673 years ago the Doctor left this family in the House of Lungbarrow.
disgraced and resentful, they have waited. And now he's home at last.
Seventh, plus the First in flashback.
Chris Cwej, Ace, Leela, K9 Mark I, K9 Mark II, Romana, Susan (in flashback, page 267).
The House Lungbarrow and the slopes of Mount Lung (page 302).
The first Doctor's TARDIS also materialises in the Capitol, disguised
as a pyramid, in the Old Time in a flashback sequence (pages 278 and 280).
Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible.
This novel wraps up many of the thematic threads of the NAs, although
it's not reliant on too many of them explicitly.
A good working knowledge of the Gallifrey TV stories would be helpful.
Cover: It might not be intentional, but the two figures who can be seen
clearly bear passing resemblances to the first Doctor and the sixth Doctor
(or perhaps The Stranger). It's possible the looms weave on recurring
genetic patterns, so some of the Doctor's cousins might look like his
Front quote "How far Doctor? How long have you lived?" The quote at the
front is obviously from The Brain of Morbius.
Pg 1 "The fathomless pits of the Sepulchasm" Sepulchasm is mentioned in
"The Pythia was dead, overthrown by her children." Time's Crucible.
"A pall of smoke drifted across Pazithi Gallifreya." Gallifrey's moon
is first named on page 40 of Time's Crucible and
also mentioned on page 27 of The Infinity
Pg 2 "Omega, despite his sacrifice, still had a hand in their affairs."
Omega was first seen in The Three Doctors and the Hand, which plays a
major role here, in Remembrance of the Daleks.
Pg 4 "Eighth Man bound Makes no sound" Eighth Man Bound was a
Gallifreyan game introduced in Christmas on a
Rational Planet. The Doctor was able to see ahead to his future
regenerations and saw further than anyone ever had, as far as his seventh
incarnation (the Doctor and Romana also discuss this on page 259).
Pg 7 "And Satthralope smacked me so hard I could barely walk." This
phrase also appears on page 95 of Cold Fusion.
Pg 8 "That's what the tafelshrews do. There was a nest of them in the
back of the pantry" Tafelshrews are small Gallifreyan rodents, also
mentioned on page 23 of Time's Crucible and page 9 of The Infinity Doctors.
Pg 13 "She remembered the effects of a Time Storm that had snatched her
off the world before." Dragonfire.
Pg 14 "The periods in between Spandrell's two previous retirements"
This explains why Spandrell was Castellan in Blood Harvest, even though he
hadn't been since The Deadly Assassin.
"She had even announced a state visit from the Chairman of Argolis."
The Leisure Hive.
Pg 20 "She wasn't even at the reception for the Chelonian envoy." The
Chelonians were introduced in The Highest Science
and were seen throughout the NAs and MAs.
Pg 22 "Rodan has been sent on a cross-cultural liaison course." Rodan
befriended Leela in The Invasion of Time.
Pg 27 "They had lain together under the stars that burnt in the ochre
sky" This matches Susan's description of Gallifrey in The Sensorites.
Pg 30 "He dared not breathe; tried not to think; prayed to the God of
Pain that his hearts would stop pounding so loudly." The God of Pain is
one of the Gallifreyan Gods, who are really Eternals (from Enlightenment)
who manifest themselves as gods so the Gallifreyans will have someone to
worship. They appeared throughout the New Adventures, most notably Time
(as the Doctor was her champion) and Death (who appears on the front cover
of Timewyrm: Revelation).
Pg 32 "One inside another, they showed the Mansions of the Stars and
Houses of the Gods - red/black for Death, white for Pain and some
indeterminate shifting colour for Time." The three major Gods.
Pg 34 "Innocet took the opportunity to raise the Duke of Dominoes into
position on the card mansion." The Duke of Dominoes was a short story by
Marc Platt in the first Decalog and referred to the Master.
Pg 35 "At every turn it was a different sign - a Cloud, a tear, then an
Owl." Owls were the symbol of the Time Lords throughout the NAs, most
notably in the works of Paul Cornell.
"The frozen gas giant Polarfrey came into conjunction with its fiery
opposite Karn." Karn was seen in The Brain of Morbius (and the stage play
The Seven Keys to Doomsday).
"It was Kasterborous the Fibster, the mythical Hero himself"
Kasterborous is Gallifrey's constellation and Gallifreyan Heroes (such as
Prydonius) were seen in Time's Crucible.
Pg 37 "Even in the super-buoyant water of the TARDIS bathroom" The
bathroom was first seen in The Invasion of Time and later deleted, but
restored in the NAs.
"He'd better not let on to Roz, though." Roz was the Doctor's former
companion who died in So Vile a Sin.
Pg 38 Reference to Daleks, including Marsh-Daleks. Ace's surname is
again given as McShane.
Pg 39 "A Stone Roses T-shirt" Ace was a fan of The Stone Roses back in
Pg 40 "I'm the cat-girl. I'm the Dalek-killer and the lion-hunter. I'm
Time's Vigilante." Ace was the cat-girl in Survival, New Ace was the
Dalek-killer between Love and War and Deceit and Ace took on the mantle of Time's Vigilante in Set Piece.
"No more worries about sudden death and regeneration." The Doctor
foresaw his impending regeneration in The Room With No Doors.
Pg 42 "It's the Bontosaurus Effect... or something" The Blinovitch
Effect was first mentioned in Day of the Daleks.
"He said that he warned Rassilon and that they had a lot of trouble
with the prototype of the Hand..." Remembrance of the Daleks.
"'And you remember what Lady Peinforte said? About knowing who he
really was?' 'Yeah and the Cyber-Leader didn't even want to know.'" Silver
"What about the Master and the Daleks?" Survival, Remembrance of the
"And Adolf Hitler [...] And Leonardo." Timewyrm:
Exodus, City of Death.
"And Lethbridge-Stewart." Ace met the Brigadier in Battlefield, No
Future and Happy Endings.
Pg 43 "Blue Peter badge. You lost it when you did over an
alternative version of yourself in the Clock tower in the city of the
inside of the TARDIS." Time's Crucible
"There were birds high on it, wheeling birds." Possibly a reference to
An Unearthly Child, episode 2.
Pg 50 "At its centre, on a raised plinth, stood a weather-worn statue
wielding a black rod." Presumably the Rod of Rassilon, seen in The
Invasion of Time.
Pg 51 "Something like the academy simulator ranges on Ponten IV."
Pg 54 "Twelve hundred pandaks to make the delivery." Pandak the third
was mentioned as a long-serving president in The Deadly Assassin.
Pg 55 "Oh, that Doctor. [...] President Fly-by-night" The
Invasion of Time, The Five Doctors.
Pg 57 "Fancy dress bepple optional." Original Sin.
Pg 62 "And Damon too, that strange one who is fifty times older than he
looks." Arc of Infinity.
Pg 72 "Danger, Mistress. Danger!" K9 Mark III says this in The Five
Pg 75 "Despite all the soul-searching and inner harmonizing of the
Doa-no-nai-heya Monastery, he really missed Roz." The Room With No Doors.
Pg 89 "He pointed to the different varieties [or mushrooms]
'Feathergilles, pogsquats, skullcaps... Those flat circular ones are
called Cardinal's collars." The Valeyard wore a skullcap in The Trial of a
Time Lord and the Cardinals have worn big circular collars since The
Pg 98 "I will submit to your mind probe test" The Five Doctors.
Pg 101 "It originally belonged to Professor Marius." The Invisible
Pg 108 "For a second Chris thought he was having another hearts
attack." The Doctor had a hearts attack in the opening of So Vile a Sin.
Pg 109 "I discovered anomalies in your genetic codings!" Presumably the
discovery that the Doctor is half-human, from The Telemovie.
"He levelled a finger at the outraged Glospin and saw that he wore a
jewelled ring." The first Doctor's ring, revealed to be the Other's ring
in Cold Fusion.
Pg 111 "Osiran bottle opener" The Osirans are said to have cerebrums
like spiral staircases in Pyramids of Mars.
Pg 119 "But that's the Tharil Embassy!" Warriors' Gate.
Pg 120 "They identified its origin as Skaro, second Dalek imperium."
Presumably the bomb is Dalekanium.
Pgs 120-121 "Its a damn nuisance that the cold-summons scoop won't
penetrate the dampeners on the Agency constraint Keep." The Time Scoop was
first seen in The Five Doctors.
Pg 123 "They just stayed inside reading more books and watching the
Public Register transcasts from the Capitol." Public Register Video was
seen in The Deadly Assassin.
Pg 126 "The gates were open, yet they transducted in." Transduction is
used to transport the TARDIS in The Deadly Assassin.
Pg 131 "The glance that Andred shot her was enough to frighten babies
and silence the Evil One himself." The Evil One was Xoanon with the
Doctor's face in The Face of Evil.
Pg 133 "A possible exchange of telepathic information." The second and
third Doctors do this in The Three Doctors.
Pg 141 "He and Roz had watched it at a late-night film show in Sydney,
1996." The Doctor, Chris and Roz spend time in Sydney, 1996 on page 15 of
Return of the Living Dad.
Pg 142 "The skinny Cousin struggled with the strength of an Ogron" The
Ogrons were first seen in Day of the Daleks.
Pg 147 "I'm a vegetarian and my friend is allergic to dead rodents."
The Doctor has been a vegetarian (with some exceptions) since The Two
Pg 148 "And I'm the Emperor Morbius." The Brain of Morbius.
Pg 150 "Have You Seen the Muffin Man?" Page 156 makes it clear that
this is a reference to the end of The Talons of Weng Chiang.
"Gold Usher, the Guardian of the Chamber" A Time Lord rank, first seen
in The Deadly Assassin.
Pg 151 "An Alternative History of Skaro The Daleks Without
Davros" Likely reference to history having changed in Genesis of the
Daleks, as described in The Discontinuity Guide and the opening of A
Device of Death, where the Daleks were a powerful force in the pre-Davros
stories and are much less advanced afterwards.
Pg 152 "Hello again, Ace." Romana knows Ace from Blood Harvest.
Pg 153 "Um, I first met Dorothee when we were in E-Space fighting the
Great Vampire." Blood Harvest.
Pg 154 "It's a four-dimensional artform that they've just come up with
at the Leisure Hive." The Leisure Hive.
"The Doctor and I saw some of his work when we were in Paris." City of
"He's spent a lot of time with the Tharils in E-Space." Warriors' Gate.
Pg 156 "The Doctor bought us muffins in London." The Talons of
"He once bought us both baked Alaska" Time's
"Not much of a ladylike bearing at all." Ghost Light.
Pg 158 "Our world was ruled by a line of oracles who could see and
predict far into the future. [...] The planet was cursed and became barren
[...] The Old Time." Time's Crucible.
Pg 160 "And when you give the dispatch to him, say Fred sent you." In
the Ribos Operation, Romana says she'd prefer to be called Fred over
Pg 161 "I didn't want to give the Doctor that "mission" in the first
place." The mission is the one to pick up the Master's remains, as seen in
Pg 162 "Pandak the Original!" Pandak the third was mentioned in The
Pg 170 "I deny this reality." The Doctor says the same thing when in
the Matrix in The Deadly Assassin.
Pg 174 "The first ones were grown during the Intuitive Revelation."
This is the period of great achievement when Rassilon first came to power,
as seen in Time's Crucible.
Pg 189 "It was Bernice a smug grin on her face." Benny was the
Doctor's former companion, and also appears in the next book.
Pg 199 "The great stone owl that guarded the Chapterhouse gate." Here
it's revealed that owls are a symbol of Prydonians specifically.
Pg 201 "You are being tractored back to Time Traffic Control for
further questioning." Rodan described herself as a glorified traffic
control operator in The Invasion of Time.
Pg 203-204 We get a couple of summaries of events regarding The Hand of
Omega, the Other and the Intuitive Revelation (Remembrance of the Daleks, Time's Crucible).
Pg 207 "Lectures on the viability of panatropic racking systems." In
the Deadly Assassin we saw the Amplified Panatropic Net.
Pg 213 "The reciting of a historical text in what sounded like pigbin
Orculqui" Language of the natives of Svartos, mentioned in the
novelisation of Dragonfire and pages 60 and 82 of Time's Crucible.
Pg 215 "The sort of rough bread that wandering Shobogans bake in ember
fires" Shobogans were Gallifreyan vandals mentioned in The Deadly
Pg 218 "'What colour?' 'Patrexes.'" Technically Patrexes are a chapter,
like Prydonians (their colour is heliotrope, as mentioned in The Deadly
Assassin), but the Doctor is choosing pieces in a game, where people often
refer to the type of piece when asked what colour they'd prefer.
Pg 223 "A data extractor with Loom attachment." The Deadly Assassin saw
Pg 224 "Psycho Dalek-killing biker in a crinoline." Ace describing her
"New Ace" persona, first seen in Deceit.
"In my great scheme I was going to have you enrolled at the Academy
here on Gallifrey." This was planned for Ace's departure story in Season
27 and is also seen in Death Comes to Time.
Pg 226 "The Great Schism and the Pythia's Curse which rendered the
planet barren" Time's Crucible. Also another
Pg 230 Owis steals the Doctor's question-mark pullover, explaining why
it didn't appear in the telemovie.
Pg 233-234 We see a puppet show version of the Pythia, Rassilon
(including his sash and rod, seen in The Invasion of Time, although the
sash is an anachronism here), the destruction of Omega (The Three
Doctors), the Hand (Remembrance of the Daleks) and the Other.
Pg 236 "The black cowl of the Other puppet crumpled and fell apart to
reveal the figure of the Doctor, defiant amid its ruin." Very symbolic.
Satthralope is served fish tongues, which the Doctor says is
traditional. In Time's Crucible fish tongues
were the only food the Pythia would eat.
"Remember that ornamental hermit we had? the one that lived in a grotto
up the mountain?" The hermit is K'ampo Rinpoche, first mentioned in The
Time Monster and seen in Planet of the Spiders.
Pg 237 "Which of you has [...] dreamt of the torches burning on the
canals of Venice?" The Doctor visited Venice in The
Empire of Glass.
Pg 242 "Yemaya and Yemaya and Yemaya creeps on this pretty pace from
day to day." Chris also had problems with psychic powers in SLEEPY.
Pg 245 "I have thorns here that could kill you with one scratch." Janus
thorns, first seen in The Face of Evil.
Pg 251 "You know, on other worlds there are people dedicated to
cleaning up the mess I leave behind." Isaac Summerfield leads just such a
group in Return of the Living Dad.
Pg 254 "The children of my world would be insulted" Quote from
An Unearthly Child.
"Thripsted's Flora and Fauna of the Universe" Thripsted's other works are seen in Christmas on a Rational Planet, Alien Bodies and Interference.
Pg 260 "Can't catch me" The Doctor is described as the Gingerbread Man
in Set Piece.
Pg 262 We get flashes of all six of the Doctor's regenerations.
"Birds wheeled in the air below them." Possible reference to birds
wheeling in an alien sky in An Unearthly Child.
Pg 263-264 "'It's the rose woman.' 'You Eternals get everywhere.""
Roses were associated with the first Doctor in Timewyrm: Revelation and
the Gods of Gallifrey are Eternals, first seen in Enlightenment.
Pg 265 "But this is the old city over which the Citadel of the Time
Lords was built." This is first mentioned in The Deadly Assassin.
Pg 267 "Back to Tersurus?" Tersurus was the planet where Goth found the
Master in The Deadly Assassin (also seen in Curse of the Fatal Death).
Pg 268 "I never saw my mother. But I know that she died when I was
born, at the very same moment the Pythia cursed the world." This is
mentioned in Cold Fusion.
"On one of Rassilon's filthy bow-ships." State of Decay.
Pg 269 "And one day I will return." The Doctor says the same thing to
Susan when she leaves in The Dalek Invasion of Earth.
Pg 275 "Just as the Pythia threw herself into the Crevasse of Memories
That Will Be." Time's Crucible.
Pg 280 "Time and Relative Dimensions in Space [...] I gave you that
idea." This ties in to Susan claiming she made up the word TARDIS from
its initials in An Unearthly Child."
Pg 281 "Didn't we meet in the trenches of Skaro?" Lord Ferain was the
CIA agent who sent the Doctor on his mission in Genesis of the Daleks.
Pg 284 "Goodness knows what that'll do to the inner configuration."
This explains why the TARDIS interior is different in the Telemovie.
Pg 289 "I chose Andred. He had very little say in the matter." The
Invasion of Time.
Pg 296 "Send him on the mission you planned for him and I swear the
agency will leave him alone." The mission is the one seen at the beginning
of The Telemovie and the CIA do indeed leave the eighth Doctor alone.
Pg 298 "Think back. Back to your beginning." This echoes Morbius' line
in The Brain of Morbius.
Pg 302 "And you won't believe what the inside of the TARDIS looks
like!" Another reference to the redesigned interior in the Telemovie.
"'Bernice Summerfield,' said Romana. 'I've met her.'" Blood Harvest.
"If you like, I'll arrange a time ring." Presumably a small band like
Benny and Jason have (Happy Endings) rather than the one seen in Genesis
of the Daleks.
Pg 303 "Former Castellan Spandrell has spoken to the High Council in
the President's favour." Spandrell appeared in the Deadly Assassin.
"You're the new Ambassador from Karn." The Sisterhood were seen in The
Brain of Morbius and on page 262 of Time's
Crucible they were revealed to be the line of the Pythia's followers.
Pg 304 Reference to Kadiatu, first seen in Transit, whose bike Ace rides.
"Just go on being Time's Vigilante." Ace adopted this title in Set
Pg 305 "I'm going to have the Agency doors thrown open to Public
Register Video " First seen in The Deadly Assassin.
"Is this some new Skaro? Or the one I destroyed with the Hand of
Omega?" Reference to the Doctor's mission at the beginning of the
telemovie and its destruction in Remembrance of the Daleks, and "some new
Skaro" is a reference to the forthcoming War of the Daleks (it was well
known at the time that War would undo Skaro's destruction).
Pg 306 "If it's the Master's remains then I should be the one to fetch
them" The Telemovie.
"Filling in forms with Lethbridge-Stewart? Lunch with the terrible
Zodin...?" The terrible Zodin was first mentioned in The Five Doctors and
again in Attack of the Cybermen.
"Banish burnt toast forever?" In Ghost Light the Doctor says that he
can't stand burnt toast.
Pg 307 "One faded volume had a picture of a tubby creature floating
under a dirigible surrounded by a cloud of beatitude flies" This might be
a reference to the end of The Well-Mannered War.
"A father from Gallifrey and a mother of Earth stock. That's an unusual
pedigree. [...] Just call him after me." The Doctor is revealed to be half
human on his mother's side in the Telemovie and this line suggests that
the child of Leela and Andred will become the Other, making Leela
effectively the Doctor's mother.
The Terrible Zodin is also revealed to be a celebrated sword-swallower.
Pg 308 References to Roz and Bernice.
"I want you to have this. [...] It's my sonic screwdriver." This
explains why the Doctor has a sonic screwdriver again in the beginning of
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
Andred, Lord Ferain (the CIA
from Genesis of the Daleks, see page 281), Rassilon, the Pythia (who
page 263), and the Hand of Omega (Remembrance of the Daleks).
This novel concludes the story of the Other, first seen in the
novelisation of Remembrance of the Daleks and then in bits and pieces
throughout the NAs, especially Time's Crucible.
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Badger, the Doctor's robotic tutor, who reappears in flashback in Divided Loyalties.
Innocet, Owis and Rynde are the three
surviving Cousins. It's been suggested that the missing cousins like
Maljamin may not be dead, although there's no mention of them escaping the
House's destruction. On the other hand, page 305 refers to "several of
likely not including Innocet, so it's possible that others survive.
The Drudges, wooden House servants. The White Dragon (page 285), the
Orcholotl (pages 250 and 252).