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Love and War was the first story in Big Finish Productions' Novel Adaptations range. It was adapted from the novel of the same name by Jacqueline Rayner and featured Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Lisa Bowerman as Bernice Summerfield.

It was created to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the novel's release.

Publisher's summary[]

On a planet called Heaven, all hell is breaking loose.

Heaven is a cemetery for both humans and Draconians — a final place of rest for those lost during wartime. The Doctor arrives on a trivial mission — to find a book, or so he says — and Ace, wandering around Joycetown, becomes involved with a charismatic Traveller called Jan.

But the Doctor is strenuously opposed to the romance. What is he trying to prevent? Is he planning some more deadly game connected with the coffins revered by the mysterious Church of Vacuum and the unusual Arch that marks the location of a secret building below ground?

Archaeologist Bernice Summerfield thinks so. Her destiny is inextricably linked with that of the Doctor, but even she may not be able to save Ace from the Time Lord's plans.

This time, has the Doctor gone too far?


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  • This adaptation was the first audio drama to feature the Doctor, Ace and Bernice Summerfield since The Dark Flame in March 2003. In the interim, the Doctor and Bernice appeared together in The Final Amendment, Benny's Story (featuring the Eighth Doctor) and Bernice Summerfield and the Criminal Code.
  • The prelude to the story, originally printed in Doctor Who Magazine 192, was recorded and released on the bonus disc and as a free podcast.
  • Benny's costume on the CD cover is the same here as was depicted on the original novel's cover.
  • The CD comes with a reversible cover: one side is styled as a Doctor Who release with no number, and the other as part of the Big Finish Bernice Summerfield series, again with no number.
  • After AUDIO: The Burning Prince, this is the second Big Finish audio drama released in as many months to feature a pyrokinetic character, namely Jan Rydd.
  • Big Finish ran a poll on Facebook where fans could vote on the best Big Finish Doctor Who audio of 2012, which this audio drama won. It was subsequently put on sale at half price for 48 hours.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 28 and 29 January 2012 at The Moat Studios.
  • This is the first Big Finish audio drama to adapt a Doctor Who novel in which the Doctor has not been removed (see AUDIO: Birthright and Just War). It also marks the first time that one of the DWM preludes has been dramatised.
  • This was the first Big Finish adaptation of a Virgin New Adventures novel since Dragon's Wrath in 2000.

Deviations from the original novel[]

  • The relationship between Ace and Jan is less developed than in the original novel.
  • The scenes of the Doctor encountering the military are excised.
  • The Doctor uses a sonic screwdriver, whereas this was absent in the original novel. It was destroyed in TV: The Visitation, but reappeared in PROSE: The Pit.
  • The character Paul Magrs was omitted.


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