Who and Books (live show)

Splendid Chaps is a year-long celebration of Doctor Who‘s fiftieth anniversary: eleven live performances recorded as podcasts in which your brains will be fed, your funny bones tickled, and your hearts opened (yes, both of them!).

Well…we say eleven. At Northcote Library, as part of their Geek Week celebrations, the Splendid Chaps are doing a special bonus episode all about Doctor Who books!

Books have always been an important part of Doctor Who, from the Target novelisations of the pre-video recorder age to the New Adventures and Eighth Doctor novels that continued the story after the original series went off air. Ben, John and Petra will be joined by editor and JOY 94.9 host Katie Purvis, and filmmaker, writer and podcaster Dave Hoskin for a discussion and reading of some of these works, plus a look at the stranger end of the publishing spectrum (the Doctor Who Cookbook, anyone?). And there’ll be a special reading from comedian Lawrence Leung!

Space: Northcote Library, 32-38 Separation Street, Northcote
Time: Saturday, May 4, 4:30 PM
Accessibility: This venue is wheelchair accessible.
Tickets: All tickets $10 (plus booking fee where applicable)
Bookings: via trybooking.com, or buy tickets at the door (subject to availability)
Podcast: TBA.


    • John Richards says:

      There’s just so much of it, Scott, I’m not sure how we could narrow it down. I even asked Paul Cornell which books he’d recommend (name drop!) and he basically listed writers he thought were great rather than individual titles, including Kate Orman, Gareth Roberts, Andrew Lane and Justin Richards. Paul’s Human Nature is obviously a key book, being the only title to be remade for the telly. (And on a tangent, Andy Lane wrote one of my favourite Big Finish stories, A Thousand Tiny Wings. It’s beautifully crafted, clever AND it passes the Bechdel Test!).

  1. Green ticket holder says:

    No green tickets were drawn at all at the library 🙂

    The substitute for the warm-up Dalek was very good, even if there wasn’t quite as much material!

    Really great guests made for fascinating listening, although damn your eyes, I now am interested in getting some of the New Adventures books (which are somewhat harder and more expensive to obtain than the Target ones).

    I agree with the point that Doctor Who is now being made by people who grew up as fans of the show, that could be an entire podcast episode in itself (#20 of 11 perhaps?)

    I am looking forward to the special food episode later this year. As the parent of two Doctor Who fans I can say that yes we have had fish fingers and custard and yes it actually quite nice.

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