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Asylum was the forty-first novel in the BBC Past Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Peter Darvill-Evans, released 7 May 2001 and featured the Fourth Doctor and Nyssa.

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"My view," said the Doctor, "is that you can run — in fact it's often by far the best option — but you can't hide. I'll see myself out."

Nyssa felt a pang of disappointment. He had gone. She would probably never see him again.

The town of Oxford in AD 1278 seems a haven of tranquillity. Under the summer sun, merchants, students and clerics go about their daily, unhurried tasks. Alfric, the proctor of the Franciscan friary, has only two minor problems: one of the friars has gone missing, and there's a travelling showman, calling himself the Doctor, with a pretty young noblewoman by his side, attracting crowds in the narrow streets.

When the missing friar is found dead, the Doctor is convinced he has been murdered. There is a ruthless killer at large, and Alfric reluctantly teams up with the Doctor to track him down.

Their investigation leads towards the most celebrated of the Franciscan brotherhood: Roger Bacon, famed throughout Christendom as a scholar — and, in the far future, the subject of a revolutionary thesis by technographer Nyssa of Traken.


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  • The Doctor is travelling alone in this story.
  • Like Melanie Bush after her, the Doctor meets Nyssa for the first time, who is the companion from his personal future. From her perspective, she would meet him for the first time in TV: The Keeper of Traken.
  • This is by far the shortest novel in the range as the Story itself ends on page 226, as the rest are the Author's essay about the book.


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