On a planet where strange mutations appear to be occuring, the Doctor is sent on a mission to find a menagerie that might contain clues about this mutation. Meanwhile, Jamie is held prisoner and Zoe is sold to the circus.
Jamie and Zoe.
An alleyway, the unnamed planet (page 262).
Pg 5 "'I do believe that Project Mecrim could have a crucial effect on the war' [É] She tried to imagine the monsters let loose in cities swarming with Draconian women and children" This is probably the Earth-Draconia war from Frontier in Space.
Pg 24 "I'm glad to see the back of the LIZ." The Space Pirates.
"I know you can't stand the TARDIS food machine, Jamie" First seen in The Daleks.
Pg 38 Reference to Daleks.
Pg 39 "Perhaps without me this city would have been destroyed by the Quarks" The Dominators.
Pg 53 "There were no monsters, no guns, no baffling invisible doors." This might be a reference to the invisible TARDIS in The Invasion, but is more likely a reference to the invisible forcefield Jamie and Thomni encounter in The Abominable Snowmen.
"Even his flight from the guards had brought back memories of the Redcoats." The Highlanders.
Pg 58 "I once had a friend [É] We had everything in common. But he enjoyed being scared of the dark a little too much. It swallowed him. I doubt that I shall ever see him again." This is a reference to the Master and fits in extraordinarily well with The Dark Path, despite the fact that this is the first second Doctor Missing Adventure and that was the last.
Pg 61 "Perhaps he should look within himself for some of the peace of
Det-Sen." The Abominable Snowmen.
Pg 67 "Such an emotional response would have been frowned upon by her tutors at the Earth School of Parapsychology, but to hell with them." The Wheel in Space.
Pg 161 "The Interplanetary Mining Corporation Ð formerly the Issigri Mining Corporation Ð spent millions of credits on high-tech solutions to mining problems." IMC featured in Colony in Space and the Issigris appeared in The Space Pirates.
Pg 225 "DNA owned and licensed by the Butler Institute." Cat's Cradle: Warhead.
Pg 226 "Zoe remembered that soon after she met the Doctor he had shown her a mind-projected account of his most recent encounter with the Daleks." Evil of the Daleks, shown to Zoe at the end of The Wheel in Space.
Pg 249 "Does it work like the jeeps we saw when we battled the Cybermen?" The Invasion.
Pg 262 "A tutor of mine once said that sometimes it is more important to strive than to achieve." This was probably Borusa who said this, though it may not have been.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Defrabax, Kaquaan, Raitak, Reisaz.
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
The Mecrim, six limbed bipeds with an armoured head, no skin four-clawed hands and feet and two more primitive hooked claws (see page 225 and the cover).
An android (usually referred to as a homonculus). It is enormous, the colour of clay and soil, with a pendant hanging from its neck merging with its oily skin (page 166).
The Rocarbies, large ape-like bipeds with no necks and striped fur (page 35).
Trained monkeys (page 82).
Two conjoined women, with a single pair of legs, but two complete upper bodies (page 83).
Page 91: A variety of circus freaks, including a tall man, a man with no eyes, a bearded woman and a variety of caged and grazing creatures.
The bones of a dragon, maybe (page 92).
The mummified body of a giant insect (page 92).
A rat-like thing (page 102).
The Taculbain, giant moths with bony orange and grey wings (page 114).
The modified soldier Taculbain have huge attacking jaws, copunter-balanced by a bony ridge extending from the back of the head and wings covered with a hard carapace (page 201)
Dugraqs, short bipedal shrews with orange-brown fur (page 136).
A savannah-walker, a white-furred elephant-sized creature with large eyes (page 139).
An unnamed city on an unnamed planet, in the far future.
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
The Menagerie is fairly poor, starting the run of second Doctor books as most of them would end up, by being dull and having poorly characterised regulars. It's not quite as bad as its reputation would suggest, but that might be because it now fits right in to the poor standard of second Doctor books. The whole things feels contrived, as though it were written solely to justify the linking of IMC to the Issigri Mining Company. The story itself is almost wholly uninteresting, ending up a bit like The Web Planet, but in novel form. And Jamie getting it on with his friend's girlfriend only moments after telling her of said friend's death is just wrong.