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The Eight Doctors
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Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Sam
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Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Cover by: Black Sheep
Release details
Release number: 1
Release date: 2 June 1997
Format: Paperback Book; 25 Chapters, 280 Pages
ISBN 0-563-40563-5
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The Eight Doctors was the first novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Terrance Dicks. It explored the amnesia theme of the Doctor Who TV movie by having the Eighth Doctor encounter his predecessors.

Publisher's summary Edit

Recuperating after the trauma of his recent regeneration, the Eighth Doctor falls foul of a final booby trap set by his arch-enemy, the Master.

When he recovers, the disorientated Doctor looks in a mirror and sees the face of a stranger. He knows only that he is called the Doctor - nothing more. But something deep inside tells him to trust the TARDIS, and his hands move over the controls of their own accord.

The TARDIS takes him to a strangely familiar junkyard in late-nineties London, where he is flung into a confrontation between local drug-dealers and Samantha Jones, a rebellious teenager from Coal Hill School.

But the Doctor soon finds the TARDIS transporting him to various other places in order to recover all his memories - and that involves seeing seven strangely-familiar faces...

Chapter Titles Edit

  • Prologue
  1. Totters Lane
  2. Information Received
  3. Reunion
  4. Lost Legion
  5. Decision
  6. Escape
  7. Devil's End
  8. Old Friends
  9. Interludes
  10. Vampires
  11. The Vampire Mutation
  12. The Blood of a Time Lord
  13. Timescoop
  14. Harmony
  15. Buridan's Ass
  16. Battleground
  17. Death Sentence
  18. Flavia
  19. Inquiry
  20. The Master
  21. The Return
  22. Holiday With Danger
  23. Rassilon's Game
  • Epilogue

Plot Edit

After an encounter with the Master in 1999 San Francisco, the Eighth Doctor finishes reading The Time Machine (a book written by his old friend H.G. Wells). After he checks the Eye of Harmony in his TARDIS, he falls prey to a final trap set by his old enemy, the Master, which erases all of his memory. The only fact he knows for certain is that he is called "the Doctor" - but Doctor who? His instincts tell him to "trust the TARDIS", which immediately lands.

He has landed at a scrapyard at 76 Totter's Lane, London in 1997, where he encounters a young lady by the name of Sam Jones, who is being accused by local drug dealers, led by Baz Bailey, of "grassing" them over to the police. Having saved Sam from these insidious characters, who were intending to force Sam into taking drugs to get her addicted, the Doctor falls foul of the local police who promptly charge him with possession and selling the cocaine he has confiscated from the thugs. Sam tells her two teachers, who have noticed her lateness, and takes them back to the junkyard to verify the story. The Doctor escapes in the confusion of Bailey's desperate attack on the local police station. He runs back into the TARDIS and it dematerialises - taking the cocaine with him to dispose of it safely. This leaves Sam alone, defenceless against the knife-wielding druggies...

The TARDIS lands in the year 100,000 BC, and he meets his first incarnation in the jungle and they psychically link (giving the Eighth Doctor his memories up to that point in his life). The Eighth Doctor stops his other self from killing a caveman who was slowing their party down. The First Doctor explains that he must get away before the "time bubble" his eighth self is in bursts and starts to damage the timeline. The Eighth Doctor then leaves.

The TARDIS then lands during the events of the War Games, where he helps his second incarnation, Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot with their important mission to contact the Time Lords. Having regained his second life's memories, he leaves happily.

He next meets the Third Doctor, who himself has just fought the Master and the Sea Devils and has saved humanity by blowing up a Sea Devil base. He, blaming his eighth self for his exile to Earth and for the Master's concurrent escape, threatens him with the Master's Tissue Compression Eliminator. But he tosses the weapon to him instead. The Master has again escaped to fight another day, and the Eighth Doctor leaves.

Having landed on the planet of the Three Who Rule, the Eighth Doctor gives the Fourth Doctor an emergency blood transfusion after his younger self is attacked and nearly fatally drained by another group of vampires, and leaves with yet more memories (to the astonishment of companion Romana).

Meanwhile, back on Gallifrey, Lady President Flavia has noticed the Doctor crossing his timelines and demands that he be carefully watched. A Time Lord called Ryoth demands the Doctor be executed: the resulting paradoxes could be irreversible. Flavia denies this. Ryoth alerts the Celestial Intervention Agency to the situation, and the Agency give him access to the fabled Timescoop technology, perfectly preserved since the Death Zone incident. He uses it to send a Raston Warrior Robot to the Fifth Doctor and his companions, Tegan Jovanka and Vislor Turlough. Luckily, the Eighth Doctor then arrives at the aftermath of the incident in the Death Zone, where he saves his fifth incarnation and his companions from the Raston Warrior Robot and a passing platoon of Sontarans by tricking the two into fighting each other. The Doctors create a feedback system, so when Ryoth sends a Drashig to kill them, it instead materialises in the same room as Ryoth and eats him and the Timescoop. It is then caught and transmatted to the Death Zone by guards in the Capitol in the hopes that it will take care of the other horrors there.

Soon he arrives in the middle of his second trial by the Time Lords, which his sixth self seems to be losing (especially as the insidious Valeyard has just accused him of a mass genocide attack against the Vervoids). After giving him advice and encouragement, as well as helping to begin an investigation into his past self's trial on Gallifrey, he leaves, his memories almost completely intact.

He finally arrives on the planet Metebelis Three, where the alone and depressed Seventh Doctor is trapped by a giant spider. After rescuing his former self (by killing the arachnid with the TCE), he remembers leaving Sam, and immediately dashes back into the TARDIS to her rescue.

Once saved by the Doctor, Sam decides to join him on his travels.

Characters Edit

Baz's gang Edit

Coal Hill police Edit

References Edit

Foods and beverages Edit

Gallifreyan culture Edit

Individuals Edit

Individual Time Lords Edit

  • Flavia is president.
  • The Eighth Doctor loses his memory from a trap left by the Master.

Locations Edit

Species Edit

Technology Edit

Notes Edit

  • The title of chapter eleven, The Vampire Mutation, was a working title for State of Decay
  • Flavia is president. However, according to continuity so far, Romana is President (Dicks' own novel PROSE: Blood Harvest established it).
  • Ruath destroyed the Timescoop chamber in PROSE: Goth Opera.
  • In this novel the Seventh Doctor has a "mid life crisis" while trying to deal with his approaching death, which was more or less addressed in PROSE: The Room With No Doors and Lungbarrow.
  • There is an explanation of how the Master became worm-like in TV: Doctor Who.
  • By the end of the novel:

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