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Written by Mark Gatiss, Nightshade is the eighth instalment in the series of Virgin Publishing's Doctor Who paperback novels. A New Adventure, it features the Seventh Doctor and Ace.

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"I have done enough!"

Ace has never known the Doctor so withdrawn and melancholic. He is avoiding her company, seeking solace in the forgotten rooms and labyrinthine passages of his ancient time machine.

Perhaps he will find the peace he yearns for on his favourite planet, Earth, in the second half of the twentieth century — in the isolated village of Crook Marsham, to be precise, in 1968, the year of peace, love and understanding.

But one by one the villagers are being killed. The Doctor has to act, but for once he seems helpless, indecisive, powerless.

What are the signals from space that are bombarding the radio telescope on the moor? What is the significance of the local legends from the Civil War? And what is the aeons-old power that the Doctor is unable to resist?


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The Doctor[]

  • The Doctor thinks of Susan almost every day now.
  • The Doctor's departure from Gallifrey was observed.


  • Ace's parents met on the dance floor of a sweaty nightclub.
  • Ace decides to leave the Doctor for Robin Yeadon.
  • Jack remembers trips to Ilkley Moor with Win.
  • Bayles began working as a butcher in 1938.
  • Betty Yeadon blamed herself for the death of her brother Alfred Beadle, whom she had encouraged to enlist in the military.
  • Mr Pemberton was consumed by the Sentience.
  • Dr Shearsmith was one of the first people to disappear.
  • The son of Valentine Walton was killed in 1644.
  • Sharon Tate, wife of Roman Polanski, was murdered by Charles Manson and his "family". Ace read about it in one of her mother's True Crime books.
  • James Reynolds was nicknamed Debbie Reynolds
  • Thomas Edward Hawthorne once walked a hundred miles to hear Oswald Mosley speak.
  • Peter Dimmock read football scores on Sportsview.
  • Tim Medway spent the last two Christmases alone, watching Alastair Sim on television.



  • The Sentience absorbs the energy from Ace's Nitro-9.


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The e-book version published by the BBC on their website included several illustrations by Daryl Joyce. Titles of illustrations are as they were on BBC's site.

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