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New Doctor Who Novel by Tom Baker

Tom Baker is making another comeback into the Doctor Who universe this time bringing back an idea he had in the 70’s for a Doctor Who movie and putting it into novel form.

The book is called Scratchman and started to take shape when Tom Baker was the Doctor along with Ian Marter (who played Harry Sullivan) they started jotting down ideas for a feature length Doctor Who movie in between filming then eventually turning these ideas into a full script. Unfortunately the movie was never made to screen and was archived for what seemed forever…

The original script had planned to have Vincent Price to take on the role of the Scratchman and to have included the British model Twiggy but after many failed attempts to gain enough funding for the film it eventually got scrapped but after 40 years and many failed attempts the story will return in novel form written by Tom Baker himself.

Original movie poster for the unmade movie.

Scratchman will be released in hardback in January and is available to pre-order.


The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island, when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures – hideous scarecrows, who are preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all. But it doesn’t go to plan – the time travellers have fallen into a trap, and Scratchman is coming for them. With the fate of the universe hanging in the balance, the Doctor must battle an ancient force from another dimension, one who claims to be the Devil. Scratchman wants to know what the Doctor is most afraid of. And the Doctor’s worst nightmares are coming out to play…

Was it a shame we never got to see this movie? Or was it lucky that it was never made? I think it would of been interesting to see but maybe it’s good it was never put to screen. Doctor Who might not be what it is today if this movie was made…

Scratchman is available to pre-order here and will be released on January 24, 2019.