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Blood Heat (novel)

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Blood Heat
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Doctor: [[doctor::Seventh Doctor]]
Companion(s): Ace
Main enemy: Silurians, Sea Devils
Main setting: England, 1993 (alternative timeline)
Key crew
Publisher: [[publisher::Virgin Books]]
Writer: Jim Mortimore
Release details
Release number: 19
Release date: October 1993
Format: Paperback Book, 309 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20399-2
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Blood Heat was the nineteenth novel in the Virgin New Adventures series of novels. It was written by Jim Mortimore and features the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice. This is the first New Adventure novel to delve into an alternate universe, spawned from alternate events of Doctor Who and the Silurians.

Publisher's summary

Not men, Ace. Silurians. The original rulers of the Earth.

The TARDIS is attacked by an alien force; Bernice is flung into the Vortex; and the Doctor and Ace crash-land on Earth.

An attack by dinosaurs convinces the Doctor that he and Ace have arrived in the Jurassic Era. But when they find a woman being hunted by intelligent reptiles, he begins to suspect that something is very wrong.

Then they meet the embittered Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, leading the remnants of UNIT in a hopeless fight against the Silurians who rule his world. And they find out that it all began when the Doctor died...



Aquatic vessels


The Doctor

  • The Doctor has two more ribs than a human.
  • Morka killed the alternative Third Doctor, shocking the Doctor.
  • The Doctor performs a time ram to destroy this universe to save his own after lying to Ace and Benny about ensuring the Alternative Universe has a semi-natural lifespan.

The Doctor's items


  • Jo Grant was sent to retrieve the launch codes the Brigadier planned to use. She goes insane from radiation exposure and Race Memory fear.
  • Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart injects a stimulant into Jo Grant to get information from her. It kills her.
  • Liz Shaw married a man named James Lester. He hit his head looking for food and died.
  • Bernice gets shot while trying to stop the nuclear missiles.
  • Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart bursts into tears over all the death he caused, including the shattered eggs of the Silurians.
  • Manisha saw her version of Ace die, an inversion of events in the primary universe, where Ace saw Manisha die when her flat was firebombed. (TV: Ghost Light)



  • Ace has been out of the Spacefleet for a few months, though she still wears the uniform/body armour.



  • The TARDIS falls through a puncture in the Time Vortex.
  • Ace lifts the TARDIS belonging to the alternate Doctor (which had fallen on its doors) single-handedly and with a broken arm.
  • Ace makes the (alternate universe) TARDIS materialise around the entire planet Earth, placing everything in a state of temporal grace.
  • The Doctor uses the secondary console room.
  • The Doctor takes his third self's TARDIS from the alternate universe as his is lost in a tar pit. This TARDIS has a working Chameleon Circuit.



  • A prelude to this novel was published in DWM 205.


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