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Virgin New Adventures

From 1991 until 1997 Doctor Who Books (part of Virgin Publishing Ltd.) produced a range of full length novels continuing the adventures of the seventh Doctor after the series was cancelled. The New Adventures were more broad and deeper than the television adventures, and showed a darker and more manipulative side to the seventh regeneration of the Doctor. The New Adventures featured Ace as the Doctor's companion, but she later left, and new companions joined. After the seventh Doctor regenerated there was one new adventure featuring the eighth Doctor in 1997.

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Parasite written by Jim Mortimore

Published: 1994 Doctor Who Books
No. of pages: 305
ISBN: 0 426 20425 5

'Change, Benny. It's the most terrifying thing of oil.' 'And that's what's happening to you, is it, Doctor?' 'It's what's happening to all of us.'

The TARDIS has arrived in the Elysium system, lost colony of distant Earth and site of the Artefact: a world turned inside out, a world of horrific secrets.

For more than a century scientists hove studied the ecosystem flourishing within the Artefact. Now the system is in collapse and even the humans trapped inside are changing into something new and strange.

With the members of one expedition murdered, those of another fighting for their lives and a solar system on the brink of civil war, can the Doctor, Ace and Benny survive a journey to the heart of the Artifact in their search for the truth?

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Warlock written by Andrew Cartmel

Published: 1995 Doctor Who Books
No. of pages: 359
ISBN: 0 426 20433 6

It was the ruthless pack instinct of the primeval forest. But warlock magnified it a thousand times and made it lethal.

There's a strange new drug on the street. It's called warlock and some people say It's the creation of the devil. Others see it as the gateway to enlightenment.

Benny is working with an undercover cop, trying to track down its source. Ace is trapped in o horrific animal experimentation laboratory. But only the Doctor has begun to guess the terrible truth about warlock.

This disturbing sequel to Warhead moves beyond cyberpunk into a realm where reality is a question of brain chemistry ond heaven or hell comes in the shape of a pill.

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Set Piece written by Kate Orman

Published: 1995 Doctor Who Books
No. of pages: 239
ISBN: 0 426 20436 0

Dead. He was dead. How the hell was she supposed to do CPR on a man with two hearts?

There's a rip in the fabric of space and time. Passenger ships are disappearing from the interstellar traffic lanes. In an attempt to find out who's behind the disappearances, the Doctor and Ace allow themselves to be captured. But when Bernice's rescue attempt goes terribly wrong, the time travellers find themselves scattered throughout history.

Ace, stranded in Ancient Egypt, struggles to survive in on environment as alien as a distant planet: the Earth 3,000 years before she was born. She manages to find employment as a nobleman's bodyguard. And then she comes face to foce with the metal horrors which have pursued her through time - the creatures she saw kill the Doctor.

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Infinite Requiem written by Daniel Blythe

Published: 1995 Doctor Who Books
No. of pages: 274
ISBN: 0 426 20437 9

'The whole structure of the cosmos could be at stake - and the focus of the danger is here on Earth.' Bernice sighed. 'Charity begins at home.'

Kelzen, a chaotic force in the mind of an unborn twentieth-century earthling. Jirenal, intent on conquering o future society of dreamers and telepaths. Shanstra, evil incarnate - the conflicts on Gadrell Major are her sport and the tragedies of humans are her entertainment.

They are Sensopaths, their minds attuned to the collective unconscious, their power unleashed like a wild animal into the physical world. One by one, the TARDIS has located them. While Bernice faces the life-and-death struggle of a colonial war, with only a hologram of the Doctor to help her, the Doctor himself must confront the all-powerful trinity.

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Sanctuary written by David A. McIntee

Published: 1995 Doctor Who Books
No. of pages: 297
ISBN: 0 426 20439 5

The Doctor pointed at Bernice. 'The wench's mind is addled,' he said. 'Arrest her before she spreads her ungodly heresy.'

The TARDIS is caught in the gravitational field of a dork star. The Doctor and Bernice ore forced to evacuate, and find themselves stranded in medieval France - a brutal time of crusades and wars of succession.

As the Albigensian crusade draws to its bloody conclusion, men inflict savage brutalities on each other in the name of religion. And the TARDIS crew find their lives intertwined with warring Templars, crusaders and heretics. While the Doctor begins a murder investigation in a besieged fortress, Bernice finds herself drawn to an embittered mercenary who has made the heretics' fight his own. And they both realize that to leave history unchanged they may have to sacrifice for more than their lives.

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Human Nature written by Paul Cornell

Published: 1995 Doctor Who Books
No. of pages: 255
ISBN: 0 426 20443 3

'Who's going to save us this time?'

April, 1914. The inhabitants of the little Norfolk town of Farringham are enjoying an early summer, unaware that war is on the way. Amongst them is Dr John Smith, a short, middle-aged history teacher from Aberdeen. He's having a hard time with his new post as house master at Hulton Academy for Boys, a school dedicated to producing military officers.

Bernice Summerfied is enjoying her holiday in the town, getting over the terrible events that befell her in France. But then she meets a future Doctor, and things start to get dangerous very quickly. With the Doctor she knows gone, and only a suffragette and an elderly rake for company, can Benny fight off a vicious alien attack? And will Dr Smith be able to save the day?

Notes:
  • This story was the base for the tenth Doctor stories Human Nature and The Family Of Blood.
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Original Sin written by Andy Lane

Published: 1995 Doctor Who Books
No. of pages: 320
ISBN: 0 426 20444 1

'I'm playing with a fire so dangerous I could scorch eternity.'

The last words of a dying alien send the Doctor and Bernice to thirtieth-century Earth in an attempt to avert an unspecified disaster. Before they can even unpack they've been arrested by the Adjudicators and sentenced to death by the Imperial army. Their attempts to prove their innocence take them from the mosaic planet Purgatory to a prison inside a star.

Meanwhile, Adjudicators Roz Forrester and Chris Cwej have their own problems. Investigating a series of apparently motiveless murders, they have stumbled upon a conspiracy with sinister overtones. On the run and out of luck, the only people they con turn to are their chief suspects: the Doctor and Bernice.

And as they run, someone is watching them. Someone who knows the Doctor of old...

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Sky Pirates! written by Dave Stone

Published: 1995 Doctor Who Books
Illustrations: Roger Langridge
No. of pages: 337
ISBN: 0 426 20446 8

'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 of air spaces occupied by the Sloathes - those villainous slimy evil shapeshifting monsters of utter and unmitigated evil that hove placed a system under siege!

Watch Roslyn Forrester and Chris Cwej have a rough old time of it in durance vile! Meet the intrepid Captain Li Shao, and the beautiful if somewhat single-minded Sun Samurai Leetha t'Zhan! Roost on the dunes of Prometheus, swelter in the fetid jungles of Anea, swim with the Obi-Amphibians of Elysium and freeze off inconvenient items of anatomy on the ice wastes of Reklon in an apparently doomed search for the Eyes of the Schirron, the magickal jewels that will either save the system or destroy it utterly!

Who will live? Who will die? Will the Doctor ever play the harmonium again? All these questions and many more will be answered within the coruscating, fibrillating pages of ... Sky Piratesl