The Evil of the Daleks returns once more in a special novelisation by actor Frazer Hines


BBC Books have announced a new Doctor Who book for this October, and its a title which surely nobody could have predicted. A new novelisation of The Evil the Daleks arrives on the 26th of October. But this time its adapted by Jamie himself, actor Frazer Hines!

However, there’s more here than meets the eye. Because The Evil of the Daleks is almost unique in Doctor Who history in having not just been repeated, but repeated within the main run of the show itself. Originally the finale of Season Four in 1967, Season Five ends a year later with new companion Zoe coming aboard the TARDIS. But to ensure she understands what she’s letting herself in for, the Doctor projects his memories of his and Jamie’s previous battle with the Daleks on the scanner. It results, in effect, in a seven week flashback! It’s this telling of the story the new novel embellishes, as we see Jamie having to relive one of his most traumatic experiences from his point of view. And all the while, some new threat, unseen in the television version, lurks outside, ready to bend the situation to its advantage…


The new Evil of the Daleks is available to pre-order now ahead of its hitting bookshops in October

Other actors, such as Tom Baker and Sophie Aldred, have written Doctor Who novels before. But Frazer Hines will be the first since Ian Marter (Harry Sullivan) to novelise one of his own television adventures. Hines has previously published a series of memoirs, such as Hines Sight, as well as Films, Farms, and Fillies, and Fifty Shades of Frazer. However, this appears to be his first work of fiction. It’s yet to be revealed whether he’ll be working closely with another writer to bring his vision of Jamie’s new old adventure to the page.

You can pre-order The Evil of the Daleks from your favourite book retailer now.


Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks by Frazer Hines. Cover (c) BBC Books Second Doctor novelisations Jamie McCrimmon
Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks by Frazer Hines. Cover (c) BBC Books

Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks

After defending a space station from a Cyberman incursion, the Doctor and Jamie learn that young astrophysicist Zoe wishes to join them on their travels. To give her fair warning of the dangers she may face, the Doctor places the TARDIS outside time and space and uses a mind projector to share one of their most harrowing adventures…

And so, Jamie is forced to relive his encounter with the Daleks at their most evil and calculating. In a complex plot that dragged him from modern-day London to Victorian times and finally to the Dalek world of Skaro, he endured ordeals that tested his courage, strength – and his friendship with the Doctor – to the limit. He presents his own version of some of those events to Zoe; events that still anger him.

And while fact and fiction blur inside the TARDIS, a malevolent force watches from outside. Soon, Jamie finds himself lured from the safety of the ship into dangers that could end Zoe’s travels before they begin – and all their lives, as well.


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