Doctor Who

The Stealers of Dreams by Steve Lyons

The novel “The Stealers of Dreams” by Steve Lyons was published for the first time in 2005.

The Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness are visiting a planet colonized by humans where the situation doesn’t look very cheerful. Any form of fictional work is prohibited so for example on television only news and documentaries are broadcast.

The travelers discover that there’s an underground movement that spreads literature and a man who calls himself Hal Gryden spreads pirate television broadcasts. The Doctor and his companions try to understand the origin of that situation, which turns out to be more complex than they thought.

John Hurt in 2015

The actor John Hurt passed away. In the ’60s, John Hurt started having roles in some TV shows and films, beginning with “The Wild and the Willing” in 1962. His first major role came in the 1966 movie “A Man for All Seasons”, which won several awards and earned him his first nomination to the BAFTA award. He won that award for his role in the 1975 TV movie “The Naked Civil Servant”.

The following years brought great success to John Hurt with roles such as Caligula in the 1976 mini-series “I, Claudius” and others that became famous in movies such as “Midnight Express” (1978), for which he won the Golden Globe and the BAFTA, “Alien” in 1979, “the Elephant Man” by David Lynch in 1980 and “Nineteen Eighty-Four” in 1984.

Among John Hurt’s prominent television appearances there’s certainly the one as the War Doctor in “Doctor Who” among the protagonists of the special episode for the show’s 50th anniversary “The Day of The Doctor”. The actor reprised that role in some audio adventures.

Doctor Who - Frontios

“Frontios” is an adventure of the twentyfirst season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1984. It follows “The Awakening” and it’s a four parts adventure written by Christopher Bidmead and directed by Ron Jones.

The Tardis brings the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison), Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Turlough (Mark Strickson) to a very far future, on the planet Frontios. There, what could be the last group of living human beings struggle to survive to what appear to be attacks from the sky.

The young Plantagenet inherited the colony command from his father but has no way to counter the meteor showers that regularly fall on Frontios. The Doctor shouldn’t interfere with the events but decides to help rescue the wounded settlers after one of these showers. Those are not just rocks falling on the planet because during one of these events the Tardis is destroyed.

Another Life by Peter Anghelides

The novel “Another Life” by Peter Anghelides was published for the first time in 2007.

The weather in Cardiff is terrible but this can’t stop Torchwood’s operations. Out of the ordinary crimes must be resolved so Captain Jack Harkness leads his team in the hunt for a criminal even in difficult conditions. Normally Torchwood doesn’t deal with a serial killer but there are situations that require its intervention, especially when the alleged perpetrator dies and the murders keep on occurring.

Owen Harper is devoting much time to the virtual world of “Second Reality”. With Toshiko Sato’s technical help he manages to create an alter-ego online adequate to his needs. The virtual meeting with his ex-girlfriend seems only another moment in his personal life but ends up intersecting with his professional life also concerning Torchwood’s activities.

Only Human by Gareth Roberts

The novel “Only Human” by Gareth Roberts was published for the first time in 2005.

The Ninth Doctor wants to bring Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness to Kegron Pluva but the Tardis detects a time distortion caused by a “dirty” time machine. The planned trip has to wait and the Doctor reroutes the Tardis to the Earth at the beginning of the 21st century.

The travelers discover that there’s something strange when they learn that a man dressed like a caveman was involved in a brawl. When they go to the hospital where he was taken, where his presence is covered by a false Ebola alarm, the Doctor realizes that he’s a Neanderthal. Speaking with him, he understands the origin of the time distortion, which must be eliminated to avoid further problems.