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Toby Whithouse recalls the alien invasion stories he’s written for Doctor Who, and the kind of invasion he dreamt of as a child...
Mr Finch (Anthony Head) and the Krillitanes in School Reunion.

HG Wells made a big impression on writer Toby Whithouse. “ ‘Cylinder after cylinder, and no-one left to fight them. The Earth belonged to the Martians...’ Oh, that sent shivers down my spine!”

Writer Toby Whithouse.

Toby is quoting, from memory, Jeff Wayne’s musical retelling of Wells’ classic The War of the Worlds, first released as a double album in 1978. “And that was the last line on side one,” he remembers. “I was absolutely thrilled when I first heard that as a kid. And I stole it for an episode of [his supernatural fantasy series] Being Human, where the world belongs to the vampires...”

The cover of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, first released in 1978.
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This essential guide celebrates Doctor Who’s most renowned invasion episodes. Interviewees include Anna Barry (Day of the Daleks), Ray Brooks (Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.), Johnny Byrne (Warriors of the Deep), Michael Ferguson (The Seeds of Death), Peter Harness (The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion), Douglas Mackinnon (Flatline), Victor Pemberton (Fury from the Deep), Toby Whithouse (The Vampires of Venice) and Jon Davey (Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel). Plus, there are rare images, a tribute to Nicholas Courtney, Terry Nation’s original storyline for The Dalek Invasion of Earth, details of Jon Pertwee's unmade story The Spare-Part People and much more!