|Main enemy:||Charrl, Jared Khan|
|Main setting:||London, 1909; Antýkhon, 22,000|
|Release date:||19 August 1993|
|Format:||Paperback Book; 40 Chapters, 216 Pages|
|Virgin New Adventures|
|DWM's "New Adventures order"|
- You may wish to consult
Birthright (disambiguation)for other, similarly-named pages.
Publisher's summary Edit
"I feel like a pawn in a blasted chess game, Ace." "I know what you mean. Trouble is, they keep changing the chess-players."
In the East End a series of grisly murders has been committed. Is this the work of the ghostly Springheel Jack or, as Bernice suspects, something even more sinister?
In a tiny shop in Bloomsbury, the master of a grand order of sorcerers is nearing the end of a seven-hundred year quest for a fabled magic wand.
And on a barren world in the far-distant future the Queen of a dying race pleads for the help of an old hermit named Muldwych, while Ace leads a group of guerrillas in a desperate struggle against their alien oppressors.
These events are related. Perhaps the Doctor knows how. But the Doctor has gone away.
to be added
- Bernice Summerfield
- The Charrl
- Queen Ch'tizz
- Mikhail Vladamir Popov
- Jared Khan
- Margaret Waterfield
- Ernie Wright
- Natasha Popova
- Randolph Bellingham
- Reggie Hawkins
- The Brotherhood of the New Dawn believes man has become decadent and evil.
Diseases and illnesses Edit
- Bernice contracts the flu.
- Margaret Waterfield is Edward Waterfield's sister and Victoria Waterfield's paternal aunt. She is murdered by Kahn's thugs.
- Bernice can't read Cyrillic.
- Channel Tunnel still survives in 22,000.
- The Time Vector Generator is an ebony bar that links the exterior and interior dimensions of a TARDIS.
Theories and concepts Edit
- The Charrl created three hundred of the 700 Wonders of the Universe.
- The Migration is the movement of the Charrl from Antýkhon to Earth.
Time travel Edit
- The Great Divide, a temporal portal from approximately 22,000 to 1909.
- Ace gets transported to the year 22,000.
- Bernice gets transported to 1909.
- This is one of several Virgin New Adventures which were adapted by Big Finish Productions for their first season of Bernice Summerfield audio dramas: Birthright (audio story).
- This novel almost does not feature the Seventh Doctor.
- A prelude to this novel was published in DWM 203.
- The jacket illustration for this book was incorrectly reproduced reversed as a full-colour page in Doctor Who: Timeframe: The Illustrated History. A second edition and paperback corrected this error.
- This novel runs parallel with the events of PROSE: Iceberg, with the Doctor being absent for the majority of Birthright. This was the first "Doctor-lite" novel under the New Adventures banner (Target Books previously published two non-Doctor original novels, Harry Sullivan's War and Turlough and the Earthlink Dilemma), and in some ways was a rehearsal for the later Doctor-less series of novels featuring Benny that began in 1996.
- The Charrl and Muldwych make an appearance in PROSE: Happy Endings.
- Muldwych refers to the fact that that there are only 699 of the 700 Wonders of the Universe left. (TV: Death to the Daleks)
- The Doctor also encountered a renamed future Earth in TV: The Mysterious Planet.
- Mikhail Vladamir Popov returns for a brief cameo in Happy Endings as one of Bernice's wedding guests.
- The Doctor's eagle pedestal speaks to Benny. (TV: The Pirate Planet)
- Ace refers to a trip she took with the Doctor to Africa "a long time ago". The hive of the Charrl resembles termite mounds which she saw there. (PROSE: Prelude: Birthright)
- Prelude to Birthright as published in DWM #203
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Birthright at The Whoniverse
- The Cloister Library: Birthright