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Love and War
This is the ninth novel in Virgin's New Adventures series of novels.
Where does this fit?
This happens in sequence with the other New Adventures novels.
The characters listed below are the series regulars, important recurring characters, and real life historical characters. If a character's appearance is a major spoiler, then their details will be hidden in spoiler tags. In general, recurring characters are not listed here on their first appearance unless they become a series regular during the story, or they are a real life historical character.
Ace was a teenaged delinquent in 1980s Perivale. She invented her own homemade explosive called nitro-nine, and prefers her nickname of Ace to her real name of Dorothy. She she was swept away from Perivale by a timestorm, ending up on Iceworld in the far future. Ace met the Seventh Doctor in Dragonfire (Classic Series Season 24) and became his companion. During her travels with the Doctor she has grown up considerably. However, she has been hurt by the way the Doctor has manipulated her. In particular, she was hurt by the way he tricked her in The Curse of Fenric (Classic Series Season 26) and the way he forced her to face the evil she sensed in a house her 13 year old self had burnt down in Ghost Light (Classic Series Season 26). She calls the Doctor "Professor".
Professor Bernice (Benny) Summerfield is an archaeologist from the 26th Century who is introduced in this story.
Recurring and Historical Characters
The following stories and other resources are not necessary in order to follow the plot (we've summed up the essential bits for you). But being familiar with them will probably enhance your enjoyment of this story.
In Frontier in Space (Classic Series Season 10), the Doctor arranged peace between the human and the Draconian Empires, revealing that the Daleks had been trying to manipulate them into war with each other. That story also revealed that the Doctor had been an important character in Draconian history. The Dalek War that followed the story was probably the one mentioned in Death to the Daleks (Classic Series Season 11).