The Tenth Doctor and Donna Fight Internet Trolls In a New Doctor Who Book

*Actually*, it’s about ethics in time travel.
*Actually*, it’s about ethics in time travel.

Daleks. Giant killer wasps. Sentient fat babies. The Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble teamed up against some pretty awful bad guys during their time on Doctor Who, but a new novel will see them fight their most horrible foes yet: assholes on the internet.

Okay, so they’re actually fighting an alien virus that feeds on the hate brought about by assholes on the internet, but still, it’s a pretty solid “ripped-from-the-headlines” type of story.

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Speaking to the Radio Times, author Jenny Colgan stresses that the book is focused on fun, although she admits even her fellow Doctor Who fans are sometimes capable of spewing forth the hatred that inspired the book:

The thing is, I’m a Doctor Who fan, obviously, and 99.999% of fandom is absolutely lovely – I can’t stress that enough – but a tiny proportion are quite aggressive, and that’s puzzling to me, because it’s the antithesis of everything the Doctor stands for. So the book is looking at modern rage, how pent up people can get. It’s pent up anger that the virus feeds on, all that frustration with nowhere to go.

(Personally, I’m looking forward to the bit where the Doctor and Donna are attacked by sentient Twitter eggs attempting to mansplain alien invasions to them.)

In the Blood is the first full-length Tenth Doctor novel the BBC has released since 2009 (a.k.a .since Tennant was actually still the incumbent Doctor on the show) and is due for release in May. Between this and the Big Finish audio plays, it feels like we’re in the middle of a Tenth Doctor renaissance this year—a year where Doctor Who itself is barely going to be on TV. But if we get more stuff based on the Doctor and Donna, though, I can’t honestly complain.


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“Allons-y!” exclaimed The Doctor as the MRAs finally saw sense and retreated back to think about what they’d done with their lives. “I can’t believe it!” breathed Donna “That’s all of ‘em! All the trolls on the internet! There’s nothing for that thing to feed on, now!” Slowly standing up from the laptop, The Doctor breathed a sigh of relief: “Y’know Donna, humanity is amazing: all you have to do to get you lot to work together is a little empathy! In the years to come when you’re spread out across the galaxy from Saturn to Aegis 7 to the Excalibur Star-Roads, you’ll be able to look back on today and say...”

“Allons-y!” The Doctor and Donna said together.

“Let’s bang the telly on and I’ll get a brew going. Think we deserve it after all that!” said Donna and in one swagger of a motion zapped the television to life.

The Doctor glimpsed the screen. The words bore into his soul. Repeated again and again. He went cold. The trolls would be back and stronger than ever. There would be no stopping them. The words continued to mock him. Mock The Doctor:


“OK, fuck it” said The Doctor as he entered the TARDIS and flew it through the Earth instantly killing everybody.