The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast
Episode 38: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street

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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Episode 37: The Also People

This month we’re happy to bring you our discussion of The Also People, a Virgin New Adventure by Ben Aaronovitch featuring the Seventh Doctor, Benny, Roz, and Chris.  From the back cover:

‘Just how technologically advanced are they?’  The Doctor frowned.  ‘Let me put it this way: they have a non-aggression pact with the Time Lords.’

The Doctor has taken his companions to paradise, or at least the closest thing he can find.  A sun enclosed by an artificial sphere where there is no want, poverty or violence.

While Chris learns to surf, meets a girl and falls in love with a biplane, Roz suspects an alien plot and Bernice considers that a Dyson Sphere needs an archaeologist like a fish needs a five-speed gear box.

Then the peace is shattered by a murder.  As the suspects proliferate, Bernice realises that even an artificial world has its buried secrets and Roz discovers what she’s always suspected – that every paradise has its snake.

You probably know Ben Aaronovitch as the author of the televised stories “Remembrance of the Daleks” and “Battlefield”, as well as the Virgin New Adventures Transit and So Vile a Sin.  Grab a bottle of antisocial, sit back, and relax as we review The Also People.

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Episode 36: The Fall of Yquatine

Our apologies for the late release, but with both of us traveling for the holidays, time just got away from us!  This month we bring you our discussion of the BBC Eighth Doctor novel The Fall of Yquatine by Nick Walters, featuring the Eighth Doctor (duh!), Fitz, and Compassion.  From the back cover:

Yquatine – cultural, political and economic centre of the Minerva System.  A planet with a month to live.

Fitz knows.  He was there when Yquatine fell.  Now, trapped a month in the past, he doesn’t know if the Doctor survived.  He doesn’t know where Compassion has gone.  He doesn’t know who the invaders will be.

But he does know the date and time when he will die with the millions of others.

The Doctor teams up with Lou Lombardo – part-time dodgy temporal gadget salesman and full-time pie seller.  Compassion is lost in time and space.  And Fitz is living out his final days working in a seedy cocktail bar, where he meets Arielle, the President’s runaway girlfriend.  But is she really the best person to shack up with?

As the Doctor tries to talk sense into the politicians and soldiers, and Compassion tries to avert the war, Fitz is about to discover that things can truly get worse.

This is our first selection by Nick Walters, who has written two Eighth Doctor novels, Dominion and Reckless Engineering, the Virgin New Adventure Dry Pilgrimage, and the BBC Past Doctor novel Superior Beings.

Please pour yourself a glass of Admiral’s Old Antisocial and listen in as we talk about Nick Walters’ The Fall of Yquatine.

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