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Rags was the thirty-ninth novel in the BBC Past Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Mick Lewis, released 5 March 2001 and featured the Third Doctor and Jo Grant.

This novel was the first of two Doctor Who novels written by Lewis, the second being Combat Rock in 2002. Both novels contain adult themes and a number of violent scenes.

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Join the Unwashed... Join the Unforgiving. Join the Ragged, for we are the way.

A convoy of disenchanted ragamuffins is winding its way through the south-west of England. At its head, a filthy cattletruck containing four punk mummers... and something else. The band plays sudden, violent and hate-filled gigs along the way: Dartmoor, Glastonbury Tor, an old cemetery in Bristol. And every time they play, people die in unspeakable ways. Aristocrats, high-flying stockbrokers, police officers, all find themselves the victims of a Class War that is threatening to shatter society.

Within the dark cattletruck, a malevolent force is leading this ragged army on a Magical Mayhem Tour towards its final, secret destination. With Jo powerless to resist its seductive influence and the Doctor lost in a nightmarish void, can the band from hell be prevented from staging its final society-cracking performance, and thus spelling the end of the road for... everything?


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An illustration of the story printed in DWM 305.

  • This story is a critique of the often-accused Conservatism and deconstruction of the "coziness" (such that it glosses over the nature of the Doctor working with a genocidal military organisation) of the "UNIT era".[source needed]


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