History Literature / PastDoctorAdventures

9th Aug '16 5:44:12 PM MarkLungo
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''Series/DoctorWho'' spin-off novels published from 1997 by BBC Books. Where the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures featured the new Doctor introduced in the 1996 TV movie, the Past Doctor Adventures told new adventures featuring the first seven Doctors. (In other words, much like Virgin Publishing's Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures, except that the Seventh Doctor was now Past instead of being [[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures New]].)

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''Series/DoctorWho'' spin-off novels published from 1997 by [[Creator/TheBBC BBC Books.Books]]. Where the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures featured the new Doctor introduced in the 1996 TV movie, the Past Doctor Adventures told new adventures featuring the first seven Doctors. (In other words, much like Virgin Publishing's Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures, except that the Seventh Doctor was now Past instead of being [[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures New]].)



* ADayInTheLimelight: For Ian, Barbara, UNIT and [[VillainEpisode the Master]] in ''Face of the Enemy'', as the Doctor was involved in "The Curse of Peladon" at the time.



* CallForward: ''Blue Box'' by Kate Orman features the Bainbridge Hospital and the Doctor's Apple II computer, both of which were previously seen in the EDA novel ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresSeeingI Seeing I]]'' by Orman and Jonathan Blum.

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* CallForward: ''Blue Box'' by Kate Orman features the Bainbridge Hospital and the Doctor's Apple II UsefulNotes/AppleII computer, both of which were previously seen in the EDA novel ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresSeeingI Seeing I]]'' by Orman and Jonathan Blum.



* ContinuitySnarl: ''The Infinity Doctors'' is a [[TropesAreNotBad deliberate]] use of this trope. WordOfGod says it's situated somewhere in Doctor Who continuity... the trouble is, it doesn't seem to fit anywhere, because there's always one piece of continuity that seems to contradict a specific placing. Even [[TheNthDoctor the incarnation of the Doctor]] it features is left unspecified. All of which is [[RiddleForTheAges entirely intentional]].

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* ContinuitySnarl: ''The Infinity Doctors'' is a [[TropesAreNotBad deliberate]] use of this trope. WordOfGod says it's situated somewhere in Doctor Who ''Doctor Who'' continuity... the trouble is, it doesn't seem to fit anywhere, because there's always one piece of continuity that seems to contradict a specific placing. Even [[TheNthDoctor the incarnation of the Doctor]] it features is left unspecified. All of which is [[RiddleForTheAges entirely intentional]].



* ADayInTheLimelight: For Ian, Barbara, UNIT and [[VillainEpisode the Master]] in ''Face of the Enemy'', as the Doctor was involved in "The Curse of Peladon" at the time.



* GunsAkimbo: The Master, during a JohnWoo-esque fight scene in ''Face of the Enemy''.

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* GunsAkimbo: The Master, during a JohnWoo-esque Creator/JohnWoo-esque fight scene in ''Face of the Enemy''.



** Various people associated with the Salem witch trials in ''The Witch Hunters''
** Various people associated with the English Civil War in ''The Roundheads''
** RasputinTheMadMonk et al. in ''Wages of Sin''

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** Various people associated with the Salem witch trials in ''The Witch Hunters''
Hunters''.
** Various people associated with the English Civil War UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar in ''The Roundheads''
Roundheads''.
** RasputinTheMadMonk UsefulNotes/RasputinTheMadMonk et al. in ''Wages of Sin''Sin''.



* OfficerOHara: ''Illegal Alien'', which transposes a number of American hardboiled detective tropes to Britain, plays with it by having a Northern Irish Chief Inspector in [[UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard the Met]], who says things like "Saints preserve us", but also suspects all Irish-Americans of being IRA sympathisers.

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* OfficerOHara: ''Illegal Alien'', which transposes a number of American hardboiled detective tropes to Britain, plays with it by having a [[UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland Northern Irish Irish]] Chief Inspector in [[UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard the Met]], who says things like "Saints preserve us", but also suspects all Irish-Americans of being IRA sympathisers.
13th May '16 3:03:11 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The British Prime Minister Terry Brooks in ''Millennium Shock'' is a caricature of TonyBlair.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The British Prime Minister Terry Brooks in ''Millennium Shock'' is a caricature of TonyBlair.UsefulNotes/TonyBlair.
24th Jan '16 1:35:14 AM PaulA
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This series was seemingly abandoned after the revival of the TV series, but from 2012 BBC Books started intemittently publishing novels featuring pre-1989 Doctors. Although not officially branded Past Doctor Adventures, these further books were again aimed at an older audience than the Literature/NewSeriesAdventures. They were also unusual in being written by "name" writers well known for works outside the ''Doctor Who'' universe.

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This series was seemingly abandoned after the revival of the TV series, but from 2012 BBC Books started intemittently intermittently publishing novels featuring pre-1989 Doctors. Although not officially branded Past Doctor Adventures, these further books were again aimed at an older audience than the Literature/NewSeriesAdventures. They were also unusual in being written by "name" writers well known for works outside the ''Doctor Who'' universe.
22nd Jan '16 3:44:53 PM LondonKdS
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* ''Mission: Impractical'' (June, 1998) by David A. [=McIntee=]. Features the Sixth Doctor, and Frobisher.

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* ''Mission: Impractical'' (June, 1998) by David A. [=McIntee=]. Features the Sixth Doctor, and ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' companion Frobisher.



* ''Bunker Soldiers'' (February, 2001) by Martin Day. Features the Fist Doctor, Steven Taylor, and Dorothea "Dodo" Chaplet.

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* ''Bunker Soldiers'' (February, 2001) by Martin Day. Features the Fist First Doctor, Steven Taylor, and Dorothea "Dodo" Chaplet.



* ''Instruments of Darkness'' (November, 2001) by Gary Russell. Features the Sixth Doctor, Melanie "Mel" Bush, and Dr. Evelyn Smythe.

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* ''Instruments of Darkness'' (November, 2001) by Gary Russell. Features the Sixth Doctor, Melanie "Mel" Bush, and [[AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho Big Finish]] companion Dr. Evelyn Smythe.



* ''World Game'' (October, 2005) by Terrance Dicks. Features the Second Doctor, and Lady Serena.

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* ''World Game'' (October, 2005) by Terrance Dicks. Features the Second Doctor, and original companion Lady Serena.
22nd Jan '16 6:23:40 AM LondonKdS
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* ''The Wheel of Ice'' (August 2012) by Creator/StephenBaxter. Features the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, and Zoe Heriot.

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* ''The Wheel of Ice'' (August 2012) by Creator/StephenBaxter. Features the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, [=McCrimmon=], and Zoe Heriot.
22nd Jan '16 6:22:46 AM LondonKdS
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This series was seemingly abandoned after the revival of the TV series, but from 2012 BBC Books started intemittently publishing novels featuring pre-1989 Doctors. Although not officially branded Past Doctor Adventures, these further books were again aimed at an older audience than the Literature/NewSeriesAdventures. They were also written by "name" writers well known for works outside the ''Doctor Who'' universe.

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This series was seemingly abandoned after the revival of the TV series, but from 2012 BBC Books started intemittently publishing novels featuring pre-1989 Doctors. Although not officially branded Past Doctor Adventures, these further books were again aimed at an older audience than the Literature/NewSeriesAdventures. They were also unusual in being written by "name" writers well known for works outside the ''Doctor Who'' universe.
22nd Jan '16 6:22:02 AM LondonKdS
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This series was seemingly abandoned after the revival of the TV series, but from 2012 BBC Books started intemittently publishing novels featuring pre-1989 Doctors. Although not officially branded Past Doctor Adventures, these further books were again aimed at an older audience than the Literature/NewSeriesAdventures. They were also written by "name" writers well known for works outside the ''Doctor Who'' universe.


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Later unbranded novels:

* ''The Wheel of Ice'' (August 2012) by Creator/StephenBaxter. Features the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, and Zoe Heriot.
* ''Harvest of Time'' (June 2013) by Creator/AlastairReynolds. Features the Third Doctor, Jo Grant, and UNIT.
* ''The Drosten's Curse'' (July 2015) by A L Kennedy. Features the Fourth Doctor.
19th Jul '15 6:06:17 AM DaibhidC
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* {{Interquel}}: Nearly every Past Doctor novel is set between two episodes of the TV series, with the exception of ''Fear Itself'' (published after the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures wrapped up, and set between two earlier [=EDAs=]) and possibly also of ''The Infinity Doctors'' (deliberately ambiguous as to placement). Most of the Seventh Doctor novels are set in the long gap between the last episode of the ongoing series and the 1996 TV movie. (Where this puts them in respect to the [=NAs=], set within the same gap, is up for debate, since the BBC's policy was to neither confirm nor deny the Virgin novels' canon status, and certainly not to provide official guidance on how they fitted into the continuity.)

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* {{Interquel}}: Nearly every Past Doctor novel is set between two episodes of the TV series, with the exception of ''Fear Itself'' (published after the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures wrapped up, and set between two earlier [=EDAs=]) and possibly also of ''The Infinity Doctors'' (deliberately ambiguous as to placement). Most of the Seventh Doctor novels are set in the long gap between the last episode of the ongoing series and the 1996 TV movie. (Where this puts them in respect to the [=NAs=], set within the same gap, is up for debate, since the BBC's policy was to neither confirm nor deny the Virgin novels' canon status, and certainly not to provide official guidance on how they fitted into the continuity. Having said that, the epilogue to ''Algebra of Ice'' has the Doctor say that, on his most recent visit to Earth, "I visited your Moon. Also my own mind", which must mean ''Timewyrm: Revelation'', and means the main story takes place before the [=NAs=].)
19th Jul '15 5:59:30 AM DaibhidC
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* CallForward: ''Blue Box'' by Kate Orman features the Bainbridge Hospital and the Doctor's Apple II computer, both of which were previously seen in the EDA novel ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresSeeingI Seeing I]]'' by Orman and Jonathan Blum.



* CreatingLifeIsBad: Explored in ''Heritage'', in which a scientist who has become obsessed with becoming the first to produce a perfect human clone has resorted to murder to further his ends. When the Doctor confronts the scientist, he reveals that the scientist actually ''isn't'' the first to discover human cloning -- but the secret has always been forgotten. ''Not'', interestingly enough, because cloning is somehow 'unnatural', but because in trying to create life artificially the people involved forget how precious life is, no matter how it is created, and end up treating it as a disposable commodity -- just as the scientist has done. Upon being confronted with both the futility of his life's work and precisely what a monster he's ultimately let himself become, [[VillainousBreakdown the scientist doesn't react well]].

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* CreatingLifeIsBad: CreatingLifeIsBad:
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Explored in ''Heritage'', in which a scientist who has become obsessed with becoming the first to produce a perfect human clone has resorted to murder to further his ends. When the Doctor confronts the scientist, he reveals that the scientist actually ''isn't'' the first to discover human cloning -- but the secret has always been forgotten. ''Not'', interestingly enough, because cloning is somehow 'unnatural', but because in trying to create life artificially the people involved forget how precious life is, no matter how it is created, and end up treating it as a disposable commodity -- just as the scientist has done. Upon being confronted with both the futility of his life's work and precisely what a monster he's ultimately let himself become, [[VillainousBreakdown the scientist doesn't react well]].well]].
** Also the Savant in ''Blue Box''. While the Doctor seems pretty horrified by its creation, he reluctantly concludes that its creators are better suited to looking after it than anyone else.


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* UnreliableNarrator: ''Blue Box'' is an InUniverse book by IntrepidReporter Chick Peters. While some of what he says about events he wasn't present for is speculative, none of it seems to be exactly inaccurate ... except that most of the alien stuff is being kept from him and he refuses to accept the little he's told. So for example, he thinks of the Doctor as an English hippie who has some kind of boat.
6th Mar '15 4:19:48 AM partner555
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* IdenticalGrandson: ''The Eleventh Tiger'' teases the idea [[spoiler:that Ian Chesterton has crossed his own timestream as the amnesiac Major Chesterton, before revealing the Major is actually Ian's Identical Great-Great-Grandfather]].

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* IdenticalGrandson: ''The Eleventh Tiger'' teases the idea [[spoiler:that Ian Chesterton has crossed his own timestream time stream as the amnesiac Major Chesterton, before revealing the Major is actually Ian's Identical Great-Great-Grandfather]].Great-Great-Grandfather]].
* ImmuneToMindControl: A minor character whose car the Master steals in the novel ''Face of the Enemy'' can't be hypnotised. So the Master kills him instead.
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