(ISBN 0-426-20444-1)






 The last words of a

 dying alien send the

 Doctor and Bernice to

 30TH-century Earth in

 an attempt to avert

 a disaster. Before

 they can even unpack

 they’ve been arrested

 by the Adjudicators.

 attempts to prove

 their innocence take

 them from the mosaic

 planet Purgatory to

 a prison FOUND inside

 a star.


 BUT Adjudicators Roz

 Forrester and Chris

 Cwej have their own

 problems. THEY ARE

 Investigating a series

 of murders, AND have


 upon a conspiracy.

 On the run and out of

 luck, the only people

 they can turn to are

 their chief suspects:

 the Doctor and HIS

 COMPANION, Bernice.


 And as they run,

 someone is watching

 them. Someone who

 knows the Doctor of



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Original Sin

JUNE 1995






After the charming and reflective Human Nature, the New Adventures crank the speed right back up again with a good old-fashioned planet-hopping space opera. Whereas the previous novel felt like the end of an era in many ways, Original Sin kick-starts the next run of novels in style. It looks to the future, introducing us to two new companions, as well as to the past, bringing back a memorable villain that we haven’t seen since the monochrome era of Doctor Who. More than that, Andy Lane brings the world of the 30th century to life in a level of detail that most other authors simply couldn’t match – at least, not without neglecting character or plot, which Lane is thankfully innocent of in both cases.


Immediately I found myself sucked into the world of the 30th century. The oppressive Earth Empire. The Wars of Acquisition. The Hith. Inevitably this novel has been heavily criticised for having a hell of a lot of ‘continuity’ in it. Obviously, the main protagonist is from an old television story so there is ‘continuity’ in that sense, but a lot of the things that are whinged about are no more than fleeting references - alien cameos and that sort of thing. I certainly don’t think that Lane has been over indulgent; it’s simply world-building. If you were writing a Star Trek novel, for example, you certainly wouldn’t be lambasted if you decided to populate a bar with a few Klingons or Romulans. Lane is guilty of no more than that; a Foamasi here, an Adjudicator there. It makes sense.



The Adjudicators really steal the

show in this book. Chris and Roz

are Doctor Who’s answer to the

classic cop-duo: Roz is Starsky,

Chris is Hutch! We have Rosyln

Forrester, the ident-eating, tough-

as-nails Adjudicator whose world

is falling apart due to a memory

that she can’t quite touch and a

superior officer who’s completely

bent. We have Chris Cwej, the

young rookie and reckless risk-taker; the man who put himself through a “body-bepple” to grow fur for the sake of fashion. The most unlikely duo on the planet… yet it works. They gel. They just about steal every scene they are in, so it’s no surprise that editor Rebecca Levene decided to keep the pair of them on.


I also enjoyed reading about the Hith. I’d thought The Twin Dilemma had put me off gastro-pods for life, but the Hith are actually quite congenial slugs. Invaded by those bloody Empire-building humans, the Hith took the line of passive resistance: they all changed their names to reflect their refugee status. Homeless Forsaken, Powerless Friendless, Hater of Humans… They are certainly a unique people. It isn’t just the Hith, though. This novel is populated with

a plethora of other interesting races and characters – far too many too mention in a short review – but Provost-Major Beltempest on Purgatory is well worth a mention, as is Zebulon Price – the madman who actually makes the Doctor think…


In fact, one of the strongest aspects of this novel is Lane’s characterisation of the seventh Doctor. He’s every bit the dark Doctor of the last two televised seasons and the novels, but there’s also a lot of the playful clown from Season 24 thrown in. It’s as if after the events of Human Nature, this Doctor has finally found balance. Now I’m certainly not advocating a return to the metaphor-mixing, spoon-playing jester, but the New Adventures have been in danger of making the Doctor’s character too dark. This novel brings back a Doctor that I could really imagine Sylvester McCoy bringing to life on television. In his scenes with the villain towards the end, I could just imagine McCoy spitting out every line with that Scots venom.


“Nothing gives me the right, but having got it,

I will not relinquish it. I am Time’s Champion.”


Moreover, the novel also probes some of the Doctor’s innermost insecurities, which I found very interesting indeed. In his philosophical discussions with the crazed Price, the Doctor is forced to look at who he is and how he lives his lives, and also face up to some of the issues that have been plaguing him for several lifetimes. Is murder ever justified? Does he always do good? Is he afraid of dying? The answers to some of these genuinely questions shocked me, especially the Doctor’s admission that he does fear death. Somehow, I didn’t expect that...


In short then, this one is a terrific powerhouse of a novel, and comes highly recommended indeed.


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