Return of the Living Dad was the fifty-third Virgin New Adventures novel. It featured the Seventh Doctor, Chris Cwej and Roz Forrester. It also featured the return, for this novel only, of Jason Kane and Bernice Summerfield, now known as Bernice Kane-Summerfield and Jason Summerfield-Kane. This was author Kate Orman's fourth Doctor Who novel. Like her previous novels, it featured pyramids and the Doctor being tortured.
"It’s me, daddy. It’s Bernice."
They were wrong.
For years Benny has searched for her father. Now a clue snatches her from her honeymoon, back to the TARDIS, and on to England in the year 1983. There she at last discovers Admiral Isaac Summerfield, leading a motley crew of aliens, psychics and fanboys. Their mission: to save extra-terrestrials stranded on Earth.
But what is Benny’s father doing five hundred years in his own past? And why has he been waiting for the Doctor to arrive? Can Benny really trust the man she’s been looking for all her life?
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- The Doctor
- Chris Cwej
- Roz Forrester
- Bernice Summerfield
- Jason Kane
- Admiral Isaac Douglas Summerfield
- Graeme the Spatula
- Joel Mintz
- Tony the Tzun
- Ellen Woodworth
- Ia Jareshth
- Sarah Groenewegen
- The Doctor gets stabbed in the shoulder.
- The Doctor also gets his head smashed into a wall twice and is thrown into a freezing river. He suffers from hypothermia.
Foods and beverages
- Chris has no appendix.
- Bernice Summerfield is now about thirty-five.
- According to Isaac, Bernice looks like her mother Claire.
- Jason Kane has a gold tooth. He has been jealous of Benny's long fascination with her father.
- Isaac Summerfield keeps a journal (like Benny). He's met Ace twice.
- Issac's group is based in Little Caldwell.
- Jasper and Stewart are the names of two teddy bears that the Doctor and companions won at the Sprung Festival on the planet Vashig.
Personifications of concepts
- Death was supposedly born when the gods were drinking.
- Isaac Summerfield has been on Earth since 1963.
Titles and offices
- Bernice is studying to get a real PhD.
- The Doctor got access to the destructor codes during his involvement with the Think Tank incident.
- This is the first meeting of Bernice and her father.
- This is Kate Orman's fourth novel in a row to feature pyramids.
- The working title for this novel was Big Trouble in Little Chalfont.
- The Navarino appear. They debuted in TV: Delta and the Bannermen.
- The Doctor and Ace were duplicated during the events of PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark.
- PROSE: First Frontier debuted the Tzun.
- The Doctor goes back to the UNIT safe house where he was tortured in PROSE: The Left-Handed Hummingbird.
- A Vardan had been trapped in the phone system since their attempted invasion in PROSE: No Future.
- Joel Mintz returns in PROSE: The Room With No Doors.
- The Doctor obtained the destructor codes in TV: Robot.