a real world point of view
- For the audio adaptation of this novel, see Just War (audio story).
|Adapted into:||Just War|
|Companion(s):||Benny, Roz, Chris|
|Release date:||January, 1996|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 272 Pages|
|Virgin New Adventures|
Just War is the forty-sixth Virgin New Adventures novel. It features the Seventh Doctor, Bernice Summerfield, Roz Forrester and Chris Cwej. It is a harrowing novel featuring several scenes of Benny being tortured at the hands of the Nazis together with other portions of the novel with Roz Forrester finding love in wartime London. Just War is Lance Parkin's first novel for Doctor Who. He has written many more novels and the notable and lengthy reference books A History of the Universe and AHistory which detailed the extensive history of the Doctor Who universe.
Publisher's summary Edit
March 1941: Britain's darkest hour. The Nazis occupy British soil and British citizens are being deported to European concentration camps. Six thousand people a month are dying in air raids on London. The United States show no sign of entering the war.
According to the Seventh Doctor, this isn't a parallel universe, it isn't an alternate timeline; and everything is running according to schedule. But now something, somewhere, has gone wrong. The Nazis are building a secret weapon, one that will have a decisive effect on the outcome of the War. Chris thinks it's a UFO, while Roz believes that the Luftwaffe have developed the largest bomber ever built. Only Benny may have seen the mysterious craft — but she's disappeared off the face of the Earth.
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- The Doctor
- Bernice Summerfield
- Chris Cwej
- Roz Forrester
- Melanie Bush
- George Reed
- Oskar Steinmann
- Nurse Kitzel
- Standartenführer Joachim Wolff
Communications technology Edit
- Benny has a Spacio-Temporal Alarm Beacon that can monitor local transmission and communicate with the TARDIS.
- Benny gets beaten by the Nazis and also suffers food and sleep deprivation at their hands. She has some scars on her back from being whipped that are probably permanent.
The Doctor Edit
- The Doctor doesn't notice when Benny is naked.
Fashion and clothing Edit
- A tag on the Doctor's umbrella reads "If lost please return to Portland Street Library, Paddington, London".
- Chris grows a handlebar mustache.
- Benny is now thirty-three and her birthday is 21 June.
- Benny is proficient in Egyptian, Hebrew, French, Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, Old English, Old Norse and most Martian dialects.
- Roz contemplates staying in London in 1941 and getting married to George Reed. She also has a vision of herself dying.
- The Doctor can be knocked out by chloroform.
- The TARDIS can remove itself from Minkowski Space.
- Just War was adapted by Jacqueline Rayner for Big Finish Productions' first series of Professor Bernice Summerfield audio dramas.
- The audio drama version omits the Seventh Doctor, Chris Cwej and Roz Forrester and instead focuses on Bernice Summerfield and her ex-husband Jason Kane (who was not part of the original story).
- Mel makes a brief appearance in a flashback interlude.
- In PROSE: Happy Endings the Doctor tells the Brigadier of Benny's torture at the hands of the Nazis.
- Bernice Dora also turns up in Happy Endings and gives Benny her diary that is taken by the Nazis in this novel.
- Detailed synopsis of Just War at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Just War at The Whoniverse