The world is going to be destroyed on 18th May 1969. It has to do with a cult based around the notorious Revolution Man and a drug called Om-Tsor, which gives its users almost god-like powers. So along come the Doctor and Sam to fix it. But the sixties, allegedly a time of peace and love, masks the normal fears and paranoias, and, if you happen to be a Chinese agent, like Fitz, nothing really makes as much sense as you thought it did. The end of the world, it turns out, is really rather nigh.
Sam Jones and Fitz Kreiner. The latter leaves the Doctor for two years of his time and about a week of 'Doctor' time. But he's back now and, we're sure, better than ever.
Pg 17 Near Earls Court station, London, 1967.
Pg 80 Maddie's house in Shooter's Hill, 1967.
Pg 96 In a hospital, 1967.
Pg 103 The East Worldham Pop Festival, 4th June, 1968.
Pg 147 TLB HQ, East Cheam (!), June, 1968.
Pg 175 Where Maddie is, in the Himalayas, 5th June 1968.
Pg 177 Back in East Cheam, a moment or two after leaving.
Pg 189 Ramsgate, February 14th, 1969.
Pg 194 Ramsgate, a few more times, looking for a message.
Pg 210 The hovercraft terminal at Ramsgate, 12th April.
Pg 220 A grass verge near Ramsgate, by Fitz's car.
Pg 223 The TLB HQ, back in East Cheam, but now, due to the outrageous author convenience of unexplained 'slippage in the Vortex' on 18th May.
Pg 240 Wembley Stadium.
The Little Red Book, by that age-old friend of the Doctor (and see the manic retcon below), Mao Tse Tung.
Pg 2 Mention of Sontarans
Pg 20 "His voice drifted back: '... Yetis in the underground.'" The Web of Fear as quoted in Remembrance of the Daleks.
"'... regeneration?' 'Yes, yes. The Brigadier was most confused, poor chap.'" Spearhead from Space.
"They're [the Yeti] not due for another year or two." The Web of Fear again, and trying to fix the date of said story in the late 1960s or 1970.
Pg 25 "He remembered the way that everyone on the Vega space station had spoken English." Demontage.
Pg 26 "Hadn't the Doctor said something about a 'chameleon circuit'?" See Logopolis and Attack of the Cybermen for the Doctor' attempts to reactivate said circuit. With hilarious consequences. [And, by the by, has anyone noticed that no one ever uses the phrase 'with hilarious consequences' to mean what it says it means anymore?]
"I hear you have your own country. The Fitz Free State, no?" Mentioned in The Taint.
Pg 29 "How many revolutions have you been in lately? I've been in two - no, three. And a couple of rather nasty wars, and some protests." Erm, could be anything. That said, by our reckoning, she hasn't been in any revolutions at all.
Pg 30 "'You haven't been in the front line.' 'I have.' 'But you haven't killed anyone.' 'I have.' Genocide. The Doctor actually appears to be a bit upset about this, and well he might be.
Pg 34 "When they'd defeated vampires in LA and Tractites in alternative worlds." Vampire Science and Genocide.
Pg 35 "Suddenly the Doctor glanced back at her sharply, flicked his eyebrows in a familiar coded gesture." Maybe Delphon - see Spearhead from Space. Maybe not.
Pg 48 "Probably to cover up something he'd said about the Canvine on Vega." Demontage.
Pg 50 "At the check she handed over her own passport, one of the Doctor's many falsies, this one in the name of a Mrs Evelyn Smith." Seemingly a poor attempt to tie the Big Finish audios to the EDAs, although since this book was released a good year before The Marian Conspiracy, possibly just a coincidence. Damn big one though.
Pg 56 "The organization it purported to be from didn't quite exist yet, and the Brigadier who'd signed it was still a colonel in the British Army." UNIT and good old Alistair, currently pre-The Web of Fear.
Pg 59 "Fitz had got to the TARDIS at Earl's Court only to find a notice, OUT OF ORDER, hanging on the door." As in The War Machines. And, incidentally, there was an police box at Earl's Court when this book was written.
Pg 61 Mention of Selachians and Zygons. The Murder Game and Terror of the Zygons, amongst others.
Pg 68 "Police bail, a Dr John Smith, English." Back to The Wheel in Space for the old favourite of pseudonyms.
Pg 78 "You don't happen to have a motorbike that I can borrow?" The Telemovie.
Pg 80 "Fitz followed, wondering if the Doctor thought he could bring back the dead." The Telemovie, ill-advisedly.
Pg 84 "The car that the Doctor kept in the console room was partly dismembered at the moment." But nowhere near as dismembered as it's going to get in two books time; Unnatural History.
Pg 89 "The man could almost have been a Sontaran from one of the Doctor's holiday pics." The Time Warrior et al, and another strange mention of the fact that the Doctor appears to have gone on holiday with them at some point. See also Players.
Pg 93 "She found a call box, dialled a Kent number." Presumably the NA House in Allen Road, as first seen in Cat's Cradle: Warhead.
Pg 119 "They called these mountains the roof of the world." And they entitled an episode of Marco Polo after them.
Pg 177 "He tapped a brass calendar with black and white figures on it that said '5 June 1968 HUMANIAN ERA.'" Similar to the Telemovie, but a different device.
"A single, gonglike alarm rang out," That'll be the Cloister Bell then, back after popular demand since Logopolis.
Pg 189 "We save the universe six times before breakfast each morning." Quoted from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and later mis-quoted by Terrance Dicks in The Five Doctors.
Pg 191 On Chairman Mao: "Knew. In a previous - well, a long time ago. When he was still... Before he lost... oh, well, I've been through that." A retcon of the comment in The Mind of Evil that the Doctor counted the founder of the Cultural Revolution amongst his friends and also, possibly, a sly reference to the NAs.
Pg 192 "We were involved in a paradox loop once before, and we almost didn't get out." Genocide.
Pg 194 "'Sounds like a number sixty-seven to me.' The Doctor gave her one of his big wavy grins. 'Yes! That's it! Leave notes in the same place every week -'" Foreshadowing for Unnatural History.
Pg 210 It sounded horribly inefficient, yet she remembered that sixties science fiction had been full of futures with hovercraft." So did science fiction of the seventies, if Planet of the Spiders is anything to go by.
"Or the first weeks on Ha'olam." Seeing I.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Signor Catelli. Pippa. Some British agents, including Alan, Charlie, Frank and Ray. The hugely-inappropriately-named Brothers Sunshine. The TLB: Pippa, Jim, Haystacks and a few others. Jin-Ming - now whatever happened to him? A convenient old lady, who's able to give appropriate information at an appropriate time.
The Revolution, a cafˇ off Piccadilly Circus, and environs.
Various places around Blackheath, including the Greenwich meridian in Greenwich park.
St. James's Square, London.
TLB HQ in East Cheam, hilariously. That's where I'd put my anarchist hide-out, anyway.