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Happy Endings
Series: Doctor Who -
Virgin New Adventures
Release Number: 50
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companions: Benny, Roz, Chris
Enemy: the Master
Setting: Earth, England, Cheldon Bonniface, 2010
Author: Paul Cornell
Publisher: Virgin Books
Publication: 1996
Format: Paperback Book, 291 Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0426204700
Previous Story: Death and Diplomacy
Following Story: GodEngine


Publisher's Summary

'Doctor, this is my fiancé. Please don’t kill him.'

You are cordially invited to the wedding of Mr Jason Kane and Professor Bernice S. Summerfield, to be held in the village of Cheldon Bonniface in the year 2010.

If everything works out, that is. Between rows, fights and pre-emptive divorce proceedings, there may not be a wedding at all. Especially if there really is someone who wants to prevent it happening.

Everybody’s coming: from Ice Warriors to UNIT veterans, a flirtatious Ace to a suspicious Hamlet Macbeth -- and a very confused trio of Isley Brothers. The Doctor has to organize a buffet, Roz has a mystery to solve, and Chris has a girlfriend who used to be the Timewyrm.


  • Regrets attending a Bucks Fizz concert.
  • Goes searching for clues with Roz.
  • Still fancies Benny.
  • Is now over 100 years old.
  • Gets restored to youth by the Fortean Flicker.
  • Is established as bisexual.
  • Is 20 years old and still has some of her Timewyrm powers.
  • Has sex with Chris Cwej.
  • Reverend Annie Trelaw
  • Mikhail Vladamir Popov
  • Ruby Duvall
  • Savaar
  • Is an Ice Warrior.
  • Provost-Major Beltempest
  • Alexander Shuttleworth
  • Jacquillian & Sanki
  • Kitai
  • Isley Brothers


  • The Travelers come and perform a ceremony with Bernice, Jason, the Doctor, an Ice Warrior and others...where they all end up in a field naked.
  • Ishtar uses her innate power of the Timewyrm.
  • Ace's second lover was Jan.
  • The Charrl return the Doctor's TARDIS that he thought he lost in the alternate universe (and because he time rammed it).


  • When the novel was first published you could send away to Virgin and get a poster of the front cover.
  • The introduction is a poem written by Vanessa Bishop, while the end of the novel has words and sheet music entitled Opposites Attract.
  • The inside back cover features a larger version of the front cover "wedding photo" illustration.
  • Marked as the 50th release in the New Adventures line, this book introduced a new cover design as the series as Virgin prepared to transition it into the Virgin Bernice Summerfield New Adventures line some months later.
  • A Goth girl briefly meets Benny and is referenced to have met her twice before; this is both a reference to Neil Gaiman's character Death of the Endless and Benny's own brushes with Death.


Happy Endings references more or less every New Adventure featuring Bernice Summerfield (and some more besides) to date and beyond.

Deceit, St Anthony's Fire, Sleepy.
  • Cat's Cradle: Warhead and Warlock established a polluted Earth, which due to the 'Restoration' is becoming clean once more.
  • Benny first met the Doctor in Love and War, this is also the novel the Travellers debuted in.
  • Kadiatu first appeared in Transit.
  • First Pilot Jinkwa, who got stuck in temporal suspension in The Highest Science gets released and dies.
  • Benny met William Blake in The Pit.
  • Ruby Duvall met the Doctor in Iceberg.
  • The original TARDIS that was thought to have been lost in Blood Heat is returned to the Doctor.
  • Benny first met Irving Braxiatel in Theatre of War however the Irving that is at Benny's wedding reception hasn't met her yet.
  • The Doctor undoes the mental block he put in the Brigadier's mind at the end of No Future.
  • Benny still has a place in her heart for Guy de Carnac from Sanctuary.
  • Joan from Human Nature turns up with a new cat, job and friends. The Doctor and Joan share a moment.
  • Benny met Provost-Major Beltempest (and Roz and Chris) in Original Sin.
  • Bernice met the crew of the Schirron Dream in Sky Pirates!.
  • Bernice met Captain Lisa Derrane during Shakedown.
  • saRa!qava whom Benny met during The Also People has changed sex (to male) to appeal more to Benny.
  • Benny was tortured (the Doctor tells the Brig about it) and lost her diary in Just War it is returned here by Bernice Dora.
  • Chris learns Ice Warrior drinking songs which he then uses in GodEngine.
  • Benny re-meets the Brigadier in The Dying Days, this meeting however is before Happy Endings, and despite the events in The Dying Days, no one is surprised by Ice Warriors.
  • A scene from the party (when Bernice speaks with Irving Braxiatel) is re-enacted in BFBS: The Wake.

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