Author: Paul Cornell
Title: Timewyrm: Revelation
Publication Info: London : Dr Who Books, 1991.
The final book in the Timewyrm tetralogy is unlike any other Doctor Who story I’ve yet experienced. For starters, one of the characters is a sentient church, there’s an English village on the moon, and much of the story takes place inside the Doctor’s mind. That may sound gimmicky but this a complex and ambitious novel that examines the Doctor’s grief and anguish through the previous incarnations who live in his mind. This is a challenging book to read as it has a lot of characters and facets and leaps from one to the other rather quickly, but a very satisfying story that pushes the bounds of a Doctor Who adventure. It’s also very influential as the revived television series has clearly mined this novel for ideas (and the author Cornell has also written screenplays for the show).
Recommended books: Timewyrm: Exodus by Terrance Dicks