The line featured new adventures of the first seven Doctors, with the exception of two releases: The Face of the Enemy , featuring the Master ; and one of the last novels, Fear Itself , which was the only PDA with the Eighth Doctor in a lead role, acknowledging the coming of the Ninth Doctor on television. The Past Doctor Adventures novels were released on a regular schedule by BBC Books: monthly from the range's launch in June until August , and bimonthly from September until the series' end. There were only three exceptions in the line's otherwise-regular release schedule: November , when The Infinity Doctors was published in the PDA release slot despite not being classified as such by BBC Books; August , when both volumes of the multi-Doctor novel Interference were published; and February , when Scream of the Shalka , a novelisation of the webcast of the same name , was released, pushing back the next PDA into March. However, there have been numerous "adventures involving past Doctors" published since the advent of the BBC Wales era. The Short Trips series of short story anthologies and the annual standalone "deluxe" hardback novel line that began with The Wheel of Ice are two examples of regularly released book lines featuring a Doctor not currently featuring in the television series. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki.
BBC Past Doctor Adventures
BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures
For most of their existence, they were published side-by-side with the Eighth Doctor Adventures. The novels regularly featured the First through Seventh Doctors. The Infinity Doctors had an ambiguous place in continuity and featured an unidentified incarnation of the Doctor. Between and , Virgin Publishing produced successful spin-off novels under the New Adventures and Missing Adventures ranges. The range continued to be published through to
Doctor Who - The Eighth Doctor Adventures
The first BBC Book release was in fact Doctor Who - The Novel of the Film , a novelisation of the telefilm ; however, this is not considered part of the EDA series, which launched with a novel featuring all eight incarnations of the Doctor. Initially, the novels were not linked to Virgin Books ' previous Doctor Who New Adventures line, but as the series progressed, the barriers began to come down; as a result, many EDAs contain characters and references to events in the Virgin series. While the EDA novels did not contain sexual or "adult" content as explicit as the Virgin series, they contained better if sometimes subtle representative themes, implications, and even blatant statements that gave major characters a degree of sexual or gender ambiguity and expression outside of heterosexuality and cisgender identity, including Sam Jones , Fitz Kreiner , and most notably the Doctor. The EDA novels were marked by complex and lengthy story arcs, some lasting over many books, in particular a series of stories relating to a great Time War. The novels also spearheaded the " Post-War universe " utilized by the Faction Paradox series. Elements of and references to various accounts of future incarnations of the Doctor were implemented into the series' lore, most notably The Curse of Fatal Death and Scream of the Shalka. With more than seventy novels published, the Eighth Doctor Adventures is the longest-running series of novels featuring any single incarnation of the Doctor to date. Although there was speculation that the Eighth Doctor 's adventures might continue in a revived PDA line of books, this did not occur. The literary adventures of the Eighth Doctor continued in the Short Trips short story anthologies published by Big Finish Productions many of which were written by veterans of the EDA and PDA ranges , until that series was also retired in the spring of
Between and , Virgin Publishing had been producing a successful series of spin off novels under the New Adventures and Missing Adventures ranges. However, following the Doctor Who television movie which introduced the Eighth Doctor in , the BBC did not renew Virgin Publishing 's license to continue publishing Doctor Who material, instead opting to publish their own range. The first BBC Books release was a novelisation of the television movie considered a standalone work by some , but the run of original Eighth Doctor Adventures began in with The Eight Doctors by Terrance Dicks and continued until It is unclear if the BBC line was originally intended to be a continuation of the continuity established in the New Adventures. However, as many of the writers for the Eighth Doctor Adventures had also written for the Virgin series, many elements from the New Adventures began to appear in both the EDAs and the Past Doctor Adventures which replaced the Missing Adventures , and such continuity has been broadly maintained. Virgin had distinguished the New and Missing Adventures with different cover designs. BBC Books, however, did not differentiate their novels featuring the current and past Doctors in this way, although they were listed separately within the books. Fans continued to distinguish the ongoing story of the Eighth Doctor from the more stand-alone adventures of past Doctors, although some plot elements did cross over both ranges. With the revival of the television series, BBC Books ceased the regular Eighth Doctor Adventures in favour of a new range the New Series Adventures , featuring characters from the new series.