There was a lot to like about Doctor Who’s spring premiere, “The Bells of Saint John,” which was a much-appreciated return to form after last fall’s disappointing episodes. But one of the cooler things was a simple throwaway moment that you could easily have missed. Namely, that new companion Clara at one point name-checks one of her very favorite books: Summer Falls, penned by one “Amelia Williams.” As in “formerly Amy Pond,” that lady whose TARDIS closet Clara just recently took over.
As Whovians know, Amy and Rory were stranded in 1930s New York in the episode “The Angels Take Manhattan,” where a sphere of technobabble prevents the Doctor from rescuing them. The couple settles into their new home in the past and live out the remainder of their lives together, even adopting a son at one point. And somewhere along the way, Amy wrote a children’s book, one that would later capture the imagination of Clara Oswin Oswald. Gotta love Doctor Who.
Well, now you can actually purchase your very own copy of Amy’s Summer Falls. It’s the same idea as when the Lost folks published Bad Twin, a book ostensibly written by “Gary Troup,” a fictional author who died shortly after the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 (he was the poor sap who got sucked into the engine). There’s no word whether Summer Falls contains any easter eggs for Who fans or if it’s just a straight-up kids’ book with a fictional character’s name on the cover.
Here’s a synopsis of the book’s very Who-ish storyline, courtesy of Doctor Who TV:
Written in 1954, Summer Falls is set in the seaside village of Watchcombe, where young Kate is determined to make the most of her last week of summer holiday. But when she discovers a mysterious painting entitled ‘The Lord of Winter’ in a charity shop, it leads her on an adventure she never could have planned.
Kate soon realises the old seacape, painted long ago by an eccentric local artist, is actually a puzzle. And with the help of some bizarre new acquaintances – including a museum curator’s magical cat, a miserable neighbour, and a lonely boy – she plans on solving it.
And then, one morning Kate wakes up to a world changed forever. For the Lord of Winter is coming – and Kate has a very important decision to make. ‘When summer falls, the Lord of Winter will arise…’
You can purchase Summer Falls as an eBook in both the US and UK, and you can read the first chapter of the book online at RadioTimes. And if you’re craving even more Who-related literature, you can read River Song’s detective novel from the same episode, or a ton of new short stories published for the show’s 50th anniversary.