Just War (novel)

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Just War
Just War (Doctor Who).jpg
AuthorLance Parkin
Cover artistNik Spender
SeriesDoctor Who book:
Virgin New Adventures
Release number
Seventh Doctor
Benny, Chris, Roz
PublisherVirgin Books
Publication date
January 1996
Preceded byShakedown 
Followed byWarchild 

Just War is a novel by Lance Parkin from the Virgin New Adventures. The New Adventures were based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. The novel featured the characters of the Seventh Doctor, Bernice Summerfield (known as Benny), Chris Cwej and Roz Forrester.

The story is set in Nazi Germany-occupied Guernsey, a rare example of part of the British Isles being 'colonised' by another power.


The Doctor and his companions land in German-occupied Guernsey in 1941 where the Nazis are pursuing a top-secret weapon which could change the course of the war.


  • The novel features a predecessor to UNIT called "LONGBOW". In a thread on the Usenet group rec.arts.drwho as to what this stood for, Parkin admitted he had only got as far as "League Of Nations Global..." He accepted Chris Schumacher's suggestion of "League Of Nations Global Bizarre Occurrences Watch".[1]


Parkin had recently completed an MA and his dissertation thesis was on postcolonial literature. The novel echoes that by showing reversals of familiar colonial perspectives.

Audio adaptation[edit]

Just War
Album cover
Big Finish Productions audio drama
Series'Bernice Summerfield'
Release no.5
FeaturingBernice Summerfield
Written byLance Parkin
adapted by Jac Rayner
Directed byGary Russell
Produced byGary Russell
Executive producer(s)Jason Haigh-Ellery
Length1 hr 50 mins
Release dateAugust 1999

In 1999, Just War was adapted by Big Finish Productions into an audio drama starring Lisa Bowerman as Bernice. The plot was changed to fit in with the run of Bernice audio dramas. Big Finish had begun by adapting New Adventure novels from after when Virgin had lost their licence to do Doctor Who stories and the series had focused on Benny. Big Finish also had no Doctor Who licence at the time, but they decided to dramatise two Doctor Who New Adventures, adapting them to remove the Doctor Who references. Thus, the audio adaptation achieves time travel through the use of Benny's Time Rings. The Doctor, Chris and Roz are removed from the narrative, with Jason Kane's role replacing some elements of the parts played by the Doctor and Chris from the novel.

The adaptation was done by Jacqueline Rayner, who adapted most of this first series of Benny audios.



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