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The New Adventures were a series of original, full-length Doctor Who novels published by Virgin Books. They continued the adventures of the Seventh Doctor after the TV story Survival. As the books were geared for an older audience, they included mature themes, strong language, violence, and sexual elements.

The book line changed its branding in 1996, relegating the Doctor Who logo to the spine and re-branding the series as "The New Adventures", with the publication of Eternity Weeps.

Following the broadcast of the 1996 TV movie, BBC Books took over the license for publishing original Doctor Who fiction, although there was an overlap of more than a year to allow Virgin to publish its contracted novels until mid 1997. After the Eighth Doctor novel The Dying Days, the New Adventures continued with Bernice as the main character in the Virgin Bernice Summerfield New Adventures.

Virgin launched two spin-off lines following the initial success of the NA line: the Decalogs, a series of five short story collections, and the Missing Adventures, chronicling the adventures of the first six Doctors.

From 1999 onward, Big Finish adapted several novels for audio by Big Finish, either directly or altered to omit the Doctor and focus on Summerfield. In 2007, the New Adventures novel Human Nature was adapted as the television episodes Human Nature and The Family of Blood.

Although the continuity of the Virgin books were initially ignored by the BBC Books lines, this was eventually relaxed and references to New and Missing Adventures began to appear. In DWM 482, Steven Moffat described the New Adventures as "a separate (and equally valid) continuity" to the BBC Wales television series.

Stories Edit

# Title Author Doctor Featuring Published
1 Timewyrm: Genesys John Peel 7th Ace 20 June 1991
2 Timewyrm: Exodus Terrance Dicks Ace, the War Chief 15 August 1991
3 Timewyrm: Apocalypse Nigel Robinson Ace 17 October 1991
4 Timewyrm: Revelation Paul Cornell 5 December 1991
5 Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible Marc Platt 20 February 1992
6 Cat's Cradle: Warhead Andrew Cartmel 16 April 1992
7 Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark Andrew Hunt 18 June 1992
8 Nightshade Mark Gatiss 20 August 1992
9 Love and War Paul Cornell Ace, Bernice 15 October 1992
10 Transit Ben Aaronovitch Bernice 3 December 1992
11 The Highest Science Gareth Roberts 18 February 1993
12 The Pit Neil Penswick 18 March 1993
13 Deceit Peter Darvill-Evans Ace, Bernice 15 April 1993
14 Lucifer Rising Jim Mortimore, Andy Lane 20 May 1993
15 White Darkness David A. McIntee 17 June 1993
16 Shadowmind Christopher Bulis 15 July 1993
17 Birthright Nigel Robinson 19 August 1993
18 Iceberg David Banks Cybermen, Cyber-Controller 16 September 1993
19 Blood Heat Jim Mortimore Ace, Bernice, Silurians and Sea Devils 21 October 1993
20 The Dimension Riders Daniel Blythe Ace, Bernice 18 November 1993
21 The Left-Handed Hummingbird Kate Orman 2 December 1993
22 Conundrum Steve Lyons 20 January 1994
23 No Future Paul Cornell Ace, Bernice, the Monk, Vardans 17 February 1994
24 Tragedy Day Gareth Roberts Ace, Bernice 17 March 1994
25 Legacy Gary Russell 21 April 1994
26 Theatre of War Justin Richards 19 May 1994
27 All-Consuming Fire Andy Lane 16 June 1994
28 Blood Harvest Terrance Dicks Ace, Bernice, Great Vampires 21 July 1994
29 Strange England Simon Messingham Ace, Bernice 18 August 1994
30 First Frontier David A. McIntee Ace, Bernice, the Master 15 September 1994
31 St Anthony's Fire Mark Gatiss Ace, Bernice 20 October 1994
32 Falls the Shadow Daniel O'Mahony 17 November 1994
33 Parasite Jim Mortimore 1 December 1994
34 Warlock Andrew Cartmel 19 January 1995
35 Set Piece Kate Orman 16 February 1995
36 Infinite Requiem Daniel Blythe Bernice 16 March 1995
37 Sanctuary David A. McIntee 20 April 1995
38 Human Nature Paul Cornell 18 May 1995
39 Original Sin Andy Lane Bernice, Chris, Roz 15 June 1995
40 Sky Pirates! Dave Stone 20 July 1995
41 Zamper Gareth Roberts 17 August 1995
42 Toy Soldiers Paul Leonard Bernice, Chris, Roz, Ogrons 21 September 1995
43 Head Games Steve Lyons Bernice, Chris, Roz 19 October 1995
44 The Also People Ben Aaronovitch 16 November 1995
45 Shakedown Terrance Dicks Bernice, Chris, Roz, Sontarans, Rutans 7 December 1995
46 Just War Lance Parkin Bernice, Chris, Roz 18 January 1996
47 Warchild Andrew Cartmel 16 February 1996
48 Sleepy Kate Orman 16 March 1996
49 Death and Diplomacy Dave Stone 18 April 1996
50 Happy Endings Paul Cornell 16 May 1996
51 GodEngine Craig Hinton Chris, Roz, Daleks 20 June 1996
52 Christmas on a Rational Planet Lawrence Miles Chris, Roz 18 July 1996
53 Return of the Living Dad Kate Orman Bernice, Chris, Roz 15 August 1996
54 The Death of Art Simon Bucher-Jones Chris, Roz 19 September 1996
55 Damaged Goods Russell T Davies 24 October 1996
56 So Vile a Sin Ben Aaronovitch, Kate Orman May 1997
57 Bad Therapy Matthew Jones Chris 5 December 1996
58 Eternity Weeps Jim Mortimore 16 January 1997
59 The Room With No Doors Kate Orman 20 February 1997
60 Lungbarrow Marc Platt Chris, Romana II, Leela, Ace, K9 Mark I, K9 Mark II 20 March 1997
61 The Dying Days Lance Parkin 8th Bernice, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, UNIT, Ice Warriors 18 April 1997

Notes Edit

Continuity Edit

  • The New Adventures introduced a few new companions into the life of the Doctor: Bernice Summerfield (debuting in Love and War), Roz Forrester and Chris Cwej (debuting in Original Sin) and Wolsey the cat (debuting in Human Nature).
  • Ace was written out in Love and War and left the Doctor before reuniting with him in Deceit. During the intervening three years, she changed considerably. Ace left a second time, permanently, in Set Piece. Ace's character development and departure were contradicted by later media.
  • Apart from the novels, a few of the comics and audios take place specifically in the New Adventures continuity. These feature the Seventh Doctor, Bernice, and the older version of Ace.
  • Eternity Weeps portrays the death (some years in the future, from the viewpoint of readers when the book first came out) of the Third Doctor's companion, Liz Shaw.
  • The New Adventures were linked in several major ways to Virgin's Missing Adventures line.
    • A story strand which originated in Blood Harvest continued into the first Missing Adventure Goth Opera in an effort to get readers to buy both books.
    • Shakedown and Lords of the Storm both featured the Sontarans in the same month.
    • The Missing Adventure Cold Fusion featured both the Fifth Doctor and the Seventh Doctor alongside Roz, Chris Cwej, and the Fifth Doctor's companions.

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Production notes Edit

  • Following the broadcast of the 1996 TV movie, BBC Books took over the license for publishing original Doctor Who fiction, but there was an overlap of more than a year to allow Virgin to publish its contracted novels. As a result, the book line changed its branding, the Doctor Who logo on the front cover and spine was removed beginning with the publication of Eternity Weeps.
  • So Vile a Sin was the final book to be published featuring the Doctor, but it was published out of narrative sequence due to delays preventing its completion. The death of a major character in that book was meant to be a surprise, but because of the production delay this was no longer possible, and the novel was adapted accordingly: its prologue began with the funeral for the character, and the event was made an intrinsic part of the narrative, rather than a shock conclusion.

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