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Legacy was the twenty-fifth New Adventures novel. It features the Seventh Doctor, Bernice Summerfield, Ace and the Ice Warriors. This was the third story to feature the planet Peladon.

Publisher's summary[]

"So, that's an Ice Warrior. Brings a whole new meaning to the concept of shell suits."

The Doctor is pursuing a master criminal. The trail leads to Peladon: a desolate world once home to a barbaric, feudal society. Now the Galactic Federation is attempting to bring prosperity and civilisation to the planet. But not all Peladonians support the changes, and when ancient relics are stolen from their Citadel, the representatives of the Federation are blamed. The Doctor suspects the Ice Warrior delegation, but before long the Time Lord himself is arrested for the crime — and sentenced to death.

Elsewhere, interplanetary mercenaries are bringing one of the galaxy's most evil artefacts to Peladon, apparently on the Doctor's instruction. Ace is pursuing a dangerous mission on another world and Bernice is getting friendly — perhaps too friendly — with the Ice Warriors she has studied for so long.

The players are making the final moves in a devious and lethal plan — but for once it isn't the Doctor's.


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Foods and beverages[]

  • Bernice (and others) drink some wine during a meal on Peladon.


  • Queen Thalira died in a shuttle crash a few years after the Third Doctor's second visit to Peladon.
  • Keri is a Pakhar.
  • Alpha Centauri is still alive. Reproduction comes naturally with the right mental urges.
  • Nic Reece considers himself a pretty suave PR guy.


  • "Shsurr" is Martian for the equivalent of "m'lady".



Time Lords[]


  • DWM 211 had a prelude across two pages for this novel with accompanying illustrations.
  • This was originally intended to be an audio drama for the Audio Visuals range, a series of unlicensed audio dramas which Gary Russell was involved in.
    • Several Audio Visuals stories are referenced with Keri mentioning the Nematodian Border (from The Secret of Nematoda), the Orion androids (from Sword of Orion), and the Rigellons (from Connection 13).
  • This was the first Doctor Who novel by Gary Russell, who later worked for Big Finish Productions, became script editor for the 2005 series revival, wrote novelisations for The Sarah Jane Adventures and also wrote for IDW Publishing's Doctor Who graphic novels in 2008.
  • A number of contradictory clues are given regarding the dating of this story:
    • References are made to several books published in 3948, implying the novel takes place in or after that year.
    • On three occasions it is stated to be around the mid-39th century (probably a mistake if the story is really set in the "3900s" which is the 40th century)
    • Mavic Chen becomes the Guardian of the Solar System (which the AUDIO: Neverland later dated to 3950)
    • It is thirty years before a Dalek war, presumably meaning the events of TV: The Daleks' Master Plan (therefore 3970)
    • The Doctor says it is six hundred years after The Ice Warriors (therefore 3600, as the year 3000 was often given for the dating of that story). The Dark Path gives some leeway in that Ice Warriors could occur sometime in the 31st century.
    • Placebo Effect ultimately dated the novel to 3984, since Bernice leaves the Doctor for three months and returns in Theatre of War which is dated 3985, indicating the year change.
  • The description of Space Station Zenobia in a graveyard of wrecked spaceships was Robert Holmes's original idea for the opening of The Mysterious Planet, as it was scripted. However, it couldn't be filmed.
  • Russell places Kaldor City on Saturn's moon Japetus, whereas all other stories and materials place Kaldor City on the planet Kaldor. This was however before Corpse Marker, the Kaldor City audios, and Big Finish's audios were written and specified Kaldor as a planet where the city was based.


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