Beneath the burning surface of Eskon lies vast frozen lakes and
a civilised community. The Doctor and Compassion must lead a
danger-frought subterranean expedition to prevent a disaster that
could destroy the very essence of Eskon.
Fitz and Compassion
Pg 2 "Even a random materialisation could be detected from
to events of The Shadows of Avalon.
Pg 3 "Only relatively recently had the once human Compassion completed
unnatural evolution into a TARDIS." The Shadows of Avalon.
"I get my bearings from Galactic Zero centre." Which is the same place that Gallifrey gets its bearings from in Pyramids of Mars.
Pg 6 "Used to belong to Sam's personal CD player. Or was it Mel's?"
"You think someone would've invented an everlasting torch, wouldn't
first Doctor carried everlasting matches and the seventh had an
cigarette in Blood Harvest.
Pg 12 "Ever read Down Among The Dead Men by Professor B-" This
title of Professor Bernice Summerfield's best-selling book.
Pg 21 "The Daleks were always pretty good with static
electricity." There's also
a reference to Dalek parties being terrible.
Pg 28 "Er, one of the mercury links blew in the interstitial phase magnetron Artron hoover booster." Fitz's desperate explanation as to how his 'ship' came down manages to quote The Daleks, The Time Monster, The Trial of a Time Lord and The Deadly Assassin. Not bad for a guy who has no idea what he's talking about.
Pg 25 "I'm worried about the Time Lords." Reference to the ongoing arc
of Compassion being on the run.
Pg 52 "I've seen some pretty dry planets, yes. Aridius. Sarn. A
called Dust." The Chase, Planet of Fire, Interference.
"I've been to worlds that are entirely covered by water, though -
Coralee. Lethe." The Final Sanction, Storm Harvest. Lethe is the name of the river in the underworld in Greek mythology. If you drink from its waters, you forget everything, which is kind of relevant about now. And did you notice that, in the second progression of planets, the end of one word sounds like the beginning of the next - almost as if Baxendale was playing a word association game!
Pg 66 "'It's not just science,' the Doctor said. 'It's magic.'" The underlying theme in ,a href=vamp.htm>Vampire Science.
Pg 68 "'Time-worms, right?' suggested Fitz. He caught the Doctor's look and pulled a face. 'Joke.'" The Timewyrm series, although the conversation that leads up to this is hideously contrived to allow a joke to appear that, after careful consideration, fails to be in any way funny.
Pg 76 "Compassion was different from anything or anyone else anywhere,
difference had been forced upon her." The Shadows of Avalon. There are
reference to Compassion's background.
Pg 77 "And a randomiser [...] The Doctor had insisted upon it, though,
forced it on her." The Fall of Yquatine.
Pg 81 "I had a teacher like that once" Almost certainly a reference to
Pgs 87-88 "There had been that business on Yquatine only recently" The
Fall of Yquatine.
Pg 88 "The Time Lords and their plans to mate her with
Shadows of Avalon, although bull-TARDISes were first mentioned in The
Taking of Planet 5.
Pg 89 "Humming a rather garbled version of a tune from Madame
Doctor also does this in the telemovie.
Pg 90 "Otherwise she'd get all grumpy and probably trigger my next
when I stub my toe." This is a reference to Head Games, which stated that
needed a champion to arise and so was responsible for the sixth Doctor
regenerating when he bumped his head on the console in Time and the Rani.
"What he wouldn't do now to see that rackety old police box again!" Quoting Tegan from the end of The Five Doctors.
Pg 96 Fitz waking up and saying 'Hell' as he dashes to do things is clearly cribbed from the opening sequence of Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Pg 126 The chapter title is 'Fear of the Dark', which Baxendale must have noted down at the time as a title that he liked.
Pg 142 "Come on, we've got work to do." This may just be a deliberate quoting of the last line in Survival.
Pg 157 "It's a Kursaal slot-machine token." Kursaal.
Pg 186 "He'd been changed at the hands of the Remote, and then the
TARDIS, of course" Interference.
Pg 187 "Once she had lived only be receiving signals and information
specially designed earpiece." Interference. There's also a reference to
Anathema, the planet of the Remote, from Interference.
"A moment's analysis told her it was duralinium-based alloy." Duralinium comes from Colony in Space originally, but is also mentioned in The Monster of Peladon and Synthespians™.
Pg 218 "'Who can save us now?' 'Good evening!' announced the Doctor, barging through the doors." This was either lifted from or gifted to (depending which way around they came) the Doctor's first entrance in Death Comes to Time.
Pg 223 "Could it be conceivable that the Doctor was trying to distract
his own formidable mind - from the sudden loss of his TARDIS?" The Shadows
Pg 224 "A glow of pleasure enveloped Fitz, mixed with some relief that the Doctor hadn't kissed him." Because the Doctor did kiss him in a similar situation in Dominion.
Pg 254 "I used to sell a military variant." The Doctor initially met
when she was selling arms, in Interference.
"I used to carry a pair of jump leads for K9."
Pg 257 "'Haven't you got it yet, Compassion? I'm indestructible too!' He turned and ducked into the crevice that led into the Spulver worm's cavern, leaving her to follow, shaking her head. 'No you're not,' she said quietly." A piece of really contrived foreshadowing for The Ancestor Cell, which requires the Doctor to act stupidly beforehand just to justify its existence.
Pg 262 "I've done nothing but get into fights since I arrived on this planet, thought the Doctor. There was a time when he might have enjoyed it, almost relished the violent exercise." Probably a reference to The Romans, in which the Doctor describes to Vicki his delight at the art of fisticuffs. Less likely, it might refer to The Seeds of Death which, violence-wise from the Doctor's point of view, Coldheart resembles.
Pg 268 "Indestructable [...] Reminds me too much of 'unsinkable'." The
uses a similar line in Terror of the Zygons.
Pg 273 Surfacing in the first lake on Eskon for decades: "'I was just wondering,' [the Doctor] called up to the people gathered by the shore: 'could we possibly borrow a glass of water?'" This is almost a direct quote from the sequence in The Brain of Morbius when the door to Castle Morbius is opened and the Doctor, standing in pouring rain, says much the same thing. Tom Baker described the line as 'killingly funny' in The Tom Baker Years video, presumably because he'd made it up.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Knivors, a cross between a dog and a bat. They hunt in packs of a
hundred or so.