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The Room With No Doors was the fifty-ninth Virgin New Adventures novel. It was the second-last novel in the New Adventures series to feature the Seventh Doctor. It was the last novel to feature just the Seventh Doctor and Chris Cwej pairing.

Publisher's summary[]

"Dear Doctor", wrote Chris, "I give up".

Swordplay, samurai, demons, magic, aliens, adventure, excitement... Who needs them?

The Doctor and Chris travel to 16th-century Japan, a country gripped by civil war as feudal lords vie for control. Anything could tip the balance of power. So when a god falls out of the sky, everyone wants it.

As villagers are healed and crops grow far too fast, the Doctor and Chris try to find the secret of the miracles — before the two rival armies can start a war over who owns the god.

Chris soon finds himself alone — except for an alien slaver, a time-travelling Victorian inventor, a gang of demons, an old friend with suspicious motives, a village full of innocent bystanders, and several thousand samurai.

Without the Doctor, someone has to take up the challenge of adventure and stop the god from falling into the wrong hands. Someone has to be a hero — but Chris isn't sure he wants to be a hero any more.


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  • Caxtarid mining corporations have strip mined several worlds.



  • The death of Liz Shaw weighs heavy on Chris.


  • Joel tries to advance the Japanese and manipulate history.
  • Joel handled the Gaffney Incident.




Time travel[]

  • Penelope Gate's time machine has a Tzun battery powering it.


  • In a sequence cut from this novel, Wolsey was to have succumbed to the dreams plaguing Chris, meeting three other cats in the TARDIS: black, white and red, representing the three gods of Gallifrey. They are joined by the rose-woman later to appear in Lungbarrow.[1]
  • Kate Orman's contribution to Shelf Life, a charity publication dedicated to Craig Hinton, featured a "missing scene" from the novel that portrays an intimate sexual encounter between Joel and Chris.
  • Penelope Gate would return obliquely in the works of Lance Parkin; she was implied in The Infinity Doctors and The Gallifrey Chronicles to be the Doctor's mother.


External links[]


  1. DWM 252 (Licence to Kill p.28)