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Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: John Peel
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Release number: 2
Release date: 15 September 1994
Format: Paperback Book, 256 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20422-0
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Evolution was the second novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by John Peel. It featured the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith.

Publisher's summary Edit

"Someone is tampering with the fabric of the human cell," the Doctor said darkly, "perverting its secrets to his own dark purposes."

Sarah Jane wants to meet her fellow journalist Rudyard Kipling, and the Doctor sets the co-ordinates for England, Earth, in the Victorian Age. As usual, the TARDIS materialises in not quite the right place, and the time travellers find themselves pursued across Devon moorland by a huge feral hound.

Children have gone missing; at the local boarding school, the young Rudyard Kipling has set up search parties. Lights have been seen beneath the waters of the bay, and fishermen have been pulled from their boats and mutilated. Graves have been robbed of their corpses. Something is going on, and Arthur Conan Doyle, the ship's doctor from a recently berthed arctic whaler, is determined to investigate.

The Doctor and Doyle join forces to uncover a macabre scheme to interfere with human evolution — and both Sarah Jane and Kipling face a terrifying transmogrification.

Plot Edit

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Characters Edit

References Edit

  • Sarah swims in the "tub" in the "bathroom" of the Doctor's TARDIS. The merchildren also stay in the "tub" on the trip to Andromeda.
  • Colonel Ross claims to be a special agent working directly under the command and authority of Her Majesty Queen Victoria and it is his job to investigate those matters that lie outside of the conventional.
  • The Doctor can speak fluent dolphin.
  • Zoe Heriot had a low-cut bathing suit, which she left in the TARDIS.

Notes Edit

  • The Doctor is the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes (and, possibly, Professor Challenger, as mentioned in the novel's coda). Specifically referenced are Holmes's choice of dress (the Doctor wears a deerstalker cap and long cloak), his methods of deductive reasoning and close reading of footprints to determine events at a crime scene.
  • The relationship between the Doctor and Doyle, himself a ship's surgeon, parallels that of Holmes and Dr Watson.
  • There are numerous references to The Hound of the Baskervilles, especially in the early parts of the novel, concerning a great, dog-like beast claiming victims on the moors.
  • This novel directly contradicts All-Consuming Fire, published only a few months earlier, by strongly implying that Holmes and Watson are fictional characters, created by Arthur Conan Doyle, based on the Doctor and Doyle himself. Fire, by contrast, treats Holmes and Watson as real people, fictionalised slightly by Doyle. Well after this novel's publication, other stories agreed with Evolution, flatly stating that Holmes was a fictional character whose adventures, written by Arthur Conan Doyle, were published in The Strand. (PROSE: The Bodysnatchers, TV: The Snowmen)
  • A crashed Rutan ship is key to the back-story. In the personal timeline of the Doctor, Evolution takes place before the television story Horror of Fang Rock, which is also about events set in motion by a Rutan crashing in an isolated part of the English coast.
  • Queen Victoria is said to have secret agents who investigate unusual occurrences. This story was written twelve years before the television episode Tooth and Claw, so any intentional reference to the Torchwood Institute is impossible.

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