Literature: Doctor Who Missing Adventures
A line of Doctor Who
spin-off novels produced by Virgin Publishing between 1994 and 1997. The Missing Adventures novels were set between episodes of the TV series (as opposed to its sister line, the Doctor Who New Adventures
, which picked up where the TV series had left off in 1989).
Since the line was intended to provide adventures that more-or-less easily slotted into gaps in previous television eras, the Missing Adventures generally tended to be less experimental in nature than the New Adventures, but they often adopted the more adult and Darker and Edgier
tone of the other novel range.
The Missing Adventures were succeeded by the Past Doctor Adventures
, published by BBC Books.
Novels in this series
- 1. Goth Opera (July 1994), by Paul Cornell, featuring the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegannote
- 2. Evolution (September 1994), by John Peel, featuring the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane
- 3. Venusian Lullaby (October 1994), by Paul Leonard, featuring the First Doctor, Barbara and Ian
- 4. The Crystal Bucephalus (November 1994), by Craig Hinton, featuring the Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Kamelion
- 5. State of Change (December 1994), by Christopher Bulis, featuring the Sixth Doctor and Peri
- 6. The Romance of Crime (January 1995), by Gareth Roberts, featuring the Fourth Doctor, Romana II, and K-9 Mark 2
- 7. The Ghosts of N-Space (February 1995), by Barry Letts, featuring the Third Doctor, Sarah Jane and UNITnote
- 8. Time of Your Life (April 1995), by Steve Lyons, featuring the Sixth Doctor and original companion Grant Markham
- 9. Dancing the Code (April 1995), by Paul Leonard, featuring the Third Doctor, Jo and UNIT
- 10. The Menagerie (May 1995), by Martin Day, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe
- 11. System Shock (June 1995), by Justin Richards, featuring the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry
- 12. The Sorceror's Apprentice (July 1995), by Christopher Bulis, featuring the First Doctor, Barbara, Ian and Susan
- 13. Invasion of the Cat People (August 1995), by Gary Russell, featuring the Second Doctor, Ben and Polly
- 14. Managra (September 1995), by Stephen Marley, featuring the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane
- 15. Millennial Rites (October 1995), by Craig Hinton, featuring the Sixth Doctor and Mel
- 16. The Empire of Glass (November 1995), by Andy Lane, featuring the First Doctor, Vicki and Steven
- 17. Lords of the Storm (December 1995), by David A McIntee, featuring the Fifth Doctor and Turloughnote
- 18. Downtime (January 1996), by Marc Platt, featuring Sarah Jane, the Brigadier and Victorianote
- 19. The Man in the Velvet Mask (February 1996), by Daniel O'Mahoney, featuring the First Doctor and Dodo
- 20. The English Way of Death (March 1996), by Gareth Roberts, featuring the Fourth Doctor, Romana II, and K-9 Mark 2
- 21. The Eye of the Giant (April 1996), by Christopher Bulis, featuring the Third Doctor, Liz and UNIT
- Who Killed Kennedy? (April 1996), by David Bishop, featuring the Second, Third and Seventh Doctors, Dodo and Sarah Janenote
- 22. The Sands of Time (May 1996), by Justin Richards, featuring the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan
- 23. Killing Ground (June 1996), by Steve Lyons, featuring the Sixth Doctor and Grant Markham
- 24. The Scales of Injustice (July 1996), by Gary Russell, featuring the Third Doctor, Liz and UNIT
- 25. The Shadow of Weng-Chiang (August 1996), by David A McIntee, featuring the Fourth Doctor, Romana I, and K-9 Mark 2
- 26. Twilight of the Gods (September 1996), by Christopher Bulis, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria
- 27. Speed of Flight (October 1996), by Paul Leonard, featuring the Third Doctor, Jo and Mike Yates
- 28. The Plotters (November 1996), by Gareth Roberts, featuring the First Doctor, Barbara, Ian and Vicki
- 29. Cold Fusion (December 1996), by Lance Parkin, featuring the Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric, and the Seventh Doctor, Chris and Roznote
- 30. Burning Heart (January 1997), by Dave Stone, featuring the Sixth Doctor and Peri
- 31. A Device of Death (February 1997), by Christopher Bulis, featuring the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry
- 32. The Dark Path (March 1997), by David A McIntee, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria
- 33. The Well-Mannered War (April 1997), by Gareth Roberts, featuring the Fourth Doctor, Romana II, and K-9 Mark 2
This series provides examples of:
- BBC Quarry: Lampshaded in The Shadow of Weng-Chiang by Dave McIntee, in which the Doctor finds himself in an actual quarry and remarks that it reminds him of several alien planets he's visited.
- Bring Me My Brown Pants: In State of Change, Peri speaks of having an 'accident' out of terror while Strapped to an Operating Table in "Vengeance on Varos".
- Bumbling Sidekick: Parodied in Managra, where the bumbling sidekick to the resident dashing hero is in fact a lot smarter than he lets on — and, indeed, a lot smarter than his boss in many ways — but pretends to be a dimwit because it pays better.
- Butt Monkey: The things that happen to Dodo in her appearances in this series of novels are epically and notoriously horrible.
- Canon Foreigner: Taking advantage of the ill-defined gap between Peri's departure and Mel's arrival, the Missing Adventures gave the Doctor an extra companion during that period named Grant Markham.
- Captain Ersatz: Dave Stone, a regular writer for Judge Dredd comics, wanted to do an Intercontinuity Cross Over by Dredd. After his denial by Dredd's copyright holders, he went ahead and wrote Burning Heart, in which the Sixth Doctor joins forces with a super-strict future cop with a face-concealing helmet on a futuristic motorcycle who goes by the nickname Stoneface. He even looks like Dredd in the cover painting. Conveniently, the Guild of Adjudicators established in the New Adventures was already pretty much the Mega-City One Justice Department.
- Cliff Hanger: The Well-Mannered War ends the novel line with one, as, through an evil plot by the Black Guardian, the Fourth Doctor and Romana are trapped in the TARDIS and unable to leave without causing a time paradox. We assume they got out of it.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: Similar to his method of "casting" Ian Richardson in pretty much all of his Doctor Who novels, Lance Parkin goes even further in Cold Fusion. The characters Provost-General Tertullian Medford and Chief Scientist Whitfield are meant to be "played" by Terry Scott and June Whitfield, stars of 1980s sitcom Terry and June!
- Compound Interest Time Travel Gambit: The Crystal Bucephalus reveals that this is where the Doctor gets his money from.
- Cross Over: With the New Adventures in Cold Fusion. It featured the Fifth Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan, along with the then current New Adventures team of the Seventh Doctor, Roz Forrester and Chris Cwej.
- Cross Through: Blood Harvest/Goth Opera (see below)
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Subverted in System Shock, which features evil cyborgs trying to take over the world. When the Doctor tries to appeal to their buried human natures, their leader laughs and says they don't have any — they're not people with robot bits grafted on, they're robots with people bits grafted on.
- Die Hard on an X: The second half of System Shock is Die Hard in a huge computer hub.
- Eldritch Abomination: Two of them in Millenial Rites. Played with in that one of them isn't evil at all, and the other was minding its own business before it was unexpectedly summoned.
- Everything Is Online: In System Shock, the Big Bad has spent years planting alien microchips in all kinds of things, precisely so they can do this.
- Face-Heel Turn: Victoria in Downtime, due to manipulation by the Great Intelligence.
- Genteel Interbellum Setting: The English Way of Death
- Historical-Domain Character:
- Landmarking the Hidden Base: Millennial Rites reveals the sinister truth behind the construction of the Canary Wharf Tower.note
- Mr. Alt Disney: Ralph Mimsey, whose deserted theme park and cryogenically-preserved head feature in Burning Heart.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: In Millennial Rites, the transformation of half of London into a Low Fantasy Cosmic Horror Story setting is detected by a blond haired man in a dirty trenchcoat in a Dublin pub and a thoughtful man levitating in a voluminous blue cloak in a New York brownstone.
- Origins Episode / Start of Darkness: The Dark Path, for the Master.
- Overly Long Name: Lady Ruathadvorophrenaltid, in Goth Opera.
- Path of Inspiration: The Lazarus Intent in The Crystal Bucephalus was set up by a criminal who ripped off Christanity wholesale to create a religion which, rather than teaching the Messiah was resurrected and would return, taught that it was up to believers to invent time travel, and rescue their saviour from the moment of his death. The Doctor notes that while the church may be a fraud set up by a egomaniac (Lazarus isn't even a Dark Messiah, just a conman who thinks big), devout Lazarites tend to be good people.
- Petting Zoo People: Invasion of the Cat People
- Required Spinoff Crossover: As a promotional tie-in the first 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.)
- Scam Religion: The origin of the Lazarus Intent, described above.
- Significant Anagram: There are several Significant Anagrams in the novel Managra, starting with that one.
- Soap Within a Show: Time of Your Life is set in the environs of a TV studio, the products of which include Jubilee Towers, a low-budget soap largely set in the environs of a TV studio.
- Start of Darkness: The Dark Path is this for the Master.
- Steal the Surroundings: In State of Change, it's revealed that the parallel Earth the Doctor and Peri have spent the book exploring was created when a cosmic entity attempted to copy the TARDIS console. It not only copied the console, but a large portion of its surroundings — ie, Earth.
- Stock Unsolved Mysteries: The Lost Colony of Roanoke in Empire of Glass.
- Telefrag: Referenced by name in The Dark Path, as a semi-standard military tactic used to cripple starships (e.g., by teleporting someone or something into the location where a ship's pilot is sitting) without actually damaging the ship itself.
- Two Rights Make A Wrong: In Cold Fusion, the Doctor does this to himself. There are some galaxy shattering grenades that can be disarmed by reversing the polarity of the neutron flow, which he does so he can fake out the villain by pretending that they've won when they send the duds to the target. Then his past self finds the grenades and re-reverses the polarity, thinking he's the one disarming them. Which means the bombs are live when sent to their target.
- Waxing Lyrical: In the Fifth/Seventh team-up Cold Fusion, Chris Cwej is posing as an Australian, and describes living in a close-knit community in a sunny suburb, where everyone pops in and out of each others' houses, before concluding "With a little understanding, you can find the perfect blend and that's when good neighbours become good friends". Real Australian Tegan doesn't get the reference, having come from a time before Neighbours began, but does spot he's talking nonsense.