Doctor Who Tie-in Novels

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Title: Doctor Who Tie-in Novels
Creator: Various
Date(s): 1960s - present
Fandom: Doctor Who
External Links: List of Doctor Who novelisations and Virgin New Adventures on Wikipedia

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Doctor Who Tie-in Novels are professional works set in the Doctor Who universe, that are meant to complement the source material. Some works are direct novelizations of early episodes, or Missing Adventures occurring within the main continuity, and are often canon compliant. Others, such as the New Adventures series added to existing canon. There was much discussion of the canonicity of these works at the time they were published. Much of the New Adventures was later jossed by the revival of Doctor Who.

Some elements of the Tie-In novels have found their way into accepted Doctor Who fanon. The best known example is the Master's childhood nickname, Koschei. This name first appeared in a Missing Adventures novel, and was never mentioned in any of the live action versions of Doctor Who, but is a common name applied to the Master in fanfiction.


New Adventures

NA as commercial fan fiction and the role of women writers
Re: commercial fan fiction.

AFAIK the only major publisher of what was essentially commercialised fan fiction, Virgin Publishing Ltd, spent several years publishing 24 original Doctor Who novels a year. For the most part these books were edited by a woman, Rebecca Levene, and yet in the entire period (1991-1997) they produced both the New and Missing Adventures ranges Virgin published one woman.

I suspect there are more complex subcultural things happening here, however, as Doctor Who is a fandom generally dominated by gay men - and when you start counting the gay male authors of Virgin's output, the number ranks up pretty quickly. Even Russell Davies had one published, years before he became producer of the TV series. (And half the writers of the current series are ex-fanfic writers.)[1]


  1. ^ Comment by angriest on Cupidsbow LJ post, Women/Writing 1: The Response So Far. Post & comments discussing response to How Fanfiction Makes Us Poor, April 28 2007