Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

The Well-Mannered War

This is the thirty-third, and last, novel in Virgin's Missing Adventures range.

At one point it was available as a free ebook on the BBC website.

Where does this fit?

This happens between the Tom Baker version of Shada (Season 17) and The Leisure Hive (Season 18).

Other Guides to this Story


The fourth Doctor is tall, has curly brown hair, a distinctive smile, a floppy hat, and a ridiculously long scarf. He comes across as otherworldly and bohemian.


Romanadvoratrelundar (Romana) is a Time Lady chosen to accompany the fourth Doctor on his quest for the Key to Time in The Ribos Operation. Their quest succeeded, and they may have had adventures following this. In Destiny of the Daleks, Romana regenerated for the first time. Her second incarnation is fun-loving and has a deep friendship with the fourth Doctor.

The original K9 was a robotic dog the Doctor inherited from Professor Marius during The Invisible Enemy. After leaving K9 Mark I on Gallifrey in The Invasion of Time the Doctor created a new improved K9. K9 Mark II is highly logical and has difficulty with colloquialisms. He is fiercely loyal to his master and mistress.

Recurring and Historical Characters

Menlove Ereward Stokes is an appalling artist who first met the Doctor in the Missing Adventures novel The Romance of Crime. He is irritating to be around and developed a crush on Romana.

The Black Guardian is one of the Guardians – who are essentially gods. He is the opposite to the White Guardian. He sought to prevent the Doctor and Romana's quest for the key to time (Season 16), and vowed revenge on them after they succeeded in finding all six segments and uniting them.

The Chelonians are a warrior race that resemble tortoises. For most of their history, they considered all other races to be inferior parasites. The Doctor has encountered them a number of times in his travels, though from his point of view this is the earliest recorded story featuring them.

The Black Guardian's previous encounter with the Doctor was seen in The Armageddon Factor (Season 16).

The Author's Notes that were made available with the e-book version of the story provide lots of background information.

The Doctor and Romana first met Stokes in the Missing Adventures novel The Romance of Crime, though you don't need to know anything about that story. Stokes is next seen in the first of the Bernice Summerfield New Adventures, Oh No It Isn't!


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