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Atom Bomb Blues was the seventy-fourth and final novel in the BBC Past Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Andrew Cartmel, released 25 December 2005 and featured the Seventh Doctor and Ace.

It became the final novel in the range after which the imprint began to focus exclusively on publishing books featuring the then-current television incarnation of the Doctor (the Ninth Doctor). It was the last full-length Doctor Who novel to date to be published in the traditional mass market paperback format (a number of shorter novellas have been published in trade paperback editions, however).

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Los Alamos, New Mexico, 1945. The Second World War is coming to its bloody conclusion, and in the American desert the race is on to build an atomic bomb. The fate of the world is at stake in more ways than one.

Someone, or something, is trying to alter the course of history at this most delicate point. And destroy the human race. Posing as a nuclear scientist with Ace as his research assistant, the Doctor plays detective among the Manhattan Project scientists, while desperately trying to avoid falling under suspicion himself.

As the minutes tick away to the world's first atom bomb blast, the Doctor and Ace find themselves up to their necks in spies, aliens of the flying saucer variety, and some very nasty saboteurs from another dimension.


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  • Ace remembers meeting Courtney Pine and getting his autograph (she seems to remember getting her CD autographed, but it was actually an audio cassette). (TV: Silver Nemesis)
  • Ace takes alien fish oil pills which stimulate the centres of the brain involved in abstract thinking, specifically mathematical calculation. The Krillitanes in the future use Krillitane oil to similar effect in increasing intelligence to work out mathematical sums. (TV: School Reunion)
  • The Doctor mentions Bessie. (TV: Spearhead from Space et al)

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