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Friday, 24 May, 2002, 12:26 GMT 13:26 UK
Dr Who book goes online
Dr Who - The Dying Days on BBCi
The first three chapters went online to launch the e-book
A rare Doctor Who story has become the first book to be turned into an online novel for the BBC's website.

The book - called The Dying Days - was originally published in 1997, but has is now being put on the Doctor Who website one chapter at a time.

Fans who did not get the original book, now out of print, can now read it on their computers or print it out.

Dr Who - The Dying Days on BBCi
Original artwork was commissioned from Allan Bednar
Although the series is no longer produced on television, Doctor Who still enjoys a healthy cult following.

The Dying Days, written by Lance Parkin, was the first original novel to feature the eighth Doctor - seen in a 1996 TV movie played by Paul McGann.

The original book sold out before its official release in April 1997, and now fetches more than 50 times its cover price on online auction sites.

In it, the Doctor dies but comes back to life during an invasion of Earth by the Ice Warriors.

"It's very flattering that The Dying Days was picked as the first book to go online," Parkin said.

"Five years ago, it was the last book in a series - it'll be wonderful if this experiment is a success and The Dying Days is the first of a new medium for Doctor Who fiction."

Fans

The first three chapters were put online on Thursday, 23 May.

The book's appearance on the website comes after a series of new audio adventures were posted on the website, accompanied by cartoon-style graphics.

The first three actors to play the Doctor in the TV series, which ran from 1963 to 1989, were honoured with blue plaques in the BBC's Television Centre in London on Sunday, 19 May.

Parkin added that the original novel had many fans, including Tory vice chairman Tim Collins on the night of the 1997 general election.

He apparently read the book on that particular night "because he wanted to have read all the New Adventures under a Tory administration".

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