Template:Real world Template:Infobox Person Template:Big toc Lance Parkin is an author who has written professional Doctor Who fiction since the 1990s. He is one of the few authors to write for both the 1963 and 2005 version of the programme — though much of his fiction has actually been based on the 1996 iteration. Indeed, he was notably the first author to write original prose for the Eighth Doctor in The Dying Days. He was also the author chosen to deliver the nominal 35th anniversary story, The Infinity Doctors, and the final volume in the Eighth Doctor Adventures range, The Gallifrey Chronicles. More recently, he has written for the Tenth Doctor in The Eyeless.

He is further notable for his work with Big Finish Productions, where he is arguably most known for writing the Sixth Doctor adventure, Davros. He has also written most of the non-fiction book AHistory that attempts to make a consistent and linear timeline for all Doctor Who stories.

Outside of Doctor Who, he has written things like (with Mark Jones) Dark Matter, a guide to the author Template:W.

Writing novels

Parkin's shortest ever pitch for a novel was, "I'll set it on Mars!", when Virgin editor Rebecca Levene said that she needed a Bernice Summerfield book in six weeks.[1]

His final pitch to Levene was for The Dying Days and went (something like), "Twenty years ago Dan Dare discovered the truth about Mars, and Francis Urquart (the Prime Minister from the Template:Wi series) put him in prison. Now he's escaped."[1]

Parkin has noted that Just War was a reaction to Timewyrm: Exodus.


In the three years between writing The Infinity Doctors and Father Time, Parkin worked as a storyline editor for Emmerdale. He also wrote a synopsis for a book that was to have been published in the slot that Parallel 59 occupies, known as Enemy of the Daleks.[2]

Parkin has said that he "relies on 'continuity references' in my books, and I still do to an extent – but references to the spirit, not the letter. It's good to be looking forward, not back. It's good to have the Doctor centre stage, as the protagonist." In particular following events of The Ancestor Cell/The Burning.[2]

On the EDAs as a whole; "I think that particularly from The Burning to, say, Time Zero, they're just about all as good as the NAs, which is about the highest praise I have for Doctor Who."[3]

When writing The Gallifrey Chronicles he noted, "It seems absolutely bizarre to say it at this point but the BBC were keeping their options open. If Doctor Who had bombed on telly, it would have been over and done in thirteen weeks. So part of the brief was to leave things open just in case the EDAs needed to pick up just where they'd left off!"[3] However Parkin has noted concerning The Gallifrey Chronicles and its relation to the new series




Virgin New Adventures

Virgin Missing Adventures

Virgin Bernice Summerfield New Adventures

BBC Past Doctor Adventures

BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures

BBC Tenth Doctor Adventures

Big Finish Bernice Summerfield series

Faction Paradox

Time Hunter

Short stories

Virgin Decalogs

Short Trips

Big Finish Bernice Summerfield series

Iris Wildthyme


Big Finish Bernice Summerfield series

Big Finish main range

I, Davros

Novel Adaptations

BBV Productions


Writer / Letterer

Reference books

Cancelled books

External links

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