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Scream of the Shalka
Based on: Scream of the Shalka
Doctor: Ninth Doctor
Companion(s): Alison Cheney, the Master
Main enemy: The Shalka
Main setting: England, 2003
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Paul Cornell
Release details
Release number: 64
Release date: 2 February 2004
Format: Paperback Book; 21 Chapters, 251 Pages
ISBN 0-563-48619-8
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Scream of the Shalka CD
Publisher: BBC Psychical Audio
Read by: David Collings
Release date: 5 June 2016

Scream of the Shalka by Paul Cornell, published by BBC Books, is a 2004 novelisation of the webcast of the same title. It featured the alternate Ninth Doctor of the webcast of the same name. He was rendered extra-continuous by the subsequent announcement of a new Doctor Who TV series. This book was the first novelisation of an officially licensed Doctor Who story since the 1996 novelisation of Doctor Who. It is the only novelisation to date based upon a webcast.

Publisher's summary Edit

When the Doctor lands his TARDIS in the Lancashire town of Lannet, in the present day, he finds that something is terribly wrong. The people are scared. They don't like going out onto the streets at night, they don't like making too much noise, and they certainly don't like strangers asking too many questions.

What alien force has invaded the town? Why is it watching barmaid Alison Cheney? And what plans does it have for the future of the planet Earth?

The Doctor is helped (and hindered) by his new military liaison Major Kennet and his Royal Green Jacket troop. His old enemy the Master also plays a small part. During the course of this adventure he encounters a brand new race of ferocious alien monsters, and strikes up a friendship with his latest companion, Alison.

While starting with a small community under threat, this old-fashioned, very traditional but very up to date Doctor Who adventure takes in the entire world, from New Zealand to India, Siberia to the USA, and cosmic expanses beyond.

This is the novelisation of BBCi's acclaimed Doctor Who adventure, first broadcast over the Internet in November 2003.

Chapter titles Edit

  1. Unwelcome Visitors
  2. Enter the Doctor
  3. The Underground Terror
  4. The Enemy Revealed
  5. The First Victory
  6. Military Matters
  7. No Escape
  8. Into the Depths
  9. The Shalka
  10. In the Hands of the Enemy
  11. Into the Vortex
  12. A Captive and a Mystery
  13. The Doctor's Experiment
  14. The People in the Forest
  15. The Army of the Shalka
  16. The Doctor Takes a Chance
  17. A World to Save
  18. The Death Principle
  19. The Doctor and the Master
  20. The Final Battle
  21. Farewells

Deviations from the webcast Edit

  • The line to the Doctor, "While you can, be eccentric and superior", is delivered in the webcast as a joke, while in the book it's a scathing put down.

Author, writing and publishing notes Edit

  • Published in the same paperback format as the BBC's two ongoing novel ranges -- the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures and BBC Past Doctor Adventures lines -- it is generally considered to be part of the Past Doctor Adventures (PROSE) line.
  • The adaptation of the story itself runs 194 pages. This makes it one of the shortest Doctor Who novels published since the Virgin New Adventures line was launched in 1991. Later novellas published by BBC Books and Telos would be shorter.
  • The remainder of the book is taken up by "The Making of Scream of the Shalka", a behind-the-scenes chronicle also written by Cornell.

Publishing History (UK) Edit

 Audiobook Edit

This book was released 4 June 2016 complete and unabridged by BBC Physical Audio and read by David Collings.

External links Edit

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