Doctor Who in Lewis Chessmen Story in New BBC Book
23 January 2012
Doctor Who in Lewis Chessmen Story in New BBC
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Matt Smith's Doctor Who encounters Vikings and a princess in the
The historic Lewis Chessmen feature in a new Doctor Who story
written by Ayrshire-born novelist, Jenny Colgan.
The new BBC book, Dark Horizons, tells of Matt Smith's Doctor
arriving on the Western Isles to play on the chess set.
He finds the islands under attack by a mysterious fire and also
encounters Vikings and a kidnapped princess.
The Lewis Chessmen are thought to date from the 12th Century.
More than 90 pieces were found buried in a sand dune on Lewis in
Last year, six Lewis Chessmen made a rare appearance at a museum
close to where they were uncovered.
A knight, pawn, warder, king, queen and bishop went on public
display at Uig Museum for four-and-a-half hours on 13th
Most of the pieces are kept at the British Museum in London.
Eleven of the chessmen are held by the National Museum of
The Lewis chessmen are thought to date from the 12th
In 2009, research cast doubt on traditional theories about the
It suggested they may have been used in both chess and Hnefatafl
- a similar game that was popular in medieval Scandinavia.
The research also questioned a theory that the ivory pieces were
lost or buried by a merchant.
Dr David Caldwell of the National Museum of Scotland, who led
the study, believed the chessmen were more likely to have belonged
to a high-ranking person who lived on Lewis.
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