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Iceberg (novel)

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Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Main enemy: Cybermen
Main setting: Antarctica, 2006
Key crew
Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: David Banks
Release details
Release number: 18
Release date: 16 September 1993
Format: Paperback Book; 23 Chapters, 253 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20392-5
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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.

Publisher's summary Edit

"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.

Plot Edit

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Chapter Titles Edit

  1. Somewhere
  2. Summer in the 70s
  3. Winter '86
  4. No Time, No Place
  5. STS, 2006
  6. Beyond the Rain
  7. No Name, No Blame
  8. Sexual Politics
  9. Over the Rainbow
  10. No Beginning, No End
  11. Skies are Blue
  12. Wake Up!
  13. Attaining Emptiness
  14. Dreams that You Dare to Dream
  15. Where You'll Find Me
  16. Who?
  17. Suitable for Conversion
  18. Bluebirds Fly
  19. A Spanner in the Works
  20. Lemon Drops
  21. Behind Me
  22. Once in a Lullaby
  23. Why Oh Why Can't I?

Characters Edit

References Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • The Doctor is inspired to walk barefoot through the TARDIS to the Jade Pagoda. He ends up in snowdrifts without his shoes.
  • He borrows a multi-coloured coat from Ruby. It reminds him of a coat he wore in a previous incarnation.
  • He is approaching 1000 years old. At the time his first incarnation regenerated, he was 450.
  • He once spoke with the psychologist Alfred Adler, which helped him to understand part of Cyber psychology.

Cybermen Edit

Individuals Edit

  • 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.

Earth Edit

  • The "plague" refers to all diseases across the planet, a product of the changing environment.
  • The population is approaching 8 billion.
  • The Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred in April 1986. 80,000 people died of cancer as a result of the disaster.
  • Mondas was not granted status as the tenth planet in the solar system. In 1994, the planet Cassius was discovered and earned that status.

Music Edit

  • SlapRap is a style of music.
  • In the early 1970s, the song Ruby Tuesday is playing on the transistor radio.


  • The Doctor uses the Jade Pagoda to get to Earth. It is located at the heart of the TARDIS. An echo of the real TARDIS, both ships will die unless they are reunited.

Technology Edit

Pop Culture Edit

  • Joe jokingly calls Bono "Metal Mickey" in reference to his size.
  • A production of The Wizard of Oz is being performed on the S.S. Elysium. There are various references to the novel throughout the text, including a hologram of the Doctor's face being likened to the Wizard. Ruby's name may also allude to Dorothy's ruby slippers.

Notes Edit

  • 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.
  • In the preface, Banks notes the book follows the Cyberman chronology he established in his reference book Cybermen.
  • An unabridged audiobook of the story was recorded by David Banks for the RNIB in 2004. It is only available to the registered blind.

Continuity Edit

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