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Fear Itself was the sole BBC Past Doctor Adventures novel to feature a story that used only the eighth incarnation of the Doctor. He had earlier been a part of Wolfsbane, but that was primarily a Fourth Doctor adventure.

It featured companions Anji Kapoor and Fitz Kreiner. Until the release five years later of the audio story Fitz's Story, it was the final note of the continuity which had begun in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures range. In truth, it was effectively a part of the EDA line, but was published as a PDA because the Ninth Doctor had debuted on television by the time the story was published. Thus, when it hit bookstores, Fear Itself was actually telling the story of a "past" incarnation.

It was the last novel to feature the Eighth Doctor until the publication of the e-novella Spore in 2013.

Publisher's summary

The 22nd century: a few short years of interstellar contact have taught humanity a hard lesson — there are creatures abroad that are nightmare manifest. Powerful, unstoppable, alien forces. It's a realisation that deals a body blow to man's belief in his own superiority, and leaves him with the only option he has ever had: to fight.

When the Eighth Doctor and his friends are caught in the crossfire, they find humanity licking its wounds and preparing for war. But the fight against alien forces is no job for an amateur, and for a Doctor only just finding his way in the universe again, one misstep could be fatal.


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The Doctor

  • The Doctor thinks of himself as an unicorn.


  • Fitz's earliest memories are of wartime London and of the reassuring presence of his Dad towering over him.
  • Anji's brother Rezaul Kapoor had an interest in astronomy.


  • There are various references to the "alien occupation of Earth" during the 22nd century, but the Daleks aren't mentioned.


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