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Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Fitz Kreiner, Anji Kapoor
Main enemy: Poodles
Main setting:
Terran Science Fiction of the Twentieth Century convention, circa 2174
Dog World Space Station circa 2077
Earth, England, Mayfair, The Book and Candle Bar and Reginald Tyler’s House, springtime, 1942
USA, Las Vegas, Hotel Miramar, 1960
USA, Los Angeles, 1978
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Paul Magrs
Release details
Release number: 52
Release date: 7 January 2002
Format: Paperback Book, 256 Pages
ISBN 0-563-53845-7
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Mad Dogs and Englishmen was the fifty-second novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Paul Magrs. It featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Anji Kapoor.

Publisher’s summary Edit

"Grrrrr."

The greatest book ever written.

Professor Reginald Tyler's The True History of Planets was a twentieth-century classic; an epic of dwarves and swords and wizardry. And definitely no poodles. Or at least there weren't when the Doctor read it.

Now it tells the true tale of how the Queen of the poodles was overthrown; it’s been made into a hit movie, and it’s going to cause a bloodbath on the Dog World — unless the Doctor, Fitz and Anji (and assorted friends) can sort it all out.

The Doctor infiltrates the Smudgelings, Tyler’s elite Cambridge writing set of the early twentieth century; Fitz falls for flamboyant torch singer Brenda Soobie in sixties Las Vegas, and Anji experiences some very special effects in seventies Hollywood. Their intention is to prevent the movie from ever being made. But there is a shadowy figure present in all three time zones who is just as determined to see it completed... so the poodle revolution can begin.

Characters Edit

References Edit

Books Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • The Doctor tells Enid that he is from somewhere in the south of Ireland beginning with the letter G.

Earth mammals Edit

Foods and beverages from the real world Edit

Individuals Edit

  • Fritter and Char are poodle archivists from the Dog World.
  • John Fuchas starves to death, forgotten.
  • Ron Von Arnim is just a bit unstable.
  • Princess Margaret is poodle (royal Poodle) from the Dog World.
  • Martha has been Brenda Soobie’s (Iris Wildthyme) companion for over sixty years.
  • Upon arriving on the Dog Station, the Doctor, Anji and Fitz are regarded by the poodles as pets and stripped naked, put in collars and made to crawl around. Anji is the only one mortified.
  • Everyone is a little bit disgusted when it is revealed that novelist William Freer and Princess Margaret had been lovers since 1932.

Organisations Edit

Planets Edit

  • Karim is a planet inhabited by lobster-people.

Species Edit

  • The Doctor accidently created the Tusken race.

Towns and cities Edit

Time travel Edit

  • Noel Coward has a set of Pinking Shears that allow him to time travel.

Colleges and universities Edit

Notes Edit

  • This is the hundredth BBC Books Novel (EDA & PDA combined). The cover's Doctor Who logo was printed in reflective gold foil in celebration.
  • The novel contains a spoof of J. R. R. Tolkien's experiences writing The Lord of the Rings. The character representing C. S. Lewis in this also appears in Magrs's non-Doctor Who novel To the Devil — a Diva! and the Smudgelings reappear in his novel Something Borrowed.

Continuity Edit

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