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The Eyeless
The Eyeless
Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companion(s): Alsa
Main enemy: The Eyeless
Main setting: Arcopolis, 292,009
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Lance Parkin
Read by: Russell Tovey
Release details
Release number: 30
Release date: 26 December 2008
Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
ISBN 978-1-84607-562-9
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The Eyeless was the twenty-fourth Tenth Doctor novel released. It was the first book in the series to have the Tenth Doctor travelling alone.

Publisher's summary Edit

At the heart of the ruined city of Arcopolis is the Fortress. It's a brutal structure placed here by one of the sides in a devastating intergalactic war that's long ended. Fifteen years ago, the entire population of the planet was killed in an instant by the weapon housed deep in the heart of the Fortress. Now only the ghosts remain.

The Doctor arrives, and determines to fight his way past the Fortress's automatic defences and put the weapon beyond use. But he soon discovers he's not the only person in Arcopolis. What is the true nature of the weapon? Is the planet really haunted? Who are the Eyeless? And what will happen if they get to the weapon before the Doctor?

The Doctor has a fight on his hands. And this time he's all on his own.

Plot Edit

The Doctor lands, alone, on an uninhabited, green skied planet in Galaxy Seven, originally the Sculptor Dwarf Galaxy, almost exactly 290,000 lightyears from Earth, around the year 292009, near Arcopolis, to disable a weapon that wiped out the population. He wanders through the city, looking at the futuristic technology. A six fingered ghost hand touches the TARDIS.

The Doctor encounters a group of children scavenging the city. They seem to think the Doctor is a ghost and try to attack him. While trying to convince them that he is no ghost, the Doctor wishes he could see one. A ghost appears and kills one of the children, making the other ones flee.

Moving closer to the heavily guarded Fortress where the weapon is located, two older children, Alsa and Gar, catch up on The Doctor. They ask him if he killed a girl who died a few days ago, which he denies. He then manages to shake them off and makes his way to the Fortress, where he sees a glass-like creature. Alsa and Gar catch up on the Doctor again and knock him unconscious.

The Doctor wakes up in a settlement consisting of a group of adults who survived the weapon, and a lot of children. The adults want the Doctor to stay, so he can help them with scientific progress and agriculture, but the Doctor refuses their demands. During his stay in the village, the Doctor befriends a woman named Dela. Recently her daughter Jall was found dead, and her eyes were missing from the body.

The Doctor goes to the Fortress again and spots a transparent, six-fingered figure. The figure flees. While the Doctor manages to reach the Fortress, Alsa, Gar, a few other children and two adults followed him. Alsa enters the Fortress with the Doctor. Outside the Fortress transparent creatures approach the remaining people and introduce themselves as the Eyeless. One of them has two eyes embedded inside its body, Jall's eyes.

A group of Eyeless manages to enter the Fortress and chases the Doctor and Alsa. They manage to convince Alsa that the Doctor is a threat and that she should become one of them. The Eyeless predicted the Doctor's landing on Acropolis and his intentions, and they also want the weapon the Doctor is trying to destroy. Eventually the Eyeless lose their influence on Alsa. When the Doctor reaches the heart of the Fortress, he finds the weapon, but the Eyeless fight to gain it. Meanwhile, the Eyeless spaceships attack the Fortress from outside The Doctor and the Fortress' security kill all the Eyeless inside except the leader. The Doctor offers the leader the TARDIS key if he gets to keep the weapon. While trading, the Doctor unintentionally triggers the weapon, destroying all the remaining Eyeless.

The Fortress' defences are deactivated and the Doctor and Alsa escape. He gives the weapon to Alsa, and gives her the choice to destroy it. Alsa is unsure about the future and the Doctor takes her to the TARDIS. They travel to Acropolis twenty years later. There an adult version of Gar tells them how they destroyed the weapon and Alsa is assured enough. Alsa is returned to her own time and the Doctor leaves.

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Notes Edit

  • This is the first book in the BBC New Series Adventures series to only feature just one person on the top half of the cover (discounting reissues with Rose Tyler removed from the cover) and the first in which he is not travelling with a companion.
  • This is the only "companionless" Tenth Doctor Adventure in which the Doctor does not combat a returning alien race.
  • This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.

Continuity Edit

Audio release Edit

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Audiobook cover.

An abridged reading of the story was released as an audiobook on 2x CD read by Russell Tovey.

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