Plague City
by Jonathan Morris

Publisher: BBC
ISBN: 1 785 942709


    In 1645 Edinburgh, ghosts of the recently departed are haunting the city.


    Bill Potts and Nardole.

    Pg 9 In an alleyway, Edinburgh, 1645.

    Pg 227 Inside the sponge chamber underneath Edinburgh.

    Pg 230 Several days earlier (offscreen).

    Nine days earlier (offscreen).

    Pg 233 Inside the sponge chamber again, back in the main timezone.

    Pg 234 The TARDIS makes a side trip to New Earth that we don't see.

    Pg 245 Edinburgh, 2017.


    Pg 11 "No, don't do that." Nardole is going Scottish, prompting a quote from the tenth Doctor in Scotland when Rose tried to do the accent in Tooth and Claw.

    Pg 24 "It was locked, so he pulled out his sonic screwdriver and buzzed it until the iron lock clicked and clanked." Fury From the Deep et al.

    Pg 46 "The Doctor presented his psychic paper with a flourish." The End of the World et al.

    Pg 47 "'I sir, am the Lord Provost, Sir John Smith.' 'Good name, very memorable,' said the Doctor." Spearhead from Space et al.

    Pg 63 "I've known the Doctor for over twenty years." The Husbands of River Song. But see Continuity Cock-Ups.

    Pg 74 "The Doctor didn't need to sleep - he liked to say it was for tortoises" The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

    Pg 115 "It was as if she was suddenly remembring the loss of her mother all over again. Her mother's face. Her warmth." We saw Bill's mother in photos in The Pilot et al and in person (sort of) in The Lie of the Land. But see Continuity Cock-Ups

    Pg 138 "Narrows it down." World War Three.

    Pg 140 "'I have a duty of care,' she said." Possible reference to the Doctor saying the same thing in Under the Lake.

    Pg 145 "The Doctor buzzed the sonic screwdriver at the door, but it had no effect. 'Doesn't work on wood.'" Silence in the Library

    Pg 166 "Any more, or is that it? How about some logic puzzles? Maybe a maze?" Death to the Daleks, Pyramids of Mars.

    Pg 175 "That's how they communicate with each other, they sense and share their emotions. Bit like the Isolus, if you've ever heard of them." Fear Her.

    Pg 220 "And then, like a rock star at Wembley, the Doctor emerged from the fog, walking slowly and deliberately, strumming at his electric guitar." The Magician's Apprentice et al.

    Pg 225 "The Doctor handed his sunglasses to Bill." The sonic sunglasses first appeared in The Magician's Apprentice.

    Pg 234 "The Doctor... the Night Doctor came for me, and took me for treatment. There were these sisters, what looked like cats -" Cat nuns, New Earth.


    Thomas, Isobel, Catherine, Sir John Smith, Betsy.

    The Psycholops.


    1. Pg 63 "I've known the Doctor for over twenty years." Nardole has known the Doctor considerably longer than that. He spent 24 years with him at the end of The Husbands of River Song. But in The Pilot, it's stated that he's been lecturing at St Luke's University for over 70 years. So that means Nardole has known him for more then 90 years.
    2. Pg 115 "It was as if she was suddenly remembring the loss of her mother all over again. Her mother's face. Her warmth." How exactly is Bill remembering her mother when she died shortly after childbirth, as stated in The Pilot.
    3. Pg 159 "But after a few metres, the tunnel narrowed even further, to no more than a 30 centimetres wide." What's that?

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

    1. 90 is nevertheless more than 20.
    2. Bill talks to her mother in her head, so this is what she's remembering.
    3. The tunnel causes hallucinations based on your greatest fears. Clearly Bill is terrified of poor syntax.

    Pg 60 Ghosts of the recently departed (in actuality a copy of the original that's animated by the Psycholops).

    Pg 97 Grief leeches, 30 centimetre long gelatinous lampreys with serrated ridges and fronds at one end.

    Pg 107 The Night Doctor

    Pgs 172-173, 175 The Psycholops are a psychic gestalt, space-bound race who migrate in large shoals. They resemble large sponges and can possess people telepathically.

    Pgs 13/52 Edinburgh, 1645

    IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
    Once upon a time, Jonathan Morris was the most exciting voice in Doctor Who novels, with some of the most innovative (and funny) ideas. How times have changed. This is a perfectly servicable, perfectly bland novel. It's unclear why the Scottish accents are transliterated (and the Doctor's isn't), rather than relying on the TARDIS translation circuits. The three leads are reasonably well done. The setting is well evoked. The monsters are appropriately creepy. There's nothing actually wrong with this book, but it's so generic that there's nothing particularly special about it either. Times have indeed changed.