The Doctor and Mel arrive on earth just days before New Year, 1994. An old
friend has been kidnapped, murderous enemies are setting up a new life and
doctor's old travelling companion Evelyn Smythe is using her knowledge
future to make a fortune from chocolate cake recipes.
Mel and Evelyn Smythe (companion in the sixth Doctor audios).
Jeremy Fitzoliver isn't named, but it's clear he's John Doe (eg page
278, among others). He appeared in The Paradise of Death
and The Ghosts of N-Space.
Norfolk Broads, December 1993.
This book is the third in a trilogy with The Scales of Injustice and
Unusual. The former is not absolutely required, but the latter definitely
It's helpful to have an idea of who Evelyn Smythe is, for which The
Marian Conspiracy provides a good introduction.
The Paradise of Death and The Ghosts of N-Space might be helpful as
well, but I can't recommend these in good conscience. Then again, if you're reading Instruments of Darkness, you're probably a bit of a masochist to begin with, so what the hell.
Note: As with other sequels, such as The
I haven't noted every contintuity references to the explicit prequels, as
are a great many references to "four years ago" and so on. Most of these
throwaway references, so I've only noticed things of particular interest.
Pg 17 "He had been seconded to a special military and scientific unit
connected with Europe and the whole United Nations." This is UNIT.
Pg 30 "And her enthusiasm coudn't be faulted, whether it was fighting
off Vervoids, pan-dimensional terrorists, Chronovores or eighteen-foot
Chiropterans" Terror of the Vervoids, uncertain reference, The Quantum Archangel, uncertain reference.
Pg 31 "I haven't owned a car in... well, a few bodies' time." Not since
Pg 32 Reference to Peri and Grant (the latter is MA companion Grant
Markham, first seen in Time of Your Life).
Pg 33 Recently on a visit to London in the 1920s, the Doctor had made
Mel a cosignatory on his Coutts bank account" We saw this account in
Pg 42 "Then in the 1960s, it became home to the government's newest
version of black operations, C-19, and its more visible arm, UNIT." C-19
was first mentioned in Time-Flight and seen in Who Killed Kennedy, The
Scales of Injustice and Business Unusual. The references to "four years
ago" refer to Business Unusual and "a decade earlier" refers to The Scales
Pg 50 "Their Sene-Net produced laptop" Business Unusual.
Pg 68 "Oh, he said he was a vegetarian sometimes, when it suited him."
The Doctor became a vegetarian in The Two Doctors.
Pg 72 "A paramilitary task force with specialized scientific and
medical sections, dealing with what one might call "the unexplained"" We
get a long history of UNIT here (but see Continuity Cock-Ups).
Pg 77 "He was taller than the Brigadier, and maybe a dozen years older,
dressed in a black jacket, frilly white shirt and eccentric cape, with a
shock of prematurely white hair." First hint that John Doe is Jeremy
Pg 78 Reference to the fifth Doctor's outfit.
Pg 82 "Couldn't find the phone when we first met." The Marian
Pg 89 "What if during some future battle with the Daleks or Chelonians
or the Marmossan Horde she had lost a limb" The Chelonians first appeared in The Highest Science and Mel met them in the Decalog 3 story Fegovy. The Marmossan Horde is presumably made up here, not a reference to something.
Pg 98 We get a summary of Business Unusual.
Pg 101 "If not, I'll flag down the Master or that dear girl Romana"
Evelyn met Romana in The Apocalypse Element.
Pg 103 "So has he ever mentioned the Eye of Orion?" The Five Doctors.
"Did he take you to the Kurgon Wonder?" It's suggested that Evelyn
was trapped inside the TARDIS while the sixth Doctor investigated in The
Sirens of Time.
Pg 104 "I met one of my heroes, you know. Charles Darwin" Bloodtide.
"Tonka? Tonka Travers?" Commodore Travers, from Terror of the Vervoids.
Pg 110 "Should've left her on the Galapagos." Bloodtide.
Pg 123 "Melanie Bush was, as far as he knew, safely back at home." Mel
ends up back at home at the end of Head Games (but see Heritage).
Pg 128 "Got involved in one of their weirder jobs, like the
Shoreditch incident of '63 and the Henlow Downs one in the Seventies."
Remembrance of the Daleks, The Invasion.
Pg 132 "Doctor, do you remember when we were in London, facing down the
Codex?" Millennial Rites.
Pg 140 "Old Johnnie Subdury's lot." Sir John Sudbury was first
mentioned in Time-Flight and appeared in The Scales of Injustice and
Business Unusual. He's reported to have been killed here.
Pg 143 "When you took me to Gallifrey" The Apocalypse Element.
Pg 144 Reference to Tegan and Peri.
Pg 145 "She even held her own against an entire Dalek army once" The
Pg 147 "A stick of Blackpool rock" The Nightmare Fair.
Pg 149 "Three glowing spheres of pulsating light" Nestenes.
Pgs 150-152 Jeremy has flashes of his time at UNIT, with memories of
the third Doctor, the Brigadier and Sarah.
Pg 165 "More dangerous than any Dalek or Stalagtron" The latter were mentioned in Millennial Rites.
Pg 170 "You told me once you wanted to be a train driver." Black
Pg 174 "Now that she had witnesses many types of futuristic megabyte
modems around the galaxy" The Ultimate Foe.
Pg 177 "At least you went to the Eye of Orion" The Five Doctors.
"You went to Gallifrey!" The Apocalypse Element.
Pg 185 Reference to Romana and K9.
Pg 224 "Malvern sat down on a splendidly reconditoned Louis XIV chaise
longue" Probably a reference to City of Death.
"From the hellfire clubs of the eighteenth century" Minuet in Hell.
"Lords Sandwich and Dashwood tried to harness the powerful netherworlds
of devils and magicks." Minuet in Hell.
Pg 227 "Gallifrey. Rassilon. Pythia. Zagreus. Omega." Rassilon was
first mentioned in The Deadly Assassin and first appeared in The Five
Doctors. The Pyhia first appeared in Time's
Crucible. Zagreus appears in Neverland. Omega first appeared in The
Pg 231 Reference to the Brigadier and the Master.
Pg 257 "Your matrix on Gallifrey, yes?" First seen in The Deadly
Pg 278 "He was a journalist. Not a very good one at that. Mind you, he
was a worse photographer." The Paradise of Death.
"I suppose the IRIS just got put to one side." Planet of the Spiders.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
Trey Korte, Bob Lines, Ashley and Joe Hambridge all appeared in
Ciara and Cellan appeared in The Scales of Injustice and Business
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Janine, Justin Dickinson, Michael Dudley, Torrance Hayton, Shell & Daym.
Sebastian Malvern, Tko-Ma (the Cylox Magnate).
Halcham (the Peak District), Gohnn (a state island of Micronesia),
Auckland, York, Los Angeles, Paris, Norfolk Broads, driving to London via
Lincolnshire, Wessex Downs, Brighton, Derbyshire, London. Late December