The Doctor Trap
by Simon Messingham

Publisher: BBC
ISBN: 1 846 07558 2


    The most dangerous hunters in the universe have been brought together to hunt the deadliest quarry of them all: the last of the Time Lords.


    Donna Noble.

    Pgs 12/210 Planet 1.

    Pg 29 In Sebastiene's conference room.

    Pgs 231-232 In the snow at the replica Snowcap Base.


    Pg 12 "'Snow!' said Donna. 'You did this to me on that Ood planet.'" Planet of the Ood.

    Pg 15 "Six wigged and powdered robots all designed to fit their master into various specific articles of clothing." Similar to the droids in The Girl in the Fireplace.

    Pg 23 "The Doctor flashed a black wallet." The psychic paper (The End of the World et al).

    Pg 24 "You just missed Colonel Barclay! He's already gone back to Snowcap!" The Tenth Planet.

    "Antarctic Space Tracking station. Must be 1986, or is that the year 2000?" A reference to the dating in The Tenth Planet which was 1986 onscreen, but 2000 in the novelisation.

    Pg 25 "Let me assure you, the Doctor is very real. Oh he was quite for a while, the flame of his memory fanned only by obscure cults, but now the universe rings once more with his deeds." Reference to the Wilderness Years and the show's subsequent return.

    Pg 32 "This ain't Pompeii." The Fires of Pompeii.

    Pg 34 "I found this one on Proxima" The location of Messingham's The Face-Eater.

    Pg 37 "It wasn't a Gappe, Ice Warrior or anything he could recall that related to cold climates." The Ice Warriors first appeared in the story of the same name.

    Pg 56 "The Arcturan." The Curse of Peladon.

    Pg 70 "You try snaring a Dalek, or an Osiran." The Daleks et al, Pyramids of Mars.

    Pg 73 "They perceived a passive Raston Warrior Robot, which the Doctor was certain was watching him from its smooth silver face. There was a Wirrn here and a Collective of Hive Rasps there." The Five Doctors, The Ark in Space.

    Pg 90 "Even the sonic screwdriver, with which he obviously could have warmed up snow or something, was missing." Fury from the Deep etc.

    Pg 131 "Where was Rose? He knew the name but couldn't put a face to her. He knew they had fought Daleks and Cybermen and even met her family" Rose, Dalek, Rise of the Cybermen, Aliens of London et al.

    Pg 135 "Donna remembered her first encounter with the Doctor. When she had been supposed to be getting married." The Runaway Bride.

    Pg 139 "When I first met the Doctor, I was going to get married, see? To this bloke I really liked, called Lance." The Runaway Bride.

    Pg 170 "With the dream side of her brain, the Carpalian Witch relived her previous biggest catch. The Sontaran." The Time Warrior et al.

    Pg 198 "You want to try living in Apartment 4589/DYY Block N in Proxima City's Second District for twenty years." The Face-Eater.

    Pg 202 "'What do you call them: your clever glasses? Can you do that?' 'Brainy specs.'" As seen throughout the Tenth Doctor's era.


    Sebastiene, Baris, the Carpalian Witch.


    • Pg 131 "He lay on the bench and tried to relax. Hunger did no make that attempt difficult." Say what?

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

    • Baris was expecting hunger to make it difficult to relax, but is surprised that it didn't.

    Pg 15 Robots. Pgs 20-21 Various ab-humans, un-humans and a giant insect. Brutus is an augmented Simian. Pg 31 A creature with green fleshy skin and tentacles. Pg 42 Leventines, creatures like Earth elephants, only stupider. Pg 43 Stocky aliens with big horns where their noses should be. Pg 85 An Arcturan. Pg 73 A whole collection of dead aliens. Pg 170 A giant spider. Her jaw contains a cross between insect mandibles and human teeth (pg 242). Pgs 211-212 Colonel Sty of the Bolken Context has a thick hide, is unaffected by the cold and has rubbery skin.

    Pg 7 Planet 1. It's 1985 (pg 62).

    IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
    They've finally gone and done it: the NSAs have actually produced a worthy novel! The Doctor Trap is fabulous. It has a brilliant central idea - a group of hunters compete to bag the last Time Lord - but its brilliance doesn't rest on that. Instead, there's an awesome series of twists and countertwists, as people aren't who they seem, as the Doctor struggles against ever-increasing odds that actually feel real for once, as he struggles to keep Baris alive from afar. This is a novel that's clever, fun from beginning to end and which has something interesting to say about Doctor Who. Pay attention everyone, this is how it should be done.