Okay help: I need a list of the EDAs that cover Faction Paradox. And not just cover, but I have read zero EDAs, so I need the ones that get the companion’s intro/backstory as well.
I have a zipfile with the EDAs in it, and I own the Mad Norwegian novels, but I need to know which Official Dr Who novels feature the Faction.
Alright, there were a few companions, and here’s what you need up until the War n Heaven arc ends.
The first companion is Sam, female. She’s introduced in the first novel, the Eight Doctors, but to my knowledge the whole book was just a mashup of continuity references and her being introduced doesn’t account for much page space or provide much backstory for her. If you want to have some more fun with it, read Vampire Science instead- I haven’t read it myself, but it most likely fleshes out her character better than the first book.
For Fitz, you need to read The Taint, although be warned that it’s not considered a very good book and most people only remember the bits with Fitz in them. My personal introduction to him was Demontage, which was enough to make me like him (although I may have read the TARDIS wiki page on him), but the Taint would probably be best at explaining the basics of Fitzology.
And Compassion shows up in Interference, which makes this all very convenient.
The Faction books are, in order: Alien Bodies, Unnatural History, Interference Book One, Interference Book Two, and The Ancestor Cell. If you want to understand the full arc, you’ll also need to read Shadows of Avalon, but the Faction don’t appear there. The Taking of Planet Five is a book that I don’t believe features them, but its ideas were later translated into the Faction Paradox Universe. And there is a fleeting mention of them in The Gallifrey Chronicles, but not enough to make it worth putting on the list.
Unnatural History was written by Kate Orman and Jon Blum, at a point where they really didn’t know what the Faction was doing or how they were supposed to act. The Ancestor Cell was written to end the entire arc, and did so in the bluntest way possible without any care for how the Faction were meant to act. The Faction you see in them is (mostly) not the Faction you’ll see in the FPU.
Thank you very much!! I’m going on vacation and hoping to make progress on the EDAs.