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Birthright was the seventeenth of Virgin Books' New Adventures novels. It was written by Nigel Robinson, published in 1993, and featured the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Benny. Notably, the story focused on the companions, who are separated from the Doctor while he experienced the events of the next novel, Iceberg.
Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]
In a tiny shop in Bloomsbury, the master of a grand order of sorcerers is nearing the end of a seven-hundred year quest for a fabled magic wand.
And on a barren world in the far-distant future the Queen of a dying race pleads for the help of an old hermit named Muldwych, while Ace leads a group of guerrillas in a desperate struggle against their alien oppressors.
These events are related. Perhaps the Doctor knows how. But the Doctor has gone away.
Plot[edit | edit source]
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Characters[edit | edit source]
- Bernice Summerfield
- The Charrl
- Queen Ch'tizz
- Mikhail Vladamir Popov
- Jared Khan
- Margaret Waterfield
- Ernie Wright
- Natasha Popova
- Randolph Bellingham
- Reggie Hawkins
- Charlie Jackson
References[edit | edit source]
Cults[edit | edit source]
- The Brotherhood of the New Dawn believes man has become decadent and evil.
Diseases and illnesses[edit | edit source]
- Bernice contracts the flu.
Individuals[edit | edit source]
- Margaret Waterfield is Edward Waterfield's sister and Victoria Waterfield's paternal aunt. She is murdered by Kahn's thugs.
Languages[edit | edit source]
- Bernice can't read Cyrillic.
Locations[edit | edit source]
- Channel Tunnel still survives in 22,000.
Planets[edit | edit source]
TARDIS[edit | edit source]
- The Time Vector Generator is an ebony bar that links the exterior and interior dimensions of a TARDIS.
Theories and concepts[edit | edit source]
- The Charrl created three hundred of the 700 Wonders of the Universe.
- The Migration is the movement of the Charrl from Antýkhon to Earth.
Time travel[edit | edit source]
- The Great Divide, a temporal portal from approximately 22,000 to 1909.
- Ace gets transported to the year 22,000.
- Bernice gets transported to 1909.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- This is one of several Virgin New Adventures which were adapted by Big Finish Productions for their first season of Bernice Summerfield audio dramas.
- This novel almost does not feature the Seventh Doctor.
- A prelude to this novel was published in DWM 203.
- The jacket illustration for this book was incorrectly reproduced reversed as a full-colour page in Doctor Who: Timeframe: The Illustrated History. A second edition and paperback corrected this error.
- The cover art of Birthright was reproduced in the Leekley Bible to illustrate the brief synopsis of Ark in Space.
Continuity[edit | edit source]
- This novel runs parallel with the events of PROSE: Iceberg, with the Doctor being absent for the majority of Birthright. This was the first "Doctor-lite" novel under the New Adventures banner (Target Books previously published two non-Doctor original novels, Harry Sullivan's War and Turlough and the Earthlink Dilemma), and in some ways was a rehearsal for the later Doctor-less series of novels featuring Benny that began in 1996.
- The Charrl and Muldwych make an appearance in PROSE: Happy Endings.
- Muldwych refers to the fact that that there are only 699 of the 700 Wonders of the Universe left. (TV: Death to the Daleks)
- The Doctor also encountered a renamed future Earth in TV: The Mysterious Planet.
- Mikhail Vladamir Popov returns for a brief cameo in Happy Endings as one of Bernice's wedding guests.
- The Doctor's eagle pedestal speaks to Benny. (TV: The Pirate Planet)
- Ace refers to a trip she took with the Doctor to Africa "a long time ago". The hive of the Charrl resembles termite mounds which she saw there. (PROSE: Prelude: Birthright)
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- Prelude to Birthright as published in DWM #203
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Birthright at The Whoniverse
- The Cloister Library: Birthright