The Doctor and Sam arrive on Micawber's World for Stacy and Ssard's wedding, but find the festivities interrupted by religious bigotry, the encroaching Olympic Games, some stupid members of the Royal family, and some Foamasi de-badders. Then Stacy and Ssard vanish completely from the plot. Some other things happen but I can't remember what now. Oh, and on Page 250, the Doctor realises that the Wirrrn are involved too, so he meets the queen on Page 262 and kills her on Page 268. Right, that takes care of that little problem. What's next?
Stacy and Ssard, from the Radio Times comic strip, put in an appearance as they're getting married.
Pg 32 By now, it's on Micawber's World, somewhere near a park.
Pg 51 It's back again, having been off to the twenty-third century.
The Radio Times Comics Strips 1997-1998. No, only joking.
A familiarity with The Daleks' Master Plan, The Ark in Space and The Leisure Hive wouldn't go astray, especially to remind you of happier times.
The front cover is arguably a continuity reference as it seems to have been deliberately designed to look like the cover of Vampire Science.
Pgs 1-2 (Author's introduction) "to Steve Cole at BBC Books who so good-humouredly nodded at me when I said I wanted to do a Nimon-verses-Macra story." You can find this tale in the charity anthology Perfect Timing, if you must. It's actually worse than Placebo Effect, but has, I suppose, the advantage of being considerably shorter.
Pg 3 "How did you thwart an enemy who picked clean the planets of the Phylox system in less than five days?" The location of Castrovalva.
Pg 4 "from the furthest reaches of Coscos and Salostophus" The latter is Glitz's planet of origin, as we learned in The Trial of a Time Lord (The Mysterious Planet).
"Wirrrn." The script for The Ark in Space reads 'Wirrn', but Ian Marter, in his novelisation of said story, and for reasons of his own, changed it to 'Wirrrn'. The latter spelling is maintained in this book and, against my better judgement, in this guide.
Pg 10 "Our skeletons have hollow bones with double-joints every few centimetres. This means we can compact our natural forms quite comfortably inside a full replica-human bodysuit for up to eighteen hours at a time." This is a retcon that explains the apparent incongruity of the size of the Foamasi that appear in The Leisure Hive, and the size of the 'human' suits that they appeared to occupy. Something similar has been done with the Slitheen more recently, in Aliens of London. With hilarious consequences.
Pg 11 "A quick call to the office of the Guardian of the Solar System." He's not mentioned by name, but it's Mavic Chen, of The Daleks' Masterplan. There are numerous mentions, not all of which are quoted here.
Pg 16 "The Doctor had fallen asleep playing his old vinyl records." We saw one of these in the Telemovie.
"[They'd] nipped back to Tudor England to return a lace handkerchief the Doctor said he'd accidentally nicked when he'd been older." It might be Silver Nemesis. It might not.
Pg 17 "My Beetle, young lady, has a brand-new automatic transmission. While you were away I had it serviced." Good job too, given the trouncing it got in Longest Day. It does beg the question 'when, exactly?' though. Presumably while he was hunting Sam on loads of different worlds at the beginning of Dreamstone Moon. (There's a suggestion here that Russell didn't know that the Doctor would be imprisoned on Ha'olam while Sam was there.)
Pgs 17-18 "When I wanted to play with cars and hovercraft and motorbikes all those years ago, you couldn't have been less helpful if you'd tried." Most of the Pertwee era, particularly Season 11 and most particularly Planet of the Spiders.
Pg 18 "The lights dimmed slightly." The TARDIS communicating with its crew by dimming its lights also occurs in Divided Loyalties. It's no less stupid here.
"Other walls included a huge filing cabinet and a blank wall, against which rested the bust of some old man the Doctor reverently referred to as Rassilon. He seemed to be some figure out of Time Lord history who was both beloved and feared by today's Time Lords. Somehow, Sam had gathered he was a mate of the Doctor's as well, but she didn't want to begin trying to figure that one out." The Five Doctors. It's presumably a reference to the history of the Other from Lungbarrow as well, but it might just as well refer to Blood Harvest or The Eight Doctors, given that in those books, the Doctor drops round and asks Rassilon for a favour whenever he needs one.
Pg 20 "The Doctor had been aware that she'd had a bit of a crush on him back then." And didn't we all know about it? Longest Day, Dreamstone Moon, Seeing I.
"Met up with some friends. Saved Earth from alien invaders. Hung around with an old archaeology chum of mine." The Dying Days.
"'Having kids'll be fun, I'd say.' 'Stacy can't. Side-effect of something that happened while we were travelling.'" I don't think this actually happens in the Radio Times comics that we've seen.
Pg 21 "By now Earth is the centre of the Galactic Federation." See The Curse of Peladon, amongst others.
Pgs 21-22 "[The Federation was] set up by Earth, where the central administration is based." Much of the Federation lore was set up in the Peladon stories: Curse, Monster and Legacy.
Pg 22 "The Galactic Federation is there to protect, preserve and serve, while attempting to bring all the planets under one common roof. But the Guardian is like, say, your American President, Billy." This is clearly a continuity squarer between the different accounts of the Peladon stories and The Daleks' Masterplan.
Pg 22 "The whole kit and caboodle is based on the idea of people spending all their time just being awfully nice to each other." This description of the Federation is also exactly how the Doctor described the Traken Union in The Keeper of Traken.
Pg 25 "Clarke shuffled over, wearing the portable mass detector like a papoose on his chest." Similar to such a device in Earthshock.
Pg 31 "Stacy was working in an office on Antares." Location of some of the action in Lords of the Storm.
"Ssard had a job in the Martian Commision on Io, helping locate some of the fringe Martian groups who wanted out of the peace coexistence that Martians shared with the Federation members." We see such a group in The Monster of Peladon.
Pg 34 "Madox was one of a cloned species, the Teknix." First seen in The Daleks' Masterplan.
Pg 36 "I seriously considered staying on Ha'olam, you know." Indeed she did - Seeing I.
Pg 37 Mention of Victoria and Tegan.
"I will always remember you." Not so. By Escape Velocity, he's totally forgotten her existence and there's not even a blink of recognition when he sees her grave (or what might be her grave) in The Gallifrey Chronicles.
"Only magicians could take me to Victorian London or twenty-second century Borneo." The Bodysnatchers. Alien Bodies. And see Continuity Cock-Ups.
Pg 38 "Immortality often has a high price." See also The Five Doctors.
Pg 42 "And as for outlawing any gwampa fruits that didn't have a perfect ninety-degree bend in them." This is a less-than-subtle parody of a European Community directive about the curvature of bananas. I'm not making this up. It reflects back to the original parodic nature of The Curse of Peladon being a refection of the UK joining the then EEC.
Pg 47 "To his right, a panel in the wall slid back." A-ha: a top secret wall panel. This sort of thing has appeared so many times in Doctor Who, it's clearly a continuity reference. Think The Invasion and work forwards from there.
Pg 49 "Two yellow-and-purple spotted horses, dressed in what clearly passed for their Sunday best on their home planet." Mentioned in Frontier in Space.
Pg 50 "Possibly one of those Kolpashan fashion houses." For reasons known only to the authors of the books, this is the most frequent comics reference that they use. It's from Victims, a fourth Doctor and Romana story, and gets name-checked again and again in this novel.
Pg 57 "It was even nicknamed the 7,438th Wonder of the Universe. There were not exactly 7,437 others, but to some wag at the holocam networks the phrase had made a good headline." There are, to the best of our knowledge, 699 Wonders of the Universe, according to Death to the Daleks, although the number may have increased since then. You have to wonder why '7,438th Wonder of the Universe' was considered a good headline.
Pg 58 "The threat of terrorism from the likes of Galaxy Five or the Free Rasta VI was ever-present." The Monster of Peladon and unknown reference (although it sounds like a plea for something...)
"The terrorists exposed and incarcerated on Desperus." The Daleks' Masterplan.
Pg 70 "She was still trying to shake the almost comical notion of a preacher with a five-pound Dalekanium bomb." The Dalek Invasion of Earth.
Pg 79 "All right, how about I say I'm here by the request of SSS Headquarters on Earth? Dal Karlton, that's the chap." The Daleks' Masterplan.
Pg 80 "He scooped up a pressure blower and began expertly easing small pieces of ruptured skull apart." We last saw the Doctor's ability to perform an autopsy in Kursaal.
Pg 83 "'Don't move, Doctor whoever you are.' 'Smith.' 'Nice try.' 'Well, it worked two thousand years ago.'" The Wheel in Space onwards.
Pg 86 "(unless being chased by Daleks, Zygons or Psionovores)" War of the Daleks, The Bodysnatchers, unknown reference.
Pg 91 "Seconded to the planet Peladon... links to something called the "Ancient Diadem"... links to Pakhar... links to..." Legacy.
Pg 108 "I've never had a faith, as such. I had a House. And a birthsign. And a Chapter to be loyal to." Not having a faith becomes relevant later in The Satan Pit. Also Lungbarrow (House), The Creature from the Pit (birthsign), The Deadly Assassin (Chapter).
Pg 112 "She had been seventeen when the Doctor met her (well, give or take a few months). Now she was twenty-one. All that time on Ha'olam meant she must have missed a couple of good parties back home." Seeing I and see Continuity Cock-Ups.
"She could imagine the Crimewatch programmes, the newspaper reports and announcements on GLR or Kiss FM. Missing girl. Samantha A. Jones." This is very like what happens to Rose in Aliens of London.
Pgs 112-113 "Baz and his stupid gang doing their Charlie deals." The Eight Doctors.
Pg 114 "'Da, out tabeamers. A'bass, ya view, Thainch'k?' Sam shook her head. 'I'm sorry, guys, but you're losing me.'" The Doctor later has similar problems with speaking Foamasi, which ties in to his being unable to understand the language in The Leisure Hive. Foamasi language is one of the few to defy TARDIS translation circuits, as mentioned in the NAs.
Pgs 116-117 "Or was it a quirk of this new personality of his that he regarded humans a little less tolerantly since becoming acquainted with his own - how could he put it? - genetic heritage?" The half-human thing from the Telemovie. See also Continuity Cock-Ups.
Pg 121 "Sam was suddenly somewhere else. In a windswept desert - Sansom Plains on Ha'olam - and around her she could feel, without seeing, the presence of the I." Seeing I. And, once again, see Continuity Cock-Ups.
"She was on the Mu Camelopides moon, with Anton." Dreamstone Moon.
"Seeing the Doctor through the eyes of a Jax." Kursaal, and, yet once more, see Continuity Cock-Ups.
It's a 1980s BBC flashback sequence! "A jumble of images - cracks in a wall forming letters; a military woman trapped; the Doctor; a strange wasplike insect, chittering away, gazing around with bulbous brown eyes; a Spider Dalek, blasting down Thals; the Doctor; an Earth dominated by Tractites; a man blurring, becoming a Zygon; Carolyn; the TARDIS, in Shoreditch; the Doctor..." Gosh. OK: the Shift in Alien Bodies; Bregman in Alien Bodies; the insects in Alien Bodies; War of the Daleks; Genocide; The Bodysnatchers; Vampire Science; The Eight Doctors.
Pg 127 "Sam nodded. 'Yeah entropy. As a good friend of mine once said, "the more you put things together the more they keep falling apart."'" As well as the fact that 'Yeah entropy' without an appropriate comma sounds like a Heavy Metal band, and the disgraceful lack of commas in the rest of the sentence, this sounds like the Doctor's been quoting himself from Logopolis.
Pg 132 "What happened in the moonbase of Hirath's satellite." Longest Day.
"It felt, in a way, a little like being back at the Mission on Ha'olam." Seeing I.
Pg 136 "He placed a calling card on the salver - white with a black stripe and a ? symbol across it." Remembrance of the Daleks.
"I have come across the West Lodge once or twice." The Leisure Hive.
Pg 140 "But on the whole I work for Martians, Pakhars, humans, Cantryans, Chelonians, the Tzun, Lurmans, Vegans." The Ice Warriors et al, Legacy et al, humans are pretty much all over, Cantryans are from Legacy, Chelonians from The Highest Science originally, the Tzun from First Frontier (and see Continuity Cock-Ups, yet again), Lurmans are from Carnival of Monsters. Vegans are seen in The Monster of Peladon and Fear of the Dark.
Pg 146 "The Dreamstone Moon was mined out." Dreamstone Moon. And see Continuity Cock-Ups.
"My last protest was in the twenty-third century." Seeing I.
Pg 153 "Ms Sox gazed open-mouthed at the Doctor. Eventually she spoke. 'How did you know that?'" He's reading her time-line again, as he did in the Telemovie and has been doing on and off ever since.
Pg 154 "Cows have been exported all over the galaxy, even to Jadea. They are about the only creatures on the planet that aren't green." Jadea was clearly named by that famed astronomer of old, Terry Nation. Oh, and see Continuity Cock-Ups.
"'Earth has a fully functional weather-control system, and has done for thousands of years.' The Doctor didn't miss a beat. 'Ms Sox, I was on Earth when they set those devices up.'" We saw them in The Seeds of Death and The Moonbase, the latter of which may be what the Doctor is referring to by his being there. That occasion may also be an unrecorded adventure, however.
"I have seen the very birth of mankind, from a single-celled amoeba mutated by neutronic radiation." City of Death, presumably.
Pg 155 "And I absolutely love the decor of this room." This is almost identical to the shoes bit in the Telemovie.
Yet another reference to Ha'olam and Seeing I.
Pg 162 "Once upon a time, in another lifetime, I saw everything. Nowadays, I keep missing the important bits. It's really not fair." Comparison to the NA Doctor. And doesn't he sound petulant about it?
Pg 168 "Gar paused, then nodded like Dave Wilson used to in biology class, trying to look like an innocent three-year-old because he'd just looked the word 'vagina' up in the dictionary for the fifth time that afternoon." Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that this is the first time the word 'vagina' has ever appeared in a Doctor Who novel.
Pg 180 "The journalist who had reported from the front line on the first Galaxy 5 war." The Monster of Peladon.
Pg 186 "It's a lovely world, you know. Destroyed by nuclear war years ago by some thugs called the Argolin." The Leisure Hive.
Pg 199 "But to the Pakhars, Lurmans, Shistavanens and others." Legacy, Carnival of Monsters, unknown.
Pg 202 The Wirrrn Queen says "You will become like us", so she's clearly been watching The Tenth Planet. Bet she's got episode four as well.
Pg 208 Another mention of Desperus, from The Daleks' Masterplan.
Pg 250 "Surely I can't have been so stupid - yet maybe this is how it really began. The hatred for mankind..." This is supposed to be the backstory for The Ark in Space.
Pg 262 There's a quick summary of The Ark in Space.
"But what if the humans they claimed had hunted them were in fact themselves fighting back - from an earlier Wirrrn invasion? Such as this one." Presumably, at the end of this book, the humans go on a hunt, the 1000-year-long one that takes place in the Andromeda galaxy which Noah mentioned in The Ark in Space.
Pg 267 "I threw away my Doctor's-assistant L-plates three years ago on the Mu Camelopides moon." Oh, shut up. This is supposed to be a reference to Dreamstone Moon, but it's not because it bears no relation to what actually happened in that story.
Pg 272 "Ms Sox tossed her hair back, and shrugged. 'I'm tempted to say they got what they deserved.' 'Are you now?' The Doctor looked at her sadly. 'Let's leave the sermons against drugs to the schools, shall we?'" This probably qualifies as the most irresponsible thing that the Doctor has ever said. Given that many of the people who took the Wirrrn pills need organ transplants, and a percentage of people who take Ecstasy need organ transplants as they liquefy, one might suggest that a parallel was being drawn here. And the Doctor seems to think it's OK. I'll accept that people do stupid things, but for the Doctor suggest that people shouldn't learn about what drugs etc. might do to you is, in my humble opinion, not entirely in character for him.
Pg 275 "I need to be here to see it in, to help celebrate the wonder that is eternity and the joy that the year 4000 will hold." What a hideous line. And it'll hold a Dalek invasion (The Daleks' Masterplan) and you'll probably die. Heigh ho.
Pg 277 The Doctor appears to be able to hear the TARDIS speaking to him (Divided Loyalties), but by this point, I may well have ceased to care to live or breathe.
Pg 278 "London. Midnight. 1999. Yes, I think we could manage that. London will be very safe that night, I've made sure of that. A few times, come to think of it." The Telemovie, Millennial Rites, Millennium Shock. Actually, given the events of Millennial Rites, it might well not be safe at all.
"The last couple of years had been... interesting, there was no getting away from that." Well, moreso than this book, anyway.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Cameos from Miss Rutherford, a receptionist; Ntumbe, a driver; Labus, an alien.
Quartermaster Sergeant Dallion; Agents Clarke, Klein, McCarrick, Carruthers and Fenton.
Reverend Lukas; Phillipa Iley; Jolyon Tuck; Kyle Dale. Phillipa and Jolyon are about to become Wirrrn, though.
Events Co-ordinator Algernon Sumner; Madox; Ms Sox; SSS Commander Ritchie; SSS Agent Hedges.
M'Rek'd and P'Fer'd, the two yellow-and-purple spotted horses. Christopher and Mary Townsend, Stacy's parents.
Consort Ethelredd; Counsellor De'Ath.
Green Fingers and the Patriarchs of West, South and Twin Suns Lodges; Gielgud, the Foamasi Butler.
Kleptons, about three feet high, dark faces, rubbery snout, and hate the long-extinct Thain race.
Also Cogwegs, Saurians, rooster-looking aliens, Morogs from Pindant, Hiinds, Morrains and Wereloxes.
Pg 5 Cape City, South Africa, Earth, recently (a couple of months before the bulk of the action).
Micawber's World, 3999AD. The main city is Carrington City, which includes the Mirage Hotel, the Carrington Grande Hotel, a Church of Earth church, an SSS HQ, a Foamasi temple, a shopping mall and several parks as well as the 3999 Olympic Stadium. If you feel like buying the place, you should note that there's a very convenient place for any household Wirrrn you may have at the dead centre of the planetoid.