is the fiftieth Happy Endings Virgin New Adventures novel. It is a celebration of many of the elements of the series and features the return of many New Adventures characters. It therefore has a certain commonality with and The Stolen Earth , televised episodes that include significant characters from an entire era of Journey's End , and Doctor Who , a comic story which ties a narrative bow around the The Flood Eighth Doctor's run in .
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It centres around the the
wedding of Jason Kane and Bernice Summerfield. Much of the humour of the novel derives from the reactions of her wedding party — which includes Pakhars, Silurians, Ice Warriors and several other species — to ordinary life in an English village. Amongst the set pieces of the novel are two quintessentially British competitions — the pub quiz and cricket. Both get long, multi-chapter attention. Indeed, despite the fact that it is a Seventh Doctor story, its depiction of the friendly between the local villagers and Benny's mostly non-human wedding party is the longest and most detailed depiction of cricket in all fiction.
"Doctor, this is my
fiancé. Please don’t kill him."
You are cordially invited to the
wedding of Mr Jason Kane and Professor Bernice S. Summerfield, to be held in the village of Cheldon Bonniface in the year 2010.
If everything works out, that is. Between rows, fights and pre-emptive
divorce proceedings, there may not be a wedding at all. Especially if there really is someone who wants to prevent it happening.
Everybody’s coming: from
Ice Warriors to UNIT veterans, a flirtatious Ace to a suspicious Hamlet Macbeth -- and a very confused trio of Isley Brothers. The Doctor has to organise a buffet, Roz has a mystery to solve, and Chris has a girlfriend who used to be the Timewyrm.
Anatomy and physiology
Artefacts of Rassilon
Sherlock Holmes gets annoyed when they first arrive in 2010 because he can't work out what satellite dishes are for.
Foods and beverages
The Doctor regrets attending a concert.
Personifications of concepts
The Doctor introduces Emily to Time, Death and Pain. Time curtseys at Emily's feet and says, "Hello again, Grandmother."
The Travellers come and perform a ceremony with Bernice, Jason, the Doctor, an Ice Warrior and others...where they all end up in a field naked.
Death and Time are referred to as gods on Gallifrey. At least a quarter of Gallifrey's population worship them.
There is a photo in the pub in Cheldon Bonniface of the Fifth Doctor following winning the local cricket league cup.
Roz doesn't know what cricket is.
Neville Cardus is a writer of books about cricket.
John Watson and P. Cooke's innings were not out.
Theories and concepts
John Benton owns (and drives to Cheldon Bonniface) an electric Bentley.
Hamlet Macbeth drives an "ancient" yellow 2CV.
The Wedding of Mr Jason Kane and Professor Bernice Bernice S. Summerfield
When the novel was first published, you could send away to Virgin and get a poster of the front cover.
The introduction is a poem written by Vanessa Bishop, while the end of the novel has words and sheet music entitled Opposites Attract.
The inside back cover features a larger version of the front cover "wedding photo" illustration.
Marked as the fiftieth release of the New Adventures line, this book introduced a new cover design. Among the changes, the Doctor Who logo on the spine, originally rendered as it appeared during the opening credits of the TV series, was replaced by an outline drawing of the logo.
A Goth girl briefly meets Benny and is said to have met her twice before; this is a reference to Neil Gaiman's character Death of the Endless and Benny's own brushes with Death.
The Seventh Doctor makes his final appearance on the cover of a New Adventures novel until the publication of PROSE: in 1997.
Lungbarrow Despite being published in 1996, this novel features Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart coming down with a terminal illness and having only a short time to live by 2010, eerily mirroring Nicholas Courtney's own battle with pancreatic cancer and ultimate passing away on 22nd February 2011.
Donna Noble, Amy Pond and Rory Williams also marry in 2010. ( TV: , The End of Time )
The Big Bang
Happy Endings references more or less every New Adventure featuring Bernice Summerfield (and some more besides) to date and beyond.
PROSE: and Cat's Cradle: Warhead established a polluted Earth, which due to the 'Restoration' is becoming clean once more.
Warlock Benny first met the Doctor in PROSE: . This is also the novel the Travellers debuted in.
Love and War Kadiatu first appeared in PROSE: .
Transit First Pilot Jinkwa, who got stuck in temporal suspension in PROSE: , gets released and dies.
The Highest Science Benny met William Blake in PROSE: .
The Pit Benny met Mikhail in PROSE: , while Ace met the Birthright Charrl.
Ruby Duvall met the Doctor in PROSE: .
Iceberg The original TARDIS that was thought to have been lost in PROSE: is returned to the Doctor.
Blood Heat Bernice met James Rafferty in PROSE: .
The Dimension Riders Hamlet Macbeth tortured the Doctor during .
The Left-Handed Hummingbird Benny first met Irving Braxiatel in PROSE: ; however, the Irving that is at Benny's wedding reception is from some time after Theatre of War PROSE: .
Tears of the Oracle Benny met Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in PROSE: .
All-Consuming Fire Benny met Romana II in PROSE: .
Blood Harvest During PROSE: and Legacy , Benny met the Ice Warriors who attend her wedding.
Theatre of War Benny met the Master in PROSE: .
First Frontier The Doctor undoes the mental block he put in the Brigadier's mind at the end of PROSE: .
No Future Benny still has a place in her heart for Guy de Carnac from PROSE: .
Sanctuary Joan from PROSE: turns up with a new cat, job and friends. The Doctor and Joan share a moment.
Human Nature Benny met Provost-Major Beltempest (and Roz and Chris) in PROSE: .
Original Sin Bernice met the crew of the in Schirron Dream PROSE: .
Sky Pirates! Bernice met Captain Lisa Derrane during PROSE: .
Shakedown Jason, the Master of the Land of Fiction, met Benny (though not in any real friendly way) in PROSE: and Conundrum .
Head Games saRa!qava, whom Benny met during PROSE: , has changed sex (to male) to appeal more to Benny.
The Also People Benny was tortured (the Doctor tells the Brig about it) and lost her diary in PROSE: . It is returned here by Just War Bernice Doras.
Benny met her husband Jason Kane in PROSE: .
Death and Diplomacy Chris learns Ice Warrior drinking songs which he then uses in PROSE: .
GodEngine Benny is "given away" by the Doctor, but he takes her to find her father in PROSE: .
Return of the Living Dad Benny and Jason get divorced in PROSE: .
Eternity Weeps Romana encounters Ace again in PROSE: .
Lungbarrow Benny encounters the Brigadier again in PROSE: . This meeting, however, is The Dying Days before Happy Endings, and despite the events in The Dying Days, no one is surprised by Ice Warriors.
A scene from the party (when Bernice speaks with Irving Braxiatel) is re-enacted in AUDIO: .
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