It's February the 8th, 2001 and at last the Doctor is going to St Louis to meet a mysterious person named Fitz.
Fitz returns, only a few hours after the events of The Ancestor Cell for him, although a hundred and thirteen years have passed for the Doctor.
Pg 24 Compassion makes a brief final appearance (unless she's Madam Xing in Halflife).
Introducing Anji Kapoor.
Pg 24 Compassion materialises in a Soho alley.
Pg 65 At the start of the novel, the TARDIS is still nonfunctioning and resides in a corner of the St Louis' Bar and Restaurant, 2001. It eventually becomes restored to its former glory on page 208.
Pg 214/226 In a service corridor aboard the Kulan battleship.
Pg 249 EarthWorld, New Jupiter, the far future (as we discover in the next book).
This is the culmination of the Earth arc, so if you're reading the preceding five books, this is an obvious conclusion.
It also ties in to (and contradicts) The King of Terror, but we can't in good conscience recommend reading that.
Pg 19 After six books and a hundred years, we finally get to St Louis'... and it's a bar. Erm. See Continuity Cock-Ups.
Pg 24 Fitz: "He'd last been here in the nineties." Interference.
Pg 25 "Not for the first time he found himself wishing that the TARDIS - the Doctor's original TARDIS - really did still exist, but Fitz found that hard to credit: it had been so comprehensively destroyed." This happened in The Shadows of Avalon and then again in The Ancestor Cell.
Reference to Sam.
"What would they do? Head out for that house he had in Kent and grow roses? Steal a space shuttle and head out for the stars?" We first saw the Doctor's house in Cat's Cradle: Warhead and then a number of times throughout the NAs. Stealing a space shuttle is actually what the Doctor did in the previous book, Father Time.
Pg 37 "After recent events on the now-destroyed homeworld of the Doctor, Fitz wasn't sure that it was" The Ancestor Cell. Interestingly, Fitz never names the Doctor's homeworld in his various internal monologues: the word Gallifrey doesn't appear at all in this novel. Between here and the final EDA, the word "Gallifrey" appear precisely two and a half times (in EarthWorld and The Tomorrow Windows, respectively). You have to wonder if that's deliberate.
Pg 50 "This sounds like something out of Professor X." Professor X was the NAs' fictional equivalent to Doctor Who. It was usually a bit more subtle than it is here, but no less annoying.
Pgs 57-58 "Trouble is, even though I saw him the day before yesterday, he won't have seen me for over a hundred years." The Ancestor Cell
Pg 58 "The Doctor had destroyed his homeworld totally - not just destroyed it, but completely removed it from history." The Ancestor Cell. But see Continuity Cock-Ups.
Pg 59 "The Doctor was sitting at his desk, reading a yellowing ancient scrap of paper as if it was the most important thing in the world." This is The Note, first seen in The Burning and throughout the Earth arc. Surprisingly, this isn't its last appearance (see History 101).
Pgs 62-63 There's a long discussion about Professor X, its fans (X-ians to Americans, The Professor X Appreciation Society in Britain), its villains the Cybertrons (see Continuity Cock-Ups), a conspiracy involving a witch hunt by a new BBC controller and scheduling it against one of the country's top-rated soap operas. This might be a subtle allusion to some other science fiction television show, but I can't quite place it.
Pg 64 "The Doctor shrugged. 'Money wasn't a factor.'" The Doctor is still flush after the events of Father Time.
Pg 65 "'Not that I have a hat,' he confessed and looked puzzled. 'I used to, I think...' He patted his head, trying to remember. 'A floppy felt hat, something like that...'" The fourth Doctor's hat.
Pg 66 "As invigorating as the sonic shower he'd used on Vega Station" Demontage.
Pg 68 "A lot better than the last time I saw you, thought Fitz: pale and half dead." The Ancestor Cell.
Pg 69 "Fitz thought he could take a guess at the cause of those: wiping out your homeworld and all its people could probably do that to a person." The Ancestor Cell.
Pg 70 "Compassion was right - it has regenerated itself." The Ancestor Cell.
Pg 71 "In fact, I had the chance to take a close look at an American space shuttle a few years back." Father Time
Pg 77 "Before they knew it, they were passing the Hanger Lane gyratory and then Perivale with the green swathe of Horsenden Hill looming about it. The Doctor glanced over as if recognising it and remembering something." Survival.
Pg 92 "At least on this occasion there appeared to be no interference from the damned UNIT people." Control previously butted heads with UNIT in The Devil Goblins From Neptune and The King of Terror.
Pg 100 Reference to UNIT.
Pg 125 "He wished things could get back to how they used to be, before... Fitz frowned. Before what? Something weird was happening to his mind now." Fitz's memory problems will continue throughout most of the rest of the EDAs, especially Trading Futures; they're resolved in Halflife.
"Had the Doctor really destroyed his own homeworld?" The Ancestor Cell.
Pg 129 "'As I once said to -' He stopped abruptly, a puzzled frown on his face. 'Napoleon?'" The third Doctor said this in Day of the Daleks.
Pg 130 "One minute a crotchety old man, a quick make-up and costume change, and then a comic little man with a flute." The first and second Doctors.
Pg 140 Reference to UNIT.
Pg 145 "I'm not having another foul-up like that business with the Jex and the Canavitchi." Alas, if only this were true. What's that? Oh, sorry. The King of Terror. And see, inevitably, Continuity Cock-Ups.
Pg 148 "The three of them had been travelling - no running, hiding." This started in The Shadows of Avalon and continued until The Ancestor Cell.
Pg 149 "They'd come to Earth. It had been sometime in the past, England of course, somewhere in the eighteenth century and then..." The Banquo Legacy. But see Continuity Cock-Ups.
"He remembered that they had ended up on the Doctor's homeworld, and everything had gone pear-shaped big time and the Doctor had been forced to destroy his own people." The Ancestor Cell.
Pg 164 "I have this flash memory of some kind of crown of thorns..." The Telemovie.
Pgs 166-167 "There are a number of races with military interests in this sector: the interminable Rutan-Sontaran conflict has often spilled over this way and rumour has it that the Daleks have been active in this area as well." The Time Warrior, Horror of Fang-Rock, et al; The Dalek Invasion of Earth, et al.
Pg 173 "The previous leaders having died along with half the invasion force in an ill-advised attack on a Chelonian colony." Chelonians were first seen in The Highest Science.
Pg 174 "Legends tell of a great race of warriors that came from this planet." The Ice Warriors.
Pg 179 Reference to UNIT.
Pg 188 Reference to UNIT.
Pg 196 "All that business about godlike aliens disguised as angels. How unlikely! But then I've never really rated TV science fiction since they got rid of Nightshade..." Godlike aliens disguised as angels appeared in Ghost Light. The TV show of the same name was first mentioned in Nightshade.
Pg 210 "Paper, mercury, postcards, a yo-yo" Mercury was important in The Daleks, and the yo-yo is the fourth Doctor's, as seen in The Ark in Space and elsewhere.
The Doctor finds the sonic screwdriver.
Pg 213 "Perhaps I'm an exile from the forty-ninth century." Susan says this in the Pilot episode.
Pg 226 "The Kulan ignored his laughter, probably assuming him to be some sort of congenital idiot, and led him away." The eighth Doctor of the early-to-mid EDAs was known by fandom at the time as "the congenital idiot", due to all the stupid things he kept doing in various novels. This is the novel's only successful joke.
Pg 244 "And then he had been forced to destroy his home planet, wiping out his entire race." The Ancestor Cell.
Pg 245 "Was he talking about this recent adventure or the events on his homeworld?" The Ancestor Cell.
Pg 246 "I've been keeping myself busy: living fire, zombies, aliens, the usual thing..." The Burning, Casualties of War, The Turing Test/Endgame/Father Time.
"Everything before the accident is still a little hazy." The Ancestor Cell.
Pg 247 "I wonder what Sam would have made of all this. You wouldn't get a Volkswagen Beetle in here now, would you?" The Doctor's Beetle was first seen in Vampire Science and destroyed in Unnatural History.
Pg 249 "Outside the time machine, a shadow fell across the sand in front of the TARDIS as something, or someone, came to investigate this new arrival." This harks back to the very first materialisation we saw, at the end of the first episode of An Unearthly Child.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
Pg 90 Control, previously seen in The Devil Goblins From Neptune and The King of Terror. He'll go on to appear in Trading Futures and Time Zero, but fails to get any more interesting there either.
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Christine and Pippa Holland.
Despite dying, we'll hear a lot more about Dave Young in future books and even meet his clone, in Hope.