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|Main enemy:||Ruath, Yarven|
|Release date:||21 July 1994|
|Format:||Paperback Book; 13 Chapters, 238 Pages|
|Virgin Missing Adventures|
Goth Opera was the first novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. Written by Paul Cornell, it featured the Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka and Nyssa. It built on the narrative in the novel Blood Harvest, which was deliberately crafted to build interest in this novel.
Publisher's summary Edit
- "The time of humanity on this world has come to an end. The long night is starting. The age of the undead is upon us."
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- Fifth Doctor
- Tegan Jovanka
- Romana II
- Jake Hedges
- Madelaine Worth
- Jeremy Sanders
- Victor Lang
The Doctor Edit
- The Doctor is a contributor to the Wisden cricket magazine.
- The Doctor brushes up on his batting skills in the cricket nets.
- The Doctor uses his cricket bag.
- The Doctor also uses a bowling machine.
- Romana II's political rise on Gallifrey is chronicled here.
- The Doctor and Ruath were classmates at the Prydonian Academy on Gallifrey with the Monk.
- In the original cover artwork for the novel, there was much more blood on Nyssa's clothes. This was considered too graphic a cover image by W H Smith, the UK's largest book retailer, so the image was altered to be less graphic before publication.
- The plot for the novel was originally developed from an unproduced comic strip for Doctor Who Magazine, which would have featured the Fourth Doctor in a fight against Dracula. Cornell revised the story to use the Fifth Doctor for this novel.
- Paul Cornell once called the experiencing of writing this novel "most unpleasant", but did not elaborate.
- The back cover indicates this story takes place between the television stories Snakedance and Mawdryn Undead.
- Tegan is still recovering from her second battle against the Mara on Manussa. (TV: Snakedance)
- Following Adric's death, the Doctor swears that he will not allow another of his companions to die during his current incarnation. (TV: Earthshock)
- The Doctor refers to the Xeraphins. (TV: Time-Flight)
- Ruath was introduced meeting Romana in Blood Harvest, a passage which reappears in this novel.
- Tracking the journeys of the Fifth Doctor, Ruath notes that he has travelled to a deserted planet, (TV: Castrovalva) Monarch's ship in deep space in 1981, (TV: Four to Doomsday) Deva Loka, (TV: Kinda) Earth on several occasions, (TV: The Visitation, PROSE: The Immortals, First Born, AUDIO: Smoke and Mirrors, TV: Earthshock, Time-Flight, Arc of Infinity) Gallifrey (TV: Arc of Infinity) and Manussa. (TV: Snakedance)
- Ruath sees a point in the future in which Gallifrey does not exist. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell)
- Ruath takes Yarven to the time stream/possible future of the Haemovores. (TV: The Curse of Fenric)
- Romana refers to the Minyans. (TV: Underworld)
- Ruath traps Romana in a Miniscope containing Drashigs. (TV: Carnival of Monsters)
- Melanie Bush is no longer travelling with Sabalom Glitz aboard the Nosferatu II. (TV: Dragonfire; PROSE: Head Games)
- Flavia complains about the decor of the presidential suite. (TV: The Invasion of Time)
- The Black Guardian and the White Guardian play chess on Gallifrey. (TV: Enlightenment)
- The Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan previously visited Manchester in August 1819. (AUDIO: The Peterloo Massacre)
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Goth Opera at The Whoniverse
- Doctor Who Bewildering Reference Guide to Goth Opera
- The Cloister Library: Goth Opera