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Mad Dogs and Englishmen was the fifty-second novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Paul Magrs, released 7 January 2002 and featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Anji Kapoor.

Publisher's summary[]


The greatest book ever written.

Professor Reginald Tyler's The True History of Planets was a twentieth-century classic; an epic of dwarves and swords and wizardry. And definitely no poodles. Or at least there weren't when the Doctor read it.

Now it tells the true tale of how the Queen of the poodles was overthrown; it's been made into a hit movie, and it's going to cause a bloodbath on the dogworld — unless the Doctor, Fitz and Anji (and assorted friends) can sort it all out.

The Doctor infiltrates the Smudgelings, Tyler's elite Cambridge writing set of the early twentieth century; Fitz falls for flamboyant torch singer Brenda Soobie in sixties Las Vegas, and Anji experiences some very special effects in seventies Hollywood. Their intention is to prevent the movie from ever being made. But there is a shadowy figure present in all three time zones who is just as determined to see it completed... so the poodle revolution can begin.


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The Doctor[]

  • The Doctor tells Enid Tyler that he is from somewhere in the south of Ireland beginning with the letter G.

Earth mammals[]

Foods and beverages from the real world[]




  • Karim is a planet inhabited by lobster-people.


  • The Doctor accidentally created the Tusken race.

Towns and cities[]

Time travel[]

  • Noel Coward has a set of pinking shears that allow him to time travel.

Colleges and universities[]


  • This is the hundredth BBC Books Novel (EDA and PDA combined). The cover's Doctor Who logo was printed in reflective gold foil in celebration.
  • The novel contains a spoof of J. R. R. Tolkien's experiences writing The Lord of the Rings. The character representing C. S. Lewis in this also appears in Magrs' novel To the Devil - a Diva! and the Smudgelings reappear in his Brenda and Effie Mysteries novel, Something Borrowed.


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