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Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible (novel)

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Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible
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Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Ace
Main enemy: The Process
Main setting:
Key crew
Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: Marc Platt
Release details
Release number: 5
Release date: 20 February 1992
Format: Paperback Book; 32 Chapters, 275 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20365-8
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Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible was the fifth book in the New Adventures series and the first in the Cat's Cradle sub-trilogy. It features the Seventh Doctor and Ace and was written by Marc Platt.

Publisher's summary Edit

"You're on your own, Ace."

The TARDIS is invaded by an alien presence, and is then destroyed. The Doctor disappears.

Ace, lost and alone, finds herself in a bizarre deserted city ruled by the tyrannical, leech-like monster known as the Process.

Lost voyagers drawn forward from Ancient Gallifrey perform obsessive rituals in the ruins.

The strands of time are tangled in a cat's cradle of dimensions.

Only the Doctor can challenge the rule of the Process and restore the stolen Future.

But the Doctor was destroyed long ago, before Time began.

Plot Edit

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Characters Edit

Crew of the Time Scaphe

Ancient Gallifrey

References Edit

Astronomical objects Edit

Biology Edit

  • Rassilon created the Looms to save Gallifrey from potential extinction caused by Pythia's curse of sterility upon Gallifrey.

Books Edit

Cults Edit

  • The Pythia sends her sisterhood to Karn.

Food Edit

Gallifreyan Chapter Houses Edit

Gallifreyan culture Edit

  • Sepulchasm is a board game on Gallifrey.
  • Anmers-Tonastide was the Festival of the Timewright.
  • Kithriarch equals "father" on Gallifrey before Rassilon.
  • Treazant was the currency on Gallifrey.
  • Pianalaika is related to music or bands.
  • White sand was imported from Mirphak 2 to Gallifrey for the Games of Rassilon because it showed up the blood better.
  • The Academia was a place of learning on Gallifrey.

Gallifreyan history Edit

  • The Pythia were the ruler of Gallifrey before Rassilon.
  • Pythia came from before the Intuitive Revelation which heralded the rise of Rassilon to power.

Gallifreyan organisations Edit

Individuals Edit

  • Satthralope was house keeper in the Doctor's House on Gallifrey.

Locations Edit

Objects Edit

Organisations Edit

Species Edit

Theories and concepts Edit


  • Banshee circuits are what the TARDIS uses to survive when everything else fails. It uses whatever resources are available: people, places, dreams etc.

Vehicles Edit

Notes Edit

  • This is the first novel in the Cat's Cradle trilogy.
  • This story was adapted from an unproduced television story.
  • Time's Crucible leads directly into Warhead, implying that the Doctor was planning to deal with the Butler Institute after having a meal with Ace in Ealing before the Process broke into the TARDIS.

Continuity Edit

Gallery Edit

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