The Virgin New Adventures
(NA series,) were a series of novels from Virgin Publishing
based on the British science-fiction television
series Doctor Who
. They continued the story of the Doctor from the point at which the television programme went into hiatus from television (in 1989).
From 1991 to 1997 all books (except the final one) involved the Seventh Doctor
, played on television by Sylvester McCoy
; in further books published between 1997 and 1999, the New Adventures series focused on the character Bernice Summerfield
and the Doctor did not appear. Like all Doctor Who media, their continuity in relation to all other Doctor Who media 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 range, titled the New Adventures
, was launched in 1991 with... Read More