Timewyrm: Exodus
by Terrence Dicks


Publisher: Virgin
ISBN: 0 426 20357 7

     

    BASIC PLOT
    The Doctor and Ace land in London, 1951 to discover the Nazis won the second World War and have occupied England. The Doctor impersonates an inspector in order to discover the truth, but is discovered by the evil Lt Hemmings of the Britisher Freikorps. The Doctor and Ace then travel back to the divergence to discover the Timewyrm has both possessed and become trapped in Hitler's mind. But things get even worse when they discover a very old enemy lurking in the same time zone...

    DOCTOR
    Seventh.

    COMPANIONS
    Ace.

    MATERIALISATION CIRCUIT
    Pg 1 The Festival of Britain, 1951, altered Earth.

    Pg 101 An alleyway in Germany, 1923.

    Pg 110 A Nuremberg rally, Germany, 1939.

    Pg 217 A mountain ledge, Felsennest, May 1940.

    Pg 213 Three feet above the tower at Drachensberg.

    Pg 213 The Festival of Britain, 1951, unaltered Earth.

    PREPARATORY READING
    This is a sequel to The War Games.

    CONTINUITY REFERENCES
    Pg 6 "There was one just like it in Commander Millington's office in the Naval Base" The Curse of Fenric.

    Pg 8 "The Doctor scowled at the photograph. 'I never trusted those Windsors!'" The Windsors in question are King Edward VIII and his wife, Wallis Simpson. The Doctor goes on to comment that 'He was a vain and silly man', presumably knowing this since he met them in Players.

    Pg 9 "Well there was that meddling Monk of course" The Time Meddler.

    Pg 30 "Put that thing away, this isn't the OK Corral" The Gunfighters.

    Pg 39 "Herr Doktor Johann Schmidt" The Doctor sometimes goes undercover as Doctor John Smith, the first instance in "The Wheel in Space". This is merely the name's German version.

    Pg 46 "We follow the time-path indicator here" Timewyrm: Genesys.

    Pg 48 "Sleep is for tortoises." The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

    Pg 49 "Ace was being chased down endless metal corridors by a huge black swastika-wearing Dalek." The first mention of Daleks in the New Adventures, unusual because the editors technically didn't have the right to include any in the series. The Daleks were originally Terry Nation's response to the Nazis, making Ace's dream quite appropriate. There's a similar linking in Just War.

    Pg 66 "The Doctor began summoning up certain mind-protection techniques he'd learned as a young man on Gallifrey from a hermit who lived on top of a mountain. He remembered [...] a daisy that seemed to hold the secret to existence." K'Anpo Rinpoche (Planet of the Spiders), The Time Monster.

    Pg 86 "I've got some Sisterhood salve back in the TARDIS somewhere" The Sisterhood of Karn manufactures a rejuvenating salve useful for traumatic regenerations in Time Lords.

    Pg 87 "The Doctor turned his grey eyes on her in what Ace always thought of as the 'look'." This comes from the novelisation of Remembrance of the Daleks.

    Pg 89 "As a matter of fact, I was once in grave danger of being washed down the plughole." Planet of Giants.

    Pg 90 "The Doctor slipped behind the struggling guard, draped an affectionate arm around his shoulders, and closed powerful fingers on a pressure-point." The Doctor also does this in Battlefield and Survival.

    "The Venusian nerve pinch induces short term amnesia" The 3rd Doctor favoured Venusian martial arts.

    Pg 92 "The bullet-clips of two machine pistols, emptied into his body at close range, would shatter both his hearts and kill him just as surely as they would any human." This is not unlike what eventually happened to Patience in Cold Fusion.

    Pg 93 Another reference to the annoying hermit-up-a-hill from The Time Monster.

    Pg 97 "The Doctor was hunched over the time-path indicator studying the bright green trace." From The Dalek Masterplan and Timewyrm: Genesys.

    Pg 99 "Dr Solon's Special Morbius Lotion." The Brain of Morbius.

    Pg 100 "You didn't take O-level Cheetah either." Survival.

    Pg 117 The Doctor uses a Stattenheim remote control to conceal the TARDIS. First heard of in The Mark of the Rani, the Rani had remote control of her TARDIS. The 2nd Doctor obtained one in The Two Doctors, something of a mystery as the 6th Doctor didn't have one.

    Pg 129 "I was unpaid scientific adviser to a Government security organisation." The UNIT years, during the seventies. Or was it the eighties? But see Continuity Cock-Ups.

    Pg 134 "The results of that interference could spread like ripples from a stone thrown in a pond." Remembrance of the Daleks.

    Pg 156 "The man took the card and produced a pair of round glasses with incredibly thick lenses." We've seen this sort of thing before in The War Games.

    Pg 160 "Burning petrol through a letterbox." What happened to Manisha, as we learned in Ghost Light and the novelisation of Remembrance of the Daleks.

    Pg 167 "He was engaged in a heated argument with President Borusa and Lady Flavia" Borusa first appeared in The Deadly Assassin. Chancellor Flavia first appeared in The Five Doctors.

    Pg 180 "What had he done with his sonic screwdriver?" The sonic screwdriver's first appearance was in Fury from the Deep and despite being destroyed in The Visitation returns in the NAs and is subsequently seen again in the telemovie.

    "Eventually the Doctor came up with a Gallifreyan Army Knife of the kind issued to the Capitol Guard. On it was engraved 'Property of Castellan Spandrell.'" The Gallifreyan Army Knife was invented here, but is seen later in other Terrance Dicks novels. Spandrell appeared in The Deadly Assassin.

    Pgs 181-182 A brief plot summary of The War Games was, of course, inevitable somewhere in the course of this book.

    Pg 185 "Well, I tried tall and dignified, and all teeth and curls, but it didn't really suit me." The third and fourth Doctors, and specifically the description of the latter in The Five Doctors.

    Pg 186 "His own third regeneration had been caused by a massive dose of radiation." Planet of the Spiders.

    "The regeneration aborted." Although invented here, aborted regenerations are mentioned in other Terrance Dicks' novels, including Warmonger.

    Pg 187 "So he had a quiet word with his friends in the Celestial Intervention Agency" First mentioned in The Deadly Assassin.

    "He tried for immortality as well, and got forced into permanent retirement." The Five Doctors.

    Pg 194 "You remember my SIDRATS, Doctor?" The War Games.

    Pgs 222-223 "Ace shuddered, remembering the clutch of icy metal fingers in her heart." Timewyrm: Genesys.

    OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
    The Timewyrm.

    Kreigsleiter, aka The War Chief.

    The War Lords.

    NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
    Harry Goldstein.

    Lt Anthony Hemmings, who reappears in Timewyrm: Revelation and Happy Endings. His first name is given on page 15; it changes between this and Revelation, but the error is rectified in Happy Endings.

    Hitler, Goering, Himmler, Goebbels, Albert Speer and Martin Bormann.

    CONTINUITY COCK-UPS

    1. Pg 1 "Prologue: 25000 BC" According to dating of the Epic of Gilgamesh this figure is too early by a factor of ten.
    2. Pg 13 "White-faced and quivering, Sydney and George were too terrified to speak." Sydney was called Sidney just one page ago.
    3. Pg 31 "The box simply repelled, rejected paint." This contradicts The Happiness Patrol.
    4. Pg 100 Loath as we are to get into this... "'I skived off most of my German lessons - and I never even took the exam.' 'Don't worry, you'll manage. You always do, don't you? You didn't take O-level Cheetah either.'" Given that asking the question about how you can speak a foreign language tells the Doctor that you're actually acting under the influence of a malevolent alien intelligence, who's just taken Ace over?
    5. Pg 100 "I speak fluent everything." We've only seen the Doctor struggle with a few languages in his entire time but, bizarrely, one of those was German in The War Games. So how come he can speak not only it, but also is able to claim that he can speak anything now?
    6. Pg 110 "That was the first time I'd ever met Adolf." It wasn't Dicks' fault, but since Exodus was published, he has now already met him in The Shadow in the Glass.
    7. Pg 118 Gloriously, the Doctor described the Bloodflag as "the Nazis' most scared relic," suggesting, once again, that the 'proof-reading' of this volume involved a computer spell-checker and not actually reading the words.
    8. Pg 153 "The next sixty seconds were the longest of the Doctor's many lives. Had his unknown enemies outthought him? Was it here, here and now, that they had changed history, diverted the timestream? If so, he was lost, his credibility as a prophet destroyed." It seems odd that the Doctor is worried that this is where history changed course as he's already done his research in 1951 and knows that the point of change was Dunkirk, nine months after the events that he's experiencing now.
    9. Pg 129 "I was unpaid scientific adviser to a Government security organisation." Except that Verdigris claims that he was paid, with a house in the country and everything.
    10. Pg 187 "I had done nothing, nothing at all - except rise so rapidly in the Time Lord hierarchy that Cardinal Borusa saw me as a rival. So he had a quiet word with his friends in the Celestial Intervention Agency. Evidence of treason was manufactured and planted and found." This origin story for the War Chief blatantly contradicts the one we are provided with in Divided Loyalties. And why not?

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

    1. The Timewyrm might have been floating in the Vortex for some considerable time.
    2. He goes by the unlikely name of Sidney Sydney Harris.
    3. The Doctor might have reconfigured the TARDIS to reject paint after The Happiness Patrol.
    4. It never made any sense in The Masque of Mandragora either, and in the new series, it's a question that gets asked without any suspicion falling on the TARDIS occupants, so we have to assume that, for whatever reason, the Doctor has now deactivated his emergency-hypnosis-warning-when-in-foreign-countries alarm.
    5. The reason the Doctor couldn't speak German in The War Games was because he wasn't actually in Germany, and the TARDIS telepathic circuits were confused by the contradiction between location and locals. Although he didn't show it at the time, for fear of worrying Jamie and Zoe, this was, in fact, his first hint that not everything was as it seemed on the planet of the War Lords.
    6. This was one of the many memories the Doctor edited out in Timewyrm: Genesys.
    7. The TARDIS is currently parked in the space-time continuum, and so its translation skills from German to English for Ace's benefit are hiccoughing a bit.
    8. The Doctor is very concerned about making the timestream even worse by his presence and is, perhaps, anticipating an advance strike by his 'unknown enemies', altering the point at which they originally changed history in order to fox him.
    9. We can presume that he doesn't like to remember the excesses of his materialistic third self and so presents a revisionist history these days.
    10. We find it hard to care, because Divided Loyalties is crap, but, if we must, we will suggest that Magnus of Divided Loyalties, who went and played with a race devoting themselves to war was, in fact, a completely different person from the War Chief that we see here. Or you can just accept that everything in Divided Loyalties was nonsense, as we do, and let it go.

    FEATURED ALIEN RACES
    The Timewyrm.

    The War Lords.

    FEATURED LOCATIONS
    The Festival of Britain, 1951, altered Earth.

    Germany, 1923.

    Germany, 1939.

    Felsennest, May 1940.

    The Festival of Britain, 1951, unaltered Earth.

    IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
    This is Terrance Dicks' tour de force of a novel. Every step is well judged, leading us around on a fantastic tale of intrigue, history and time manipulation that doesn't falter for a second. The Doctor is hugely on form, integrating himself into Nazi society by simple force of will and even the sequelitis works well, partly because this is the first such attempt and partly because it's kept to the end anyway. Timewyrm: Exodus deserves every bit of praise it ever received, plus more. This is where the NAs truly began and they did so in considerable style.