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September 12th, 2018 31 comments

The Secret in Vault 13 A Doctor Who Story 13 Paperback

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The Secret in Vault 13 features the 13th Doctor and friends Graham, Ryan and Yasmin.

A second book, as yet untitled, will follow in autumn 2019.

Written by best-selling children’s author David Solomons!

The Doctor has never faced a challenge quite like this . . .

In the coldest spot in the universe is the Galactic Seed Vault. For generations it has existed to store and preserve examples of plant seeds from across the galaxy, ensuring that in the event of planetary catastrophe, the seeds will survive.

And at its heart lies a secret. Vault 13.

Unopened for millions of years, no one is sure what it contains. There are rumours of a great treasure, and a terrible weapon.

Now the Doctor and her companions are in a race with an ancient order known as the Gardeners of Tellus to unlock the vault. Whoever gains access first will discover the horrifying secret of the Genesis Seed.

Perfect for younger readers, this will be a must-have for fans, and a perfect introduction to Doctor Who, and the brilliant new series airing in autumn 2018.

Categorised under: Books, Featured, Story books


  • Anonymous

    August 19th, 2019 - 4:16pm

    Anyone know why the cover has changed?

    • booboo

      August 19th, 2019 - 4:20pm

      didn’t know it had

  • Doctor Stu

    September 12th, 2018 - 1:04pm

    I hate these first books, none of them have ever been able to capture an accurate depiction of the Doctor and their companions. They should hold off commissioning novels until we’ve actually seen the guys in the action first on televison. Not the authors fault I know but it’s still annoying

    • Tuppy Glossop

      September 12th, 2018 - 5:19pm

      I really do agree. A good example was Ten in the book “The Feast of the Drowned”. WAAAAAY too comedic.

    • Doctor Stu

      September 12th, 2018 - 5:35pm

      And Rory in nuclear time. He slaps Amy’s behind and is painted out as some sort of stud. I found myself changing some of the dialogue in my head so it was more believable

  • Bryan Simcott

    September 12th, 2018 - 12:40pm

    I am in my early 50s. Like the Target novels, we has Stunningly vibrant cover images.

    Wow, they are back. This look brilliant (npi) . Strikingly colourful, and possibly the first new series Novel with an Artwork cover (not photomontage/linoblock printing)

    This new era for Doctor who, is looking set to over excite an old fan

    • Anonymous

      September 12th, 2018 - 3:51pm

      Agree, love the art cover. As a huge target fan this looks great

    • Anonymous

      September 12th, 2018 - 9:07pm

      Each to their own! I feel that this is a particularly poor cover (But presumably aimed at children?) but then the last few Doctor Who covers for the books I have found pretty disappointing anyway. Just really haven’t been that impressed with the artwork or artists.

  • Anonymous

    March 31st, 2018 - 7:10pm

    and the “brilliant new series starting in autumn”

    I mean, i’m not against the books but … really?! Subtle much?!

  • The Outcast

    March 27th, 2018 - 11:33am

    There is now a cover and release date (November 1) for this on the Amazon page.

    • booboo

      March 27th, 2018 - 11:48am

      not sure thats the final cover, they seem to be using that format for holding images (13 doctor 13 stories had a similar one which they have since changed)

    • The Outcast

      March 27th, 2018 - 11:54am

      I don’t think it’s the final cover either looking at it, it looks to bland and has the 12th Doctor-esk cogs.

    • booboo

      March 27th, 2018 - 12:02pm

      i’m sure it will change but its unusual to have such a hi-res pic for a holding image and not to say its not final or something

  • DoctorFan

    March 10th, 2018 - 8:09am

    It says it is 250 pages so it’s probably a proper book!
    Hope we do get some quick reads as there weren’t any for 12

    • Whorules

      March 10th, 2018 - 1:18pm

      Yes I’m pleased it’s 250 pages, as you say a proper book. I have missed the quick reads over the last few years as well. To those unaware of Solomons’ writing, he writes mainly children’s numerous books, but a few years ago he novelised ‘not another happy ending’ from his own screenplay. The film starred our own Karen Gillian and I enjoyed both the movie and his book. So looking forward to this.

    • Whorules

      March 10th, 2018 - 1:19pm

      That should say humerous, the curse of auto spelling strikes again!

  • Ryan

    March 9th, 2018 - 6:31pm

    Sounds BRILLIANT! t really hit me when I read ‘Now the Doctor and her companions are in a race…’! I went back to correct it in my head but I thought “No, this is right!” and it has made me even more excited 😀

  • R1ch1e

    March 9th, 2018 - 6:25pm

    I love this. A Thirteenth Doctor synopsis.

  • John Hoover

    March 9th, 2018 - 3:51pm

    It’s been a long time since the bbc have done children book (Not mr men) stuff
    This is making me feel better about the new era

  • Joe

    March 9th, 2018 - 3:31pm

    When is says that a second book is coming late 2019 does that mean we will only be getting one book every year. Whilst I doubt it, I hope I’ve just misunderstood the text.

    • booboo

      March 9th, 2018 - 4:53pm

      another childrens book by that author, I’m sure there will more standard novels and other books

  • Whorules

    March 9th, 2018 - 3:03pm

    Hope they do a paperback/hardback edition

    • Whorules

      March 9th, 2018 - 3:04pm

      David solomons is a good writer by the way.

  • Luke Foord

    March 9th, 2018 - 1:59pm

    Regardless of what age audience it’s aimed at, that is a wonderful plot tease. The concept of a seed vault is brilliant.

    • Ogronic

      March 9th, 2018 - 2:40pm

      So brilliant it already exists in Norway.

    • The Brigadier @2013

      March 15th, 2018 - 1:32pm

      Sounds as dull as ditchwater to me!

      It seems that a lot of people seem to like just about anything to do with the upcoming new era, regardless of how chap it really sounds/looks. Maybe we should have another novel called “The Emperor’s New Clothes”? It’d be quite apt!

    • Anonymous

      March 15th, 2018 - 9:10pm

      And some people will criticise regardless of how it turns out. After all, one person’s ‘chap’ is another person’s solid gold…

    • Anonymous

      March 15th, 2018 - 9:13pm

      The fact that it already exists in norway is kind of the point really. They are just taking something that already exists and giving it a sci-fi twist, they are not claiming they invented it! Chill out it’s just a kids book.

    • Anonymous

      March 15th, 2018 - 9:15pm

      They are not claiming to have come with concept! It was in the news, now it’s a plot point in a fiction story. That happens all the time

  • The Outcast

    March 9th, 2018 - 1:10pm

    So, is this a novel or one of those ‘quick reads’.

    • booboo

      March 9th, 2018 - 1:13pm

      its by BBC Children’s books so would image a quick read or along those lines

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