and it gives such a big connection to classic who

anonymous asked:

Could you recommend some good standalone Who books? :)

Sure!

Silhouette is an adorable YA novel about the Twelfth Doctor, Clara and the Paternoster Gang. It may not be the world’s deepest Who story, but it’s incredibly fun to read and beautifully atmospheric. 

Only Human is freaking hilarious. Nine, Jack, Rose and a bunch of cave-people. One of my favourite Who comedies.  

Vampire Science is a hell of a good urban vampire novel, and a perfect introduction to Who books. I’d recommend it to everyone, even if they’ve never heard of Doctor Who in their lives. 

The Bodysnatchers is just plain fantastic: the Eighth Doctor and George Litefoot teaming up to fight Zygons. A very thrilling read. 

Alien Bodies is my all-time favourite Who novel, or at least tied for the title with The Book Of The War. I’d recommend reading The Eight Doctors and Vampire Science before diving into it, but you could definitely treat it as a standalone novel as well.

The Book Of The War is a living monster of a book. Read it. 

This Town Will Never Let Us Go treads that particular line between YA, philosophy, comedy and urban horror that Welcome To Night Vale has also perfected. You won’t find the Doctor in this book, but you’ll find so many other things. 

The Cabinet Of Light is an experimental little noir story, with the Doctor at the sidelines and seen only through the eyes of others. I adore it. 

Festival Of Death is Johnny Morris at his most Douglas Adams-y. Takes a few chapters to get going, as it was his first novel, but once it kicks off it’s really great. 

Fallen Gods is a beautiful Eighth Doctor dream. If you like expressionism, you should definitely read it. 

The Dalek Generation is very good fun — it’s Nick Briggs writing about Daleks! The book ties into Big Finish, but works well enough as a standalone story too. 

Oh No, It Isn’t! is mad. Gloriously mad. 

Engines Of War is the first War Doctor novel, and really gives him a ton of character depth. It’s strongly connected to Classic Who (especially Genesis Of The Daleks and The Five Doctors) but everything is explained along the way. Plus, it shows what happened to Borusa during the Time War! 

Harvest Of Time is by Alastair Reynolds, and if that doesn’t sell it enough, it’s also a feminist, environmentalist, gorgeously written ode to the Third Doctor era. And if you’ve got around twelve hours to spare and you like Geoffrey Beevers’ voice, definitely get the audiobook.