a real world point of view
|Dancing the Code|
|Companion(s):||Jo, the Brigadier|
|Main enemy:||The Xarax|
|Main setting:||London, 1970s|
|Release date:||April 1995|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 256 Pages|
|Virgin Missing Adventures|
|Time of Your Life||The Menagerie|
Dancing the Code was the ninth novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by Paul Leonard. It featured the Third Doctor, Jo Grant, Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Mike Yates, John Benton and UNIT.
Publisher's summary Edit
- "The Brigadier’s going to shoot you, Jo," the Third Doctor said grimly, "and then he’s going to shoot me. Both of us are going to die."
The Doctor builds a machine designed to predict the future. It shows the Brigadier murdering him and Jo in cold blood. Unable to tell where or when this event is destined to occur, the Doctor and Jo decide that they must stay apart.
Jo is sent on a top-secret mission to the war-torn Arab nation of Kebiria. But upon arrival, she is immediately arrested and consigned to a brutal political prison. The Kebirians have something to hide: deep in the North African desert, an alien infestation is rapidly growing. And the Doctor and UNIT soon discover that unless it is stopped, the alien presence will spread to overrun the entire world.
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- Third Doctor
- Jo Grant
- Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
- Mike Yates
- Catriona Talliser
- Corporal Anton Deveraux
- Sakir Mohammad
- Prime Minister Benari
- Sadeq Zalloua
- Vincent Tayid
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- The Xarax are insects the size of hippopotami, with three-foot long mandibles, whose bodily fluid is honey. They can impersonate all manner of people (quite well) and machines (not as well). They're essentially a biological tool kit, and some of their forms include: defenders (tank-like insects with armoured bodies, stumpy legs and forward-sloping heads), spider-like weaver units, and a being that looks like a huge hexagonal nut.
- Sergeant Osgood first appeared in TV: The Dæmons
- The Doctor mentions Metebelis III (TV: The Three Doctors)
- There are references to Nestenes and Delphons (TV: Spearhead from Space, TV: Terror of the Autons), Axons (TV: The Claws of Axos), Solos (TV: The Mutants), Spiridon (TV: Planet of the Daleks), Cybermen (TV: The Invasion), Daleks, Ogrons, and Reginald Styles (TV: Day of the Daleks), Dæmons (TV: The Dæmons), Arcturans and Ice Warriors (TV: The Curse of Peladon), Sea Devils (TV: The Sea Devils), Drashigs (TV: Carnival of Monsters), and the Mars Probes (TV: The Ambassadors of Death).
- Detailed synopsis of Dancing the Code at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Dancing the Code at The Whoniverse