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First 12th Doctor Novels Detailed

Plot synopses have been released for the first three New Series Adventures novels featuring the Twelfth Doctor.

The stories are Silhouette, The Blood Cell and The Crawling Terror written by Justin Richards, James Goss and Mike Tucker, respectively

All three are currently due for release on 11 September 2014.

Silhouette

silhouette-richardsBy Justin Richards.

“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 Blood Cell

blood-cell-gossBy James Goss.

“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…

The Crawling Terror

crawling-terror-tuckerBy Mike Tucker.

“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.

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WhoIntoDarkness
WhoIntoDarkness

Sort of related, are Who audiobooks worth it? Also, where do I get them and which ones do you recommend?

Hi675445
Hi675445


The Blood Cell sounds interesting 

AnthonyMercer
AnthonyMercer

I will have to get these simply because I have all the others and I've already read them all! I'm currently re-reading The Deviant Strain.

ConnorFrye
ConnorFrye

So have these authors already read the scripts for Capaldi? I assume so, otherwise they wouldn't be able to capture the new Doctor's personality, but that is really fast writing. 

ilyootha is back in home Universe
ilyootha is back in home Universe

What? There other publicity photos of costumed Capaldi (apart from that famous one with his arm outstretched in a weird gesture) in existence? And they never told us?!

I like how every title now has its own font, yet the basic design outline is the same as always. Shame they didn't keep the design of the previous trilogy though.

MikeUK2011
MikeUK2011

Just pre-ordered The Crawling Terror. Looking forward to it.  I haven't read a WHO novel before, if I enjoy it'll I'll look into purchasing some others too, including the other two mentioned here.

ShameOnSM
ShameOnSM

Will these be available on eBay?

MetamorphmagusWho met 7, 8 and Ace
MetamorphmagusWho met 7, 8 and Ace

Definitely will be getting these at some point. I have the majority of the Eleventh Doctor novels ,about four of Ten's and a few Target novelisations (The Faceless Ones, Horror of Fang Rock and The Caves of Androzani). I haven't quite read all of them yet, however from the ones I have read Shroud of Sorrow is probably my personal favourite.

AdamLewisSmith
AdamLewisSmith

I just finished reading Forever Autumn for like the 1000th time. I'll never tire of it. It's in my opinion the best piece of literature ever published. 

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

The Doctor looks downright creepy in the Crawling Terror book. The synopsis sounds great but these are all standard publicity pics I wish they would have done something more original. And it's really funny how Capaldi's hand gesture is fitted into the jail bars.

Adric the Genius
Adric the Genius

I have quite a lot of the Tenth Doctor novels, a fair number of the Eleventh Doctor ones and I have one Fourth Doctor novel.  They're all excellent examples of Doctor Who, yet some stand out as my favourites, such as:

The Silent Stars Go By

Prisoner of the Daleks

Only Human

Terror of the Zygons

Touched by an Angel

Prisoner of the Daleks is one of the best Dalek stories in any medium, with the Doctor travelling alone and many supporting characters being exterminated all around him.  Slave labour features and there is no traditional companion figure, as that character meets a rather unfortunate end.

The Silent Stars Go By is a very festive story and is longer than the other novels; it features the Ice Warriors and another more ruthless enemy.  The locals are very well written and their society is deeply explored.  Rory excells and the Ice Warriors are excellent.  Also, all of the chapter titles are named after Christmas carols or lines from them but yet they all fit very well with the subject matter.  I find myself reading it almost every Christmas.

PK-S
PK-S

Prettttyyyyyyyyyy.. 

supermoff
supermoff

Thank you everyone who gave me recommendations on Doctor Who books several months ago. I read Touched By Angel and The Silent Stars Go By and adored them both, so thanks you lot here on DWTV for introducing me to the medium. I will certainly be getting all these 12th Doctor books as a result :)

Who is the Doctor
Who is the Doctor

I just pre-ordered on ibooks and they are releasing on 9 September 2014 which is two days before the release date that is announced in the article.  Which really means that I would get in on my iPad the evening before that.  Book release dates in the US is normally on a Tuesday so the 9th would fit.  I am looking forward to reading The Blood Cell.

babbitdukes
babbitdukes

Love the pictures have already pre ordered all three if only Capaldi had done the audio versions as well now that would fantastic.

Hibernus
Hibernus

"Joint the hunt for the truth"? Heavens. Sincerely though, nice to see the Doctor has overcome that fear of spiders from his third incarnation after all!

MrRazza, General Rogue Timelord Identifier
MrRazza, General Rogue Timelord Identifier

Still not particularly enamoured by the Paternoster Gang one, perhaps I'll prefer them in print. I'm definitely looking forward to the other two though, guess they're something to add to my university reading list!

TheIdleIdol
TheIdleIdol

I'm liking the sounds of the second one: reminds me a little of that old Tenth Doctor animated "special", The Infinite Quest. He found himself locked up on a prison world during part of that mini-serial too, after being recognised as a wanted criminal and faced with serving a 2 billion year sentence. I always thought, back at the time, that it would have made a fantastic live-action episode in itself (I don't think that section of The Infinite Quest lasted more than about 10 minutes so it wouldn't exactly be rehashing as much as giving some substance to the same concept). Sadly I can't see an episode along those lines happening any time soon if the same plot has been adapted into one of the official novels, but I'll happily settle for a book. I haven't added to my Who novel collection in quite some time; I think it's about time I gave them some company. The Clockwise Man has been sitting solemnly on my shelf for nearly a decade, and I can't even imagine how lonely Warmonger must be getting. 

Lemonhead118
Lemonhead118

Still missing most of the 11th Doctor ones, but I shall be picking these up 

HexSchofield
HexSchofield

Would be nice if they used new images of Capaldi instead of the same one re-jigged three times but still promising books! I may find my bookshelf finally getting filled once more...

Mr 11
Mr 11

Looks very exciting! Will pause reading Game of Thrones to try these out! The first 2 in particular have very interesting premises and lovely artwork! :D

The Hatter
The Hatter

Nice Artwork for the covers, I'll be excited when I get round to reading these especially 'The Blood Cell'. 

thribs1
thribs1

Rather have some more War Doctor ones. These just feel redundant.

DawnTime
DawnTime

My Amazon wish list is getting rather long! these look good especially  the blood cell

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

I like the covers. I'm studying to be a graphic designer, so my opinion on them matters a little more than everyone else's. I am annoyed they keep changing them though. Didn't we just get a new style of cover for the last three Matt Smith books? Then they go and change them again. Non-consistent covers are the bane of my existence.

Baker Street is heading Into the Dalek
Baker Street is heading Into the Dalek

Ooh interesting! I don't know which one sounds the most intriguing; I only know that I want all of them. And since I am arachnophobic and have a great dislike of any insects, I can see The Crawling Terror being a freaky one!

Liana21
Liana21

The covers look awesome. Looking forward read them

NewWho2012
NewWho2012

Nice covers and I notice they now have custom text and fonts for each title of the novels, seems like something new as before they are always written in regular font. Plus they've finally gotten rid of the DW sign from the merchandise which is a good sign, back to just Doctor Who at last.

Sephora.IWishIWasScottish
Sephora.IWishIWasScottish

I know people in this fandom are fed up with debates about sexism but I'd like to point out that all these writers are men. I understand why it's difficult to have women write for the show. There are few female Sci-Fi writers and Doctor Who has only 13 episodes a year. My point is : RTD had Helen Raynor write an episode for Torchwood before giving her an episode on Doctor Who. Why can't we do that with novels ? They don't require a huge budget and it woud allow new female writers to find their feet. 

Hi675445
Hi675445

@ConnorFrye they work for the BBC  that why they have bbc on the books so i guess they are treated like staff also the bbc release the audio book version as well which are voiced  over by well known actors that will be or have been in the show   

jamesrbristow
jamesrbristow

@ConnorFrye I'd imagine it's like the script writers, they get a brief from Moffat or someone in BBC who knows the 12th Doctor so they know how to write him. 

TheIdleIdol
TheIdleIdol

Have you read any of the older Doctor Who books, like the Virgin New Adventures/Missing Adventures ranges, or the Eighth Doctor Adventures? There's some really good stuff in some of those, too. If you're only just getting into the Who novels, then I'd definitely say that the current NSAs are the place to start, but I heartily recommend looking into some of the older material once you've had your fill of the current stuff. They're a bit different, but still fascinating.


Adric the Genius
Adric the Genius

@Hibernus On a similar note, I've just finished reading Snowglobe 7, in which the Tenth Doctor and Martha battle giant furry spider-like creatures in a research dome in 2099 Dubai. The Doctor does not seem fazed by them at all. 

TheIdleIdol
TheIdleIdol

If Doctor Who isn't already required reading, you're on the wrong course. You should consider switching to Transcendental Engineering

TheFirst
TheFirst

@HexSchofield They're from the same photoshoot so that's why they look a little similair.  I think Peter Capaldi has only just done one photoshoot as the Doctor yet. :) Personally, I'm not a fan of them using a picture of Clara from the 2013 christmas special on the second cover. She's wearing that sweater with the bowties and while I know she wears that same outfit in Capaldi's first season (I've seen the set pictures) it just doesn't seem to fit with the 12th Doctor. Also, the exact same picture was used on the poster for 'Time of the Doctor'. Couldn't they pick another picture from that photoshoot? ;P



BJAMES
BJAMES

@thribs1  "Engines Of War" is coming July 31st. I've already preordered my copy and I can hardly wait.

TheIdleIdol
TheIdleIdol

There's a big difference between writing prose and writing for television/film - trust me, I've experienced both first-hand, and skills in one don't always translate into skills in the other. Some writers are perfectly capable of both. Some writers are better suited to one than the other. I'm sure they would be able to find plenty of talented female authors to pen some terrific Doctor Who books, but those same authors may not be suited to writing scripts, so it doesn't really work as a testing ground for potential show-writers. Torchwood, being a TV show, worked much better for that reason - you knew they were good at writing specifically for television before they ever penned a Who script.

TheFirst
TheFirst

@Sephora36 Well, they got Richelle Mead and Malorie Blackman to write short stories for the 50th anniversary collection. So it has happened before that women wrote stories set in the DW universe. Those were short stories, however. I agree it would be awesome to see more female writers writing full length DW novels :)





supermoff
supermoff

I certainly plan on reading as much as possible over all eras :D I'm certainly intrigued by the Faction Paradox stuff so that's next on my list :) I just can't believe I hadn't picked up on this great medium before! :D

Sephora.IWishIWasScottish
Sephora.IWishIWasScottish

@TheIdleIdol I never wrote anything, not even a fanfiction so I am inclined to believe you. What about Big Finish audios ? These are quite close to a TV episode for me and there are very very few female writers as well. I suppose they are a bit more expensive to produce than novels but still much cheaper than TV episodes. Maybe we could "test" inexperienced female writers there, what do you think ?

TheIdleIdol
TheIdleIdol

(The same applies to all writers irrespective of gender, I should make clear - I'm making the point that books aren't the best testing grounds for potential TV writers, rather than addressing the 'there's not enough female writers' argument).

TheIdleIdol
TheIdleIdol

Audio scripts tend to be a little different to televisual scripts, but they're much more closely related than either are to novels. It'd certainly be a more effective way of testing whether a writer can tell a good story in the right sort of format before risking a big-budget TV episode on them, even if there are still differences that a writer transitioning from one to the other would have to overcome. But whilst I certainly wouldn't be opposed to using the NSAs or Big Finish as a testing ground, purely to make sure the overall standard of the show is maintained whilst allowing less experienced writers to prove their worth (an opportunity they otherwise might not get), it shouldn't simply be for prospective female writers. It should be for all unproven writers across the board, or for none at all. Getting segregationist and holding double standards isn't going to make the sexism debate go away. 

Sephora.IWishIWasScottish
Sephora.IWishIWasScottish

@TheIdleIdol Sure. I don't want anything like "Big Finish Feminist Range" but if we can't even manage to have female writers for low-budget productions, we'll never get any to write for the TV show. Got to start somewhere 

TheIdleIdol
TheIdleIdol

At the same time though, some very inexperienced male writers have written for the show. Take Gareth Roberts, for example. He'd written a few Who novels back in the 1990s, but beyond that he had very little experience writing in any medium at all: but RTD brought him into the show without hesitation, and Moffat kept him there. He's now one of the show's most established recurring writers. Or Matt Jones, who wrote The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit. He'd had a fair bit of experienced in TV, mostly in producing, but few notable writing credits. He was given a shot too. Granted they're both RTD's doing, but Moffat has had similarly inexperienced writers - Steven Thompson, despite some stellar work on Sherlock the year before his first Who script, was practically unknown previously. Ultimately, if the show is willing to gamble on bringing in male writers who are as yet unproven at Who's level, they should be equally willing to gamble on female writers without subjecting them to a proving grounds first - which is why I say it should be for all or none. Though, as I said, I don't think it's a bad idea to try and use alternative mediums to help an unproven writer establish themselves and hone their skills before giving them full writing credits: it just needs to be done fairly and justly, hence why I wanted to take gender out of the equation.