The Sleep of Reason

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The Sleep of Reason
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Author Martin Day
Series Doctor Who book:
Eighth Doctor Adventures
Release number
Subject Featuring:
Eighth Doctor
Fitz, Trix
Publisher BBC Books
Publication date
August 2004
Pages 288
ISBN 0-563-48620-1
Preceded by The Tomorrow Windows
Followed by The Deadstone Memorial

The Sleep of Reason is a BBC Books original novel written by Martin Day and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Eighth Doctor, Fitz and Trix.


The Doctor poses as a psychiatrist to investigate strange goings on at a mental health hospital.


  • The Eighth Doctor ages about 100 years during this novel, because he travels back in time using a Sholem-Luz portal to shape events at the turn of the century, and then has to sleep in a casket in the cathedral to return to the present.
  • The Doctor is always referred to as 'Smith' in this story, except by Fitz and Trix. This is a reference to the classic series, when The Doctor would sometimes call himself John Smith (a very common British name).


  • Day said on the Jade Pagoda discussion group [1] that the first chapter of The Sleep of Reason had originally been written for a non-Doctor Who novel that was never completed. Day then adapted it for the Doctor Who format.

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