BBC Books release the Monsters!
Eight iconic monster adventures have been released by BBC Books, including Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans and Weeping Angels.
Sting of the Zygons
The TARDIS lands the Doctor and Martha in the Lake District in 1909, where a small village has been terrorised by a giant, scaly monster. The search is on for the elusive ‘Beast of Westmorland’, and explorers, naturalists and hunters from across the country are descending on the fells. King Edward VII himself is on his way to join the search, with a knighthood for whoever finds the Beast. But there is a more sinister presence at work in the Lakes than a mere monster on the rampage, and the Doctor is soon embroiled in the plans of an old and terrifying enemy. And as the hunters become the hunted, a desperate battle of wits begins – with the future of the entire world at stake...
Stephen Cole has been the voice of a Dalek and an editor for Doctor Who novels The Feast of the Drowned and The Art of Destruction.
Prisoner of the Daleks
The Daleks are advancing, their empire constantly expanding. The battles rage on across countless solar systems – and the Doctor finds himself stranded on board a starship near the frontline with a group of ruthless bounty hunters. Earth Command will pay these hunters for every Dalek they kill, every eyestalk they bring back as proof. With the Doctor’s help, the bounty hunters achieve the ultimate prize: a Dalek prisoner – intact, powerless, and ready for interrogation. But with the Daleks, nothing is what it seems, and no one is safe. Before long the tables will be turned, and how will the Doctor survive when he becomes a prisoner of the Daleks?
Trevor Baxendale is a regular contributor to Doctor Who Adventures magazine, scripting the further exploits of the Doctor in comic strip form.
Touched by an Angel
‘The past is like a foreign country. Nice to visit, but you really wouldn't want to live there.’ In 2003, Rebecca Whitaker died in a road accident. Her husband Mark is still grieving. He receives a battered envelope, posted eight years earlier, containing a set of instructions with a simple message: ‘You can save her.’ As Mark is given the chance to save Rebecca, it’s up to the Doctor, Amy and Rory to save the whole world. Because this time the Weeping Angels are using history itself as a weapon.
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.
For thousands of years the Sontarans and the Rutans have fought a brutal war across the galaxy. Now the Sontarans have a secret plan to destroy the Rutan race – a secret plan the Doctor is racing against time to uncover. Only one Rutan spy knows the Sontarans’ plan. As he is chased through the galaxy in a desperate bid for his life, he reaches the planet Sentarion – where Professor Bernice Summerfield’s research into the history of the Sontaran-Rutan war is turning into an explosive reality.
Terrance Dicks worked on the entirety of the Third Doctor era of the programme, and then scripted Tom Baker's first story as the Fourth Doctor. Terrance has written many original Doctor Who novels for BBC Books.
The Doctor and Leela arrive on the planet Kaldor, where they find a society dependent on benign and obedient robots. But they have faced these robots before, on a huge Sandminer in the Kaldor desert, and know they are not always harmless servants... The only other people who know the truth are the three survivors from that Sandminer – and now they are being picked off one by one. The twisted genius behind that massacre is dead, but someone is developing a new, deadlier breed of robots. This time, unless the Doctor and Leela can stop them, they really will destroy the world.
Chris Boucher is a respected writer of both novels and television drama. He wrote three highly popular Doctor Who scripts for Tom Baker's Fourth incarnation of the Doctor - The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death, and Image of the Fendahl.
Mike Tucker & Robert Perry
The Blitz is at its height. As the Luftwaffe bomb London, Cody McBride, 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.
Mike Tucker is an Emmy nominated, BAFTA winning visual effects designer and as a writer he has contributed to the Doctor Who ranges for both Random House and Penguin. Robert Perry has written scripts for Emmerdale, Family Affairs and Is Harry on the Boat?, and story editing long running BBC soap EastEnders, where he oversaw the ‘shooting of Phil Mitchell’ story arc.
Sands of Time
The Doctor is in Victorian London with Nyssa and Tegan – a city shrouded in mystery. When Nyssa is kidnapped in the British Museum, the Doctor and Tegan have to unlock the answers to a series of ancient questions. Their quest leads them across continents and time as an ancient Egyptian prophecy threatens future England. To save Nyssa, the Doctor must foil the plans of the mysterious Sadan Rassul. But as mummies stalk the night, an ancient terror stirs in its tomb.
Justin Richards is creative consultant for the BBC's Doctor Who books, and has also written some of the stories.
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.
Gary Russell is a former editor of Doctor Who Magazine, and was the producer of Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions for eight years.
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