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Part of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, these are novels published including Doctors from the New Series. They began with The Clockwise Man featuring 9 and Rose, and continued with novels about 10, 11, 12, and 13 in turn. In 2014 Engines of War, notable as the first story to fully feature the War Doctor, was published.


  • Adaptation Expansion: The Story of Martha is a gap filler between "The Sound of Drums" and "Last of the Time Lords", covering Martha's travels from her arrival on Earth at the start of the Master's takeover, through to her return to Britain to face the Master. It tells how she spread the word and tells stories of the Doctor to get people to believe in him.
  • Anachronic Order: But only technically, considering the usual "batch of three" release format.
    • The trio of novels published in the fall of 2015 was subtitled "The Glamour Chase" and formed an arc, but the book covers contained no suggestion of what order in which to read the novels (even though one of the three did feature the conclusion of the arc).
  • Call-Back: Beautiful Chaos includes the return of the Mandragora Helix from the TV story "The Masque of Mandragora".
  • Canon Immigrant: The 2005 novel The Monsters Inside made history as the first Doctor Who spin-off novel to be directly referenced by the TV series as its setting is mentioned in the 2005 episode "Boom Town" as a place recently visited by the Ninth Doctor and his companions.
  • Canon Welding: "The Coming of the Terraphiles" by Michael Moorcock has references to the Eternal Champion and Second Aether.
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  • Early-Bird Cameo: "Made of Steel" is set during the Doctor's travels with Martha, despite being released prior to Martha's first TV appearance.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: This is common in novels written prior to the first appearance of a Doctor or companion on television, and therefore written without the knowledge of the characters voices and other factors, resulting in characterization that doesn't always match up with the TV version - or later novels featuring the characters.
  • Expy: "The Resurrection Casket" is essentially Treasure Island science-fictioned, with the Doctor taking the role of Dr Livesey, and Rose sharing the Jim Hawkins part with a young boy named Jimm.
  • Fake Town: In the book "Nuclear Time", the 11th Doctor and his companions land in a place called Appletown. The town as it turns out is fake: the grass is artificial, there are televisions but nowhere to plug it in, and the plumbing doesn't work - the town was built because the US government needed to get rid of a bunch of androids and only nuclear weapons could do the job.
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  • Framing Device: "The Story of Martha", set during The Year That Never Was, has Martha telling stories of the Doctor during the year she walks the Earth.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Das, a Neanderthal whose species went extinct 28000 years ago, ends up in 21st century London in "Only Human".
  • Historical Domain Character: As is usual for the franchise.
  • Last of His Kind: The point of the Museum of the Last Ones from "The Last Dodo".
  • Penal Colony: "The Monsters Inside" features Justicia, an entire star system of prison planets.
  • Ship Tease: A number of novels take advantage of being arm's length from the TV series to occasionally play up the relationships that may (or, depending on one's point of view, may not) exist between the Doctor and other characters. The 2014 novel The Blood Cell is a recent example in which the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald relationship is emphasized; the 2016 release, The Legends of River Song, focuses on the romance between the Eleventh Doctor and River.
  • The Slow Path: In "The Stone Rose" 10 thinks this has happened to Rose when she is Taken for Granite. Subverted when it turns out to be just a statue.
  • Tie-In Novel: Obviously applies to all, however in an alternate definition of the term, several fiction books referenced in the series were later published as real-world books. Examples include Summer Falls (in-universe a short-story collection written by Amy Pond) and The Angel's Kiss, the mystery novel (featuring a character based upon River Song) the Eleventh Doctor reads during the episode "The Angels Take Manhattan".
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: So many but what did you expect?
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: In "The Pirate Loop", the Badger Pirates, thanks to Martha's influence, try to become polite and good mannered despite their upbringing. While the (rather perfect looking) human staff of the intergalactic cruise ship (not really a cruise ship, it was just a disguise, when in reality they wanted to test an experimental drive. But they didn't want to endanger "Humans" so all of the passengers were aliens) called them disgusting freaks and mongrels though are complete jerkasses themselves. Rogue human criminal scientists created the Humanoid Badger race using them to their advantage forcing them into a life of thieves and mercenaries, to do the dirty work in humanity's place. The pirates never knowing a life outside of that before meeting Martha. The Badger Pirates were the ones who started a truce by offering the human crew snacks without being told.
  • You Look Familiar: Martha's relation to Adeola is brought up in "Made of Steel", shortly before RTD addressed it in the TV series.