The Doctor and Ace face up to gangsters in Chicago. Meanwhile Benny and
Romana are forced to watch re-runs of State of Decay until they can bear it
no longer. Mysterious Gallifreyan hands reactivate the Time Scoop and a
dangerous elemental being watches everything from the sidelines. And the
Doctor faces an evil that he has already defeated twice.
Pg 1 The fourth Doctor makes a cameo.
Ace, Benny and Romana II.
Pg 1 K9 makes a cameo.
Pg 136 The TARDIS materializes on the planet from State of Decay (although
this is a flashback to before the actual events of the book began).
Pg 240 The TARDIS dematerializes from Doc's Place in Chicago, where,
presumably, it had materialized before the events of the book began.
Pg 244 The TARDIS materializes in exactly the same woodland clearing on
the unnamed State of Decay planet as it did last time.
Pg 257 Gallifrey, right in the centre of the Capitol
Pg 283 The TARDIS has returned to Doc's Place in Chicago
No reading, but a swift watch of State of Decay might be useful, and also
The Five Doctors if you want to understand the last 30 or so pages. You
might also want to read The Eight Doctors, if you fancy trying to confuse
yourself about how continuity works totally and utterly.
Pg 1 The first section of the Prologue is an additional scene inserted into the closing moments of Warrior's Gate.
"'Computations completed, Master! Using information from the Hydrax data banks I have computed an infallible method of entering and leaving E-space at will'" - The Hydrax was the ship from State of Decay (a work I fear I will be referencing a lot). Also interesting to note how cruel the Doctor was in Earthshock when Adric expressed a wish to return home and the Doctor failed to mention that he had an infallible method of getting there. Also note that the 8th Doctor does go there 'infallibly' during The Eight Doctors. Also see continuity cock-ups.
"'Biroc...Tharils...'" - Warrior's Gate.
Pg 2 "The hidden control room, deep in the heart of the Capitol" is, of course, the one Borusa used in The Five Doctors.
"'Borusa lives!' All three chanted the third, blasphemous line: 'Rassilon must die!'" - This hysterically funny moment brings back fond memories of Cardinal, later President Borusa (a man who uses up regenerations even faster than the Master did) from The Deadly Assassin, The Invasion of Time, Arc of Infinity and The Five Doctors amidst numerous references in the NAs. It also reminds us of Rassilon and his many accoutrements, also first mentioned in The Deadly Assassin and who appears in The Five Doctors and then is later referenced more times than I care to remember in every incarnation of the books.
Pg 3 "But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid... He is the hero, he is everything... He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world." This quote from Raymond Chandler is rather beautifully reprised in Mean Streets in the mind of one of the characters (on Pg 72, if you must know). It also is a retrospective mis-quote of Uncle Terrance's oft-quoted phrase that defines his opinion of the Doctor's character. You know the one I mean: "He is never cruel or cowardly" etc.
Pg 14 Capone tells Dekker that the Doctor is going by the alias of Doctor John Smith. As I'm certain you all know, this alias has been used by the Doctor endlessly, appearing for the first time in The Wheel in Space.
Pg 20 "'I make it in the bath-tub - well, swimming bath actually'" The TARDIS swimming-pool was seen in The Invasion of Time, was jettisoned from the TARDIS as it was leaking some time before Paradise Towers, and, presumably, a new one has been constructed which has been referenced numerous times in the books since.
Pg 25 It seems unlikely, but it's possible that the ever-burning cigarette that the Doctor never takes a drag on (and the image of the Doctor smoking, as he would do later in Halflife, is still a very weird one) is related to the Everlasting Matches from Doctor Who in an exciting adventure with the Daleks, also mentioned many times since in various books. But it does seem unlikely.
Pg 32 Bernice drinks Eridanian Brandy, as mentioned in Deceit (pg 100). I don't recall the Doctor ever mentioning this particular planet. (It's a real star system, but the Eridani pop up later in Blue Box.)
Bernice is sitting in the same Tavern from State of Decay and meets Ivo, also from said story.
Pg 33 "'Things were very different once,' said Ivo. 'In the time of the Lords...'" State of Decay. Ivo goes on to give us a neat summary of that story
Pg 36 "'Be sure to return before dark - before the bats start to fly'" Stunningly unrealistic plastic bats were also a feature in the filming of State of Decay. The ritual ears, eyes and mouth gesture (based, presumably on 'Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil' was also a staple of that same story.
Pg 37 - "The turrets were set close together, giving an oddly lopsided look, as if a third turret was needed to complete the design." The third turret, of course, was used to stake The Great One through the heart long ago, in State of Decay.
"All her archaeologist's instincts aroused, Bernice headed for the Tower." Is there anyone out there who didn't know Bernice was an archaeologist? Thought not.
Pg 38 - "The Tower had no windows" as it was populated by vampires. Also established in State of Decay.
Pg 39 - We're treated to a quick revisit to Zargo and Camilla's throne-room, although a number of the details are wrong (see Continuity Cock-Ups) Bernice then tours the sets of State of Decay in this and the following pages, including the scout-ships, the fuel-cells down at the bottom where all the bodies were kept and the inner sanctum.
Pg 41 is practically a reprise of the cliff-hanger from Episode 2 of State of Decay.
Pg 44 Bernice digs up The Great One, who died at the end of State of Decay. That said, the positioning of the Scout Ship is wrong, but it may have sunk into the ground in the time since then.
Pg 45 "'It's not always a good idea, you know, digging up the past.'" One is tempted to note that Uncle Terrance has never seemed to have a problem with this. Oh, and this is Romana, by the way. From The Ribos Operation to Warrior's Gate. But you knew that.
Pg 47 is practically a reprise of the cliff-hanger from Episode 1 of State of Decay, including, incredibly, the sudden and unexplained disappearance of the bats. The only major difference is that it's Ivo that immediately appears on the scene.
Pg 48 Zargo, Camilla and Aukon. All from State of Decay.
Pg 49 "The Doctor always said sleep was for tortoises." He said the same thing to Litefoot in The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
Pg 49 It's not Doctor Who, but it should be mentioned that a pianist called Sam is a very clear nod to Casablanca.
Pg 50 Ace refers to her 'training'. This mostly occurred during the time she was separated from the Doctor between Love and War and Deceit.
Pg 71 Ivo thinks of Marta, his wife, a woman who is surely remembered best for saying that "Resistance is useless" during State of Decay.
Pg 73 Bernice remembers the Doctor quoting his old friend Winnie, who is, it is clear to us, Winston Churchill. The Doctor met him in Players.
Pg 74 The image of the villagers all going to attack the tower, each of them carrying blazing torches is so magnificently derivative of any Hammer movie you could hope to see, that I thought it worth mentioning. Oh, and see also The Brain of Morbius.
Pgs. 85-86 Ivo calls Kalmar on the communicator exactly as he did in Episode 1 of State of Decay. Kalmar is still alive?! Good God. This can't be more than, what, 20 years after State of Decay?
Pg 87 "She began thinking about the ideal restaurant for the occasion, and was hesitating between Maxim's in nineteenth century Paris and a fish-bar on Metebelis Three." Perhaps in nineteenth century Paris, she could look up the future Ace, and Metebelis Three, of course, appeared in The Green Death and Planet of the Spiders.
Pg 93 Bernice's tick-box of 'sets from State of Decay' is finally complete: she has arrived at the rebel stronghold.
Pg 95 More State of Decay reminiscence. And Tarak is the son of Tarak, who died in the assault on the Tower.
Pg 98 Bernice's qualifications or lack thereof were first introduced in Love and War (as was she) and finally get resolved in The Dying Days.
Pg 103 "'Not like that Nazi-occupied Britain business.'" Timewyrm: Exodus.
Pg 117 "'It's a crazy scheme,' said the Doctor, 'But you never know, it just might work'" sounds suspiciously like a deliberate quoting of Terry Pratchett's 'It's a million to one chance...' sequences.
Pgs. 134-135 Romana gives Bernice a quick summary of State of Decay.
Pg 135 She follows this with an even quicker summary of Warrior's Gate, and then explains a little more of her backstory post Warrior's Gate.
Pg 143 "'The Draconians had hundreds of years of warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed...'" Frontier in Space, and occasional book appearances.
"'On Dulkis...'" The Dominators. Who have not appeared again.
Pg 144 "'It's the first thing the Doctor and I noticed when we came here,' said Romana. 'In terms of applied socio-energetics, the society had simply lost its grip on level-two development. It actually seemed to be evolving backwards, clearly as the result of some exceptionally powerful force.'" This is nearly word for word what Romana says in Episode 2 of State of Decay.
Pg 167 "'Well, I've travelled a great deal but I'm originally from a place called Gallifrey.' 'Sure, I know it well!' 'You do?' 'A little town in Ireland, not too far from Dublin.'" The running joke about Gallifrey being in Ireland appeared in a number of the Graham Williams 4th Doctor stories, including The Invisible Enemy, amongst others. Also, the amnesiac 8th Doctor has a vague feeling that he came from Ireland in Mad Dogs and Englishmen.
Pg 168 "Glitz would have been proud of him." Glitz appeared in The Trial of a Time Lord and Dragonfire.
Pg 169 "The Doctor whisked the files from Thompson's hands and returned to his chair. He flicked through them with apparent carelessness, taking in every word and committing the files to memory." The Doctor's ability to speed-read here reflects the 'Bit boring in the middle' sequence in City of Death.
Pgs 189-190 Ace is captured and is about to be raped. It's not continuity as such, but it is tempting to suggest that an attempted rape appears in many of Terrance's books as a method of making them more adult. Practically the same thing happens to Peri in Players, for example.
Pg 199 "'Lord Zargo,' he whispered fearfully. 'Lady Camilla and Lord Aukon. The Three Who Rule.'" From State of Decay, obviously.
Pg 201 Romana, to the Three Who Rule: "'Go away, you're dead. You're just piles of dust. I saw you die!'" In the closing moments of State of Decay.
Pg 207 Sargon's history lesson includes the arrival of the Great Vampire, as spoken of in State of Decay and mentioned in some of the Gallifreyan historical novels including Lungbarrow and The Infinity Doctors.
Pgs. 209-210 Romana continues to natter on about how the Time Lords defeated the Vampires, but one escaped.
Pgs. 210-211 Romana and Sargon carry on into a summary of State of Decay, albeit with all the alterations in continuity that have had to be inserted in order to make Blood Harvest work.
Pg 213 "'I had an instructor at Military Academy who used to say "Really!" in that tone. That's why I ran away.'" Bernice's history at the Military Academy and afterwards was originally related in Love and War.
Pg 218 Agonal, the Doctor explains, is one of the Elementals, "'spiritual in essence, but with the power to interact with the physical world.'" Other elementals we have come across over the New Adventures include Death (Timewyrm: Revelation, amongst others) and Time.
Pg 230 "But was there another game behind the game? A voice inside his head whispered, 'To lose is to win, and he who wins shall lose.'" This is the legend written on the monument inside Borusa's tomb on Gallifrey.
Pg 236 "The Doctor said something coarse in Old Low Gallifreyan." Presumably the opposite language to Old High Gallifreyan, which the above legend was written in.
Pg 238 "'You're Doc McCoy, wanted for bank robbery in three states.'" Presumably the man that the Doctor is mistaken for is an ancestor or relative of the British actor, Sylvester, given their facial similarities.
Pg 240 "'What sort of a sound?' 'It's hard to describe, Captain. It was kind of, I dunno, a sort of wheezing, groaning sound.' 'Get away with you,' said Reilly in frustration. 'Wheezing and groaning... What kind of an eejit would make up a description like that?'" If you think I'm going to list every single Terrance Dicks Target novelisation that describes that TARDIS dematerializing as a 'wheezing, groaning sound,' then you are much mistaken. Still, this line does raise a smile.
Pg 241 The chapter title is "Escape to Danger" which was also the title of Episode 3 of The Web Planet. This is probably a coincidence.
Pg 245 "'I do believe we've landed in the very same spot,' said the Doctor delightedly. 'Even though she hasn't actually ever been here before.'" The same spot as in State of Decay, and the TARDIS hasn't actually been here before because this is the Third Doctor's TARDIS from the Alternative Earth in Blood Heat. But see Continuity Cock-Ups.
Pg 246 "'Don't you remember the night we took the Tower? And the way you were rude to K-9 and I made you apologise?'" The Doctor refers, once again, to State of Decay episode 4.
Pg 252 "A pyramid of blankness appeared in the laboratory. Spinning over and over, it engulfed Agonal and whisked him away... 'Timescooped!' [the Doctor] yelled." It's the Timescoop from The Five Doctors, albeit the original version of The Five Doctors, not the later re-edit. Had it been, Agonal would have been scooped by a transparent ice-cream cone effect.
Pg 256 "The Doctor and Romana were standing face to face, arms outstretched, fingertips resting lightly on each other's temples." Time Lord telepathic communication in this way was seen first in The Three Doctors.
"'So the Tharils are all free?'" Warrior's Gate
Pg 257 "Since it was undoubtedly a Time Lord craft, and it was transmitting an emergency distress signal the transduction barriers were lowered and it was allowed to land." The transduction barriers, one of Gallifrey's main defences, were first discussed in The Invasion of Time
Pg 258 "'At one time or another he's been a wandering fugitive, a suspected traitor and assassin, and Lord President of Gallifrey.'" Respectively, The War Games, The Deadly Assassin and The Invasion of Time.
Pg 259 "'My old Reichsinspektor General badge.'" Timewyrm: Exodus.
Pg 260 "'Word of a Prydonian?'" The Prydonians, along with the other Colleges of Gallifrey's ruling elite were introduced in The Deadly Assassin
"The elaborate red, white and gold uniforms of the Chancellery Guard had a reassuringly comic opera look about them." The uniforms were first modeled in Arc of Infinity, by Colin Baker amongst others. Whilst one can't help agreeing with Terrance, it is amusing to see his little dig at 1980s costuming policies for the programme.
"These hard-faced troopers reminded Ace of the SS." Whom she met in Timewyrm: Exodus.
Pg 261 To Romana: "'We know who you are,' said Zorell. 'You defied an order to return to Gallifrey, did you not?'" She did this in Warrior's Gate, although the order came in Full Circle.
To Benny: "'Omega knows. You look like one of those Shobogan bitches to me.'" Omega is... Do I really need to tell you who Omega is? The Shobogans were mentioned in The Deadly Assassin and appeared in The Invasion of Time. Since then they've popped up in the novels on occasion.
Pg 262 The TARDIS food dispenser First appeared in The Daleks, was rarely mentioned thereafter and has made a grand re-entry, like an aging pop-star, in many books since.
"Romana went over to the wallscreen and switched it on. It was showing a Public Record Video programme, the ceremonial inauguration of President Flavia." The Public Record Video, and their rather obsequious reporters, were first seen in The Deadly Assassin. Flavia appeared in The Five Doctors, where she was made Acting President for a long time. She also appeared in The Eight Doctors, which makes clear that she stopped being President sometime after The Five Doctors and before Trial of a Time Lord, whereafter she became President again.
Pg 264 "'This next bit is best viewed from behind the sofa.'" Ha ha, very funny. Behind the sofa is, of course, the finest location from which to watch an episode of Doctor Who.
Pg 265 After the early mention of the Prydonians, the other Gallifreyan Colleges, the Arcalians and the Patrexes are mentioned. (See also Continuity errors)
Rath is the brother of Chancellor Goth. The Deadly Assassin.
Pg 266 The Doctor refers to the cover story established by Borusa regarding Goth's part in the Master's plan from the end of The Deadly Assassin.
Pg 267 "'Oh no,' said the Doctor wearily. 'Not the mind-probe!' Probably one of the most repeated lines by fans anywhere, it was first uttered in glorious overstatement by the Castellan in The Five Doctors.
Pg 270 Castellan Spandrell pops up, from The Deadly Assassin. This would seem to contradict established continuity (a different Castellan in Arc of Infinity and The Five Doctors, for example) but in Lungbarrow it is mentioned that Castellan Spandrell retired twice and has come out of retirement twice.
Pg 271 The Doctor drinks the Elixir of Life, seen in The Brain of Morbius.
Pg 274 "'When Borusa became Lord President.'" After the events of The Invasion of Time.
Pg 275 The harp and picture from The Five Doctors which turn into the top secret Timescoop door opening mechanism once again appear. Rather gloriously, the ballad is given a name: Rassilon's Lament. This is fantastic! It implies that, not only could you stumble on the door by playing the piece of music immediately in front of you, but you could do it by playing an ancient folk song without even knowing it was in front of you. Kind of like using Greensleeves to open a secret door in one of Henry VIII's palaces, or The Star-Spangled Banner to open a secret door in the White House.
Pgs. 275-276 The Game Room from The Five Doctors is revisited and described in all its glory.
Pg 276 A Drashig, from Carnival of Monsters appears, for no easily discernible reason. Note that the same monster is Timescooped by completely different parties in The Eight Doctors. Perhaps this is clever foreshadowing.
Pg 277 A description of the Tomb of Rassilon includes the Doctor telling Romana that "'The one in the centre is Borusa. I helped to put him there.'" This occurred in The Five Doctors.
Pg 279 "Borusa - the old Borusa, with all his strength and wisdom." This seems to be a deliberate slight at Eric Saward, who changed the villain in The Five Doctors from The Master, which is what Dicks had intended, to Borusa, which had never been Dicks' intent. So now, Terrance is releasing Borusa from a prison which he had never put him in. Of course, that's nowhere near as exciting as Robert Holmes' plan as to who was operating the Time Scoop.
"'I am ready to resume my place, Lord Rassilon.'" Borusa's decision to return to his entrapment gives us an escape from potentially disastrous continuity problems later caused by The Eight Doctors. In that, also, Borusa is released from his prison, for a different reason and much earlier in the time stream. This line implies that, back then (during The Trial of a Time Lord), once everything had stabilized, Borusa voluntarily returned to Rassilon's tomb, as he was prepared to do this time. Maybe, between this occasion and The Eight Doctors, Borusa has achieved redemption and can now Shanshu. Oh no, wait, am I watching the right programme?
Pg 280 Again, it's a bit extreme, but the idea of Rassilon actually being dead and still mentally pretty much aware and organized is one that is in perfect alignment with the behaviour of the Doctor's body in Alien Bodies. In contrast, in the audio adventures, Rassilon doesn't even appear to be particularly dead.
"'I think I'll stay for a while, Doctor, and resume my studies. I'm a Gallifrey girl at heart, you know.'" At this point Romana begins a journey which will see her becoming Lord President (by Happy Endings, if not before), kidnapped for 20 years (The Apocalypse Element audio adventure), send the Doctor into a completely different universe (audio adventure Zagreus), become involved in all sorts of political Shenanigans (The Gallifrey series of audios), regenerate (The Shadows of Avalon), be replaced by a man in an alternative timeline (The Taking of Planet 5), maliciously create the circumstances that would create the living TARDIS, Compassion (The Shadows of Avalon) and eventually be involved in the events which lead to the destruction of Gallifrey (The Ancestor Cell). In retrospect, she probably should have stayed in E-Space.
Pg 281 "'Your friend is as good as new - rather better in fact. We took the liberty of making a few minor improvements.'" Let us hope these are not the same sort of improvements that the Time Lords gave to Chris Cwej as revealed in Dead Romance.
Pg 282 Romana meets Ruath, setting up the plot for Goth Opera. But see Continuity Cock-Ups.
Pg 286 Yarven, the vampire, escapes on Earth in 1930, again setting up the plot for Goth Opera. It would be lovely to think that this also set up the plot of Vampire Science, but since one of the vampires in that remembers the Aztecs (the era, not the Doctor Who story), it doesn't fit together. But at least Goth Opera is signposted.
Pg 287 "'Don't worry, Bernice,' said the Doctor. 'I took care of it ages ago.'" In Goth Opera.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
Ivo, Kalmar, Zargo, Camilla, Aukon (who have all been
reconstituted and are less than they used to be), The Great Vampire (almost
- he's being regenerated, so currently he's the Not-So-Great Vampire).
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Dekker (Pg 28 - "'Don't worry, Mr. Dekker. I'm not sure if you're a friend,
but I don't really think that you're an enemy'" - Pg 28) (who later
re-appears in Players, although he meets an earlier Doctor, albeit later in
Dekker's own life). Presumably, the Doctor recognizes him.
In Chicago: Al Capone, Frank Rio, various Chicago mobsters (all real-life
On the Vampire Planet: Varis, Tarak (son of Tarak), Veran, Yarven. The latter will appear in Goth Opera.
In general: Agonal, an elemental force with a taste for violence (sometimes
disguised as Sargon, a vampire Lord).
On Gallifrey: The Chief Hospitaler (whom the Doctor has already met), The
Council of Three (Rath, Elar and Morin), Zorell. Ruath, who will go on to appear in Goth Opera, appears in a cameo (pg 282). But see Continuity Cock-Ups.
- Pg 1 Logopolis establishes that the CVEs are random, unstable events.
Indeed, the whole point of Logopolis is that the universe can only survive
if a CVE is made stable. So how can K9 plot an infallible course through
- Pg 35 It begins. The wholesale rewriting of the basic concepts of an
original television story, in order to get a sequel out of it. "'The Tower
here has no Lord...'" It was clearly established in State of Decay that there
was nothing else on the planet (K9 did a scan, the TARDIS landed at the only
place where there was any evidence of technology and all the villagers said
that there were no strangers because there was nothing other than the
village and the Tower. Not to mention the fact that the Tower was a
spaceship. Were they all?) Suddenly there are multiple Towers (do they all
have the last of the Great Vampires underneath them?). He goes on to say
that there are too many "free villages". Again, I thought State of Decay
established that there was only one.
- Pg 39 Bernice thinks that the thrones are 'Local Craftsmanship' but, in
State of Decay, the thrones are part of the fittings of the ship, being
pilot's and co-pilot's seats (as the inspection hatch and the controls on
the side of the throne make clear).
- Pg 39 The portrait of a King and a Queen sounds like Zargo and Camilla,
but it didn't appear in the original story. Who's been redecorating?
- Pg 39 The inspection hatch is behind the thrones in this story, whereas in
State of Decay, it was in the base of Camilla's throne.
- Pg 42 This is the scene on the front cover, but the picture does in no way
match the actual set as seen in State of Decay. What's more, the figure on the front cover is supposed to be Zargo (it looks nothing like him) and page 40 describes him as having a beard.
- Pg 44 "'Come on Benny, a chance to make your name,' she whispered. 'Papers, articles in learned journals, a book.'" Except that, in academia, "papers" and "articles" are the same thing. So what is Benny hoping to achieve?
- Pg 96 "'We recruited men from the other villages.'" What other villages?
There were no other villages. Oh, it makes me mad.
- Pgs 98-99 Kalmar is so far out of character from the way he appeared in
State of Decay it's unbelievable.
- Pg 138 It's still happening. There are other Lords. There appear to have
always been other Lords. Watch State of Decay and note the total and
absolute absence of other Lords.
- Pgs 144-145 I know I'm going on about this, but the desperate attempt to
rewrite continuity here is almost scary. Veran states that things happened
in 'other villages.' Need I say more?
- Pg 245 "'I do believe we've landed in the very same spot,' said the Doctor delightedly. 'Even though she hasn't actually ever been here before.'" The same spot as in State of Decay, and the TARDIS hasn't actually been here before because this is the Third Doctor's TARDIS from the Alternative Earth in Blood Heat. Except he has been here before, because he dropped Bernice off before the novel started.
- Pg 256 "'The Doctor says the Time Lords have the finest Doctors in the
galaxy on Gallifrey.' How strange. Obviously this turned out not to be true,
since not long later, when Peri was injured in Warmonger, the only person he
could turn to was Mehendri Solon.
- Pg 265 Patrexes is mis-spelled as Patraxes.
- Rath is Goth's older brother. Except the Time Lords don't have brothers,
they have cousins. Have we not established that by now? Does no one edit
these books? Ever? All you needed to do was replace one word with another.
Substitute 'Cousin' for 'Brother' and there wouldn't be a problem.
- Pg 274 "Spandrell cleared his throat. 'It goes: "Death to the Doctor! Borusa lives, Rassilon must die ' ' There was a shocked silence at the blasphemy of the last line." Why are there two single quotes (with extraneous spaces) after "Rassilon must die"?
- Pg 282 "'Ruathadvorophrenaltid' she said formally, adding as one did if one was prepared to be more friendly, 'Ruatha.'" Except that the villain in Goth Opera goes by the name "Ruath", not "Ruatha".
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
- It's a bit hard to get your head round, but it's possible that, since
Logopolis is set in the early 1980s, and State of Decay over a thousand
years since humanity developed long-distance space travel, that the CVE
through which the TARDIS went to get into E-Space is the one that the Doctor
later (yet earlier) stabilizes in Logopolis. If that makes sense.
- It's stretching credibility to breaking point, but it's possible that
civilization has thrived in the years since State of Decay, spread, built
new towers and new villages. But most of the cast of State of Decay still
seem to be alive (even the really old bloke), so it would have had to have
been astonishingly quick. Actually that doesn't square with Pg 144 at all.
So ignore me. Alternatively, it's just that none of the other towers were a
spaceship (so K9's scan didn't pick them up) and communications were so bad
all those years ago, that no one knew other villages existed. It's still
rotten and lousy, though (and The Eight Doctors makes it even worse by
implying that the situation in Blood Harvest existed almost immediately
after State of Decay, when it clearly didn't). Another possibility, actually
more creditable, if bizarre, is that the Time Lords in order to assist their
scheme to try to capture Agonal, since they were interfering anyway, went
back in time and changed the nature of the planet before the 4th Doctor ever
arrived, making more settlements to allow the vampires to disperse over a
larger area. So the State of Decay we saw is not actually the one that
- Bernice is wrong.
- The peasants painted it to remind themselves of what they had defeated. Or
Zargo and chums had it done recently.
- Erm. There's no excuse, really. In desperation one might suggest that when
the peasant's came in post the battle in State of Decay they ripped the
thrones away from the walls and then hastily threw them back again, thus
revealing where the tunnel led next after being in the base of Camilla's
throne, presumably, exiting through the wall behind. This exit is now the
- Someone's stripped all the trappings away and left the original technology
(formerly hidden) now open to the elements. The residual effects of the Great Vampire make Zargo's appearance unstable.
- As we know, Benny isn't a real academic and it's showing. Either that or she's also hoping for some papers in some slightly-less-learned journals.
- As above, but it still seems nonsensical.
- He lived on his own for such a long time that he's become somewhat odd.
- There's still no excuse.
- And there's still no excuse, but try the one suggested above if you must.
- The Doctor's referring to the precise spot where the TARDIS lands, not the planet.
- Clearly the Time Lords didn't have the best Doctors in the galaxy.
- It's a translation convention, the Gallifreyan alphabet being different to
the Earth one we are reading in, so it doesn't matter. Kind of like
alternative spellings of Russian names when translated out of the Cyrillic.
- The Doctor's using a familiar terminology on Gallifrey which refers to
cousins who were loomed within a close period of time to each other, and
therefore grew up together. I have just made this up, but it explains Irving
Braxiatel too, and therefore I'm quite proud of it.
- Spandrell is so uncomfortable with the blasphemy that he trails off badly, unsure when to stop quoting and when to stop speaking.
- Ruath is being only partly friendly to Romana.
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
I'd always assumed that the inhabitants of the unnamed planet from State of
Decay were the descendants of the other people in the Hydrax. It seems I was
wrong, given Sargon's history lesson on Pg 207.
Vampires (who can now fly, amongst other things).
Pg 1 The Gateway between E-Space and N-Space.
Pg 2 Beneath the Capitol, in the TimeScoop control room on Gallifrey but
only ever in Italics until Pg 257.
Pg 5 Chicago, 1929.
Pg 32 An Unnamed planet in E-Space, formerly home to The Great One,
probably about 20 years after the events of State of Decay.
Pgs. 216-217 Ace witnesses, in quick succession, the Spanish Inquisition,
The Terror in France, The Charge of the Light Brigade in Crimea, and a
section of trench during the First World War.
Pg 257 Gallifrey, the Capitol and later the Tomb of Rassilon.
IN SUMMARY - Anthony Wilson
Someone suggested to me, soon after I had read this book the first time,
that Uncle Terrance's next book would be entitled Revenge of the Giant
Robot. Terrance Dicks does two kinds of books: either a sequel to a
televised adventure he wrote, or a situation where the Doctor meets a famous
historical character. This is both, simultaneously a rewrite of State of
Decay as well as a 'Doctor meets Al Capone' tale. Unfortunately, neither are
completely satisfying as Al Capone is portrayed as a good guy really, whose
worse excesses are blamed on an external force (where, in fact, the
historical character could be quite psychopathic without any external
influence whatsoever). Similarly, in order to make a sequel to State of
Decay work, the continuity is stretched to breaking point. And then The Five
Doctors appears, just for 30 pages, as if things weren't confused enough.
Couple this with extraordinary amounts of continuity references, and it
should be a complete disaster. So, yes, it is frustrating at times, but,
annoyingly, bits of it are wonderful, particularly the Chicago sequences
(Dekker is great, like Duggan, but capable) and some of the self-aware jokes
do make you smile. Not the best Who book, not the best NA, but among the
best of Terrance and worth a trek through.