The Doctor, Ben and Polly team up with a group of ghost hunters
and find themselves dealing with an invasion whose roots dig 40,000
years into the past.
Ben and Polly
Cumbria, England, July 8th 1994, Baghdad, from where it is
transported aboard the Cat People's ship.
Pg 13 "Extract from An Even Briefer History of Time by High Lord
Rhukk" Lord Rhukk appeared in Legacy.
Pg 15 'I walked for ages and eventually found something marked
"BATHROOM". It was a swimming pool!' The pool returns in Invasion of
Time. The Doctor says he borrowed the plans from Claudius Caeser.
say, "Magnus, don't throw old bodies away like you would a suit.'"
Magnus is the War Chief, from The War Games and Timewyrm: Exodus. He was one of the Doctor's old schoolfriends, as seen in
Divided Loyalties. He's also mentioned in No Future and Goth Opera.
Pg 17 "'The fact is, the TARDIS is getting smaller. Entropy. The
time and space traveller's greatest enemy' 'Is it a serious problem?'
'Oh, absolutely. If I regenerate again, it'll shrink again. By the
time I reach my fourth incarnation I predict this room will be tiny -
barely enough room to swing a cat.'" This is a reference to the way
the console room got smaller over the years and entropy was a major
concern in Logopolis.
Pg 33 "The Inferno, the nightclub where she had first met the
Doctor on Thursday the thirteenth fof July 1966" The War Machines
Pg 34 "She had faced robotic war machines, bionic Daleks and
Cybermen. But an honest-to-goodness monster was a new experience." The
War Machines, Power of the Daleks and The Tenth Planet.
Pg 38 "The Felinetta are a widespread race of galactic scavengers,
I think originally from the Lynx constellation. Like cats on Earth,
they are split into many different races across the stars: the
Lion-Men of Mongo, the Felinoids of Cait, the Cheetah People and their
genetically engineered Kitlings, the mercenaries of Gin-Seng; even the
Aegis have been known to use metanmorphic cats in their undercover
missions. I wonder where your young Cat Person was from? Vedela,
perhaps, or Capella? It could have been one of the Kzinti warriors, I
suppose..." The Cheetah People and their Kitlings were in Survival.
'The Killer Cats of Gin-Seng' was the original story to close season
15, until it was decided too costly to film and replaced by The
Invasion of Time (it would have seen 15,000 cats filling Wembley
Pg 48 "'Not 1986 again,' he groaned. 'But at least it's warmer here than at the South Pole.'" The Tenth Planet. (With thanks to Tim Snelling.)
Pgs 78-79 "Daleks, Cybermen I can cope with. Even those smugglers
in Cornwall" Power of the Daleks, The Tenth Planet, The Smugglers.
Pg 81 "It was the book's fault [...] made my mind wander back to my
previous self." The Doctor namechecks Ian, Barbara, Susan, Vicki,
Steven and Dodo.
Pg 87 "One day, I've always told myself, I'd buy myself a little
house here. Somewhere to use as a home whenever I come to Earth. [...]
Or was that Kent?" The Doctor's house on Allen Rd in Kent featured in
a number of NAs, first in Cat's Cradle: Warhead. It was first
introduced before that in a DWM comic strip by Andrew Cartmel, where
it was revealed that the second Doctor had owned it. Originally, the
house in Cumbria in this book was to have been that house and the
Doctor would purchase it at the novel's conclusion, but this was
dropped when Gary Russell decided to eliminate most of the continuity
from the book.
Pg 123 "Of course - Daleks, Cybermen, why not giant cats?" Power of
the Daleks and The Tenth Planet.
Pg 147 "'So, she is a vile sand-demon, an evil since the dawn of time.'
Dok-Ter nodded. 'Put like that, yes. Nice turn of phrase by the way.'" is
clearly a not-at-all-subtle foreshadowing of the Doctor's same use of said
phrase in The Curse of Fenric.
Pg 193 "I could say I've been at the South Pole since 1986 if that
would help." The Tenth Planet.
Pg 235 "Like the Z-Bomb at the South Pole?" The Tenth Planet.
Pg 236 "'The "old Doctor what?" Ben? Hmm? Wouldn't be callous? Wouldn't
dump Polly? Rubbish, Ben, you know nothing about "the old Doctor". The old
me! If you ever get home, look up Ian and Barbara, my old friends. Ask them about the caveman. Or should we ever return to find poor Steven, just mention the name Anne Chaplette and see the effect that has on him. Even Dodo - she'd have some stories to tell."An Unearthly Child, The Massacre.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
The Cat-People, The Euterpians
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
The Cat-People, The Euterpians
Deep space, 3978 BC (according to the prologue on page 1 - but
there's a digit missing from the date) and AD 1994, The Braxiatel
Collection 3978, England 1994, Australia 1994, Baghdad (the past),
Australia 40,000 BC, the Cat-People's ship
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
This is Gary Russell's attempt to do a book that wasn't filled
with continuity references - which is a brave attempt, but sadly it
never comes together. The Cat People have no depth and the research is
poor. The book also gets somewhat racist, with Australian Aborigines
being described as "Aboriginals" (a derogatory term) in authorial
voice (eg. pages 98 and 258). There's a nice attempt to flesh out
Polly and it's a fun TARDIS crew, but that can't save it from being a
rather dull book.