Looks like the folks at the BBC are hoping to whet the appetites of new fans of The Doctor by giving away a few e-books. Hey, it works for crack dealers:
The New Adventures series of Doctor Who novels were an experiment by Virgin Books to continue the Doctor’s travels in print, following the TV show’s cancellation in 1989.
Between 1992 and 1997, 61 New Adventures were published, pitting the Seventh Doctor – alongside Ace and new companion Bernice Summerfield – against such scary monsters as the Cybermen, the Sontarans and the Chelonians – giant tortoises with a penchant for flower arranging.
In 1996, BBC Books decided that as part of its merchandising plans to accompany the anticipated rebirth of Doctor Who following the TV Movie, Virgin’s current publishing licence – coincidentally due to expire – would not be renewed.
With the publication of The Eight Doctors in June 1997, a new era for the Doctor in print had begun, taking with it much of the writing talent that had developed over the previous five years.
Meanwhile, copies of the now out-of-print New Adventures became sought after collectibles. Some could command as much as fifty times their cover price on online auction sites such as eBay.
We’re now publishing a series of these books online, for free. Each comes with a whole host of extras, including brand new illustrations and detailed commentaries from the authors.
I bought quite a few of the New Adventures series after the original series ended and it helped scratch my Doctor Who itch for many years. Interestingly enough the seven different e-books on offer are all stories I’ve not read myself so I’m looking forward to checking them out.
Found via Boing Boing.