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The Doctor and the Enterprise
Written by: Jean Airey
Publisher: [[publisher::privately published (first edition)
Pioneer Books (second edition - illustrated)]]
Release date: 1982 (first edition)
November 1989 (second edition)
Format: Paperback, 129 pages (second edition)
none (first edition)
ISBN 1-55698-218-6 (second edition)
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The Doctor and the Enterprise is an unauthorised novella by Jean Airey which was a three-way crossover between Doctor Who, Star Trek and Darkover.

Publisher's summary

First edition

Airey wrote this book as a crossover because, at the time (the late 70s), there were no Doctor Who fanzines and her other love was "Star Trek" (The original version). The very first version was printed in the ST zine "R&R XII." The illo of the Doctor (Tom Baker) was done by an artist who had never seen the show and looked like a bescarfed Bob Hope. As DW fandom evolved in the early 80s, Airey revised and published the story with illustrations from some young artists who had watched the show. It was not intended as a "parody." The planet visited is, indeed, intended as a salute to Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series -- something that many media fans did not realise. As mentioned below, this version is available for free. Please read it and not the other! Any version that has The Wizard Of Oz in it is an unauthorised version.

Second edition

Three universes in imaginative collision -- with delightfully funny results. An underground classic, this tongue-in-cheek parody is an affectionate tribute by a fan of both Star Trek and Doctor Who who is also a professional writer. This cult favourite has already won thousands of fans in small editions. It is newly illustrated for the current edition.

Background

First edition

The Doctor and the Enterprise was originally a fanzine published in 1982. The first edition featured a visit to a thinly-veiled Darkover. Airey has made the first edition of the book available for free over the Internet, and it has been archived on a number of websites (see below).

Second edition

American publisher Pioneer Books (which specialised in unofficial reference books based upon various franchises including Doctor Who and Star Trek) issued a trade paperback edition.

This version of the book was edited to, in theory, remove all references to copyrighted characters and races. Captain Kirk became simply "The Captain", while Spock became "The Scientist". The Doctor, however, retained his name. This editing was not perfect, and a reader will notice occasional accidental references to Kirk, etc. slip through. This version was illustrated by Mahlon Fawcett and Tom Holtkamp, and the artwork rather unambiguously features the USS Enterprise, the TARDIS, and a likeness of the Fourth Doctor based upon that of Tom Baker.

Notes

  • For the Doctor, these events take place between "The Invasion of Time" and "The Ribos Operation." For the crew of the Enterprise, their meeting with the Doctor represents the final mission of the five-year mission chronicled in the original Star Trek series.
  • In the Star Trek universe, there are no Time Lords; Gallifrey was destroyed when its sun became a red giant, approximately 140,000 years before the story takes place. (Conversely, in the Doctor's home universe, the planet Vulcan was also destroyed, by what the Doctor describes as "a massive civil war".)
  • As Jean Airey's first edition was published in 1982, two years before Barbara Clegg's novelisation, Enlightenment, this arguably makes her the first woman to publish a Doctor Who novel, although Clegg's work was authorised and Airey's was strictly a fan work.
  • Airey wrote another story crossing Doctor Who and Star Trek, "The Lieutenant and the Doctor." Published in the 1982 fanzine Blue Guardian #13, "The Lieutenant and the Doctor" retells the latter half of The Doctor and the Enterprise from the perspective of Lieutenant Dorcy Stephans. The story's framing device is roughly concurrent with Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
  • Airey also co-wrote the nonfiction work REF: Travel Without the TARDIS for Target Books.
  • Per the publisher's blurb for the first edition, there is apparently an unauthorised version of this book that incorporates elements of The Wizard of Oz.
  • Rob Cowell's The Doctor and the Enterprise-D is a sequel to The Doctor and the Enterprise.
  • While this story is non-canonical, the Fourth Doctor does encounter Captain Kirk and his crew in the officially licensed comic Assimilation2.

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