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The Romance of Crime
Cover Art
AuthorGareth Roberts
SeriesDoctor Who book:
Virgin Missing Adventures
Release number
Fourth Doctor
Romana II and K-9
Set inPeriod between
The Creature from the Pit and The English Way of Death
PublisherVirgin Books
Publication date
January 1995
Preceded byState of Change 
Followed byThe Ghosts of N-Space 

The Romance of Crime is an original novel written by Gareth Roberts and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Fourth Doctor, Romana II and K-9. It takes place directly before the Missing Adventure The English Way of Death, also by Roberts.

The title is a quotation from the Morrissey song "Sister I'm a Poet".[1]


The TARDIS brings the Doctor, Romana and K-9 to the Rock of Judgement: a supreme prison built into a rocket-powered asteroid. What is the link between the gallery of artist Menlove Stokes, and the massacre of a survey team on a far off planet? And why is Margo, Chief Of Security, behaving in such an odd manner?

Audio Adaptation

Big Finish Productions, an audio production company based in the UK, released an audio adaptation in January 2015, starring Tom Baker and Lalla Ward with John Leeson. [2]