Somebody is about to change everything - and it's possible that no one on
the Crooked World will ever be happy again. The Doctor's TARDIS is
about to arrive. And when it does... That's all folks!
Fitz and Anji.
Streaky Bacon's farm, The Crooked World, the future (page 4).
Pg 17 "His lone heart was pumping his life away." The Doctor lost his
The Adventuress of Henrietta Street.
Pg 19 "No hospitals..." The eighth Doctor clearly isn't too comfortable with hospitals, after events in the Telemovie.
Pg 29 "Anji had only recently been here before" The TARDIS also flipped
in The Book of the Still.
Pg 47 "Fitz... er, Fortune." EarthWorld.
Pg 57 "Not talking dogs. Not again." Mad Dogs and
Pg 99 "Some time ago, the TARDIS had taken her to a place where folk
tales had come true." Grimm Reality.
Pg 130 "I mean the fairy tale world I could understand." Grimm Reality.
Pg 134 "She grabbed a tablet from the food machine." First seen in The
Pg 181 "The man was dressed in a red smoking jacket, a ruffled shirt and black pantaloons (an outfit like the Doctor might have worn, although the Doctor's clothes weren't phosphorescent, of course)." Reference to the third Doctor's outfit.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Streaky Bacon, Boss Dogg, Jasper the cat, Angel Falls, Mr Weasley.
The Skeleton Crew: Mike Leader, Thelma Brains, Harmony Looker, Tim
Coward and Fearless the dog.
- Pg 23 "Someone was moving through the fighting animals, unaffected and apparently unconcerned by them, his heard jerking from side to side as if looking for something" I wonder if his head was jerking as well?
- Pg 212 Fitz can swim here, although he couldn't in EarthWorld. It's unlikely to be a side effect of the Crooked World's unusual physics, since they're breaking down at this point. Also, Reckless Engineering (pg 114) reveals that he still can't swim, having had only two lessons from Anji.
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
- The figure is clearly listening for something as well.
- This must be one of the few remaining aspects of the Crooked World's unusual phsyics to remain intact. Lucky Fitz!
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
A variety of cartoon characters, although as they're all based on Earth
animals, they're not really aliens. The 'true', susceptible forms of the aliens may be the (very similar and also unnamed) Gods from Salvation, although this is never made explicit.
In the same vein, although it's never stated explicitly, the child
mentioned on page 243 was almost certainly human.
Zanytown and surroundings, The Crooked World.
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
For a novel set in a cartoon universe of mindless violence, contrived
plots and comic pratfalls, The Crooked World is surprisingly serious.
There are some hilarious jokes scattered throughout and the worldbuilding
is worth the price of admission alone. However, the seriousness works
perfectly to offset the wacky setting, as characters undergo emotional
growth, the regulars begin to understand and manipulate the world and the
story rockets towards a conclusion that's both surprising and touching. I
can't think of an EDA I've enjoyed more.