The Witchfinders
 

No. 12 of 12 in the New Target novelisations series
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By:Joy Wilkinson
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Released:  March 2021
Publisher:  BBC Books
ISBN:978-1-78594-502-1
Format: paperback
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Note:  Novelisation of the 2018 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:
‘I am an expert on witchcraft, Doctor, but I wish to learn more. Before you die, I want answers.’


The TARDIS lands in the Lancashire village of Bilehurst Cragg in the 17th century, and the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz soon become embroiled in a witch trial run by the local landowner. Fear stalks the land, and the arrival of King James I only serves to intensify the witch hunt.

But the Doctor soon realises there is something more sinister than paranoia and superstition at work. Tendrils of living mud stir in the ground and the dead lurch back to horrifying life as an evil alien presence begins to revive. The Doctor and her friends must save not only the people of Bilehurst Cragg from the wakening forces, but the entire world.

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast on 25 November 2018.

Featuring the Thirteenth Doctor as played by Jodie Whittaker and her companions Graham, Ryan and Yasmin.


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