At Childhood's End
by Sophie Aldred (with Mike Tucker and Steve Cole)

Publisher: BBC
ISBN: 1-785-94499-4


    Once, a girl called Ace travelled the universe with the Doctor - until, in the wake of a terrible tragedy they parted company. Decades later, she is haunted by terrible nightmares, vivid dreams that begin just as scores of young runaways are vanishing from the dark alleyways of London.

    Thirteenth and Seventh in flashbacks.


    Graeme, Ryan and Yaz.

    Pg 68 On board the alien ship, 2020.

    Pg 73 On a barren plateau, Astingir's World, 1990.

    Pg 186 In the corner of Ace's laboratory, 2020.

    Pg 213 On board a collector space station.

    Pg 234 On board the Asingir ship.

    Pg 242 Multiple Wraith stations.

    Pg 258 In the middle of a corridor on a Wraith station.

    The Android Invasion, Dragonfire, The Curse of Fenric, Survival.

    Pg 9 "Dorothy McShane jolted from her sleep" Ace's surname here matches the one from the New Adventures (Set Piece et al.) and not Gale from the PDAs (Prime Time). It's sort of resolved in Loving the Alien.

    Pg 11 "Pushing aside the sweat-soaked duvet she swung her legs to the floor and stoo for a moment, naked in the dark" Yes, Ace gets naked again. Even middle aged and authored by her own actress (although also co-authored by two continuity-peddlers). It's good to see some things never change. See Timewyrm: Genesys et al.

    Pg 12 "Sorin hopped up onto the bed" Ace named her cat after Sorin from The Curse of Fenric.

    "Choosing this location for the headquarters of A Charitable Earth had amused Dorothy." As mentioned in the Sarah Jane Adventures episode Death of the Doctor.

    Pg 13 "It provided a clear view down onto the private roadway that led to UNIT headquarters." UNIT first appeared in The Invasion.

    "The official protests from Geneva went on, but the fact remained that UNIT was over and the Earth less defended." As mentioned in Resolution.

    "If Brigadier Bambera had stayed in charge of UNIT then perhaps things would've gone differently. But poor old Winifred was srtill listed as 'missing in action' following a Sea Devil attack on a classified military listening post just off the South Wales coast." Battlefield, The Sea Devils.

    "'I should've set up in Cardiff,' Dorothy muttered." Reference to the Russell T Davies era and alien invasions taking place there, starting with The Unquiet Dead.

    Pg 14 "Barely a week went by when he wasn't trying to contact her to present his latest theory abou aliens, or government projects, or the Loch Ness monster..." Terror of the Zygons.

    "Dorothy was tempted to let him know about the former UNIT base under the Tower" The Christmas Invasion et al.

    Pg 15"The fact that it happened in Perivale made it virtually a carbon copy of what had happened to her when she was 16 - scooped up in a time-storm from her old bedroom in 1987. At the time she'd naively thought that it had been the result of her juvenile meddling in chemistry, only much later learning it was the work od an ancient evil entity, Fenric." Dragonfire, The Curse of Fenric.

    Pg 19 "So i can only assume that you've forgotten that you have a meeting with Jane Thackery at the World Ecology Bureau at 10.00" Presumably the daughter of Sir Colin, from The Seeds of Doom.

    Pg 20 "All the times they'd overthrown evil, brought down heartless regimes - on Terra Alpha, Segonax, Colostro Minor - they'd sparked revolutions in a day and tripped merrily away in the TARDIS to somewhere new." The Happiness Patrol, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, new reference.

    Pg 24 "To be fair, she had actually achieved her childhood ambition and, after a brief stint modelling clothes for Henrik's online store" Rose.

    Pg 30 "He was also currently the Director of the British Space Defence Centre at Devesham." The Android Invasion.

    Pg 32 "Dorothy was paranoid about what might happen if Torchwood ever caught wind of her storage facility" Tooth and Claw et al.

    Pg 33 "At the moment she was referring to it as 'anti-plastic', but she'd have to come up with a better name if she was going to try and patent it." Rose.

    Pg 39 "She glaned over at the Fleur de Lys pub with a wistful smile." The Android Invasion. There are a lot of references to the village of Devesham and the British Space Centre. I haven't noted every one.

    "Only the British could decide to locate a state-of-the-art space facility within walking distance of a sleepy, rural hamlet." The Android Invasion.

    Pg 40 "Obviously fighting back his curiosity Will ushered her through the sliding glass doors" The Android Invasion.

    "Built as a successor to the ill-fated XK-5 space freighter" The Android Invasion.

    Pg 42 "It had been UNIT, Torchwood, the Countermeasures Group and a dozen other government agencies that would be breathing down her neck if they knew what she had..." The Intrusion Countermeasures Group appeared in Remembrance of the Daleks.

    Pg 48 "Ace had suddenly appeared again, and bad things had come with her - things that looked like cats, but were in fact something far more alien." Survival.

    Pg 65 "She'd encountered bio-mechanical technology before - the dragon from Iceworld, Zygons, Axos, to name but three - biut this was subtly different to all of them." Dragonfire, Terror of the Zygons, The Claws of Axos.

    Pg 68 "You love motorbikes - althoughI never let you ride one." Survival.

    "You taught yourself to speak proper cos you wanted to sound like a Blue Peter presenter." Explaining Ace's accent and the Blue Peter badges on her jacket.

    Pgs 68-69 "You can't see a Dalek without feeling a twitch in your baseball-bat hand, you learned to love jazz, and you think being tall is overrated. Oh, and you hate clowns." Remembrance of the Daleks, Silver Nemesis, The greatest Show in the Galaxy.

    Pgs 73-74 "Ace remembered that Manisha had liked that painting, and had hung it on the wall of her flat. Before she'd been burnt out, that was..." Ghost Light and the novelisation of Remembrance of the Daleks.

    Pg 75 "He pulled a box of his everlasting matches from his pocket" Doctor Who in an exciting adventure with the Daleks

    Pg 78 "Laughing as she danced with Sorin - or someone who looked like Sorin. A son? No. An ancestor!" The Curse of Fenric and its novelisation and the ending of Set Piece

    "Screaming at the top of her lungs as the gun in her hand punched round after round into a squad of advancing Daleks, the flames as they blew apart reflected in the mirrored lenses of her sunglasses." New Ace, from the gap between Love and War and Deceit.

    Pgs 78-79 "Standing beneath the orange skies of Gallifrey, an ornate collar sheilding her face from the heat of the midday syun, her robes billowing around her as she strode towards the vast, domed city of the Time Lords." Season 27's plans for Ace to become a Time lord.

    Pg 79 "Drinking alien liquor with a dark-haired woman on board the TARDIS, flirting with a young man..." Possibly Benny, maybe the latter is Hex? (Though really it could be anyone.)

    "A world where vile creaturs rose up from the sea to prey on the living - Haemovores." The Curse of Fenric.

    "This was the future that Fenric had engineered." The Curse of Fenric.

    Pg 86 "She smiled as she recalled the outrage she had felt when Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart had referred to her as 'the latest one'." Battlefield.

    Pg 97 "If this is Fenric again..." The Curse of Fenric.

    "You remember that business in the 1940s? The Cybermen inthe Blitz?" Illegal Alien

    Pg 98 "That's Horsenden Hill. Ring any bells? Cheetah people? Exploding motobikes? The Master?" Survival.

    Pg 99 "Ace eyed the blank paper in the wallet suspiciously." The psychic paper makes an appearance (The End of the World).

    Pg 117 "Like Ogrons or Quarks, they'r eused by various nasty races as hench-aliens for hire." Day of the Daleks et al, The Dominators.

    Pg 120 "The station up there, the abducted girls, the time-storm that took me to Iceworld." Dragonfire.

    Pg 121 "Then she had met the Doctor and learnt that she had been the pawn of some ancient evil entity - one of the Wolves of Fenric." The Curse of Fenric.

    Pg 130 "'It's "Speak of the devil",' Graham shouted. 'It'd better not be him again,' the Doctor muttered." The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, Scratchman.

    Pg 136 "I had a friend a lot like you... She died. Burnt to death in a racist arson attack on the flat where she was sleeping." Manisha, from Ghost Light. But see Continuity Cock-Ups.

    "I took out my anger on a derelict Victorian manor house." Ghost Light.

    Pg 137 "'Look, I was 16 when I joined the Doctor. "No Nitro-9, Ace," he told me. Sixteen ... and he leaves me to fight off a squad of Cybermen with nothing but a handful of gold coins and a catapult." Dragonfire, Remembrance of the Daleks, SIlver Nemesis.

    "But when he was in danger, he was the first to use my home-made explosives." As he does in Remembrance.

    "She tricked the Cybermen into destroying their entire space fleet; hundreds of spacecraft, thousands of Cybermen, wiped out. She destroyed the Daleks' home planet Skaro using a weapon she helped to design, just to stop them using it themselves." Silver Nemesis, Remembrance of the Daleks.

    "I thought that destroying one Dalek using a microwave was pretty bad ..." Resolution.

    Pg 145 "Ace strode across the room and extracted a silver baseball bat with a black handle from a smashd glass caseon the wall." It's the one from Remembrance of the Daleks, which the Doctor repaired (Page 181).

    Pg 161 "It was a long time since she'd shut down her cardiovadsular system." Pyramids of Mars.

    Pg 168 "Again, the image of Earth in the far future, drowning in a chemical slime" The Curse of Fenric.

    Pg 171 ""Someone who has form dragging others between worlds, the way I did between Earth and the Cheetah planet..." Survival.

    "The Astingir were faster than Cheetah people, mount and warrior in one" Survival.

    Pg 174 "It was one thing to blow a Cyber patrol to smithereens, or to beat the hell out of a Dalek." Silver Nemesis, Remembrance of the Daleks.

    Pg 180 "If you'd only been time-stormed away, it would've been a cinch." Dragonfire.

    Pg 181 "I once talked a Dalek to death." Remembrance of the Daleks.

    "That bat - it was affected at a subatomic level by an incredibly advance piece of technology." Remembrance of the Daleks.

    Pg 186 "We know that Ace was time-stormed away to Svartos." Dragonfire.

    Pg 187 "In 1987, Svartos would've been ... round about here." Dragonfire.

    Pgs 187-188 "Time-storming Ace to Svartos in 1987 was a one-off trip - Fenric, or whoever his agent was, didn'tneed to cover his tracks." Dragonfire, The Curse of Fenric.

    Pg 189 "Will, I was marooned once for six months in an Obverse Sunset west of the Silver Devastation." The Blue Angel, The End of the World.

    Pg 191 "She remembered in flashes the intense feeling of flight, of leaving her body, of plunging helplessly through bright nothingness, just the same as wehn she'd been blown away from her bedroom and found herself in Iceworld." Dragonfire.

    Pg 193 "She brushed off her black bomber jacket, looked down at her badges, took strength from them." Dragonfire et al.

    Pg 204 "'She is ... family? 'She was,' Ryan corrected him. 'She'd dead now.'" The Woman Who Fell to Earth.

    Pg 209 "Already the time-storm was taking her away to Svartos." Dragonfire.

    Pg 210 "The personal touch. At Fenric's command." The Curse of Fenric.

    Pg 211 "I cannot risk a further sentence from the Shadow proclamation." The Stolen Earth et al.

    Pg 216 "Squidge has triggered a ray phase shift." The Ultimate Foe.

    Pg 217 "Cos, the emergency protocol comes with a really cool hologram generator ..." The Parting of the Ways et al.

    Pgs 218-219 "Three hundred years inthe future, somewhere in Galaxy Four." Galaxy 4.

    Pgs 224-225 "In a technicality of galactic law, that entitles us to remove any unwanted dross from any Level 5 world as an act of charity, and put you to better use here." City of Death et al.

    Pg 226 Reference to the Shadow Proclamation. There are quite a few. I haven't noted them all.

    "No wonder Fenric came to me." The Curse of Fenric.

    Pgs 255-256 "The Ratts' brain capacity was simply too limited to allow effective integration, even after he'd employed that fool Crozier to perform augmentation." Mindwarp.

    Pg 260 "The Ratts scattered ... as a cricket ball bounced its way along the shattered corridor. 'All these faces later, still got it!'" Reference to the fifth Doctor.

    Pg 261 The sonic screwdriver makes an appearance.

    Pg 276 "She had a vivid flashback to challenging Morbius, a renegade Time Lord, to a mind-bending contest long ago." The Brain of Morbius.

    Pg 283 "After all you've done to me - stealing me away and throwing me into Fenric's game ..." The Curse of Fenric.

    Pg 289 "That dish at Devesham's big enough to pick up anything!" The Android Invasion.

    Squeak from Survival (here named Chantelle).

    Pg 138 Ace's mum appears in a vision.

    Pg 204 Grace appears in a vision.

    Will Buckland, Sanaul, Halogi-Kari, Masst, the Wraith Queen.


    1. Pg 10 "With every step she took, the edges of the rocks threatened to slice though the soles of her shoes." Did they, though?
    2. Pg 136 "I had a friend a lot like you... She died. Burnt to death in a racist arson attack on the flat where she was sleeping." Except the novelisation of Remembrance of the Daleks states that: "Months later Dorothy watched as her friend's eyes turned lackluster and dead. She waved goodbye as Manisha left Perivale - left Dorothy - to stay with relatives in Birmingham. Manisha had gone for good." So she's not dead.

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

    1. They threatened to slice, though the soles of her shoes saved her.
    2. Later NAs and PDAs (specifically Blood Heat and Illegal Alien) also state that Manisha died, but we suggest in the Blood Heat entry that it may have been the work of the Meddling Monk.

    Pg 113/117 The Ratts are shapeshifters who can morph between a rat-like animal state and a human form.

    Pg 140 The Astingir are centaurs with the body of a stallion and a humanoid torso but with horse-like heads.

    Pgs 208-209/275 Halogi-Kari is a Harbinger, short and crumpled, with flaps of elephantine skin, three-fingered hands and horns on its head and spine.

    Pgs 247-248 The Wraiths are dark skeletal shapes who flicker in and out of reality and need to wear humans like suits.

    Pg 251 Faceless, hovering robots.

    Pg 7 England, 2020.

    Pg 55 The Virgil.

    Pg 63 An alien ship.

    Astingir's World, 1990.

    Pg 213 A collector space station, 2020.

    Pg 229 The Astingir ship.

    Pg 242 Multiple Wraith stations.

    IN SUMMARY - Stacey Smith?
    Well, of all the things I expected from a novel by Sophie Aldred, a sequel to The Android Invasion was not one of them. This is a book that wants to be epic but drowns itself in continuity, while leaving the rest of the story awkwardly without anything interesting to do. But still, at last, the most pressing question of the last 30 years has been answered: just who brewed up that time storm in Dragonfire? Was it Fenric? Okay, yes it was, but who did Fenric pay to do it, hmm?!? Thank goodness we have this novel to put that matter to rest. I fear these celebrity novels will be the Doctor Who books of the future. And I quite understand that they get actual Doctor Who authors to co-write them. But next time, try and find some good ones, okay?