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Byzantium! is a BBC Books original novel written by Keith Topping and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki.

AuthorKeith Topping
SeriesDoctor Who book:
Past Doctor Adventures
Release number
First Doctor
Ian, Barbara, and Vicki
Set inPeriod between The Romans and The Eleventh Tiger[1][2]
PublisherBBC Books
Publication date
July 2001
Preceded bySuperior Beings 
Followed byBullet Time 


Byzantium is an ancient Greek city near the Black Sea. Romans, Greeks, Zealots and Pharisee are all part of its mix.

The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki arrive for general sight-seeing. However, each soon has to face the possibility of being stranded in this place and time, alone and surrounded by political upheaval.


  1. ^ The Doctor's Timeline at The Whoniverse gives support for this placement (including specific placement relative to other spin-off media).
  2. ^ Cover blurb only specifies the Doctor's incarnation and companions.

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