Theatre of War (novel)

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Theatre of War
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Author Justin Richards
Series Doctor Who book:
Virgin New Adventures
Release number
Subject Featuring:
Seventh Doctor
Ace, Bernice, Irving Braxiatel
Publisher Virgin Books
Publication date
May 1994
ISBN 0-426-20414-X
Preceded by Legacy
Followed by All-Consuming Fire

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.

Audio Version[edit]

Big Finish Productions released an audio dramatisation of the book in December 2015 alongside an audio dramatisation of All-Consuming Fire. The audio play reunited Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Lisa Bowerman as the Seventh Doctor, Ace, Bernice. Miles Richardson also reprised his role as Irving Braxiatel; having previously played the role in the Bernice Summerfield and Gallifrey audio series for Big Finish.

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