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Transit (novel)

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Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Benny
Main enemy: Fred
Main setting: London, 2109
Key crew
Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: Ben Aaronovitch
Release details
Release number: 10
Release date: 3 December 1992
Format: Paperback Book, 264 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20384-4
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Transit is the tenth novel in the Virgin New Adventures series. It was written by Ben Aaronovitch and featured the Seventh Doctor. It was the first novel to feature Bernice Summerfield as a companion following her introduction in the previous novel.

Publisher's summary

"Oh no, not again..."

It's the ultimate in mass transit systems, a network of interstitial tunnels that bind the planets of the solar system together. Earth to Pluto in forty minutes with a supersave non-premium off-peak travelcard.

But something is living in the network, chewing its way to the very heart of the system and leaving a trail of death and mutation behind it.

Once again a reluctant Doctor is dragged into human history. Back down amongst the joyboys, freesurfers, chessfans, politicians and floozies, where friends are more dangerous than enemies and one man's human being is another's psychotic killing machine.

Once again the Doctor is all that stands between humanity and its own mistakes.




  • Kadiatu's great grandmother of the same name wrote The Zen Military.
  • Because of that book, and the general residual footprints the Doctor has left through history, UNIT and he are something of a cultural phenomenon - including an opera based on Battlefield.


  • In his house the Doctor tries to retroactively stock his cupboards, but he forgets.


  • The Thousand Day War was fought with the "Greenies", a slang term for Ice Warrior.
  • Ubersoldaten were augmented soldiers that fought in the Thousand Day War.
  • Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart is the only surviving "super soldier" created after the Thousand Day War with Mars (the rest were killed by her adoptive father).


The Doctor


  • Earth's official First Contact with aliens is embodied in the Arcturan Treaty of 2085.


  • Bernice does not look when she walks out of the TARDIS and falls down a hole.
  • The family motto of the Lethbridge-Stewarts is here stated as: Nemo me impine lacessit ("No one attacks me with impunity").
  • The Lethbridge-Stewart family has a long history of military service and an interest in the unusual.
  • Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart dreams of Pythia. She is related (by both adoption and some of the genetics used to create her) to Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.


  • Personspace refers to the area of space explored by humans.


Transport technology


  • This novel is often noted for its multiple use of expletives; the word "Fuck" is used ten times in this novel.
  • A prelude to this novel appeared in DWM 195.


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