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Hell Bent By Alyssa Franke
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Hell Bent (2015) is a story that twists our expectations. Grand villains are reintroduced and then quickly discarded. The Doctor shifts from a heroic figure to an anti-hero. And a familiar scenario... More > between the Doctor and a dying companion plays out with radically different results. This is a story that explores and challenges some of the Doctor’s most paternalistic, controlling behaviours. The companion departs with an origin story equal to the Doctor’s. And with a Time Lord’s on-screen regeneration from a white man into a black woman, the path to Jodie Whittaker’s casting as the Doctor became even clearer.< Less
Against Nature By L Burton
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"You will make war with the beast of the city, and the people will be grateful, and in this way will your fame be fortified." Every fifty-two years, the God Xiuhtecuhtli – incarnate... More > for the purpose as a young Mexica male – would give himself in sacrifice in order that the universe should be renewed and the passage of time would continue as it had done before. Those born to other cultures and other eras might be forgiven for their failure to appreciate this great and selfless act. It was therefore strange that such a profound understanding should arise in one so far removed from the heart of this world, both veteran and victim of the terrible, endless war in heaven, a man the Mexica knew briefly as Coahualxiu bearing a death wish the size of creation…< Less
Heaven Sent By Kara Dennison
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‘I’m not scared of Hell – it’s just Heaven for bad people.’ Nine series into its 21st-century run, Doctor Who made history with Steven Moffat’s Heaven Sent... More > (2015). It was the show’s first single-hander, and the first ever to be shortlisted for an Emmy Award. Beyond that, it took Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor on a journey of self-discovery through a bespoke torture chamber, covering billions of years and the depth of a diamond wall. But Heaven Sent is more than just the Doctor’s own puzzle-box: it also serves as a decoder ring, allowing us deeper insight into both the Time Lord who fled Gallifrey and the persona of ‘the Doctor’ he adopted for himself. With a toolbox containing everything from Jungian psychology to video game design, this Black Archive (the second of three covering the final episodes of the 2015 season) seeks to take apart the Doctor’s Confession Dial and discover what he’s been hiding from his audience – and himself – for all these years.< Less
Tales of the City By Philip Purser-Hallard
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Beyond the end of the universe exists a city the size of a galaxy, packed with every human being that ever lived, from the first Australopithecus to the last posthuman, resurrected in a city in which... More > nobody can die…or rather, that used to be the case. The first ever City of the Saved short story collection, edited by the man who created it for the Faction Paradox Book of the War, Philip Purser-Hallard.< Less
Stranger Tales of the City By Philip Purser-Hallard
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The knights hospitaller have just woken to a second life in a City the size of a galaxy. Two strangers from a far-distant future are flung together on Resurrection Day. A window-seller visits a... More > claustrophobic suburb and finds it full of mystery. A Remake gunslinger seeks a new role from the one he was always meant to play… In this, the sixth anthology in the City of the Saved series, we meet a host of human and not-so-human characters getting to grips with life in the afterlife: alien adoptees with no previous experience of human cultures; Citizens permanently missing and not merely misplaced; priestesses of long-forgotten religions; posthumans with their own baffling version of the Civil Tongue; a viral strain of humankind that has never known community… The City is full of strangers and these are their tales.< Less
Furthest Tales of the City By Philip Purser-Hallard
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Even the secular afterlife created for humanity by the Secret Architects has its limits – and there will always be those Citizens who chafe against those limits. Environmentally, culturally,... More > biologically, cosmologically, politically, experientially, some will always seek to go further. For instance… A group mind facing the troubling truth of resurrection. A comatose giant with human inhabitants of its own. A civilisation re-enacting an impossible apocalypse. A woman with negligible human ancestry out on the dating scene. A cult who inhabit the deep infrastructure underlying the City. A fictional adventurer starved of the risks his narrative craves.< Less
More Tales of the City By Philip Purser-Hallard
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Beyond the end of the universe exists a city the size of a galaxy, packed with every human being that ever lived, from the first Australopithecus to the last posthuman, resurrected in a city in which... More > nobody can die… The second City of the Saved short story collection, edited by its creator, Philip Purser-Hallard, and with new stories – and one extraordinary poem – from many of Obverse Book’s favourite authors!< Less
Tales of the Great Detectives By Philip Purser-Hallard
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The City of the Saved houses every human being who ever lived… but some of its immortal Citizens need more. For the Remakers, one fiction above all exerts its fascination: a character... More > existing in countless interpretations, many of them now recreated in the flesh and in business together as the Great Detective Agency. These are their tales. In the Agency’s annals, the City’s many Sherlock Holmeses solve the Case of the Pipe Dream, experience the Adventure of the Piltdown Prelate and explore the strangely clichéd Mansion of Doom. A Watson falls in love; a Moriarty goes missing; and Holmes comes face-to-face with his arch-nemesis, the sinister Dr Conan Doyle…< Less
Face the Raven By Sarah Groenewegen
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Book 20 in the Black Archive, a series of book length monographs on individual episodes of Doctor Who.
The Eleventh Hour By Jon Arnold
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Book 19 in the Black Archive series of monographs on Doctor Who.