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The BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures was a series of original paperback novels featuring the Eighth Doctor published by BBC Books from June 1997 to June 2005, taking over the Doctor Who franchise from the Virgin New Adventures line. The first BBC Book release was in fact Doctor Who - The Novel of the Film, a novelisation of the 1996 telefilm; however, this is not considered part of the EDA series, which launched with a novel featuring all eight incarnations of the Doctor.

Initially, the novels were not linked to Virgin Books' previous Doctor Who New Adventures line (though the accompanying Missing Adventures line was referenced in the very first instalment, as well as throughout the Past Doctor Adventures from The Murder Game onwards), but as the series progressed, the barriers began to come down; as a result, many EDAs contain characters and references to events in the Virgin series.

While the EDA novels did not contain sexual or "adult" content as explicit as the Virgin series, they gained a focus, occasionally more overt than subtle, on representative themes, implications, and even blatant statements that gave major characters a degree of sexual or gender ambiguity and expression outside of heterosexuality and cisgender identity, including Sam Jones, Fitz Kreiner, and most notably the Doctor himself.

The EDA novels were marked by complex and lengthy story arcs, some lasting over many books, in particular a series of stories relating to a great Time War. The novels also spearheaded the "Post-War universe" utilised by the Faction Paradox series. Elements of and references to various accounts of future incarnations of the Doctor were implemented into the series' lore, most notably The Curse of Fatal Death and Scream of the Shalka.

Although the final EDA release was The Gallifrey Chronicles, published in June 2005, the following September one final Eighth Doctor novel, Fear Itself, was published, albeit under the BBC Past Doctor Adventures line, recognising the coming of the Ninth Doctor to television.

With more than seventy novels published, the Eighth Doctor Adventures is the longest-running series of novels featuring any single incarnation of the Doctor to date.

In 2005 BBC Books retired its EDA and PDA lines, preferring to focus its publishing efforts on novels based upon the revived TV series. Although there was speculation that the Eighth Doctor's adventures might continue in a revived PDA line of books, this did not occur. The literary adventures of the Eighth Doctor continued in the Short Trips short story anthologies published by Big Finish Productions (many of which were written by veterans of the EDA and PDA ranges), until that series was also retired in the spring of 2009. BBC Books and Puffin have included the Eighth Doctor in various short story series and collections since.


# Title Author Featuring Published
1 The Eight Doctors Terrance Dicks Sam, First Doctor, Second Doctor, Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Seventh Doctor, the Master 2 June 1997
2 Vampire Science Kate Orman, Jonathan Blum Sam, Vampires 7 July 1997
3 The Bodysnatchers Mark Morris Sam, Litefoot, Zygons 18 August 1997
4 Genocide Paul Leonard Sam, Jo Grant, Sergeant Benton, UNIT 1 September 1997
5 War of the Daleks John Peel Sam, Daleks, Davros 6 October 1997
6 Alien Bodies Lawrence Miles Sam, Krotons, Faction Paradox, the Shift 24 November 1997
7 Kursaal Peter Anghelides Sam 8 January 1998
8 Option Lock Justin Richards 2 February 1998
9 Longest Day Michael Collier 2 March 1998
10 Legacy of the Daleks John Peel Susan, the Master, Daleks 6 April 1998
11 Dreamstone Moon Paul Leonard Sam 5 May 1998
12 Seeing I Kate Orman, Jonathan Blum Sam, the I 8 June 1998
13 Placebo Effect Gary Russell Sam, Stacy, Ssard, Wirrn, Foamasi, Meep 6 July 1998
14 Vanderdeken's Children Christopher Bulis Sam 3 August 1998
15 The Scarlet Empress Paul Magrs Sam, Iris Wildthyme 7 September 1998
16 The Janus Conjunction Trevor Baxendale Sam 5 October 1998
17 Beltempest Jim Mortimore 16 November 1998
18 The Face-Eater Simon Messingham 4 January 1999
19 The Taint Michael Collier Sam, Fitz 1 February 1999
20 Demontage Justin Richards 1 March 1999
21 Revolution Man Paul Leonard 6 April 1999
22 Dominion Nick Walters 10 May 1999
23 Unnatural History Kate Orman, Jonathan Blum 7 June 1999
24 Autumn Mist David A. McIntee 5 July 1999
25 Interference
Book One: Shock Tactic
Book Two: The Hour of the Geek
Lawrence Miles Sam, Fitz, Compassion
Third Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith
2 August 1999
27 The Blue Angel Paul Magrs, Jeremy Hoad Fitz, Compassion, Iris 6 September 1999
28 The Taking of Planet 5 Simon Bucher-Jones, Mark Clapham Fitz, Compassion 4 October 1999
29 Frontier Worlds Peter Anghelides 29 November 1999
30 Parallel 59 Stephen Cole, Natalie Dallaire 4 January 2000
31 The Shadows of Avalon Paul Cornell Fitz, Compassion, the Brigadier, Romana III 7 February 2000
32 The Fall of Yquatine Nick Walters Fitz, Compassion 6 March 2000
33 Coldheart Trevor Baxendale 3 April 2000
34 The Space Age Steve Lyons 1 May 2000
35 The Banquo Legacy Andy Lane, Justin Richards 5 June 2000
36 The Ancestor Cell Peter Anghelides, Stephen Cole Fitz, Compassion, Romana III 3 July 2000
37 The Burning Justin Richards 7 August 2000
38 Casualties of War Steve Emmerson 4 September 2000
39 The Turing Test Paul Leonard 2 October 2000
40 Endgame Terrance Dicks the Players 6 November 2000
41 Father Time Lance Parkin Miranda 8 January 2001
42 Escape Velocity Colin Brake Fitz, Anji 5 February 2001
43 EarthWorld Jacqueline Rayner 5 March 2001
44 Vanishing Point Stephen Cole 2 April 2001
45 Eater of Wasps Trevor Baxendale 7 May 2001
46 The Year of Intelligent Tigers Kate Orman 4 June 2001
47 The Slow Empire Dave Stone 2 July 2001
48 Dark Progeny Steve Emmerson 6 August 2001
49 The City of the Dead Lloyd Rose 3 September 2001
50 Grimm Reality Simon Bucher-Jones, Kelly Hale 1 October 2001
51 The Adventuress of Henrietta Street Lawrence Miles 5 November 2001
52 Mad Dogs and Englishmen Paul Magrs Fitz, Anji, Iris 7 January 2002
53 Hope Mark Clapham Fitz, Anji 4 February 2002
54 Anachrophobia Jonathan Morris 4 March 2002
55 Trading Futures Lance Parkin 8 April 2002
56 The Book of the Still Paul Ebbs 6 May 2002
57 The Crooked World Steve Lyons 3 June 2002
58 History 101 Mags L. Halliday 1 July 2002
59 Camera Obscura Lloyd Rose 5 August 2002
60 Time Zero Justin Richards Fitz, Anji, Trix 2 September 2002
61 The Infinity Race Simon Messingham Fitz, Anji 4 November 2002
62 The Domino Effect David Bishop 3 February 2003
63 Reckless Engineering Nick Walters 7 April 2003
64 The Last Resort Paul Leonard Fitz, Anji, Trix 2 June 2003
65 Timeless Stephen Cole 4 August 2003
66 Emotional Chemistry Simon A. Forward Fitz, Trix 6 October 2003
67 Sometime Never... Justin Richards Fitz, Trix, Miranda 5 January 2004
68 Halflife Mark Michalowski Fitz, Trix 5 April 2004
69 The Tomorrow Windows Jonathan Morris 7 June 2004
70 The Sleep of Reason Martin Day 2 August 2004
71 The Deadstone Memorial Trevor Baxendale 4 October 2004
72 To the Slaughter Stephen Cole 7 February 2005
73 The Gallifrey Chronicles Lance Parkin 2 June 2005


  • Appropriately, the first and final novels of the series were published on 2 June exactly eight years apart.

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