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Apollo 23 was the thirty-seventh novel in the BBC New Series Adventures series. It was written by Justin Richards and featured the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond.

It was notable for not just being the first Eleventh Doctor NSA book, but actually the first Eleventh Doctor book to be released. It is also Amy Pond's first appearance in the NSA series.

Publisher's summary[]

"Houston – we have a problem."

An astronaut in full spacesuit appears out of thin air in a busy shopping centre. Maybe it's a publicity stunt.

A photo shows an immaculately-dressed woman in her best shoes lying dead at the edge of a crater on the dark side of the moon – beside her beloved dog 'Poochie'. Maybe it's a hoax.

But as the Doctor and Amy find out, these are just minor events in a sinister plan to take over every human being on earth. The plot centres on a secret military base on the moon – that's where Amy and the TARDIS are.

The Doctor is back on Earth, and without the TARDIS there's no way he can get to the moon to save Amy and defeat the aliens.

Or is there? The Doctor discovers one last great secret that could save humanity: Apollo 23.


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  • The Doctor mentions T-Mat, which was an important technology used in the Second Doctor story TV: The Seeds of Death.
  • UNIT and Torchwood are mentioned, as well as detailed files regarding the organisation's dealings with previous incarnations of The Doctor.
  • Agent Jennings says he'd have recognised the Doctor if he was older. Given he has read both the UNIT and Torchwood files, this implies he was expecting either the Third Doctor, Tenth Doctor, or the Twelfth Doctor.


  • There was some initial confusion over the title of this book, as some media coverage, including Doctor Who Magazine, used the erroneous title Apollo 13.
  • This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.


Editions published outside Britain[]

  • Published in France by Milady in 2012 as a paperback edition.
  • Published in Italy by Asengard Edizioni in 2014 as a paperback edition.
  • Published in China by New Star Press in 2018 as a paperback edition.


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