The Romance of Crime

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The Romance of Crime
Romance of Crime.jpg
Cover Art
Author Gareth Roberts
Series Doctor Who book:
Virgin Missing Adventures
Release number
Subject Featuring:
Fourth Doctor
Romana II and K-9
Set in Period between
The Creature from the Pit and The English Way of Death
Publisher Virgin Books
Publication date
January 1995
Pages 246
ISBN ISBN 0-426-20435-2
Preceded by State of Change
Followed by The Ghosts of N-Space

The Romance of Crime is an original novel written by Gareth Roberts and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Fourth Doctor, Romana II and K-9. It takes place directly before the Missing Adventure The English Way of Death, also by Roberts.

The title is a quotation from the Morrissey song "Sister I'm a Poet".[1]


'How do you kill someone?' asked the Doctor. 'Eviscerate them, crush them, reverse their particles. But do the dead always stay dead?' '

The TARDIS brings the fourth Doctor, Romana and K-9 to the Rock of Judgement: a court, prison and place of execution built into a rocket-powered asteroid. There they become embroiled in an investigation by the system's finest lawman.

What connects the macabre gallery of artist Menlove Stokes with the slaughter of a survey team on a distant planet? Why is Margo, chief of security, behaving so strangely? And which old enemies of the Doctor are aboard the unmarked spaceship making its way towards the Rock?

Audio Adaptation[edit]

Big Finish Productions, an audio production company based in the UK, announced they were doing an audio adaptation of this story starring Tom Baker and Lalla Ward. It was released in January 2015.[2]


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