The BBC New Series Adventures is a banner under which the novels published by BBC Books (and, from 2013, Broadway Books in North America) featuring the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Doctors have been collected since 2005. This line is the successor to BBC Books' earlier Doctor Who fiction lines, the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures and BBC Past Doctor Adventures.

Publication history Edit

Ninth Doctor Edit

Launched in mid-2005, the New Series Adventures introduced a new format for Doctor Who fiction — paperback-sized hardcovers with smaller word count than the previous EDA and PDA lines. For a few months, the "NSA" line coexisted with the EDA and PDA lines, until they were retired at the end of 2005.

With this series of books, BBC Books also established a release pattern it has continued ever since, releasing the books in batches of three, initially at least twice a year. The books are considered standalone and, thus, may be read in any order (at least among a particular set of three).

Unlike past fiction lines, there was some effort to tie the books more closely to television continuity. Notably, the first-ever direct reference to a novel occurred in the episode Boom Town, in which Rose Tyler referenced a location she and the Doctor had visited in the novel The Monsters Inside. Supporting characters Mickey Smith and Jackie Tyler also appeared in the novel Winner Takes All.

The novels tended to reflect changes in the cast. The first three books featured the Ninth Doctor travelling with Rose, while the second set feature Rose and Jack Harkness as companions. The first three novels probably take place between World War Three and The Empty Child, and the latter three between The Doctor Dances and Boom Town.

This line of novels continued to be issued following Christopher Eccleston's departure from the series until the end of 2005, after which the series continued, featuring the Tenth Doctor in 2006.

A number of the books have been reprinted in paperback editions, including in North America by Broadway Books. The covers of these reprint editions omit the image of Billie Piper.

In 2 May 2019, Ninth Doctor Novels Volume 1, a box set collecting readings of three of the Ninth Doctor novels was released.

Tenth Doctor Edit

With the coming of the Tenth Doctor era, BBC Books continued its New Series Adventures line in 2006, featuring the new incarnation. Again, the books were published more-or-less in connection with a particular cast line-up in the series, with the first six books featuring Rose Tyler, after which Martha Jones was featured in twelve consecutive novels, the most of any companion to date. Donna Noble was then featured in only four books, with most of the books released during her era actually featuring Martha. Wilfred Mott appears in the final novel featuring Donna, Beautiful Chaos.

Following the events of Journey's End, the books changed format somewhat. Beginning with The Eyeless, published in late 2008, the books featured the Doctor travelling alone, with no ongoing companions (in keeping with the format of the 2008-2010 specials). Also published was The Story of Martha, a short story collection that returned Martha Jones to the NSA line for one book. This was the first NSA book to be a direct tie-in with a televised episode (it takes place during the events of The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords). All NSA novels issued during 2009 featured returning alien races and villains from the TV series.

The final three Tenth Doctor novels were published in September 2009.

Two new spin-off lines were introduced during the 2006-2009 period. Quick Reads, an annual series of paperback novellas intended to promote literacy, was launched in 2006 with the novel I Am a Dalek. This spin-off line featured the return of long-time Doctor Who novelist and scriptwriter Terrance Dicks to the world of Doctor Who fiction. A total of five Tenth Doctor novellas were published in this line, with the last issued in March 2010; the line continued with the Eleventh Doctor.

Also launched during this period, in conjunction with BBC Audiobooks, was a series of original, made-for-audio stories performed by cast members of the series. The first of these, Pest Control, was issued in 2008, . A total of seven Tenth Doctor stories were published until 2010. David Tennant performed most of these, with Catherine Tate reading two and Michelle Ryan performing one. Again, releases continued after the introduction of the Eleventh Doctor.

All of the Tenth Doctor publications other than the Quick Reads were released as audiobooks. The first three were read by David Tennant. After that, other actors from the series replaced Tennant, who did not reappear as narrator until the made-for-audio stories. The other actors include Freema Agyeman, Georgia Moffett, Anthony Head and Adjoa Andoh. Most of these audiobooks are abridged, but some of the later novels were released as unabridged audiobooks that are only available for download.

As with the Ninth Doctor, a number of Tenth Doctor novels have been reissued in paperback by BBC Books and Broadway Books. New editions of novels featuring Rose Tyler, however, omit the image of Billie Piper from the cover art.

Eleventh Doctor Edit

The New Series Adventures line continued with novels featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams. The first set of three were released in April 2010, with more novels released later in the year.

The books had some design changes from past releases to incorporate the new Doctor Who logo introduced for the new era. The most noticeable change is that the books are taller than those published for the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, now closer in height to the Torchwood novels. They also no longer included the Gallifreyan numerical symbols on the spines of the NSA books as seen during the Eccleston and Tennant eras.

In October 2010 a special, standalone New Series Adventures book was released, entitled The Coming of the Terraphiles and written by noted fantasy author Michael Moorcock. The series resumed in 2011, with the release of three books in April and another three in June. As well as this, a new concept of 2 in 1 books was put into action. The stories in these books were shorter than those in normal books but there were two of them per book, set at some point after Series 5, written by two different authors. They were published in the tête-bêche format.

With 2012 the frequency of regular NSA releases was decreased, with the line focusing more on the standalone hardcover editions, which saw two additional releases, The Silent Stars Go By in 2011 and Dark Horizons in 2012. No "set of three" releases occurred in 2012; 2013 saw the release pattern change to a single batch of three per year.

Continuing on from the Tenth Doctor era, BBC Audiobooks, later AudioGO, continued to release original-to-audio stories read by various cast members including Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill. The Decide Your Destiny series also continued, as did the Quick Reads novellas after a year's hiatus.

Beginning in 2011, and for the first time since 2005, the NSA line found itself competing with BBC Books releases featuring past Doctors, beginning with the start of a reprint series featuring Target novelisations, followed by the launch of a novelisation line with Shada and the launch of a new series of standalone hardcover novels featuring past Doctors.

The final trio of Eleventh Doctor novels published in 2013 marked a major change in how the books were marketed and formatted outside the United Kingdom. Broadway Books took over the North American publishing of the books, which were now exclusively to be published in trade paperback editions, with the BBC Books hardcovers officially no longer circulated. Broadway also began republishing older NSAs from the Eleventh Doctor and earlier eras in new standard paperback editions.

A final "Eleventh Doctor" NSA novel, Engines of War, featured the War Doctor rather than the incumbent, acting as the fourth in the "deluxe" range.

Twelfth Doctor Edit

The New Series Adventures line returned in 2014 with new novels featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald. As with the final Eleventh Doctor novels, UK editions are published in hardcover by BBC Books, but in North America, the novels are published in trade paperback editions only by Broadway Books.

In late 2013, AudioGO went into administration, prompting the license for audiobooks to revert to Random House Audio. The publisher released readings of the first three Twelfth Doctor novels in 2015 before the imprint returned as BBC Audio.

Novels Edit

Ninth Doctor Edit

Title Author Featuring Published
The Clockwise Man Justin Richards Rose 19 May 2005
The Monsters Inside Stephen Cole Rose, Slitheen
Winner Takes All Jacqueline Rayner Rose
The Deviant Strain Justin Richards Rose, Jack 8 September 2005
Only Human Gareth Roberts
The Stealers of Dreams Steve Lyons

Tenth Doctor Edit

Title Author Featuring Published
The Stone Rose Jacqueline Rayner Rose, Mickey, Jackie 13 April 2006
The Feast of the Drowned Stephen Cole
The Resurrection Casket Justin Richards Rose
The Nightmare of Black Island Mike Tucker 21 September 2006
The Art of Destruction Stephen Cole
The Price of Paradise Colin Brake
Sting of the Zygons Stephen Cole Martha, Zygons 19 April 2007
The Last Dodo Jacqueline Rayner Martha
Wooden Heart Martin Day
Forever Autumn Mark Morris 6 September 2007
Wetworld Mark Michalowski
Sick Building Paul Magrs
The Pirate Loop Simon Guerrier 26 December 2007
Peacemaker James Swallow
Wishing Well Trevor Baxendale
Martha in the Mirror Justin Richards 10 April 2008
Snowglobe 7 Mike Tucker
The Many Hands Dale Smith
Ghosts of India Mark Morris Donna 4 September 2008
The Doctor Trap Simon Messingham
Shining Darkness Mark Michalowski
The Story of Martha Martha, the Master 26 December 2008
Beautiful Chaos Gary Russell Donna, Wilf, Sylvia
The Eyeless Lance Parkin
Judgement of the Judoon Colin Brake Judoon 16 April 2009
The Slitheen Excursion Simon Guerrier Slitheen
Prisoner of the Daleks Trevor Baxendale Daleks
The Taking of Chelsea 426 David Llewellyn Sontarans, Rutan Host 3 September 2009
Autonomy Daniel Blythe Nestene Consciousness, Autons
The Krillitane Storm Christopher Cooper Krillitane

Eleventh Doctor Edit

Title Author Featuring Published
Apollo 23 Justin Richards Amy 22 April 2010
Night of the Humans David Llewellyn
The Forgotten Army Brian Minchin
Nuclear Time Oli Smith Amy, Rory 8 July 2010
The King's Dragon Una McCormack
The Glamour Chase Gary Russell
The Coming of the Terraphiles Michael Moorcock Amy 14 October 2010
Dead of Winter James Goss Amy, Rory 28 April 2011
The Way Through the Woods Una McCormack
Hunter's Moon Paul Finch
Touched by an Angel Jonathan Morris Amy, Rory, Weeping Angels 23 June 2011
Paradox Lost George Mann Amy, Rory
Borrowed Time Naomi A. Alderman
The Silent Stars Go By Dan Abnett Amy, Rory, Ice Warriors 29 September 2011
Dark Horizons J. T. Colgan 5 July 2012
Plague of the Cybermen Justin Richards Cybermen 8 April 2013
The Dalek Generation Nicholas Briggs Daleks
Shroud of Sorrow Tommy Donbavand Clara

Twelfth Doctor Edit

Title Author Featuring Published
The Blood Cell James Goss Clara 11 September 2014
Silhouette Justin Richards Clara, Paternoster Gang
The Crawling Terror Mike Tucker Clara
Royal Blood Una McCormack 10 September 2015
Big Bang Generation Gary Russell Benny, Peter, Ruth, Jack
Deep Time Trevor Baxendale Clara
The Shining Man Cavan Scott Bill 20 April 2017
Diamond Dogs Mike Tucker
Plague City Jonathan Morris Bill, Nardole

Thirteenth Doctor Edit

Title Author Featuring Published
The Good Doctor Juno Dawson Ryan, Yaz, Graham 25 October 2018
Molten Heart Una McCormack 8 November 2018
Combat Magicks Steve Cole 22 November 2018

Audiobooks Edit

Tenth Doctor Edit

Title Author Read by Featuring Published
Pest Control Peter Anghelides David Tennant Donna 8 May 2008
The Forever Trap Dan Abnett Catherine Tate 9 October 2008
The Nemonite Invasion David Roden 12 February 2009
The Rising Night Scott Handcock Michelle Ryan 2 July 2009
The Day of the Troll Simon Messingham David Tennant 8 October 2009
The Last Voyage Dan Abnett 7 January 2010
Dead Air James Goss 4 March 2010

Eleventh Doctor Edit

Title Author Read by Featuring Published
The Ring of Steel Stephen Cole Arthur Darvill Amy 5 August 2010
The Runaway Train Oli Smith Matt Smith 6 October 2010
The Jade Pyramid Martin Day 10 February 2011
The Hounds of Artemis James Goss Matt Smith, Clare Corbett 5 May 2011
The Gemini Contagion Jason Arnopp Meera Syal 14 March 2011
The Eye of the Jungle Darren Jones David Troughton Amy, Rory 7 July 2011
Blackout Oli Smith Stuart Milligan 9 September 2011
The Art of Death James Goss Raquel Cassidy 5 January 2012
Darkstar Academy Mark Morris Alexander Armstrong 8 March 2012
Day of the Cockroach Steve Lyons Arthur Darvill 3 May 2012
The Nu-Humans Cavan Scott, Mark Wright Raquel Cassidy 5 July 2012
The Empty House Simon Guerrier 6 September 2012
Sleepers in the Dust Darren Jones Arthur Darvill 1 November 2012
Snake Bite Scott Handcock Frances Barber 6 December 2012

Twelfth Doctor Edit

Title Author Read by Featuring Published
The Gods of Winter James Goss Clare Higgins Clara 20 August 2015
The House of Winter George Mann David Schofield 15 October 2015
The Sins of Winter James Goss Robin Soans 3 December 2015
The Memory of Winter George Mann Jemma Redgrave 7 April 2016
The Lost Angel George Mann, Cavan Scott Kerry Shale Alex, Brandon, Weeping Angel 4 January 2017
The Lost Planet George Mann Nicola Bryant Alex, Brandon 2 March 2017
The Lost Magic Cavan Scott Dan Starkey 4 May 2017
The Lost Flame George Mann, Cavan Scott Clare Higgins Alex, Brandon, Ohila 6 July 2017
Death Among the Stars Steve Lyons Nicola Bryant 7 September 2017
Rhythm of Destruction Darren Jones Dan Starkey 2 November 2017

2 in 1 Books Edit

Title Author Featuring Published
Death Riders Justin Richards Amy, Rory 3 February 2011
Heart of Stone Trevor Baxendale
System Wipe Oli Smith 18 February 2011
The Good, the Bad and the Alien Colin Brake
Alien Adventures 1 September 2011
The Underwater War Mike Tucker Amy, Rory
Rain of Terror Richard Dinnick
Sightseeing in Space 25 October 2011
Web in Space! David Bailey Amy, Rory
Terminal of Despair Steve Lyons
Monstrous Missions 27 March 2012
Terrible Lizards Gary Russell Amy, Rory
Horror of the Space Snakes Jonathan Green
Step Back in Time
Extra Time Richard Dungworth Amy, Rory
The Water Thief Jacqueline Rayner

Tie-ins Edit

Beginning in 2012, BBC Books has released a number of books and anthologies featuring elements from the new series that do not fit into the standard format of novels featuring the current Doctor.

Novels Edit

Title Author Featuring Published
The Angel's Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery Justin Richards River Song 4 October 2012
Devil in the Smoke Paternoster Gang 18 December 2012
Summer Falls James Goss Eleventh Doctor 4 April 2013
Engines of War George Mann War Doctor, Daleks, Time Lords 31 July 2014

Anthologies Edit

Title Featuring Published
Summer Falls and Other Stories 22 October 2013
Tales of Trenzalore: The Eleventh Doctor's Last Stand Eleventh Doctor 27 February 2014
The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who 4 June 2015
Time Lord Fairy Tales 1 October 2015
The Legends of Ashildr Ashildr 10 December 2015
The Legends of River Song River Song 11 February 2016
The Missy Chronicles Missy 22 February 2018

Past Doctors New Novels Edit

Title Featuring Published
The Wheel of Ice Second Doctor, Jamie, Zoe 16 August 2012
Harvest of Time Third Doctor, Jo, The Brigadier 4 June 2013
The Drosten's Curse Fourth Doctor 16 July 2015
In the Blood Tenth Doctor, Donna, Wilf, Sylvia 12 May 2016

Other "New Series" ranges Edit

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