Gold represents something long-lasting, something untarnished and unaffected by the passage of time. Myth Makers Presents: Golden Years celebrates the timeless elements of Doctor Who that have appealed to the show’s followers for half a century.
Monsters, time travel and exotic alien worlds. Horror, drama and humour. Golden Years celebrates the many eras of the series, featuring the Doctor in his many aspects: whether magician, scientist, wanderer, battle-scarred survivor or Machiavellian chess-player.
The stories in Golden Years demonstrate what we love about Doctor Who, and why it endures.
Includes 50-Word Memories from Robert J. Sawyer, Piers Anthony, Stephen James Walker, Stuart Douglas, Graeme Burk and many more!
Golden Years is a non-commercial publication. All proceeds will be donated to St. John Ambulance Canada.
“The Doctor and the Dragon” by Violet Addison & David N. Smith (Re:Collections - The Best of Short Trips, Faction Paradox: A Romance in Twelve Parts)
It’s the oldest of tales, and everyone knows the ending… A young girl is about to be sacrificed to a dragon, but a wandering hero arrives just in time to rescue the girl and slay the monster. Which is an incredibly inconvenient spoiler, given he doesn’t want to kill it.
“Observer Effect” by Pete Kempshall (Short Trips: Transmissions, Bernice Summerfield: Old Friends)
1996 should be the best year of Jay’s life. Instead, when unexplained blackouts begin robbing him of his memories, he finds himself on the brink of madness. Where has his lost time gone? Why is a maniac clown hunting him across London? And how can the Doctor’s umbrella save the day?
“The Two Scientific Advisors” by Samuel Marks (Gallifrey Base fan fiction forum)
The Doctor and Jo Grant have been traveling the stars and seeking adventure for some time, leaving their responsibilities at UNIT behind. When they return, it seems that everything has changed. There’s a new scientific advisor in town, and the Doctor isn’t happy about it.
“The Sleeping Ones” by Daniel Tessier (Shelf Life, The Doctor Who Project)
As the planet Polyxo prepares for its grand festival, something inhuman and deadly stirs beneath the surface. Ace investigates the ancient ruins of the Stickmen, while the Doctor pursues his own agenda – but will everything go according to his plan?
“PROBE Pour Homme” by Kelly Hale (Grimm Reality, Faction Paradox: Erasing Sherlock)
Tegan and Nyssa discover that the Doctor isn’t really a cologne person.
“With All Awry” by Blair Bidmead (Faction Paradox: A Romance in Twelve Parts, Iris Wildthyme: The Panda Book of Horror)
The Doctor has of late (but wherefore he knows not) lost all his memories and indeed it goes so heavily with his (Eighth) incarnation that this strange, Camden Town flat in which he lives with someone called “Reg” seems to him a sterile promontory.
“Best Served Cold” by Samuel Marks
Donna Noble goes undercover at a scientific research facility, where doctors are on the brink of the biggest medical breakthrough in years. But a terrible secret lies hidden in the basement, and the Doctor is determined to uncover the truth – whatever the consequences.
“Don’t Drink the Tea” by Matthew James (Short Trips: How the Doctor Changed My Life, Short Trips: Indefinable Magic)
It should be an ordinary meeting of the Church Ladies Circle, but an alien influence is at work. Can the Doctor and Jamie stop harmless old ladies turning into giant savage monsters? Desperate measures are called for and Jamie pays a heavy price. Whatever you do, don’t drink the tea.
“World of Tomorrow” by Chris Kocher (Myth Makers, Trenchcoat)
When a New York City teen stumbles onto a horde of Cybermen below the 1939 World’s Fair, he finds fast allies in the Doctor and Charley – but can they stop a mass slaughter by the heartless cyborgs?
“One Much Like Another” by Andrew K. Purvis (Short Trips: How the Doctor Changed My Life)
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. There is a dark wood carpeted with bones. A luminous monster that no mortal dares approach. A village with a secret. A recluse with a knife as bright as her smile. But the Doctor’s fury is roused by something else entirely.
“The White Ship” by Stephen Hatcher (Short Trips: Indefinable Magic, Short Trips: Defining Patterns)
The White Ship, the Titanic of the Middle Ages. As the doomed ship sets out on its final journey, the Doctor, Vicki and Stephen are aboard, trapped by royal intrigue and friendship. The Doctor is adamant: there is nothing they can do to help; even escape may be beyond them.
“Strays” by Cody Quijano-Schell (Bernice Summerfield: Secret Histories, Wildthyme in Purple)
In times of crisis and impending alien invasions, the Doctor has always been humanity’s greatest ally. The Time Lord has barely survived his darkest hour, and finds that he may have preferred the alternative of oblivion. Alone and with the TARDIS in ruins, who will help him cope with his own memories?
Artwork by Carolyn Edwards, Iain Robertson and Andy Walker
Design & Layout by Arnold T. Blumberg
Edited by Matt Grady and Andrew Kearley