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For the plant, see deadly nightshade.
Series: Doctor Who -
Virgin New Adventures
Release Number: 8
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companions: Ace
Enemy: The Sentience
Setting: Earth, England, North England, (town of) Crook Marsham, 1968
Author: Mark Gatiss
Publisher: Virgin Publishing
Publication: August 1992
Format: Paperback Book, 231 Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0-426-20376-3
Previous Story: Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark
Following Story: Love and War

Written by Mark Gatiss, "Nightshade" is the eighth installment in the series of Virgin Publishing's Doctor Who paperback novels. A New Adventure, it features the Seventh Doctor and Ace.


Publisher's Summary

I HAVE DONE ENOUGH! Ace has never known the Doctor so withdrawn and melancholic. He is avoiding her company, seeking solace in the forgotten rooms and labyrinthine passages of his ancient time machine.

Perhaps he will find the peace he yearns for on his favourite planet, Earth, in the second half of the twentieth century - in the isolated village of Crook Marsham, to be precise, in 1968, the year of peace, love and understanding.

But one by one the villagers are being killed. The Doctor has to act, but for once he seems helpless, indecisive, powerless.

What are the signals from space that are bombarding the radio telescope on the moor? What is the significance of the local legends from the Civil War? And what is the aeons-old power that the Doctor is unable to resist


  • The Doctor
    • The Doctor needs help on his missions and can't allow Ace to go.
  • Ace
    • Ace's parents met on the dance floor of a sweaty nightclub.
    • Decides to leave the Doctor for Robin, the Doctor deliberately lands on an alien planet, unable to let Ace go.
  • Jack Prudhoe
  • Lawrence Yeadon
  • Robin Yeadon
    • Ace kisses him to calm him from hysteria.
    • Waits months for Ace to return.
  • Vijay Degun
  • Professor Thomas Edward Hawthorne
  • Betty Yeadon
  • Jill Mason
  • Constable George Lowcock
  • Abbot Mervyn Winstanley
  • Holly Kidd
  • Christine Cooper
  • Tim Medway
  • Billy Coote
  • Win Prudhoe


  • First Doctor Who novel for actor-writer Mark Gatiss, who would go on to write and appear in several of the independent spin-off productions before finding fame in the TV series The League of Gentlemen. In the 2000s he would go on to write episodes for the Doctor Who revival and play Richard Lazarus in The Lazarus Experiment.
  • The character of Nightshade was inspired by Bernard Quatermass.
  • A prelude to this novel was published in DWM Issue 190.


  • NA: Set Piece explains why the Doctor's shoulder area is such a tender place.
  • Ace and the Doctor's interaction in this novel explains some of the events in NA: Love and War.

External Links

  • BBC Website Nightshade E-book and chapter notes
  • The Doctor Who Reference Guide detailed synopsis of Nightshade
  • The Whoniverse - The Discontinuity Guide to: Nightshade
  • Bewildering References Guide to Nightshade
  • Prelude to Nightshade as published in DWM #190

Virgin New Adventures
Previous Release:
Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark
Next Release:
Love and War


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