It's the Summer of Love, but a new drug is destroying everything.
Second, with a cameo by the Fourth.
Ben and Polly.
Pg 15 In the middle of a thick cluster of trees just off one of the paths, the Panhandle, Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, 1967.
Pg 90 Summer's spare bedroom, New England, over thirty years later.
Pg 14 "More silver, a metallic headpiece, black holes, like eyes, piercing a grey cloth-like face." A Cyberman from The Tenth Planet.
Pg 25 "We've got supermen from the stars coming here in times past to be our gods and Atlantis calling out" Possible forward reference to Fallen Gods.
Pg 28 "A Menoptera. One of a race that exists on a planet far, far away from here." The Web Planet.
Pg 43 "The Doctor recognised that they came from a sort of super-computer called WOTAN, which we had a bit of trouble with a while back." The War Machines.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
None (the old enemies mentioned above are merely visions).
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Summer (Jess Willamy), Denny Glass, Jack Stimpson.
- Pg 14 "Ben gave a derisive snort" Summer knows Ben's name before being introduced to him two pages later.
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
- Summer is writing this from a much later perspective and forgets that she wasn't supposed to know Ben's name at that point.
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
Pg 79 The Colour Beasts, twice the size of humans, with enormous batwings, ridges and horns on their faces and colours swirling across the surface. They are normally invisible to the eye, except when under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs.
San Francisco, summer 1967.
New England, over thirty years later (according to page 89)
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
Wonderland is an odd mix. It's got a second Doctor who's just plain wrong, but he's wrong in a way that is so different to the way authors usually get him wrong that you almost want to award points for effort. The plot is so flimsy the narrator ties it up with a "and then the Doctor did whatever he did to fix it while I was elsewhere" which is so brazen it's amost funny. And the continuity-as-symbolism is childish at best. But on the other hand, it's got a fabulously drawn setting, a wonderful character in Summer and some riffs on sixties idealism that are so devastatingly accurate that it hurts. By no means awful, but a few more drafts and this could have been outstanding.