Birthright Nigel Robinson
#17 August 1993 ISBN 0-426-20393-3 216 pages
cover art © byPeter Elson

A very moody piece by Elson, capturing both the spirit of Victorian London and a suitably menacing sci-fi alien. One of the range's most atmospheric and subtly sinister covers.

The Doctor has wandered off deep within the TARDIS, leaving Benny and Ace on their own as they attempt to stop the the insectoid Charrl from fleeing to Victorian England from their doomed homeworld in the far future.

worthwhile

A much stronger work than Robinson's Timewyrm: Apocalypse. It makes imaginative use of its various settings, and we see some quite intelligent material here on the subject of time travel. This is very much Bernice's novel, proving that she is a solid enough character to hold her own in a story. Virgin editor Darvill-Evans always maintained that the New Adventures were designed to be able to continue without the Doctor (something which they did in 1997 when they were continued as the Bernice novels), and Birthright may very well have been a test case to see how readers would react. All in all, a hugely successful experiment that illustrated just how incredibly flexible the Doctor Who format really is.

  • Prelude — from Doctor Who Magazine #203

illustrations © by Phil Bevan

  • Birthright and Iceberg take place concurrently. The first novel lacks the Doctor apart from a brief cameo and features just Ace and Benny. Iceberg, on the other hand, features the Doctor without his regular companions.