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Synthespians™ (novel)

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Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companion(s): Peri
Main enemy:
Main setting: New Earth Republic, 101st century
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Craig Hinton
Cover by: Black Sheep
Release details
Release number: 67
Release date: 19 July 2004
Format: Paperback Book; 15 Chapters, 277 Pages
ISBN 0-563-48617-1
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Synthespians™ was the sixty-seventh BBC Past Doctor Adventures novel. It featured the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown. This was author Craig Hinton's last Doctor Who novel.

Publisher's summary Edit

"We've been colonising planets for a thousand million years," she said, turning to the camera and giving her trademark smile. "All right, Mr. Matheson — I'm ready for my close-up."

In the 101st century, nostalgia is everything. Television from the 20th century is the new obsession, and Reef Station One is receiving broadcasts from a distant Earth of the past, transmitting them to a waiting audience.

When the Sixth Doctor and Peri arrive on Reef Station One, they find a fractured society, totally dependent on film and television. They also discover that the Republic's greatest entrepreneur Walter J. Matheson is in league with one of the Doctor's oldest enemies.

As the alien influence spreads its tentacles throughout the Republic, the Sixth Doctor and Peri must unravel the link between Walter J. Matheson's business empire and the invaders. Because, if they don't, they'll end up in the deadliest soap opera of all time.

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Illustrated preview from DWM 345.

  • An illustrated preview for this story appeared in DWM 345.
  • The cover for this novel went through several modifications of its design.
  • The first cover was created by James Gent for Craig Hinton as a proof of concept, intended to be "like Spearhead from Space crossed with Dynasty".
  • Unfortunately, Black Sheep (the cover designers for BBC Books' range of PDAs) interpreted him literally, using copyrighted images of the cast of Dynasty but as Autons. This was technically illegal, necessitating the entire batch to be pulped.
  • The third cover was approved for publishing, but featured mirroring on both the background and the two female Autons, prompting Black Sheep to make several modifications to it before publication. [1]

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