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Head Games
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Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Benny, Roz, Chris, Mel
Main enemy: Jason
Main setting:
Key crew
Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: Steve Lyons
Release details
Release number: 43
Release date: 19 October 1995
Format: Paperback Book; 28 Chapters, 258 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20454-9
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Head Games is the forty-third Virgin New Adventures novel. It features the Seventh Doctor, Bernice Summerfield, Roz Forrester and Chris Cwej. It also features Melanie Bush, who departed the TARDIS in Dragonfire, and Ace, who joined in that story and last appeared in Set Piece when she also stopped travelling with the Doctor. There is also a cameo appearance of Brigadier Winifred Bambera. This novel is a sequel to Conundrum published in 1994.

Publisher's summary Edit

"This isn't Hell," the Doctor assured her. "It's only a sequel."

Stand by for an exciting new adventure with Dr Who and his companion, Jason. Once again, our time-hopping friends set out to seek injustice, raise rebel armies, overthrow dictators and beat up green monsters.

But this time, Dr Who faces a deadly new threat: a genocidal rogue Time Lord and his army of combat-hardened, gun-slinging warrior women. To make matters worse, this foe is a twisted version of the good Doctor himself — and if Dr Who and Jason can't stop him, he'll end all life on Detrios and Earth.

Armed only with their wits and with the modest power of control over reality, our heroes must face Dr Who's evil double: the megalomaniac scientist who calls himself simply... "the Doctor".

Plot Edit

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Characters Edit

The Good Guys

The Bad Guys

Inhabitants of Detrios

Inhabitants of Earth

References Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • Benny laughs until her sides ache when she finds out that the Sixth Doctor regenerated because he hit his head on the console (though this is likely false).
  • The Doctor gives Benny a UNIT pass that used to belong to Jeremy Fitzoliver.

Individuals Edit

  • Chris wonders whether he and rebel Kat'lanna might end up sleeping together.
  • Mel left Sabalom Glitz after six months and tried to hitch hike to Earth. Six months after that she was stuck on the planet Avalone.
  • Ace's body count is 423.
  • Blinovitch's first name was Aaron.
  • Jason resurrects the Queen (after she dies).


  • Ace compares the noise of the TARDIS' dematerialization to the sound of a key scraping a wire.

Organisations Edit

Other realities Edit

Timeline Edit

  • Benny kicks a soft drink can in London, 2001 which through a seemingly unrelated set of events leads to a slightly less eloquent speech writer writing a speech on the eve of the Draconian War, leading to many more deaths on both sides.

Notes Edit

  • The cover of this novel was used often in many articles about The New Adventures as it showed a recognisable Doctor (in the question mark jumper), companion Mel screaming, and the Doctor holding a gun, supposedly all indicators of a New Adventures novel.
  • Mel was last seen (chronologically) in TV: Dragonfire. Head Games continues her story after Dragonfire, and explains what led her to leave.

Continuity Edit

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