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Word Up

In 2016 the range of official Doctor Who books revisited some old classics alongside several highly unusual new tie-ins.

P ublisher Frederick Muller issued the first novelisation of a TV story in 1964. Since then, Doctor Who literature has grown to encompass everything from original fiction to detailed behind-the-scenes memoirs and even books of knitting patterns. And in 2016 the range of titles from BBC Books continued to strike an innovative note. The first new release of the year came in February with the short story anthology The Legends of River Song, containing five tales from the pages of River’s famous diary by Jenny T Colgan, Jacqueline Rayner, Steve Lyons, Guy Adams and Andrew Lane. River’s recent role in the Christmas Special The Husbands of River Song (2015) had further sketched in her history, finally showing viewers her visit to the Singing Towers of Darillium with the Twelfth Doctor; tying in neatly, The Legends of River Song opened with Picnic at Asgard, in which Jenny Colgan related another significant unseen adventure for River and the Eleventh Doctor, first hinted at in Silence in the Library in 2008.

Alex Kingston’s character featured on the front cover of Jenny T Colgan’s The Legends of River Song.

“I knew the Singing Towers were happening,” says Jenny, “and I really wanted the companion piece if you like, because it sounded fun and was so deeply rooted in the mythology, the same way I wanted to write the bit that makes the Doctor cry in Ashildr’s diaries. Like any fan I like to reach out and touch the show. When it came to the topic I was like, hmm, seriously, she’s never considered having a child? Most people do at some point, however unusual their circumstances, and we already know the Doctor has children. So I wanted to explore that. Also you couldn’t have her at Asgard and not being mistaken for Brunnhilde, so I knew that would be fun.

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On the 50th anniversary of The Power of the Daleks, Doctor Who looked back as well as forwards. While an animated reconstruction of the Second Doctor’s début was being prepared, work began on new episodes to be broadcast in 2017. Inside this issue, you’ll find exclusive interviews with some of the people behind the next series and the recent spin-off Class, the story behind the acclaimed exhibition of Target Books artwork and a ringside seat at the Power of the Daleks launch event. This is the essential guide to the worlds of Doctor Who.
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