The Virgin Missing Adventures
were a series of novels from Virgin Publishing
based on the British science-fiction television
series Doctor Who
, which had been cancelled in 1989, featuring stories set between televised episodes of the programme. The novels were published from 1994 to 1997, and featured the First
through Sixth Doctors
. (The Seventh Doctor
also appeared in one novel). The Missing Adventures complemented the Virgin New Adventures
range, which had proved successful. Like all spin-off media, their canonicity
in relation to the television series is open to interpretation.
Virgin had purchased the successful children's imprint Target Books
in 1989, with Virgin's new fiction editor Peter Darvill-Evans
taking over the range. Target's major output was novelisations of televised Doctor Who
stories, and Darvill-Evans realised that there were few stories left to be novelised. He approached the BBC
for permission to commission original stories written directly for print, but such a licence was initially refused. However, after the television series was cancelled at the end of 1989, Virgin were granted the licence to produce full-length original novels continuing the story from the point at which the series had concluded.
The first range covered only the continuing adventures of the Seventh Doctor, but when that proved successful, Virgin also created this range covering the previous Doctors, with new stories that fit in between the televised serials.
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