Doctor Who Christmas 2019 Gift Guide: Fiction Books

Looking for Christmas presents for the Doctor Who fans in your life? We’ve selected a few novels all Whovians would love, including: a special story written by the Fourth Doctor himself, Tom Baker; a return for Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart; a collection of comics from Doctor Who Magazine; a funny fiction in the style of Douglas Adams; and new tales for Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor.

Here are 10 great fiction books that would make excellent stocking fillers!

Scratchman

In his first-ever Doctor Who novel, Tom Baker’s incredible imagination is given free rein. A story so epic it was originally intended for the big screen, Scratchman is a gripping, white-knuckle thriller almost forty years in the making.

The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island, when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures – hideous scarecrows, who are preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all. But it doesn’t go to plan – the time travellers have fallen into a trap, and Scratchman is coming for them.

With the fate of the universe hanging in the balance, the Doctor must battle an ancient force from another dimension, one who claims to be the Devil. Scratchman wants to know what the Doctor is most afraid of. And the Doctor’s worst nightmares are coming out to play…

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Christmas Crackers

Ogmore-by-Sea seems to have gone back to its old sleepy way. But adventure never stops for Lucy Wilson and her best friend Hobo, not even at Christmas… 

In the run up to the holiday season, Lucy and Hobo help out at the school Christmas Fayre. But what’s inside the Christmas crackers? Why are people going missing? How does everyone seem to be so unlucky? And who is the mysterious Crone? 

A collection of five short stories set between Christmas, the New Year and beyond… this book is Christmas Crackers! 

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries is a Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off adventure inspired by characters created for Doctor Who by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln.

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Christmas Crackers is available to order from Candy Jar Books; pre-orders will be shipped in time for Christmas.

Ground Zero

Ground Zero collects a range of classic black-and-white comic strip tales featuring four different Doctors, all digitally remastered.

All stories have been taken from the official Doctor Who Magazine, now in its 40th year of publication.

The book includes tales by a range of talents including Scott Gray, Gareth Roberts, Martin Geraghty, Adrian Salmon, Alan Barnes, and Gary Russell.

(To be released on 12th December 2019.)

The Secret of Vault 13

A sinister school where graduation means death…

A monstrous mystery lurking below a quiet London street…

A desperate plea for help delivered by… hang on. A potted plant?

The Doctor has been summoned. The galaxy is in terrible danger, and only a Time Lord can save it. But to do so, she must break into an ancient vault on a remote and frozen world – from which nobody has ever returned alive…

Can the Doctor and her friends Yaz, Ryan, and Graham uncover the shocking secret in Vault 13?

A thrilling, hilarious and scary adventure for the Thirteenth Doctor, as portrayed by Jodie Whittaker.

Perfect for younger readers, this will be a must-have for fans, and an ideal introduction to Doctor Who and the brilliant new series.

Stardust and Snow

When he was a kid, Daniel won a competition and he went off to London to meet David Bowie at Christmas…

He was a quiet kid, a shy kid and the crowds were alarming. He took his grandma with him and she was grumpy all day.

But when they met David there was magic and glitter and stardust in the air as well as snow, and he taught the boy all about magic and the wearing of invisible masks…

Written by Paul Magrs, Stardust and Snow is available to pre-order from Obverse Books.

Entanglement

Entanglement is a quirky mystery with a sci-fi twist that’s influenced by the humour of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, and Neil Gaiman.

David’s fiancée worries when he drops out of contact. MI5 panics when a secret airbase vanishes. Liz doesn’t understand when her research subjects go missing. Nigel is confused when he finds an ordinary house brick floating in thin air. And a woman spends her life shifting between parallel worlds.

But how can all these things be connected? And why are cakes so important?

Five friends, four mysteries, three deaths, two road trips and a secret that will change the world…

Entanglement is a warm, funny, and original tale about friendship, loss and coping when you’re out of your depth. It also invites readers to ask, “What if?” What if you hadn’t answered that voicemail? And what if grass that never needs cutting wasn’t being kept secret by the lawnmower companies?

Mr Men Doctor Who: The 13 Doctors Collection

Join all 13 Doctors – from Dr. First to the brand-new Dr. Thirteenth – on an amazing adventure through time and space, written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves.

This brilliant slipcase contains 13 individual paperbacks.

Revelation of the Daleks

Beware the hands that heal!

The Doctor and Peri land on the planet Necros to visit the funerary home Tranquil Repose – where the dead are interred and the near-dead placed in suspended animation until such time as their conditions can be cured.

But the Great Healer of Tranquil Repose is far from benign. Under his command, Daleks guard the catacombs where sickening experiments are conducted on human bodies. The new life he offers the dying comes at a terrible cost – and the Doctor and Peri are being lured into a trap that will change them forever.

At last, the only classic-era Doctor Who adventure never to be novelised is here, and by the author of the original script, Eric Saward.

Star Tales

The Doctor is many things – curious, funny, brave, protective of her friends…and a shameless namedropper. While she and her companions battled aliens and travelled across the universe, the Doctor hinted at a host of previous, untold adventures with the great and the good: we discovered she got her sunglasses from Pythagoras (or was it Audrey Hepburn?); lent a mobile phone to Elvis; had an encounter with Amelia Earhart where she discovered that a pencil-thick spider web can stop a plane; had a ‘wet weekend’ with Harry Houdini, learning how to escape from chains underwater; and more.

In this collection of new stories, Star Tales takes you on a rip-roaring ride through history, from 500BC to the swinging 60s, going deeper into the Doctor’s notorious name-dropping and revealing the truth behind these anecdotes.

(To be released on 5th December 2019.)

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Forgotten Son

A re-branded second edition of the first book in the Lethbridge-Stewart series of novels set just after the Doctor Who serial, The Web of Fear, featuring the characters and concepts created by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln.

It features a brand new foreword, and updated story featuring the Brigadier from classic Doctor Who.

For Colonel Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart his life in the Scots Guards was straightforward enough; rising in the ranks through nineteen years of military service. But then his regiment was assigned to help combat the Yeti incursion in London, the robotic soldiers of an alien entity known as the Great Intelligence.

For Lethbridge-Stewart, life would never be the same again.

Now he has a mammoth task ahead of him the repopulating of London; millions of civilians need to be returned home after being evacuated so suddenly. On top of that, he also has his engagement to think about.

Meanwhile in the small Cornish village of Bledoe a man is haunted by the memory of an accident thirty years old. The Hollow Man of Remington Manor seems to have woken once more. And in Coleshill, Buckinghamshire, Mary Gore is plagued by the voice of a small boy, calling her home.

What connects these strange events to the recent Yeti incursion, and just what has it all to do with Lethbridge- Stewart?

It’s traditional for families to gather around the TV on Christmas Day and watch a movie, but with Doctor Who literature on hand, the festivities might instead be spent tucking into a weighty tome.