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Book Blurb

London 1910: an unsuspecting thief finds himself confronted by grey- skinned creatures that are waiting to devour his mind. London 2789: the remains of an ancient android are dredged from the Thames. When re activated it has a warning that can only be delivered to a man named ‘the Doctor’.

The Doctor and his friends must solve a mystery that has spanned over a thousand years. If they fail, the deadly alien Squall will devour the world.

A thrilling all new adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill.

Also available as an unabridged audiobook read by Nicholas Briggs.

Background

Paradox Lost was my first Doctor Who novel, and looking back, it’s clear I was sticking a little to my comfort zone – Edwardian London, foggy streets, hive aliens and car chases.

It was also fun to plant little links between this novel and the rest of my fiction universe. It’s the first time that Professor Archibald Angelchrist ever showed up in print (although I’d already written ‘The Maharajah’s Star’, a short story that debuted later), and he would go on to feature in a number of Newbury & Hobbes novels, comics and short stories. The Doctor even uses a particular teapot in this story, which will resonate with anyone who’s read the short story.

I think the thing I remember most fondly about the writing of this book, however, is the fact I got to visit the Doctor Who set for a day and watch them recording scenes from the season finale, ‘The Wedding of River Song’. Matt Smith was such a gentleman and showed such genuine interest in what I was doing, and everyone else was so welcoming. Memories to treasure.

Reviews

“Mann lends the Doctor enough verve and zest to make him instantly recognisable, as a character, but cleverly avoids making the Doctor’s character a mere caricature of himself.”
Graeme's Fantasy Book Review
“Narrow escapes, a thrilling chase in an Edwardian car…and a real feeling of events getting out of control lead to a satisfying climax. I’d recommend this if you like your Doctor Who fog-bound and spooky.”
Doctor Who Magazine