When a naval cruiser sinks in mysterious circumstances in the North Sea, all aboard are lost. Rose is saddened to learn that the brother of her friend, Keisha, was among the dead. And yet he appears to them as a ghostly apparition, begging to be saved from the coming feast... the feast of the drowned. As the dead crew haunt loved ones all over London, the Doctor and Rose are drawn into a chilling mystery. What sank the ship, and why? When the cruiser's wreckage was towed up the Thames, what sinister force came with it? The river's dark waters are hiding an even darker secret, as preparations for the feast near their conclusion.
Mickey Smith, Jackie Tyler.
Pg 13 "When she'd first gone off into space and time, the Doctor claimed he couldbring her back to Earth the day after she'd left. But he'd messed up. They'd comeback a whole twelve months later." Aliens of London.
Pg 15 "he's cute, anyway. Not really like your mum described, though." This is because he regenerated, in The Parting of the Ways.
Pg 20 "Ten-foot green aliens, I can handle. Warrior monsters in dirty great spaceships, I'm your man." The Slitheen, Aliens of London/World War Three; The Sycorax, The Christmas Invasion.
Pg 23 "When you went off in the TARDIS with him for a year. And your mum told everyone I'd done away with you." Aliens of London.
Pg 24 "It can be weird getting used to new teeth." The 2005 Children in Need special.
Pg 31 "The paper was low-level psychic, and showed the exactly what they expected to see." The End of the World et al.
Pg 96 "Like those idiots at Christmas, ready to jump and end it all." The Christmas Invasion.
Pg 125 "Says you have experience with military websites." Mickey got this experience in World War Three.
Pg 168 "I'm getting quite good as resonating concrete." The Doctor Dances.
Pg 177 "Ha! Now that's what I call resonating concrete!" The Doctor Dances.
Pg 179 "'We're going to need Torchwood,' Kelper muttered." Tooth and Claw et al.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Keisha, Jay, Vida Swann, Huntley, Anne, PC Fraser, Andrew, Kelper.
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
Pgs 128-129 Water-based lifeforms that can dip into the human body and brain. They can export sensory information as alien pheromones via water molecules.
Pgs 183/217/222 A one-eyed eel, with a slimy carapace and two needle-like tusks, that can plug into the human brain stem.
Pg 7 The HMAS Ascendent, three months ago (pg 12).
Pg 11 London, present day. It's spring (pg 86), so likely 2007.
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
It's a generic runaround with a minor twist. So another New Series Adventure, then. The water aliens aren't a bad idea, but their abilites beggar belief, twisting the plot beyond breaking point in order to create a mood full of ghostly apparitions. One or the other would have been okay, but welding them together is a tough sell. Setting it in the present day, with Mickey and Jackie, plays to Cole's strengths. There's nothing fatally wrong here, but nothing to get terribly excited about either. So another New Series Adventure, then.