The Last Dodo
by Jacqueline Rayner


Publisher: BBC
ISBN: 978 1 846 07224 6

     

    BASIC PLOT
    The Doctor and Martha go in search of a real life dodo to note in the I-Spyder book the Doctor gave her, and are transported by the TARDIS to the mysterious Museum of the Last Ones. There, in the Earth section, they discover every extinct creature up to the present day, all still alive and in suspended animation.

    DOCTOR
    Tenth.

    COMPANIONS
    Martha Jones.

    MATERIALISATION CIRCUIT
    Pg 18/28 The Museum of the Last Ones, c 2067.

    Pg 145 In a cul-de-sac in the UK, c 2067.

    Pg 201 The Museum again.

    PREPARATORY READING
    None.

    CONTINUITY REFERENCES
    Pg 13 "Actually, for some reason he keeps trying to feed me chips - healthy way to go, Doctor!" The End of the World.

    Pg 15 :I can offer you a thirty-course banquet in Imperial Japan, a kronkburger on Reblais Beta, dehydrated protein tablets on a shuttle to Mars - or there's always chips, nice little chippie in south London..." Kronkburgers were a feature of the comics and were mentioned in The Long Game. The Doctor's love of chips was established in The End of the World.

    Pg 18 "Sandpiper, spiny anteater, seventeen-year locust, Sea Devil..." The Sea Devils, etc.

    Pg 26 "Mondas, Refusis II ('I'd like to see those exhibits,' said the Doctor), Varos, Raxacoricofallapatorious, Tara." The Tenth Planet, The Ark, Vengeance on Varos, World War Three etc.

    Pgs 30-31 "'I never sleep,' Eve told him. 'Quite right! It's for tortoises, I always say'" The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

    Pg 39 "The Doctor handed over the psychic paper." The End of the World et al.

    Pg 43 "You might remember that I briefly met a couple of dinosaurs during a previous time-travelling trip" Made of Steel.

    Pg 44 "They're out and about a bit, bases on the moon, that sort of thing" The Moonbase.

    "No organised rocket-coach trips" Delta and the Bannermen.

    "I asked Tommy about the Tyrannosaurus rex - really didn't want to see one of those again" Made of Steel.

    Pg 66 "Take the Daleks for instance. They'd wink out of existence in the far distant past, then suddenly emerge again from nowhere." Dalek, Army of Ghosts/Doomsday, etc.

    Pg 67 "All she knew was that suddenly, without warning, a planet had been destroyed." Gallifrey, the Time War.

    Pg 109 "'Have you ever had a dream?' [...] 'Well there's this one where I'm being chased on a rocking horse by a Slitheen'" Aliens of London/World War Three etc.

    "The one planet that eluded me. Destroyed utterly" Gallifrey, during the Time War.

    Pg 117 "There was a time, once, when I was caged. I wanted to wander, and They said: No. [...] The people around me treated me like a resource, not understanding that their every desire tightened the chains that bound me." The Doctor's exile to Earth (The War Games through to The Three Doctors).

    Pg 133 "Lizard men and one-eyed green creatures with dodgy haircuts and some jelly-like blobs that didn't seem to have any eyes" Possibly Silurians, Monoids and Rutans.

    Pg 147 "The dodo - and Martha couldn't fathom why the Doctor had decided to call it Dorothea - stuck close to her side" Dorothea "Dodo" Chaplet was the first Doctor's companion from The Massacre through The War Games.

    Pg 208 "Where are Beaus, M82, M83, M84, Celation, Isop, Kinrexian?" A Celation representative appeared in The Dalek Master Plan. Vortis was located in the Isop Galaxy, which was also mentioned in The Long Game.

    Pg 239 "You never met Mickey, did you?" Rose et al. And, in fact, Martha would eventually marry him (The End of Time).

    OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
    None.

    NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
    Tommy, Rix, Vanni, Celia, Hr'oln, Dorothea the dodo.

    CONTINUITY COCK-UPS

    1. Pg 15 "Oh, but there're plenty of places without cages these days. My these days, I mean, where I come from." Should be "By these days, I mean".
    2. Pgs 88-89 The Aye-Aye is worth 500 points on page 88, but 900 points in the table on page 89 (and thereafter).
    3. Pgs 114-115 The Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) is worth 300 points on page 114, but 250 points on page 115 (and thereafter).
    4. Pgs 128-129 The Chinese three-striped box turtle is worth 700 points on page 128, but 350 points on page 129 (and thereafter).
    5. Pgs 142-143 The Phorusrhacos is worth 800 points on page 142, but 450 points on page 143 (and thereafter).
    6. Pgs 180/241 The Megalosaurus is worth 400 points on page 180, but 600 points on pages 241 and 247.

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

    1. Martha sometimes get tongue-tied around the Doctor.
    2. Martha sometimes get number-tied as well.
    3. Martha is rubbish at sums.
    4. Heaven help anyone who Martha prescribes medication to.
    5. "50cc's of oxycholachlorine. No wait, I mean 300. Or is it 750?"
    6. The numbers in the entries add up to 150 points more than those in the table, so Martha has actually earned her points anyway. Clearly Big Chief I Spyder didn't want to embarrass her and awarded her the certificate anyway.

    FEATURED ALIEN RACES
    Pg 25 The musuem's staff are almost certainly aliens, but they look humanoid.

    Pg 133 "Lizard men and one-eyed green creatures with dodgy haircuts and some jelly-like blobs that didn't seem to have any eyes" Possibly Silurians, Monoids and Rutans.

    Pg 209 Eve is an android.

    Pg 233 Hr'oln is the last of the Cirranins. They have tusks, triangular eyes and look like a small sea cow with arms.

    FEATURED LOCATIONS
    Pg 7 Mauritius, 1681

    Pg 28 The Museum of the Last Ones, c 2067 (page 44).

    Pg 55 A warehouse on Earth, c 2067.

    Pg 68 A house on Earth, c 2067.

    Pg 80 A caravan on Earth, c 2067.

    Pg 91 A garden on Earth, c 2067.

    Pgs 118/132 A Vietnamese market on Earth, c 2067.

    Pg 145 The UK, c 2067.

    IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
    This is an enormously fun book, with interesting things to say about evolution and our treatment of animals. Even better, there are no precocious children. The Doctor is well characterised, with some touching moments of pathos as he confronts the last survivors of many other species, while Martha's diary entries allow her to shine. The plot is the usual Rayner convolutedness, leaping around from one barely described location to another via some technological means that doesn't involve the TARDIS, but at least it shows and doesn't tell. And Hr'oln's final story is genuinely touching. Great stuff.