The Eye of the Giant
by Christopher Bulis

Publisher: Virgin
ISBN: 0 426 20469 7


    The Doctor's attempt to identify a mysterious artificact lead him to a a mysterious island, where he becomes trapped 40 years in the past. Meanwhile, a rash of UFO sightings puts UNIT on the alert.


    Liz Shaw, the Brigadier, Mike Yates, Sergeant Benton.

    None - the TARDIS remains stationary in the UNIT laboratory the entire time.


    Pg 18 "Scouring the countryside for leftover fragments of Autons or cave lizard devices, and trying to keep too many people from realizing what really happened as you go - it's not exactly what I expected." Spearhead from Space, Doctor Who and the Silurians. Yates's clearing up after the first Auton invasion is mentioned in Terror of the Autons.

    "Sir John Sudbury of C19." First mentioned in Time-Flight, both Sir John and C19 will be seen shortly in The Scales of Injustice and also features in Business Unusual. C19 has been featured in a number of novels, notably Who Killed Kennedy.

    Pg 20 "A peculiar freestanding hexagonal control unit" The console is still separated from the TARDIS, as it was in other Season 7 stories.

    "I got so close during the Inferno project" Inferno.

    Pg 39 "Space-time visualizer" Seen in The Chase (but see continuity cock-ups)

    Pg 44 "Remember what happened the last time you tried to improvise something like this with the console?" Inferno.

    Pg 46 "Come back here at once, man." The Brigadier's line here might be a deliberate echo of his line in Colony in Space.

    Pg 52 "And what a trophy that head would be!" This might be a reference to a similar line in Carnival of Monsters.

    Pg 142 "Flying saucers I may give the benefit of the doubt to, ever since the Autons made their invasion attempt with those fake meteorites." Spearhead from Space.

    Pg 183 "The cosmic intelligence behind the Yeti, the Cybermen, the Nestene Consciousness..." The Web of Fear, The Invasion, Spearhead from Space.

    Pg 207 "Yes, the Doctor did do splendidly against the Autons, didn't he?" Spearhead from Space.

    Pg 229 "It's not a parallel world is it Doctor? Like the one you travelled to during the Inferno project?" Inferno.

    Pg 261 "With the superdrive I recently installed, I think you'll find Bessie is somewhat faster. She also has a built-in kinetic damping force field in lieu of seatbelts." The Time Monster.

    Pg 287 "'Not this time,' said the Doctor, stepping forward and thrusting out his sonic screwdriver. A small mirror was now mounted on the end." The Doctor also mounts a mirror on the sonic screwdriver in The Curse of Peladon.

    Corporal Osgood (The Daemons), Corporal Bell (The Mind of Evil, The Claws of Axos), General Scobie (Spearhead from Space)

    Amelia, Brokk/Nancy Grover (who have become one joined entity by the novel's conclusion), Pascoe, Montgomery, Dodgeson, de Veer, Miss Ellis, Marshal Grover.


    1. Pg 39 "'Space-time visualizer,' Liz amended." In The Chase, this is called the "Time and Space visualiser" not space-time visualiser (as The Universal Databank maintained, and although it's muffled Hartnell definitely says "and", meaning that the New Zealand fanzine Time-Space Visualiser also got it wrong).
    2. Pg 309 Amelia's Christian faith caused her to mutate into an angel, complete with wings - but angels in the Bible don't have wings.

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

    1. Liz misremembered the Doctor's explanation and he doesn't bother to correct her.
    2. The ampules use part of Nancy Grover's knowledge as well and she mistakenly thinks angels have wings.

    The Grold, eighteen feet tall humanoids with a humped back, six-fingered hands and a large ruby for an eye (page 98).

    The Semquess, aquatic creatures who use tanks to travel on land. The look like a cross between an octopus and a jellyfish (page 146).

    They aren't exactly aliens, but the effects of the ampules cause mutations on the island, including giant snakes (page 32), giant ants (page 52). giant crabs (page 69), giant bats (page 82), a giant spider (page 88) and Amelia eventually mutates into an angel (page 309). Brokk/Nancy also causes the ship to come to life (page 296).

    Pg 1 Aboard the Grold and Semquess ships, c 1884 (50 years earlier than 1934 according to page 147).

    Pg 5 The Constitution III yacht, June 1934.

    The Pacific island of Salutua, 1934.

    Salutua, c 1884, in flashback (page 169).

    London, c 1971 (it's less than forty years later according to the back cover).

    IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
    Eye of the Giant is bland, but not awful. The scenes on the island are pretty standard stuff with giant insects and 30s movie stars in an overgrown jungle on a lost island in the Pacific, complete with volcano. Liz even comments on the Boys Own nature of the adventure multiple times. But the link with the present day is cute and the altering of the timeline, though goofy, is actually a lot more fun the second time around. The book could easily have lost a hundred pages and should certainly have lost fifty, but it's a passable adventure in its own right.