These are strange times for those of us of a certain age, for whom a Doctor Who serial was not expected to live forever on DVD, but was instead to pass into the Elysian Fields of the novelization. Not only are BBC Books republishing six of the early novelizations in July, but in March next year they are publishing a new novelization, Doctor Who - Shada by Gareth Roberts, based on Douglas Adams's unfinished serial. This will be priced at £16.99, over three times as much as the reprints, and published in hardback, indicating that it's aimed at the same audience as those who bought (or were envisaged as buying) Michael Moorcock's The Coming of the Terraphiles last year.

What next? Doctor Who and the City of Death, for completists? (I'm sure Gareth could deliver a commercial product there.) Major surgery to make Resurrection of the Daleks make sense, and function as a novel? Anyone up to the challenge?


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