Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

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.

Other Guides to this Story


The Seventh Doctor is short, dark-haired, and speaks with a slight scottish accent. He thinks of himself as "Time's Champion", deliberately seeking out situations to "put right". He usually has a plan, and is willing to manipulate everyone - including his companions - to achieve it.


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 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 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. 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


In Frontier in Space 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



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