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The Doctor Who tie-in novel Summer Falls was released today. It contains information that might be critical to the rest of the current series.

The concept of a Doctor Who tie-in product is not new. There are dozens of tangential Doctor Who tales in the form of novels and radio dramas that have been around for decades. Usually, they tell the story of the Doctor and companion someplace in the middle of their timeline together, and the authors work it out so canon is respected.

Starting in fall 2012, the BBC tried something new. In the episode, “The Angels Take Manhattan,” the Doctor is reading a book by Melody Malone that ends up affecting the current plot line. The book, as it turns out, was penned by Amy Pond, and the Melody Malone character was actually River Song. After the episode aired, the BBC released the novel. Unfortunately for readers, it was a bit of a letdown. It was more of a generic detective story, not so much the detective story-meets-the-Doctor version that drove the events of “The Angels Take Manhattan.”

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In the current series of Doctor Who, Clara speaks about a book called Summer Falls to the young boy who lives in the house where she is staying. She states, “the eleventh will make you cry,” referring to the 11th chapter of the novel which is revealed to be written by Amelia Williams, A.K.A. Amy Pond. The BBC released the book, which is actually more of a novella, today. You can read the first chapter here.

So how does this book potentially affect the current series? Here are the top 10 most interesting things about the novella. There are some mild spoilers below.

  1. The book was written in 1954 by Amelia Williams. This would be roughly 20 years after Amy and Rory were sent back in time. Amy would be about 50 years old at the time she wrote it.

  2. The protagonist is a fearless and clever girl named Kate who has no father and an irresponsible mother. She’s just moved to town. She’s very independent because she’s often forced to fend for herself.

  3. There is a museum caretaker Kate names Barnabas because he states he’s “between names at the moment,” who is remarkably like the Doctor. His “shed” is likely the TARDIS in disguise.

  4. Kate befriends a boy named Armand who has no friends because everyone thinks his father, a pharmacist, has mixed up prescriptions that resulted in the death of several townspeople.

  5. A seascape painting called The Lord of Winter seems to come to life. It is made of a canvas almost like tin foil and the ocean part seems damp.

  6. After falling asleep Kate wakes up to all the adults gone and summer turned to winter.

  7. There is a mysterious talking cat.

  8. There are only three children in the town and the actual, sinister Lord of Winter communicates to them and through them not unlike The Great Intelligence.

  9. A key, a ring, and a lighthouse are tools needed to fighting the Lord of Winter.

  10. The 10th chapter is good; it’s the climax of the story. The 11th didn’t make me cry, but it was sad.

The Amelia Williams novel concept is clever. It’s a bit of a manual on presumably how to defeat The Great Intelligence. Amy obviously learned from the events of “The Angels Take Manhattan” and didn’t use anyone or anything’s real name so that events aren’t forced to come true.

Unlike the Melody Malone novella, I was thoroughly entranced by Summer Falls. It’s only 13 chapters long and a fairly quick read. I downloaded it on my Kindle at 12:30 a.m. and was done by 2:00 a.m. I suspect if I hadn’t been tired, I could have read it faster; however, it certainly kept me interested to stay up late reading. I know I’ll be referring back to it as the current series progresses.

Will you be purchasing this novella?

  • http://twitter.com/walshcaitlin Caitlin Walsh

    Didn’t Matt Smith mention paintings are involved in the 50th Anniversary?

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      Yes he did! We are totally going to bring this up on WhoHype next episode.

      • Just Sayin

        And when is the next episode? Ive been waiting for something.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

      oh YEAH!! Jonathan Ross show!! I remember that!

      • Harry Martin

        The Lord of Winter, possibly under a different name, might be a form taken by the Zygons, and the painting hint could mean that the Zygons will imitate the paintings, disguise themselves as paintings and travel across the world everywhere, giving them the opportunity to take over the world. Winter Lord, Time Lord……

  • http://www.facebook.com/esther.portyansky Esther Portyansky

    The painting idea seems very similar to that of the painting in C. S. Lewis’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      I know what you mean, but I’d say the Dawn Treader painting was more instantly interactive.

  • Anna

    I finished the book a few minutes ago, and I noticed a few references.
    1. The shed is definately the TARDIS: The ninth doctor referred to the TARDIS as a shed in that episode with charles dickens.
    2. Reference to the 10th doctor, ‘I love a little shop.’
    3. Barnabas is the Doctor: when kate was on the phone with Barnabas she heard some explosions and a grinding noise in the background. I think that was the TARDIS. Kate also commented that cars do not have phones so I think the doctor was talking to her through the TARDIS phone. Also in the last chapter, when she went inside the tent, she noted that there was the smell of earth after rain, ‘Petrichor’.
    4. This will sound ridiculous but is the grey cat a symbol of River Song? At one point, Kate asks it why it can talk, and the cat said that it’s because she liked to sleep in the shed a lot. River Song was conceived in the TARDIS, and exposure to the time vortex gave her time lord powers. Clara said that the eleventh chapter will make us cry. The cat dies in the eleventh chapter. Perhaps this means that we will know more about River Song’s death?

    • Owen

      Very good, although we all know how river song dies, its how they are going to die this in with the eleventh doctors timeline since she dies in the tenths

      • Al

        River didn’t die exactly – her consciousness was uploaded to the doctor moon of the library. The 4022 souls who were originally ‘saved’ in the same way, were reconstituted as people at the end of Forest of the Dead. So is that really the end of River’s story?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000744632137 Lili Phew Fizzy

      What if the cat is the 10th doctors clone? For the 50th anniversary it’s sure he will be back. Or is that too late? Anyone?

      • Twelve

        Thats the actual Tenth, from his perspective the 50th Anniversary will be set during the second series.

        • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.bagnall.7 Matthew Bagnall

          Physically impossible – it has to be the clone human doctor – otherwise you’d have two Tardis’s also. It would also create a paradox just having the two of them in the same room.

          • Ben Rhodes

            You know, it has happened before right
            plus they filmed with 2 TARDIS’

          • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.bagnall.7 Matthew Bagnall

            Seen those – however it’ld make no sense given the 10th version as the 10th stated many times that he has no idea what he’ll look like – he also checked to see what he looked like when he became 11 – so he had obviously never met him before.

            Also it has to be Rose after the events of series 4 or it just doesnt make sense due to the fact any rose taken from before Doomsday would automatically not know the events with the Daleks and would still be attracted to the 10th doctor creating a three-way love triangle between 10, 11 and rose.

          • Ben Rhodes

            They can re write that easily
            and Tennant was confirmed as ten, so far, Rose would still know about the daleks, just not the Cult, it can happen, ans is the most likely situation, anyway I am more bothered about those Hurt Rumours

        • Just Sayin

          then why is his hair like that? I don’t recall a single episode where his hair was greased down to his head.

    • MeiMei

      The cat tells Kate he can speak English because he’s been spending so much time in the “shed”…the cat’s ability to speak is the ” gift of the Tardis” translator.

  • LunaLovegood

    How many pages is the book and how many chapters are there. I can’t find the information anywhere.

    • Emily

      12 chapters and 65 pages in mine :)

      • LunaLovegood

        Thank you !

  • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

    Just a small correction – River wrote the book in The Angels Take Manhattan. Amy only wrote the forward.

    • Al

      No – Amy wrote the Afterword…

      • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

        ^ oh yeah that’s right! Kind of makes me wish Rory had written the forward.

  • http://twitter.com/azulaing diamond

    I thought it was really really boring.

  • emanon

    “the 11th will make you cry” probably meaning that the 11th -matt smith- will make Clara cry

  • Camille

    Erm, your facts are wrong.

    “Melody Malone: Private Detective in Old New York Town” is an in-universe novel written by River Song (she states she writes it at the end of 7×05) with an Afterward by Amy. Amy publishes it in the past under her publishing company, Pond River. That is the book featured in “The Angels Take Manhattan.” The e-book released by the BBC is called “The Angel’s Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery” and it’s a PREQUEL to “Melody Malone: Private Detective in Old New York Town.” It depicts the events leading up to the in-universe book/TATM episode, but they are not one-and-the-same.

    Then they released “Devil in the Smoke,” which is an e-book featuring Vastra, Jenny, and Strax in an adventure pre-”The Snowmen.”

    Now they’ve released “Summer Falls,” an e-book which is meant to be the actual in-universe fictional novel written by Amy and published in 1954.

  • http://twitter.com/Peril_in_Pink Gina Smith

    I noticed that the book mentioned Kate wore red gloves (so far Clara has always worn something red) and that Kate learned at an early age to make things like omelettes, SOUFFLES, and roasts. Maybe this has something to do with Clara?

    • http://twitter.com/JonHike jghike

      Kate IS Clara.

      • http://twitter.com/Peril_in_Pink Gina Smith

        Yeah I get that, I just meant that this book as something to do with Clara. I just wasn’t sure what the significance was, especially with Amy writing the book. Did Amy know her? I just wasn’t sure how this all has to do with Clara yet.

        • http://twitter.com/JonHike jghike

          My best guess is that River is the cat, (even though in the book they say the cat is a boy), and she goes back and tells Amy everything that happened. Amy tries to make it as generic as possible because of what happened with the Melody Malone book.

          • http://twitter.com/Peril_in_Pink Gina Smith

            That makes sense. I suppose there was probably a reason for River telling Amy about this story. Maybe to serve as some kind of hint on how to defeat the great intelligence?

  • Thomas

    When I read the book I couldn’t help thinking that Kate is Clara (God how many “lives” does that girl have ?) and the Curator is obviously the doctor ! Your theory about the Great Intelligence is very interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/HungerSlytherin Jeremy

    I am looking back at this post after seeing pictures of the 50th shooting. if this book was written by Amy would this mean we might see Amy in the 50th. And so we know Clara has read the book so does this mean she accually knows how to defeat The Great Intelligence?

    • MeiMei

      I’m betting that Clara defeats the Great Intelligence in the season finale with her Mother’s ring, the Tardis key, the light atop the Tardis, and a painting we haven’t seen yet. There was a painting in Bells of St Johns, but it was a portrait of Clara painted by the Doctor, not a wintry seascape….

      • Twelve

        Wintery Seascape = Setting from Cold War

  • Ghost

    Not read it so maybe miles of but is it at all possible Clara is the cat just due to how many lives she appears to have?

  • David

    In the episode “Boom Town”, Rose mentioned going to a world with a frozen ocean, with waves frozen in place. Connection or coincidence?

  • GOPcongress

    The cover of the book in the TV episode is not the same cover as the one being sold by the BBC. I actually went to the trouble to re-create the bookcover in the TV episode and replaced the cover image.

    Does that make me a bit too wonky?

  • Eric

    I’m pretty sure that Barnabas is the doctor. Just read it and I am really curious about Barnabas.

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