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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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The bumper 100-page Christmas 2016 issue of Doctor Who Magazine contains a wealth of seasonal goodies including: a huge preview of the 2016 Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, with contributions from writer Steven Moffat and director Ed Balazgette; exclusive interviews with Matt Lucas, who plays new companion Nardole, and guest-star Justin Chatwin; a brand-new Christmas comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Jess: "Be Forgot"; a feature which reveals the Doctor's amazing superhero-like abilities!; The Fact of Fiction looks in-depth at 2006’s Christmas Special The Runaway Bride, with new insights from writer Russell T Davies; a look back at all the things that have happened in the universe of Doctor Who in 2016; The Time Team watch The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor and 2010's A Christmas Carol; a look at how the Doctor Who Pinball Table has been recreated for a new generation; the Watcher's fiendishly festive Christmas quiz; plus previews, reviews, official news and much more!
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