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Nightshade (novel)

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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, 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

"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Ace has never known the Doctor so withdrawn and melancholic.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


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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The Doctor

  • The Doctor thinks of Susan almost every day now.
  • The Doctor needs help on his missions and cannot allow Ace to go.
  • The Doctor's departure from Gallifrey was observed.


  • Ace's parents met on the dance floor of a sweaty nightclub.
  • Ace decides to leave the Doctor for Robin Yeadon. The Doctor deliberately lands on an alien planet, unable to let Ace go.
  • Robin Yeadon waits months for Ace to return.
  • Jack remembers trips to Ilkley Moor with Win.




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


Television series


  • This is the first Doctor Who novel for 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.
  • 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 Victor Pemberton.
  • The character of Professor Nightshade was inspired by Bernard Quatermass.
  • A prelude to this novel was published in DWM 190.


Associated Images

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.

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