One disintegrates into lumps of metal, General Hermack of the Space Corps realises that space pirates have discovered a new source of precious aragonite. After witnessing further destruction, the General leaves a squad of guards on beacon Alpha Four - just as the TARDIS materialises. Suspected by the Space Corps of being pirates, then pursued as spies by the pirates themselves, the Doctor, Zoe and Jamie attempt to unmask the mastermind behind the thefts of aragonite. In doing so they risk execution, explosion, and asphyxiation in the vacuum of space.
Doctor Who: The Space Pirates (Credit: BBC Audio)To be in with a chance to win the audiobook courtesy of BBC Audio, simply answer the following question:
When we first meet Milo Clancey, he throws away the charred remains from out of his toaster - but which televised story saw the Doctor reveal his feelings over such burnt offerings?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-spacepirates@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Howdy!". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 8th January 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

BBC Audio: The Scales of Injustice

When a boy goes missing and a policewoman starts drawing cave paintings, the Doctor suspects the Silurians are back. With the Brigadier distracted by questions about UNIT funding and problems at home, the Doctor swears his assistant Liz Shaw to secrecy and investigates alone. But Liz has enquiries of her own, teaming up with a journalist to track down people who don’t exist. What is the mysterious Glasshouse, and why is it so secret? As the Silurians wake from their ancient slumber, the Doctor, Liz and the Brigadier are caught up in a conspiracy to exploit UNIT’s achievements – a conspiracy that reaches deep into the heart of the British Government.
Scales of Injustice (Credit: BBC Audio)To be in with a chance to win the audiobook courtesy of BBC Audio, simply answer the following question:
Which is the only televised story (so far) to explicitly mention the C19 organisation?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-scalesofinjustice@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "This is still our planet". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 8th January 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

BBC Books: The Pirate Planet

The hugely powerful Key to Time has been split into six segments, all of which have been disguised and hidden throughout time and space. Now the even more powerful White Guardian wants the Doctor to find the pieces. With the first segment successfully retrieved, the Doctor, Romana and K-9 trace the second segment of the Key to the planet Calufrax. But when they arrive at exactly the right point in space, they find themselves on exactly the wrong planet – Zanak. Ruled by the mysterious ‘Captain’, Zanak is a happy and prosperous planet. Mostly. If the mines run out of valuable minerals and gems then the Captain merely announces a New Golden Age and they fill up again. It’s an economic miracle – so obviously something’s very wrong...
The Pirate Planet (novel) (Credit: BBC Books)To be in with a chance to win the book courtesy of BBC Books, simply answer the following question:
Name one of the remaining stories from the original television series that has yet to be published in book form.
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-pirateplanet@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "I declare a new golden age!". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 8th January 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

Big Finish: Cold Fusion

A newly regenerated Fifth Doctor arrives on an occupied ice planet – where the Seventh Doctor is investigating dangerous energy experiments conducted by the Earth Empire. But events spin out of control when a refugee from the distant past arrives - Patience, the Doctor's Wife!
Cold Fusion (Credit: Big Finish)To be in with a chance to win a digital download of the audio adventure courtesy of Big Finish, simply answer the following question:
What is the seventh Doctor's favourite biscuit, as revealed in this story?
Please send your answer along with your name and the email address you have registered with Big Finish, plus where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-coldfusion@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Crashed Time". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 8th January 2017. Note: entrants must have an active registration with Big Finish in order to be eligible to receive the prize - new registrations can be easily created on the website for free and with no financial obligation.

It's still possible to enter competitions to win Lethbridge-Stewart books and Warlord Games miniatures, closing date this Sunday.


Watch out for our annual Christmas Ratings competition, launching next week!



Lethbridge-Stewart Artwork Competition

Candy Jar Books are also running a competition for purchasers to win a piece Lethbridge-Stewart artwork by Richard Young. See their offers for more details.
Candy Jar Christmas 2016 Competition (Credit: Candy Jar Books)




The Pirate Planet novel to be published in JanuaryBookmark and Share

Thursday, 10 November 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Douglas Adams 1978 story The Pirate Planet is to be published as a new novel on 5th January 2017. Based on the original script, it is written by James Goss, who previously adapted last year's City of Death. The novel will also be released as an audiobook on the same day, narrated by Jon Culshaw.

The Pirate Planet
Written by James Goss, based on the script by Douglas Adams, and narrated by Jon Culshaw
Published by BBC Books and BBC Audio 5th January 2017 [pre-order the novel and audiobook from Amazon UK]


The hugely powerful Key to Time has been split into six segments, all of which have been disguised and hidden throughout time and space. Now the even more powerful White Guardian wants the Doctor to find the pieces.

With the first segment successfully retrieved, the Doctor, Romana and K-9 trace the second segment of the Key to the planet Calufrax. But when they arrive at exactly the right point in space, they find themselves on exactly the wrong planet – Zanak. Ruled by the mysterious ‘Captain’, Zanak is a happy and prosperous planet. Mostly. If the mines run out of valuable minerals and gems then the Captain merely announces a New Golden Age and they fill up again.

It’s an economic miracle – so obviously something’s very wrong...

The Pirate Planet (novel) (Credit: BBC Books) The Pirate Planet (audiobook) (Credit: BBC Audio)

Featuring Tom Baker's Doctor, THE PIRATE PLANET is a novel based on a long-forgotten draft of the script found in the Douglas Adams archive in Cambridge. Unseen for 40 years and vastly different from the classic TV show, this is a work by The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy author that no-one has ever read...




Original hardback novelisations to be re-publishedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 27 October 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Books are to re-publish the three original Doctor Who novelisations from the 1960s on 3rd November 2016, reproducing the hardback books with their original covers and content:

Doctor Who in an exciting adventure with the Daleks (Credit: BBC Books)Doctor Who in an exciting adventure with the Daleks
Written by David Whitaker, originally published in 1964
Published by BBC Books 3rd November 2016 [order from Amazon UK]
Based on the Doctor Who story The Daleks by Terry Nation


A thick fog and a girl in distress are just the things that Ian Chesterton needs to escape from a life of dull routine. He has no idea that this is merely a prelude to an adventure quite beyond any normal conception of the word. Or that Barnes Common on a foggy autumn night is the last view of Earth he may ever have.

Both he and the girl he tries to help, Barbara Wright, are transported to a distant planet named Skaro by a mysterious old man known to them as the Doctor. With his grand-daughter Susan, the Doctor sets them down in a world all but destroyed by atomic warfare, the only survivors being a peace-loving and cultured people called the Thals and their bitter enemies the Daleks, horribly mutated both in body and mind.

Thrust into constant danger, his courage and determination tested almost beyond endurance, Ian is forced to struggle against alien creatures and superior enemies with no other weapons than surprise and ingenuity.

The rewards of victory are life for Ian and his new friends...but life where? Can the Doctor return him and Barbara to Earth again?
Doctor Who and the Zarbi (Credit: BBC Books)Doctor Who and the Zarbi
Written by Bill Strutton, originally published in 1965
Published by BBC Books 3rd November 2016 [order from Amazon UK]
Based on the Doctor Who story The Web Planet


The Zarbi, huge ant-like creatures with metallic bodies and pincer claws, are waiting for Tardis when it’s police-box shape materialises on the cold and craggy planet Vortis. They capture Doctor Who, Ian and Vicki and take them to their weird headquarters, a city of web-like organic matter.

But the Zarbi are not the only being in Vortis. Barbara has fallen into the hands of the butterfly-creatures with soft voices and iridescent wings, whose civilisation has been destroyed by the Zarbi. She learns that her captors are only the advance party of Menoptera in exile who plan to win back their planet by and invasion form outerspace. For the Zarbi “have brought the dark age to Vortis”.

In the final thrilling chapters, Doctor Who and the crew of tardis encounter the power which controls both the Zarbi and the living Web City. How can they defeat this strange bladder of dazzling light which draws in and absorbs all who come into its presence?
Doctor Who and the Crusaders (Credit: BBC Books)Doctor Who and the Crusaders
Written by David Whitaker, originally published in 1965
Published by BBC Books 3rd November 2016 [order from Amazon UK]
Based on the Doctor Who story The Crusade


From unknown Space the Tardis returns to Earth, but not to the world Ian and Barbara know. The little blue telephone box has wheeled sharply in the cosmos and cut back through the pattern of history to the struggle between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin, Crusader v. Saracen.

When Barbara is captured by the Saracens and later kidnapped by the monstrous El Akir, Ian appeals to Richard for help, but despite having achieved a splendid victory over Saladin at Arsuf the English King has his own troubles and cannot assist him. So Ian sets out to rescue Barbara alone while the Doctor becomes involved in court intrigues. In a dramatic climax, Ian finds himself fighting for his life in the harsh, cruel world of the twelfth century, where only the cleverest and strongest survive.

Readers of Doctor Who’s adventure with the Daleks and Doctor Who and the Zarbi will find here all the excitement that made those books firm favourites with youngsters of all age groups.


Competition

To be in with a chance to win a set of the novelisations courtesy of BBC Books, simply answer the following question:
Susan is referred to by a different surname for the novelisation - what was that name?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-crusaders@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "The originals, you might say". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 13th November 2016. Only one entry per household will be accepted.




Class novels: full details releasedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Books have now released full details on the three novels published on Thursday that tie into new series Class:

Class: Joyride (Credit: BBC Books)Class: Joyride
Written by Guy Adams
Published by BBC Books on 27th October 2016 [order from Amazon UK]

‘So, you can just leap into other people’s bodies? Take them over? And while you’re in control, you can do whatever you want? Brilliant.’

Poppy is a quiet girl, right up until she steals a car and drives it through a shop window.

Max is a nice guy, but then he kills his whole family. Just for fun.

Amar always seems so happy, so why is he trying to jump to his death from the school roof?

Some of the students of Coal Hill School are not themselves. Some of them are dying. Ram has just woken up in a body he doesn't recognise, and if he doesn't figure out why he may well be next.
Class: The Stone House (Credit: BBC Books)Class: The Stone House
Written by A.K. Benedict
Published by BBC Books on 27th October 2016 [order from Amazon UK]


If you get out, you’d think you’d be one of the lucky ones. But you’re not.
The house infects you.


There’s an old stone house near Coal Hill School. Most people hurry past it. They’ve heard the stories. But, if you stop, and look up, you’ll see the face of a girl, pressed up against a window. Screaming.

Tanya finds herself drawn to the stone house. There’s a mystery there, and she’s going to solve it. But the more she investigates, the more she realises that there’s a presence in the house. One that wants her.

Something is waiting for Tanya in the stone house. Something that has been trapping others in its web over the years. Something that is far worse than any ghost.
Class: What She Does Next Will Astound You (Credit: BBC Books)Class: What She Does Next Will Astound You
Written by James Goss
Published by BBC Books on 27th October 2016 [order from Amazon UK]

‘We want your stunts, your dares, your whatevs. There is only one rule. There is no such thing as oversharing.’

At Coal Hill School, things have started to get public. Kids have become obsessed with a website that demands you perform risky stunts, or tell it your most painful secrets. And Seraphin, everyone’s favourite vlogger, wants you to get involved. All in the name of charity.

At first people just get hurt. Then their lives are ruined. Finally, they disappear.

As April’s fragile group of friends starts to fracture, she decides she’s going to uncover the truth behind this site herself. Whatever it takes, whoever she hurts, April’s going to win. But then, to her horror, she wakes up and finds her whole world’s changed.

What she does next will astound you.

Competition

To be in with a chance to win a set of the novels courtesy of BBC Books, simply answer the following question:
What is the name the classmates have christened the rift in Coal Hill Academy?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-classnovels@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "A touch of Class". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 13th November 2016. Only one entry per household will be accepted.





Doctor Who meets The World of HargreavesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Random House have announced a new range of books based upon the popular Mr Men created by Roger Hargreaves.

Dr. First (Credit: Random House)
Dr. Fourth (Credit: Random House)
Dr. Eleventh (Credit: Random House)
Dr. Twelfth (Credit: Random House)
Puffin Books (a division of Penguin Random House Children’s Books UK), BBC Worldwide and Sanrio Global Ltd are delighted to announce a new partnership.

Doctor Who meets The World of Hargreaves brings to life Doctor Who characters in the distinctive story-telling and illustrative style of Roger Hargreaves.

Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s, will publish these stories in the UK.

Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House is master publisher and will release twelve titles, one for each Doctor.

These storybook mash-ups, written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves, combine the iconic storytelling of Doctor Who with the whimsical humor and design made famous by his father, Roger Hargreaves. The first four books will be available in Spring 2017.

Francesca Dow, MD of Penguin Random House Children’s Books, said:
As the global publisher of Doctor Who and champions of books which push creative boundaries, we are delighted to be publishing such unique and fun stories. We're confident and excited they will appeal to the thousands of Doctor Who and Mr Men fans around the world

Jan Paterson, Head of Book and Audio Publishing, BBC Worldwide commented:
We are thrilled to be teaming up with Sanrio on this fantastic project and think that fans will love these creative incarnations of the Doctor reimagined in the ‘Hargreaves’ style. We’re always looking for innovative ways to engage our fans so this is the perfect partnership for us.

Alastair McHarrie, Licensing Director of Sanrio Global Ltd added:
There is a wealth of unofficial fan-created content online. We wanted to give something back to these supporters so we’ve created the first official Hargreaves mash-up. Who better to partner with than another classic British property, Doctor Who. We couldn’t be more excited.

Francesco Sedita, President and Publisher of Price Stern Sloan, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, added:
It is such a special moment for us to unite these two great properties. Our books bring Hargreaves’ wonderful, fun style to the mysterious, magical world of Doctor Who. I know we're going to delight fans of all ages!




BBC Childrens Books update/competitionsBookmark and Share

Friday, 30 September 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Childrens Books have released details of their Doctor Who books being published to the end of the year, including a collection of festive tales for Christmas, and the traditional Doctor Who Annual.

It is also possible to win copies of the publications, courtesy of BBC Childrens Books; in order to be in with a chance to win simply email us with the answer to the question along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news page, news app, Facebook, etc.). All competitions are open to UK readers only, with a closing date of 16th October 2016. Only one entry per household can be accepted.

Doctor Who Doodle Book (Credit: BBC Childrens Books)Doctor Who Doodle Book
Published by Penguin Books, 1st September 2016 [purchase from Amazon UK]

Think you can draw Doctor Who? Time to get creative with scribbles of all shapes and sizes in this interactive Doctor Who doodle book!

Cover pages with monster footprints, sketch the scariest villains imaginable and design dastardly foes from your own imagination. Design a new scarf for the Fourth Doctor, some sand shoes for the Tenth Doctor, and dream up a new look for the Master. Doodle new gadgets, outfits, hiding places and battlegrounds.

The Whoniverse is yours to design in this awesome Doctor Who book!

Competition Question: Name the Doctor Who story which featured a monster derived from a drawing.
Send your answer to comp-doodle@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Idle Moments".
Choose the Future: Terror Moon (Credit: BBC Childrens Books)Choose the Future: Terror Moon
Published by Penguin Books, 1st September 2016 [purchase from Amazon UK]

When one choice can lead to triumph or failure, life or death, glory or destruction - what will you choose?

In this brand new adventure, Terror Moon, the Twelfth Doctor travels to a far-off moon base, only to discover a monstrous, flesh-eating horror lying in wait...

With Choose the Future, YOU decide how, when, where and with whom the Doctor will fight to save the world! The fate of the universe is in your hands...

Choose the Future: Night of the Kraken (Credit: BBC Childrens Books)Competition Question: name the previous range of "choose your own adventure" books that featured the tenth and eleventh Doctors.
Send your answer to comp-choosethefuture@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Turn To Page 42".

This competition includes both the latest Choose The Future book and the earlier publication Night of the Kraken.
A History of Humankind (The Doctor's Official Guide) (Credit: BBC Childrens Books)A History of Humankind: The Doctor’s Official Guide
Published by Penguin Books, 6th October 2016 [pre-order from Amazon UK]

A history book 'improved' by the Twelfth Doctor, with annotations, scribblings, and his trademark snarky humour!

Over billions of years of time travel, the Doctor has run into his fair share of important people - and he's formed opinions on most of them too. Now the Twelfth Doctor has got hold of a history textbook from Coal Hill School, and he's
decided to improve it with notes of his own.

From Nefertiti to Robin Hood, this essential Doctor's guide gives us his unique take on Earth's most famous historical figures. Through annotations, scribblings and his trademark snarky humour, the Doctor has plenty to say about the pudding-brained humans he's met on his travels. It's history... but perhaps not quite as you know it!

Competition Question: name the first real-life person from history that the Doctor met in the television series.
Send your answer to comp-humankind@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Humans are quite my favourite species".
Time Lord Fairy Tales (Slipcase edition) (Credit: BBC Childrens Books)Time Lord Fairy Tales (slipcase edition)
Published by Penguin Books, 6th October 2016 [pre-order from Amazon UK]

With 16 hardback books each containing a fairy tale set in the world of Doctor Who, this slipcase edition of Time Lord Fairy Tales includes a brand new story for 2016: The Emperor Dalek's New Clothes.

Time Lord Fairy Tales contains legendary stories of monsters, mysteries, villains and heroes from across the Whoniverse. A beautifully illustrate collection of dark and dangerous Whovian fairy tales, this slipcase is the perfect gift for any true Doctor Who fan.

Competition Question: name a Time Lord fairy-tale/legend that the Doctor actually encounters in the television series.
Send your answer to comp-fairytales@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Once upon a Time...".
Doctor Who Annual 2017 (Credit: BBC Childrens Books)Official Doctor Who Annual 2017
Published by BBC Childrens Books, 6th October 2016 [pre-order from Amazon UK]


Join the Doctor for brand-new adventures on board the TARDIS in this year's Doctor Who Annual. With secrets from the latest series, fact files on the latest terrifying monsters, exciting comic strips, stories, puzzles and activities, it's the perfect read for any fan of the brilliant BBC show Doctor Who.

Competition Question: which is the only "numbered" Doctor to not feature on a Doctor Who annual/yearbook cover?
Send your answer to comp-annual@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "One Year in the Life of the Doctor".
Twelve Doctors of Christmas (Credit: BBC Childrens Books)Twelve Doctors Of Christmas
Published by BBC Childrens Books, 6th October 2016 [pre-order from Amazon UK]

A beautifully illustrated collection of new Doctor Who stories, each featuring one of the twelve Doctors on a festive adventure in the TARDIS.

Written by six authors and with a full-page colour illustration for each story, these tales are full of magic, mystery, wonder, excitement - and everything else that fans love about a Doctor Who Christmas special.

Competition Question: name the only non-21st Century Doctor Who Christmas episode.
Send your answer to comp-12xmas@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Ho Ho Ho!".
In addition to the new releases, BBC Childrens Books have kindly provided these publications from earlier in the year as additional competition prizes:

Doctor Who: The Essential Guide (Twelfth Doctor edition) (Credit: BBC Childrens Books)Doctor Who: The Essential Guide (Twelfth Doctor edition)
Published by Penguin Books, 7th April 2016 [purchase from Amazon UK]

A new edition of the ultimate and most essential guide to Doctor Who, now updated to include all twelve incarnations of the Doctor and covering all his newest adventures from Series 8 and 9.

Competition Question: the Doctor has often kept a diary of his experiences - how many years does his most recent cover?
Send your answer to comp-essential@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Dipping into the Matrix".
Travels in Time (colouring book) (Credit: BBC Childrens Books)Doctor Who: Travels in Time
Published by Penguin Books, 7th April 2016 [purchase from Amazon UK]


Experience the timey-wimey travels of the Doctor moment by moment with this historical Doctor Who colouring book.

Inside you'll find the Doctor's greatest friends and foes from throughout all of history, with original illustrations featuring Churchill, Shakespeare, Van Gogh, Dickens, Madame de Pompadour and many more. Colour in kings and queens, Romans and Egyptians, Viking villages and erupting volcanoes... not forgetting the occasional dinosaur on a spaceship.

With 45 brand new images to colour, Travels in Time is a truly fantastic addition to any colouring collection.

Competition Question: name a story featuring a portrait the Doctor has painted.
Send your answer to comp-colours@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Strike Me Pink!".
Doctor Who Dot-To-Doc (Credit: BBC Childrens Books)Doctor Who: Dot-To-Doc
Published by Penguin Books, 7th July 2016 [purchase from Amazon UK]

Join a galaxy of dots to draw the Doctor with this incredible dot-to-dot book!

With 45 intricate portraits to complete and over 500 dots in every drawing, Dot-to-Doc contains hours of creative and timey-wimey fun.

Inside you'll find every incarnation of the Doctor, plus favourite friends and foes - Rose, Donna, Captain Jack, Clara, the Ponds, a Dalek, a Cyberman, a Weeping Angel and many more...

Competition Question: in which story did the Doctor say a straight line might be the shortest distance between two points but it isn't the most interesting?
Send your answer to comp-dottodoc@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Going dotty".




Competition RoundupBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 6 September 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
A roundup of competitions from Doctor Who News that readers may enter:

The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Pursuit of History/Casualties of Time

The fourth Doctor concludes his latest set of adventures alongside Romana and K-9:
On a brisk winter’s morning in 1850s Yorkshire, Cuthbert, head of the intergalactic business known as 'The Conglomerate' prepares to hijack a very special train. In the far future, his assistant, Mr Dorrick is awoken by howling alarms. There is a problem with the Quantum Gateway. In the TARDIS, the Doctor, Romana and K9 detect strange distortions in the Vortex, an energy stream coming from a strange creature called a Laan. The threads of a plan centuries in the making are coming together. But who is behind this plan? And can anyone possibly escape when history is against them?
The Pursuit Of History (Credit: Big Finish) Casualties Of Time (Credit: Big Finish)
To be in with a chance to win a digital download of the audio adventure courtesy of Big Finish, simply answer the following question:
David Warner has his own history with time shenanigans - name the the film in which he played a character coveting a map depicting holes in the space-time continuum.
Please send your answer along with your name and the email address you have registered with Big Finish, plus where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-bf4d@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Time Traps". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 18th September 2016. Note: entrants must have an active registration with Big Finish in order to be eligible to receive the prize - new registrations can be easily created on the website for free and with no financial obligation.

BBC Books: Doctor Who - The Official Cookbook

BBC Books offer you the chance to make a culinary impression on your Doctor Who friends!
Whether you’re planning a party to watch the latest episode, need a showstopping cake that’s bigger on the inside, or want a taste of the TARDIS at teatime, this is the ultimate collection of dishes from across space and time. Keep the munchies at bay with a fleet of Atraxi Snax, and serve an Ood Head Bread with your dinner. Create your very own Picnic at Asgard, or invite the Zygon Pie into your house. And say ‘Hello, Sweetie’ to a deadly-delicious Dalektable Army, a Peek-a-Boo Pandorica cake, or some simple jelly babies. Each easy-to-follow recipe has step-by-step instructions to show how you can make meals, snacks, cakes and sweets that are truly out of this world.
Doctor Who Cookbook (Credit: BBC Books)To be in with a chance to win the book courtesy of BBC Books, simply answer the following question:
What meal did a newly-regenerated Doctor cook up in Amelia's kitchen?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-cookbook@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Yum!". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 18th September 2016. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

BBC Audio: Doctor Who and The Sontaran Experiment

The classic novelisation adaptation from BBC Audio sees the fourth Doctor finding out Earth is not as uninhabited as he expected ...
Landing on Earth - now a barren, desolate planet - Sarah, Harry and the Doctor are unaware of a large, watching robot. The robot is the work of Styr, a Sontaran warrior, who uses all humans landing here for his experimental programmes. What has happened to the other space explorers who have come here? Why is Styr so interested in Earth, and in brutally torturing humans, including Sarah Jane? Will the Doctor be able to prevent an invasion, and save both Earth and his companions?
Doctor Who and The Sontaran Experiment (Credit: BBC Audio)To be in with a chance to win the audiobook courtesy of BBC Audio, simply answer the following question:
Having survived solar flares, the Earth then had to endure being moved two light years in space and enveloped by a solar fireball ... but who orchestrated this second devastation?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-experiment@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Trafalgar Square should be that way". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 18th September 2016. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

BBC Audio: Doctor Who: The Macra Terror

The classic novelisation adaptation from BBC Audio sees the second Doctor discovering something sinister in the shadows ...
In the far future a group of humans is living an idyllic existence on a distant planet. Their colony is run like a gigantic holiday camp, and nothing seems to trouble their carefree existence. When one of them claims that the colony is being invaded by hideous monsters, no-one takes him seriously. But the Doctor's suspicions are immediately aroused. What is the terrible menace that lurks at the heart of this apparent paradise? Why are the colonists unaware of the danger that lies before their very eyes? And what is the Macra Terror?
Doctor Who: The Macra TerrorTo be in with a chance to win the audiobook courtesy of BBC Audio, simply answer the following question:
Name the televised story that featured an unexpected return of the Macra some forty years later...
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-macra@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "There is no such thing as Macra!". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 18th September 2016. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

BBC Audio: Illegal Alien

This BBC Books adaptation from BBC Audio sees the seventh Doctor caught up in World War II antics...
The Blitz is at its height. As the Luftwaffe bomb London, Cody McBridge, ex-pat American private eye, sees a sinister silver sphere crash-land. He glimpses something emerging from within. The military dismiss his account of events - the sphere must be a new German secret weapon that has malfunctioned in some way. What else could it be? Arriving amid the chaos, the Doctor and Ace embark on a trail that brings them face to face with hidden Nazi agents, and encounter some very old enemies ...
Illegal Alien (Credit: BBC Audio)To be in with a chance to win the audiobook courtesy of BBC Audio, simply answer the following question:
Name another Doctor Who story set in London during the Blitz.
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-illegalalien@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Put that light out!". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 18th September 2016. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

BBC Audio: Tenth Doctor Tales

A collection of audio adventures featuring the tenth Doctor.
Join the Tenth Doctor on these seven adventures in Time and Space, written specially for audio: Pest Control, The Forever Trap, The Nemonite Invasion, The Rising Night, The Day of the Troll, The Last Voyage and Dead Air. David Tennant, Catherine Tate and Michelle Ryan read this exclusive collection of original audio adventures.
Tenth Doctor Tales (Credit: BBC Audio)To be in with a chance to win the audio collection courtesy of BBC Audio, simply answer the following question:
The Rising Night reader Michelle Ryan is better known as which of the tenth Doctor's associates?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-10d-tales@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Oral Encounters". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 18th September 2016. Only one entry per household will be accepted.




BBC reveal midnight announcementBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 6 September 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have posted a teaser for a forthcoming announcement at midnight tonight via their Facebook page:



Visit Doctor Who News after midnight UK time for more details.




Class tie-in novels to be released alongside series premiere in OctoberBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 6 September 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Books have announced that a series of three novels will be released in October to tie-in with the premiere of new spin-off series Class in October. The three stories, extended the fictional universe created by Patrick Ness are: Joyride by Guy Adams, The Stone House by A.K. Benedict and What She Does Next Will Astound You by James Goss.

Class: Joyride (Credit: BBC Books) Class: The Stone House (Credit: BBC Books) Class: What She Does Next Will Astound You (Credit: BBC Books)

BBC Books Senior Editorial Director Albert DePetrillo said:
Patrick Ness is simply one of the finest writers working today – in any genre – and his new television series has all the hallmarks of his dazzling fiction. Class is a hugely exciting new brand for the BBC list, and we’re delighted to be working with Patrick and the production team at BBC Wales on these official tie-ins.

The three novels will be published on 27th October 2016.


Class: Airing this October on BBC3, this new Doctor Who spin-off show is set at Coal Hill School, which has a special significance for Doctor Who fans: it’s not only the primary school where the Doctor’s most recent companion, Clara Oswald, taught but it featured in the very first Doctor Who episode in 1963. Class centres on the adventures of an all-new group of students at Coal Hill, and will have the action, heart and adrenaline of the very best YA fiction - dangers breaking through the walls of time and space, a darkness coming to a London unprotected, a new group of heroes to root for, and new villains to hide from behind the sofa.




BBC Books: The WhoniverseBookmark and Share

Friday, 2 September 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Books have released details on their latest book dealing with Doctor Who universe, due to be published in October:

The Whoniverse (Credit: BBC Books)The Whoniverse
By Justin Richards and George Mann
Published 27th October 2016 by BBC Books [pre-order from Amazon UK]


The Whoniverse is a never-before-seen history of the Human Race – from the formation of Earth round the Racnoss eggs, and the creation of life by the destruction of the last Jagaroth spaceship, through to the eventual expansion of the sun and end of the world and beyond – to New Earth, and Utopia...

Along the way, The Whoniverse also explores the untold histories of other planets and other lifeforms as they have interacted with humanity. We examine the Daleks and Cybermen, the Time Lords and the Sontarans, the Ice Warriors, Silurians, Weeping Angels, and many many more... We visit Gallifrey and Skaro, Mondas and Telos, Mars and Sontar, to explore how their histories have coincided with the Time Lords, and with our own.

With full-colour illustrations, maps, charts and photography from key Doctor Who artists including Alex Fort, Chris J Lees and many more, The Whoniverse is a dramatic retelling of the uprisings, wars and battles that formed Doctor Who’s universe, and an astonishing compendium of the races that live within it. A treasury of accumulated knowledge, scholarly erudition and accumulated folk wisdom, it is the definitive, essential companion to this universe, and any other.


Hardcover, 320 pages