The Earth stands at the brink of destruction as environmental collapse is
imminent. Multi-national corporations and the super-rich have united in a
desperate effort to buy themselves immortality in a poisoned world. If
to survive, somebody has to stop them.
The TARDIS is stationed at the house on
Allen Road for the duration, but we get a second hand description of the
materialising inside the Butler Institute in New York on page 42.
Pg 10 "'Hello Shreela,' he said." Shreela was one of Ace's old Perivale
seen in Survival. Her name is given as Shreela Govindia on page 18.
Pg 11 "What about Midge, eh?" Midge was another acquaintance
of Ace's from Perivale, also seen in Survival.
"I liked his little sister, though" Midge's sister Squeak also appears
"You mean her immune system went" Although it wasn't written yet,
Eternity Weeps gives a plausible reason for accelerated environmental
damage. If Survival took place in 1989 and Cat's Cradle: Warhead in
2009, Shreela is dying at about age 40.
Pg 16 "McIlveen, James Haines" Creed McIlveen, who appears in
and Warchild, is Jimmy's brother as explained on
page 152 of Warlock.
Pgs 20 and 26 "Is Chuck going to hell?" Chuck Norris is
president. According to
Eternity Weeps, in 2003 Bruce Springsteen is the President of the United
There is a presidential election scheduled for 2008.
Pg 26 "With that vibration always making her wonder if the earthquake
coming" The next reference to the coming California Earthquake is
in the TV Movie, where the 8th Doctor meets Gareth, who will go
on to work on a UCLA task force which discovers a way of accurately
predicting earthquakes. Gareth graduates in poetry in 2000, giving him
time to join the task force before 2009, by which time the Big One hasn't
Pg 31 "What broke it was the cat" The silver cat is the only overt
image in the Cat's Cradle series of books. Its purpose is obscure, but it
be a symptom of the TARDIS being unwell. Cats are intertwined into Time
history; see page 207 of Goth Opera.
"Then she remembered that the Butler Institute hadn't had any
for years now." The Butler Institute featured here was first known as the
Corporation in 1987 in Damaged Goods, when it was part of the Brotherhood
telepath conspiracy. It merged with Eurogen in 2107 to become the EB
Corporation. Eurogen Butler were responsible for the exploitation of
the 2140s in Another Girl, Another Planet. Such corporations eventually
the Earth into receivership when the government collapsed in Lucifer
just before the Dalek Invasion in 2157. The EB Corporation later becomes
as the Spinward Corporation, one of the first Multi-Planetary Corporations
the 22nd Century, seen in Deceit.
Pg 40 "'Forever', she said. 'That's a very long time.'" The Doctor says
line in State of Decay.
Pgs 77-78 "Their ultimate destination was in southern England." The
Allen Road was first seen in the comic strips Fellow Travellers (where it
revealed that the second Doctor owned the house).It was depicted as being
isolated apart from a smaller house called 'Keeper's Cottage' in the
that has been ignored ever since. It is only revealed to be the Doctor's
on the final page, when the Seventh Doctor and Ace observe a photo of the
Doctor in Tibet on the wall in the hall. It also features in the comic
Ravens, which reveals that the second Doctor bought the house. There's a
the gate which says 'Smithwood Manor', and 'No Trespassing' and graffito
saying 'Beware of the God'. This is its first appearance in the New
It also appears in Transit, Warlock, Just War, Warchild, So Vile A Sin
Dying Days. Different Doctors use it on and off throughout the 20th and
century. It's still standing in 2981 in So Vile A Sin, but that may just
side-effect of the Nexus - it's lived in by an alternate Doctor.
Pg 78 "The television set was a 1940s Bakelite television" Like the one
Doctor used to confer with Davros in Remembrance of the Daleks.
Pg 82 "They were mercenaries, Kurds who had been displaced by warfare
their early childhood." In 2003 Kurdistan was the beachhead for the
sulfur virus in Eternity Weeps, and it got totally nuked and then eaten by
Pg 89 "The credit card was in the name of Ms J Smith" The Doctor often
under the name Dr John Smith.
Pg 91 "'Thirteen Years Left' said the tee-shirt" This is presumably one
pre-Dragonfire T-shirts from 1987, thirteen years before the millennium.
Pg 101 "I'm just twenty-two and I don't mind dying." The lyrics
Who Do You Love? by George Thorogood and may imply that Ace is twenty two
this point (although later NAs revise that estimate).
Pg 120 "Ace was left with the complete English poems of John Donne and
slavery-and-plantation-saga." Rector Adams gave the fourth Doctor a
similar volume in Old Flames, on page 15 of Short Trips.
Pg 121 "A hologram decal of Alistair Crowley" A clone of Aleister
supporting character in Managra. A homunculus of the same name appears in
Pg 123 "She used to have a different name, you know. She's an old
mine." Miss David appeared in a couple of 4th Doctor comics. The character
actually supposed to be Leela, but when the publishers realized they'd
have to pay an additional fee to use Louise Jameson's likeness they drew
eyeglasses on her and changed her name (she still wielded a mean knife,
However, she was called Miss Young there.
Pg 136 "Do you want fries with that?" There was a Brief Encounter
DWM about Ace working in a McDonald's and meeting the Ergon, the pantomime
chicken Omega used as a servant in Arc of Infinity. There's a scene in
Crystal Bucephalus involving a girl called Dorothy working in a McDonalds
London. On page 151 of Head Games Ace remembers working at the McDonalds at
Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street, opposite Centrepoint and (now) the
Pg 141 "Tantric lines of power" These also play a central role in The
of Henrietta Street.
Pg 143 "How is the TARDIS now?" The Cat's Cradle series ostensibly
around the illness of the TARDIS and the silver cat (although thematically
much stronger). This is the only time the word 'TARDIS' appears in this
quite shocking for the early NAs.
Pg 145 "The Persian carpet" Miss David trades in carpets. It's
time of Warlock (2014 according to A History of the Universe).
Pg 148 "The bathtub was massive" On page 146 of So Vile A Sin Simon and
discover that the alternate Doctor keeps a Venusian (see Venusian
the bathroom of the House at Allen Road. On page 7 of The Dying
Days Bernice relates the quirks of the House's plumbing. To get any
large amount of hot water you need to slap the brass tank on the landing
until you hear a glup noise. It stays faithful to the black floor tiles
and the shower stall without mentioning the tub.
Pg 150 "She dropped a yellow plastic duck into the water of the
Doctor seems fond of such bath toys. The Doctor has one on Gallifrey in
Infinity Doctors and the fifth Doctor, Sir Justin and Shayde encountered
The Tides of Time comic strip.
Pg 151 "When the spray hit her she soaped her elbows and began to
Happiness Patrol it's established that Ace cannot sing, but presumably
doesn't apply to showers. However, Timewyrm:
establishes that Ace
beautiful singing voice and takes great pride in it.
Pg 184 "Those powers are clearly a black blessing. They're conferred by
Lords of Hell for use on this plane of reality" An interesting theory
origin of psi-powers. The explanation in So Vile A Sin merely explains
Time Lords try to stop other telepathic races from evolving.
Pg 187 "The boy was wearing a frayed velvet smoking jacket which Ace
wore" Presumably one of the third Doctor's coats that Ace found in the
Pg 237 "'Whatever happened to the traditional roll of greasy
Mrs Woodcott." Mrs Woodcott also appears in Warlock and
she's not real. It's not clear who she is, possibly a Time Lord. On page
Mrs Woodcott's face in a dream merges into Ace's in reality, so it's
that she's an older Ace.
Pg 238 "In a pub called The Moonchild on the corner of Powys
Woodcott's haunt, it is mentioned again on page 261 of Warlock.
Pg 245 "A mind-bendingly powerful psychedelic, for instance." Mrs
drug might be Warlock, but it probably isn't.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
Miss David, former companion of the Doctor's.
The silver cat, previously seen in Time's
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Mrs Woodcott, Vincent and Justine all reappear in Warlock and Warchild.
James McIlveen never mentions a brother in this novel, but his brother
turns up in Warlock, Warchild and Happy Endings.
The King Building also appears in Warlock and Warchild. The Butler
goes on to appear in various forms in Deceit and Another Girl, Another
- Pg 100 "Her boots on the floor heavy with mud beside the boy's" A pre-Time
liaison for Ace, whereas Happy Endings established that Glitz was her
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
- It's not clear that Ace necessarily slept with the boy, so we can assume
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
O'Hara's house and grounds, near Albany, New York.
Hammersmith Hospital, London.
The House on Allen Road, the South of England.
The King Building, headquarters of the Butler Institute, Fifth Avenue
The Municipal library on Wendacott Avenue, England.
Marmaris, Turkey and a nearby island.
A destroyed McDonalds in Kent, England.
A mall on Wendacott Avenue, containing the Smartt Software store,
drugstore and a police station, England (in flashback).
Calvin's Palmer's house, England (in flashback).
Central Park and a drugstore on Fifth Avenue, New York.
A New York police station.
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
Utterly magnificent from beginning to end. Cartmel writes like greased
lightning, with scene after scene of apparently disconnected events slowly
coming together to form a perfect whole. The idea that the books could
apart from the continuity of the television series which spawned them was
instrumental in allowing the NAs to break free and the idea that the
companions we didn't know about twisted all our fan perceptions sideways.
Warhead plays with the themes of the Cat's Cradle arc, presenting a book
superficially vastly different from Time's
but whose beats play
exactly the same way. The Doctor's plan unfolds like a flower and the fact
it completely fails at the end because he misjudges the human propensity
people to fall in love only adds to the beauty of it. This is nothing
short of a