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Twelfth Doctor novels

Plague City by Jonathan Morris

The Shining Man by Cavan Scott

Diamond Dogs by Mike Tucker

Just like the début of a new Doctor, the début of a new companion is always an exciting, curious time for Doctor Who. It is a show, after all, forever in flux; its tone and energy dictated by whomever travels in the TARDIS. How will Bill Potts dictate it? What direction will Pearl Mackie’s young, hip companion take the show next? It’s a question that will be answered this month – both on screen and in print, with three novels set to accompany the new series.

There’s Diamond Dogs, by Mike Tucker, set around the doomed diamond mines of Saturn; The Shining Man, by Cavan Scott – a story of an alien invasion disguised as a viral craze; and Plague City, by Jonathan Morris, which will see the Doctor, Bill and Nardole navigate the plague-ridden streets of 1645 Edinburgh, haunted by ghosts who do not know they are dead. For all three authors, the stories presented a tricky task: writing a companion who they did not truly know yet, beyond scripts, rough-cut footage and the scene Friend from the Future, which introduced her last year.

“There’s a great responsibility to get it right,” says Jonathan Morris, “but, without seeing every second of every episode, there’s a limit to how right you can get it. I’m sure when I watch the new series there will be moments where I’ll go, ‘Oh, I wish I’d known about that for the book,’ but it’s only going to be small things; inflections, mannerisms…stuff that I would probably have cut out in the second draft anyway. In a way it’s a purer approach, as I’m trying to evoke the character from the scripts, rather than the actress. Writing Bill herself, rather than Pearl Mackie as Bill.” But still, the trio does possess a better knowledge than most. What can we expect of the new dynamic?

“The Doctor sees potential in Bill,” explains Cavan Scott, “a raw enthusiasm to learn that he loves. He sees himself as her personal tutor, showing her the wonders of the universe. She thinks he’s great. She’s not in awe of him though, and isn’t opposed to challenging him when the need arises. I like their dynamic a lot. In a way, the teacher/student vibe is quite traditional, but one we’ve not seen in modern Who, so it feels fresh and new. For the Doctor, Bill’s sense of wonder is revitalising. He certainly seems happier than we’ve seen him for years.”

The novels, due five days after Bill’s début, will cast the pair in a range of adventures. Diamond Dogs, for instance, is a “classic base-under-siege story,” according to Mike Tucker, “something with the feel of The Moonbase.” It takes place at Kollo-Zarnista Mining Facility 27, which extracts diamonds from deep within the atmosphere of Saturn. But, of course, when the Doctor and Bill arrive, they find that things have gone horribly wrong. “I’d read a fascinating news item proposing the idea of diamond rain on Jupiter and Saturn,” adds Mike. “I’d also just seen the movie Deepwater Horizon and I felt as though I could combine those two concepts into an interesting story. And, having chosen Saturn as my setting, using the world as presented in [the 1977 Doctor Who story] The Invisible Enemy struck me as an obvious choice.”

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New series preview issue! Contents include: an exclusive interview with Pearl Mackie who plays new companion Bill Potts; previews of the first three episodes of the 2017 season – The Pilot, Smile and Thin Ice, with exclusive interviews with writers Steven Moffat, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Sarah Dollard; Doctor Who's producers Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the making of the show; 1983's Terminus is put under the spotlight in The Fact of Fiction; The Time Team watch 2011's The Curse of the Black Spot; showrunner Steven Moffat introducers the writers of the 2017 series in his latest column; brand new comic strip action as the Doctor and Jess have a showdown with the Master in Doorway to Hell; plus previews, reviews, official news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!