on 27 December 2015
Story Set: Between The Movie and The Night of the Doctor, An Unearthly Child, The War Games, The Sea Devils, State of Decay, The Five Doctors, The Trial of a Time Lord, Pre-Movie
Team: First Doctor, Second Doctor, Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Eighth Doctor, Susan, Barbara, Ian, Jamie, Zoe, Jo, Brigadier, Benton, Romana II, Tegan, Turlough, Sam
Villains: The Master (Delgado, Ainley), Vampires, Sontarans, Raston Warrior Robots, Valeyard, Daleks, Drashigs, Deathworms, Giant Spiders
Writer: Terrance Dicks
The Eight Doctors is an amazing book. It occurs just after 'The Movie' and the Doctor is reading. He goes to check on the Eye of Harmony and finds a trap set by the Master. The Doctor then loses all his memories. Rassilon (who's now in the TARDIS for some bizarre reason) tells the Doctor that he will need to meet his first seven incarnations to regain his memories. This is an interesting plot, but could be confusing for fans who've only seen the show once or twice (and the show had been off-air for eight years when this was published).
The Eighth Doctor meets the First Doctor during 'An Unearthly Child', the Second Doctor during 'The War Games', the Third Doctor during 'The Sea Devils', the Fourth Doctor during 'State of Decay', the Fifth Doctor shortly after 'The Five Doctors', the Sixth Doctor during 'The Trial of a Time Lord' and the Seventh Doctor just before the Movie. My favourite of these interactions was the Fifth Doctor section, as there was a Sontaran, Drashig and Raston Warrior Robot battle which was interesting and very unpredictable. These short interactions between the Eighth Doctor and past doctors also feature the appearances of many companions such as Susan, Barbara, Ian, Jamie, Zoe, Brigadier, Benton, Jo, Romana II, Tegan and Turlough, and are all written amazingly well.
There is also a sub-plot to this story featuring schoolgirl Sam, at Coal Hill School. She is being bullied by drug dealers until the Doctor comes to save her at the start of the novel. She then becomes the new companion, however she is not introduced fully until the following novel, Vampire Science. I feel it was a wise move not putting Sam as a main character in this book as there were already enough ingredients. Finally, there is an interesting segment set before the TV Movie where the Master meets the Daleks. This does, apparently, contradict other stories, such as Dust Breeding (Big Finish, 2001), the Virgin New Adventures and the Doctor Who Magazine comic strips. But who cares? It's still a very enjoyable story with a nice cameo featuring the Daleks who I believe can make any story more enjoyable!
Overall, it's an amazing book. Unlike 'The Five Doctors' there isn't too much crammed in to it. There is a nice segment with each Doctor without it feeling too busy. Oh, and it's written by Doctor Who legend Terrance Dicks - what more do you need? 9/10.
Next up: Vampire Science.