The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast

We first read Lawrence Miles’ some time ago with Alien Bodies, then paid him a brief return visit with The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, and now we’re going to crack open the two-book story that became a turning point for many readers of the Eighth Doctor series: Interference, Books One and Two.

To keep things simple, we’re dedicating a single episode of the podcast to each book, so naturally this one will be about Interference: Book One.  From the back cover:

Five years ago, Sam Jones was just a schoolgirl from Shoreditch.  Of course, that was before she met up with the Doctor and discovered that her entire life had been stage-managed by a time-travelling voodoo cult.  Funny how things turn out, isn’t it?

Now Sam’s back in her own time, fighting the good fight in a world of political treachery, international subterfuge and good old-fashioned depravity.  But she’s about to learn the first great truth of the universe: that however corrupt and amoral your own race may be, there’s always someone in the galaxy who can make you look like a beginner.

Ms Jones has just become a minor player in a million-year-old power struggle…and, as it happens, so has the Doctor.

Both of him, actually.

The story features the Eighth Doctor, Sam, and Fitz, of course, but also brings back Sarah Jane Smith, 20 years old from when the Doctor dropped her off at the end of “The Hand of Fear”.  And, as the cover of the book promises, the Third Doctor will be making an appearance with his (younger) Sarah Jane Smith.

If all of this sounds a bit confusing, then buckle your seatbelts because, love it or hate it, Interference is one of the most polarizing stories in all of Doctor Who history.  So sit back, open the hotel room wet bar, and listen in as we discuss Interference: Book One by Lawrence Miles!

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Direct download: DWBC_Episode_46_-_Interference_Book_One.mp3
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This month we dip our toes back into the proverbial Gareth Roberts pool with the New Adventure The Highest Science, featuring the Seventh Doctor and Professor Bernice Summerfield.  From the back cover:

Sakkrat.

Many legends speak of this world, home of an ancient empire destroyed by its own greatest achievement.  The Highest Science, the pinnacle of technological discovery.

When the TARDIS alerts the Doctor and Bernice to the presence of an enormous temporal fluctuation on a large, green, unremarkable planet, they are not to know of any connection with the legend.

But the connection is there, and it will lead them into conflict with the monstrous Chelonians, with their contempt for human parasites; into adventure with a group of youngsters whose musical taste has suddenly become dangerously significant; and will force them to face Sheldukher, the most wanted criminal in the galaxy.

You may remember Gareth Roberts from our review of the Missing Adventure The Well-Mannered War (also featuring the Chelonians, who made their first appearance here) and television episodes such as “The Lodger”, “Closing Time”, and the very recent “The Caretaker”.

So…without further ado, sit back, relax, grab a can of bubbleshake, and listen in as we discuss Gareth Roberts’ The Highest Science.

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Direct download: Episode_45_The_Highest_Science.mp3
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This month we discuss a book by prolific Doctor Who author Paul Leonard, Dancing the Code.  From the back cover:

‘The Brigadier’s going to shoot you, Jo,’ the Doctor said grimly, ‘and then he’s going to shoot me.  Both of us are going to die.’

The Doctor builds a machine designed to predict the future.  It shows the Brigadier murdering him and Jo in cold blood.  Unable to tell where or when this event is destined to occur, the Doctor and Jo decide that they must stay apart.

Jo is sent on a top-secret mission to the war-torn Arab nation of Kebiria.  But upon arrival, she is immediately arrested and consigned to a brutal political prison.  The Kebirians have something to hide: deep in the North African desert, an alien infestation is rapidly growing.  And the Doctor and UNIT soon discover that unless stopped, the alien presence will spread to overrun the entire world.

You may know Paul Leonard from such books as Venusian Lullaby, Speed of Flight, and the Bernice Summerfield Virgin novel Dry Pilgrimage (co-authored with The Fall of Yquatine author Nick Walters).  After 44 episodes, it was inevitable that we covered a book written by Leonard, since he has penned so many.

So, pull up a cup of honey wine, and relax, as we discuss Paul Leonard’s Dancing the Code.

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Direct download: Episode_44_Dancing_the_Code.mp3
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First off, we apologize for the lateness of “July’s” episode, but as it happens sometimes, real life got in our way.  This episode we’re happy to bring you one of two Who books penned by Mark Gatiss, The Roundheads.  From the back cover:

'I tell you — we will cut off this King's head.  Aye, with the crown on it!'

It is December 1648.  Although victorious over the Cavaliers in the Civil Wars, the Roundheads are struggling to retain power.  Plans are afoot to spirit King Charles from his prison, and the Doctor and his companions become embroiled in the intrigue...

Ben finds himself press-ganged and on board a mysterious ship to Amsterdam.  Polly is an unwitting accomplice in the plot to rescue the King, and the Doctor and Jamie find themselves arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London under suspicion of conspiracy.

Can the Doctor and Jamie escape, managed to find Ben and Polly and still ensure that history remains on its proper course?

Of course, Mark Gatiss is well known for writing such televised episodes as “The Unquiet Dead”, “Cold War”, “The Crimson Horror”, and (gulp!) “Victory of the Daleks”.  After Russell T. Davies, he’s probably the author with the highest profile whose work we have read.  Before The Roundheads, Gatiss wrote the Virgin New Adventure Nightshade.  The Roundheads remains one of the very few (two, by our count) pure historical adventures published in the four main ranges of books.

Pull up a mug of ale and sit back and relax as we discuss The Roundheads!

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Direct download: Episode_43_The_Roundheads.mp3
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This month we present our first discussion of a novel by veteran Doctor Who author Simon Messingham, it’s The Face-Eater, a BBC Eighth Doctor Adventure featuring Sam and…well, the Eighth Doctor.  From the back cover:

The Doctor and Sam arrive on Proxima II, one of the earliest planets colonised in humanity’s first big push into space.  But instead of a brave new world, they find a settlement rife with superstition and unrest.

The native Proximans are inexplicably dying out.  Humans too are being killed in horrific ways, with each face being stripped bare.

Posing as investigators from Earth, the Doctor and Sam must track down the force moving through the dark catacombs beneath Proxima City.  It seems that the superstitious whisperings of the colonists may be well founded – that the sinister Face-Eater from Proximan mythology has awakened from its long sleep, to drive out all those who would defile its world…

(Note: Despite the title of the book and what it says on the back, no faces were eaten in this story.  Yeah, we were kind of disappointed, too.)

You may know Simon Messingham from his New Series Adventure The Doctor Trap, as well as Zeta Major, Tomb of Valdemar, The Indestructible Man, and The Infinity Race.  So…sit back, heat up a cube of non-alcoholic bourbon, and listen in as we discuss The Face-Eater.

Direct download: Episode_42_The_Face-Eater.mp3
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It’s seems like so vile a sin that we’ve done 40 episodes without ever reading a book by Kate Orman, so this month we do just that: it’s the Virgin New Adventure The Room with No Doors featuring the Seventh Doctor and Chris.  From the back cover:

‘Dear Doctor,’ wrote Chris, ‘I give up.’

Swordplay, samurai, magic, aliens, adventure, excitement…Who needs them?

The Doctor and Chris travel to sixteenth-century Japan, a country gripped by civil war as feudal lords vie for control.  Anything could tip the balance of power.  So when a god falls out of the sky, everyone wants it.

As villagers are healed and crops grow far too fast, the Doctor and Chris try to find the secret of the miracles – before two rival armies can start a war over who owns the god.

Chris soon finds himself alone – except for an alien slaver, a time-traveling Victorian inventor, a gang of demons, an old friend with suspicious motives, a village full of innocent bystanders, and several thousand samurai.

Without the Doctor, someone has to take up the challenge of adventure and stop the god falling into the wrong hands.  Someone has to be a hero – but Chris isn’t sure he wants to be a hero any more.

Orman has written just over a dozen novels for the different ranges, including one for Telos Publishing and another in Virgin’s series of Benny Summerfield novels.  It’s notable that she became the first female writer in the series with the debut of The Left-Handed Hummingbird.

Sit back, relax, pour yourself a thimbleful of sake, and listen in as we discuss The Room with No Doors.

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Direct download: Episode_41_The_Room_with_No_Doors.mp3
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In this special “Irwin Allen” edition of The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast, we read and discuss Steve Lyons’ 1995 Virgin Missing Adventure Time of Your Life featuring the Sixth Doctor.  From the back cover:

‘Organic bugs must be purged from the system,’ the screen told him.  Then, more succinctly, ‘You die.’

The Network broadcasts entertainment to the planets of the Meson system: Death-hunt 3000, Prisoner: The Next Generation, Bloodsoak Bunny…  Sixteen channels, and not one of them worth watching.  But for the citizens of poverty-stricken Torrok, television offers the only escape from a reality too horrible to face.

Angela, a young inhabitant of Torrok, leaps at the chance to travel to the Network with a hermit who calls himself the Doctor.  However, all is not well on the giant, chaotic space station.  A soap star has murdered his wife’s lover; the robotic regulars of Timeriders are performing random kidnappings; and a lethal new game show is about to go on air.

Can the Doctor uncover the cause of the apparently random disturbances – or will his appearance as a competitor on Death-hunt 3000 be the last of his life?

We’re firm believers of “In Lyons We Trust” on this podcast, thus our sterling reviews of his books Conundrum and The Crooked World.  Will Time of Your Life be any different?  Grab a tasty glass of boiling water, sit back, and relax as we discuss it!

Direct download: Episode_40_Time_of_Your_Life.mp3
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This month we turn our sights on BBC’s Past Doctors Adventures with Loving the Alien, a novel featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace by Mike Tucker and Robert Perry.

Mike Tucker might best be known for his model work on the current televised series, but he has written a plethora of books, including Ace! with Sophie Aldred, a number of novels with the Seventh Doctor and Ace in the BBC range, and two novels featuring the Tenth Doctor in the New Series Adventures.  Tucker also co-write Illegal Alien with Robert Perry, who has written for such television shows as EastEnders and Family Affairs.

From the back cover of Loving the Alien:

Ace is dead.  Or at least she will be – soon…  In a secret room deep inside the TARDIS the Doctor has been examining the body of Ace’s future self.  He knows how she was killed, where she was killed and when she was killed.  What he doesn’t know is why…

To find the truth the Doctor makes a dangerous decision and takes the unsuspecting Ace to the very time and place of her death, hoping to cheat Time and find her killer before he can strike – but Time has other ideas.  With Ace missing and the clock ticking the Doctor turns to old friends for help and finds that there is unfinished business for him to deal with.

What is the secret experiment being conducted by the British Rocket Group?  Why are giant ants appearing in the suburbs of 1950s London?  Who is the mysterious figure that is watching the Doctor’s every move?

As events spiral out of control the Doctor realises that someone is manipulating time with careless disregard for the consequences to Ace – or the rest of the universe…

With that, please help yourself to a strawberry soda from the drug store fountain, put your feet up, and relax as we review Loving the Alien.

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Direct download: Episode_39_Loving_the_Alien.mp3
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This February we seized the chance at Gallifrey One to sit down with Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?, authors of Who’s 50, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who featuring “the 50 Doctor Who stories to watch before you die”.

Sit back, pour yourself a glass of cabernet, and relax as we discuss Who’s 50 with Graeme and Robert.

Once again, look for us on Facebook, email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast.  You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite, Sean via @tardistavern, and Graeme Burk via @graemeburk.

Direct download: Whos_50.mp3
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Episode 38 marks our third annual “live” recording at Gallifrey One, and this time we’re pleased to be joined by Deb Stanish of the Verity! podcast and Chicks Unravel Time.  Sensing that perhaps we would join a challenge (whoops, spoilers!), Deb chose Lawrence Miles’ The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, an BBC Eighth Doctor novel featuring (sort of) Fitz and Anji and a whole gaggle of ladies of the evening.  From the back cover:

On February 9, 1783, a funeral was held in the tunnels at the dead heart of London.  It was the funeral of a warrior and a conjurer, a paladin and an oracle, the last of an ancient breed who’d once stood between the Earth and the bloodiest of its nightmares.

Her name was Scarlette.  Part courtesan, part sorceress, this is her history: the part she played in the Siege of Henrietta Street, and the sacrifice she made in the defence of her world.

In the year leading up to that funeral, something raw and primal ate its way through human society, from the streets of pre-Revolutionary Paris to the slave-states of America.  Something that only the eighteenth century could have summoned, and against which the only line of defence was a bordello in Covent Garden.

And then there was Scarlette’s accomplice, the ‘elemental champion’ who stood alongside her in the final battle.  The one they called the Doctor.

Lawrence Miles is, perhaps, best known as the author of Alien Bodies (be sure to listen to our sterling review of it) as well as a handful of other Eighth Doctor novels.  Grab a glass of milk, relax, sit back, and enjoy our discussion of The Adventuress of Henrietta Street.

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Direct download: Episode_38_The_Adventuress_of_Henrietta_Street.mp3
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