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Erimem was a series of stories published by Thebes Publishing featuring Erimem. Its stories feature Erimem, a recurring companion of the Fifth Doctor in Big Finish Productions's The Monthly Adventures. Iain McLaughlin, the creator and copyright holder of Erimem, was the series editor.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Iain McLaughlin created the character of Erimem for 2001's The Eye of the Scorpion, a Fifth Doctor audio story in Big Finish's The Monthly Adventures range. She became a prominent Fifth Doctor companion, recurring in his Monthly Adventures stories every year until her departure in 2008's The Bride of Peladon.

Simultaneously, McLaughlin further explored the character outside the context of Doctor Who audio: his 2004 Telos novella Blood and Hope; his 2005 New Worlds novel The Coming of the Queen, cowritten with frequent collaborator Claire Bartlett; the 2012 Kerides the Thinker story Return of the Queen, also cowritten with Bartlett; and a number of Short Trips short stories. These stories established that Erimem as a character had potential separate from Doctor Who.

The Erimem series began with The Last Pharaoh in 2015. It places Erimem in modern day London with a group of close friends, sometimes travelling to other times and places using a time machine called the Habitat.

To divorce itself from Erimem's period in Doctor Who, Erimem in the series had forgotten all of her life from around the beginning of The Eye of the Scorpion to the moment just before The Last Pharaoh began. As of March 2021, The Eye of the Scorpion is the only Doctor Who story from which Erimem has derived elements; however, elements from non-Doctor Who stories The Coming of the Queen and Return of the Queen have been included (such as Carra Wilton, Kerides, and Adrea).

Releases[edit | edit source]

Novels[edit | edit source]

Title Writer(s) Release date
The Last Pharaoh Iain McLaughlin, Claire Bartlett 9 June 2015
The Beast of Stalingrad Iain McLaughlin 1 September 2015
Angel of Mercy Claire Bartlett, Iain McLaughlin, Julianne Todd 15 November 2015
Prime Imperative Julianne Todd 14 March 2016
Buccaneer Iain McLaughlin 20 August 2016
Churchill's Castle Beth Jones 8 February 2017
The Three Faces of Helena Iain McLaughlin 26 August 2017
Return of the Queen[1] Claire Bartlett 4 January 2018
The Egyptian Falcon Iain McLaughlin 13 October 2018
The Death of Empire Beth Jones 16 December 2018
The Way of the Bry'Hunee Tim Gambrell 30 December 2019
Death on the Waves Iain McLaughlin
Absolution Rachel Blake 29 March 2020
The Jewels of Cleopatra Iain McLaughlin, Claire Bartlett 22 December 2020

Anthologies[edit | edit source]

In 2016, two anthologies of Erimem short stories were published.

Title Release date
Into the Unknown 18 January 2016
All I Want for Christmas 14 December 2016

Short stories[edit | edit source]

Thebes short stories were often printed alongside novellas or published online. Some of these were later collected in Erimem anthologies.

Title Author Release Date
The One Place Claire Bartlett 1 September 2015
In Search of Doctor X Beth Jones 10 December 2015
Home Iain McLaughlin 14 March 2016
Life on Mars on Mars 15 March 2016
Arrrr... Claire Bartlett 20 August 2016
Moments of Passing Jim Mortimore 12 December 2016
The Three Faces of Helena prelude Iain McLaughlin 8 February 2017
Message in the Cards Louise Blaine 18 December 2017
Auld Acquaintance Iain McLaughlin 29 December 2017
Out Among the Stars Claire Bartlett 4 January 2018
That's What Friends Do Rachel Blake 16 December 2018

Compilations[edit | edit source]

Beginning in 2017, Thebes Publishing released compilations of all Erimem novellas, short stories, and anthologies published in specific years.

Title Release date
The Collected Adventures 2015 29 September 2017
The Collected Adventures 2016 17 December 2018)

External links[edit | edit source]

  1. A novelisation of Iain McLaughlin and [[Claire Bartlett (writer)|]]'s script for the Kerides the Thinker audio story of the same name.
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