The Virgin New Adventures were a series of Doctor Who books that began in 1991 and ran until 1997. Written by virgins, for virgins, as the name suggests. They were started by a British writer called Peter Darvill-Evans and published by Virgin Books.
Known for darker, mature (and occasionally violent and/or sexual) content including drug use, explicit language and looms.
The first four books form a quadrilogy dealing with the Timewyrm and the next three books form a trilogy called Cat's Cradle. From there they spiral off in all sorts of directions, introducing Benny along the way.
Though they used some established Target authors like Terrance Dicks and John Peel and even got some then-current writers from the show like Marc Platt, Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch, the VNAs are best known for publishing future NuWho-ruiners like Russell T. Davies, Mark Gatiss, Gareth Roberts and Paul Cornell (in some cases for the first time).
Why they died Edit
BBC took back the publishing licence after the TV Movie hype made them realise there was profit to be had. Gatiss described this as an "absolute scandal." The Beeb then continued doing
pretty much exactly the same thing Virgin had been doing.
At the time Virgin had been releasing one New Adventure and one Missing Adventure a month - the New Adventures featuring the current Doctor (Seven) and the Missing Adventures featuring all the past Doctors. After the Beeb jewed the licence back BBC Books started releasing one Eighth Doctor Adventure and one Past Doctor Adventure a month - the EDA featuring the current Doctor (Eight) and the PDAs featuring all the past Doctors.
Real original Beeb. They even nicked a bunch of the same authors too. But I suppose, if it ain't broke...
Some GOAT stories, some shit ones. Same ol' Doctor Who.
They're VNA level dark.