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Big Bang Generation was the fifty-eighth novel in the BBC New Series Adventures series. It was written by Gary Russell and featured the Twelfth Doctor and Bernice Summerfield.

It was the second entry in The Glamour Chronicles series, published in September 2015.

Notably, it marked the first official time that Benny met an incarnation of the Doctor from the revived series.

Publisher's summary[]

"I'm an archaeologist, but probably not the one you were expecting."

Christmas 2015, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Imagine everyone's surprise when a time portal opens up in Sydney Cove. Imagine their shock as a massive pyramid now sits beside the Harbour Bridge, inconveniently blocking Port Jackson and glowing with energy. Imagine their fear as Cyrrus "the mobster" Globb, Professor Horace Jaanson and an alien assassin called Kik arrive to claim the glowing pyramid. Finally imagine everyone's dismay when they are followed by a bunch of con artists out to spring their greatest grift yet.

This gang consists of Legs (the sexy comedian), Dog Boy (providing protection and firepower), Shortie (handling logistics), Da Trowel (in charge of excavation and history) and their leader, Doc (busy making sure the universe isn't destroyed in an explosion that makes the Big Bang look like a damp squib).

And when someone accidentally reawakens the Ancients of the Universe — which, Doc reckons, wasn't the wisest or best-judged of actions — things get a whole lot more complicated...


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  • The Doctor is surprised that physical postcards still exist in the 27th century.
  • There is a postcard with a Koala on it in Sydney. Koala do not live in the cities because of the lack of eucalyptus leaves.




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  • Gary Russell states on the endnote page that he originally wanted to use River Song in the story, but Steven Moffat told him he did not want the book to conflict with anything that might happen between River and the Twelfth Doctor on television. Moffat suggested he use Bernice Summerfield instead and Russell was delighted by the idea. As it would turn out, Moffat intended for The Husbands of River Song to be the first and only time the Twelfth Doctor and River met, as it would also be their final adventure together.
  • This is the first New Series Adventures novel to reference characters created for the Big Finish audio dramas (Summerfield having predated that part of the franchise).
  • All of the chapter titles are songs by British band Duran Duran (one song from each studio album, except "Rio" and including the unreleased "Reportage"). Additionally, the names of two Duran Duran side projects, Arcadia and the Power Station, are used as names for a hotel and a museum in Australia, and Medazzaland, an album title, is used as the name of a planet.
  • Bernice says that she comes from "another time, another world" and was "born in the 26th century", alluding to Susan's dialogue from "The Pilot Episode".
  • The Doctor mentions Time Squids and the Crinis, monsters from the Doctor Who Experience Interactive Story that ran from 2014 to 2017.


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Editions published outside Britain[]

  • Published in the USA by Broadway Books in 2015 as a paperback edition.
  • Published in Italy by Armenia in 2016 as a paperback edition.
  • Published in Germany by Cross Cult in 2016 as a paperback edition.
  • Published in the Czech Republic by Jota in 2017 as a hardback edition.


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