Deceit was the thirteenth novel in the Virgin New Adventures series. It was written by Peter Darvill-Evans and released in 1993. It features the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice. This was the first novel to crossover elements of Doctor Who Magazine's comic stories with the novel range. The events of Nemesis of the Daleks are directly referenced.
"Take Arcadia apart if you have to."
The middle of the twenty-fifth century. The Second Dalek War is drawing to an untidy close. Earth's Office of External Operation is trying to extend its influence over the corporations that have controlled human-occupied space since man first ventured to the stars.
A non-technological paradise? A living laboratory for a centuries-long experiment? Fuel for a super-being? Even when Ace and Benny discover the truth, the Doctor refuses to listen to them.
Nothing is what it seems to be.
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- Seventh Doctor
- Bernice Summerfield
- Abslom Daak
- Britta Hoffmann
- Christina Delahaye
- Elaine Delahaye
- Gerald Delahaye
- Isabelle Defries
- Jerval Johannsen
- Abslom Daak is a clone.
- Ace thinks about having sex with Daak.
- The Dalek plague used during the 22nd century Dalek invasion of Earth is mentioned in passing.
- Interplanetary Mining Corporation makes an appearance.
- Earth colonies during the 26th century include Astral, the university planet Academia, Belmos, Thrapos 3, and Hurgal.
- Bernice is haunted by the destruction of the Seven Planets.
- Ace is three years older than when she left the Doctor on Heaven.
- Lau-Po works for Spinward.
- Reynald Yesti is a part of Isabelle's expedition.
- Wynette Troheim is a Spinward executive.
- "Cybershit" and "Dalek dung" are expressions/expletives.
- Ace has been trained in the Spacefleet in the Special Weapons Division.
- The TARDIS is cured of the infection it reacquired in Tír na n-Óg.
- The Doctor ejected the zero room from the TARDIS, to destroy Pool.
- Dalek Killers are almost mythical.
- A prelude to this novel was published in DWM 198.
- This was the first Doctor Who novel to exceed 300 pages in length.
- Author Peter Darvill-Evans was the range editor for the Virgin New Adventures line.
- While Ace is referred to as a "stranger" in the first few chapters, her revelation was never intended to be a surprise as she is on the front cover and her return is mentioned in the back. Peter Darvill-Evans also made it clear when Love and War was released.
- Abslom Daak died destroying the Dalek Death Wheel in COMIC: Nemesis of the Daleks, and was later saved by time-travellers in COMIC: Emperor of the Daleks!.
- The TARDIS was infected with protoplasm in PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark.
- A construct which is probably Pool would later appear in PROSE: Dead Romance.
- Ace would later find a fictionalised version of these events in the form of a novel entitled Deceit in the Land of Fiction library. (PROSE: Conundrum)
- Prelude to Deceit as published in DWM #198
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Deceit at The Whoniverse
- The Cloister Library: Deceit