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First Frontier
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Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Ace, Benny
Main enemy: Tzun, the Master
Main setting: New Mexico, 1957
Key crew
Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: David A. McIntee
Release details
Release number: 30
Release date: 15 September 1994
Format: Paperback Book; 24 Chapters, 294 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20421-2
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First Frontier was the thirtieth New Adventures novel. It featured the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice Summerfield. This novel also featured the first in-novel regeneration of a character from the TV series: the Master. It was one of three novels written by David A. McIntee that feature the Master, with Virgin Missing Adventures' The Dark Path following in 1997 and BBC Past Doctor Adventures' The Face of the Enemy being published in 1998.

Publisher's summary Edit

Ace raised her blaster. "You've already killed me once, girl," Kreer said. "Didn't you learn anything from that?"

When Bernice asks to see the dawn of the space age, the Doctor takes the TARDIS to the United States of America in 1957 — and into the midst of distrust and paranoia. The Cold War is raging, bringing the world to the brink of atomic destruction.

But the threat facing America is far more deadly than Communist Russia. The militaristic Tzun Confederacy have made Earth their next target for conquest — and the aliens are already among us.

Two nuclear warheads have been stolen; there are traitors to the human species in the highest ranks of the army; and alien infiltrators have assumed human form. Only one person seems to know what's going on: the army's mysterious scientific advisor, the enigmatic Major Kreer.

Plot Edit

On May Day, 1957, the Soviets launch Sputnik I. After it begins its orbit, the signal begins to fade and the satellite is lost. The mission will be erased from history, and when Sputnik II is launched, it will be renamed "Sputnik I."

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Characters Edit

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Biology Edit

Cultural references from the real world Edit

Documents Edit

Individuals Edit

  • Shadow is the name of a Kitling named by the Master. It took him from the Cheetah World to 1950s America.

Planets Edit

Psychology Edit

  • Bernice is immune to the Master's hypnotism.

Species Edit

Sports Edit

  • It is best (supposedly) to have five arms and five legs when using Venusian aikido.


Theories and concepts Edit

Time Lords Edit

  • The Master claims to be a Time Lord of the First Rank.

Vehicles Edit

Weapons Edit

Notes Edit

  • Sophie Aldred later posed for photographs wearing an outfit based upon the one worn by Ace on the cover of this novel, for her memoir, Ace! The Inside Story of the End of an Era.
  • A prelude was published for this novel in DWM 216.
  • This is the first published work to feature the Master post-Survival. Later stories would contradict First Frontier, which follows on directly from Survival. The Master is still infected by the Cheetah virus in Housewarming and Prime Time, and is returned to his last crispy incarnation (before Tremas) in Dust Breeding.
  • The regenerated Master's appearance is based on Basil Rathbone in The Adventures of Robin Hood, according to McIntee, First Frontier's author (DWM 222).

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