Dreams of Empire
by Justin Richards

Publisher: BBC
ISBN: 0 563 40598 8


    The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria become swept up in the political events of the Haddron Republic, on an asteroid where a very special prisoner is being held.


    Jamie and Victoria.

    A cellar, Santespri, time unknown (page 30).


    Pg 19 "'Yes, well, tell that to Toberman,' Jamie said sulkily. 'Or Kemel.'" Tomb of the Cybermen, Evil of the Daleks.

    Pg 36 "The furniture seemed closer to the nineteenth-century splendour that Victoria was used to in her own home and at Maxtible's country house near Canterbury" Evil of the Daleks.

    Pg 49 "After a moment, he pulled a cylindrical metal device from his inside pocket - his new sonic screwdriver." The sonic screwdriver is first seen onscreen in Fury from the Deep (but see Continuity Cock Ups).

    Pg 54 "His eyes were a piercing green. Or was it blue?" This is a reference to the Target novelisations being confused about what colour the second Doctor's eyes were and it then being made a feature in the NAs.

    Pgs 63-64 "And we have been rather out of touch recently. Frozen out." The Ice Warriors.

    Pg 80 "No, I am not a gifted amateur, as you put it. Rather I am an absolute professional in fields that your people do not yet even count as professions." This is very reminiscent of the Doctor's speech in Evil of the Daleks, where he says "I am not a student of human nature. I am a professor of a much wider academy of which human nature is merely a part."

    Pg 105 "Still, he had a tool, so he might as well make use of it." The third Doctor has a similar line in Inferno.

    Pg 109 "Daleks glided after him as he ran down smoke-filled corridors, and Cybermen lunged at him from both sides. Somewhere in the distance a Yeti roared, and the rasp of his tortured breathing was an Ice Warrior closing in for the kill." Evil of the Daleks, The Moonbase/Tomb of the Cybermen, The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors.


    Milton Trayx, Gerhart Rutger, Prion, Helena Trayx, Sanjak, Lanphier, Felda.


    • Pg 49 "After a moment, he pulled a cylindrical metal device from his inside pocket - his new sonic screwdriver." This contradicts Twilight of the Gods which was published earlier and set later, where the Doctor has not yet designed a sonic screwdriver, but has a much bulkier prototype in the TARDIS.

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

    • The sonic screwdriver doesn't work perfectly here, so possibly the Doctor dismantled it, made a bulkier but better version and then returned to the shape he has here in Fury from the Deep.

    VETACs (Virtual Electro-Targeted Attack Computers) Huge robotic soldiers, with visored eyes and guns at the side of each hand.

    Prion is also a robot, although he is a strategist who appears human.

    Haddron, two years previously.

    The ruins of Trphinamon, one year previously.

    The medieval castle prison on the asteroid of Santespri.

    IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
    Utterly fantastic. The plot is delicious, the theme is delightfully integrated and the characterisation is fabulous. Justin Richards is at the height of his powers, pulling out revelation after revelation, every one of which absolutely works. And it's even better the second time around. By thinking the problem through carefully and finding a novel solution, he remains the only author to get the second Doctor absolutely right (and he actually makes it look easy!). Quite simply, one of the best PDAs there is.