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Longest Day was the ninth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Michael Collier, released 2 March 1998 and featured the Eighth Doctor and Sam Jones.

It is the beginning of a brief story arc centring around Sam's brief departure from the Doctor. Longest Day is the first of two Doctor Who novels written by Collier. The other is The Taint which introduces Fitz Kreiner.

Publisher's summary[]

Its surface ravaged by colliding time-fields, the planet Hirath is a patchwork of habitable areas separated by impenetrable zones of wild temporal fluctuation.

The planet's unique biosphere is being exploited by an uncaring company happy to rent out temporally isolated chunks of the planet to the highest bidder — no questions asked. But the controlling computer seems to be malfunctioning, and the viability of the whole planet hangs in the balance — along with countless thousands of lives.

Arriving at Hirath's control base, the Doctor and Sam are soon separated and trapped on the dying planet. While Sam becomes the focus of attention in a barren penal settlement, the Doctor discovers the secret of Hirath's unique condition — just as a race of hideous bloodthirsty alien creatures arrive in force to reclaim it.

Caught up in a desperate struggle for survival, it seems time has run out for every living creature on Hirath — not least Sam and the Doctor...


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  • Eighth Doctor
  • Sam Jones
  • Anstaar
  • Felbaac
  • Nashaad
  • Tanhith
  • Vasid
  • Vost
  • Yast
  • Yast's father
  • Taaln
  • Dwynaar
  • Somaath
  • Maadip
  • Elb
  • Blue Skirt
  • Black Skirt
  • Kusk Leader
  • Sost
  • Traxes
  • Fettal
  • Sangton
  • Yattle
  • Caft
  • George
  • Chrichter
  • Furstican
  • Mortayne
  • Peter Stokely




  • When regaining consciousness the Doctor mentions the names Liz and Simon, and they got married at St Oswalds.


  • Felbaac was imprisoned on Ipmuss.

The Doctor[]

  • The Doctor has books stored on LEGO bricks.

Time travel[]


  • The Doctor's Volkswagen Beetle gets driven through the corridors of the space station.


Alternate pre-release cover

  • This is the first novel in the tetralogy concerning Sam Jones' brief departure from the TARDIS. The novel's final page is a promotion listing the three upcoming instalments.
  • An alternate cover has appeared on several online shopping sites such as Amazon.co.uk. Notably, the alternate cover refers to the author as "Mike" Collier, instead of "Michael."
  • The TARDIS console is said to be five-sided. It obviously is a mistake, the console seen in the movie really having six sides.


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