Doctor Who: The Novel of the Film
 

No. 5 of 11 in the Miscellaneous novelisations series
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Editions:  UK (1st paperback) | UK (2nd paperback)
Note:Novelisation of the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor. Also available as an audio reading.

Cover image for Doctor Who: The Novel of the Film
Edition: UK (1st paperback)
Released:  May 1996
Publisher:  BBC Books
ISBN:0-563-38000-4
Format: paperback
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Note:  The subtitle “The Novel of the Film” only appears on the spine, not on the front or back covers.

Cover blurb:
LATE DECEMBER, 1999: the brink of a new millennium. An anachronistic British Police Box materialises in San Francisco’s Chinatown amid a hail of bullets which find an unintentional target — a strange man who walks out of the Police Box. Despite the best efforts of Dr Grace Holloway, the unknown traveller dies and his body vanishes. And soon another stranger appears, claiming to be the same man inside a different body; a mysterious wanderer in time and space known only as the Doctor.

But the Doctor is not the only time-traveller in San Francisco. His oldest adversary, the Master, is there as well, desperately trying to steal the Doctor’s newly-regenerated body. Before long, the Doctor is faced with a choice: to save his own life, or the billions of people who have no future unless the Master is stopped. If only the Doctor could remember how...

The novelisation of the long-awaited new Doctor Who film featuring eight pages of colour photographs from the film.

A co-production between BBC Worldwide and Universal Television starring Paul McGann as the Doctor, Eric Roberts as the Master and Daphne Ashbrook as Grace.

A BBC video (BBCV 5882) is also available.

Doctor Who is a trademark of the BBC.

Cover image for The TV Movie
Edition: UK (2nd paperback)
Title:  The TV Movie
Released:  March 2021
Publisher:  BBC Books
ISBN:978-1-78594-531-1
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Note:  Target-style revised edition, published as part of the new Target novelisations range.
The opening chapter of this novelisation, along with the other 6 new Target novelisations published in 2021, were included in Doctor Who and the Library of Time, a paperback book given away for free with Doctor Who Magazine issue 561 in February 2021. (Not listed here as I don’t list “freebies” — items must be available for purchase by themselves to qualify for listing on this website.)

Cover blurb:
‘Who am I...? WHO AM I?’


It’s December 1999, and strange things are happening as the new millennium nears. A British police box appears from nowhere in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and the mysterious man inside it is shot down in the street. Despite the best efforts of Dr Grace Holloway, the man dies and another stranger appears, claiming to be the same person in a different body: a wanderer in time and space known only as the Doctor.

But the Doctor is not the only alien in San Francisco. His deadly adversary the Master is murdering his way through the city and has taken control of the TARDIS. The Master is desperate to take the Doctor’s newly regenerated body for himself, and if the Doctor does not capitulate, it will literally cost him the Earth... and every last life on it.

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast on 14 May 1996.

Featuring the Seventh Doctor as played by Sylvester McCoy and the Eighth Doctor as played by Paul McGann.


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