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Love and War was the ninth novel in the Virgin New Adventures series. It was written by Paul Cornell and features the Seventh Doctor and Ace. It introduced Professor Bernice Summerfield. In 2012, Big Finish Productions adapted the novel for audio to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its original release.

Publisher's summary

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

Heaven is a paradise for both humans and Draconians — a place of rest in more ways than one. The Doctor comes here on a trivial mission — to find a book, or so he says — and Ace, wandering alone in the city, 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 mysterious objects causing the military forces of Heaven such concern?

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?

Chapter Titles

  • The Prologues: Deaths
  1. Heaven's Gate
  2. Wild Horses
  3. Twenty-Fifth-Century Boy
  4. Twenties Kicks
  5. Ace Dreaming
  6. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
  7. Necropolis
  8. Burning Bridges
  9. The Armies Of The Night
  10. No More Mister Nice Guy
  11. Continuity
  12. Three Manuscripts
  13. Something Terrible
  14. Inside The Sphere
  15. Ace Falling
  16. No Escape From Heaven
  17. The End
  18. Afterwards
  • Epilogues: Deaths and Other Lives


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The Doctor

Death laughed, and raised a soft finger between the Doctor's eyes. "Don't lie to me! You sacrificed the colourful jester because you needed to be born! Time would have her champion and he was just the compost for your blooming. You ran your TARDIS into the Rani's beam joyfully. Hah! Your sixth self hates you for that, he will become Valeyard for that...'Love and War, page 80


  • The 20th century is Bernice Summerfield's favourite era.
  • Cruk as a swear word is mentioned and used in conversation for the first time.


  • The Travellers are a group of people who originated on Earth as anarchists and unhappy people. Currently there are thirty Travellers on Heaven. They use Puterspace instead of drugs to attain higher states of consciousness.


  • Máire mentions Abslom Daak, a Dalek Killer who has also met the Doctor. She was also a Dalek Killer.
  • Chad Boyle suddenly started mailing Christmas cards to everyone from his school days.
  • Whilst in the escape pod, Ace is visited by the Trickster in a clown costume. He tells her Jan is one of his. However, in the context of the story, this could be a vision of the Doctor, his manipulative nature and his plans that involve Jan rather then the modern Trickster.
  • Ace becomes formally engaged to Jan by Máire.
  • Julian was a friend of Ace's while she was growing up. When he died, he was absorbed into the Hoothi consciousness.
  • Bernice Surprise Summerfield is thirty years old. She has only ever had three boyfriends.
  • Ace learnt to ride a horse in Adelaide in 1967.
  • Ace lost her virginity to Glitz while on Iceworld.

Libraries and archives


  • The Vacuum Church believes only death and suicide can relieve the pain of life.


Psychic powers

  • Jan Rydd has pyrokinetic powers that he gained through experiments with the military. His "secret" name is Aradath.
  • Christopher also has extensive mental powers, but was rendered sexless by the military experiments.


  • Earth Reptile is the politically correct term for Silurian.
  • The Hoothi are fungoid creatures that can exist as spores or as a planet-sized gas-filled sphere travelling through space. They live off decaying organic matter. They know of the Time Lords and the Doctor.
  • The Sontarans are currently "busy" in the Magellanic Clouds.

Theories and concepts


  • This novel introduced the character of Bernice Summerfield. She was the subject of a promotional campaign involving Doctor Who Magazine as the first companion created for the literary field. She is not, however, the first non-TV companion, as the Doctor travelled with several original companions in the various comic strips dating back to the 1960s. Summerfield would ultimately take over the New Adventures book line when Virgin lost its Doctor Who licence, and continues to be featured in books and audios produced by Big Finish Productions.
  • This novel had a working title of Heaven. [1]
  • A prequel to this novel was published in DWM 192.
  • Big Finish released an audio adaption of this story in October 2012 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of this story and of the character of Bernice Summerfield.


External links


  1. DWM 252 (Licence to Kill, pp 27-30)
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