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Atom Bomb Blues (novel)

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Atom Bomb Blues
Atom Bomb Blues
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Ace
Main enemy:
Lady Silk
Imperial Lee
Main setting: New Mexico and California, 1945
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Andrew Cartmel
Cover by: Black Sheep
Release details
Release number: 76
Release date: 25 December 2005
Format: Paperback Book; 15 Chapters, 277 Pages
ISBN 0-563-48635-X
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Published on Christmas 2005, Atom Bomb Blues was the final novel in the BBC Books Past Doctor Adventures range, after which the imprint began to focus exclusively on publishing books featuring the then-current television incarnation of the Doctor (the Ninth Doctor). It was the last full-length Doctor Who novel to date to be published in the traditional mass market paperback format (a number of shorter novellas have been published in trade paperback editions, however).

Publisher's summary Edit

Los Alamos, New Mexico, 1945. The Second World War is coming to its bloody conclusion, and in the American desert the race is on to build an atomic bomb. The fate of the world is at stake in more ways than one.

Someone, or something, is trying to alter the course of history at this most delicate point. And destroy the human race. Posing as a nuclear scientist with Ace as his research assistant, the Doctor plays detective among the Manhattan Project scientists, while desperately trying to avoid falling under suspicion himself.

As the minutes tick away to the world's first atom bomb blast, the Doctor and Ace find themselves up to their necks in spies, aliens of the flying saucer variety, and some very nasty saboteurs from another dimension.

Chapter titles Edit

  • Prologue: The Girl on the Sofa
  1. Three Days Earlier
  2. At the Party
  3. Cactus Needles
  4. Lady Silk
  5. By the Pond
  6. A Warm Night
  7. Into the Desert
  8. On Board the Craft
  9. Breakfast with the Duke
  10. Chapel of the Red Apocalypse
  11. California Death Cult
  12. The Well of Transition
  13. The Devil
  • Epilogue: Trinity

Plot Edit

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Characters Edit

References Edit

Ace refers to her prior meeting with Dr Judson, calling it a 'caper'. (TV: The Curse of Fenric)

Notes Edit

Continuity Edit

  • Ace remembers meeting Courtney Pine and getting his autograph (she seems to remember getting her CD autographed, but it was actually an audio cassette). (TV: Silver Nemesis)

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