Theatre of War (novel)

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Doctor Who book
Book cover
Theatre of War
Series Virgin New Adventures
Release number 26
Featuring Seventh Doctor
Ace, Bernice, Irving Braxiatel
Writer Justin Richards
Publisher Virgin Books
ISBN ISBN 0-426-20414-X
Release date May 1994

Theatre of War is an original novel written by Justin Richards and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice. It also introduces the recurring character of Irving Braxiatel. A prelude to the novel, also penned by Richards, appeared in Doctor Who Magazine #212.


An archeological expedition to the planet Mexaus ends in tragedy; all but one of the visitors die and lethal radiation contaminates the surface. Now the survivor is leading a new trip, with Professor Bernice Summerfield. Murders start again. Bernice summons her friends, the Doctor and Ace. They are sucked into a dangerously real re-creation of Shakespeare's greatest tragic play, Hamlet, which is paralleled by "The Good Soldiers," the (fictitious) purportedly lost play of the future playwright Stanoff Osterling.

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