No Future (novel)

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No Future is the twenty-third novel in the Virgin New Adventures series and was written by Paul Cornell. It features the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice. This was the final novel in the story arc of alternate universes. It also featured a return to the 1970s "UNIT era" with UNIT, the Brigadier, Benton and Yates.

Publisher's summary[[edit]]

This time, anarchy's real. There are power cuts and Wilson's resignation, a great upheaval of unease. But now there's real fear too. Real panic. And that's not how it's supposed to be.

Somebody has been toying with the Seventh Doctor's past, testing him, threatening him, leading him on a chase that has brought the TARDIS to London in 1976 -- where reality has been altered once again.

Black Star terrorists foment riots in the streets. The Queen barely escapes assassination. A fearful tension is rising. Something is going to happen. Something bad.

Meanwhile, Benny's the lead singer in a punk band. Ace can't talk to her or the Doctor without an argument starting, so she's made murderous plans of her own. The Doctor's alone — he doesn't know who his enemy is, and even the Brigadier has disowned him.

As usual, it's up to the Doctor to protect the world. And he can't even protect himself.


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  • The Doctor first heard Benny's voice at a party in Finchley.
  • Black Star is a group of anarchists. It developed from the "Angry Brigade". It was created through Mortimus's time interference.
  • Professor X is a television series that is broadcast between Bruce Forsyth and Basil Brush.

The Doctor[[edit]]



  • Bernice is the lead vocalist in Plasticine. She also writes some of the music.



  • Artemis the Chronovore is released by Ace.
  • The Vardan Mediascape was created by the Vardans using the same technology as that which generated the Land of Fiction. The Mediasphere grants access to it.
  • Vardans are ridiculed as the only race to be outwitted by the Sontarans.



  • Mortimus uses the alias Robert Bertram to run Priory a record company and also other related companies and invents CDs a decade early.
  • Ace creates Vengeance of the Vardans as a message for the Doctor and her past self.

Theories and concepts[[edit]]

United Nations Intelligence Taskforce[[edit]]


  • This is the final story in Alternate Universe arc. The novels Blood Heat, The Dimension Riders, The Left-Handed Hummingbird and Conundrum are the previous novels in the Alternate Universe Arc.
  • This novel is the last one to feature the TARDIS (taken from the alternate Earth in Blood Heat) with a functioning chameleon circuit. Near the end of the novel, the Doctor smashes it with a hammer.
  • This novel had a working title of Anarchy in the UK.[1]
  • The title is a reference to the Sex Pistols' song "God Save the Queen".



  1. DWM 252 (Licence to Kill p.30)

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