Love and War (Doctor Who)

Love and War (Doctor Who)

title = Love and War
series = Virgin New Adventures
number = 9
featuring = Seventh Doctor
Ace, Bernice

writer = Paul Cornell
publisher = Virgin Books
isbn = ISBN 0-426-20385-2
pages =
date = 15 October, 1992
preceding = Nightshade
following = Transit|

"Love and War" is an original novel written by Paul Cornell and based on the long-running British science fiction television series "Doctor Who". It features the Seventh Doctor, Ace and introduces a new companion, Bernice Summerfield. A prelude to the novel, also penned by Cornell, appeared in "Doctor Who Magazine" #192.


The fungoid monsters in this novel, the Hoothi, were named in a throwaway reference in the 1976 Fourth Doctor serial "The Brain of Morbius". A form of sentient fungus-like biomass, the Hoothi sought to expand their influence throughout time and space. In order to achieve this, they wished to overthrow the Doctor's homeworld of Gallifrey. They believed that by conquering Gallifrey they would gain the ability to spread their spores to all parts of space and time.

Using hoothi filaments (resembling white fibres) they were able to forcibly control the minds and bodies of living (and deceased) lifeforms and absorb the knowledge and memories of infected intelligent beings to expand their own knowledge. In this respect, they resemble a biological equivalent to the Cybermen.

External links

* [ "Love and War" Prelude] at
* [ The Cloister Library - "Love and War"]



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