- Virgin Decalog
The Virgin Decalog books were collections of short stories published by Virgin Publishing based on the television series Doctor Who: they gained their name from the fact that each volume contained ten stories (although the last two collections both contained eleven). Five volumes were published between 1994 and September 1997, although volumes 4 and 5 did not feature the Doctor or any other non-Virgin copyrighted characters. This is because the BBC decided not to renew Virgin's licence to produce original Doctor Who fiction. Following this, the BBC began producing their own Doctor Who fiction, including short stories under the name Short Trips.
The first volume of stories published was Decalog (Virgin, 17 March 1994), edited by Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker. It contained the following stories:
Title Author Doctor/Companion Playback Stephen James Walker Seventh Doctor Fallen Angel Andy Lane Second Doctor, Jamie & Zoe The Duke of Dominoes Marc Platt Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith The Straw That Broke the Camel's Back Vanessa Bishop Third Doctor, Liz, UNIT Scarab of Death Mark Stammers Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith The Book of Shadows Jim Mortimore First Doctor, Ian & Barbara Fascination David J. Howe Fifth Doctor, Peri The Golden Door David Auger First Doctor, Dodo, Steven and the Sixth Doctor Prisoners of the Sun Tim Robins Third Doctor, Liz Shaw and UNIT Lackaday Express Paul Cornell Fifth Doctor, Nyssa & Tegan
The Story Playback by Stephen James Walker was a short linking piece that recurred between the other stories, detailing the story of an amnesiac claiming to be the Doctor having his memories restored by going through the items in his pockets: each item relates to one of the stories.
Decalog 2: Lost Property
The next volume was Decalog 2: Lost Property (Virgin Publishing, 20 July 1995), again edited by Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker. This volume abandoned the linking story concept used in Decalog, and instead concentrated on having all its stories written on the same theme – a property that the Doctor owns somewhere or when in the universe. It contained the stories:
Title Author Doctor/Companion Vortex of Fear Gareth Roberts Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe Crimson Dawn Tim Robbins Fourth Doctor, Leela & K-9 Where the Heart Is Andy Lane Third Doctor, Jo & UNIT The Trials of Tara Paul Cornell Seventh Doctor, Bernice, Housewarming David A. McIntee Sarah Jane Smith, Mike Yates & K9 The Nine Day Queen Matthew Jones First Doctor, Ian & Barbara Lonely Days Daniel Blythe Fifth Doctor, Nyssa People of the Trees Pam Baddeley Fourth Doctor, Leela Timeshare Vanessa Bishop Sixth Doctor, Peri Question Mark Pyjamas Mike Tucker and Robert Perry Seventh Doctor, Ace & Bernice
Decalog 3: Consequences
The final Decalog collection before Virgin lost their licence to use Doctor Who characters was called Decalog 3: Consequences (Virgin Publishing, 18 July 1996), and was joint edited by Justin Richards and Andy Lane. It introduced a new idea for linking the stories whereby each story would contain an element from the previous and subsequent stories, and the first contained an element from the last and vice versa. It contained the following stories:
Title Author Doctor/Companion . . . And Eternity in an Hour Stephen Bowkett Third Doctor, Jo Moving On Peter Anghelides Sarah Jane Smith, K9 Tarnished Image Guy Clapperton First Doctor, Dodo Past Reckoning Jackie Marshall Fifth Doctor, Nyssa UNITed We Fall Keith R. A. DeCandido Fourth Doctor, the Brigadier Aliens and Predators Colin Brake Second Doctor, Jamie & Zoe Fegovy Gareth Roberts Sixth Doctor, Mel Continuity Errors Steven Moffat Seventh Doctor, Bernice Timevault Ben Jeapes Fourth Doctor, K9 Zeitgeist Craig Hinton Fifth Doctor, Turlough
This was Steven Moffat's first Doctor Who work. He later went on to write for the 2005 revival of the television series, and would become head writer for the series from the 2010 season onwards. Jackie Marshall was an established writer of Doctor Who fan fiction at the time. DeCandido went on two write novels for the Star Trek franchise. Moffat would later use many plot elements from Continuity Errors as the basis for the 2010 Christmas Special, as well as for River Song's backstory in "Let's Kill Hitler".
Decalog 4: Re-Generations
The first Decalog collection after Virgin lost their licence to use Doctor Who characters was called Decalog 4: Re-Generations (Virgin Publishing, 15 May 1997), and was again joint edited by Justin Richards and Andy Lane. In order to try to keep the audience of previous Decalogs even though the Doctor could no longer appear in the stories, it was decided to theme the collection around the family history of one of the Doctor's companion Roz Forrester. As this companion had been created by co-editor Andy Lane for the Virgin New Adventures, there were no copyright issues in including her. It contained the following stories:
Title Author Second Chances Alex Stewart No One Goes to Halfway There Kate Orman Shopping for Eternity Gus Smith Heritage Ben Jeapes Burning Bright Liz Holliday C9H13NO3 Peter Anghelides Approximate Time of Death Richard Salter Secret of the Black Planet Lance Parkin Rescue Mission Paul Leonard Dependence Day Justin Richards and Andy Lane
Decalog 5: Wonders
The final Decalog collection was called Decalog 5: Wonders (Virgin Publishing, 18 September 1997), and was jointly edited by Paul Leonard and Jim Mortimore. This time, all but one story were free-standing science fiction pieces on the theme of "the Ten Wonders of the Universe". One story, The Judgement of Solomon by Lawrence Miles, however features another former New Adventures companion, Bernice Summerfield. The collection contained the following stories:
Title Author The Place of All Places Nakula Somana Poyekhali 3201 Stephen Baxter King's Chambers Dominic Green City of Hammers Neil Williamson Painting the Age with the Beauty of Our Days Mike O'Driscoll The Judgement of Solomon Lawrence Miles The Milk of Human Kindness Liz Sourbut Bibliophage Stephen Marley Negative Space Jeanne Cavelos Dome of Whispers Ian Watson Waters of Starlight Stephen Marley
Following the publication of this book, Virgin produced no further Decalog collections.
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