Original Sin (Lane novel)

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Original Sin
Original Sin (Doctor Who).JPG
Author Andy Lane
Series Doctor Who book:
Virgin New Adventures
Release number
Subject Featuring:
Seventh Doctor
Benny, Roz, Chris
Publisher Virgin Books
Publication date
June 1995
ISBN 0-426-20444-1
Preceded by Human Nature
Followed by Sky Pirates!

Original Sin is an original novel written by Andy Lane and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It introduces the Seventh Doctor's new companions Roz Forrester and Chris Cwej.


Benny and the Doctor land on Earth in the late 30th century, in order to find out more information about a missing alien space ship. They are eventually arrested for murder by Adjucator Roz Forrester and her partner/squire Chris Cwej. The Doctor discovers that the person behind his arrest, and also responsible for supporting the Earth Empire, is none other than Tobias Vaughn, the former head of International Electromatics and collaborator with the Cybermen. Just prior to his "death" (in The Invasion), Vaughn transferred his memories and consciousness into a robot body. Since then, he has been manipulating Earth history in order to trap the Doctor and gain the secret to time travel. The Doctor manages to trap Vaughn in the TARDIS, cutting him off from transferring his mind to a new body; he later removes Vaughn's brain crystal and installs it in a food machine. Roz and Chris, now framed by corrupt Adjucator officials, agree to travel with the Doctor rather than face trumped-up charges.


The Adjudicators are first introduced in Colony in Space where the Master passes himself of as one. There are hints that they will eventually evolve into the Grand Order of Oberon which features in Revelation of the Daleks.

When Vaughn tells the Doctor of his activities over the past millennium, he claims to have been responsible for funding the construction of the BOSS computer (The Green Death), assisting Think Tank in its robotic research (Robot), bankrolling Professor Whitaker's time travel experiments (Invasion of the Dinosaurs), and providing the researchers that developed the glittergun (Revenge of the Cybermen).

External links


  • Original Sin reviews at Outpost Gallifrey
  • Original Sin reviews at The Doctor Who Ratings Guide
  • The Whoniverse's review on Original Sin
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