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Cold Fusion
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AuthorLance Parkin
SeriesDoctor Who book:
Virgin Missing Adventures
Release number
29
SubjectFeaturing:
Fifth Doctor; Seventh Doctor
Adric, Nyssa, Tegan; Chris, Roz
Set inPeriod between
Castrovalva and
Four to Doomsday
PublisherVirgin Books
Publication date
December 1996
ISBN0-426-20489-1
Preceded byThe Plotters 
Followed byBurning Heart 

Cold Fusion is an original novel written by Lance Parkin and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.[1] It features the Fifth Doctor, with Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan, immediately after Castrovalva. Also appearing is the Seventh Doctor, with Chris and Roz, from between the Virgin New Adventures novels Return of the Living Dad and The Death of Art.[2] It was the only one of the Virgin Doctor Who novels to feature more than one Doctor.[3]

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Lance Parkin

Lance Parkin

Lance Parkin is a British author. He is best known for writing fiction and reference books for television series, in particular Doctor Who and as a storyliner on Emmerdale.

Science fiction on television

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Doctor Who

Doctor Who

Doctor Who is a British science fiction television show broadcast by the BBC since 1963. The show depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called the Doctor, an extraterrestrial being who appears to be human. The Doctor explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS. The TARDIS exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. With various companions, the Doctor combats foes, works to save civilisations, and helps people in need.

Fifth Doctor

Fifth Doctor

The Fifth Doctor is an incarnation of the Doctor, the protagonist of the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who. He is portrayed by Peter Davison.

Adric

Adric

Adric is a fictional character played by Matthew Waterhouse in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. He was a young native of the planet Alzarius, which exists in the parallel universe of E-Space. A companion of the Fourth and Fifth Doctors, he was a regular in the programme from 1980 to 1982 and appeared in 11 stories. The name Adric is an anagram derived from Nobel Prize-winning physicist Paul Dirac.

Nyssa (Doctor Who)

Nyssa (Doctor Who)

Nyssa is a fictional character in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. She is played by Sarah Sutton. Although Nyssa was created by writer Johnny Byrne for the single Fourth Doctor serial The Keeper of Traken, the production team subsequently decided she should be retained as a continuing character. Nyssa returned in the following serial, Logopolis, in which the Fourth Doctor regenerated, and remained as a companion of the Fifth Doctor. She was a regular in the programme from 1981 to 1983.

Tegan Jovanka

Tegan Jovanka

Tegan Jovanka is a fictional character played by Janet Fielding in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. An Australian airline stewardess and a native of Brisbane who was a companion of the Fourth and Fifth Doctors, she was a regular in the programme from 1981 to 1984. Tegan appeared in 20 stories.

Castrovalva (Doctor Who)

Castrovalva (Doctor Who)

Castrovalva is the first serial of the 19th season of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four twice-weekly parts on BBC1 from 4 to 12 January 1982. It was the first full serial to feature Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor. The title is a reference to the lithograph Castrovalva by M. C. Escher, which depicts the town Castrovalva in the Abruzzo region, Italy.

Seventh Doctor

Seventh Doctor

The Seventh Doctor is an incarnation of the Doctor, the protagonist of the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, and the final incarnation of the original Doctor Who series. He is portrayed by Scottish actor Sylvester McCoy.

Chris Cwej

Chris Cwej

Christopher Rodonanté Cwej, usually just known as Chris Cwej, is a fictional character from the Virgin New Adventures range of spin-offs based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who. His surname is properly pronounced "Shvay", but he pronounces it "Kwedge" rather than keep correcting people.

Return of the Living Dad

Return of the Living Dad

Return of the Living Dad is an original novel written by Kate Orman and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Seventh Doctor, Chris and Roz, Bernice and Jason.

The Death of Art

The Death of Art

The Death of Art is a novel by Simon Bucher-Jones published in 1996 and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Seventh Doctor, Chris, Roz and Ace. It is part of the Psi Powers series of novels.

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Notes

The story deliberately contrasts the characterisation of the Fifth Doctor and of the Seventh Doctor in the Virgin New Adventures.[4] In an interview for the BBC, in discussing Cold Fusion, Parkin described the character of Adric as "hopeless with Davison".[5] Parkin has said he was writing a book about the Yugoslav Wars, that is a conflict "where horrible things are happening, and clearly there's a case for international intervention, but … well, there's no clear good guys and bad guys. And that was the idea of the book: two Doctors show up and they look at a situation like Yugoslavia/Syria and they, completely independently, perfectly sensibly, pick a side to support. And they pick different sides, so spend the book fighting each other." He also said he "was never happy with Cold Fusion. It was the second novel I wrote, and I always had the sense it had got away from me, but I'd never been able to explain why. My first, Just War, was very taut, serious, fine-tuned. Cold Fusion was always a lot more ramshackle."[6]

Cold Fusion includes many references to the Cartmel Masterplan which would be more fully explored in Lungbarrow. More is learned about the character of Patience in the BBC Past Doctor Adventures novel The Infinity Doctors, also by Lance Parkin. It is suggested that she is the Doctor's (or possibly The Other's) wife,[7] but how she fits into normal continuity is deliberately not revealed.[1]

Notably, this novel features a sequence in which the Doctor recalls his life on Gallifrey and in which this earlier Doctor has recently regenerated in a form heavily inferred to be one of the "Morbius Doctors" seen in the mind bending sequence of the serial The Brain of Morbius, specifically the incarnation which was represented by an image of Douglas Camfield.[8] While it is inferred in this book to be an incarnation of the Doctor, the novel Lungbarrow suggests it may in fact be an incarnation of the Other.[9]

Names in the book are very similar to those of the main characters (and the actors) in the BBC comedy Terry and June, so the book includes a Medford, a Whitfield, a Scott, and a Terry and June.[4]

Reception

Readers of Doctor Who Magazine gave the novel a rating of 76.69% (from 845 votes).[10]

Empire magazine recommended the book if someone were to only read one Missing Adventure, describing it as "mind-bending sci-fi with the Fifth Doctor (and a cameo for the Seventh) and an inside-out TARDIS."[11]

Audio adaptation

Big Finish Productions released an audio drama adaptation of the novel in December 2016.[12][13] The release was announced in July 2016. It starred Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Matthew Waterhouse reprising their television roles as the Fifth and Seventh Doctors, Tegan Jovanka, Nyssa and Adric respectively. In addition, Yasmin Bannerman and Travis Oliver reprised their roles as the Seventh Doctor's companions Roz Forrester and Chris Cwej from Big Finish's adaptations of the New Adventures novels Damaged Goods and Original Sin.[13] Christine Kavanagh plays the role of Patience.[14]

Starburst gave the audio a mixed review, describing it as "an odd fish".[15]

References
  1. ^ a b Parkin, Lance; Lars Pearson (2007). AHistory: An Unauthorized History of the Doctor Who universe (2nd ed.). Des Moines, Iowa: Mad Norwegian Press. ISBN 978-0-9759446-6-0.
  2. ^ "Shelf Life" (review) by Dave Owen, Doctor Who Magazine, #246
  3. ^ Pearson, Lars (1999). I, Who: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who Novels (1st ed.). Des Moines, Iowa: Mad Norwegian Press. ISBN 0-9673746-0-X.
  4. ^ a b FTN interviews Doctor Who writer Lance Parkin, 13 January 2013
  5. ^ Interview (Lance Parkin), BBC, January 2004 (Wayback Machine archive)
  6. ^ https://lanceparkin.org/cold-fusion-audio-version/
  7. ^ https://www.cbr.com/doctor-who-infinity-doctor-bbc/
  8. ^ https://www.planocritico.com/critica-doctor-who-fusao-a-frio-de-lance-parkin/
  9. ^ Parkin, Lance & Pearson, Lars (2012). A History: An Unauthorised History of the Doctor Who Universe (3rd Edition), p. 715. Mad Norwegian Press, Des Moines. ISBN 978-193523411-1.
  10. ^ "The best (and worst) of Virgin", by Dave Owen, Doctor Who Magazine, No. 265 (May 1998)
  11. ^ https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/doctor-expanded-universe/
  12. ^ https://screenrant.com/doctor-who-multiple-doctor-crossover-stories/
  13. ^ a b "Big Finish releases - "Cold Fusion"". Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  14. ^ http://unreality-sf.net/2017/07/09/doctor-who-cold-fusion-big-finish-audio-adaptation-review/
  15. ^ https://www.starburstmagazine.com/reviews/doctor-who-cold-fusion-review
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