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Toy Soldiers is the forty-second Virgin New Adventures novel. It featured the Seventh Doctor, Bernice Summerfield, Roz Forrester and Chris Cwej.

Publisher's summary[]

"Children make better soldiers," said the teddy bear. "They kill without compunction."

The Doctor and Benny are following a trail of kidnapped children across Europe, a continent recovering from the ravages of the First World War. The only clue they find is the toy bear each missing child was given. But someone is aware of their search, and they soon find themselves unwilling guests on the planet Q'ell, where a similar war still rages — and has done for fourteen hundred years.

Stranded on Earth, Chris Cwej and Roslyn Forrester struggle to find a way of stopping the Q'ell from recruiting every child in the world to their cause. And the Doctor tries to start a peaceful revolution on a planet where there is no longer any word for peace.


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Food and beverages[]

  • The Doctor gives Edi an anachronistic Sainsbury's pie and some rye bread. He runs Doctor Smith's - Pies For All as a cover in London in 1919.

Fashion and clothing[]

  • Benny works undercover at Universal Toys, wearing the obligatory uniform of blue-striped cotton dress and cheap lace collar.
  • Roz dresses in loose-fitting black laserproofed trousers, a dull red woolen jacket, and leather springerboots. She wears a bulletproof vest under her jumper.
  • Chris wears a formal twentieth century morning suit whilst in France.


  • The 1,400 year long Q'ell war ultimately killed 2,846,014,032 people.
  • This novel had a working title of Toy Solstice.[1]


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  1. DWM 252 (Licence to Kill p.30)