The Face of the Enemy
by David A. McIntee

Publisher: BBC
ISBN: 0 563 40580 5


    While the Doctor and Jo are off a trip to Peladon, UNIT must content with an alien threat to Earth. And in order to stop the invasion, the Brigadier is forced to call upon the help of the Master.

    Third (in the prologue and epilogue only).

    Jo Grant (in the pologue and epilogue only), The Brigadier, Sgt Benton, Mike Yates, Ian Chesterton, Barbara, Harry Sullivan.

    The TARDIS rematerialises in the UNIT laboratory post-Curse of Peladon at the novel's conclusion.

    Inferno, The Dark Path.

    Pg 1 "The British field headquarters of the united Nations Intelligence Taskforce at Denham" UNIT's HQ is here in The Scales Of Injustice. Also, it's where at least one of the houses used as a location by the BBC is.

    "The only person on duty at the front desk at this hour was Sergeant John Benton." Sgt. Benton was given a first name in the Reeltime Pictures 'Wartime' video.

    "Mike Yates is taking me to see the new Woody Allen film." This is a reference to the date that Jo was dressed up for at the beginning of The Curse of Peladon.

    Pg 2 "Although the wide six-sided electronic toadstool belonged inside the TARDIS, the Doctor had recently removed it" The first time the console was seen outside of the TARDIS was in The Ambassadors of Death. It was also outside in Inferno and Day of the Daleks.

    "The last time she had followed him into the TARDIS, it had whisked her off 500 years into the future." Colony in Space. A calendar on the wall shows it to be 2472.

    Pg 3 "We'll be back the instant we left, like on our trip to Exarius." Colony in Space.

    Pg 7 DI Boucher is named after Chris Boucher, writer of The Face of Evil etc.

    Pg 21 "The last time the Doctor had vanished, the Time Lords had returned him immediately, and something similar had happened when he took Axos away from Earth." Colony in Space, the Claws of Axos.

    "However, the Brigadier was beginning to think more in terms of the four-year gap between his battles with the Yeti and the Cybermen; or the two years after that when he had turned up just as those Nestene things launched their first attack." The Web of Fear, The Invasion, Spearhead from Space.

    "What was he supposed to tell her uncle at the UN?" In the novelisation of Colony In Space, Jo was given an alternate origin story involving her uncle being an important bureaucrat. This story has been stuck to, most notably in Blood Heat.

    "As Doris had told him, at least things were quiet for the moment" The Brigadier's wife in Battlefield in 1997, first mentioned in Planet of the Spiders.

    "He had just gotten used to the idea of being with someone again and didn't want worries about his job to jeopardise things. He wasn't sure he could take that again, not so soon." The Brigadier recently divorced his first wife, Fiona, in The Scales of Injustice.

    Pg 27 "Stretcher party on the double, Captain. we're not too far from Ashbridge, are we?" When the TARDIS landed in Spearhead from Space, the traumatised 3rd Doctor was taken to Ashbridge Cottage Hospital.

    Pg 29 "Henderson was one of the few medics who had had experience with aliens, having treated the Doctor when he arrived back on Earth." Spearhead from Space.

    Pg 30 "Greyhound to Trap Two." UNIT callsigns used for most every remote conversation between the Brigadier and his officers. Trap two is the mobile HQ.

    Pg 31 "Mike Yates was able to snatch a quick cup of coffee and a corned beef sandwich before the Brigadier returned to his office." Likely a reference to episode 1 of The Daemons, when Sgt. Benton lamented that the Brigadier was off to a dress function while himself and the lads were stuck a headquarters watching the football results with a pile of corned beef sandwiches.

    "I wondered if we ought to bring Miss Shaw back in?" Liz Shaw, former scientific advisor to UNIT.

    "She had worked well enough when she had been brought back after her leave of absence following the business at the Glasshouse." Liz apparently left UNIT after a fiasco involving Earth Reptiles (Silurians) and the Glasshouse in The Scales of Injustice. The Devil Goblins from Neptune may have been set after that, if indeed Liz had only taken a leave of absence. The Glasshouse later became controlled by the Master in Who Killed Kennedy.

    Pg 32 "I tried to reach Anne Travers." Professor Travers' daughter, seen in The Web of Fear and Millennial Rites.

    "I'm still waiting for a reply from Rachel Jensen." Scientific Advisor to the Intrusion Counter Measures Group in 1963 in Remembrance of the Daleks.

    "That chappie from the British Rocket Group." Rachel Jensen referred to the Group in Remembrance and also seemed to name Professor Bernard Quatermass. The Devil Goblins from Neptune confused matters by introducing Professor Bernard Trainor of the BRG. However, Trainor was killed off, so the Brigadier isn't querying his availability here.

    Pg 42 "This is my wife Barbara." It was established in Timewyrm: Revelation, among other New Adventures, that Ian and Barbara got married after returning to 1965 London.

    Pg 43 "That year-long exchange programme to NASA" The novelisation of The War Machines explained the first Doctor's accorded access to the GPO Tower and WOTAN's control room by mentioning that his friend Ian had become a consultant in the American moon missions. The ground was prepared for Marter's explanation by the alternative origin story of David Whitaker's novelisation of The Daleks in which Ian was a rocket scientist and not a science teacher.

    Pg 48 "Between them they had been materialised, dematerialised, flown in rockets, jumped time tracks - you name it." Ian and Barbara flew in actual spacecraft from Earth and the Sense-Sphere in The Sensorites and jumped a time track in The Space Museum.

    Pg 49 "Look, d'you want to go home and check up on John?" It was also established in Timewyrm: Revelation that Ian and Barbara had a son John. John grows up to become the rock star Johnny Chess, seen briefly in The King of Terror and Byzantium!. But see Continuity Cock-Ups for one of the great ones.

    "Joseph Barron had always wanted a big house in the country; something like Mick Jagger's place, maybe." The Jagger mansion, Stargroves, was used as a filming location for The Pyramids of Mars and Image of the Fendahl.

    Pg 51 "The Aylesbury Grange Detention centre wasn't officially a prison." Aylesbury Grange (and Dr Conran) are from the DWM UNIT special comic strip Man In The Ion Mask.

    Pg 53 "You're looking well for someone in prison, Mr Magister." The Master's assumed identity in The Džmons.

    Pg 71 "You've no idea how much trouble the Doctor got us into over one of these fluid links." The Daleks.

    "His determination to deal with Axonite in his own way had almost convinced Yates and the Brigadier that he was a threat." The Claws of Axos.

    Pg 72 Reference to Susan and Vicki.

    Pg 73 "For all the excitement of a historian being allowed to witness Aztec civilisation first hand, there was nothing pleasant about watching a human sacrifice intended to honour a god who never listened anyway." The Aztecs.

    "So she had buried memories of Daleks murdering innocent people; of being imprisoned in the squalid conciergerie; and of being offered at auction to a group of lecherous Romans." The Daleks et al, The Reign of Terror, The Romans.

    Pg 73 "Like the one the Daleks ' poisoned atmosphere had left on them." The Daleks.

    Pg 78 "Or is he Swiss, like Emil Keller? Rhodesian, perhaps, like Colonel Masters?" The Mind of Evil, Terror of the Autons.

    Pg 82 "The two Jimmys, Turner and Munro, were both in town." Captain Turner was one of the Brigadier's officers in The Invasion. Captain Munro was under his command in Spearhead from Space.

    Pg 88 "When he first started causing us trouble, he hypnotised Jo - the Doctor's assistant - into bringing a huge bomb into the lab." Terror of the Autons.

    Pg 91 "What might the Aztecs have been if Cortes hadn't been so offended by the sacrifice rites?" The Aztecs.

    Pg 92 "You'd think they'd have learned their lesson after putting him on remand at Stangmoor before his trial." Forward reference to the then unpublished Short Trips story Freedom.

    Pg 93 "Presumably Fortress Island would be more fitting when its refurbishment was complete." The Master's prison in The Sea Devils.

    Pg 96 "I once lost a Chinese officer I was following" The Mind of Evil

    Pg 101 "He'd felt just the same way after that incident with Chin Lee at the World Peace Conference." The Mind of Evil.

    Pg 115 "Henlow reported a chopper coming in with a UNIT clearance." Henlow Downs was the radar/missile installation from The Invasion.

    Pg 129 "She worked through her fears by filling in a personal journal that they planned to leave for Susan, when she took up residence on earth in 2167." The Dalek Invasion of Earth.

    Pg 144 "Ironically, that moderation was one of the things that had persuaded Fiona to marry him in his pre-UNIT days." Fiona was first mentioned in Downtime.

    "He despaired of ever really understanding them." In Battlefield the Brigadier complained that he didn't understand women.

    Pg 149 "He caught himself in time, and suppressed the anger. It would be his undoing some day, if ever he was undone." This might be a reference to Survival.

    Pg 153 "Perhaps he should buy her a gift - a ladies' watch to match the one she had given him in Brighton." Planet of the Spiders.

    Pg 167 "He betrayed me once. He and another of my people." The Dark Path.

    Pg 169 "With this hangover I probably couldn't even tell you what year this is." Reference to the uncertainties of UNIT Dating.

    Pg 170 "Have them prepare the Airborne HQ" In The Invasion UNIT's UK headquarters was a C-130 transport plane.

    Pg 171 "In fact the design methodology almost looked like Dalek circuitry." Day of the Daleks.

    Pg 178 "It was a dozen years ago, but the effects of that first shot from a Dalek weapon had never faded from his memory." The first ever shot a Dalek fired onscreen was to paralyze Ian's legs in Episode 2 of The Daleks. However, Ian says it as if he had been shot by the Daleks more than once.

    Pg 180 "We had met the Daleks, and Voord, and Zarbi..." The Daleks, The Keys of Marinus, The Web Planet.

    Pg 181 "The Doctor did, if his goodbye to Susan was anything to go by." the Dalek Invasion of Earth.

    Pg 185 "She would probably have confessed to half-expecting a couple of Voord or Robomen to come round the corner. Or Venusians, perhaps." The Keys of Marinus, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Venusian Lullaby.

    "You didn't need to be James Bond to teach O level history at the local comprehensive." This is very similar to the Brigadier's line about teaching mathematics in Mawdryn Undead.

    Pg 186 "It would be easier if we could simply adapt a TARDIS's time-path indicator." The Doctor used the time-path indicator to detect the Dalek time-machine following the TARDIS in The Chase.

    Pg 189 "He had in the past wondered how he might cope if Doris or his daughter, Kate, were to die unexpectedly." This probably isn't a reference to The Shadows of Avalon, since it was a long way from being published when this book came out. Kate was seen in Downtime.

    Pg 191 Reference to C19, the secret government organisation mentioned in The Scales of Injustice and Who Killed Kennedy.

    "I thought Private Walsh was on duty today" Reference to UNIT extras being played by Terry Walsh.

    Pg 197 "Benton recalled the Doctor once - several times actually - telling him that he had given Napolean the quote about an army marching on its stomach." Day of the Daleks.

    Pg 198 "He had a kid sister himself" Mentioned in The Android Invasion.

    Pg 202 "Esther Bland had wasted no time in coming down to show him the local sights." Esther is Harry's potential love interest in Harry Sullivan's War.

    "And he'd always wanted to do a bit of the old James Bond act." Harry says this in Robot as well and ends up working for MI5 (Harry Sullivan's War, System Shock, Millennium Shock).

    Pg 203 "Far from being a Dalek saucer" The Dalek Invasion of Earth."

    "Some sort of desert test range; like Ranch 51, where they kept the Nedenah." The Devil Goblins from Neptune.

    "Or Corman AFB, where they traded for Tzun technology back in the 1950s." First Frontier.

    Pg 204 "All he could think about, though, was the sickness and pain he had felt when he last encountered high radiation, in the Dalek city on Skaro." The Daleks.

    Pg 205 "It was an upward pointing arrow, with two smaller arrows emerging from the sides" This is the symbol seen in the alternate Earth in Inferno.

    Pg 210 "Even in the sandstorm she had once faced in the Gobi desert, the blown dust was low-level, not mixed in with the highest clouds." Marco Polo.

    Pg 211"The most disturbing event that Kyle could recall happening since I-Day itself." I-Day was the day Project Inferno was completed (Inferno).

    Pg 212 "Here they would try to keep the radiation in, not release it like on Skaro." The Daleks.

    Pg 214 :The TARDIS had once jumped a time-track" The Space Museum.

    Pg 215 "The Inferno Project." Inferno.

    "Perhaps there is a world, Brigadier, where you have left UNIT" Reference to the Brigadier having retired in 1977, despite being still in UNIT in 1979/1980.

    Pg 218 "Strictly Queensbury of course" Queensbury rules are the rules by which the Doctor and Andrews (also played by Ian Marter) box in Carnival of Monsters.

    Pg 223 "The Inferno Project cracked the Earth's crust like an eggshell." Inferno.

    Pg 224 "How could she tell him about Skaro?" The Daleks.

    Pg 235 "He said some sort of power surge sent him through." Inferno.

    Pg 241 "In our universe, Koschei died, out on the galactic rim" The Dark Path.

    Pg 243 "It reminded him of the time he had spent as a prisoner in Salem." The Witch Hunters.

    Pg 248 "He recognised the pair of Bannermen fighters for what they were." Delta and the Bannermen.

    "A decade ago, the Earth was attacked by a force which used robotic animals as its foot soldiers." The Web of Fear.

    Pg 249 "Three things materialised out of thin air" We actually see the Doctor's adventure on the alternate world here.

    Pg 258 "You shooting at a primord?" Inferno.

    Pg 259 "They killed Ailla" The Master's companion, from The Dark Path.

    Pg 263 "It was the one he himself had used until he returned from Exarius" Colony in Space.

    Pg 267 "There was once. He... died." The Dark Path.

    Pg 271 "It reminded Ian of his own exploration of the Doctor's machine, when they were searching for the source of the fault that had rendered them unconscious after leaving Skaro." The Edge of Destruction.

    Pg 276 "He could have used his tissue compression eliminator or his laser pistol" The latter is the weapon he had in The Claws of Axos.

    Pg 279 "Then a rough-hewn altar stone coalesced out of the darkness." In The Eight Doctors, it's revealed that the Master had disguised his TARDIS as the altar.

    Pg 280 "I had set the coordinates for Metebelis Three, in the Acteon Group." This is where the Doctor is heading when he finally regains control of the TARDIS in Carnival of Monsters. He gets there in The Green Death and Planet of the Spiders.

    Pg 281 "The offer of a transfer he had given to Lieutenant Sullivan" This explains why Harry is the UNIT medic in Planet of the Spiders and Robot.

    The Master, Lt Beresford (Seeds of Doom), Dr Henderson (Spearhead from Space), Sgt Osgood (The Daemons, The Scales of Injustice etc), Corporal Bell (The Mind of Evil, The Claws of Axos, The Eye of the Giant, The Scales of Injustice).

    Pg 52 Dr Conran is from the DWM UNIT special comic strip Man In The Ion Mask.

    Pg 241 Koschei (an alternate version to the one seen in The Dark Path).

    Pg 279 Olive Hawthawn (The Daemons).

    Marianne Kyle.


    1. Pg 129 "Bringing up a toddler was very different to dealing with teenagers." Ian and Barbara's son John is only a toddler here, in 1976. However, in Timeyrm: Revelation, Johnny Chess was a rock star when Ace was fourteen (around 1985). That would mean he's a rock star at age 12. Furthermore, he's six in Byzantium!, set in 1973, three years before this.
    2. Pg 178 "It was a dozen years ago, but the effects of that first shot from a Dalek weapon had never faded from his memory." Ian says this as if he had been shot by the Daleks more than once.

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

    1. The nine-year old John is being particularly bratty these days, so Ian mentally thinks he's acting like a toddler. Either that or the forces of UNIT Dating have struck once again.
    2. Skaro's radiation affected Ian's memory.


    Various locations in Britain, November 1976 (there's a mention of The New Avengers having just premiered).

    The Alternate Earth seen in Inferno.

    IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
    A pretty good action flick, with some strong characterisation for the various recurring companions and supporting characters seen elsewhere, that's really helped by the absence of the Doctor. However, the continuity overload is a bit intense and some things feel thrown in for no good reason whatsoever (eg Koschei in the alternate Earth) and the internal thought processes of the original characters are appalling. It also feels like a bad Hollywood sequel to have the alternate Earth actually not destroyed after all, because there's money to be made from the sequel. Face of the Enemy is a decent read, but by no means a great one.