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June 21st, 2019 17 comments

Doctor Who Star Tales Hardcover

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To celebrate the return of Doctor Who in early 2020, BBC Books will publish a unique collection of name-dropping historical adventures inspired by Jodie Whittaker’s first series as the Doctor. Doctor Who: Star Tales is out 5th December 2019.

The Doctor is many things – curious, funny, brave, protective of her friends… and a shameless name-dropper. While she and her companions battled aliens and travelled across the universe, the Doctor hinted at a host of previous, untold adventures with the great and the good: we discovered she got her sunglasses from Pythagoras (or was it Audrey Hepburn?); lent a mobile phone to Elvis; had an encounter with Amelia Earhart where she discovered that a pencil-thin spider web can stop a plane; had a ‘wet weekend’ with Harry Houdini, learning how to escape from chains underwater; and more.

In this collection of new stories, Star Tales takes you on a rip-roaring ride through history, from 500BC to the swinging 60s, going deeper into the Doctor’s notorious name-dropping and revealing the truth behind these anecdotes.

The book will feature 6 brand new stories, detailing the Doctor’s untold adventures with famous figures in history – Audrey Hepburn, Elvis Presley, Harry Houdini, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein and Pythagoras, written by Steve Cole, Jenny T Colgan, Jo Cotterill, Paul Magrs, Trevor Baxendale and Mike Tucker.

Categorised under: Books, Story books


  • Demdike@CultLabs

    June 21st, 2019 - 4:09pm

    I’ve enjoyed all the other short story collections such as The Twelve Doctors of Christmas, but if this only 13th Doctor stories then it’s not something i’d be interested in.

  • Anonymous

    June 21st, 2019 - 10:42am

    I’m not much of a reader, but this does look like an interesting doctor who novel. I hope they release an audio book of this.

  • Doctor Stu

    June 21st, 2019 - 10:11am

    Ok but surely these would have had to have occurred during previous incarnations? So why’s 13 on the front

    • Anonymous

      June 21st, 2019 - 10:42am

      They may be stories of past doctors told to Graham, Ryan, yaz by the current doctor. Cover is stunning so I’m happy with it anyway!

    • Evan Marshall

      June 21st, 2019 - 10:43am

      Because someone has to be and it’s a hell of a lot easier than putting all 13 (14 if you also include the Hurt Doctor) on the front cover. It would be ludicrous to put anyone other than the 13th Doctor on the cover. Also, for all you know, the stories could all be framed by the 13th remembering her past encounters with these people to her companions before going into flashback.

    • Anonymous

      June 21st, 2019 - 11:41pm

      15 if you count when ten regenerated

    • Anonymous

      June 22nd, 2019 - 12:16am

      She’s the 15th doctor, 14 regenerations making 15 doctors

    • SJF

      June 24th, 2019 - 11:20pm

      Ten didn’t regenerate, he aborted a regeneration to keep the same face once his body had healed, thus wasting it.

      13 Doctors
      14 Incarnations / Faces
      14 Regenerations

    • Anonymous

      June 25th, 2019 - 12:32am

      Matt Smith’s doctor confirms it was a regeneration in time of the doctor.

  • bryan

    June 21st, 2019 - 9:18am

    I love these sidestep, Short story Books. Its a brilliant idea, and one that was used very well,for Matt Smith`s Doctor, with 4 Stories on Christmas (Time of the Doctor) and The American Adventures Hardback for Peter Capaldi`s 12th.

    I suppose with A Tardis, these could be 13th Doctor Stories, inbetween dropping off The Fam.

  • Anonymous

    June 21st, 2019 - 8:14am

    this makes zero sense, I assume that the current doctor meets all of these people, but Yaz, Graham and Ryan are with her for all of her adventures, it is also impossible for these to be set before they meet. I suppose it could be her telling of the stories her previous incarnations had with these characters.

    • Doctor Mysterio

      June 21st, 2019 - 6:26pm

      Of course, it could be the stories are set in her future – she may travel alone later on. Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey? After all, stranger things have happened…

    • Anonymous

      June 25th, 2019 - 7:06am

      It’s doctor who. It never makes sense. Part of the whimsy and joy of the show. 🙂

  • The Flying Shark

    June 21st, 2019 - 7:42am

    Who did the artwork? It’s stunning.

    • Luis Philip

      June 21st, 2019 - 12:17pm

      Lee Binding

  • Anonymous

    March 6th, 2019 - 4:45pm

    Really hope this is a sequel to time trips.

    • Anonymous

      March 6th, 2019 - 5:51pm

      250 pages so more likely similar to missy chronicles etc.

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