The Sleep of Reason
|Series||Doctor Who book:
Eighth Doctor Adventures
|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  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.
- The title is a take from the 1799 Francisco Goya aquatint etching "El sueno de la razon produce monstruos" ("The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters"), part of the artist's Los Caprichos set.
- The Sleep of Reason at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Cloister Library - The Sleep of Reason
- The Sleep of Reason at The TARDIS Library
- The Sleep of Reason title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- The Sleep of Reason reviews at Outpost Gallifrey
- The Sleep of Reason reviews at The Doctor Who Ratings Guide
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