As we all know, the Ninth Doctor filled a relatively short amount of time on television, appearing in 13 episodes in Doctor Who Series 1. But, as with all other incarnations of the Doctor, he’s enjoyed more adventures in other mediums, including comics, audio, and, the subject of this guide, prose.
When the series returned to TV screens, there was a wealth of merchandise on offer, and so it’s understandable if you missed the Ninth Doctor novels. However, his bookish tales weren’t confined solely to 2005…
The Tomorrow Windows
The Ninth Doctor’s debut actually came in 2004 with the release of The Tomorrow Windows, the 69th novel in BBC Books’ Eighth Doctor Adventures (1997- 2005).
Want a glimpse into your future? The latest exhibition at the Tate Modern promises exactly that. It’s not just this that intrigues the Doctor – it’s also why someone blew it up.
While the Ninth Doctor does put in an appearance, Jonathan Morris (Festival of Death) wrote this before Christopher Eccleston was announced, so the description is nicely vague. And yet it’s evocative enough that you know who it’s meant to be. Expertly done. It was published just two months after Eccleston was confirmed as the next Time Lord.
The paperback is now out of-print, so you’ll need to search through second-hand stores and online for a copy.
The Clockwise Man
Here’s the Ninth Doctor’s first full novel, written by Justin Richards and published in May 2005 (alongside the next two books) to coincide with Series 1 airing on BBC1.
In 1920s London, the Doctor and Rose find themselves caught up in the hunt for a mysterious murderer. But not everyone or everything is what they seem. Secrets lie behind locked doors and inhuman killers roam the streets.
Who is the Painted Lady and why is she so interested in the Doctor? How can a cat return from the dead? Can anyone be trusted to tell or even to know the truth?
With the faceless killers closing in, the Doctor and Rose must solve the mystery of the Clockwise Man before London itself is destroyed…
The Monsters Inside
The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Rose to a destination in deep space – Justicia, a prison camp stretched over seven planets, where Earth colonies deal with their criminals.
While Rose finds herself locked up in a teenage borstal, the Doctor is trapped in a scientific labour camp. Each is determined to find the other, and soon both Rose and the Doctor are risking life and limb to escape in their distinctive styles.
But their dangerous plans are complicated by some old enemies. Are these creatures fellow prisoners as they claim, or staging a takeover for their own sinister purposes?
Written by Steve Cole, this book is alluded to in Boom Town with Rose’s mention of Justicia. It clearly left an impression on her, although probably not a good one…
It’s also the return of a monster now synonymous with Series 1.
Winner Takes All
Rose and the Doctor return to present-day Earth, and become intrigued by the latest craze – the video game, Death to Mantodeans. Is it as harmless as it seems? And why are so many local people going on holiday and never returning? Meanwhile, on another world, an alien war is raging. The Quevvils need to find a new means of attacking the ruthless Mantodeans.
Searching the galaxy for cunning, warlike but gullible allies, they find the ideal soldiers on Earth. Will Rose be able to save her family and friends from the alien threat? And can the Doctor play the game to the end and win?
It’s written by Jacqueline Rayner and concludes the original batch of three novels released at the same time as Series 1’s transmission.
The Deviant Strain
The Ninth Doctor’s New Series Adventures novels continued with this next trilogy, published in September 2005. This first is written by Justin Richards.
The Novrosk Peninsula: the Soviet naval base has been abandoned, the nuclear submarines are rusting and rotting. Cold, isolated, forgotten. Until the Russian Special Forces arrive and discover that the Doctor and his companions are here too.
But there is something else in Novrosk. Something that predates even the stone circle on the cliff top. Something that is at last waking, hunting, killing. Can the Doctor and his friends stay alive long enough to learn the truth?
With time running out, they must discover who is really responsible for the Deviant Strain…
Somebody’s interfering with time. The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack arrive on modern-day Earth to find the culprit and discover a Neanderthal Man, twenty-eight thousand years after his race became extinct. Only a trip back to the primeval dawn of humanity can solve the mystery. Who are the mysterious humans from the distant future now living in that distant past? What hideous monsters are trying to escape from behind the Grey Door?
Is Rose going to end up married to a caveman? Caught between three very different types of human being past, present and future the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack must learn the truth behind the Osterberg experiment before the monstrous Hy-Bractors escape to change humanity’s history forever.
Rumour has it that this book convinced Russell T. Davies to add Gareth Roberts to the writing roster for Doctor Who Series 3. Only Human was republished in 2013 as part of the show’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
The Stealers of Dreams
In the far future, the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack find a world on which fiction has been outlawed. A world where it’s a crime to tell stories, a crime to lie, a crime to hope, and a crime to dream.
But now somebody is challenging the status quo. A pirate TV station urges people to fight back. And the Doctor wants to help until he sees how easily dreams can turn into nightmares.
With one of his companions stalked by shadows and the other committed to an asylum, the Doctor is forced to admit that fiction can be dangerous after all. Though perhaps it is not as deadly as the truth.
Written by Steve Lyons, this was the final full-length Ninth Doctor novel. The range would continue with The Stone Rose, starring the Tenth Doctor, in 2006.
Doctor Who 2006 Annual
There’s a strong argument that could be made about the 2006 Annual being the best one we’ve ever had. Not only was the content extensive, but there was basically no filler.
It’s also a very important book, for the inclusion of the short story, What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow. You may recognise that name; the fact that it was written by Steven Moffat should give you an additional clue – because this is the story that inspired Blink!
Additional short stories include Gareth Roberts’ Doctor Vs. Doctor; The Masks of Makassar by Paul Cornell; Pitter-Patter by Robert Shearman (perfect for fans of The Rain, on Netflix); and the comic strip, Mr Nobody, written by Scott Gray with art by John Ross.
It’s highly recommended if you can find yourself a copy!
Voice from the Vortex!
When Doctor Who Magazine #364 published an article on the often-dodgy Doctor Who annuals from the 1960s and 1970s, infamous volumes with glaring inaccuracies and nonsensical illustrations, few expected to see a follow-up tale written in the same style.
This is a fun two-page (ish) piece by Gareth Roberts starring Dr. Who and “Rosie Taylor” in Tardis. It’s not “in-canon” (whatever that means these days) but is worth searching out because it’s such a witty read.
Especially when Dr. Who uncharacteristically breaks down into tears after seeing what’s become of the planet in the distant land of 2008. Gorgeously wrong drawings too.
The Beast of Babylon
When a girl called Ali pockets a silver orb that falls from the sky, little does she realize it’s her ticket to seeing the universe! Desperate to retrieve the mysterious object, the Ninth Doctor agrees to let her join him on a dangerous trip to ancient Babylon. Together they must join forces to stop a giant Starman from destroying Earth before it’s too late!
This short story is written by Charlie Higson (the Young Bond series) and was part of the 11 Doctors, 11 Stories set released in 2013 for the 50th anniversary (as well as its numerous reprints with further stories added).
2014’s The Shakespeare Notebooks generally gave us interesting twists on William Shakespeare’s plays.
Double Falsehood is wedged between As You Like It and Hamlet (not a bad place to be at all), and features the Ninth Doctor taking his companions, Alexander Pope (the 18th Century poet whose most famous work is 1712’s The Rape of the Lock) and Theobald to see a performance of the relatively-obscure Cardenio.
The Hungry Night
The Doctor stumbles upon the Godspeed, a vessel with its power being drained by space barnacles.
Written by Jonathan Morris (Plague City), The Hungry Night is accompanied by a discussion on the TARDIS’ energy source in The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who (2015). The book featured a mishmash of short stories amid factual analyses of science used in the show.
Little Rose Riding Hood
The 2015 collection, Time Lord Fairy Tales gave us twisted versions of classic fairytales. All the shorts featured in the book were written by Justin Richards and feature an array of incarnations of the Doctor and his companions coming up against classic monsters.
Little Rose Riding Hood, naturally based on Little Red Riding Hood, finds Ms. Tyler scared of the Bad Wolf, and she stumbles into the woodcutter – a Northern man in a leather jacket.
Pick up the book as either a hardback or its 2016 Slipcase Edition, or listen to the audio reading narrated by Rachael Stirling (The Crimson Horror); fans of the Zygons will particularly enjoy it.
The Red Bicycle
Look at him, beaming away like he’s Father Christmas! ” Who says I’m not? Red bicycle when you were twelve,” says the Doctor in The Doctor Dances, and Rose is left gobsmacked.
That’s the inspiration for this tale by Gary Russell (The Glamour Chase), included in 2016’s Twelve Doctors of Christmas collection. It also partly takes places at the Zaggit Zagoo Bar, the club we see Captain Jack Harkness in at the conclusion of The End of Time.
The Patchwork Pierrot
The Ninth Doctor never met the Cybermen, aside from that lone head from Dalek. Scott Handcock’s The Patchwork Pierrot serves to make amends to this oversight.
The tale, which takes place in post-Civil War Nebraska, concerns a lone Cyberman, dressed as a circus’ pierrot, abducting humans for spare parts…
You can find this creepy short in Tales of Terror (2017), alongside 11 other stories.
Rose and the Snow Window
Riding the publicity wave generated by Jodie Whittaker’s announcement as the Thirteenth Doctor, BBC Books released The Day She Saved The Doctor (2018), four stories in which the Doctor’s female companions proved vital (as if we couldn’t see the worth of Sarah Jane Smith, Rose Tyler, Clara Oswald, and Bill Potts before now. Sigh…).
Rose and the Snow Window is written by Jenny Colgan (Dark Horizons) and proves to be a cleverly-realised story, and arguably the book’s best.
Two worlds collide: Doctor Who meets Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men in a series of fun and charming stories, written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves.
With a little help from Rose and Jack, Dr. Ninth sets out to prevent an otherworldly invasion.
Released in August 2017, the story once more saw an invasion of the Nestene Consciousness, using Autons.
Rose (Target Novelisation)
The Ninth Doctor’s first televised adventure was added to the Target book collection in April 2018, courtesy of writer, Russell T. Davies (who adds lots of details including Mickey Smith’s band, and a prolonged Auton attack).
In a lair somewhere beneath central London, a malevolent alien intelligence is plotting the end of humanity. Shop window dummies that can move – and kill – are taking up key positions, ready to strike.
Rose Tyler, an ordinary Londoner, is working her shift in a department store, unaware that this is the most important day of her life. She’s about to meet the only man who understands the true nature of the threat facing Earth, a stranger who will open her eyes to all the wonder and terror of the universe – a traveller in time and space known as the Doctor.
An audio reading by Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler) followed in June 2018.
And that’s it for now. But we’re sure to see more from the Ninth Doctor in prose – pretty please? We’d especially like further full-length original novels. Make it 2005 again, BBC!