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The Missing Adventures series of novels by Virgin Books, was launched in 1994 following the success of its New Adventures line. Much as the NA series featured Seventh Doctor adventures with more detail and mature content than previously seen on TV and in the Target Books novelisations, the MA series focused on the first six Doctors. There were occasional multi-Doctor stories and crossovers with the NA line. One book, Downtime, didn't feature the Doctor but was an adaptation of an independent film production featuring several former companions. Another MA release, The Ghosts of N-Space, was an adaptation of a Third Doctor radio play.

One release, Who Killed Kennedy, is generally considered a Missing Adventures release as it features several past Doctors, but it was in fact published as a standalone work.

The Missing Adventures line was discontinued in 1997 after BBC Books took back the franchise licence from Virgin (it is speculated that had Virgin kept the licence it would have begun publishing Seventh Doctor adventures under the MA line, and indeed that incarnation does appear in one post-TV movie release, Cold Fusion); BBC subsequently launched its own version, the BBC Past Doctor Adventures line.

Related to the MA line, but considered separate, was the Virgin Decalogs series of books.

Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures

# Title Author Doctor Companions Published
1 Goth Opera Paul Cornell 5th Nyssa and Tegan July 1994
2 Evolution John Peel 4th Sarah Jane September 1994
3 Venusian Lullaby Paul Leonard 1st Ian and Barbara October 1994
4 The Crystal Bucephalus Craig Hinton 5th Tegan, Turlough and Kamelion November 1994
5 State of Change Christopher Bulis 6th Peri December 1994
6 The Romance of Crime Gareth Roberts 4th Romana II and K-9 January 1995
7 The Ghosts of N-Space Barry Letts 3rd Sarah Jane, Jeremy Fitzoliver and the Brigadier February 1995
8 Time of Your Life Steve Lyons 6th Grant Markham March 1995
9 Dancing the Code Paul Leonard 3rd Jo and UNIT April 1995
10 The Menagerie Martin Day 2nd Jamie and Zoe May 1995
11 System Shock Justin Richards 4th Sarah Jane and Harry Sullivan June 1995
12 The Sorcerer's Apprentice Christopher Bulis 1st Susan, Ian and Barbara July 1995
13 Invasion of the Cat-People Gary Russell 2nd Ben and Polly August 1995
14 Managra Stephen Marley 4th Sarah Jane September 1995
15 Millennial Rites Craig Hinton 6th Mel October 1995
16 The Empire of Glass Andy Lane 1st Vicki and Steven November 1995
17 Lords of the Storm David A. McIntee 5th Turlough December 1995
18 Downtime Marc Platt none The Brigadier, Victoria and Sarah Jane January 1996
19 The Man in the Velvet Mask Daniel O'Mahony 1st Dodo February 1996
20 The English Way of Death Gareth Roberts 4th Romana II and K-9 Mark II March 1996
21 The Eye of the Giant Christopher Bulis 3rd Liz and UNIT April 1996
22 The Sands of Time Justin Richards 5th Nyssa and Tegan May 1996
23 Killing Ground Steve Lyons 6th Grant Markham June 1996
24 The Scales of Injustice Gary Russell 3rd Liz and UNIT July 1996
25 The Shadow of Weng-Chiang David A. McIntee 4th Romana I and K-9 Mark II August 1996
26 Twilight of the Gods Christopher Bulis 2nd Jamie and Victoria September 1996
27 Speed of Flight Paul Leonard 3rd Jo and Mike Yates October 1996
28 The Plotters Gareth Roberts 1st Ian, Barbara and Vicki November 1996
29 Cold Fusion Lance Parkin December 1996
30 Burning Heart Dave Stone 6th Peri January 1997
31 A Device of Death Christopher Bulis 4th Sarah Jane and Harry February 1997
32 The Dark Path David A. McIntee 2nd Jamie and Victoria March 1997
33 The Well-Mannered War Gareth Roberts 4th Romana II and K-9 April 1997
Who Killed Kennedy David Bishop (as David Bishop and James Stevens) 3rd
Sarah Jane
April 1996


  • The first Missing Adventure Goth Opera was a sequel (and also prequel, from the Doctor's point of view) to the New Adventure novel Blood Harvest. This was an obvious ploy to get readers of the New Adventures books to buy both books.
  • Downtime novelised the direct-to-video story of the same name. It did not featured the Doctor prominently but did feature a cameo by one of his future incarnations.
  • Who Killed Kennedy, although it focuses on the Third Doctor, was published as a standalone novel, not a Missing Adventure, but is listed here for the sake of convenience. Co-credited with its fictional protagonist, James Stevens, the book took the form of a mock "nonfiction exposé" of UNIT and its activities. It re-visited the events of the Third Doctor's time with UNIT from Stevens' perspective and gave an Earth-bound view of events, with the Doctor put in short appearances in various incarnations. It came out in the same month as The Eye of the Giant.

External Links

  • The Doctor Who Online Merchandise Guide - Virgin Books - The Missing Adventures

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