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->''"Full-length science fiction novels, stories too broad and too deep for the small screen."''

'''WARNING! THERE MAY BE UNMARKED SPOILERS!'''

After the BBC ended production of ''Series/DoctorWho'' in 1989, the editor in charge of the Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations, Peter Darvill-Evans, started a line of original novels based on the series. Running from 1991 to 1997, this series of 61 novels focused on the continuing adventures of the [[TheChessmaster manipulative Seventh Doctor]] and his companions. The series was released by Virgin Books and was given the umbrella title of "The New Adventures".

The Seventh Doctor initially traveled only with Ace, his companion at the time of the show's cancellation. They were soon joined by Characters/BerniceSummerfield, AdventurerArchaeologist, a more stable and experienced character compared to Ace, who allowed for greater CharacterDevelopment. Other new companions included Roz Forrester and Chris Cwej, SaltAndPepper police detectives from the 30th century. Bernice (or Benny for short) became a BreakoutCharacter and eventually [[Franchise/BerniceSummerfield got more spinoffs than can be sensibly listed]], the most well-known of which is her own ongoing Creator/BigFinish audio series.

The ability to tell a story in 300 pages with an effectively unlimited special effects budget allowed the writers to provide deeper, more thought out stories along with more than a few {{story arc}}s, both universal and character-based. The novels were deliberately aimed at adult readers, rather than the family-friendly aim of the TV series, and did not shy away from depicting sex and violence. The stories expanded upon the Seventh Doctor's penchant for [[ManipulativeBastard playing people-chess]] with both enemies ''and'' friends, and gave it [[{{Deconstruction}} realistic consequences]].

From 1994 onwards, the New Adventures were accompanied by a sister range of novels entitled "[[Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures The Missing Adventures]]", which adopted similar principles to the New Adventures: longer, usually DarkerAndEdgier novels aimed at more adult audiences. This series included Doctors One to Six, with each monthly novel starring a different Doctor and companion(s). The first of these, ''Goth Opera'', was a direct sequel / prequel (let's just say [[TimeyWimeyBall "timey-wimey"]] and leave it at that, yeah?) to ''Blood Harvest'', a New Adventure published the same month. One of the later ones actually featured the Seventh Doctor and his companions appearing (both of these novels, curiously enough, starred the Fifth Doctor), but they were for the most part stand-alone, although certain characters and concepts naturally mixed together.

The series was followed by the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures, which took the principles started here and just went ''ballistic'' applying them to the relative blank-slate that was the Eighth Doctor.

Several AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho episodes, marked "Side Step", take place in the ''New Adventures'' canon rather than the Big Finish canon.

When the TV series was revived, it took plenty of cues from the New Adventures. One story in particular, ''Human Nature'', was [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature adapted for television]] by writer Creator/PaulCornell.

Character-specific tropes are [[Characters/DoctorWhoClassicSeriesDoctors here]] (for the Doctor), [[Characters/DoctorWhoClassicSeriesCompanions here]] (for Ace), [[Characters/BerniceSummerfield here]] (for Benny) and [[Characters/DoctorWhoNewAdventures here]] (for Roz and Chris).

Recap page is [[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventures here]], but it needs a lot of filling in.

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!!This series provides examples of

* AesopAmnesia: It seems like there's a few times over the course of the books where the Doctor learns that he has to stop treating his companions like pawns and resolves to mend his ways -- only to start treating his companions like pawns again, usually in the very next book.
* AlwaysNeedWhatYouGaveUp: In ''Human Nature'', the Doctor turns himself into a human schoolteacher, with none of his usual abilities, to experience what life is like for his companions, and is promptly embroiled in an alien plot. Justified by the revelation that the character who gave him the idea in the first place was one of the aliens, deliberately so that they could take advantage of his reduced state.
* AndThisIsFor[=/=]ArsonMurderAndLifeSaving: In ''Infinite Requiem'', when one of the characters realizes the full extent of the Doctor's manipulative plan, she knocks him to the ground, saying "This is for using me!" Then she kisses him, saying "And this is for saving our lives."
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Some of the Eternals (beings considered [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Sufficiently Advanced]] even by Time Lord standards) have taken the role of Anthropomorphic Personifications. The main ones seen in the books are Time, Pain and Death; the Doctor is Time's Champion.
* ArcWelding: The villain of ''Original Sin'' is retroactively claimed to have been at work behind the scenes in a number of the Doctor's earlier adventures.
* {{Area 51}}: Corman Air Force Base, Nevada, in ''First Frontier''.
* ArtifactCollectionAgency: The Library of St John the Beheaded, which collects books containing information for which TheWorldIsNotReady. In future-set stories, it has been succeeded by the Braxiatel Collection, which collects artifacts from many worlds for which the galaxy is not ready.
* BaitAndSwitchLesbians: While the TV show's implications about Ace's sexuality are ... confused (if you're ''very'' generous, the intent is that she's bi; it's probably more accurate to say her preferences were entirely DependingOnTheWriter), the lesbian subtext is rather spectacularly contradicted in the books.
* BaseballEpisode: The chapter in ''Happy Endings'' where the Doctor defuses tensions between visiting aliens and the local humans by organizing a cricket match.
* BeachBury: Happens to the Doctor in the BeachEpisode epilogue of ''The Also People''.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Gilgamesh and Enkidu fought a cybernetic construct (''Timewyrm: Genesys''); the Doctor worked with AlCapone to try and keep the peace among Chicago's gangs (''Blood Harvest''); Akhenaten helped Ace escape AncientEgypt, while Benny went on an expedition with Vivant Dominique Denon, father of modern archaeology (''Set Piece''); and William Blake traveled with the Doctor (''The Pit'').
* BellyButtonless: Time Lords are constructed by machines and so lack navels. The Doctor is an exception.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:The Monk from the TV series]] for the Alternative Universe arc.
* BizarreAlienBiology: The novels added numerous odd details to the list of how Time Lords aren't really all that much like humans.
* BizarreAlienReproduction: According to ''Lungbarrow'', Time Lords are all sterile and are "born" from a "Loom", a machine in their giant sentient semi-organic family Houses. Each Loom weaves Family members according to a common template, ensuring that they're related; every Family member is genetically a cousin to the others.
* BlackBugRoom: In ''The Room With No Doors'', the eponymous Room (which the Doctor starts dreaming about being trapped in) functions as a Black Bug Room for the Doctor, although its actual origin and purpose turns out to be something quite different.
* BogglesTheMind: Played with in ''Conundrum'': The Doctor and another character play a game of Scrabble in which every word is significant. The Doctor immediately points to this as a sign that their actions are being controlled by an outside force.
* BornAsAnAdult: Loomed Time Lords, according to ''Lungbarrow'', come out of the Loom physically full-grown.
* BouquetToss: ''Sleepy'' ends with a wedding at which the bouquet is caught, to her obvious surprise and alarm, by Bernice. In the novel immediately following, she falls in love and decides to leave the TARDIS and get married.
* CannibalismSuperpower[=/=]YouAreWhoYouEat: In ''Human Nature'' (which was later adapted for the TV series, but without this aspect), one of the members of the Family is a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shape-shifter]] who can imitate any animal he's eaten part of, including humans. If he does it while they're alive, he can also gain their memories.
* CaptainErsatz: ''The Also People'' revolves around the Doctor's dealing with "the People", whom the author has openly admitted were heavily inspired by ''Literature/TheCulture''.
-->'''[[WordOfGod Ben Aaronovitch]]''': I'd like to remind everyone that while talent borrows and genius steals, New Adventure writers get it off the back of a lorry, no questions asked.
* CartwrightCurse: Ace, continuing a trend from the TV series.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Hello, I'm the Doctor and this is my friend [companion's name]", to the point that later novels started lampshading and playing with it.
* CircuitJudge: The Adjudicator in ''Lucifer Rising''.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Several of the authors have gone on record as doing this.
** Creator/PaulCornell imagined Benny Summerfield as being played by Creator/EmmaThompson. (This gets a shout-out in ''The Dying Days'' (not by Cornell, but by Lance Parkin, see below), where she's at a cocktail party in 1990s England and has a confusing conversation with a woman who has [[CelebrityParadox mistaken her for somebody else]].)
** Lance Parkin reportedly casts Ian Richardson in nearly all of his novels; this is most obvious in ''The Dying Days'', where Lord Greyhaven bears a striking resemblance to Richardson's most famous real-life role, the politician Francis Urquhart in ''Series/{{House of Cards|UK}}''.
** Another author who does it a lot is [=David A. McIntee=]. The villains in ''White Darkness'' are HammerHorror stalwarts Creator/PeterCushing and Ingrid Pitt. The ultimate villain in ''First Frontier'' is Basil Rathbone.
** Franchise/SherlockHolmes, in the IntercontinuityCrossover ''All-Consuming Fire'' is also Basil Rathbone, at least on the front cover. On the cover of ''Happy Endings'' he isn't (reportedly the cover artist was explicitly instructed not to, possibly because the novel also features the villain from ''First Frontier''), but Watson is Nigel Bruce.
* CompensatingForSomething: Benny's reaction the first time she encounters the Master and his [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/gallery/master/images/640/17.html TCE]].
* ConstantlyCurious: Discussed in ''The Also People''.
* ContinuityNod: NA writers loved to take moments from Classic Who and [[PlayingWithATrope play with them]]. For example: the moment in "The Happiness Patrol" where the Doctor talks a sniper out of shooting him. If that speech ever gets quoted in a New Adventures novel, the Doctor is about to get shot.
* ContinuityPorn:
** ''Happy Endings'', the 50th New Adventure, featured a plethora of returning ''New Adventures'' characters and a festival of loose-end-tying.
** ''Return of the Living Dad'', published near the end of the run, basically exists to tie up the novels' largest remaining loose end, and also ties off a bunch of smaller loose ends that ''Happy Endings'' missed, all the way back to a WhatHappenedToTheMouse question from the second story arc.
* ContractualImmortality:
** The NA creators had (perhaps only semi-seriously?) discussed regenerating the Seventh Doctor into a Doctor "played" by David Troughton, the son of Creator/PatrickTroughton. Creator/TheBBC did not allow them to do it.
** Also played with in the final Doctor Who New Adventure, ''The Dying Days'', at the time of which a rumor went around to the effect that Virgin were going to spite the BBC by killing the Doctor off. It features quite a bit of foreshadowing to that effect, starting, obviously, with the title. [[spoiler:The Doctor is apparently killed halfway through, but it's a NeverFoundTheBody situation and he shows up alive and well in the climax, just in time to save the day.]]
* CranialProcessingUnit: Lampshaded in ''Original Sin''.
* {{Crossover}}: Abslom Daak, the Dalek Killer from the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comics, appeared in ''Deceit''. (As a rule, NA characters used to appear in ''DWM'' rather than the reverse.)
* CrossReferencedTitles: Andrew Cartmel's three novels, which featured a continuing storyline, were ''Warhead'', ''Warlock'', and ''Warchild''.
* CrossThrough: From the NA ''Blood Harvest'' to the [[Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures Missing Adventure]] ''Goth Opera''.
* CrosswordPuzzle: ''All-Consuming Fire'' has a fun incidental joke involving the Doctor struggling with the Times crossword.
* DangerRoomColdOpen: Played with in ''First Frontier'', where the first chapter has a scene with the Doctor and Ace that ends with them both dying, then turns out to be a training simulation ''for the bad guys'': the villain has crossed paths with them before, knows the odds are in favor of the Doctor showing up at the worst possible moment, and wants his mooks to be ready. When the real Doctor encounters the same situation later in the book, the trap almost works -- except that the Doctor's now traveling with ''two'' companions, and the simulation didn't plan for the second one.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Famously so. The first handful of novels took things a wee bit too far, with a lot of gratuitous sex, violence and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking foul language]], but the series later found its feet.
* DawsonCasting: Played with as at least one writer in the early novels described Ace (around 18 when the TV series concluded and played by Creator/SophieAldred, an actress in her late twenties) as in her twenties. This might indicate that a couple of years have passed since the first NA (though apparently haven't) or could explain why Aldred did not exactly look like a teenager.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the Seventh Doctor and his ManipulativeBastard[=/=][[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] ways. Much of the series touches on the fallout of the Doctor's [[MoralDissonance less than spotless ethics]] and how people..."appreciated" it.
* DecoyLeader: In ''Death and Diplomacy'', the leader of the notoriously devious Saloi is a figurehead, and the real power rests in the hands of a certain apparently minor official -- but it turns out that he is himself a decoy, acting on coded instructions from the true leader. This comes as a surprise even to the true leader, who had had himself mentally conditioned to not be consciously aware that the decoy wasn't really in charge.
* DeusEstMachina: In ''The Also People''.
* DidYouGetANewHaircut: In ''All-Consuming Fire'', the Doctor leaves Benny in India, and picks her up again two months later:
-->"There's something different about you." He frowned, and looked me over again. "Don't tell me. Let me guess."\\
"Doctor, I..."\\
"It's the hair, isn't it? You've had your hair done."\\
"No, I..."\\
"I know! You've lost weight."\\
I sighed.\\
"No, Doctor, I'm [[SweetPollyOliver disguised as a man]]."\\
He checked again.\\
"Are you? How very [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]]. Well, I'm sure you've got a good reason."
* DieHardOnAnX: ''[=GodEngine=]'' traps thirtieth-century cop Chris Cwej in a Martian military base, upon which he promptly proceeds to wreak mayhem using a strategy his partner informs us is officially known as "The [=McClane=] Protocol".
* DisappearedDad: Benny Summerfield's father, who went Missing in Action under circumstances that resulted in him being branded a coward and traitor. The truth of his disappearance was ultimately revealed in the shamelessly-titled ''Return of the Living Dad''.
* DiscontinuityNod: Various novels include references to various dubious ''Doctor Who'' spin-offs in ways that establish their unreality (''[[Recap/DoctorWho30thASDimensionsInTime Dimensions in Time]]'' was a ''literal'' [[AllJustADream nightmare]], the OutOfCharacter ''Dalek Attack'' video game was a cathartic daydream, the "Doctor Who" stories in ''TV Comic'' only happened in the Land of Fiction, and so on).
* DogFoodDiet: The FutureSlang glossary at the back of ''Transit'' includes "Petfood Monster" for an extremely poor person.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: ''Just War''
* DysfunctionJunction
* DysonSphere: The setting of ''The Also People''.
* EasyAmnesia: The first novel opens with Ace suffering amnesia, which goes away once all the AsYouKnow exposition required to set up the series has been delivered.
* EatsBabies: The villains in ''St. Anthony's Fire''. One of them offers the Doctor a candied baby cheek, which he politely declines.
* EldritchAbomination: Several, including guest appearances by Cthulhu and other Lovecraftian creations. A few novels suggest this also applies to the Time Lords and the Doctor too.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: The Doctor arranges one for the villain in ''The Dying Days''.
* EverybodyLives: Played with in ''Sleepy'', where the Doctor explicitly challenges himself to save the day without anybody dying: "villains, innocents, everyone".
* EverybodysDeadDave: Being a non-regular in a Jim Mortimore novel is an almost certain death sentence. (One of his novels has the last surviving member of the supporting cast eaten by a gratuitous giant lizard on the second-to-last page, just in case the readers thought he was going soft.) And given his penchant for massive cataclysms, you're not even safe if you stay off the page; just being on the same planet as a Jim Mortimore plot is a hazard to life and limb. Or in the same solar system. Or, in one memorable instance, the same ''universe''.
* EverybodyIsSingle: The decision to give ex-companion Bernice Summerfield her own spin-off series -- in which, as lead character, she would be expected to participate in romantic-interest subplots -- led directly to the messy collapse of her marriage, which upstaged the violent deaths of a tenth of the Earth's population. This, ''less than a year'' after an entire novel was devoted to the wedding and much effort was expended in assuring readers that it was HappilyEverAfter-type True Love.
* ExoticEntree: In ''St. Anthony's Fire'', the BigBad offers the Doctor [[EatsBabies candied baby cheeks]].
* ExpendableAlternateUniverse: Subverted in ''Blood Heat''; after bringing peace to the AlternateUniverse where the action of the novel takes place, the Doctor reveals that because it's an artificial timeline generated from the 'real' universe, it's siphoning energy from the 'real' universe that will cause the original one to end billions of years prematurely unless he destroys it. This does not stop him from feeling great guilt at the very real lives he is being forced to end in the AlternateUniverse, nor his companions from angrily [[WhatTheHellHero lashing out at him for this]] when he tries to justify it with this trope for their sake. [[spoiler:Later novels in the series reveal that an old enemy of his created the artificial universe precisely to put the Doctor in this position.]]
* ExtremeOmnisexual: Jason Kane was abducted by aliens at the age of fifteen and didn't see another human being for over a decade; it didn't crimp his social life one bit.
* FamousAncestor: The Forrester family take great pride in being able to trace their ancestry back to Nelson Mandela.
* FantasticHonorifics: At least one novel uses "Trau" (Mr) and "Krau" (Ms), which originally appeared in the TV story "The Caves of Androzani".
* FloatingHeadSyndrome: The cover illustration for the first novel, ''Timewyrm: Genesys'', features the Doctor's head in this style.
* ForeignCussWord: Some time after the series stopped using real swear-words, David A. [=McIntee=] got away with having a character in ''First Frontier'' say something ''very impolite'' in Russian. (The same character in the same book also says something slightly less impolite in [[PardonMyKlingon Klingon]].)
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith[=/=]AppearanceIsInTheEyeOfTheBeholder: The novel ''Sky Pirates!'' heavily implies this applies to The Doctor himself, and the TARDIS too. This was an idea of the author Dave Stone which never really caught on with the rest of the Whoniverse.
* FriendlyAddressPrivileges: The Doctor's latest companion meets the Master for the first time: "Summerfield. Bernice Summerfield. My friends call me Benny, but you can call me Professor Summerfield."
* FunTShirt: ''The Also People'' mentions that on a previous adventure the Doctor's then-companions bought a matched set of shirts from a custom screen-printing stall saying "Hello, I'm Ace and this is my friend the Doctor", "Hello, I'm Benny and this is my friend the Doctor" and "Hello, I'm the Doctor and this is my friend [delete where applicable]".
* FutureImperfect: Happens a lot with future archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, who sometimes gets to catch out her contemporaries on historical events, and sometimes gets caught out herself on things she thought she knew about the 20th century.
* FutureMusic:
** In ''The Highest Science'', trends in 22nd century music (and associated subculture) are explicitly organised by the record companies, and one character is considered weird for continuing to listen to a genre that's been declared Last Season. "Headster" music is the equivalent of pseudo-deep, drug-based psychedelia, whereas the current trend is "Freakster", which seems more like bubblegum pop.
** In ''The Also People'', the {{Epigraph}}s at the start of the chapters are all lines from fictional songs, including Silurian rock, Hith rap, 25th century human folk music, and Cyberman blues.
* GeniusLoci:
** The 1991 novel ''Timewyrm: Revelation'' featured Saul, the spirit of a church in Cheldon Bonniface, England.
** The 1992 novel ''Transit'' featured a 22nd-century interplanetary subway system (the "stunnel") that had become so complex that it had evolved sentience.
** Lungbarrow, the Doctor's family House on Gallifrey, from the 1997 novel of the same name (and really, ''most'' Houses on Gallifrey).
* {{Gesundheit}}: In ''Original Sin'', Benny says "Bless you" when offered a tisane by Provost-Major Beltempest. Beltempest doesn't realize she was making a joke, and explains what a tisane is.
* {{Ghostapo}}: ''Timewyrm: Exodus'' features a Nazi mystic cult (though, this being ''Doctor Who'', the source of their power is ultimately revealed to be alien rather than supernatural).
* GivingRadioToTheRomans:
** In ''Just War'', an incautious time traveler accidentally gives the Nazis a technological leg-up, resulting in them developing stealth bombers in time for World War II.
** In ''The Room With No Doors'' [[spoiler: Joel explains to a 17th century Japanese warlord how to turn a loom into a calculating engine. He's surprised at how quickly the warlord catches on, and comes up with uses for computers that Joel thought he'd have to lead up to.]]
* GoodCopBadCop: In ''The Also People'', Roz and Chris discuss what approach to take to a suspect, considering several variants that are standard in their time before settling on "standard Aristocracy drill: Good Cop, Downright Sycophantic Cop".
* TheGreys: ''First Frontier'', set in the 1950s, features the Greys.
* HalfHumanHybrid: In ''First Frontier'', the alien Tzun (TheGreys of 1950s UFO lore) create the Ph'Sor (the Nordics of 1950s UFO lore) by combining Tzun and human DNA.
* HardboiledDetective: Dekker in ''Blood Harvest'' is a hardboiled detective in the Creator/RaymondChandler vein.
* HaveWeMetYet: Because of the way time is distorted in the setting of ''Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible'', the first time (for her) that Ace meets the Phazels, they already know who she is. From her point of view, she meets their earlier selves a little later.
* AHeadAtEachEnd: The Process, the monster in ''Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible''.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Nietzsche quote appears independently in more than one novel, usually in reference to the Doctor's manipulations.
* HollywoodVoodoo: ''White Darkness'' uses spelling as a distinguishing feature: American soldiers who don't know what they're talking about refer to "voodoo" and "zombies", native Haitans and the Doctor talk of "vodoun" and "zombi". Mind you, despite the author [[ShowTheirWork Showing His Work]] there's still an evil voudon priest who actually worships the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]]...
* HumanAliens: The human-seeming "Nordic" aliens of 1950s UFO lore appear in ''First Frontier'', where they are genetically-engineered HalfHumanHybrids created by TheGreys.
* HumanoidAbomination: One of the authors (specifically, Dave Stone) liked to hint that Time Lords are incomprehensible multi-dimensional entities bearing no more resemblance to the humanoids the audience knows than JimHenson to Kermit the Frog. The idea doesn't seem to have caught on, though.
* HurtComfortFic: A recurring theme, particularly in the novels of Kate Orman; two novels (Orman's ''Set Piece'' and Paul Cornell's ''Human Nature'') have chapters actually titled "Hurt/Comfort".
* IHaveThisFriend: Lampshaded in ''Original Sin'':
--> 'Doc, there's something I need to ask you... It's -- well...'\\
'It's about this friend of yours,' the Doctor prompted.\\
'Yeah. Right. He's got a problem.'\\
'Friends always do.'
* ImmortalProcreationClause: The Time Lords, in the elaborate backstory for Gallifrey developed over the New Adventures, are all sterile and reproduce with Looms. The Doctor was Loomed but is a special case--it's heavily implied that [[spoiler:he is a genetic reincarnation of the Other,]] a major Gallifreyan historical figure from before the species went sterile, which is why he has a belly button.
* InspirationNod: ''Blood Harvest'' features a hardboiled detective and part-time first-person narrator inspired by the works of Creator/RaymondChandler; his opening narration is almost word-for-word the opening narration of Chandler's ''Literature/TheBigSleep''.
* InstantAIJustAddWater: ''Transit'' has a weird (possibly parodic) variant of the "any system will become self-aware if it's just complex enough" version -- where the system in question is the much-extended future equivalent to UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground.
* InsultBackfire: In ''First Frontier'', the villain's description of his ultimate gambit draws a response of "That's despicable" -- to which he replies, "Thank you, my dear. One tries one's best."
* IntercontinuityCrossover: ''White Darkness'' has the Doctor meets the CthulhuMythos. ''All-Consuming Fire'' sees the Doctor team up with Franchise/SherlockHolmes, again against the CthulhuMythos.
* InvisiblePresident: The identities of the US President and the British Prime Minister are kept vague in ''The Dying Days''.
* IsItAlwaysLikeThis: In ''Sky Pirates!'', new companion Roz reflects that her first adventure with the Doctor ended with the possibility her friend could turn into a mindless berserker with no warning, her career in ruins, assassins searching for them, and a destroyed city, and asks Benny for reassurance that not all of their adventures will end like that. Benny is suddenly reluctant to continue the conversation.
* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: Played with in ''All-Consuming Fire''. Ace says, "Does the pope wear a funny hat?" Watson, who met the pope earlier in the story, replies, "Not the last time I saw him."
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Inverted by Chris Cwej. His surname should be pronounced "Shvay", but because everyone pronounces it "Kwedge" he's decided to go along with it. In his first appearance, although his new partner Roz Forrester pronounces it ''correctly'', he corrects her.
* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: ''Human Nature''
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: In ''Timewyrm: Revelation'', Ace gets pulled into the Seventh Doctor's psyche by the titular Timewyrm.
* JuliusBeethovenDaVinci: In ''Birthright'', the villain is an immortal searching for the TARDIS. At various points in time he was Thomas the Rhymer, John Dee and the Count of Cagliostro.
* JustOneSecondOutOfSync: Used to hide the TARDIS in ''The Also People''.
* KeeperOfForbiddenKnowledge: The Library of St John the Beheaded
* KissKissSlap: In ''Eternity Weeps'' Benny greets her (soon-to-be-ex-)husband Jason with a "Summerfield combo," which apparently involves "a two-minute French kiss immediately followed by a straight left to the jaw."
* LamePunReaction: ''Lungbarrow'' has one for the Hand of Omega:
-->Omega, despite his sacrifice, still had a hand in their affairs. It was a rather good joke he thought, but Rassilon didn't find it funny at all.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The final Doctor Who New Adventure, ''The Dying Days'', includes a conversation between two fans about the final movie of a famous sci-fi franchise, and the fact that because it was the final one the audience for once couldn't be sure that the main characters had ContractualImmortality. The relevance to the main characters of ''The Dying Days'' is obvious and entirely deliberate.
* LeaveBehindAPistol: The Doctor does this for one of the villains in ''Just War''. (The villain first attempts to use it on the Doctor.)
* LemonyNarrator: ''Conundrum'' has a Lemony Narrator who turns out to be a character in the story [[spoiler:and a RealityWarper whose narration is ''causing'' the narrated events to occur]].
* LevitatingLotusPosition: In ''Sky Pirates!'', there's a scene where Benny finds the Doctor "sitting in a lotus and ... levitating three feet off the deck -- something he swore blind that he could only do occasionally and with concentrated mental effort, but which Benny had lately come to suspect was the result of being so engrossed he simply forgot to stay on the ground." (They're in a pocket universe with weird physics, which may or may not explain it.)
* LightIsNotGood: Played with; while still on the side of the angels, the Doctor was depicted as far more of a ruthless AntiHero than he had been during most of the TV series (even the TV incarnation of the Seventh Doctor wasn't quite the manipulative {{Chessmaster}} with an OmniscientMoralityLicense that the novels made him, although the seeds were there). To juxtapose against his darker character, his standard costume became a cream / off-white suit.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle:
** The books in the "Timewyrm" arc are named from books of Literature/TheBible.
** ''The Also People'' comes from the "the 'things' are also people" scene in ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse''.
* LivingBattery: In ''Time's Crucible'', a prototype time capsule is powered by the psychic energies of its crew. "Battery" is an official title of one of the crew.
* LivingShip:
** The CoolShip in ''Sky Pirates!''
** Several of the novels offer hints that the TARDIS itself is alive. The "Cat's Cradle" arc establishes that at least part of it is OrganicTechnology (and that things can go badly wrong if the organism is contaminated).
* LovecraftLite: Several of the novels use Lovecraftian elements, and they're all inevitably LovecraftLite, sometimes to an eye-rolling extent. One of the more self-aware is ''All-Consuming Fire'', which alternates the narration between a PublicDomainCharacter [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes 19th-century guest]], who finds the experience full of incomprehensible strangeness and mind-scarring horror in classic Lovecraft fashion, and the Doctor's companion, who's much more blasť about the whole thing. ("Rugose alien monstrosities? What, again?") The final self-aware touch [[spoiler: is that the monster is only ''pretending'' to be a Great Old One for the cosmos-cred; it really is Lovecraft Lite.]]
* MagicalEye: In "Time's Crucible", the Pythia steals an eye from a decapitated Sphinx and substitutes it for one of her own, to boost her waning prophetic powers.
* MajoredInWesternHypocrisy: The Eton- and Cambridge-educated Nizam of Jabalhabad in ''All-Consuming Fire''.
* MalignedMixedMarriage: Leela and Andred's relationship in ''Lungbarrow''. The other Time Lords find it rather embarrassing that Andred is with a 'non-Gallifreyan'. Leela and Andred, however, don't mind at all.
* MeaningfulRename: Done by an entire ''species'' in ''Original Sin'', after losing an extremely unpleasant war with the Earth Empire. The two Hith met in the course of the book are named "Homeless Forsaken Betrayed And Alone" and "Powerless Friendless And Scattered Through Space".
* MegaCorp: Initec in ''Original Sin''.
* MemoryGambit: In ''Set Piece'', the Doctor wipes his mind of his plan to stop the BigBad, so that the BigBad can't work it out. Unfortunately, he also has to wipe his mind of the trigger to restore his memory.
-->'''Ace''': You've finally done it. You've even bamboozled yourself.
* MetalDetectorCheckpoint: The "terrorists sneak specially-designed weapons through the metal detector" trope is played with in ''Theatre of War''. [[spoiler:In the future, everybody uses rayguns, and the security checkpoints are designed to detect their energy sources; the assassin walks straight through carrying, concealed but otherwise unmodified, a perfectly ordinary 20th-century gunpowder handgun taken from a museum.]]
* MidairRepair: In ''The Dying Days'', the Doctor -- five minutes above London, downward bound and accelerating -- builds a parachute out of a helium tank and the contents of his pockets.
* MilestoneCelebration: The 50th New Adventure, ''Happy Endings'', marked the occasion with Benny's wedding, with characters from most of the previous books turning up, plus a chapter featuring contributions from almost every author in the range up to that point, apart from Jim Mortimore.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: In the first of the New Adventures, the Doctor uses this as an excuse for abandoning Ace in the company of an increasingly [[BoisterousBruiser drunk and horny]] [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]]. Luckily, Enkidu is present in the role of the OnlySaneMan. In the whole of Mesopotamia.
* MotherNatureFatherScience: The mythology of Gallifrey features a group of male scientists (led by Rassilon) and a group of female witch-priestesses (led by the Pythia) struggling for control. Rassilon won, and went on to found the Time Lord society. Different novels offer different opinions on whether this was good or bad.
* TheMothership: The Tzun Stormblade in ''First Frontier''.
* TheMusicMeister: Rojahama's Song-and-Dance, from ''Sky Pirates!'', is a force of nature, or perhaps some kind of meteorological effect, that causes spontaneous outbreaks of CrowdSong complete with SpontaneousChoreography. (The planet on which this occurs is in a solar system that, for reasons explained later in the book, is basically one giant WeirdnessMagnet.)
* MyCard: In ''All-Consuming Fire'', the Doctor calls on Franchise/SherlockHolmes while he's out, and leaves a card reading simply "The Doctor -- Travelling". Holmes is able to deduce several extra details, particularly that the card is a one-off, not part of a batch, and was printed recently, perhaps specifically for the purpose of being left for Holmes.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: The villain of ''Return of the Living Dad'' is from a species that the series had previously used solely as bumbling comic relief; being fed up with never being taken seriously forms a significant part of his motivation.
* MythArc: Concerning the Doctor's true identity and the murky origins of the Time Lords.
* TheNewAdventures
* NinetiesAntiHero: Ace was definitely upgraded into a mild example of one of these, going from a messed-up-but-exuberant school-girl with a taste for explosives into a hardened grim-and-gritty battle-suit wearing gun-and-explosive toting space marine. The other companions could touch on this trope as well, particularly Roz, certainly in comparison to the Doctor's previous companions.
* NobleBigotWithABadge: Adjudicator Roz Forrester, a black woman who is totally [[FantasticRacism prejudiced against aliens]], but also one of the few Adjudicators in Spaceport 5 who actually makes any effort to help them.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Every. Single. Celebrity in ''Tragedy Day''. For example, a boy band called Fancy That.
** Briefly done for a quick gag in ''Legacy''. The EncyclopediaExposita is ''The Rough Guide to Federation Tourist Traps'' written by Krymson [=LaPlante=]. At the time of publication, ''The Rough Guide To...'' had just become a TV series presented by Magenta Devine.
* NoHuggingNoKissing:
** The Doctor's celibacy becomes a major plot point in ''Human Nature'', when he's NotHimself and becomes attracted to a woman. It's interesting to see how the novel presented this idea PlayedForDrama, whereas a certain ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho039BangBangABoom episode]]... [[{{Panto}} didn't]].
** Infamously, ''Lungbarrow'' revealed that, since a long-ago catastrophe rendered their entire race sterile, Time Lords don't have sex -- they get created on ''looms''. (Included at no extra cost: A tortured explanation of how, in that case, the Doctor can be Susan's grandfather.) The novel led to a lot of MemeticMutation, and was entirely ignored by the TV series.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: The Franchise/SherlockHolmes crossover ''All-Consuming Fire'' has the framing device of being an account written up by Doctor Watson, with an epilogue in which the Doctor and Benny have just read it themselves. Benny queries the Doctor about such details of Victorian life as using strychnine as a flavouring for beer, and filtering sugar through bull's blood. He assures her they're all true.
* NotSoDifferent: In ''Original Sin'', the Doctor is trapped in a room with homicidal maniac Zebulon Pryce, who claims that the Doctor's Technical Pacifism is not so different in practice from Pryce's usual behaviour, and challenges him to prove otherwise.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: In ''No Future'', [[spoiler:the Vardans and the Meddling Monk]] shake off several decades of being considered hapless comic relief villains.
-->"For do not the greater powers of the universe tremble in fear and cry out in terror at the very name of [[spoiler:the Vardans]]?!"\\
"[[spoiler:The Vardans]]?" Benny frowned. "I think you'll find that your enemies tremble with mirth and cry out things like 'Oh good, it's only [[spoiler:the Vardans]], thank goodness it wasn't somebody serious like the Daleks'."
* OldCopYoungCop: Forrester and Cwej
* OminousOwl: Spooky owls crop up a lot in the novels written by Creator/PaulCornell.
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: The Doctor frequently claims that his role as 'Time's Champion' gives him the right to play with people's lives as if they were pawns -- he can see how time is supposed to function and is engaging in his [[TheChessmaster chess games]] for the greater good of all. Naturally, the people whose lives he's playing with tend not to find this justification very convincing.
* OnePhoneCall: The Doctor expresses a belief in the legally-mandated one phone call when he and his companions are arrested in ''First Frontier'', but it's not put to the test.
* OpenSecret: In ''Death and Diplomacy'', the Saloi are a PlanetOfHats of devious conspirators, as typified by the fact that whatever the official hierarchy charts say, the true reins of power rest in the hands of an apparently minor functionary with the title of Assistant sub-Administratorial Secretary. And every Saloi (as well as most of their enemies) is well aware of this, "for the simple reason that the subject of such a 'secret' would ordinarily have the life expectancy of a snail in a blender unless ''everybody knew about it''."
* OrganicTechnology: See Living Ship.
* OverlyLongName: Time Lord names in ''Lungbarrow'', with first prize going to Quencessetianobayolocaturgrathadeyyilungbarrowmas, the 422nd Kithriarch of the House of Lungbarrow.
* TheOwlKnowingOne: Subverted in ''Sanctuary'':
-->'[The Doctor] is very much like the owl, I think,' said Guy, half to himself.\\
'Wise, you mean?' Benny had heard several people comment on such a likeness. Perhaps it was his eyebrows and keen gaze.\\
'What has wisdom to do with owls? He is comfortable in the darkness, as they are, and I think he is equally as adept at hunting down prey in cold blood.'
* {{Oxbridge}}: ''The Dimension Riders'' by Daniel Blythe is set in the fictional St Matthew's College, Oxford. The college president is a retired Time Lord. Presumably, the author (an alumnus of St John's, Oxford) wanted to balance out "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E6Shada Shada]]".
* PardonMyKlingon: After some early unsuccessful experiments with real swear-words, the series stuck with this, most commonly using the future-swear-word "cruk".
** ''First Frontier'' has a classic example of an alien using an alien swearword in the middle of an English sentence. It also has Ace saying "[[Series/RedDwarf smeg]]" a lot (the author originally had her using real swearwords, but the editor made him take them out), and at one point she says something impolite in actual Klingon.
* ParrotExpowhat: In ''First Frontier'', when Ace warns an FBI agent their opponents will probably be armed with disruptors. "Dis-what?"
* PhantasySpelling: For reasons unknown, the title of the first New Adventure is ''Timewyrm: Genesys'', spelling "genesis" with a Y.
* PickACard: The Doctor does this to amuse the People of the Worldsphere when he wants to take a break from the heavy plot of ''The Also People''. The People may be SufficientlyAdvancedAliens, but they're always intrigued by novel forms of entertainment.
-->"Now for my first trick I need a volunteer from the audience. Yes you, sir, float right up. Have I ever worked with you before? Of course I haven't. What's your name? Ki'Xikati? All right, ki'Xikati, in a moment I want you to pick a card, any card and show it to the audience but not to me. But first I want you to scan this deck of cards. Are they marked, tagged, smell-identified, or in any way anything other than a series of sequential designs printed on rectangular pasteboard? Would you tell the audience that? Thank you so much.
-->"Now," said the Doctor, "pick a card."
* PigLatin: ''Original Sin'' has the Doctor working with some military types to stop an alien starship that's leaking dangerous radiation. When he has to go and retrieve the TARDIS, knowing that the military probably want to seize the ship for their own purposes, he gives their commander a message to pass on to Benny: "Ashtray the ipshay".
* PlanetOfHats: Parodied in ''Death and Diplomacy'', in which three warring empires have been carefully manipulated to be Planet of the [[ExtremeOmnisexual Sex-Obsessed]] [[BarbarianTribe Savages]], Planet of the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Uptight Military]], and Planet of the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Devious Assassins]]. It's specifically mentioned that none of these societies would actually ''work'' if someone wasn't pulling the strings.
* PlayingBothSides: ''First Frontier'' initially seems like a standard AlienInvasion, but it turns out that the real villain of the novel is playing both sides against each other to achieve his own goals.
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: As part of the series' quest for "maturity", teen companion Ace left the series in ''Love and War'' and rejoined a few novels later as an adult. (Yay, time travel.)
* PocketProtector: Subverted in ''Death and Diplomacy'', where Jason Kane tells a cynical anecdote of his grandfather, who went away to war wearing a crucifix of great sentimental value. One day, a bullet fired at him hit the crucifix -- which shattered, aggravating a wound that would otherwise not have been lethal.
* PokeInTheThirdEye: In one of the novels, the Doctor has been keeping snooping telepaths out of his head via PsychicStatic for most of the book. He finally resorts to this after a direct attack. Cue one catatonic would-be attacker.
-->'''The Doctor:''' She wanted to see what was on my mind. I'm rather afraid I let her.
* PortalNetwork: The Transit Network of portal-trains in ''Transit'' just covers the solar system (although the book describes an attempt at a Stellar Tunnel). Most people have a better idea of the shape of the network than of the physical system. It's a parody of UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground, of course.
* PowerBornOfMadness: In ''Timewyrm: Exodus'', the Timewyrm tries to possess AdolfHitler and is instead trapped in his mind by his madness.
* PullARabbitOutOfMyHat: While visiting Egypt in ''All-Consuming Fire'', the Doctor is buttonholed by a conjurer who does a series of tricks with baby chickens, including making them appear and disappear. When he pauses in expectation of payment, the Doctor pulls a rabbit out of his own hat and hands it to him. (How he manages this when he presumably had no idea in advance that a rabbit would be called for is never explained.)
* PunctuationShaker: In ''The Also People'', the People have names like "aM!xitsa" and "saRa!qava", but not as a result of random punctuation scattering to make them look more alien -- their language is inspired by one of the African languages that incorporates clicking sounds, transcribed as "!x", "!c", and "!q". There's a pronunciation guide in the front of the book, for those readers who can be bothered.
* PurpleEyes: The HalfHumanHybrids in ''First Frontier'' all have blond hair and violet eyes.
* RankUp: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart gets promoted to General at the end of ''The Dying Days'', the last of the Doctor Who New Adventures.
* RashomonStyle: During the murder investigation in ''Lucifer Rising''.
* ReadingYourRights: The Adjudicators' version of reading your rights is pretty close to "you have no rights" anyway, but Roz Forrester still adds her own spin:
-->"I am obliged to inform you that your words, guestures and postures are being recorded and may form part of any legal action against you. Under the terms of the data protection act 2820, as amended 2945, I am also obliged to inform you that you and any appointed legal representative will be able to purchase a copy of all recordings upon payment of the standard fee. I am obliged to tell you that, but I won't bother. Just don't piss us around."
* ARealManIsAKiller: In ''No Future'', a (female) soldier tells Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart how, before her secondment to UNIT, part of her training was to raise a rabbit, and then kill it. At the time, she thought she didn't mind, now she was a warrior (although she does mention crying herself to sleep later that night). The Brig's training makes her realize she did, and he tells her "Then they were bastards, Tennant, to order you to do that. What were they?"
* RequiredSpinoffCrossover: As a promotional tie-in the first [[Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures Missing Adventure]], ''Goth Opera'', was a sequel to ''Blood Harvest'', the New Adventure released in the same month. (That is, for the Doctor ''Goth Opera'' happened first, but for several other characters who appeared in both books ''Blood Harvest'' happened first. Ah, time travel.)
* RightHandCat: The Master has a black one on his first appearance in the novels, a callback to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival his last TV appearance]]. Benny, not knowing its history, snarkily asks him if it's black for copyright reasons.
* RuleNumberOne: A character-defining moment in ''Set Piece'', calling back to the RuleNumberOne moment in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]".
* RunningBothSides: In ''Toy Soldiers'', there's a war where it turns out that both sides are being run by the same supercomputer, which had set the whole thing up because it had heard somewhere that periods of conflict often produce flowerings of creativity.
* {{Safecracking}}: The Doctor does a bit of the old listen-to-the-tumblers safecracking in ''First Frontier''.
* SaltAndPepper: Companions Chris Cwej and Roz Forrester, Adjudicators from 30th century Earth (that time period's police). In a variation on the trope, Chris was the [[NewMeat wide-eyed rookie]], while Roz was the [[KnightInSourArmor older, jaded and cynical veteran]].
* SecondhandStorytelling: ''Theatre of War'' has plot-relevant ConversationalTroping regarding the use of this in stage plays, with particular reference to a famous play about a group of soldiers who meet up after a battle and tell each other what just happened.
* SelfDeprecation: In one of Creator/TerranceDicks's novels, one character mocks another because he can't come up with a better description for that sound the TARDIS makes than "a wheezing, groaning noise". It's the same description Dicks always used in the Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations he wrote.
* ShoutOut:
** In ''No Future'', set in the 1970s, the Doctor watches part of an episode of ''Professor X'', the in-universe equivalent of ''Doctor Who''; the actor playing the Professor is not explicitly identified, but is clearly Frankie Howerd in the same comic mode as ''UpPompeii''.
** ''First Frontier'', being a 1950s SF movie homage, has numerous shout-outs to those movies, including ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' (the Doctor squares himself with the American authorities by reminding the CIA of the help he gave them with an "illegal alien" problem in Santa Mira in '56), ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'' (including the inevitable KlaatuBaradaNikto), and even ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' (Doctor Von Scott has a cameo as a scientist brought in to examine UFO wreckage).
** ''The Also People'', in addition to being one huge ShoutOut to ''Literature/TheCulture'', also features a number of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' references, such as a merchant named [[HonestJohnsDealership C!Mot]], a [[Discworld/ReaperMan suspicious yellow dip at parties]], a drink called [[Discworld/MenAtArms a Double Entendre]], the Doctor seeing into the time vortex because he has [[Discworld/TheColourOfMagic octagons in his eyes as well as rods and cones]] and the chapter title "[[Discworld/{{Pyramids}} A Better Class of Recurring Dream]]".
** In ''Death and Diplomacy'', the Czan sergeant is a clear pastiche of Sergeant Major Williams in ''Series/ItAintHalfHotMum'', to the point that at one point he responds to "[[YouNoTakeCandle Is you soldier boys]]?" by claiming to be a concert party. The villains result in several shout-outs to Saturday morning cartoons, at one point setting up a death-trap disguised as a village of happy [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Smurf]]-like creatures. At the end of the book, when it's revealed the villains are [[spoiler: evolutionary-enhanced Gallifreyan rodents]], one of them asks what they'll do now; another rants "[[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain We do what we always do, try to take over the universe!]]"
** According to ''Godengine'', the standard Adjudicator method for a single person to take over a building occupied by the enemy is known as the [[Film/DieHard McClane]] Protocol.
** In ''Love and War'', Ace acompanies New Age Traveller Jan on a cyberspace-enhanced Vision Quest, in which they meet the {{Trickster}}. Ace starts to identify who she sees him as, but gets interupted. However his cry of "[[CatchPhrase You wouldn't let it lie!]]" and later comment "That's a Diana and Trickster sword" makes it pretty clear he's [[TheSmellOfReevesAndMortimer Vic Reeves]].
** A LongList of the aliens and time travellers and others aided by Isaac's organisation in ''Return of the Living Dad'' includes several shout outs, since the guy delivering it is a geek:
-->'''Joel''': We get all kinds. [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial ETs]], {{mutants}}, strays, [[TheGreys greys]], [[LittleGreenMen LGMs]], [=BEMs=], UNIT deserters, [[AlienAbduction Striebs]], dweebs, [[TheStepfordWives Stepford Wives]], [[Literature/TheMidwichCuckoos Midwich Cuckoos]], missing persons, [[Creator/JohnBuchan faraway people]], peepers, buzzers, hoppers, [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy hitchers]], [[Series/QuantumLeap Leapers]], Series/{{Sliders}}...
** Joel also compares his own AscendedFanboy situation to the guy in the second panel of [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/growfcomic.php?date=20070909 this]] ''Comicstrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'' strip.
** The Literature/SherlockHolmes crossover ''All-Consuming Fire'', as well as multiple Holmesian references, features an appearance by ''Literature/TheLostWorld'''s Lord John Roxon, and references to Literature/ProfessorChallenger, Franchise/FuManchu, and Creator/KimNewman's Literature/DiogenesClub agent Charles Beauregard. It's also one of several New Adventures to have references to the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
** In ''Happy Endings'', the musicians Jacquilian and Sanki are based on the characters Julian and Sandy from the sketch comedy series ''Radio/RoundTheHorne''. The scene where the Doctor hires them to play at Benny's wedding follows the standard form of a Julian and Sandy sketch, with the Doctor taking Kenneth Horne's role as the straight man.
* ShowWithinAShow: "Nightshade" (an {{Expy}} of ''Franchise/{{Quatermass}}'') and "Professor X" (an {{Expy}} and AffectionateParody of ''Series/DoctorWho'' itself).
* SignificantAnagram: Multiple examples. One notable one is "Interstellar Nanoatomic ITEC" in ''Original Sin'', which only works because the author declared that in the Future, "ITEC" will be a common company-name suffix like "Ltd" or "Inc".
* SkyPirate: In ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sky Pirates]][[ExcitedShowTitle !]]''
* SmartHouse: Ubiquitous in ''The Also People''.
* SmokingBarrelBlowout: The villain of ''First Frontier'', after using a remotely-operated bomb to make a killing, blows across the top of the remote control device "as if blowing smoke from the barrel of the gun".
* SpacePirates: In ''Sky Pirates!'', the eponymous pirates fly between all the planets of their solar system, so are technically space pirates as well.
* SpacePolice: The Adjudicators.
* SpeaksInShoutOuts: The Doctor's conversation with Centcomp in ''So Vile a Sin''. The system wasn't designed to have a voice of its own, so it speaks "in a jarring mix of words, snipped from media sources".
-->'I,' she said, in the voice of a little girl. 'Know,' said a deep-voiced man with a Southern accent. 'You,' said an elderly woman.
* SpontaneousHumanCombustion: ''All-Consuming Fire'' features what first appears to be a case of this, but it ultimately turns out to have been murder-by-pyrokinesis.
* StarfishAliens: Many, many examples.
* StartsWithTheirFuneral: ''So Vile A Sin'' begins with a one-page prologue entitled "The Body on Page One", in which one of the Doctor's companions is killed, then flashes back to show how and why it happened. The death had originally been planned as a surprise ending, but the book was delayed (Ben Aaronovitch's computer crashed) and books with the character already dead were published ''first'', so the book was rewritten to go the ForegoneConclusion route.
* StockUnsolvedMysteries: The origin of the San Francisco Fire in ''All-Consuming Fire''.
* StoryArc: Four major ones:
** The ''Timewyrm'' quartet: ''Timewyrm: Genesys'', ''Timewyrm: Exodus'', ''Timewyrm: Apocalypse'' and ''Timewyrm: Revelation''.
** The ''Cat's Cradle'' trilogy: ''Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible'', ''Cat's Cradle: Warhead'', and ''Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark''.
** The Alternate Universe cycle: ''Blood Heat'', ''The Dimension Riders'', ''The Left-Handed Hummingbird'', ''Conundrum'' and ''No Future''.
** The Psi-Powers arc: ''Warchild'', ''Sleepy'', ''Christmas on a Rational Planet'', ''The Death of Art'', ''Damaged Goods'' and ''So Vile A Sin''.
* StupidJetpackHitler: ''Just War'' takes the idea of the Nazis having anachronistic technology and plays it surprisingly straight.
* SuperWristGadget: One of several useful tools Ace gains during her PlotRelevantAgeUp.
* TakingYouWithMe: The Pythia in ''Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible'' attempts to take all of Gallifrey with her.
* TeleFrag: ''Transit'' has a teleport network spanning the Solar System, where trains are sent through the gates. There are occasional references to the Bad Accident, which is eventually explained as what happened when two trains tried to materialise in ''almost'' the same place at the same time. They ended up merged together. And so did everyone on board.
* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign: In ''Timewyrm: Exodus'', the Doctor translates his occasional makeshift identity of "Dr John Smith" into German, presenting himself as "Dr Johann Schmidt".
* ThoseWackyNazis: The Nazis in ''Timewyrm: Exodus'' are not totally wacky, but are played with a lighter tone than they might have been. The Nazis in ''Just War'' are not wacky at all.
* TimeyWimeyBall: The main setting of ''Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible'' is a literal TimeyWimeyBall -- the inside of a sphere, about three miles across, containing the same city at three different points in time. At the start, things that change in the 'past' city affect the 'present' and 'future' ones, but as the book progresses, those rules begin to break down and the place ends up as a TimeyWimeyBall in ''every'' sense.
* TokenRomance: ShowWithinAShow version, in ''Lucifer Rising''.
* TrappedInTVLand:
** ''Conundrum'' is set entirely within the Land of Fiction.
** ''No Future'' has a sequence with the Doctor and Benny visiting the Mediasphere, the TV-based collective unconcious of TheSeventies, and interacting with ''Series/TheGoodies'', ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'', ''Series/TheGoodLife'', ''Series/TillDeathUsDoPart'', ''Series/DadsArmy'', and, er, ''Professor X''.
* ATrueStoryInMyUniverse:
** ''Lucifer Rising'' mentions a holodrama [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory Very Loosely Based On]] the events of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E5TheSeedsOfDeath The Seeds of Death]]", with no mention of the Doctor and his companions, and a TokenRomance grafted on.
** In ''Transit'', there's an ''opera'' based on the events of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield Battlefield]]".
* {{Tuckerization}}: Happened a ''lot''. Take a random book and compare the names of minor characters with the rec.arts.drwho folk namechecked in the acknowledgements.
* TheTunguskaEvent: Is given an SF explanation in ''Birthright''.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Many of the "earth-bound" stories took place in this vague era, a few years ahead in order to allow for some fantastic elements, but not far enough to be unrecognisable. ''Iceberg'' (published in 1993), for example, went to great lengths to give background and character to the far future world...of '''2006'''![[note]]...and actually didn't do too badly in a lot of respects. No jet-boat luxury cruisers or holocameras just yet, but a single European currency and maddeningly paranoid airport security was spot on.[[/note]]
* UnderCity: In ''Original Sin'', Spaceport Overcity Five was built on top of London, and what's left of the old city is referred to as the Undercity and occupied only by criminals and people who can't afford to live anywhere better. (In a variation on the trope, the Undercity isn't buried: the entire Overcity hovers above it on AntiGravity engines.)
* UnreliableIllustrator: ''Original Sin'', which introduces new companions Roz Forrester and Chris Cwej, features several internal illustrations to help readers get an idea of what they look like. For this reason, they depict Chris as he usually looks, which (due to a plot point involving MagicPlasticSurgery) is not actually what he looks like in some of the scenes depicted (including the one on the cover).
* VirginSacrifice: One of the earliest novels, ''Timewyrm: Exodus'', has Ace offered up as a virgin sacrifice. By a [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] [[{{Ghostapo}} Mystic Cult]]. This may seem surprising given her [[ReallyGetsAround later reputation]], but it ''was'' one of the earliest novels.
* WalkThisWay: In ''First Frontier'':
-->'Hardly. Walk this way,' the Doctor said mysteriously, and hopped away from the car in a peculiar manner. When he saw that the women were strolling normally after him, he hurrumphed loudly and wandered off towards a low rise just to the left.
* WeDidntStartTheFuhrer: Played with in ''Timewyrm: Exodus'', where Hitler separately receives covert assistance from two different groups of aliens attempting to further their own ends -- but neither is able to control him, and what he does with their assistance is all entirely his own idea.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The primary antagonist in ''Return of the Living Dad''.
* WetwareCPU:
** Parodied in ''SLEEPY'', where the MadScientist who has built a telepathic AI insists that neural nets are completely unnecessary. Apparently one of his rivals tried to create an intelligent computer by hooking a cat's brain to a mainframe, and got "a computer that wants to play with string and sit on your newspaper".
** In ''So Vile a Sin'', the Centcomp system that oversees the interstellar Earth Empire turns out to have a human being built into its heart; the Doctor is led to this discovery by a series of events arranged by Centcomp itself, which has deduced his existence from the data it processes and wants him to come and rescue her.
* WeWillNotHaveAppendixesInTheFuture: Chris and Roz.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Bernice finds herself in this situation after an extended drinking session with Jason Kane in ''Death and Diplomacy''.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[GuileHero The Doctor]] ''really'' goes overboard with the people-chess, and more than a few people make a point of how little they appreciate being treated like a pawn. In fact, Ace's main arc involves her lashing out at him because of this.
* WhatsAnXLikeYouDoingInAYLikeThis: Invoked by the villain of ''First Frontier'' when he recognises Benny from her centuries-in-the-future archaeological career, leading to the reveal that he's a time-traveller too.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: ''The Left-Handed Hummingbird'' features a detective whose parents apparently thought it would be a good idea to name him Hamlet Macbeth.
* WorldTree: ''Sky Pirates!'' is set in a pocket universe where none of the planets are the usual spherical shape. One of them is a giant tree.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Is characteristic of Sgloomi Po in ''Sky Pirates'' and the Plobs in ''Death and Diplomacy''. Is both books being written by Dave Stone, suggesting he is liking this trope.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: In ''First Frontier'':
-->'You don't intend to just walk into a Cold War base, surely?' Ace called out to him. 'They'd probably shoot us, just in case.'\\
'You've been watching too many cheap TV shows, Ace.'
* YourHeadAsplode: In ''Human Nature''.
* {{Zeerust}}: A lot of the novels heavily engage with {{Cyberpunk}} technologies, plots, settings, characters and themes, to such a degree that at times they might as well have "this was published in TheNineties" stamped on every page.
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