All is not well in the seemingly idyllic village of Culverton. A new aerodrome hides a sinister secret, a monstrous creature is growing in the marsh and the Doctor and Jo find themselves in a race against time. The last of the Gadarene are on their way...
Jo Grant, The Brigadier, Sergeant Benton, Mike Yates.
Pg 37 On a tiny island in the middle of a lake, Xanthos (time unknown).
Pg 44 In its old corner at UNIT HQ.
Pg 32 "You have reached the offices of Panorama Securities" UNIT's cover has the same name that Global Chemicals became in the novelisation of The Green Death. This may or may not be a coincidence.
Pg 58 "Why are we going to East Anglia instead of Metebelis whatever?" Eventually seen in The Green Death and Planet of the Spiders.
Pg 82 "In his early days as UNIT's scientific advisor, a long time before Axons, Daemons and Daleks had come to bother him, he'd put on a good show of ignoring the Time Lords' sentence." The Claws of Axos, The Daemons, Day of the Daleks.
Pg 83 "Then, out of nowhere, that omega business had come up and, with its successful conclusion, release from his exile." The Three Doctors.
Pg 186 "They remained as immovable as shop window dummies the Doctor thought, then checked himself, remembering that shop window dummies didn't always stay still..." Spearhead from Space.
Pg 238 "So we're presuming they don't have space ships or anything? Like the Daleks?" Day of the Daleks.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Alec Whistler, Mrs Toovey, Noah Bishop, Anthony Ayre, Graham Allinson, Max Bishop, Ted Bishop.
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
Pg 35 The Xanthosians. They are small and thin with a dome-shaped head and pale yellow, almond-shaped eyes.
The Gaderene. In their natural form they are bone-white, glisten and resemble a crab (pg 93). They are the size of a small dog, have tendrils and a semitransparent shell (pg 193) and a segmented tail (pg 249).
Pg 197 A monstrous worm with black, doused in transparent slime, with crab-like eyes and a segmented tail. It's another form of a Gaderene.
Pg 4 Culverton, East Anglia, England, in the war.
Pg 6 Culverton, the 1970s.
Pg 9 UNIT HQ, London (or wherever it is this week)
Pg 37 The planet Xanthos, time unknown.
Pg 71 The planet of the Gaderene, in flashback.
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
Last of the Gaderene is a quintessential Past Doctor Adventure. It's a fun book, comforting in its familiarity and spot-on characterisation of the regular ensemble cast. There's not a single word that isn't dripping with Saturday teatime goodness and wholesome fun. Enjoy.