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The BBC New Series Adventures is a banner under which the novels published by BBC Books (and, from 2013, Broadway Books in North America) featuring the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors have been collected since 2005. This line is the successor to BBC Books' earlier Doctor Who fiction lines, the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures and BBC Past Doctor Adventures.

Ninth Doctor Edit

Launched in mid-2005, the New Series Adventures introduced a new format for Doctor Who fiction - paperback-sized hardcovers with smaller word count than the previous EDA and PDA lines. For a few months the "NSA" line coexisted with the EDA and PDA lines until they were retired at the end of 2005.

With this series of books, BBC Books also established a release pattern it has continued ever since, releasing the books in batches of three, initially at least twice a year. The books are considered standalone and, thus, may be read in any order (at least among a particular set of three).

Unlike past fiction lines, there was some effort to tie the books more closely to television continuity. Notably the first-ever direct reference to a novel occurred in the episode Boom Town, in which Rose Tyler referenced a location she and the Doctor had visited in the novel The Monsters Inside. Supporting characters Mickey Smith and Jackie Tyler also appeared in the novel Winner Takes All.

The novels tended to reflect changes in the cast. The first three books featured the Ninth Doctor travelling with Rose, while the second set feature Rose and Jack Harkness as companions. The first three novels probably take place between World War Three and The Empty Child, and the latter three between The Doctor Dances and Boom Town.

This line of novels continued to be issued following Christopher Eccleston's departure from the series until the end of 2005, after which the series continued, featuring the Tenth Doctor in 2006.

A number of the books have been reprinted in paperback editions, including in North America by Broadway Books. The covers of these reprint editions omit the image of Billie Piper.

Novels Edit

Title Author Audiobook narrator ISBN BatchImage
The Clockwise ManJustin RichardsGlen McCready (CD)
Nicholas Briggs (AudioGo)
ISBN 0-563-48628-71The Clockwise Man cover
The Monsters InsideStephen ColeDavid Thorpe (CD)
Camille Coduri (AudioGo)
ISBN 0-563-48629-51The Monsters Inside cover
Winner Takes AllJacqueline RaynerDavid Thorpe (CD)
Camille Coduri (AudioGo)
ISBN 0-563-48627-91Winnertakesall cover
The Deviant StrainJustin RichardsStuart MilliganISBN 0-563-48637-62Deviantstrain cover
Only HumanGareth RobertsAnthony HeadISBN 0-563-48639-22Onlyhuman
The Stealers of DreamsSteve LyonsCamille CoduriISBN 0-563-48638-42Stealersofdreams cover

Tenth Doctor Edit

With the coming of the Tenth Doctor era, BBC Books continued its New Series Adventures line in 2006, featuring the new incarnation. Again, the books were published more-or-less in connection with a particular cast line-up in the series, with the first six books featuring Rose Tyler, after which Martha Jones was featured in twelve consecutive novels, the most of any companion to date. Donna Noble was then featured in only four books, with most of the books released during her era actually featuring Martha. Wilfred Mott appears in the final novel featuring Donna, Beautiful Chaos.

Following the events of Journey's End, the books changed format somewhat. Beginning with The Eyeless, published in late 2008, the books featured the Doctor travelling alone, with no ongoing companions (in keeping with the format of the 2008-2010 specials). Also published was The Story of Martha, a short story collection that returned Martha Jones to the NSA line for one book. This was the first NSA book to be a direct tie-in with a televised episode (it takes place during the events of The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords). All NSA novels issued during 2009 featured returning alien races and villains from the TV series.

The final three Tenth Doctor novels were published in September 2009.

Two new spin-off lines were introduced during the 2006-2009 period. Quick Reads, an annual series of paperback novellas intended to promote literacy, was launched in 2006 with the novel I am a Dalek. This spin-off line featured the return of long-time Doctor Who novelist and scriptwriter Terrance Dicks to the world of Doctor Who fiction. A total of five Tenth Doctor novellas were published in this line, with the last issued in March 2010; the line continued with the Eleventh Doctor.

Also launched during this period, in conjunction with BBC Audiobooks, was a series of original, made-for-audio stories performed by cast members of the series. The first of these, Pest Control, was issued in 2008, . A total of seven Tenth Doctor stories were published until 2010. David Tennant performed most of these, with Catherine Tate reading two and Michelle Ryan performing one. Again, releases continued after the introduction of the Eleventh Doctor.

All of the Tenth Doctor publications other than the Quick Reads were released as audio books. The first three were read by David Tennant. After that, other actors from the series replaced Tennant, who did not reappear as narrator until the made-for-audio stories. The other actors include Freema Agyeman, Georgia Moffett, Anthony Head and Adjoa Andoh. Most of these audio books are abridged, but some of the later novels were released as unabridged audio books that are only available for download.

As with the Ninth Doctor, a number of Tenth Doctor novels have been reissued in paperback by BBC Books and Broadway Books. New editions of novels featuring Rose Tyler, however, omit the image of Billie Piper from the cover art.

Novels Edit

Title Author Audiobook narrator ISBN Image
The Stone RoseJacqueline RaynerDavid TennantISBN 0-563-48643-0TheStoneRose
The Feast of the DrownedStephen ColeDavid TennantISBN 0-563-48644-9FeastoftheDrowned
The Resurrection CasketJustin RichardsDavid TennantISBN 0-563-48642-2TheResurrectionCasket
The Nightmare of Black IslandMike TuckerAnthony HeadISBN 0-563-48650-3NighmareofBlackIsland
The Art of DestructionStephen ColeDon WarringtonISBN 0-563-48651-1ArtofDestruction
The Price of ParadiseColin BrakeShaun DingwallISBN 0-563-48652-XPriceofParadise
Sting of the ZygonsStephen ColeReggie YatesISBN 1-84607-225-5Sting of the Zygons
The Last DodoJacqueline RaynerFreema AgyemanISBN 1-84607-224-3The Last Dodo
Wooden HeartMartin DayAdjoa AndohISBN 1-84607-226-3Wooden Heart
Forever AutumnMark MorrisWill ThorpISBN 1-84607-270-0Forever Autumn
Sick BuildingPaul MagrsWill ThorpISBN 1-84607-269-7Sick Building
WetworldMark MichalowskiFreema AgyemanISBN 1-84607-271-9Wetworld
Wishing WellTrevor BaxendaleDebbie ChazenISBN 1-84607-348-0Wishing Well
The Pirate LoopSimon GuerrierFreema AgyemanISBN 1-84607-347-2The Pirate Loop
PeacemakerJames SwallowWill ThorpISBN 1-84607-349-9Peacemaker
Martha in the MirrorJustin RichardsFreema AgyemanISBN 978-1-84607-349-6Martha in the Mirror
Snowglobe 7Mike TuckerGeorgia MoffettISBN 978-1-84607-421-9Snowglobe 7
The Many HandsDale SmithDavid TroughtonISBN 978-1-84607-422-6The Many Hands
Ghosts of IndiaMark MorrisDavid TroughtonISBN 978-1-84607-559-9Ghosts-of-india
The Doctor TrapSimon MessinghamRussell ToveyISBN 978-1-84607-558-2Doctor-trap
Shining DarknessMark MichalowskiDebbie ChazenISBN 978-1-84607-557-5Shining Darkness
The Story of MarthaDan Abnett, David Roden, Steve Lockley
Paul Lewis, Robert Shearman, Simon Jowett
Freema AgyemanISBN 978-1-84607-561-2Story of Martha
Beautiful ChaosGary RussellBernard CribbinsISBN 978-1-84607-563-6Beautiful chaos
The EyelessLance ParkinRussell ToveyISBN 978-1-84607-562-9The Eyeless
Judgement of the JudoonColin BrakeNicholas BriggsISBN 978-1-84607-639-8Judgement of judoon
The Slitheen ExcursionSimon GuerrierDebbie ChazenISBN 978-1-84607-640-4Slitheen excursion
Prisoner of the DaleksTrevor BaxendaleNicholas BriggsISBN 978-1-84607-641-1Prisoner of the Daleks
The Taking of Chelsea 426David LlewellynChristopher RyanISBN 978-1-84607-758-6The Taking of Chelsea 426
AutonomyDaniel BlytheGeorgia MoffettISBN 978-1-84607-759-3Autonomybook
The Krillitane StormChristopher CooperWill ThorpISBN 978-1-84607-761-6The Krillitane Storm

Audiobooks Edit

Title Author Narrator ISBN Image
Pest ControlPeter Anghelides David TennantISBN 978-1-4056-7819-3PestControl
The Forever TrapDan AbnettCatherine TateISBN 978-1-4084-0678-6 ForeverTrap
The Nemonite InvasionDavid RodenCatherine TateISBN 978-1-4084-0679-3 Nemonitecover
The Rising NightScott Handcock Michelle Ryan ISBN 978-1-4084-0938-1 RisingNight
The Day of the TrollSimon MessinghamDavid Tennant ISBN 978-1-4084-0939-8 The Day of the Troll
The Last VoyageDan AbnettDavid Tennant ISBN 978-1-408-40940-2 The Last Voyage
Dead AirJames GossDavid TennantISBN 978-1-4084-2680-7Dead Air

Eleventh Doctor Edit

The New Series Adventures line continued with novels featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams. The first set of three were released in April 2010, with more novels released later in the year.

The books had some design changes from past releases to incorporate the new Doctor Who logo introduced for the new era. The most noticeable change is that the books are taller than those published for the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, now closer in height to the Torchwood novels. They also no longer included the Gallifreyan numerical symbols on the spines of the NSA books as seen during the Eccleston and Tennant eras.

In October 2010 a special, standalone New Series Adventures book was released, entitled The Coming of the Terraphiles and written by noted fantasy author Michael Moorcock. The series resumed in 2011, with the release of three books in April and another three in June. As well as this, a new concept of 2 in 1 books was put into action. The stories in these books were shorter than those in normal books but there were two of them per book, set at some point after Series 5, written by two different authors. They were published in the tête-bêche format.

With 2012 the frequency of regular NSA releases was decreased, with the line focusing more on the standalone hardcover editions, which saw two additional releases, The Silent Stars Go By in 2011 and Dark Horizons in 2012. No "set of three" releases occurred in 2012; 2013 saw the release pattern change to a single batch of three per year.

Continuing on from the Tenth Doctor era, BBC Audiobooks, later AudioGO, continued to release original-to-audio stories read by various cast members including Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill. The Decide Your Destiny series also continued, as did the Quick Reads novellas after a year's hiatus.

Beginning in 2011, and for the first time since 2005, the NSA line found itself competing with BBC Books releases featuring past Doctors, beginning with the start of a reprint series featuring Target novelisations, followed by the launch of a novelisation line with Shada and the launch of a new series of standalone hardcover novels featuring past Doctors.

The final trio of Eleventh Doctor novels published in 2013 marked a major change in how the books were marketed and formatted outside the United Kingdom. Broadway Books took over the North American publishing of the books, which were now exclusively to be published in trade paperback editions, with the BBC Books hardcovers officially no longer circulated. Broadway also began republishing older NSAs from the Eleventh Doctor and earlier eras in new standard paperback editions.

A final "Eleventh Doctor" NSA novel, Engines of War, featured the War Doctor rather than the incumbent, acting as the fourth in the "deluxe" range.

Novels Edit

Title Author Audiobook narrator ISBN Image
Apollo 23Justin RichardsJames AlbechtISBN 978-1-84607-200-X Apollo 23
Night of the HumansDavid LlewellynArthur DarvillISBN 978-1-84607-969-1 Image Night of the Humans
The Forgotten ArmyBrian MinchinOlivia ColmanISBN 978-1-84607-987-X The Forgotten Army
Nuclear TimeOli Smith Nicholas BriggsISBN 978-1-84607-989-4Nuclear
The King's DragonUna McCormackNicholas BriggsISBN 978-1-84607-990-0KingsDragon
The Glamour ChaseGary RussellArthur DarvillISBN 978-1-84607-988-7Glamour
The Coming of the TerraphilesMichael MoorcockClive MantleISBN 978-1-84607-983-2The Coming of the Terraphiles
Dead of WinterJames GossClare CorbettISBN 978-1-84990-238-046 - Dead of Winter
The Way Through the WoodsUna McCormackClare CorbettISBN 978-1-84990-237-3 45 - The Way Through The Woods
Hunter's MoonPaul FinchArthur DarvillISBN 978-1-84990-236-644 - Hunter's Moon
Touched by an AngelJonathan MorrisClare CorbettISBN 978-1-84990-234-2Touched by an Angel
Paradox LostGeorge MannNicholas BriggsISBN 978-1-84990-235-9Paradox Lost
Borrowed TimeNaomi A. AldermanMeera SyalISBN 978-1-84990-233-5Borrowed Time
The Silent Stars Go ByDan AbnettMichael MaloneyISBN 978-1-84990-243-4Book-silentstars
Dark HorizonsJ. T. ColganNeve McIntoshISBN 978-1-84990-456-8Dark Horizons
Plague of the CybermenJustin RichardsDavid WarnerISBN 978-1-84990-574-9Plague of the Cybermen
The Dalek GenerationNicholas BriggsNicholas BriggsISBN 978-1-84990-575-6The Dalek Generation
Shroud of SorrowTommy DonbavandFrances BarberISBN 978-1-84990-576-3Shrowd of Sorrow
Engines of WarGeorge MannNicholas BriggsISBN 978-1-84990-848-1Doctor Who Engines of War George Mann

2 in 1 Books Edit

Title Author Image
Death RidersJustin RichardsDeath Riders
Heart of StoneTrevor BaxendaleHeart of Stone
System WipeOli SmithSystem Wipe
The Good, the Bad and the AlienColin BrakeThe Good, the Bad and the Alien
Alien AdventuresMike Tucker, Richard Dinnick3 Alien Adventures
Sightseeing in SpaceDavid Bailey, Steve Lyons4 Sightseeing In Space
Monstrous MissionsGary Russell, Jonathan Green5 Monstrous Missions
Step Back in TimeRichard Dungworth, Jacqueline Rayner6 Step Back In Time

Audiobooks Edit

Title Author Narrator ISBN Image
The Ring of SteelStephen Cole Arthur Darvill ISBN 978-1-4084-2761-3 Ring of Steel
The Runaway TrainOli Smith Matt Smith ISBN 978-1-408-42747-8Runaway
The Jade PyramidMartin DayMatt Smith ISBN 978-1-4084-2749-1Jade
The Hounds of ArtemisJames Goss Matt Smith
Clare Corbett
ISBN 978-1-4084-2746-0Hounds
The Gemini ContagionJason Arnopp Meera Syal ISBN 978-1-4084-6816-6GeminiContagion
The Eye of the JungleDarren JonesDavid Troughton ISBN 978-1-4084-6815-9The Eye of the Jungle
BlackoutOli SmithStuart Milligan ISBN 978-1-4084-6878-415 Blackout
The Art of DeathJames GossRaquel Cassidy ISBN 978-1-4084-6881-416 The Art of Death
Darkstar AcademyMark MorrisAlexander Armstrong ISBN 978-1-4084-6879-1Darkstar Academy
Day of the CockroachSteve LyonsArthur Darvill ISBN 978-1-4084-6880-7Day of the Cockroach
The Nu-Humans Cavan Scott and Mark WrightRaquel Cassidy ISBN 978-1-4458-6762-5The Nu Humans
The Empty House Simon GuerrierRaquel Cassidy ISBN 978-1-4084-6882-1The Empty House
Sleepers in the Dust Darren JonesArthur Darvill ISBN 978-1-4458-9173-6Sleepersdust
Snake Bite Scott HandcockFrances Barber ISBN 978-1-4084-6836-4Snake Bite

Twelfth Doctor Edit

The New Series Adventures line returned in 2014 with new novels featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald. As with the final Eleventh Doctor novels, UK editions are published in hardcover by BBC Books, but in North America the novels are published in trade paperback editions only by Broadway Books.

In late 2013, AudioGO went into administration, prompting the license for audiobooks to revert to Random House Audio. The publisher released readings of the first three Twelfth Doctor novels in 2015, before the imprint returned as BBC Audio.

Novels Edit

Title Author Audiobook narrator ISBN Image
The Blood CellJames GossColin McFarlaneISBN 978-1-84990-774-3 The blood cell
SilhouetteJustin RichardsDan StarkeyISBN 978-1-84990-772-9 Silhouette
The Crawling TerrorMike TuckerNeve McIntoshISBN 978-1-84990-773-6 The crawling terror
Royal BloodUna McCormackTBAISBN 978-1-84990-992-1 Royal blood
Big Bang GenerationGary RussellTBAISBN 978-1-84990-991-4 Big bang generation
Deep TimeTrevor BaxendaleTBAISBN 978-1-84990-990-7 Deep time

Audiobooks Edit

Title Author Narrator ISBN Image
The Gods of WinterJames Goss Clare Higgins ISBN 978-1-7852-9138-8 Gods of winter
The House of WinterGeorge Mann David Schofield ISBN 978-1-7852-9104-3 House of winter

Other "New Series" ranges Edit

External links Edit


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