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The New Adventures published by Virgin Books were a series of original, full-length Doctor Who novels that continued the adventures of the Seventh Doctor (and, initially, Ace) following on from the TV story, Survival. As the books were geared for an older audience, they included more mature themes including language, violence and sexuality. One book in the "NA" series, Shakedown was unique as a novelization of the non-BBC spin-off production, Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans, but greatly expanded to include the Doctor.
The series concluded with the Eighth Doctor novel The Dying Days. The series ended because, 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. One immediate change saw the book line change its branding, relegating the Doctor Who logo to the spine and rebranding the series as "The New Adventures". The Dying Days contained no references to Doctor Who on the cover at all.
After The Dying Days was published, the books continued with Bernice as the principal character in a new series of novels which were officially dubbed "The New Adventures" (with a new NA logo introduced).
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.
Although the continuity of the NA line was initially ignored by the BBC Books lines, this was eventually relaxed and references to NA and MA adventures began to appear. As for the series' canonicity with televised Doctor Who, that is a question that falls into a grey area, especially given that one NA novel, Human Nature, was later adapted as the television episodes Human Nature and The Family of Blood.
Doctor Who: The New Adventures Edit
|1||Timewyrm: Genesys||John Peel||7th||Ace||June 1991|
|2||Timewyrm: Exodus||Terrance Dicks||7th||Ace||August 1991|
|3||Timewyrm: Apocalypse||Nigel Robinson||7th||Ace||October 1991|
|4||Timewyrm: Revelation||Paul Cornell||7th||Ace||December 1991|
|5||Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible||Marc Platt||7th||Ace||February 1992|
|6||Cat's Cradle: Warhead||Andrew Cartmel||7th||Ace||April 1992|
|7||Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark||Andrew Hunt||7th||Ace||June 1992|
|8||Nightshade||Mark Gatiss||7th||Ace||August 1992|
|9||Love and War||Paul Cornell||7th||Ace and Bernice (introduction)||October 1992|
|10||Transit||Ben Aaronovitch||7th||Bernice||December 1992|
|11||The Highest Science||Gareth Roberts||7th||Bernice||February 1993|
|12||The Pit||Neil Penswick||7th||Bernice||March 1993|
|13||Deceit||Peter Darvill-Evans||7th||Ace and Bernice||April 1993|
|14||Lucifer Rising||Jim Mortimore and Andy Lane||7th||Ace and Bernice||May 1993|
|15||White Darkness||David A. McIntee||7th||Ace and Bernice||June 1993|
|16||Shadowmind||Christopher Bulis||7th||Ace and Bernice||July 1993|
|17||Birthright||Nigel Robinson||7th, Muldwych||Ace and Bernice||August 1993|
|18||Iceberg||David Banks||7th||none||September 1993|
|19||Blood Heat||Jim Mortimore||7th||Ace and Bernice||October 1993|
|20||The Dimension Riders||Daniel Blythe||7th||Ace and Bernice||November 1993|
|21||The Left-Handed Hummingbird||Kate Orman||7th||Ace and Bernice||December 1993|
|22||Conundrum||Steve Lyons||7th||Ace and Bernice||January 1994|
|23||No Future||Paul Cornell||7th||Ace and Bernice||February 1994|
|24||Tragedy Day||Gareth Roberts||7th||Ace and Bernice||March 1994|
|25||Legacy||Gary Russell||7th||Ace and Bernice||April 1994|
|26||Theatre of War||Justin Richards||7th||Ace and Bernice||May 1994|
|27||All-Consuming Fire||Andy Lane||7th||Ace and Bernice||June 1994|
|28||Blood Harvest||Terrance Dicks||7th||Ace and Bernice||July 1994|
|29||Strange England||Simon Messingham||7th||Ace and Bernice||August 1994|
|30||First Frontier||David A. McIntee||7th||Ace and Bernice||September 1994|
|31||St Anthony's Fire||Mark Gatiss||7th||Ace and Bernice||October 1994|
|32||Falls the Shadow||Daniel O'Mahony||7th||Ace and Bernice||November 1994|
|33||Parasite||Jim Mortimore||7th||Ace and Bernice||December 1994|
|34||Warlock||Andrew Cartmel||7th||Ace and Bernice||January 1995|
|35||Set Piece||Kate Orman||7th||Ace and Bernice||February 1995|
|36||Infinite Requiem||Daniel Blythe||7th||Bernice||March 1995|
|37||Sanctuary||David A. McIntee||7th||Bernice||April 1995|
|38||Human Nature||Paul Cornell||7th||Bernice||May 1995|
|39||Original Sin||Andy Lane||7th||Bernice, Chris (introduction) and Roz (introduction)||June 1995|
|40||Sky Pirates!||Dave Stone||7th||Bernice, Chris and Roz||July 1995|
|41||Zamper||Gareth Roberts||7th||Bernice, Chris and Roz||August 1995|
|42||Toy Soldiers||Paul Leonard||7th||Bernice, Chris and Roz||September 1995|
|43||Head Games||Steve Lyons||7th||Bernice, Chris and Roz||October 1995|
|44||The Also People||Ben Aaronovitch||7th||Bernice, Chris and Roz||November 1995|
|45||Shakedown||Terrance Dicks||7th||Bernice, Chris and Roz||December 1995|
|46||Just War||Lance Parkin||7th||Bernice, Chris and Roz||January 1996|
|47||Warchild||Andrew Cartmel||7th||Bernice, Chris and Roz||February 1996|
|48||Sleepy||Kate Orman||7th||Bernice, Chris and Roz||March 1996|
|49||Death and Diplomacy||Dave Stone||7th||Bernice, Chris and Roz||April 1996|
|50||Happy Endings||Paul Cornell||7th||Bernice, Chris and Roz||May 1996|
|51||GodEngine||Craig Hinton||7th||Chris and Roz||June 1996|
|52||Christmas on a Rational Planet||Lawrence Miles||7th||Chris and Roz||July 1996|
|53||Return of the Living Dad||Kate Orman||7th||Bernice, Chris and Roz||August 1996|
|54||The Death of Art||Simon Bucher-Jones||7th||Chris and Roz||September 1996|
|55||Damaged Goods||Russell T Davies||7th||Chris and Roz||October 1996|
|56||So Vile a Sin||Ben Aaronovitch and Kate Orman||7th||Chris and Roz||May 1997|
|57||Bad Therapy||Matthew Jones||7th||Chris||December 1996|
|58||Eternity Weeps||Jim Mortimore||7th||Chris||January 1997|
|59||The Room With No Doors||Kate Orman||7th||Chris||February 1997|
|60||Lungbarrow||Marc Platt||7th||Chris, Romana, Leela, Ace, K9 Mark I and Mark II||March 1997|
|61||The Dying Days||Lance Parkin||8th||Bernice, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and UNIT||April 1997|
- 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 (who debuted in Human Nature).
- Ace was written out in Love and War and left the Doctor for three years (in terms of Ace's timestream) before reuniting with him in Deceit. During that time she changed considerably and turned into what some fans refer to as "Space Bitch Ace". Ace left a second time, permanently, in Set Piece. Ace's character development and departure were contradicted by later media, which also contradicted each other.
- 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.
- Several novels of the New Adventures featured old foes from the TV series, including:
- Timewyrm: Exodus - The War Chief
- Iceberg - Cybermen and the Cyber-Controller
- Blood Heat - Silurians and Sea Devils
- No Future - The Monk and the Vardans
- Blood Harvest - Great Vampires
- First Frontier - The Master
- Toy Soldiers - Ogrons (cameo only)
- Head Games - Valeyard (illusion only)
- Shakedown - Sontarans and the Rutan Host
- GodEngine - Daleks (cameo only)
- The Dying Days -Ice Warriors
- Birthright and Just War were adapted, without the Doctor, the rights to which character they did not have permission to use at the time, as the first Bernice Summerfield productions from Big Finish Productions.
- An adaptation of Human Nature appeared in Series 3 of Doctor Who.
- Love and War was adapted by Big Finish for an audio drama in 2012; this time, the company had full rights to include the Doctor.
Major Links to the Virgin Missing Adventures Edit
- A story strand 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 his companions with the Seventh Doctor and Roz and Chris Cwej from the New Adventures.
Production Notes Edit
- So Vile a Sin was published out of sequence with the other books because of the delays. In story terms, however, it took place between Damaged Goods and Bad Therapy. The death of a major character in that book was meant to be a surprise, but because of the production delay, that was spoiled, and the prologue started off with the funeral for that character. The delayed publication rendered it the final Doctor Who New Adventures novel to be issued.
See also Edit