a real world point of view
|Harry Sullivan's War|
|Main character(s):||Harry Sullivan|
|Featuring:||Sarah Jane Smith|
|Main setting:||England, Yarra, Scotland and Paris, May 1983|
|Release date:||October 1986|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 148 Pages|
|The Companions of Doctor Who|
|Turlough and the Earthlink Dilemma||K9 and Company|
Publisher's summary Edit
Since then he has been engaged in top secret work, developing antidotes to nerve toxins. But when he is transferred to Yarra in the Hebrides to work on weapons research, he has severe misgivings. For one thing, it goes against much of what he believes in. For another, someone is out to kill Harry Sullivan.
Who wants Harry safely out of the way? What significance does a painting by Van Gogh have in the affair? And can Harry's old friend, the Brigadier, really be involved in a scheme which threatens the security of the Western World?
- Zbigniew Brodsky
- known terrorist and leader of the terrorist group, European Anarchist Revolution
- claims to do volunteer work for the Anti-Chemical Hazard Environment Society
- The Brigadier's butler
- Teddy Bland
- friend of Harry's
- Conrad Gold
- establishment's director
- Rudolf Rainbow
- Brodsky's enforcer
- Alexander Shire
- American neurologist
- lives in Castle Mackie
- Teddy Bland's sister
- Waldo Tedescu
- Romanian acrobat
- Rear-Admiral de Longpre
- Harry's superior
- It's been ten years since Harry left UNIT.
- The Zygons are mentioned.
- Author Ian Marter played Harry Sullivan on television. To date, the late actor-turned-writer remains the only person to have ever written a Doctor Who-related novel featuring the character whom he played on the series. Marter also wrote novelisations of two stories featuring Harry, The Ark in Space and The Sontaran Experiment. The novel Harry Sullivan's War was first published in October 1986, the same month that Marter died.
- According to his Myth Makers video interview, Ian Marter had planned to kill Harry off at the end of the story, but was prevented from doing so by the publishers who wanted the character to be left alive for a possible sequel.
- Harry Sullivan's War is written in such a style that Harry appears in every single scene, and thus the reader never knows more than Harry knows — there are no cutaways to what the villains are planning, for example.
- The Brigadier tells Harry that he is now teaching Maths at Brendon Public School. (TV: Mawdryn Undead)
- Harry refers to his encounters with the Daleks (TV: Genesis of the Daleks), the Cybermen (TV: Revenge of the Cybermen) and the Zygons (TV: Terror of the Zygons).
- MI5 are aware of Davros, due to his involvement in the Shoreditch Incident in November 1963. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)
- Esther Bland occasionally visited Harry while he was posted at the Faslane submarine base in the early 1970s. (PROSE: The Face of the Enemy)
For Harry Sullivan Edit
- This story takes place approximately ten years after TV: The Android Invasion
- This story takes place before PROSE: System Shock
For Sarah Jane Smith Edit
For Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart Edit
- This story takes place after TV: The Five Doctors
- This story takes place before PROSE: Business Unusual