After leaving the airwaves in 1989, Doctor Who entered what is now referred to as the ‘Wilderness Years.’ New Adventures were published by Virgin, written by names now familiar to viewers of the 2005- BBC Wales revival such as Paul Cornell (Father’s Day, Human Nature/Family of Blood), Russell T Davies (Love and Monsters and a few others…😉 ) and of course Gareth Roberts (The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp, Planet of the Dead, The Lodger, Closing Time and The Caretaker).
New Adventures stories picked up the gauntlet from the Cartmell Masterplan and saw a darker, more sophisticated version of Doctor Who than fans were previously used to. Beloved by many fans new and old, the novels were a great way to keep Doctor Who alive and even spawned a line of new stories for classic Doctors 1-6! While I was not a fan of the adaptation of Love and War (which was a surprise to me as I recalled enjoying the book), I am very excited about Highest Science which is a cracker of a yarn.
The cover for Doctor Who: The Highest Science is now online, with the Jacqueline Rayner adaptation of Gareth Roberts’ Seventh Doctor novel coming in December.
Sakkrat. Many legends speak of this world, home of an ancient empire destroyed by its own greatest achievement: the Highest Science, the pinnacle of technological discovery.
When the TARDIS alerts the Doctor and Bernice to the presence of an enormous temporal fluctuation on a large, green, unremarkable planet, they are not to know of any connection with the legend.
But the connection is there, and it will lead them into conflict with the monstrous Chelonians, with their contempt for human parasites; into adventure with a group of youngsters whose musical taste has suddenly become dangerously significant; and will force them to face Sheldukher, the most wanted criminal in the galaxy.
As well as Doctor Who: The Highest Science, fans of Gareth Roberts’ work in the realm of Doctor Who novels might like to check out next year’s releases of Doctor Who: The Romance of Crime, Doctor Who: The English Way of Death, and Doctor Who: The Well-Mannered War: titles which are also collected in two luxury collections volume 1 and volume 2.