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Chris, Roz and Original Sin [WHO-50—1995]
One of the elements that made the Virgin New Adventures stand out was the open submission guidelines – unlike pretty much every other media tie in property ever, unpublished and unknown writers could submit novels (or even proposals) on spec. From Paul Cornell onwards, many got their first publishing break through this system, and that meant a variety of new and fresh voices.
Now it was time for another change – additions to the regular cast. Enter new companions Chris and Roz, who made their debut appearance in Original Sin by Andy Lane. He had previously written a few other books for the range, notably introducing the Doctor and Bernice to Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in All Consuming-Fire.
Like Bernice, Chris and Roz were professional adults from a gritty, hard-edged science fictional future. Coming to the book for the first time in (gulp) 20 years, I was impressed by the rigour and detail of this late 30th century Earth. Roz is an experienced Adjudicator, still mourning the death of her former partner who was killed by aliens. Earth has many floating cities in this era, populated by the privileged, while everyone else scrabbles for crumbs on the surface beneath.