Doctor Who Paul McGann
BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures

From 1997 until 2005 BBC Books produced a range of full length novels featuring the Eighth Doctor, along with new companions Sam Jones, Fitz, Compassion and Trix. These adventures followed on from the 1996 TV movie.

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Longest Day written by Michael Collier

Published: 1998 BBC Books
No. of pages: 276
ISBN: 0 563 40581 3

Its surface ravaged by colliding time-fields, the planet Hirath is a patchwork of habitable areas separated by impenetrable zones of wild temporal fluctuation.

The planet's unique biosphere is being exploited by an uncaring company happy to rent out temporally isolated chunks of the planet to the highest bidder - no questions asked. But the controlling computer seems to be malfunctioning, and the viability of the whole planet hangs in the balance - along with countless thousands of lives.

Arriving at Hirath's control base, the Doctor and Sam are soon separated and trapped on the dying planet. While Sam becomes the focus of attention in a barren penal settlement, the Doctor discovers the secret of Hirath's unique condition - just as a race of hideous bloodthirsty alien creatures arrive in force to reclaim it.

Caught up in a desperate struggle for survival, it seems time has run out for every living creature on Hirath - not least Sam and the Doctor...

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Legacy of the Daleks written by John Peel

Published: 1998 BBC Books
No. of pages: 245
ISBN: 0 563 40574 0

England in the late 22nd century is slowly recovering from the devastation that followed the Daleks' invasion. The Doctor's very first travelling companion - his graddaughter, Susan - is where he left her, helping to rebuild Earth for the survivors. But danger still remains all around...

While searching for his lost companion, Sam, the Doctor finds himself in Domain London. But it seems that Susan is now missing too, and his efforts to find her lead to confrontation with the ambitious Lord Haldoran, who is poised to take control of southern England through all-out war. With the help of a sinister adviser, Haldoran's plans are already well advanced. Power cables have been fed down a mineshaft, reactivating a mysterious old device of hideous power. But has the Dalek presence on Earth really been wiped out? Or are there still traps set out for the unwary?

The Doctor learns to his cost once again that the when dealing with the evil of the Daleks, nothing can be taken at face value...

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Dreamstone Moon written by Paul Leonard

Published: 1998 BBC Books
No. of pages: 250
ISBN: 0 563 40585 6

Sam is on her own, but her distance from the Doctor doesn't make for a trouble free life. Rescued from an out-of-control spaceship, she finds herself on a tiny moon which is the only known source of dreamstone, a mysterious crystalline substance that can preserve your dreams - or give you nightmares.

Pitched into the middle of a conflict between the mining company extracting dreamstone and ecological protesters, Sam thinks it is easy to decide who the good guys are - until people start dying, and the killers seems to be the same species as some of her new friends.

Meanwhile, the Doctor has tracked Sam down, but before he can reach her he's co-opted by the Dreamstone Mining Company amd their sinister military advisers. Suddenly, it's war - and the Doctor is forced to fight against what he believes in. He alone suspects that dreamstone isn't what it appears to be. But nobody's listening - and nobody could dream who the real enemy is.

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Seeing I written by Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman

Published: 1998 BBC Books
No. of pages: 279
ISBN: 0 563 40586 4

He has no idea why Samantha Jones ran away from him.

Sam is homeless on the streets of the colony world of Ha'olam, trying to face what's just happened between her and the Doctor. He's searching for her, and for answers. While she struggles to survive in a strange city centuries from home, the Doctor comes across evidence of alien involvement in the local mega corporation, INC - and is soon confined to a prison that becomes a hell of his own making.

Where did INC's mysterious eye impants really come from? What is the company searching for in the deserts? What is hiding in the shadows, watching their progress?

Faced with these mysteries, separated by half a world, Sam and the Doctor each face a battle - Sam to rebuild her life, the Doctor to stay sane. And if they do find each other again, what will be left of either of them?

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Placebo Effect written by Gary Russell

Published: 1998 BBC Books
No. of pages: 279
ISBN: 0 563 40587 2

It is 3999. An artificial planetoid, Micawber's World, is hosting the Intergalatic Olympic Games, and atheletes from all worlds in the Galactic Federationn are coming to take part. But when the Doctor and Sam arrive, murders soon begin...

The Doctor finds himself frafted in to examine some bizarre new drugs that are said to enhance the natural potential of the competing atheletes. But what is their real purpose? Why are members of the Security Forces disappearing randomly? And just why is Chase Carrington, manufacturer of the drug, so protective of his company's secrets?

Watching and waiting, at the very heart of Micawber's World, is a race of parasites the Doctor has fought before. The Wirrrn have come to the Milky Way from Andromeda, determined to spread their seed throughout a whole new galaxy, and it seems to Sam that the Doctor has his hands too full to pay their threat full attention...

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Vanderdeken's Children written by Christopher Bulis

Published: 1998 BBC Books
No. of pages: 281
ISBN: 0 563 40590 2

A mysterious disturbance in the hyperspatial vortex causes the Doctor and Sam to materialise the TARDIS in deep space. Here they find that a huge derelict alien craft has become the subject of dangerous confrontation between startships from the rival systems of Nimos and Emindar. At the centre of the dspute is a ruthless politicial with secrets of his own - a man who is willing to risk innocent lives to claim the derelict for himself.

While the Doctor and Sam find themselves accompanying an expedition into the heart of the alien vessel, strange and frightening incidents spread terror through the watching ships. But exploring deeper into the derelict disturbs a sinister presence and takes the expedition towards an inevitable confrontation with fate - and perhaps beyond the boundaries of life itself...

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The Scarlet Empress written by Paul Magrs

Published: 1998 BBC Books
No. of pages: 277
ISBN: 0 563 40595 3

Arriving on the almost impossibly ancient planet of Hyspero, a world where magic and danger walk hand in hand, the Doctor and Sam are caught up in abizarre struggle for survival.

Hyspero has been ruled for a thousand years by the Scarlet Empresses, creatures of dangerous powers - powers that a member of the Doctor's own race is keen to posses herself: the eccentric time traveller and philanderer known only as Iris Wildthyme.

As the real reasons for Iris's obsession become clear, the Doctor and Sam must embark on a perilous journey across desserts, mountains, forests and oceans. Both friends and foes are found among the spirits, djinns, alligator men and golden bears - but in a land where the magical is possible, is anything really as it seems?

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The Janus Conjunction written by Trevor Baxendale

Published: 1998 BBC Books
No. of pages: 283
ISBN: 0 563 40599 6

The planets Janus Prime and Menda are diametrically opposed in orbit around a vast Red Giant star. But while Menda is rich and fertile in the light of the sun, Janus Prime endures everlasting night, its moon causing a permanent solar eclipse.

When the Doctor and Sam arrive on Janus Prime, they find themselves in the middle of a war between rival humans colonising the area. The planet is littered with ancient ruins, and the Mendans are using a mysterious hyperspatial link left behind by the planet's former inhabitants. But what it ist true purpose?

The Doctor and Sam must piece together a centuries-old puzzle. How can Janus Prime's moon weigh billions of tons more than it should? Why is the planet riddles with deadly radiation? As the violence escalates round them, will the time-travellers survive to discover the answers?