Tom Baker has written a new Doctor Who novel!

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Are you a Doctor Who fan? Are you ready for some very exciting news?

Tom Baker, aka the Fourth Doctor, has written a new Doctor Who novel based on an idea he’s had since the 1970s! It’s called Scratchman and it’s due to be released on January 24, 2019. You best believe I already have this thing pre-ordered!

After coming up with the story, Tom Baker tried multiple times to present the story as a script, but it was never accepted and made into an episode. I’m happy that he finally decided to make a novel out of it.

The story follows the Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, and Harry to a remote Scottish island where they encounter strange scarecrows feeding off the local population. As you’d expect, the Doctor attempts to save the islanders, but things don’t go quite as planned. They have to battle a being from another dimension who calls himself the Devil.

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I’m so freaking stoked to read this in January!

If you need something to hold you over until then, here are five other awesome Doctor Who novels:

Doctor Who and the City of Death by Douglas Adams and James Goss

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Yes, that Douglas Adams! This is my favorite Doctor Who novel, probably because of my intense adoration of everything Douglas Adams ever wrote. It’s the original story for what ended up being the television episode of the same name. It’s a fun story involving the Fourth Doctor, Paris, the Mona Lisa, and aliens.

A Brief History of Time Lords by Steve Tribe

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Want to know more about the ancient Time Lords? This book might be a good bet as it contains everything you’ve ever wanted to know about their history, culture, technology and more.

Doctor Who: Plague City by Jonathan Morris

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I loved Bill and Nardole as companions and wish we would have gotten more than a single season with them. This story follows this fun team as they walk the streets of Edinburgh in the late 1600s during a plague.

Doctor Who: The Legends of River Song 

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This book has too many authors for me to list them in the title: Jenny T Colgan, Jacqueline Rayner, Steve Lyons, Guy Adams, and Andrew Lane. River Song has long been one of my favorite characters, and her introductory episode, “The Silence in the Library,” I’ve watched so many times. This book is told in the style of River Song’s diaries. Hello, sweetie!

Doctor Who: Shada – The Lost Adventures by Douglas Adams

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This novel is based on a script that was never produced for television. One of the Doctor’s friends has a copy of a dangerous book, The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey, and the Doctor has to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.


Have you read any Doctor Who novels? What were your favorites?

Author: Penny Wright

Absolutely bookish.

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