Dead Romance

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Dead Romance
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Author Lawrence Miles
Series Doctor Who book:
Virgin New Adventures
Release number
Subject Featuring:
Chris Cwej
Publisher Virgin Books
Publication date
March 1999
ISBN 0-426-20532-4
Preceded by The Mary-Sue Extrusion
Followed by Tears of the Oracle

Dead Romance is an original novel by Lawrence Miles, originally published as part of the Virgin New Adventures series. The New Adventures were a spin-off from the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Though part of the sequence of stories that featured the fictional archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, this was released as something of a standalone, and she is not in it. The main character and narrator Christine Summerfield are not connected to her in any way. A former New Adventures Seventh Doctor companion, Chris Cwej, does appear. The Seventh Doctor briefly appears as "the Evil Renegade" in Chris's tampered memories.

The novel is partly an exploration of Miles's "bottle universe" concept that places Virgin Publishing's Virgin New Adventures series within a bottle universe inside the BBC Books Eighth Doctor Adventures universe (and by extension these bottles are within a larger one containing all televised serials). This concept is most fully explored in Miles's two-book cycle Interference.

Christine Summerfield reappears as Cousin Eliza in the Faction Paradox audio plays (also by Miles), voiced by Emma Kilbey.

A second edition of Dead Romance was published by Mad Norwegian Press in 2004. This contained some minor alterations which made the book more consistent with Miles's later Faction Paradox mythos.

The book is critically acclaimed. Doctor Who analyst Philip Sandifer called it "the best Lawrence Miles novel ever. Possibly the best Doctor Who-related novel ever."[1]


  1. ^ Sandifer, Philip (28 January 2013). "Outside the Government 8 (Dead Romance)". TARDIS Eruditorum. Archived from the original on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 

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