On a recent Lovecraft eZine podcast, I raised the issue of Lovecraftian influences in Doctor Who novels. With that in mind, here are two of them:
White Darkness – The story is set in Haiti in 1915. It features the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice Summerfield. The book was written by David A. McIntee, who derived much of the story’s material from Wade Davis’ The Serpent and the Rainbow, a research into the practice of vodoun and zombification in Haiti and the Cthulhu Mythos created by H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft’s name was given to one of the principal characters in the story, Dr. Howard Phillips, who at one point presents the Doctor with a copy of the Necronomicon in the original Eocene, given to him by Aleister Crowley.
All-Consuming Fire – The Library of St. John the Beheaded contains the most dangerous books in all creation so when some of them are stolen who else should the Vatican call but Sherlock Holmes? Immediately, one of the possible suspects seems more suspicious than others. He has no traceable background, refuses to give straight answers and hides behind a pseudonym. However, Holmes and his loyal friend Watson soon realise this suspect is also their greatest hope: war is brewing and an Old God is rising, to save humanity they need The Doctor as much as he needs them.
We’re doing a Lovecraftian Doctor Who episode on March 12.
The above is courtesy of my podcasting colleague Rick Lai. Synopses from Amazon and the Doctor Who Wiki.
EDIT: Paul McNamee just made me aware of another Doctor Who book: The Nameless City.
Also, there’s Sky Pirates, which has a Lovecraftian take on the Doctor.
Can’t wait for this episode!
Hahaha! I definetly would have liked to see that in the show 🙂
James Ambuehl wrote some Doctor Who short stories I think. I’m pretty sure “Masters of Terror” was one. Does anybody know anything more about that?
Doctor Who-Cthulhu Mythos stories, obviously
Big Finish, in their excellent series of Doctor Who audio adventures, had this one – https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/lurkers-at-sunlight-s-edge-307, Lurker’s at the Sunset’s Edge – that is meant to be a fairly direct homage and pastiche of Lovecraft, with some various twists and wordplays.
That’s terrific! I think I actually have all 3 of those, unread!