Book Review – Doctor Who: The Romance of Crime

  • Title: The Romance of Crime
  • Series: Virgin Publishing Missing Doctor Adventures
  • Author: Gareth Roberts
  • Characters:  Fourth Doctor, Romana II, K-9
  • Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 5/25/2015

The Romance of Crime is an original paperback novel in the Doctor Who Missing Adventures series published by Virgin Publishing. The story features the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker, and the second Romana as played by Lalla Ward, plus K-9. The Doctor and Romana land in a corridor, and soon find a “spaceship” bar where the drinks and the air are drugged. They are about to leave, when, as often happens, they get interrupted. The ship is actually an asteroid that’s rocket-powered, it’s also a high security prison, a series of court houses, and even an execution chamber. The worst criminals from the local system as sent to “the Rock” for trial, prison, and in most cases, execution. And it’s meant to be escape-proof. So, of course…

The plot starts with an impossible murder, and moves very quickly. It seems an executed master criminal and mass murderer isn’t as dead as everyone assumes. And, there are Ogrons!

I really enjoyed this book! It’s a fun and enjoyable read. It’s not too deep, but it feels like a Doctor Who adventure. Everyone was in character – I could “hear” John Leeson’s voice as K-9, though at times, Romana seemed to be written more like Mary Tamm than Lalla Ward. The other characters worked as well. Overall, it’s a fun read, recommended – especially to fans of Classic Doctor Who.


The Romance of Crime is also available as a full-featured audio play adaptation from Big Finish, available on CD or Download.


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