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The Taking of Chelsea 426 was the thirty-fourth novel in the BBC New Series Adventures series. It was written by David Llewellyn and featured the Tenth Doctor.

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The Chelsea Flower Show - hardly the most exciting or dangerous event in the calendar, or so the Doctor thinks. But this is Chelsea 426, a city-sized future colony floating on the clouds of Saturn, and the flowers are much more than they seem.

As the Doctor investigates, he becomes more and more worried. Who is shopkeeper Mr Pemberton acting so strangely? And what is Professor Wilberforce's terrible secret?

They are close to finding the answers when a familiar foe arrives, and the stakes suddenly get much higher. The Sontarans have plans of their own, and they're not here to arrange flowers..


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  • This book continues the theme set by the BBC Tenth Doctor Adventures line for 2009, featuring returning monsters from the TV series. It also continues a series of novels in which the Doctor travels without a companion.
  • David Llewellyn also wrote the Torchwood novel Trace Memory, and would later go on to write extensively for Big Finish.
  • The title is a reference to the novel and film The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. The number is also reminiscent of the 456, an alien race introduced a few months prior to the book's release in Children of Earth.
  • The Doctor asks Vienna, "The city or the song?" The song may be a reference to the Owl City song "Dear Vienna", or the song by Ultravox.
  • This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.



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