first_imgIn celebration of the upcoming season of Doctor Who, BBC Books announced three new novels featuring the Twelfth Doctor and companion Bill.The trio of hardcovers will hit shelves on April 20—five days after the small-screen premiere of season 10.BBC BooksFrom the mind of Cavan Scott, author of Titan Comics’ ongoing Ninth Doctor series, comes The Shining Man. Abnormally tall, with “long, lank hair, blank faces, and blazing eyes,” the creepy characters started as a Halloween prank that went viral.“Idiots dressing up as monsters. Giving folk a scare,” the book description said. “Silly masks and fright wigs. No one gets hurt. Because bogeymen aren’t real. … Until people start going missing and lights burn in the darkness. Burning like eyes.”But have no fear, the Doctor and Bill are here to save the day. Unless the monsters get to them first…BBC BooksMeanwhile, on a mining facility on Saturn, the companions face accusations of sabotage and diamond theft in Mike Tucker’s Diamond Dogs.When an excavation goes wrong, a rescue mission is launched to save a worker lost overboard—a worker who claims he saw “something amongst the swirling clouds.”“Something that can’t possibly exist,” BBC Books explained, teasing “something starting to rise” from the “crushing atmosphere of the gas giant.”A visual effects designer, Tucker recently won a BAFTA Craft Award for his company’s miniature effects work on the 50th anniversary Doctor Who episode; he also authored several Doctor Who and Merlin novelizations.BBC BooksNardole joins the party in Jonathan Morris’s Plague City, which takes Team TARDIS back to 1645 Edinburgh “in the grip of the worst plague in its history.” Together, the Doctor, Bill, and their alien friend meet ghosts that don’t know they’re dead and must keep the city safe from “the terrifying secret of the Street of Sorrows.”Writer of the official Doctor Who Magazine comic strip, Morris has penned three Doctor Who novels and a number of audio adventures.All three tales go on sale for £6.99 ($8.50) on April 20. The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole return to BBC and BBC America April 15.last_img read more