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The Hollow Men was the tenth novel in the BBC Past Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Keith Topping and Martin Day, released 6 April 1998 and featured the Seventh Doctor and Ace.

Publisher's summary[]

The village was cursed centuries ago, but only now is the alien evil beginning to revive...

The children of Hexen Bridge are gifted and clever, but insanity and murder follow in their wake. The Doctor has a special interest in the village, but on his return to England in the early twenty-first century, events seem to be escalating out of control.

Kidnapped and taken to Liverpool, the Seventh Doctor realises that developments in Hexen Bridge have horrifying repercussions for the rest of the country. Ace is left in the village, where small-minded prejudices and unsettled scores are flaring into violence.

As scarecrows fashioned from the bodies of the recent and ancient dead stalk the country lanes around Hexen Bridge, a sinister dark stain is spreading over the surrounding fields. And as the fierce evil grows ever stronger, can the Doctor and Ace prevent it from engulfing the entire world?

Chapter titles[]

  1. First Prologue - The Bloody Assizes
  2. Second Prologue - Sticks and Stones

Part One - Jack of all Trades[]

  1. Little England
  2. The Butterfly Collector
  3. The Village Green Preservation Society
  4. I Betray My Friends

Part Two - Jack in the Box[]

  1. Promised Land
  2. City Sickness
  3. Down in the Police Station at Midnight
  4. The Sound of Someone You Love Who's going away and It doesn't matter

Part Three - Happy Jack[]

  1. Twisted Firestarter
  2. The St Anthony's Estate Chinese Takeaway Massacre
  3. Hateful of Hollow
  4. Unfinished Sympathy

Part Four - Mad Jack's Eyes[]

  1. The Vacant Zone
  2. Sacrificial Bonfire
  3. Ceremony in a Lonely Place
  4. Wilder
  1. First Epilogue - English Settlement
  2. Second Epilogue - The Angels keep turning the Wheels of the Universe


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  • Shanks believes the chemical being pumped into the water supply is a cure for CJD and BSE.



  • This book is also available as an ebook from the Amazon Kindle store.
  • While the back cover sets this story between The Curse of Fenric and Survival, the fact Perivale is on the Doctor's list seems to indicate it takes place after the latter story.
  • Somewhat of a sequel, this story is related to the television story The Awakening.
  • The story seems to date The Dæmons to 1971.
  • This story takes place in "the early years" of the 21st century, with reference made to Tuesday the 17 June. June 17 was a Tuesday only in 2003 and 2008. Another character refers to the Great Drought of '02, so it could be either year.
  • Steven Taylor's name is misspelled as "Stephen."


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