Mad Dogs and Englishmen (Doctor Who)

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Mad Dogs and Englishmen
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Author Paul Magrs
Series Doctor Who book:
Eighth Doctor Adventures
Release number
Subject Featuring:
Eighth Doctor
Fitz and Anji
Publisher BBC Books
Publication date
January 2002
Pages 249
ISBN ISBN 0-563-53845-7
Preceded by The Adventuress of Henrietta Street
Followed by Hope

Mad Dogs and Englishmen is a BBC Books original novel written by Paul Magrs and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Eighth Doctor, Fitz and Anji.


A race of alien poodles alters a 20th-century fantasy epic to aid their civil war.

The Doctor infiltrates a groups of writers known as the Smudgelings, Anji experiences some very, very special effects in 1970s America and Fitz meets an old friend.

The book also features a jolly hotel chef and dogs with opposable thumbs.


  • The novel contains a spoof of J. R. R. Tolkien's experiences writing The Lord of the Rings. The character representing C. S. Lewis in this also appears in Magrs's non-Doctor Who novel To the Devil — a Diva! and the Smudgelings reappear in his novel Something Borrowed. Another character represents Ray Harryhausen.


  • Noël Coward appears in the novel.
  • John Major makes a short cameo in the climactic scene at the 'Champagne Supernova' club.

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