The Dark Path
Cover Art
AuthorDavid A. McIntee
SeriesDoctor Who book:
Virgin Missing Adventures
Release number
Second Doctor
Jamie, Victoria, the Master
Set inPeriod between
Twilight of the Gods and Fury from the Deep[1][2]
PublisherVirgin Books
Publication date
March 1997
Preceded byA Device of Death 
Followed byThe Well-Mannered War 

The Dark Path is an original novel written by David A. McIntee and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. The novel features the Second Doctor, Jamie, Victoria and the Master (who is using the name 'Koschei' here), looking at the events that led to the Master's descent and subsequent transformation into villainy.


The Darkheart is a faded neutron star surrounded by dead worlds. Except one: the last enclave of the Earth Empire, and as the rest of the galaxy enjoys the fruits of the fledgling Federation, these isolated Imperials hide a horrifying secret.

The TARDIS crew arrive to find that the Federation has come to reintegrate this lost colony. But all is not well in the Federation camp: allegiances shift, the fierce Veltrochni have vengeful plans of their own, and another time traveller is manipulating the mission for his own mysterious reasons - a true master of his craft, and a face the Doctor has not forgotten.


This novel takes place after the Missing Adventure Twilight of the Gods by Christopher Bulis.

In Slavic mythology, Koschei is an evil person of ugly senile appearance, menacing principally young women. Koschei is also known as Koschei the Immortal or Koschei the Deathless. Given the Master's obsession for further regenerations in The Keeper of Traken and The Five Doctors, the name is apt.


  1. ^ The Doctor's Timeline at The Whoniverse
  2. ^ Direct placement confirmed by cover blurb.