The Crimson Horror
 

No. 11 of 12 in the New Target novelisations series
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By:Mark Gatiss
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Released:  March 2021
Publisher:  BBC Books
ISBN:978-1-78594-504-5
Format: paperback
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Note:  Novelisation of the 2013 Doctor Who TV episode of the same name. Also available as an audio reading.
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:
‘We must get to the bottom of this dark and queer business, no matter what the cost!’


Something ghastly is afoot in Victorian Yorkshire. Something that kills. Bodies are washing up in the canal, their skin a waxy, glowing red... But just what is this crimson horror?

Madam Vastra, Jenny and Strax are despatched to investigate the mystery. Strangely reluctant to assist their enquiries is Mrs Winifred Gillyflower, matriarch of ‘Sweetville’, a seemingly utopian workers’ community.

Why do all roads lead to the team’s old friends, Clara and the Doctor?

Who is Mrs Gillyflower’s mysterious silent partner, Mr Sweet?

And will the motley gang be in time to defeat the mysterious power that threatens all the world with its poison?

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast on 4 May 2013.

Featuring the Eleventh Doctor as played by Matt Smith with his companion Clara Oswald.


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