BBC Books is the literary arm of the government-funded octopus that is the British Broadcasting Corporation. They publish trash and scrap paper that's burned to keep eastern european orphanages warm.
Back in 1996, after Doctor Who got cancelled again, the virgins who were writing the books about Ace getting raped when she's not having lesbian sex and the Doctor killing babies just to get an erection were worried that the movie might cause some trouble for them. They took their concerns to the BBC, thinking that kindly old auntie beeb would give them a pat on the head and maybe a caramel and tell them not to worry about it. But they made one fatal mistake: They mentioned they were worried about their sales.
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Moreover, due to some minor backlash over the VNA-level dark content and themes of the Virgin years, it was decried that the BBC Books line would be more accessible to younger readers. Because, y'know, in 1997 the British fantasy book series every kid on the planet was reading was Doctor Fucking Who. Pushing ahead anyways, BBC Books put out two product lines: The Past Doctor Adventures and the Eighth Doctor Adventures.
So, with a one-two punch of some lazy garbage and some lazy garbage that didn't make sense, BBC Books set about ruining Doctor Who forever. And they would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for that meddling Mad Larry! Thanks to a herculean effort from numerous writers, each pulling in diametrically opposite directions, the brand managed to stay afloat for a few years, long enough for Big Finish to come along and carry it the rest of the way to the endzone of 2003, when both Scream of the Shalka and the new series were announced.
BBC Books quietly sank into the obscurity from whence it came, occasionally surfacing to deliver a New Series Adventure. Today, they mostly publish... well, I'm sure books anon will remind you every thread.
LegacyEditBBC Books is responsible for a lot of evil in the universe, but from that evil must also come some good.
Via the madness of their lax editorial standards, BBC Books is indirectly responsible for Faction Paradox, the Time War, and Iris Wildthyme, as well as the kickstart to get Big Finish going. So, yeah, some real winners there.