Preview – The Empire of Dirt

by Jay Bishop-Thompson

Georgie doesn’t belong in Victorian high society. She doesn’t know how to talk to her new friends and her social graces are slowly turning into barbed comments. But she still takes tea and discusses the neighbours because she has to fit in. The Doctor said so – she’s on an important mission: to infiltrate a select group of friends that are secret occultists who have stumbled onto a deadly entity on the periphery of this dimension.

Antoine doesn’t belong with all of the urchins. He can’t stand their dirtiness and accents. Since he doesn’t fit up the chimneys, he spends his days trying to pick out valuables from the swill left behind. But he has to fit in as well. The Doctor said so – he’s also on an important mission: to track down the horribly mutated creature scavenging the sewers for its next meal.

The Doctor loves it. Ever since the Tardis abandoned them on the outskirts of London in 1867, he has been so very happy tending to a small allotment, growing vegetables in peace. He’s made friends, even has a lady taking interest in him. He’s fitting in. He’s on a mission too: to have fun. Except he soon gets drawn into a murder mystery, people going missing and supposed sabotage on the allotment.

All while the Loringa grows stronger, deep underground. It has created an intricate web underneath the city, one large enough to pull it all down. But with the travellers distracted with smaller issues, will they discover the truth and save London from a premature burial?

Doctor Who Handbook: The Jeffrey Coburn Years

DOCTOR WHO is the world’s longest-running science fiction
television series. Each handbook provides both a broad overview
and a detailed analysis of one phase of the programme’s history.
When Jeffrey Coburn took over the role of the Doctor in the
Audio Dramas, the series was just beginning to expand its
audience base thanks to the internet. The question on
everyone’s mind was, “Would the world audience accept, in
audio, what it had always cherished on television?”

The answer was a resounding “Yes!” Today, even the BBC
itself is expanding its market into the world of audio, and
Jeffrey Coburn is considered to be one of the best non-BBC
portrayals of the Time Lord.

This book is an in-depth study of Jeffrey Coburn’s tenure as
the Doctor, including a profile of the actor, a critical summary
of each story in which he starred, and a scene-by-scene
examination of the 30th season story, MORNINGSTAR
MANOR. This book owes its thanks to David J. Howe and
the other authors of previous Handbooks whose tireless work
continues to enlighten us about this enigmatic Time Lord.

Jeffrey Coburn Handbook

Doctor Who Handbook: The David Segal Years

DOCTOR WHO is the world’s longest-running science fiction
television series. Each handbook provides both a broad overview
and a detailed analysis of one phase of the programme’s history.
David Segal is the second Doctor to take the helm of the
TARDIS for The Doctor Who Audio Dramas. Coming into
the role only two years after the series premiered with Vincent
Savage, the show was still considered an afternoon hobby,
nothing to be taken too seriously.

Of course, that didn’t take into account the plans that the cast
and crew had.

This book is an in-depth study of David Segal’s tenure as the
Doctor, including a profile of the actor, a critical summary of
each story in which he starred, and a scene-by-scene
examination of the 24h season story, THE PARADOX. This
book owes its thanks to David J. Howe and the other authors
of previous Handbooks whose tireless work continues to
enlighten us about this enigmatic Time Lord.

David Segal Handbook