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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 | edit source]

Ninth Doctor[edit | edit source]

Launched in mid-2005, the New Series Adventures introduced a new format for Doctor Who fiction — paperback-sized hardcovers with a 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.

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 | edit source]

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. 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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 were published in hardcover by BBC Books, but in North America, the novels were 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.

In 2015, Big Bang Generation featured Bernice Summerfield, a character that was first introduced in the Virgin New Adventures from Virgin Books. The novel also featured characters Peter Summerfield, Ruth Leonidas, and Jack McSpringheel, all of whom originated in Big Finish's Bernice Summerfield series.

2016 saw only one standalone release in the main NSA series: In the Blood, a Tenth Doctor novel featuring Donna Noble. However, two Choose the Future books featuring the Twelfth Doctor were also released. These were considered a follow on from the Decide Your Destiny range.

The final set of Twelfth Doctor NSA novels were released in 2017, and featured Bill Potts as the companion, with Nardole also featuring in the last novel.

Thirteenth Doctor[edit | edit source]

In 2018, the New Series Adventures line continued with novels featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her companions Graham, Yaz, and Ryan.

No new NSA novels were released in 2019, but 2020 saw the release of standalone novel, At Childhood's End, which featured the return of the Doctor's past companion, Ace. This novel was written by Sophie Aldred, who played Ace in the last few seasons of Doctor Who's original run.

Novels[edit | edit source]

# Title Author Doctor Featuring Published Read by
1 The Clockwise Man Justin Richards Ninth Doctor Rose 19 May 2005 Glen McCready, Nicholas Briggs
2 The Monsters Inside Stephen Cole Rose, Slitheen David Thorpe, Camille Coduri
3 Winner Takes All Jacqueline Rayner Rose
4 The Deviant Strain Justin Richards Rose, Jack 8 September 2005 Stuart Milligan
5 Only Human Gareth Roberts Anthony Head
6 The Stealers of Dreams Steve Lyons Camille Coduri
7 The Stone Rose Jacqueline Rayner Tenth Doctor Rose, Mickey, Jackie 13 April 2006 David Tennant
8 The Feast of the Drowned Stephen Cole
9 The Resurrection Casket Justin Richards Rose
10 The Nightmare of Black Island Mike Tucker 21 September 2006 Anthony Head
11 The Art of Destruction Stephen Cole Don Warrington
12 The Price of Paradise Colin Brake Shaun Dingwall
13 Sting of the Zygons Stephen Cole Martha, Zygons 19 April 2007 Reggie Yates
14 The Last Dodo Jacqueline Rayner Martha Freema Agyeman
15 Wooden Heart Martin Day Adjoa Andoh
16 Forever Autumn Mark Morris 6 September 2007 Will Thorp
17 Wetworld Mark Michalowski
18 Sick Building Paul Magrs Freema Agyeman
19 The Pirate Loop Simon Guerrier 26 December 2007 Debbie Chazen
20 Peacemaker James Swallow Freema Agyeman
21 Wishing Well Trevor Baxendale Will Thorp
22 Martha in the Mirror Justin Richards 10 April 2008 Freema Agyeman
23 Snowglobe 7 Mike Tucker Georgia Moffett
24 The Many Hands Dale Smith David Troughton
25 Ghosts of India Mark Morris Donna 4 September 2008
26 The Doctor Trap Simon Messingham Russell Tovey
27 Shining Darkness Mark Michalowski Debbie Chazen
28 The Story of Martha Martha, the Master 26 December 2008 Freema Agyeman
29 Beautiful Chaos Gary Russell Donna, Wilf, Sylvia Bernard Cribbins
30 The Eyeless Lance Parkin Russell Tovey
31 Judgement of the Judoon Colin Brake Judoon 16 April 2009 Nicholas Briggs
32 The Slitheen Excursion Simon Guerrier Slitheen Debbie Chazen
33 Prisoner of the Daleks Trevor Baxendale Daleks Nicholas Briggs
34 The Taking of Chelsea 426 David Llewellyn Sontarans, Rutan Host 3 September 2009 Christopher Ryan
35 Autonomy Daniel Blythe Nestene Consciousness,

Autons

Georgia Moffett
36 The Krillitane Storm Christopher Cooper Krillitane Will Thorp
37 Apollo 23 Justin Richards Eleventh Doctor Amy 22 April 2010 James Albrecht
38 Night of the Humans David Llewellyn Arthur Darvill
39 The Forgotten Army Brian Minchin Olivia Colman
40 Nuclear Time Oli Smith Amy, Rory 8 July 2010 Nicholas Briggs
41 The King's Dragon Una McCormack
42 The Glamour Chase Gary Russell Arthur Darvill
43 Dead of Winter James Goss Amy, Rory 28 April 2011 Clare Corbett
44 The Way Through the Woods Una McCormack
45 Hunter's Moon Paul Finch Arthur Darvill
46 Touched by an Angel Jonathan Morris Amy, Rory, Weeping Angels 23 June 2011 Clare Corbett
47 Paradox Lost George Mann Amy, Rory Nicholas Briggs
48 Borrowed Time Naomi A. Alderman Meera Syal
49 Plague of the Cybermen Justin Richards Cybermen 8 April 2013 David Warner,

Nicholas Briggs

50 The Dalek Generation Nicholas Briggs Daleks Nicholas Briggs
51 Shroud of Sorrow Tommy Donbavand Clara Frances Barber
52 The Blood Cell James Goss Twelfth Doctor Clara 11 September 2014 Colin McFarlane
53 Silhouette Justin Richards Clara, Paternoster Gang Dan Starkey
54 The Crawling Terror Mike Tucker Clara Neve McIntosh
55 Royal Blood Una McCormack 10 September 2015 David Warner
56 Big Bang Generation Gary Russell Benny, Peter, Ruth, Jack Lisa Bowerman
57 Deep Time Trevor Baxendale Clara Dan Starkey
58 The Shining Man Cavan Scott Bill 20 April 2017 N/A
59 Diamond Dogs Mike Tucker
60 Plague City Jonathan Morris Bill, Nardole
61 The Good Doctor Juno Dawson Thirteenth Doctor Ryan, Yaz, Graham 25 October 2018 Clare Corbett
62 Molten Heart Una McCormack 8 November 2018 Dan Starkey
63 Combat Magicks Steve Cole 22 November 2018 Mandip Gill

Specials[edit | edit source]

# Title Author Doctor Featuring Published Read by
S1 The Coming of the Terraphiles Michael Moorcock Eleventh Doctor Amy 14 October 2010 Clive Mantle
S2 The Silent Stars Go By Dan Abnett Amy, Rory, Ice Warriors 29 September 2011 Michael Maloney
S3 Dark Horizons J. T. Colgan 5 July 2012 Neve McIntosh
S4 Engines of War George Mann War Doctor Daleks, Time Lords 31 July 2014 Nicholas Briggs
S5 In the Blood Jenny Colgan Tenth Doctor Donna, Wilf, Sylvia 12 May 2016 N/A
S6 At Childhood's End Sophie Aldred, Mike Tucker, Steve Cole Thirteenth Doctor Ryan, Yaz, Graham, Ace 6 February 2020 Sophie Aldred

Audiobooks[edit | edit source]

# Title Author Doctor Featuring Published Read by
1 Pest Control Peter Anghelides Tenth Doctor Donna 8 May 2008 David Tennant
2 The Forever Trap Dan Abnett 9 October 2008 Catherine Tate
3 The Nemonite Invasion David Roden 12 February 2009
4 The Rising Night Scott Handcock 2 July 2009 Michelle Ryan
5 The Day of the Troll Simon Messingham 8 October 2009 David Tennant
6 The Last Voyage Dan Abnett 7 January 2010
7 Dead Air James Goss 4 March 2010
8 The Ring of Steel Stephen Cole Eleventh Doctor Amy 5 August 2010 Arthur Darvill
9 The Runaway Train Oli Smith 6 October 2010 Matt Smith
10 The Jade Pyramid Martin Day 10 February 2011
11 The Hounds of Artemis James Goss 5 May 2011 Matt Smith, Clare Corbett
12 The Gemini Contagion Jason Arnopp 14 March 2011 Meera Syal
13 The Eye of the Jungle Darren Jones Amy, Rory 7 July 2011 David Troughton
14 Blackout Oli Smith 9 September 2011 Stuart Milligan
15 The Art of Death James Goss 5 January 2012 Raquel Cassidy
16 Darkstar Academy Mark Morris 8 March 2012 Alexander Armstrong
17 Day of the Cockroach Steve Lyons 3 May 2012 Arthur Darvill
18 The Nu-Humans Cavan Scott, Mark Wright 5 July 2012 Raquel Cassidy
19 The Empty House Simon Guerrier 6 September 2012
20 Sleepers in the Dust Darren Jones 1 November 2012 Arthur Darvill
21 Snake Bite Scott Handcock 6 December 2012 Frances Barber
22 The Gods of Winter James Goss Twelfth Doctor Clara 20 August 2015 Clare Higgins
23 The House of Winter George Mann 15 October 2015 David Schofield
24 The Sins of Winter James Goss 3 December 2015 Robin Soans
25 The Memory of Winter George Mann 7 April 2016 Jemma Redgrave
26 The Lost Angel George Mann, Cavan Scott Alex, Brandon, Weeping Angel 4 January 2017 Kerry Shale
27 The Lost Planet George Mann Alex, Brandon 2 March 2017 Nicola Bryant
28 The Lost Magic Cavan Scott 4 May 2017 Dan Starkey
29 The Lost Flame George Mann, Cavan Scott Alex, Brandon, Ohila 6 July 2017 Clare Higgins
30 Death Among the Stars Steve Lyons 7 September 2017 Nicola Bryant
31 Rhythm of Destruction Darren Jones 2 November 2017 Dan Starkey

Tie-ins[edit | edit source]

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.

E-Books[edit | edit source]

# Title Author Featuring Published Read by
1 The Angel's Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery Justin Richards River Song 4 October 2012 Alex Kingston
2 Devil in the Smoke Paternoster Gang 18 December 2012 Dan Starkey
3 Summer Falls James Goss Eleventh Doctor 4 April 2013 Clare Corbett

Anthologies[edit | edit source]

# Title Featuring Published
1 Summer Falls and Other Stories 22 October 2013
2 Tales of Trenzalore: The Eleventh Doctor's Last Stand Eleventh Doctor 27 February 2014
3 The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who 4 June 2015
4 Time Lord Fairy Tales 1 October 2015
5 The Legends of Ashildr Ashildr 10 December 2015
6 The Legends of River Song River Song 11 February 2016
7 The Missy Chronicles Missy 22 February 2018
8 Twelve Angels Weeping Weeping Angels 11 October 2018
9 The Wintertime Paradox 15 October 2020
10 I Am The Master: Legends of the Renegade Time Lord 5 November 2020
11 Adventures in Lockdown

2 in 1 Books[edit | edit source]

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

Past Doctors New Novels[edit | edit source]

Title Featuring Published Read by
The Wheel of Ice Second Doctor, Jamie, Zoe 16 August 2012 David Troughton
Harvest of Time Third Doctor, Jo, The Brigadier 4 June 2013 Geoffrey Beevers
The Drosten's Curse Fourth Doctor 16 July 2015 Clare Corbett

Other "New Series" ranges[edit | edit source]

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