a real world point of view
|Main enemy:||Mondasian Cybermen|
|Main setting:||SS Elysium and the Snowcap, the Antarctic Circle, November 2006|
|Release date:||September 1993|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 253 Pages|
|Virgin New Adventures|
- You may be looking for the natural feature of the same name.
Iceberg is the eighteenth novel in the Virgin New Adventures series, and was published in 1993. It was written by David Banks. It features the Seventh Doctor. This novel takes place at the same time as Birthright, with the events of both novels occurring concurrently for the Doctor, Ace and Bernice Summerfield.
"Depends on how you define alien,' the Doctor said simply. 'They were human once."
In 2006 the world is about to be overwhelmed by a disaster that might destroy human civilisation: the inversion of the Earth's magnetic field. Deep in an Antarctic base, the FLIPback team is frantically devising a system to reverse the change in polarity.
Above them, the SS Elysium carries its jet-set passengers on the ultimate cruise. On board is Ruby Duvall, a journalist sent to record the FLIPback moment. Instead she finds a man called the Doctor, who is locked out of the strange green box he says is merely a part of his time machine. And she finds old enemies of the Doctor: silver giants at work beneath the ice.
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- The Doctor is inspired to walk barefoot through the TARDIS to the Jade Pagoda. He ends up in snowdrifts without his shoes.
- Cyber-Controller is created by combining a Cyber-Coordinator with a Mondasian Cyberman, it is not affected by gold.
- General Pamela Cutler is the only female general in the United States armed forces.
- Pamela is the daughter of General Cutler, whom the First Doctor had encountered when facing the Cybermen at Snowcap in December 1986. Furthermore, she is the sister of Zeus V pilot Terry Cutler, who became a born-again Christian following his near fatal space mission and founded an anti-terrorist Christian organisation called the Freedom Foundation.
- SlapRap is a style of music.
- There are transistor radios made by International Electromatics.
- The events of this novel runs parallel with those of PROSE: Birthright.
- Author David Banks was an actor in the TV series, having played Cybermen on several occasions. Although not the first Doctor Who actor to write a novel (Ian Marter wrote novelisations and the original work Harry Sullivan's War previously), he was the only past Doctor Who actor to contribute a work to the New Adventures line.
- A prelude to this novel was published in DWM 204.
- Like Transit this novel also includes language more profane than had previously appeared in Doctor Who television stories; "Fuck you, mate! Just fuck you, you fucking wanker!".
- This novel occurs concurrently with PROSE: Birthright.
- Ruby Duvall reappears in PROSE: Happy Endings.
- Upon waking up, the Doctor mistakes Ruby for Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart. (PROSE: Transit)
- Ruby learned of the Cybermen from Isobel Watkins, whose photographs of them were subsequently derided as fakes in the official cover-up. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)
- The Doctor vaguely remembers materialising at a cricket match and associates the memory with the Daleks but cannot remember why. (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan)
- ↑ Iceberg, page 15
- Prelude to Iceberg as published in DWM #204
- Detailed synopsis of Iceberg at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Iceberg at The Whoniverse