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The Massacre By James Cooray-Smith
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The Massacre (1966), a serial of disputed authorship, of which no video copy is known to survive, was one of the last of Doctor Who’s ‘past’ stories as originally defined. Produced... More > during a fractious, transitional period in the series’ evolution, it nevertheless deals with the topic of religious civil strife in the Paris of 1572 with maturity and complexity, and from a variety of angles, many surprising for a tea-time adventure serial. This Black Archive title looks at The Massacre both in terms of its place in Doctor Who’s ongoing production and public reception, and as a piece of historical fiction intimately concerned with Christianity which draws on a variety of primary and secondary sources, many of them never previously acknowledged in discussion of the serial.< Less
Evil of the Daleks By Simon Guerrier
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‘Without knowing, you have shown the Daleks what their own strength is!’ In the midst of swinging London, the Daleks run an antique shop. The Victorian items on sale are all completely... More > genuine – but they’re also brand new. Soon the Doctor is following a trail back to 1866 and then to the Dalek home planet of Skaro. It’s not just the authenticity of a few antiques that’s at stake but what it is that makes us human – and how that can be used. Painstaking research and new interviews with many of those involved in the production shed fresh light on the story, its characters and its mix of science and history. Simon Guerrier is a writer and producer, and author of a number of Doctor Who books, comics and audio plays.< Less
Ghost Light By Jonathan Dennis
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One of the most densely complex stories in Doctor Who to this day, Ghost Light (1989) is a fast- paced production where every shot and every line has meaning, often more than one. As the last story... More > produced in the original 26-year run, it is the true antecedent of the modern incarnation of the series, both in style and in its focus on the companion’s development. Ghost Light is a bricolage of literary and cultural references that, in a story of alien experimentation hidden within the framework of a haunted house tale, explores issues of science, religion, class, race and more.< Less
The Ambassadors of Death By LM Myles
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The Ambassadors of Death is a story with no true villains. Instead it explores how our species might respond to the knowledge that we are not alone in the universe. Fear alone is enough to warp good... More > intentions into horrifying situations, and the enemy is not the monster without, but within our own characters. Amongst the many changes seen this year, the Doctor casts off his whimsical guise to become a much more straight action hero who acts as the catalyst to show that humanity is at its bravest, its best, when it offers trust, compassion, and kindness, even in the face of mortal peril.< Less
The Mind Robber By Andrew Hickey
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‘We obey our creator. That is all that can be expected of any character, unless the Master bids us otherwise.’ Season 6 of Doctor Who was a time of transition and experimentation, with a... More > production team wanting to move from one formula – the base under siege that had defined the previous two seasons – and toward another – the more grounded stories of season 7. No story in the season was more experimental, though, than its second, The Mind Robber. The debut of arguably the series’ most visually inventive director, David Maloney, the story was beset with production problems, including the last-minute addition of an extra episode and the sickness of a principal cast member; yet the creative solutions to these problems lifted the final story from a run- of-the-mill piece of whimsy into one of the series’ finest moments.< Less
Image of the Fendahl By Simon Bucher-Jones
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Image of the Fendahl (1977) is a fusion of the last great hurrah of the Gothic years of Doctor Who, before Graham Williams’ changes really began to bite, with the colder post-Gothic tradition... More > drawn from Nigel Kneale and HP Lovecraft. A priory, a haunted wood, a village coven… a scientific investigation that reaches back 12 million years in time and hundreds of millions of miles away in space. Writer Chris Boucher (also responsible for 'The Face of Evil' and 'The Robots of Death') builds on his successes with a story that functions as a human drama, a scientific puzzle, a horror story, and a masterpiece of unease. Building its audience by nearly three million from episode one to episode four, this story is one of the great classics of the series, and still works as an effective adventure drama for a modern audience.< Less
Timelash By Phil Pascoe
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For reasons which baffle the publisher, Timelash is not universally adored. Phil Pascoe takes a close look and comes to his own conclusions...
The Eleventh Hour By Jon Arnold
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Book 19 in the Black Archive series of monographs on Doctor Who.
The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit By Simon Bucher-Jones
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Book 17 in the Black Archive series of monographs on Doctor Who.
Scream of the shalka By Jon Arnold
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Book ten in the Black Archive, Paul Cornell's SCREAM OF THE SHALKA

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