Deceit Peter Darvill-Evans
#13 April 1993 ISBN 0-426-20387-9 325 pages
cover art © byLuis Rey

A real attention-grabber, this one! Whilst certainly not one of the more attractive covers, it leaves an indelible mark on the memory. Apart from the bizarre and disturbing environment, it showcases the new combat-hardened Ace alongside Doctor Who comic favorite Abslom Daak.

awful

Darvill-Evans may have been a talented editor, but as an actual author he leaves much to be desired. His afterword to this novel (see below) describes his editorial policies in some detail, which is very enlightening, but sadly his execution of those policies falls short. For the most part, Deceit is bloated and unimaginative, featuring far too many tedious action scenes showing off the "new" Ace who is a shallow and thoroughly unpleasant character, lacking all the charm and humanity of the original.

  • Prelude — from Doctor Who Magazine #198

illustrations © by Phil Bevan

  • This is the first and only New Adventure written by range editor Peter Darvill-Evans. Though he never contributed to the Virgin novels again, he wrote two books for the BBC's range of Who novels several years later: Independence Day (2000) and Asylum (2001).
  • This novel features the character of Abslom Daak, noted Dalek-killer from the comic strips of Doctor Who Magazine.