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Shortly after Doctor Who was cancelled in 1989, plans were made to resurrect the Time Lord in book form. Publishers Virgin Books had novelised almost all of the TV stories and with no fresh source material coming in, were anxious to continue is some form or other.

Released bi-monthly, starting with the four part TimeWyrm series, the books were penned by established authors such as Terrance Dicks, TV writers such as Andrew Cartmel and popular fan authors such as Paul Cornell.

Whilst these books continued the adventures of the Seventh Doctor and Ace, the publishers were keen to keep things fresh. New companion, archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, joined the team and Ace disappeared for a few stories before returning older and wiser.

Demand for past Doctor stories was high, encouraging Virgin to launch a companion series a couple of years later.

Following the Paul McGann TV Movie, the BBC opted to take responsibility for publishing the books themselves. Leaving Virgin to release original Bernice novels, these books followed the all new adventures of the Eighth Doctor and a variety of new companions. Past Doctors continued to feature in their own highly popular adventures too.

A series of Ninth Doctor novels are in the pipeline at the moment.

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