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Apollo 23
Apollo 23
Doctor: Eleventh Doctor
Companion(s): Amy
Main enemy: Talerians
Main setting: England, Texas and The Moon, 2010
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Justin Richards
Read by: James Albrecht
Release details
Release number: 37
Release date: 22 April 2010

1 July 2010 (Audio)

Format: Hardcover, 248 Pages
ISBN 978-1-84607-200-0
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Apollo 23 was the 37th book in the BBC New Series Adventures range.

It was notable for not just being the first Eleventh Doctor NSA book, but actually the first Eleventh Doctor book to be released. It is also Amy Pond's first appearance in the NSA series.

It was written by Justin Richards and published on 22 April 2010.

Publisher's summary Edit

"Houston – we have a problem."

An astronaut in full spacesuit appears out of thin air in a busy shopping centre. Maybe it’s a publicity stunt.

A photo shows an immaculately-dressed woman in her best shoes lying dead at the edge of a crater on the dark side of the moon – beside her beloved dog ‘Poochie’. Maybe it’s a hoax.

But as the Doctor and Amy find out, these are just minor events in a sinister plan to take over every human being on earth. The plot centres on a secret military base on the moon – that’s where Amy and the TARDIS are.

The Doctor is back on Earth, and without the TARDIS there’s no way he can get to the moon to save Amy and defeat the aliens.

Or is there? The Doctor discovers one last great secret that could save humanity: Apollo 23.

Characters Edit

  • Eleventh Doctor
    • Enthuses about how "cool" it was to be a prisoner on the moon (see TV: Frontier in Space).
    • Spends a lot of time trying to keep his hair out of his eyes.
    • Compares Amy to Snow White.
    • Dislikes being called "Doc", but unlike previous Doctors, responds with humour, saying "Doc was a dwarf" rather than anger.
  • Amy Pond
    • The Doctor describes her as compassionate, strong willed and "more than a pretty face"
    • The Doctor also says her eyes are brown, compassionate and warm.
  • Professor Jackson
    • The leading Scientist aboard Base Diana
    • Has pale blue eyes.
  • Major Carlisle
    • A bitter, ruthless Major on Base Diana
    • Has brown eyes.
    • The one member of Base Diana not infected by the Talerians and eventual ally of the Doctor and Amy.
  • Captain Reeve
    • Apparently the friendly counterpart of Major Carlisle aboard Base Diana
  • Colonel Devenish
    • In charge of Base Diana
  • Nurse Phllips
    • In charge of Medical
  • General Walinski
    • In charge of Base Hibiscus
  • Candace Hecker
    • In charge of Science Base Hibiscus
  • Agent Jennings
    • Secret Agent with information on the Doctor
    • Works for the CIA
    • Has bright green eyes.
  • Commander Raarag
    • Leader of the Talerians
    • Killed by Professor Jackson.

References Edit

  • The Doctor mentions T-Mat, which was an important technology used in the Second Doctor story TV: The Seeds of Death.
  • UNIT and Torchwood are mentioned, as well as detailed files regarding the organisation's dealings with previous incarnations of The Doctor.
  • Professor Jackson refers to the "Keller Process" in relation to the "treatments" he's giving the prisoners (TV: The Mind of Evil).
  • The Doctor jokes about being a prisoner on the moon. This occurred in TV: Frontier in Space, when he was imprisoned in a penal colony.
  • Agent Jennings' boss is called Control, who may be the same Control who turns up in a number of Past Doctor Adventures, including PROSE: The King of Terror.
  • The spacesuits the Doctor and Amy wear (with large translucent bubble helmets) are similar to those the Doctor and his companions wore in TV: The Moonbase.
  • The fuel used in Apollo 23 is the M3 Variant designed by the British Rocket Group for the Mars Missions as seen in TV: The Ambassadors of Death.
  • Agent Jennings says he'd have recognised the Doctor if he was older. Given he has read both the UNIT and Torchwood files, this implies he was expecting either the Third Doctor or the Tenth Doctor.
  • Base Diana uses an information storage system using water. This was last seen in AUDIO: The Genocide Machine.

Notes Edit

  • There was some initial confusion over the title of this book, as some media coverage, including Doctor Who Magazine, used the erroneous title Apollo 13.
  • This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.

Continuity Edit

Audio release Edit

  • The story was released as an audiobook on 6x CD read by James Albrecht.
  • The audiobook is also available as a download from the AudioGo website.

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