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Empire of Death (novel)

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Empire of Death
Empire of Death
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Nyssa
Main enemy: The Creatures on the Other Side
Main setting: London and New Lanark, 14 to 17 February 1863
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: David Bishop
Cover by: Black Sheep
Release details
Release number: 65
Release date: 1 March 2004
Format: Paperback Book; 9 Chapters, 288 Pages
ISBN 0-563-48612-0
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Empire of Death was the sixty-fifth BBC Past Doctor Adventures novel. It featured the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa. This was the first and only novel to feature this line up of Doctor and companion, although it would be a pairing that Big Finish Productions used for several audio stories starting with The Land of the Dead in January 2000.

Publisher's summary Edit

In 1856, a boy discovers he can speak with the voices of the dead. He grows up to become one of England's most celebrated spiritualists.

In 1863 the British Empire is effectively without a leader. Queen Victoria is inconsolable with grief following the death of her beloved husband, Prince Albert. The monarch's last hope is a secret séance.

The Doctor and Nyssa are also coming to terms with loss following the death of Adric and Tegan's sudden departure. Trying to visit the Great Exhibition of 1851, the time travellers are shocked when a ghost appears in the TARDIS, beckoning them to the Other Side.

What is hidden in a drowned valley guarded by the British Army? Is there life after death and can it be reached by those still alive? And why is the Doctor so terrified of facing his own ghosts?

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  • The Trakenites considered patience, tolerance, inquisitiveness and a wish for harmony and tranquility to be the best qualities for people.

Notes Edit

Empire of Death comic preview

Comic preview from DWM 340. Illustration by Mike Collins.

  • This story was previewed in Doctor Who Magazine issue 340 with an illustration by Mike Collins.
  • This story marks the Doctor's earliest recorded direct meeting with Queen Victoria; the Fifth Doctor will again experience an adventure where Victoria plays a prominent role in the novel Imperial Moon, although he avoids directly meeting her, and the Tenth Doctor has another encounter with her in the television story Tooth and Claw.

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