Peter Capaldi’s adventures as the Twelfth Doctor will kick off on the small screen this August, but any die-hard Doctor Who fan should know by now that TV is hardly the only medium where those adventures will be explored. Just like other genre staples such as Star Trek and Star Wars, there is reams of secondary Doctor Who material stretching across novels, games, comics, and more. Now we’ve got info about the Twelfth Doctor’s first forays onto the page, courtesy of three upcoming novels due out this September.
There’s no cover art to show us Capaldi looking quirky and/or intimidating, but we do have plot synopses for each of the novels, all of which will release on September 11, 2014 in the U.K. It looks like we’ll get them a few days earlier in the States: Amazon has them listed for a September 9 U.S. release.
“Silhouette” by Justin Richards
“Vastra and Strax and Jenny? Oh no, we don’t need to bother them. Trust me.”
Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra.
Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran.
The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre and fascinating sideshows and performers. This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers.
How are these things connected? And what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all? As the Doctor and Clara joint the hunt for the truth they find themselves thrust into a world where nothing and no one are what they seem.
“The Blood Cell” by James Goss
“Release the Doctor — or the killing will start.”
An asteroid in the furthest reaches of space — the most secure prison for the most dangerous of criminals. The Governor is responsible for the cruellest murderers. So he’s not impressed by the arrival of the man they’re calling the most dangerous criminal in the quadrant. Or, as he prefers to be known, the Doctor.
But when the new prisoner immediately sets about trying to escape, and keeps trying, the Governor sets out to find out why.
Who is the Doctor and what’s he really doing here? And who is the young woman who comes every day to visit him, only to be turned away by the guards?
When the killing finally starts, the Governor begins to get his answers…
“The Crawling Terror” by Mike Tucker
“Well, I doubt you’ll ever see a bigger insect.”
Gabby Nichols is putting her son to bed when she hears her daughter cry out. ‘Mummy there’s a daddy longlegs in my room!’ Then the screaming starts… Kevin Alperton is on his way to school when he is attacked by a mosquito. A big one. Then things get dangerous.
But it isn’t the dead man cocooned inside a huge mass of web that worries the Doctor. It isn’t the swarming, mutated insects that make him nervous.
With the village cut off from the outside world, and the insects becoming more and more dangerous, the Doctor knows that unless he can decode the strange symbols engraved on an ancient stone circle, and unravel a mystery dating back to the Second World War, no one is safe.
But if the wait for August and/or September is too much for you to bear, or if you’re still just missing the last two Doctors, Titan Comics is taking over the Who comic license this summer. They’re kicking things off in July with two new ongoing series, one each focusing on the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, respectively. They’ll also be launching a Twelfth Doctor series, but so far they’re keeping that one under wraps.
Titan has released short trailer videos for the Tenth and Eleventh series, showcasing art by Elena Casagrande and Simon Fraser, with gorgeous covers by Alice X. Zhang. Check the vids about below, along with synopses for the two series. Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor is being written by Eisner winner Nick Abadzis and The Eleventh Doctor will be tag-teamed by writers Al Ewing and Rob Williams.
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Alice Obiefune has just lost her mother when the Doctor explodes into her life. But what does this grieving young woman have to do with the career of a 70s musician, an amnesiac alien, and a terrifying cosmic threat? In the wake of the second Big Bang, find out what the Doctor gets up to when Amy and Rory aren’t around!