|Source: Benjamin Herman|
BBC Books have today announced (via Doctor Who TV) the publication of three novels to tie-in to the broadcast of the thirty-fourth season (or the eighth, for those who've only been keeping count since 2005) of the BBC's hit science-fiction drama Doctor Who. Now starring Peter Capaldi in its titular role, the programme's new runs have frequently been accompanied by "New Series Adventures" novels featuring the incumbent incarnation of the Time Lord, and this year's series is no different in this respect.
The cover art for each of the texts has yet to be released, so until such a time when we know more on that front, check out the synopses for Silhouette (by Justin Richards), The Blood Cell (by James Goss) and The Crawling Terror (by Mike Tucker) below:
- DOCTOR WHO: SILHOUETTE- "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? [...] As the Doctor and Clara join the hunt for the truth they find themselves thrust into a world where nothing and no one are what they seem."
- DOCTOR WHO: THE BLOOD CELL- "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. [...] 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..."
- DOCTOR WHO: THE CRAWLING TERROR- "[...] 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. [...] 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."
Before those three Twelfth Doctor adventures land in book retailers, though, Whovians desperate for their next fix would be wise to take a look at Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks (a pseudo-non-fictional retrospective on the Time Lord's history with the Bard, out on June 12th) and/or Doctor Who: Engines of War (a tale based in the Time War which chronicles the War Doctor's final battle before his decision to seek out the Moment, out on July 31st). Failing that, Season Eight is due to première this August on BBC One, meaning that there's only two months to go now.
Doctor Who: Silhouette, Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror and Doctor Who: The Blood Cell will each be available to purchase in all good book retailers this September.