The Doctor returns to Vortis and discovers the Menoptera have been made
Jamie and Victoria.
The surface of Vortis, many generations after The Web Planet (page 29).
The void inside Vortis (page 243).
The surface again (we don't actually see this, but the Doctor leaves
Victoria with a homing beacon and at the end they say farewell to the
natives and leave in the TARDIS, so it must have rematerialised there).
This is a sequel to The Web Planet.
Pg 15 "He had actually worn one himself, he had recounted modestly, when
TARDIS had travelled into the future to the surface of the moon and he'd
encountered the Cybermen." The Moonbase.
Pg 16 "That was before they had fallen under Maxtible's power, and
become in turn tools of those terrible Dalek creatures." Evil of the
Pg 64 "The evil Animus, part spider part plant, which had tried to
absorb all life on Vortis into its planetwide web, was defeated, though at
great cost." The Web Planet.
Pg 66 "During the struggle with the Animus a stranger came to Vortis
with three companions of his kind." The Web Planet.
Pg 73 "With our TARDIS also released from the Animus's hold, I and my
good friends Ian, Barbara and Vicki left to continue our travels once
more." The Web Planet.
Pg 76 "'I have a sonic emitter somewhere in the TARDIS that could do
this,' he muttered. 'I really must remember to carry it in future...'" The
sonic screwdriver, first seen in Fury from the Deep, which this story is
set shortly before.
Pg 97 "We built spacecraft many thousand risings ago to settle the
moons during the war against the Animus, but gave them up when they were
no longer needed." The Web Planet.
Pg 147 "Was it not the Doctor's companion Bar-bara Wright who actually
destroyed the Animus those many moons ago?" The Web Planet.
Pg 209 "The last time I was here, they 'd been forced off Vortis for
years by the Animus, but were still fighting to regain their world." The
Pg 221 "It's another intelligence, just like in Tibet. The yeti, the
Detsen Monastery, remember?" The Abominable Snowmen.
Pg 244 "Remember how it was on the moon? Well you're even lighter
here." The Moonbase.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
The Zarbi, the Menoptera, the Optera, the Larvae Guns, the Animus (or
progeny, but it has the memories of the original).
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Draga, Shallvar, Krestus, Nallia, Valio, Yostor.
- Pg 76 "'I have a sonic emitter somewhere in the TARDIS that could do
this,' he muttered. 'I really must remember to carry it in future...'"
This is contradicted by Dreams of Empire which had
the second Doctor already carrying his new sonic screwdriver. However, the
mistake is Dreams', since it was published later.
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
- The sonic screwdriver didn't work perfectly in Dreams of Empire, so possibly the Doctor
dismantled it, made a bulkier but better version and then returned to the
shape he has in Dreams of Empire for Fury from the Deep.
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
The Zarbi, the Menoptera, the Optera, the Larvae Guns, the Animus.
The Rhumons, humanoids with three crests on their head and membranes
over their ears (page 43).
Grey monsters, featureless lumbering zombie-like creatures (page 84).
Myripeds, the Vortisan counterpart of a millipede, but fifteen foot
long and as high as Victoria's waist (page 117).
The Gods of Light, electromagnetically organized plasma beings a mile
across (page 252).
Vortis, which can move around under its own power and is revealed to be an
experiment gone wrong. The events take place many generations after The
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
Twilight of the Gods is one of the slowest reads in the history of Doctor
Who publishing, which makes it a worthy, if dull, sequel to The Web
Planet. Most of that story's peaks are hit (everyone aside from the
TARDIS crew is very alien), but when the Zarbi, the Menoptera, the Optera
and the Larvae guns have put in their contractually obliged appearances,
it's not much of a surprise who the big bad turns out to be. There's some
attempt at revisionist history with the nature of Vortis, but it's not
particularly interesting and the whole thing collapses under the weight of
its glacial pace and the run of sequelitis that almost killed the MAs.