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The Eighth Doctor Adventures
CountryUnited Kingdom
DisciplineScience fiction
PublisherBBC Books
Media typePrint
No. of books73

The Eighth Doctor Adventures (sometimes abbreviated as EDA or referred to as the EDAs) are a series of spin off novels based on the long running BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who and published under the BBC Books imprint.[1] 73 books were published overall.[2]

Publication history

Between 1991 and 1997, Virgin Publishing had been producing a successful series of spin off novels under the New Adventures and Missing Adventures ranges. However, following the Doctor Who television movie which introduced the Eighth Doctor in 1996, the BBC did not renew Virgin Publishing's license to continue publishing Doctor Who material, instead opting to publish their own range. Virgin's last New Adventures novel, The Dying Days by Lance Parkin, featured the Eighth Doctor.

The Eighth Doctor Adventures began in 1997 with The Eight Doctors by Terrance Dicks and continued until 2005.[3] These novels all feature the Eighth Doctor, as portrayed in the 1996 television movie by Paul McGann.[3] It is unclear if the BBC line was originally intended to be a continuation of the continuity established in the New Adventures. However, as many of the writers for the Eighth Doctor Adventures had also written for the Virgin series, many elements from the New Adventures began to appear in both the EDAs and the Past Doctor Adventures (which replaced the Missing Adventures), and such continuity has been broadly maintained.

Virgin had distinguished the New and Missing Adventures with different cover designs. BBC Books, however, did not differentiate their novels featuring the current and past Doctors in this way, although they were listed separately within the books. Fans continued to distinguish the ongoing story of the Eighth Doctor from the more stand-alone adventures of past Doctors, although some plot elements did cross over both ranges.

With the revival of the television series, BBC Books ceased the regular Eighth Doctor Adventures in favour of a new range (the New Series Adventures), featuring characters from the new series. One further novel featuring the Eighth Doctor (Fear Itself) was published under the Past Doctor Adventures line before it too ceased publication.

In addition to the Eighth Doctor Adventures and the Past Doctor Adventures, the BBC also published three short story collections under the title of Short Trips which feature all eight (at the time of publication) Doctors. These were also inherited from Virgin, a version of their Decalog short story collections, and when the BBC ceased publishing them, a licence to continue was sought by Big Finish Productions, who published some for a while. They now continue to publish their own range of Short Trips collections as audios.


In 2018, elements of the series were used in an officially licensed crossover story with the 10,000 Dawns series, titled White Canvas, alongside elements of Faction Paradox. This was later published in print form in the anthology, 10,000 Dawns: The Outer Universe Collection.[4][5]

List of Eighth Doctor Adventures

# Title Author Featuring Published
1 The Eight Doctors Terrance Dicks Sam, cameos from many others June 1997
2 Vampire Science Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum Sam July 1997
3 The Bodysnatchers Mark Morris August 1997
4 Genocide Paul Leonard Sam, Jo Grant, UNIT September 1997
5 War of the Daleks John Peel Sam October 1997
6 Alien Bodies Lawrence Miles November 1997
7 Kursaal Peter Anghelides January 1998
8 Option Lock Justin Richards February 1998
9 Longest Day Michael Collier March 1998
10 Legacy of the Daleks John Peel Susan April 1998
11 Dreamstone Moon Paul Leonard None May 1998
12 Seeing I Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum Sam June 1998
13 Placebo Effect Gary Russell Sam, Stacy, Ssard July 1998
14 Vanderdeken's Children Christopher Bulis Sam August 1998
15 The Scarlet Empress Paul Magrs Sam, Iris Wildthyme September 1998
16 The Janus Conjunction Trevor Baxendale Sam October 1998
17 Beltempest Jim Mortimore November 1998
18 The Face-Eater Simon Messingham January 1999
19 The Taint (also called Doctor Who and the Taint) Michael Collier Sam, Fitz February 1999
20 Demontage Justin Richards March 1999
21 Revolution Man Paul Leonard April 1999
22 Dominion Nick Walters May 1999
23 Unnatural History Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum June 1999
24 Autumn Mist David A. McIntee July 1999
25 Interference – Book One: Shock Tactic Lawrence Miles Sam, Fitz, Compassion; the Third Doctor, Sarah Jane and K-9 August 1999
26 Interference – Book Two: The Hour of the Geek Sam, Fitz, Compassion; the Third Doctor, Sarah Jane and K-9
27 The Blue Angel Paul Magrs and Jeremy Hoad Fitz, Compassion, Iris Wildthyme September 1999
28 The Taking of Planet 5 Simon Bucher-Jones and Mark Clapham Fitz, Compassion October 1999
29 Frontier Worlds Peter Anghelides November 1999
30 Parallel 59 Stephen Cole and Natalie Dallaire January 2000
31 The Shadows of Avalon Paul Cornell Fitz, Compassion, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Romana III February 2000
32 The Fall of Yquatine Nick Walters Fitz, Compassion March 2000
33 Coldheart Trevor Baxendale April 2000
34 The Space Age Steve Lyons May 2000
35 The Banquo Legacy Andy Lane and Justin Richards June 2000
36 The Ancestor Cell Peter Anghelides and Stephen Cole Fitz, Compassion, Romana III July 2000
37 The Burning Justin Richards none August 2000
38 Casualties of War Steve Emmerson September 2000
39 The Turing Test Paul Leonard October 2000
40 Endgame Terrance Dicks November 2000
41 Father Time Lance Parkin Debbie Castle, Miranda January 2001
42 Escape Velocity Colin Brake Fitz, Anji Kapoor February 2001
43 EarthWorld Jacqueline Rayner March 2001
44 Vanishing Point Stephen Cole April 2001
45 Eater of Wasps Trevor Baxendale May 2001
46 The Year of Intelligent Tigers Kate Orman June 2001
47 The Slow Empire Dave Stone July 2001
48 Dark Progeny Steve Emmerson Fitz, Anji, Sabbath (cameo) August 2001
49 The City of the Dead Lloyd Rose Fitz, Anji September 2001
50 Grimm Reality Simon Bucher-Jones and Kelly Hale October 2001
51 The Adventuress of Henrietta Street Lawrence Miles Fitz, Anji, Sabbath November 2001
52 Mad Dogs and Englishmen Paul Magrs Fitz, Anji, Iris Wildthyme January 2002
53 Hope Mark Clapham Fitz, Anji February 2002
54 Anachrophobia Jonathan Morris Fitz, Anji, Sabbath March 2002
55 Trading Futures Lance Parkin Fitz, Anji April 2002
56 The Book of the Still Paul Ebbs May 2002
57 The Crooked World Steve Lyons June 2002
58 History 101 Mags L Halliday Fitz, Anji, Sabbath July 2002
59 Camera Obscura Lloyd Rose Fitz, Anji, Sabbath, George Williamson August 2002
60 Time Zero Justin Richards Fitz, Anji, Trix, Sabbath, George Williamson September 2002
61 The Infinity Race Simon Messingham Fitz, Anji, Sabbath November 2002
62 The Domino Effect David Bishop Fitz, Anji, Trix, Sabbath February 2003
63 Reckless Engineering Nick Walters April 2003
64 The Last Resort Paul Leonard June 2003
65 Timeless Stephen Cole August 2003
66 Emotional Chemistry Simon A. Forward Fitz, Trix October 2003
67 Sometime Never... Justin Richards Fitz, Trix, Miranda, Sabbath January 2004
68 Halflife Mark Michalowski Fitz, Trix April 2004
69 The Tomorrow Windows Jonathan Morris June 2004
70 The Sleep of Reason Martin Day August 2004
71 The Deadstone Memorial Trevor Baxendale October 2004
72 To the Slaughter Stephen Cole January 2005
73 The Gallifrey Chronicles Lance Parkin Fitz and Trix with cameos by Compassion, Anji, Miranda, Romana III and K-9 June 2005

Plot overview

Following the events of the 1996 Doctor Who television movie, the Eighth Doctor picks up a British teenager from 1997, Samantha "Sam" Jones, and later a disaffected drifter in his late twenties named Fitz Kreiner from 1963.[6] During their adventures, the threesome tangle with the Faction Paradox, a renegade voodoo cult of time travellers who believed in creating time paradoxes and altering history. They also meet the Doctor's old friend Iris Wildthyme, a Time Lady from Gallifrey who travels in a TARDIS shaped like a London double-decker bus.

When Sam leaves the TARDIS, the Doctor and Fitz are joined by Compassion, a member of a once-human race called the Remote who slowly begins a conversion process into a living TARDIS.[7] The Time Lords, led by his old companion Romana, now President of the High Council, anxious to get their hands on this new TARDIS technology, pursue the Doctor, who loses his own TARDIS and continues to travel using Compassion.[8] The conflict with Faction Paradox comes to a climax on Gallifrey,[9] where the Doctor discovers his TARDIS in orbit around the planet, transformed into a giant structure of living bone by the Faction. The Doctor, faced with an impossible decision, destroys the Faction and causes major damage to the timeline by apparently wiping his homeworld and his people from history.

Much later, it is revealed that four Time Lords had survived the catastrophe: The Doctor, the Master,[10] Iris Wildthyme[11][12] and Marnal.[13]

Meanwhile, having rescued the Doctor from near-death, Compassion leaves the now-amnesiac Doctor on Earth in the late 19th century while she drops Fitz off in 2001 to await the long process of the Doctor's — and the now-embryonic TARDIS's — recovery. She then departs for parts unknown.[9] The Doctor spends the next hundred years travelling the world and living through its history, eventually adopting Miranda,[11] a young girl with two hearts. Miranda leaves the Doctor to face her own destiny in the far future, and the Doctor goes on to meet Fitz as arranged, thanks to a note Compassion slipped into his pocket a century before. Following that, the two are joined by Anji Kapoor, a London stock trader and the three leave Earth in the TARDIS.[14]

Much later, while on Earth in the eighteenth century, the Doctor, Fitz and Anji encounter Sabbath, a Secret Service operative who is aware of time travel and becomes the Doctor's personal nemesis. The Doctor loses his second heart, which was slowly killing him as it was his only link to his now-forgotten homeworld. Sabbath takes the heart and implants it in his own body, tying him and the Doctor together.[10] Through several more adventures, the Doctor and his companions encounter Sabbath again and Trix MacMillan stows away aboard the TARDIS.[15]

Sabbath subsequently loses the Doctor's time-sensitive heart and the Doctor grows a new one.[16] The Doctor also begins to recover fragments of his memory, and discovers that Sabbath is working for a group called the Council of Eight. The Council wants to collapse the alternate timelines of the multiverse into one, manageable timeline. To them, the Doctor is a rogue element that needs to be controlled or eliminated. They also begin to eliminate his previous companions from time. Trix comes out of hiding, joining the crew, and Anji leaves the TARDIS.[17] Sabbath eventually realises that the council is not human and turns on his masters. Miranda, now a grown woman with a daughter, also returns to help her adopted father defeat the council, but both she and Sabbath die in the process.[18]

Eventually, the Doctor returns to Earth in 2005 and discovers that another Time Lord, Marnal, has also survived the destruction of Gallifrey.[13] Marnal, who also claims to be the original owner of the Doctor's TARDIS, blames the Doctor for the cataclysm, and takes him and the TARDIS captive while the insectoid alien Vore invade the Earth. After a cold fusion explosion guts the interior of the TARDIS, the Doctor discovers that K-9 Mark II had been aboard all along, with orders from Lady President Romana of Gallifrey to kill him. However, K-9 pauses once it scans the Doctor's mind and discovers the reason why the Doctor has lost his memory.

Just prior to destroying Gallifrey, the Doctor (with Compassion's help) downloaded the contents of the Gallifreyan Matrix — the massive computer network containing the mental traces of every Time Lord living and dead — into his brain, with his own memories suppressed to make room for the data. Gallifrey had not actually been erased from history, but an event horizon in relative time prevented anyone from Gallifrey's past to travel beyond Gallifrey's destruction, and vice versa. Both the planet and the Time Lords can be restored, along with the Doctor's memory, if a sufficiently sophisticated computer could be found to reconstruct them. Before that can be done, however, there is the problem of the Vore to contend with.

At novel's end, the Doctor, Trix and Fitz are set to confront the Vore invasion force. The restoration of Gallifrey, in time for its second destruction in the Time War prior to the events of the 2005 series has yet to be chronicled.

The Eighth Doctor Adventures line ends with The Gallifrey Chronicles. Although one further novel featuring the Eighth Doctor (Fear Itself by Nick Wallace) was published under the Past Doctor Adventures line before BBC Books decided to retire the PDAs as well, that book takes place prior to Timeless. It remains to be seen if the events of The Gallifrey Chronicles will be followed up by any future novel.


The Doctor has a series of new companions, who never appeared in the television programme. They are:

Recurring characters

See also

Further reading


  1. ^ "The Eighth Doctor". BBC. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  2. ^ Robb, Brian J. (2014). Timeless Adventures: How Doctor Who Conquered TV. Oldcastle Books. p. 160. ISBN 9781843441571. Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  3. ^ a b Jeffery, Morgan (12 February 2019). "What happened in the Doctor Who-verse between the TV movie and 'Rose'?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 January 2023.
  4. ^ "10,000 Dawns Winter Special: White Canvas, By James Wylder".
  5. ^ Wylder, James (2020). 10,000 Dawns: The Outer Universe Collection.
  6. ^ The Taint
  7. ^ Interference: Book Two
  8. ^ The Shadows of Avalon
  9. ^ a b The Ancestor Cell
  10. ^ a b The Adventuress of Henrietta Street
  11. ^ a b Father Time
  12. ^ Mad Dogs and Englishmen
  13. ^ a b The Gallifrey Chronicles
  14. ^ Escape Velocity
  15. ^ Time Zero
  16. ^ Camera Obscura
  17. ^ Timeless
  18. ^ Sometime Never...