Father Time (novel)
|Main setting:||Earth throughout the 1980s:|
|Release date:||8 January 2001|
|Format:||Paperback Book; 29 Chapters, 288 Pages|
|BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures|
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Father Time (disambiguation)for other, similarly-named pages.
Publisher’s summary edit
"I love her," the Doctor said.
"Of course you do, she’s your daughter."
Earth in the nineteen-eighties is a battleground. Rival alien factions have travelled from the far future to pursue their vendetta.
With UFOs filling the skies, a giant robot stalking the Derbyshire hills, and alien hunters searching for the mysterious Last One, the Doctor is the only man who can protect the innocents caught in the crossfire.
But old scores are being settled, the fate of a Galactic Empire is at stake, and, against his will, the Doctor is drawn into a decade-long war that will strike at those he holds most dear.
The Doctor has lost his memory, his friends, his past and his TARDIS.
All he has now is the love of his daughter.
But will even that be taken from him?
Chapter Titles edit
- 0: Planet of Death
Part One: 'Battle of the Planets' - The Early 1980s
- 1: Knights and Castles
- 2: The Doctor
- 3: The Girl with Two Hearts
- 4: Close Encounters
- 5: Contact
- 6: Talking to Strangers
- 7: Inside the Spaceship
- 8: Prefect Timing
- 9: The Last Battle
Part Two: 'Masters of the Universe' - The Mid-1980s
- 10: Eighties' Child
- 11: UFO Detected
- 12: Voices from the Past
- 13: The Black Tower
- 14: The Interrogation Game
- 15: Target Acquisition
- 16: The Party of Doom
- 17: Urban Regeneration
- 18: Escape to Destiny
- 19: Date With Death
- 20: Don't Leave Me This Way
Part Three: 'Defenders of the Earth' - The Late 1980s
- 21: All Around the World
- 22: Today America, Tomorrow the World
- 23: Escape Velocity
- 24: Home is Where the Hearts Are
- 25: Power to the People
- 26: Death in the Family
- 27: Death Comes to Time
- 28: The Next Generation
to be added
- Eighth Doctor
- Miranda Dawkins
- Prefect Zevron
- Deputy Sallak
- Debbie Castle
- Arnold Knight
- Barry Castle
- Kim Dawkins
- Felix Mather
The Doctor edit
- After he steals a space shuttle, the Doctor comments that he belongs out in space.
- The Doctor becomes a millionaire so Miranda will want for nothing growing up.
- The Doctor keeps all of Miranda's milk teeth.
- The Doctor sees Mr Saldaamir and Daleks in a vision of his future.
- The Doctor remembers waking up in a train carriage over a century ago. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell)
- The Doctor has a photographic memory
- He plays chess and beats all the members of the school chess club.
The Doctor's items edit
- The Doctor has built a sonic suitcase that can (amongst other things) open doors with sonic vibrations.
- The TARDIS outer shell is fully regenerated, including the writing and the light on top. He keeps it in his garden.
- The Doctor drives a Trabant, which he obtained in East Germany.
- In the far future, the universe is ruled by the Emperor.
- Ferran reads the Doctor's memories, and sees — among others — multiple wars, rape, flooding mines, stock market crashes, AIDS, concentration camps, anthrax and Agent Orange as examples of evil on Earth.
- The Doctor's breath doesn't fog in cold weather. Miranda notices it and comments that neither does hers.
- Miranda Dawkins is said to resemble the Doctor in her tone of voice, manner and appearance. She has two hearts and doesn't need much sleep.
- Miranda has picked up enough of her father's habits to be a thorn in Ferran's side, incite a revolt and lead a revolution, including convincing a robot to join her.
- Iris Wildthyme visited the Doctor during the 1980s. She tried to explain everything, but left the Doctor confused.
- Neo-phobus (aka Voga) is mentioned.
- The Doctor encountered the Prefect and Sallak on the planets Galspar and Falkus before.
- The Klade are implied to have been created by the Daleks.
- The Hunters are humanoid with elongated bodies.
- Faction Klade are members of an alliance from the far future.
- This is the fifth story in the "Earth Arc".
- A "What If" set visit was published on the BBC website at the time of this novel's publication. The BBC has subsequently removed the page which was located at (http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/books/telepress/fathertime_feature.shtml), but the page can be accessed via the Internet Archive 'Wayback Machine' at BBC.co.uk Father Time: "Set Visit" at the Internet Archive.
- Miranda appears in later novels, and is also featured in a spin-off comic series, Miranda, published during 2003.
BBC Books has announced that a "print on demand" reprint edition of this novel will be made available as of 31st August 2011 as the imprint revisits adventures featuring the first eight Doctors.[source needed]
This book is also available as an ebook from the Amazon Kindle store.
- The Doctor uses a Martian greeting first used in PROSE: Legacy. Bernice Summerfield also uses it in PROSE: The Dying Days.
- The Doctor revisits Betty Stobbold, Reverend Stobbold’s daughter from PROSE: The Burning.
- The Doctor dreams of a house that has "hundreds of bedrooms, a swimming pool, an art gallery and a library, even a greenhouse the size of Kew Gardens".
- Debbie sees a picture of the Doctor in Stalingrad from 1951. (PROSE: Endgame)
- The Doctor tells Miranda various stories when she is a child, including tales of a planet where the moths and the ants are at war (The Web Planet), a man made of liquorice (The Happiness Patrol), and an empress in a jar (The Scarlet Empress).
- Ferran mentions several records of the Doctor's activities during the late 20th century. These include:
- It is interesting to note that during the Tenth Doctor's unintentional visit to Messaline in the far future, his DNA was extracted and used to create a female Time Lord clone called Jenny, making her technically his "daughter" as well. (TV: The Doctor's Daughter)
- Father Time at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Father Time at The Whoniverse
- BBC.co.uk Father Time: "Set Visit" at the Internet Archive