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Nightshade (novel)

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Adapted into: Nightshade
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Ace
Main enemy: The Sentience
Main setting: Crook Marsham, 1968
Key crew
Publisher: Virgin Publishing
Writer: Mark Gatiss
Release details
Release number: 8
Release date: 20 August 1992
Format: Paperback Book; 13 Chapters, 231 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20376-3
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Written by Mark Gatiss, Nightshade is the eighth instalment in the series of Virgin Publishing's Doctor Who paperback novels. A New Adventure, it features the Seventh Doctor and Ace.

Publisher's summary Edit

"I have done enough!"

Ace has never known the Doctor so withdrawn and melancholic. He is avoiding her company, seeking solace in the forgotten rooms and labyrinthine passages of his ancient time machine.

Perhaps he will find the peace he yearns for on his favourite planet, Earth, in the second half of the twentieth century — in the isolated village of Crook Marsham, to be precise, in 1968, the year of peace, love and understanding.

But one by one the villagers are being killed. The Doctor has to act, but for once he seems helpless, indecisive, powerless.

What are the signals from space that are bombarding the radio telescope on the moor? What is the significance of the local legends from the Civil War? And what is the aeons-old power that the Doctor is unable to resist?

Plot Edit

Somewhere a group of men gather, and one slips away into a room with eight boxes. He uses a key to enter one and it fades away. Meanwhile, someone has seen him leave and disapproves.

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Characters Edit

References Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • The Doctor thinks of Susan almost every day now.
  • The Doctor's departure from Gallifrey was observed.

Individuals Edit

Locations Edit

Species Edit

  • The Sentience absorbs the energy from Ace's Nitro-9.

Astronomy Edit

Television series Edit

Notes Edit

  • Nightshade was the first licensed Doctor Who fiction written by actor-writer Mark Gatiss, who would write and appear in several of the independent spin-off productions before finding fame in the TV series The League of Gentlemen. In the 2000s and 2010s, he would write episodes for the Doctor Who revival and play Richard Lazarus in The Lazarus Experiment.
  • The novel was later re-released by BBCi on the official Doctor Who website in ebook form. It was accompanied by extensive notes and commentary from the author and new illustrations from artist Daryl Joyce. It became inaccessible in 2010.
  • This novel was adapted into audio by Big Finish in 2016.
  • Characters named Dr Shearsmith and Mr Pemberton are mentioned (but do not appear), a possible reference to Gatiss' fellow The League of Gentlemen co-creators and co-stars Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.
  • The character of Professor Nightshade was inspired by Bernard Quatermass.
  • A prelude to this novel was published in DWM 190.

Continuity Edit

Associated Images Edit

The e-book version published by the BBC on their website included several illustrations by Daryl Joyce. Titles of illustrations are as they were on BBC's site.

External links Edit

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