In a village in New Hampshire, Thanksgiving is coming, but winter might
not let it arrive. A covert military group is searching for something that
might have fallen into the hands of a doomsday cult, but people are
disappearing and even the Doctor can't seem to help them.
Near Melvin Village, New Hampshire, present day.
Pg 10 "One feast-fire story told of a hero who decided to mount a bold
expedition to find a path around the barrier that guarded the Tesh
fortress." The Face of Evil.
Pg 30 Reference to UNIT.
Pg 46 "Leela recalled the way Neeva had succumbed to his visions and
thought of how the Doctor had always dismissed such hocus pocus." The Face
Pg 69 "Leela recalled Neeva's claims of communion with the Great One"
The Face of Evil (but see Continuity Cock-Ups).
Pg 79 "That time before, Leela had stood in the mouth of a metal giant
constructed by men to battle with death in its cloud form." The Robots of
Pg 138 "The invisible beasts that stalked the forest beyond the
perimeter, for instance." The Face of Evil.
Pg 139 "And again she found herself thinking back tothose inside walls
of the scoops on board the Sandminer." The Robots of Death.
Pg 206 "Kristal's grip on the wheel looked the equal of a Voc's, solid
and unrelenting." The Robots of Death.
Pg 226 "Doctor, you speak the language of the Tesh." The Face of Evil.
Pgs 226-227 "She was stopped by the burn that locked around her throat
like the lifeless metal hands of a Voc robot." The Robots of Death.
Pg 252 "I'm normally more of a ginger pop man myself." The Android
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Mackenzie and Morgan Shaw, Martha and Amber Mailloux, Joanna Hmieleski,
Pydych, Ray Landers, Kev O'Neill, Michaela Zabala, Dermot Beard, Melody
Quartararo, Parker Theroux.
- Pg 69 "Leela recalled Neeva's claims of communion with the Great One"
the Evil One, not the Great One. The Great One was the giant spider in
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
- Since the Sevateem worship The Evil One, it's not so surprising they might
to him as "Great".
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
The ice creature, capable of possessing snow or ice. It came through a
dimensional rift and consumes people for energy.
Melody and Parker are aliens who were stuck on Earth decades ago. They
have assumed human forms and worked their way into the CIA.
Melvin Village and surroundings, New Hampshire, before Thanksgiving,
Winnipesaukee road (page 282), present day.
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
Drift is a great little novel, with some extremely effective tension,
vivid action scenes and a larger than usual role for the Doctor. It also
has a nicely developed plot and some decent attempts at characterisation.
Unfortunately all this is completely undercut by the fact that there are
far too many superfluous characters running around. New characters are
introduced every few pages, usually by a quick paragraph of description
that completely fails to make us care about them at all. While there's a
lot to recommend about this novel, it's almost impossible to keep track of
who's who and the decent characterisation that exists unfortunately has to
share far too much time with the introduction of yet another faceless
soldier or villager. Recommended, but with caution.