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Christmas on a Rational Planet was the fifty-second Virgin New Adventures novel. It featured the Seventh Doctor, Chris Cwej and Roz Forrester. Christmas on a Rational Planet was author Lawrence Miles' first novel for the Doctor Who range. He later wrote two novels for Virgin's Virgin Bernice Summerfield New Adventures. He also contributed significant elements to the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures novels in his novels Alien Bodies, Interference - Book One and Interference - Book Two. The beginnings of ideas and elements in those novels can be seen in this novel.

Publisher's summary[]

"An end to history. An end to certainty. Is that too much to ask?"

December, 1799. Europe is recovering from the Age of Reason, the Vatican is learning to live with Napoleon, and America is celebrating a new era of independence. But in New York State, something is spreading its own brand of madness through the streets. Secret societies are crawling from the woodwork, and there's a Satanic conspiracy around every corner.

Roz Forrester is stranded in a town where festive cheer and random violence go hand-in-hand. Chris Cwej is trapped on board the TARDIS with someone who's been trained to kill him. And when Reason itself breaks down, even the Doctor can't be sure who or what he's fighting for.

Christmas is coming to town, and the end of civilisation is following close behind...


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The Doctor[]

Time Lords[]

  • Time Lords physical appearance are a fragment of their vast multi-dimensional form existing in a metaspace realm invisible to humans.
  • Laws of probability bend around Time Lords, tipping the odds in their favour.

Drugs and medicines[]



  • The presence of an ID implant in the anatomy of an Imperial citizen is mandatory under the Sixteenth Criminal Justice Empowerment, except in those cases outlined in the Corporate Faiths Amendment of 2939.



  • On Minyos they cast out the heliomancers from their society.
  • Astra is a terrible place, like many of Earth's colonies in the 25th century.

Theories and concepts[]


  • This novel is rumoured to contain a reference to every TV story[1], although some are very obscure (such as Lincoln being a reference to The Chase or the reference to Gallifreyan prisoner tattoos being a reference to either Spearhead from Space or Doctor Who and the Silurians). It requires a distinctly critical eye to identify them, should the rumour be correct.
  • Lawrence Miles specified his idea for the cover, with a clockwork claw holding a crystal ball reflecting the Doctor. However, the actual cover focused more on the Doctor's nose than the clockwork claw,[2] and it was so unpopular that it was changed before publication.[3]
  • This was the first Doctor Who novel that Lawrence Miles pitched, though he had originally planned for it to occur earlier in the New Adventures series; according to Miles, while helping then-range-editor Rebecca Levene, Gareth Roberts clumsily threw the pitch document behind a cupboard, only to mistakenly recover it from that location a year later whilst searching for chocolate biscuit crumbs. However, he has clarfied he did not witness this incident and is only going by hearsay.[4]


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