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Doctor Who: Mawdryn Undead

Author: Peter Grimwade

Part of a series: Doctor Who

Publisher: Target (1983)

The Doctor's time-travelling machine is trapped in the flight-path of an alien spacecraft in orbit around the Earth. To avoid the fatal impact of a head-on collision the TARDIS resorts to the only escape possible and materialises on board the on-coming liner. This solves the immediate problem, but a new difficulty arises – the TARDIS cannot get off the ship until a radio signal transmitting from Earth has been disconnected. The Doctor sets off in a Transmat Capsule, having programmed the TARDIS to enable Tegan and Nyssa to follow him once he has dealt with the interference. Naturally enough, things don't go quite as planned...

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Doctor Who: Royal Blood

Author: Una MacCormack

Part of a series: Doctor Who: The Glamour Chronicles

Publisher: BBC Books (2015)

'The Grail is a story, a myth! It didn't exist on your world! It can't exist here!' The city-state of Varuz is failing. The capital is crumbling, and its enemies are poised to invade. Duke Aurelian is preparing to gamble everything on one last battle. So when a holy man, the Doctor, comes to Varuz from beyond the mountains, Aurelian asks for his blessing in the war. But all is not what it seems. The city-guard have lasers for swords, and the halls are lit by electric candlelight. Aurelian's wife and his trusted knight seem to be plotting to overthrow the Duke, and Clara finds herself drawn into their intrigue… Will the Doctor stop Aurelian from going to war? Will Clara's involvement in the plot be discovered? Why is the enemy's ambassador so nervous? And who are the ancient and weary knights claiming to be on a quest for the Holy Grail…?

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Doctor Who: Shining Darkness

Author: Mark Michalowski

Part of a series: Doctor Who

Publisher: BBC Books (2008)

For Donna Noble, the Andromeda galaxy is a long, long way from home. But even two and a half million light years from Earth, danger lurks around every corner... A visit to an art gallery turns into a race across space to uncover the secret behind a shadowy organisation. From the desert world of Karris to the interplanetary scrapyard of Junk, the Doctor and Donna discover that appearances can be deceptive, that enemies are lurking around every corner - and that the centuries-long peace between humans and machines may be about to come to an end. Because waiting in the wings to bring chaos to the galaxy is The Cult of Shining Darkness.

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Doctor Who: Sick Building

Author: Paul Magrs

Part of a series: Doctor Who

Publisher: BBC Books (2007)

Tiermann's World: a planet covered in wintry woods and roamed by sabre-toothed tigers and other savage beasts. The Doctor is here to warn Professor Tiermann, his wife and their son that a terrible danger is on its way. The Tiermanns live in luxury, in a fantastic, futuristic, fully-automated Dreamhome, under an impenetrable force shield. But that won't protect them from the Voracious Craw. A gigantic and extremely hungry alien creature is heading remorselessly towards their home. When it gets there everything will be devoured. Can they get away in time? With the force shield cracking up, and the Dreamhome itself deciding who should or should not leave, things are looking desperate...

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Doctor Who: Stealers Of Dreams

Author: Steve Lyons

Publisher: BBC Books (2005)

In the far future, the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack find a world on which fiction has been outlawed. A world where it's a crime to tell stories, a crime to lie, a crime to hope, and a crime to dream. But now somebody is challenging the status quo. A pirate TV station urges people to fight back. And the Doctor wants to help until he sees how easily dreams can turn into nightmares. With one of his companions stalked by shadows and the other committed to an asylum, the Doctor is forced to admit that fiction can be dangerous after all. Though perhaps it is not as deadly as the truth.

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Doctor Who: Sting Of The Zygons

Author: Stephen Cole

Part of a series: Doctor Who

Publisher: BBC Books (2007)

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...

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Doctor Who: The Art Of Destruction

Author: Stephen Cole

Part of a series: Doctor Who

Publisher: BBC Books (2006)

The TARDIS lands in 22nd-century Africa in the shadow of a dormant volcano. Agri-teams are growing new foodstuffs in the baking soil to help feed the world's starving millions -but the Doctor and Rose have detected an alien signal somewhere close by. When a nightmare force starts surging along the dark volcanic tunnels, the Doctor realises an ancient trap has been sprung. But who was it meant for? And what is the secret of the eerie statues that stand at the heart of the volcano? Dragged into a centuries-old conflict, Rose and the Doctor have to fight for their lives as alien hands practice the arts of destruction all around them.

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Doctor Who: The Aztecs

Author: John Lucarotti

Part of a series: Doctor Who

Publisher: Target (1984)

The TARDIS materialises in Mexico during the Aztec civilisation. The Doctor and his companions step outside to discover they are inside a tomb - the tomb, it turns out, of Yetaxa, once High Priest of the Aztecs. Barbara is hailed as Yetaxa's reincarnation by Autloc, High Priest of Knowledge, and Tlotoxl, High Priest of Sacrifice, when they find her in the precincts of the tomb wearing the bracelet of the deceased Priest, now revered as a god. And she takes advantage of her position of unaccustomed power to try and dissuade the Aztecs from practising human sacrifice...

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Doctor Who: The Dominators And The Krotons

Authors: Terrance Dicks, Ian Marter

Part of a series: Doctor Who

Publisher: W H Allen and Co Ltd (1988)

This is two Doctor Who stories in one book. In the first story, the TARDIS materialises on the planet Dulkis, which is under threat from two alien Dominators, Rago and Toba, who have landed in a spaceship. Aided by their robotic servants, the Quarks, and slave workers drawn from the native Dulcian population, the Dominators set about drilling bore holes, through which they plan to fire rockets into the planet's molten core. The Dulcian Councillors, being pacifists, refuse to retaliate. However, the Doctor eventually defeats the Dominators. In the second story, the TARDIS arrives on the planet of the Gonds, who are ruled and taught in a form of self-perpetuating slavery by the alien Krotons - crystalline beings whose ship, the Dynatrope, crash-landed there thousands of years ago. Periodically, the two most brilliant Gond students are received into the Dynatrope, apparently to become 'companions of the Krotons' but in truth to have their mental energy drained, after which they are killed. Eventually the Doctor is able to destroy the Krotons.

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Doctor Who: The Eight Doctors

Author: Terrance Dicks

Part of a series: Doctor Who

Publisher: (1997)

Recuperating after the trauma of his recent regeneration, the Doctor falls foul of a final booby-trap set by his arch-enemy, the Master. When he recovers, the disorientated Doctor looks in a mirror and sees the face of a stranger. He knows only that he is called “the Doctor” - nothing more. But something deep inside tells him to trust the TARDIS, and his hands move over the controls of their own accord. The TARDIS takes him to a strangely familiar junkyard in late-nineties London, where he is flung into a confrontation between local drug-dealers and Samantha Jones, a rebellious teenager from Coal Hill School. But the Doctor soon finds the TARDIS transporting him to various other places in order in order to recover all his memories - and that involves seeing seven strangely-familiar faces...

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