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Return of the Living Dad
Series: Doctor Who -
Virgin New Adventures
Release Number: 53
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companions: Benny, Roz, Chris
Enemy: Albinex
Setting: Earth, Sydney, 1996
Youkali, 2587
Aboard the battlecruiser Tisiphone, 2543
Earth, Little Caldwell, 1983
Author: Kate Orman
Publisher: Virgin Books
Publication: August, 1996
Format: Paperback Book, 281 Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0426204824
Previous Story: Christmas on a Rational Planet
Following Story: The Death of Art


Publisher's Summary

‘It’s me, daddy. It’s Bernice.’

Bernice Summerfield was seven years old when her father disappeared. They said he turned and ran from the Daleks in battle. They said he was a coward.

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?


  • The Doctor
    • Gets stabbed in the shoulder.
    • Gets his head smashed into a wall twice, then thrown in a freezing river and then suffers from hypothermia.
  • Bernice Summerfield
    • Is now about 35.
    • Is studying to get a real PhD.
    • Looks like her mother Claire.
  • Jason Kane
    • Has a gold tooth.
    • Has been jealous of Benny's long fascination with her father.
  • Graeme the Spatula
    • Can flip pancakes on his own.
  • Joel Mintz
  • Tony the Tzun
  • Death
    • Was supposedly born when the gods were drinking.


  • Navarinos have time travel ability, though they only use it for fun so the Time Lords do not care.
  • The Doctor got access to the destructor codes during his involvement with the Think Tank incident.
  • Graeme is spatula made from a leftover bit of Auton.
  • Jasper and Stewart are the names of two teddy bears that the Doctor and companions won at the Sprung Festival on the planet Vashig.


  • 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. [1]


External Links

  • Doctor Who Reference Guide - Detailed Synopsis - Return of the Living Dad
  • The Whoniverse - The Discontinuity Guide to: Return of the Living Dad


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

Virgin New Adventures
Previous Release:
Christmas on a Rational Planet
Next Release:
The Death of Art


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