The Voracious Craw is devouring everything in its path. But the Doctor and Martha are trapped inside a building where all is not as it seems.
Pg 10 In a glade, Tiermann's World.
Pg 220 In the ruined shell of the Dreamhome, Tiermann's World.
Pg 23 "He made a lot of money in the Servo-furnishing industry." This probably isn't related to the Servo Robots of The Wheel in Space. But you never know.
Pg 47 "'Do you have siblings, Marth?' Solin asked, sitting by her again. 'Oh yes,' she laughed. 'A whole bunch of them. Well, a brother and a sister.'" Leo and Tish, first seen in Smith and Jones.
Pg 65 "The Doctor and Martha: they looked out for each other. They were responsible for each other. Smith and Jones." Reference to the 2007 story of the same name.
Pg 109 "I once tamed a savage beast by singing lullabies to it. Aggedor, the Royal Beast of Peladon." The Curse of Peladon/The Monster of Peladon.
Pg 166 "The Doctor was going to go all mistry over Rose again." Rose et al.
"You have never lost your only home, Doctor. You have never lost your place in the universe." Gallifrey, lost in the Time War, first mentioned in The End of the World.
Pg 175 "No second chances, Tiermann" The Christmas Invasion.
Pg 195 "I've been stuck on the moon with the Judoon [...] And caught in a gridlock in the year five billion and fifty-three, and just about plunged into the heart of a living sun." Smith and Jones, Gridlock, 42.
"It doesn't scare me. Not after seeing the likes of the dead forests of Skaro after the neutron bomb" The Daleks.
Pg 240 "Smith and Jones. At home in the universe." Smith and Jones.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Solin, Barbara the vending machine.
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
Pg 15 A sabre-tooth tiger
Pg 28 Servo-furnishing robots.
Pg 75 A muscular, ox-like creature.
Pg 76 The Voracious Craw, an enormous, planet-devouring worm. It's a putrid green colour, with a mouth big enough to swallow a town centre, but no other features.
Pg 90 A bear-like creature with an ivory horn.
Pg 99 The Domovoi, a computer made out of fire, with two black eyes and a black mouth in the midst of the flames.
Pg 125 Tiermann is part human, part Servo-furnishing.
Pg 197 Giant albino bats, with red eyes and shaggy, yellowish hides.
Pg 13 Dreamhome and its surroundings, Tiermann's World. Time unknown.
Pg 176 A spaceship.
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
This is a cute little story with some trademark Magrs wackiness (walking vending machines, intelligent sunbeds, a computer made out of fire and a mindless, planet-devouring worm). It does take a while to get going, so much so that you're either wondering why it's called Sick Building for half the book, or impatiently waiting for the plot to catch up to the title. Tiermann's an interesting choice: if this were a traditional Doctor Who story, he'd have begun as a genial inventor, only to oppose the Doctor later, but here he's a bastard from the start. Otherwise, it's a bit slight, but continues the upturn in quality these books have been enjoying lately.