BBC Books have announced this year’s Doctor Who short story collection: Twelve Angels Weeping

It’s become somewhat of a lovely Doctor Who tradition in recent years for each winter to see the release of a new short story collection. Beautifully packaged and illustrated, these hardback books lean into the whimsical side of the Whoniverse and are perfect for reading aloud by a Yuletide fire (adoring children bringing you your slippers and bubble blowing pipe not included). Following on from previous releases Time Lord Fairy Tales and Twelve Doctors of Christmas, comes Doctor Who: Twelve Angels Weeping.

Taking its cue from the classic Christmas song, it collects twelve tales of different classic enemies of the Doctor across 416 pages. Unusually this is the first collection with one author taking on writing duties for all the stories in the collection. That author is Dave Rudden, writer of the popular Knights of the Borrowed Dark trilogy and a life long Doctor Who fan, he’s been thrilled to work on this project, telling his followers on Twitter “I love Doctor Who and I’m so honoured to get to be a part of it! … I poured my heart and soul into it, I cannot wait for people to read!”

At this stage we know very little about the stories in the collection beyond the titles. Not even which – if any! – Doctors appear. We do know, though, that Rory, Vastra and Handles all pop up at different points.

The short stories are:

  • Twelve Angels Weeping
  • Eleven Daleks Exterminating
  • Ten Time Lords Travelling
  • Nine Cybermen Deleting
  • Eight Ice Warriors Hissing
  • Seven Sontarans Invading
  • Six Silurians Hibernating
  • Five Singing Ood
  • Four Zygon Infiltrating
  • Three Silence Meddling
  • Two Judoon Patrolling
  • One Master Plotting

Publisher’s Summary

Twelve extraordinary Doctor Who stories, each featuring a monstrous villain from the Doctor Who world.

On every planet that has existed or will exist, there is a winter . . .

Many of the peoples of Old Earth celebrated a winter festival. A time to huddle together against the cold; a time to celebrate being half-way out of the dark.

But shadows are everywhere, and there are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things, lurking in the cold between the stars.

Here are twelve stories – one for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas – to remind you that to come out of the darkness we need to go into it in the first place.

We are not alone. We are not safe. And, whatever you do: don’t blink.

Doctor Who: Twelve Weeping Angels by Dave Rudden is released on October 11th. It will be available as a hardback and as an audiobook (reader yet to be announced).


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