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Doctor Who: The New Adventures!
Exploring the world of Doctor Who in print with
The New Adventures of Doctor Who! The New Adventures of Doctor
Who is now out of print. Grab these books while you sill can.
The remaining copies in the warehouses were destroyed by a legal
order in England!
The New Adventures/Bernice Summerfield books can be found
here on a new page
I have decided that this is the golden age of Doctor Who. There!
Ihave declared it and so mote it be! Free from the limitations of the
small screen these books represent an epic journey introducing new
characters and continuing the adventures of the 7th Doctor.
If you like them you might also enjoy the Doctor Who audio
adventures at Big Finish Productions!.
Doctor Who The New Adventures
In 1991 with the show off the air a new series of books appeared
continuing the adventures of the 7th Doctor and his companion Ace. As
the sereis progressed a new companion, Bernice, was added and Ace
eventualy left. This series of books continues to turn out 8-12
novels every year. More recently a new series of books featuring the
other Doctors have appeared under the banner name "The Missing
By John Peel (1991)
Preface by Peter Darvill-Evans, series editor
Forward by Sophie Aldred (The character "Ace" on Doctor Who)
The first of the 'New Adventures' series of Doctor Who books and the
first of four Timewyrm books. This book, set in ancient Mesopotamia
has the Doctor hanging around with the mythical Gilgamesh. This book
took quite a bit of flack from the British press for it's sexual
By Terrance Dicks (1991)
Probably the best of the Timewyrm series, this novel by long time
script editor, Terrance Dicks, was full of wonderful 'whoisms'. The
Timewyrm is messing with history again, this time the Nazi's didn't
loose World War II and England has not done very well under the Third
Reich. The ending of the book is a classic who dilemma. Estraz mean
fake in case you didn't know that... : )
By Nigel Robinson
The Doctor and Ace track the Timewyrm to the planet Kirith. The
people there live in a paradise. Everyone is physically perfect. Path
the Doctor and Ace feel something is definitely wrong.. Sorta like an
outdoor version of Paradise Towers meets Happiness Patrol.
By Paul Cornell
This book is probably the most original of the first four novels and
gives a revealing look into Ace's past. It also introduces Reverent
Trelaw, a very enjoyable character, and the spirit who inhabits his
church. The Doctor's final confrontation with the Timewyrm makes for
Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible
By Marc Platt (who wrote the script for Ghost Light)
This novel is the most hard to describe of any in the series. It
certainly would not have translated well to the small screen as a
result of all the interesting... interesting... 'things' that happen
in the book. In fact I'm not even going to quote the back of the
book. Just go and read it..
The Cat's Cradle series is not much of an umbrella story but it does
have something to do with a cat, and that cat does show up on all
three covers of this series.
Cat's Cradle: Warhead
By Andrew Cartmel (script editor from 1987-1989)
Another first for Doctor Who! The first 'cyberpunk' like adventure
for the Doctor. Actually if you like that type of story the novel is
intensely interesting although the plot does tend to jump around a
bit. The descriptive passages are fascinating. The Butler Institute
and the high powered CEO types characters make this book interesting,
however it is the smaller characters who really steal the show. It
alos has one of the best covers of the series.
Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark
By Andrew Hunt
This is the first 'fantasy' novel in the New Adventures series. If
you like light fantasy books filled with unicorns and dwarves then
this is the book for you. The humans on the world known as Tir na
n-Og have found a gateway to another world, ours. This novel
introduces quite a few nice characters, some of whom are killed
off for no apparent reason. It also leaves the door open for a
sort of sequel in the way most modern horror movies do. Still the
book is well worth reading. Oh, since this was the last of this
series they finally tell you what the deal with the cat was.
By Mark Gatiss
Back to Earth in 1968 as the Doctor is going into a bit of a
depression (which if I recall lasts off and on for the next several
books) and perhaps a visit to his favorite planet will cheer him up.
In the village of Crook Marsham lives an old actor who once played
Nightshade on the telly. His character was sort of a cross between
Prof. Quatermass and Doctor Who. Now he is just an old actor. Many
murders, what else is new, have been occurring. There is a radio
telescope on the moor which is being bombarded by strange signals.
Add for good measure some legends of the local civil ware and an
ageless power and you have all the elements for a good Who story.
Sort of reminiscent of the Image of the Fendall or The Horror of Fang
Rock this books makes for good reading. This was voted by fans as one
of the best of the first 12 New Adventures novels.
Love And War
By Paul Cornell (Timewyrm: Revelation)
I was looking forward to this book. I truly liked Timewyrm:
Revelation and though he would take good care of the characters he
wrote about so well in his previous book. This book truly made me
angry. I really enjoy the characters in Doctor Who and have a hard
time believing that A) the Doctor is truly this devious, and B) That
Ace really has a foul mouth. With the exception of her performance in
Survival and Ghost Light Ace has always had a very positive attitude.
Even when she was blowing things up!
This novel introduces the new companion of Archaeologist Bernice
Summerfield. It also sees the departure of Ace form the series. At
least for a while. The story suffers. Mostly from the fact that the
prologue, which appeared in Doctor Who monthly, is actually helpful
to the development of the story and prepares the reader for what was
to happen in the book. At some point I hope to be able to type in all
those prologues and put them here. If you would like to see these
prologues e-mail me with your
requests. The book introduces the terrifying Hoothi. The Hoothi
arrive and turn this paradise planet into a battleground. Ace falls
in love with a 'space gypsy or space hippie' and the Doctor tries to
warn her not to get involved. The end of the book was deeply
disturbing. I'm not saying it is not a good book, bit I am
subtracting one star for the foul language.
By Ben Aaronovitch (Rememberance of the Daleks and Battlefield)
This novel has some strange bits near the end which don't seem quite
to work correctly however it is not as bad as the British press would
have you believe. This is sort of like the episode of Voyage to the
Bottom of the Sea that Harlan Ellison wrote. Yes it had the Seaview
and Captain Crane, but they were just there because they had to be.
The story had them in it but was not about them. This book is the
same way. It had the Doctor and Bernice in it (although her character
changes form book to book for the next few novels) but it is not a
Doctor Who story. I rather enjoyed the book. The prologue was once
again interesting, but in this case not necessary to the enjoyment of
The Highest Science
By Gareth Roberts
This books introduces the militaristic race of turtles the Chelonians
with their contempt for human parasites. The plot of this book is
somewhat convoluted and the humans form the passenger train seem to
be doomed at the end of the book and are just left to their fate by
the Doctor. Bernice develops more in this book, however Ace was
sorely missed form this adventure. She would have been a great leader
for the train passengers. The basic problem with this novel was how
many different plots were taking place at once. This book has no real
ending so don't expect one!
By Neil Penswick
The Doctor is REALLY depressed... again! Bernice talks the doctor
into investigating the disappearance of the seven planets. A mystery
which has always fascinated her. Guess who was responsible for the
seven planets disappearance... The squad of killer androids make for
some interesting reading as well as does some of the off world alien
politics, however the ending was rather strange.
By Peter Darvill-Evans
They should have let Paul Cornell (Love And War) write this novel,
but then again when you are the series editor I guess you can write
what you want to. This is not a bad book, in fact it is fascinating,
however as a book about the return of Ace it is not so good. Peter
does not seem to have a good grip on Ace's character. Just saying
that time has past and she has changes was not enough. Anyhow the
book makes for fairly good reading and continues a trend which I
hoped would keep going. The first of the new adventure series was 230
pages long. Much longer than any previous who novelization, however
Deceit weighs in at a whopping 325 pages (including the series
editor's note at the back). The story has a lot of nifty elements
including an interesting race inhabiting the planet Arcadia. It has
plenty of action since Absalom Dakk the famous Dalek killer of
comic fame along for the ride. The 'entity' behind it all is
interesting and the ending is well worth it. The cover does not make
sense until you read the book. The cover was a good concept, but
By Andy Lane and Jim Mortimore
Bernice always wondered why the scientific explorations of the planet
Lucifer and the object orbiting it had suddenly stopped. The Doctor
investigates. Ace turns out to have been working for an entity called
Legion who slips between this and other dimensions. The IMC
(first seen in Colony in Space when Jon Pertwee was the Doctor) makes
an appearance and mucks about with things. Quite a few nice
characters are killed during this story. Some of the deaths are
necessary to the story development while others are not. This book
weighs in at 346 pages! It was also the first of the New Adventures
to feature interior black and white illustrations. The very end was
great. This is a very interesting book and I highly recommend it!
By David A. McIntee (a whovian fanzine writer)
The TARDIS pays a visit to Haiti and this well researched pre World
War II adventure. If you like voodoo and zombies, and for a while I
thought the Master would show up but no such luck, this is the book
for you. Not much substance but enough plot twist and turns to keep
the story interesting. Some very nicely described locations.
By Christopher Bulis (did his own cover illustration)
This is a typical adventure. Once you have read it after a day or so
you will have a hard time remembering it. The planet Arden seemed
ripe for human colonization but something on the planet is stealing
the minds of the inhabitants. Some nice action scenes with ace fill
the first part of the book. Later on the interesting little creatures
that help our heroes are interesting.
By Nigel Robinson (Timewyrm: Apocalypse)
This story was much better overall than his first book. The basic
'thick atmosphere of London' plot of this book works very well. The
creatures, who are committing... whet else... murder in London, are
actually quite interesting once you get to know them. There is a bit
with the Doctor in the future and, well I'm giving too much away.
Just read it.
By David Banks (Cyber Controller in several episodes)
This is a very interesting book. The supporting characters will stick
in your mind for quite a while as well some of the dark imagery. The
Doctor makes a return trip to Antarctica where he once before
regenerated. The plot has to do with the 'flip back' team who are
going to try and stop an inversion of the earth's magnetic filed. The
Cybermen are up to their old tricks and are draining off power and
eventually hacking people up for spare parts. There is also a nifty
character, Ruby Duvall, who would have made an ideal companion. If
David Banks writes another of these I hope he will bring her back. I
will warn readers that this book has some sexual content. It
also has some disturbing scenes where humans are cut into
small pieces and frozen in ice.
By Jim Mortimore (Lucifer Rising)
This was the first in an unofficial series of 'alternate time lines'.
In this book someone has been messing with history. The Third Doctor
was killed while investigating The Silurians. The Seventh Doctor
investigates. In this world humanity is fighting a loosing battle
against the Silurians and the Sea Devils. The Brigadier is still
fighting. This book is slow to start but about a third of the way
though it gets truly captivating. There are a few interior
illustrations. Well worth reading. Looses one star for the slow
beginning and the bits with a dazed Jo Grant. A most amazing book.
Ending leaves something to be desired. Jim really knows how to
describe a location!
The Dimension Riders
By Daniel Blythe (Whovian fanzine writer)
Not a bad story, but not all that great either. This is the second of
the 'alternate time line books'. At the beginning Ace is deeply
annoyed at the Doctor for what he did at the end of the last book.
The story has to do with... well time travel and an evil entity. It
also has some nifty scenes in Oxford, or so it seems. Enjoyable
reading but noting spectacular.
The Left-Handed Hummingbird
By Kate Orman (first new adventure book by a woman)
This book centers around 'the blue' a psychic phenomena which seems
to surround Christian Alvarez. The book is well written and has a lot
of nifty Azetc stuff in it as Ace, The Doctor, and Bernice try to
stop the living god Huitzilin. Oh and now we know why the titanic
sank. Unfortunatly that section of the book is the most coherent.
Some of the characters meet rather sad fates.
By Steve Lyons (co-author of the Red Dwarf Programme Guide)
This is a nifty book and I'm about to give something away here so if
you don't stop reading soon I will spoil the ending. Remember the
Second Doctor story The Mind Robber? If no it is available on video.
Well the creator of the Land of Fiction (now a teenager form England)
is back. However he is being influenced by an outside force. This was
a great book from it's cartoon like super heroes and villains to the
'game master' character who is motivated by games. Even the cover is
By Paul Cornell (Love and War, Timewyrm: Revelation)
This time London in 1976 has been altered. Terrorists are in the
streets. The Queen barely avoids assassination. Benny is now the lead
singer of a punk band. Ace has murderous plans of her own and in one
scene stabs the doctor in the heart with a 'wicked' knife. Even
something is going on with UNIT! Well worth reading and Ace lets some
of that pent up anger out. About time too! I guess the author is
making up for not bringing back Ace in the first place. This book
concludes the alternate time line saga.
By Gareth Roberts (The Highest Science)
This book was enjoyable. All the main characters have interesting
things to do and see. However the assassin spider was a bit strange.
It was like some of the odd characters found in the Doctor Who comic
strips of the 80's. I imagine his effects would have been done by
Gerry Anderson's puppet squad. The villain of the story, a little
boy, reminded me of the boy with the glass jar for a head in the
shown The Tick. Asides form that the book is OK.
By Gary Russell
This book features the doctor returning to the planet of Peladon.
Peladon was the feudal planet that the Third Doctor visited on two
occasions. The memorable character Alpha Centauri is still there
bobbing up and down although the scene where they met was not what I
had hoped for. It doesn't take long for the doctor to get accused of
something. This time it is... murder! Why am I not surprised. The Ice
Warriors are there as well. Well worth reading and it has an
interesting author's introduction. It also goes into a lengthy back
story all about the history of Peladon which, while interesting to
me, read like any page of any Gor novel.
Theater Of War
By Justin Richards (Co-editor of In-Vision the Doctor Who reference
The survivor of a doomed archaeological mission to study an ancient
theater returns years later to the scene of the disaster. On her new
archeological team is Prof. Bernice Summerfield.
Amongst the murders lies the threat of an interstellar war which
moves ever closer. When Bernice contacts her friends they find
themselves playing out a very real performance of Hamlet.
This is a great book also, even though it took me almost a year to
finish the same book (hey it was a busy year) The characters come off
well, even though some of them are just cardboard cutout characters
to be killed off later. The ending performance it not to be missed.
This would have been a fantastic story for the Doctor Who movie as
By Andy Lane (Lucifer Rising) and John H. Watson MD!
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are investigating the robbery of some
rather mystical books. Who should they meet along the trail but
Doctor Who! Yes it is a journey into Victorian London with the Doctor
and England's greatest consulting detective. Two black and white
This was one of the most interesting books so far in the series.
The books is told partly as a Doctor Who story and part as a Sherlock
Holmes story. it alos has parts from the point of view of Bernice and
some battlefield reports from Ace. Overall a fascinating story whoch
would have made a wonderous movie. Buy two copies so you can have one
for your Sherlock Holmes collection too!
By Terrance Dicks (Timewyrm: Exodus)
I have not read any farther in the series so the descriptions will
be sort of sketchy from this point on.
This book is a tie in with the other series of Doctor Who books
the 'Missing Adventures'. You might what to read Goth Opera by Paul
Cornell (Love And War) before or after reading this book.
The Doctor and Ace are selling illegal booze to a town full of
gangsters and are hoggin' in on Al Capone's business. Meanwhile
Bernice has been abandoned on a vampire infested planet where she
meets Romana and the connection between the vampires and 1929
By Simon Messingham
The TARDIS lands in a garden of a Victorian country house where they
discover a young girl whose body has been possessed by a insect. The
rural paradise is rapidly turning into a nightmare world. A world
rules by the Quack, whose patent medicines are deadly poisons and
whose aim is to destroy the Doctor.
This was one of the strangest covers I had ever seen on a book.
Some of the characters are very nasty to one another. Worth reading
once. Strange ending, middle and for that matter beginning. Lives up
to it's name!
By David A. McIntee (White Darkness)
The Doctor visits the United States in 1957. It's the beginning of
the space age and the height of the cold war. Unfortunately the
aliens, the Tzun Confederacy, already are among us. Two nuclear
warheads have been stolen. Only one person seems to know what is
going on: the army's mysterious scientific adviser, the enigmatic
Honest Americans do not really act that way. Once character is
killed off for no apparent reasons by other characters who are only
in the book for less than a page.
St Anthony's Fire
By Mark Gatiss (Nightshade)
The Doctor gets mixed up in a genocidal war that is going on amongst
the planet's lizard like population. Ace wanted out so she is resting
on a nearby world but she may net be able to escape from the coming
There are some Doctor Who books which are well thought out. Even
though many of the characters meet a gruesome fate the uthor does a
fantastic job of describing the culture in the planet without getting
putting the reader to sleep. If the invading aliens were as well
described this would have been a paerfect Doctor Who book!
Falls the Shadow This book is hard to
By Daniel O'Mahony
This book is one of the hardest to find, and not all that
interesting. Despide the carniverous plants on the front they are
only in a few brief scenes. The two mysterious figures also shown on
the cover are more interesting, but how many omnipotent aliens can
you meet? The Gray Man is by far the most interesting character in
the book. Some of the sequences near the end are great.
This book is one of the hardest to find in the entire series.
It was printed during the time no one was importing Doctor Who
books. There were few copies that ever made it into the states. Most
of those which did came in that last mad rush (a year or two after
the publicaiton date) just before the books were destroyed due to the
lisince running out. It is very hard to find!
The next few books are also hard to find as a result, but not
as hard to find as this one!
By Jim Mortimore (Lucifer Rising, Blood Heat)
The Doctor has arrived in the Elysium system. Home of the 'Artifact'
For more than a century scientists have studied the ecosystem
flourishing within the Artifact. The system is now collapsing and
even the humans trapped inside are changing into something new. Guess
what?! One by one the scientist are being murdered.
Fun reading... Too many people getting killed off. Interesting, well
By Andrew Cartmel (Cat's Cradle:Warhead)
This is a sequel to his disturbing cyberpunk story. There is a new
drug on the street called Warlock. Benny is working as an undercover
cop trying to track down the source. Ace is trapped in a horrific
animal experimentation lab. Only the Doctor has begun to guess the
terrible truth about warlock.
Well worth reading! Interesting new characters and a few returning
By Kate Orman (The Left-Handed Hummingbird)
Another rip in the fabric of space (is this a reference to old movie
making? Spaceships on strings in front of a piece of black cloth?)
and the Doctor and Ace allow themselves to be captured. Bernice
rescue attempt goes bad and all three are scattered through time. Ace
is stranded in ancient Egypt. There she is pursued by mechanical
creatures whom she saw kill the Doctor.
Interesting bits in Egypt are the star of this story. Well actually
Ace is. This is the last story with Ace in it. I have no idea
why. Anyhow the ending in France appears rushed but is still
interesting. The strange ant like aliens are interesting in the
beginning, Oh, and the frst character we meet gets killed off fairly
early. Stars: ***
By Daniel Blythe (The Dimension Riders)
The back of the book describes Sensopaths. Their minds are tuned to
the collective unconscious, their powers have been unleashed into the
physical world. One by one the TARDIS has located them.
Far better than the Dimension Riders. Some old returning characters.
Doctor apears to be a bit more sneaky than usual. Interesting aliens
and intergalactic conflict.
Stars: *** 12-99
Sanctuary 4-01 (Hey , it was very hard
to read this!)
By David A. McIntee (White Darkness, First Frontier)
The Doctor and Bernice are stranded in medieval France. The Doctor
and Bernice are quick to become embroiled in local events. The Doctor
starts investigating a murder. A problem with changing history
develops. The cover designer gets a credit on the back cover
(Slater-Anderson). The author gives a brief introduction.
Another historical adventure by the wonderful author who brought
you First Frontier and White Darkness now reaches even
farther into the past to deliver a sweeking epic set in the time of
the Inquisition. losts of sword and arrow play should make it a
fascinating book. I found the first third of the book (which just
exists to set up one character) a very hard read. Unlike White
Darkness (which I had a hard time putting down) and First Frontier
for its sheer fun (and the fact that it was set in the US but the US
was never ever like that in the 50's) I just had a very hard time
reading this book. It took me almost 6 months to trudge through the
first section. The Doctor begins to materialize on page 60. The
relationship between Berneice and Guy is well done.. but the ending
sucks! Bernice is starting to feel a lot like Ace.
Stars: * for the character development of Bernice!
Human Nature 5-01
By Paul Cornell (Love and War, Timewyrm: Revelation)
Dr. John Smith is the new head master at the school in Farringham.
Bernice Summerfield is getting over the terrible events in France
when she runs into a future Doctor and things start to get very
dangerous. Can Benny fight off a vicious alien attack?
The unusual aliens (which have a novel method of reproducing) are
probably one of this books strong points. Some of the minor
characters are very notable. The sense of location is fantastic
especially the setting of the school and the house of one of the
teachers. Well worth reading. However after screwing over Bernice in
the previous novel it seemed a bit much to do the same to the Doctor
in this novel. Gripping and well plotted this will be an ammusing
read. the bits at the beginning with Bernice were very good setting
the novel in the pre WWI era in England. No one can write Doctor Who
like Paul can. I just wish he would give his characters a little more
of a break once in a while.
By Andy Lane (Lucifer Rising, All-Consuming Fire) Fantastic book.
A trip to 13th century earth on the dying words of an alien land the
Doctor and Bernice in trouble as they are sentenced to death by the
Imperial army. Someone is watching them. Someone who knows the Doctor
Of all the new Adventures books I have read so far this one is by far
the best! Serving to introduce two new companions Chris and Roz. The
slug/snail like Hith aliens come across very well! the crying shame
is that this is Andy's last New Adventure book. Come to think of it
does the doctor hang around with a slug in some of the comics in
Doctor Who monthly? I can not give any hints as to who the guest
villian is. it would spoil the surprise. Andy Lane introduces us to
characters who seem realistic after only a page or so. His talent for
handling multiple characters in a complex storyline is truly amazing.
I wish he had written more of the New Adventures. The end of the book
is very abruptly as he left the next author the task of settling the
new companions into the tardis.
Stars: ****** (out of 5)
This is the most recent Doctor Who Book I
have read. 7-01
Sky Pirates 8-1-01
By David Stone (the author of three Judge Dredd novels) he also
wrote one of the solo Benny novels and two other NA's.
Avast, ye scurvies! Hoist the mainbrace, splice the anchor and join
the Doctor and Benny for the maiden voyage of the good ship Schirron
Dream, as it ventures into the fungral dark air spaces occupied by
the Sloathes - those villainous slimy evil shape shifting monsters of
utter and unmitigated evil that have placed a system under
There are several interior illustrations and one very unusual
map-diagram in the back of the book.
The back of this book was very odd. The standard blurb about the New
Adventures was replaced with this...
"Stories deeper, wider, firmer, plumper, perkier, yellower, crisper
and with more incredibly bad jokes than you can shake a stick at, the
New Adventures take the TARDIS into previously unexplored realms of
taste and stupidity."
A lot of people really hated this book. I thought it was the
best book so far of the entire series. Some of the gags are
fantastic. The humor is good. On the down side, there is quite a
bit of sex near the beginning of the novel when Bennie and the
Doctor take up working in a brothel. There is a bit of violence too.
Perhaps a bit more than needed to be in the story. The pirate aspects
are good. The characters are very very likable. I was glad it was one
of the longest Doctor Who books to date. I was a bit sad when it was
over. I wish it could have gone on longer. The same author also wrote
Death and Diplomacy which introduces Bernice's future Ex husband...
Go think on that one for a while.
By Gareth Roberts (The Highest Science, Tragedy Day (MA Romance of
"Good morning. We're doomed. Would you like a cup of tea?"
This is the last of the Gareth Roberts novels and it is well worth
reading. The only downfall is that this is another of the Who novels
which follows the pattern of 'all you interesting characters are
bound to die' and as such I tend not to like it. However the
Chalorians (giant bionic ethnocentric hermaphrodite space turtles)
are back in a novel finally worthy of their presence. The plot
revolves around a planet in a pocket universe whose sole function is
to create and sell superior spacecraft to aliens. Of couse there are
some problems and the Doctor and his friends land in the thick of
things. Benny comes off well and Chris and Roz shine under the
careful prose of this writer. One of the turtles even turns out to be
likable! Well done! Please read it! It would have five stars but for
the sort of sad ending and the fact that this book does not resolve
what happened at the end of The Highest Science!
Toy Soldiers 9-15-01
By Paul Leonard (MA Venusian Lullaby and Dancing the Code
the Doctor and Benny are following a trail of kidnapped children
across Europe, which is recovering from World War I. The only clue is
a toy bear each missing child was given.
This book has a great cover showing a huge mechanical contraption
marching across a battlefield littered with various alien bodies.
Aside from the great cover this book is fairly good. Benny comes off
well. Chris and Roz seem a bit flat but are made more realistic by
the racisim Roz encounters. This book is a bit more violent than
some of the others. Aside from the WWI death and descrustion many
of the characters resort to eating the enemy. One character gets her
arm pulled off by some very hungry Ogrons. When our main characters
have their minds altered it really was quite chilling. Overall the
plot is great. The only problem seems to come form the characters
attitude towards the mysterious 'recruiter' when the final
confrontation occurs near the end of the book. This book reads quite
By Steve Lyons (Conundrum, Red Dwarf Programe Guide )
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
This sounds like a really odd adventure. Conundrum was a really
neet story and Steve was the co-author on that, so look for plenty of
Not as entertaining as his previous book, Head games still is quite
interesting. Chris falls for a girl and the end of this is not at all
satasfying. Why is it that every time someone falls in love there is
never a happy ending in this series. Some sexual situations are
also present early in the novel.
The Also People 10-29-01
By Ben Aronovitch (Transit)
'Just how technologically advanced are they?' the Doctor frowned.
'Let me put it this way: they have a non-agression pact with the Time
I have read a lot of mixed opinions on this particular book.
Upon finally reading it I was very entertained and ammused. The book
is written on a grand scale, perhaps a bit too grand for the number
of pages the book runs. Set inside a Dyson Sphere the advance race
being visited by the the Doctor and company has a non agression pact
with the Time Lords. Overall it is a very laid back murder mystery
combined with a vacation. Only at the very end does it get tense. I
think the tension works so well because, especially if you are
reading it in one sitting, the beginning luls you into a false sense
Be warned that this books contains MANY sexual situations!
By Terrance Dicks (Timewyrm: Exodus, Blood Harvest)
This book was an extension of the Sontaran video of the same name
which did not feature the Doctor, but did feature Carole Ann Fors
(Susan, 1st Doctor) and Sophie Aldred (Ace, 7th Doctor). the book
which deals with the endless war between the Sontarans and the
Rutans, and the Sontaran's latest plan to crous thier enemy.
I must admit that this was a pretty good story. Unfortunately it
seemed very rough and contrived around the video segment. The video
segment (in the middle of the book) seem.. vell rather line the
Terrance Dicks Target novels of old. All the information is there. It
just seems rushed and vague. (Hey without this person I probably
would not be here reading this series of novels and I am not saying
anything bad about this book) The beginning and end of the novel
expand very nicely on the video segment. It breathes new life into a
few of the characters.
This book also features several pages of black and white
photographcs of pictures from the video production. Another first
from a Doctor Who novel.
Just War 9-02
By Lance Parkin (No previous Who books, but lots of fanzine
A World War II story set in 1941. This book also has an appearnace
with Mel early on as a bit of a flash back. Overall this is a great
story. All the major characters have parts to play. Roz falls in
love. Bernice acts as a spy behind enemy lines and gets caught. Her
character faces some rather heavey handed torture at the hands of the
Nazi's who have invented this plance which can not be detected! Good
story all around. Lots of action. Very well written and thought out!
This story was adapted inot a Bernice audio adventure which I have
not listened to yet. however it looks like Bernice plays here own
part and her husband plays a combined roll of the Doctor and pershaps
one other character.
By Andrew Cartmel (Cat's Cradle: Warhead, Warlock )
The third book in Andrews "Dark Trilogy" hey.. when did it become a
trilogy? If you liked the first two Doctor Who Cyberpunk novls Cat's
Cradle: Warhead and Warlock you will probably like this book as well.
Personally I was hoping for a better and happier ending for Creed and
his family. I really liked his character. I also felt rather sorry
for the school headmaster in the story who was killed off for no
apparent reason. One of the stars is for the incredibly well written
scenes in the house whne it under attack by the dogs. You can really
feel like you are part of the action during that sequence. Read this
one if you liked the others!
"What is this fluid in the life support pod, Doctor?"
"It's life support pod fluid of course!"
By Kate Orman (Left Handed Humingbird, Set Piece)
How come she gets stuck with all the awful covers. This cover is not
as bad as Set Piece, but is still dreadful. Not to many covers had
Chris on them, but still... this was really bad! The Doctor and
companions visit a colony being devistated by a virus which unleashes
hidden psychic powers. Kate points out that all of ther books have
had pyramids in them also. So if you like books by Kate Orman which
have pyramids in them you will probably like this one as well. The
bits with the sentient computers are rather good. The local
mainframes 'agents' are quite the characters. Some of the ideas in
this books are quite catchy. The carvings being translated are
interesting. The bit of time travel into the past to find out what
happened is quite good and very interesting. Although many of the
characters are sympathetic, I just never cared for them as much as I
had in past Orman novels. However almsot all of them survive alive,
which made for a nice change. One star just for that change!
Death and Diplomacy (I an currently reading
this one. My goal is to get to Christmas on a rational planet just
By David Stone (Sky Pirates)
More galactic intrague, bash the heck out of the lesser native
species, space opera. David gets a rather nifty cover. How come Kate
can't have one too? Currently this reads a lot like Sky Pirates (with
a bit less humor). Hmm that is not reading right. It is just like a
Douglas Addams book.. but it is better as it had Doctor Who in it
too! (Yes I know he was story editor... and wrote scripts.. but he
never novelized any of it!) Anyhow this is like his better work! This
book was published back in 1996! Boy am I ever behind in my reading!
The story introduces Jason Kane (Benny's future Ex-husband) and it
moves around a lot. The three different races come off pretty good. I
was happy to be reading another book by David Stone. Not quite as
good as Sky Pirates though. The leaders of the three races come off
as very real characters. The fact that each race's army was filled up
with mostly spies from the other races made for some very funny
moments indeed! Well I did not make my goal. I managed to finish this
book by late January of 2003.
In this book you meet Jason Kane (Bernice's future ex husband)
Last Doctor Who book with color emblem on the side of the
spine. Future books still bore the Who logo, but in the form of a
Happy Endings The 50th New Adventure Book
By Paul Cornell (Love and War, Timewyrm: Revelation, No Future)
"You are cordially invited to the wedding of Mr. Jason Kane and
Professor Bernice S. Summerfield, to be held in the village of
Cheldon Bonniface in the year 2010"
Everyone is coming from Ice Warriors to UNIT vetrans! Even the
Isley Brothers! this looks to be a very interesting book. This novel
attempts to tie up plot threads from many previous novels. Includes
one chapter written by many of the series' favorite authors.
Alos features a neeto cover painting showing the wedding party.
The inside cover features a guide to who is actualy in the picture.
The inside back cover features a larger version of the cover
painting. There was also a shiny gold box on the front cover delaring
this is the Fiftieth new Adventure. The back covers are now filled
with a sepiatoned time vortex and the pictures ont he front are in
letterbox format. The logo on the spine changes to a B&W Doctor
Spoiler.......... Don't get to attached. the marrige does not last
for many books! By the end of the New Doctor Who Adventures it is all
over. Since I have not even read to this point I'm not sure how. I
just hate when people lie to you. Anyhow the next book by this master
of pulling heart strings is the first New Adventure Oh No It Isn't!
That story was adapted into a Bernice Audio Adventure
By Craig Hinton (Two other Dr. Who books??)
The Ice Warriors are back. They seem to be having fun with the Doctor
"Marching to Mars" Another history changing plot.
Nice story which demanded the Bernice companion to make sense of
things. They lament her not being there several times. I don't want
to say too much about the plot as it woudl give things away. Martian
society must have been rather interesting. Stars: ***
Christmas on a Rational Planet
By Lawrence Miles (No pervious novels, but a finite number of
Christmas is coming to town in 1799 and the end of civilization is
follwing close behind. Overall not that great of a book. Some nice
bits about Roz pretending to be a gypsy are rather nice. Rather
abstract for a Doctor Who book. Some characters come across very
strong. The sort of watchmaker plot was odd.
Return of the Living Dad
By Kate Orman (Left Handed Humingbird, Set Piece, Sleepy)
Is it just me or is each sucessive book since Sky Pirates getting
slightly more bizarre in concept? Bernice Summerfield was seven years
old when her farther disappered. They said he turned and ran from the
Daleks in battle. So what is he doing five hundred years in his own
past waiting for the Doctor to arrive?
Overall a pretty good book. The bits about the UFO people
torturing the doctor and his freinds were not all that good. The
beginning of this book is fantastic! It was great meeting Bernice's
father in this book. He also maked an appearance in the Bernice CD
Death and the Daleks. Well worth reading! Lots of fun!
The cover sill could be better. At least the colors on this one
are good. What does the editor have against Orman that she gets all
the crappy covers?
The Death of Art
By Simon Bucher-Jones (another cival servant who like Doctor Who)
Set in 1880's France this novel features political intreague and a
rip in time as well as a really fantastic cover featuresing two
I am trying to remember a bit about this book I liked. I guess the
part where Chris says he is the doctor and plays the doctor character
for a few chapters was interesting. Overall the wost of the New
Adventures. I guess the part about the descriptions of the alien
lifeforms was ok.
I was too generous with this before. This was the single hardest
Doctor Who book to read. Some parts of it were painful. Other bits
were very well written, but not relevant to the story.
Dammaged Goods Last book with Doctor Who on
the cover 7-26-04
By Russell T Davies (The creator of Dark Season (a neeto BBC kids
Thatcher's Brittian is suffering from a killer drug in 1987. People
are rising from thier graves (as shown in icky detail on the most
revolting and detailed Doctor Who cover to date) and what parrents
won't do to protect thier children.
Hard hitting would be a good way to describe this novel. Grim might
be better. This is another of 'most of the characters in the story
die' episode of Doctor Who. Some of the writing at the end is very
impressive. The scheming and plotting doctor bits come across very
well indeed. You get to know some of the inhabitants of the complex
very well. Perhaps in too much detail. It is quite sad when most are
killed off at the end. Some of the characters come off 3 dimensional
one second, and two dimensional the next. Overall an amazing piece of
writing. What a shame this series of who bookes ended so soon after
this. It woud have been great to see several more adventures written
by this author.
So Vile a Sin First New
By Ben Aronovitch (Transit, The Also People) and Kate Orman (Left
Handed Humingbird, Set Piece, Sleepy, Return of the Living Dad ) Ok
this book was written by Ben, but evidently he had a big hard drive
creash and lost some of it. Kate steped in and finished the novel
based on notes and printouts of some chapters. This is the first time
Kate ever got a decent cover
The Earth Empire is crumbling, Great houses scheme and plot revenge.
the Doctor returns to the 13th century fearing a nightmare from his
own past. This apreast to be a big Roz Forrester novel. Her last in
fact. She dies on the first page!
Virgin Books logo in red replaces the B&W Doctor Who logo on
the spine. At this point Doctor Who is still in the novels, but due
to legal reasons, not on the cover! This
book was published after Bad Therapy, but should be read
By Mathew Jones (The 9 Day Queen in Decalog 2)
Looking for a rest after his trip to 13th Century the Docotr tries to
rest in 1950's London. however a bloodthirsty driverless cab is
staking the streets. My advice: Call in Kolchak and Jack McGee and
let them sort the whole thing out in the tabloids!
Since this books was published before So Vile a Sin it has the
Doctor Who logo and name on it. Read So Vile
a Sin before reading this sotry!
By Jim Mortimore (Lucifer Rising, Blood Heat, Parasite)
Turkey in 2003 where Bernice and Jason are trying to find Noah's Ark.
While Chris gets a job at Nasa the Doctor has to unravel the authors
meaning in these unrelated events. Probably a good book! Bernice is
back to the Virgin logo again.
Room With No Doors
By Kate Orman (Left Handed Humingbird, Set Piece, Sleepy, Return of
the Living Dad, So Vile a Sin)
Wow! A Kate Orman book with a good cover! Well at least a well drawn
cover. the Doctor and Chris travel to 16th centuray Japan (I bet they
fit right in there!) Even though this is the 6th book Kate has
written it mentions that it is her fifth on the back cover. Perhaps
she leaves out So Vile a Sin which she co-authored. Chris isn't sure
he wants to be a hero anymore.
By Marc Platt (Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible, and the episode Ghost
Currently avaliable for free on the BBC's web site!
All is not well on Gallifrey. Chros Cwjel is having someone else's
nightmares, Ace is talking to herself, and so is K-9. Leela has
stumbles on a murderous conspiracy. The doctor is finally returning
to his home which he left 673 years ago. Time's Crucible was a very
interesting novel, so I look forward to reading how he treats the
Seventh Doctors final story.
The final Seventh Doctor Who story!!
The Dying Days
By Lance Parkin (Just War, MA Cold Fusion )
Currently avaliable for free on the BBC's web site!
This is an 8th doctor and Benny story set in the Dying Days of the
20th Century. British astronauts are walking on Mars. And a whole lot
of other stuff happens which is seemingly unrelated. It is up to the
Doctor and Benny to figure out the cause.
This book ends the Doctor involvement with The New Adventures
The New Adventures
Virgin books evidently lost thier rights to produce Doctor Who
books a few books ago and had been converting the series into a new
series about the adventures of that famous traveling archeologist
Bernice Summerfield. Strangely enough these books are still being
published today and while boks bearing the name The New Doctor Who
Adventures have been destroyed, these can still be, along with a few
of the above titles without the words Doctor Who on them, ordered
today. It is nice they found a way to tell you about the supporting
characters after the end of the series. I hope this series will go
for a long time, and it looks to be very interesting.
The Bernice series continues to this day. (December 2002) with books and audio
adventures on CD's. Rather than continue to add to this page I am
moving the Bernice stories to a new page starting today. You can go
there by clicking here!
This ends the collection of The New Adventures and the New Doctor Who
Adventures which currently resides on my bookshelf. As I get around
to reading more of them I will add additional comments and
information. The New Adventures of Doctor Who are now out of print.
Grab these books while you sill can. The remaining copies in
the warehouses have been destroyed by a legal order. Some of the
reular characters introduced in this series are carying on with a
series of books called The New Adventures. As long as they continue
to publish these I will continue to include them on my list.
DOCTOR WHO GUIDE
William Hartnell (1963-1966)
- An Unearthly Child (Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton &
- The Daleks
- The Edge of Destruction
- Marco Polo
- The Keys of Marinus
- The Aztecs
- The Sensorites
- The Reign of Terror
- Planet of Giants
- The Dalek Invasion of Earth (Susan stays on Earth)
- The Rescue (Vicki)
- The Romans
- The Web Planet
- The Crusade
- The Space Museum
- The Chase (Stephen Taylor)(Barbar and Ian return to London)
- The Time Meddler
- Galaxy Four
- Mission to the Unknown
- The Myth Makers (Katarina) (Vicki leaves)
- The Dalek Masterplan (Katarina and Sara both die)
- The Massacre (Dodo Chaplet)
- The Ark
- The Celestial Toymaker
- The Gunfighters
- The Savages (Stephen leaves)
- The War Machines (Polly and Ben Jackson) (Dodo leaves)
- The Smugglers
- The Tenth Planet
Patrick Troughton (1966-1969)
- The Power of the Daleks
- The Highlanders (Jamie)
- The Underwater Menace
- The Moonbase
- The Macra Terror
- The Faceless Ones (Ben and Polly leave)
- The Evil of the Daleks (Victoria Waterfield)
- The Tomb of the Cybermen
- The Abominable Snowmen
- The Ice Warriors
- The Enemy of the World
- The Web of Fear (features Colonel Lethbridge Stewart)
- Fury From the Deep (Victoria leaves)
- The Wheel in Space (Zoe)
- The Dominators
- The Mind Robber
- The Invasion (First Unit Story,with Brigadier and Benton)
- The Krotons
- The Seeds Of Death
- The Space Pirates (two episodes from this series are on the
tape The Troughton Years)
- The War Games (Jamie and Zoe returned home)
- Spearhead from Space (Liz Shaw) (all 16mm film episode)
- Doctor Who And The Silurians
- The Ambassadors of Death
- Terror of the Autons (Jo Grant, with Mike Yates and The
- The Mind of Evil
- The Claws of Axos
- Colony in Space
- The Daemons
- Day of the Daleks (avaliable on laserdisk)
- The Curse of Peladon
- The Sea Devils
- The Mutants
- The Time Monster
- The Three Doctors (Pertwee, Troughton, & Hartnell)
- Carnival of Monsters
- Frontier in Space
- Planet of the Daleks
- The Green Death (Jo leaves)
- The Time Warrior (Sarah Jane Smith)
- Invasion of the Dinosaurs
- Death to the Daleks
- The Monster of Peladon
- Planet of the Spiders ("retired" Mike Yates last story)
Tom Baker (1974-1981)
- Robot (Harry Sullivan)
- The Ark in Space (all on video episode)
- The Sontaran Experiment
- Genesis of the Daleks
- Revenge of the Cybermen
- Terror of the Zygons (Harry Leaves, last Brigadier in UNIT)
- Planet of Evil
- Pyramids of Mars
- The Android Invasion (Special UNIT appearance with Harry,
- The Brain of Morbius
- The Seeds of Doom
- The Masque of Mandragora
- The Hand of Fear (Sarah leaves)
- The Deadly Assassin (Mutated Master)
- The Face of Evil (Leela)
- The Robots of Death
- The Talons of Weng-Chiang
- The Horror of Fang Rock
- The Invisible Enemy (K-9)
- Image of the Fendahl
- The Sunmakers
- The Invasion of Time (Leela & K9 leaves)(K9 Mark II)
16th Season: (The Key To Time)
- The Ribos Operation (Romana 1)
- The Pirate Planet (Douglas Addams = no novelization)
- The Stones of Blood
- The Androids of Tara
- The Power of Kroll
- The Armageddon Factor
- Destiny of the Daleks (Romana 2)
- City of Death (appearance by Jon Cleese)
- The Creature From the Pit
- Nightmare of Eden
- The Horns of Nimon
- Shada (Unfinished due to strike) (avaliable on video)
- The Leisure Hive
- Full Circle (Adric)
- State of Decay
- Warrior's Gate (Romana & K-9 leave)
- The Keeper of Traken (Nyssa & The Master)
- Logopolis (Tegan Jovanka)
- K9 and Company (special featuring K9 III and Sarah-Jane)
Peter Davison (1981-1984)
- Four to Doomsday
- The Visitation
- Black Orchid (historical)
- Earthshock (Adric dies)
- Time Flight
- Arc of Infinity
- Mawdryn Undead (Brigadier) (Turlough)
- Terminus (Nyssa leaves)
- Enlightenment T
- he King's Demons (Kamelion)
- The Five Doctors (special) (avaliable on laserdisk)
- Warriors from the Deep
- The Awakening
- Resurrection of the Daleks (Tegan leaves)
- Planet of Fire (Turlough leaves, Kamelion destroyed)
- The Caves of Androzani
Colin Baker (1984-1986)
- Attack of the Cybermen
- Vengeance on Varos
- Mark of Rani
- The Two Doctors (Troughton)
- Time-Lash (appearance by H.G. Wells HA!)
- Revelation of the Daleks
- The Mysterious Planet (Glitz introduced)
- Mindwarp (Peri leaves)
- Terror of the Vervoids (Melanie Bush) (the Doctor didn't wipe
out the vervoids... he pocketed a bunch of vervoid seeds early in
- The Ultimate Foe (Glitz. Cameo by Peri)
- Time and the Rani
- Paradise Towers
- Delta and the Bannermen
- Dragonfire (Glitz. Mel leaves and Ace joins)
- Remembrance of the Daleks
- The Happiness Patrol
- Silver Nemesis (longer version avaliable on video
- The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
- Battlefield (Brigadier)
- The Curse of Fenric (longer version on video)