Throughout Doctor Who’s long run, the Doctor’s assistants have been predominantly female and in the show’s early days existed largely to provide a foil for exposition, get captured and be rescued, and gasp in amazement or scream in horror where appropriate.

With a gender-switched Doctor in the offing, this quartet of tales gives four sidekicks the chance to step out of the title character’s shadow and be the leading lady.

Jacqueline Rayner sends the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith back to ancient Rome, where they fall foul of a women-only cult, while Jenny T Colgan finds trouble in Napoleonic-era Russia.

All four stories are as faithful, feisty and funny as their heroines.

Doctor Who: The Day She Saved the Doctor, by Susan Calman, Jenny T Colgan, Dorothy Koomson and Jacqueline Rayner, Penguin RRP£12.99, 192 pages

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