The Man in the Velvet Mask
by Daniel O'Mahony


Publisher: Virgin
ISBN: 0 426 20461 1

     

    BASIC PLOT
    The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Dodo to what appears to be nineteenth century France. However, the Doctor soon discovers that aliens that exist outside of time and space are conducting an experiment that's gone horribly wrong.

    DOCTOR
    First.

    COMPANIONS
    Dodo.

    MATERIALISATION CIRCUIT
    Post-Revolutionary France, July 1804, alternate Earth.

    PREPARATORY READING
    None.

    CONTINUITY REFERENCES
    Pg 11"My time is near. [...] I've known since my last meeting with that Toymaker fellow." The Tenth Planet, The Celestial Toymaker.

    "Yes, yes, Susan left..." The Dalek Invasion of Earth.

    Pg 12 "Some things I will have to face alone. the TARDIS will be the only help I need." The Tenth Planet.

    Pg 13 "I thought you had French blood." The Massacre.

    Pg 14 "The Revolution was always a favourite period of mine from Earth's history" An Unearthly Child and The Reign of Terror.

    Pg 54 "He would be all right, anything else would be unthinkable... but he had left Steven behind. Not in bad circumstances admittedly, but he had still as good as abandonded him on an unnamed world in an unspecified time for no obvious reason." The Savages.

    Pg 67 "He hoped that when the change came upon him, he would be reborn a better person, cleaned of this stain." The Tenth Planet.

    Pg 73 "I am a regional officer of the southern province." The Doctor adopted this disguise in The Reign of Terror.

    Pg 76 "'Are you really an officer of the provinces?' 'That depends on where you stand [...] Truth, like many things, is relative.'" The Reign of Terror.

    Pg 87 "The "Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon"?" The Gunfighters (although Dodo is interrupted here before she can play it).

    Pg 106 "When my parents died I went to live with my aunt." The Massacre and we meet Aunt Margaret in Salvation.

    Pg 107 "Recently we visited another, uh, country where we found two groups of people that the Doctor managed to reconcile. That's where we left Steven." The Savages.

    "When he met the Doctor, Steven was a prisoner. He hadn't seen another person in two years." The Chase.

    Pg 128 "It called to him as it had done when they were lost in the fourth universe or during the long months he had been separated from it in China." Susan refers to nearly losing the TARDIS on the planet Quinnis in the fourth universe, four or five journeys ago in The Edge of Destruction. Marco Polo.

    Pg 139 "Aliens like the Monoids, or the Refusians, but here on Earth!" The Ark.

    Pg 161 "The sun, the ten planets and their many satellites" The Tenth Planet, which presumably the aliens know about in the nineteenth century.

    Pg 162 The alien calls the Doctor "my lord" which he refutes. The alien says "Perhaps you were noble once but fell from grace? Perhaps it's a claim you choose to renounce?" a reference to the Doctor being a Time Lord, which the alien can partially see.

    Pg 205 "Once, I almost killed the entire human race" The Ark.

    Pgs 215-216 "The first Change was coming. [...] One heart, he thought blissfully. One heart, soon to meet its twin." Reference to the Doctor's impending regeneration and the fact that his first body only has one heart.

    Pg 236 "I doubt I'll be with the Doctor for much longer." The War Machines.

    OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
    None.

    NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
    The Marquis de Sade, Dalville, Bressac (the latter of whom dies during the course of the novel, but at the end the timeline is restored so none of them remember the Doctor and Dodo anyway).

    Catherine Arouette/Fatomas, Robin Goodfellow (aliens).

    CONTINUITY COCK-UPS
    None.

    PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
    N/A

    FEATURED ALIEN RACES
    Unnamed aliens, who have a mask-based culture and who ran an experiment using the Earth, creating an alternate timeline.

    FEATURED LOCATIONS
    Post-Revolutionary France, July 1804, alternate Earth.

    IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
    A book that shows how far the MAs could go, with a Doctor near the point of collapse from his impending regeneration, Dodo losing her virginity and willingly contracting a sexually transmitted disease (page 177 makes it clear that she gives herself willingly). However, it's a richly written tale about the masks we all wear that delivers a great deal.