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Downtime (novelisation)

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Based on: Downtime
Main character(s): Victoria, Sarah, the Brig
Main enemy: The Great Intelligence
Main setting:
Key crew
Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: Marc Platt
Release details
Release number: 18
Release date: 18 January 1996
Format: Paperback Book, 263 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20462-X
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Downtime by Marc Platt was a novelisation of the independent film Downtime, released as the eighteenth book of the Virgin Missing Adventures line. It was the second of two novelisations published under the line; the other, The Ghosts of N-Space, was a novelisation of a BBC Radio Drama. This release was also the second spin-off based story to be released by Virgin Books. The other was the novel Shakedown, which was in part a novelisation/tie-in to Reeltime Pictures' Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans.

Publisher's summary

Across the room, in a high-backed leather chair, Victoria saw the old man from the reading room. His face was curiously young for someone so long dead.

In 1966, the Doctor defeated the Great Intelligence, but he knew it wasn't a final victory. And his companion Victoria, whose mind had once hosted the evil entity, might still fall prey to its power.

Now it seems that his fears are justified. In a Tibetan monastery, the monks display unearthly powers — UNIT are investigating. A new university has opened in London with a secret agenda that may threaten the whole country. Victoria, abandoned in an age very different from her own, and haunted by visions of a father she refuses to believe is dead, is slipping into despair and madness. But are the visions which plague her really hallucinations? Or has the Great Intelligence once again made Earth its target for invasion?


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