In April, we embark on the first of three special two-disc collections of two stories, with Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor in Doctor Who - Alien Heart by Steve Cole, and Doctor Who - Dalek Soul by Guy Adams.
Says range script editor Alan Barnes: "The double-bills in April to June came about because, er... well, we all quite liked the idea of double-bills, really! Each consists of two two-part adventures, each by a different author, one on each of the two discs; each, hopefully, has a very different style and tone to its companion piece – there should be a nice contrast between the two. First, in April, we've got the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa in Alien Heart/Dalek Soul – the first by Stephen Cole, the second by Guy
Adams. Alien Heart is about a species of weird spider-like monsters linked to the systematic destruction of planets, and Dalek Soul is a particularly bleak piece set on the Dalek-occupied world of Mojoxalli."
This is followed in May by Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor starring in Doctor Who - Vortex Ice by Jonathan Morris, and Doctor Who - Cortex Fire by Ian Potter, and then in June Sylvester McCoy brings this trilogy to a close with Doctor Who - Shadow Planet by AK Benedict and Doctor Who - World Apart by Scott Handcock:
As Alan explains: "May features Lisa Greenwood as Flip – hurrah! – reunited with the Sixth Doctor, in two adventures set before her (apparent) exit in Scavenger. Vortex Ice by Jonny Morris is a brain-scrambling conundrum of a story set in a diamond mine; then Ian Potter's Cortex Fire, like its title sort-of suggests, is about an epidemic of spontaneous human combustion on a distant planet. Finally, in June, there's the return of the Seventh Doctor and Ace in Shadow Planet/World Apart. The first, by AK Benedict, has them at a far-out therapy centre, getting some very alternative medicine; then the second, by Scott Handcock, finds the TARDIS travellers marooned somewhere very inhospitable indeed."
Looking a little further into 2017, Alan comments: "Later in the year, we've got a new trilogy for Seven, Mel and Ace, including the long-awaited return of the Silurians into the Main Range; then a very special one-off adventure for the Fifth and Tegan, teamed up with another Doctor's one-time companion; and finally a full trilogy of adventures featuring the Sixth, Constance and Flip, following on from this December's Quicksilver."
July sees the award-winning John Dorney back writing for the main range with The High Price of Parking starring the Seventh Doctor, and then following a currently-unannounced title for August, we're back with the often traditional two releases in September with Matthew J Elliott's The Silurian Candidate for Sylvester McCoy's Doctor and Time in Office by Eddie Robson featuring the Fifth Doctor.