|Adapted from:||Illegal Alien|
|Main setting:||London, and Jersey, November 1940|
|Writer:||Mike Tucker and Robert Perry|
|Release date:||6 October 1997|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 281 Pages|
|BBC Past Doctor Adventures|
|Business Unusual||The Roundheads|
Illegal Alien was the fifth BBC Past Doctor Adventures. It featured the Seventh Doctor, Ace and the Cybermen. It is notable for having begun its life as a television story (that would have been part of Season 27 of Sylvester McCoy's era of Doctor Who ).
Publisher's summary Edit
Britain is at war. Night after night the Luftwaffe are bombing London. A serial killer dubbed the Limehouse Lurker is stalking the rubble-strewn streets. But a deadlier threat falls from the sky in the shape of a sinister silver sphere...
Cody McBride, ex-pat American private eye, sees the sphere crash-land and split open - and glimpses something emerging from within. But the military dismiss his account of events - the sphere is simply a new German secret weapon that has malfunctioned in some way. What else could it be?
Arriving amid the chaos, the Doctor and Ace are the only people to believe McBride. The sphere bears all the hallmarks of sophisticated alien technology - and whatever was inside it is now loose in London.
Before long, they have embarked on a trail that brings them face to face with hidden Nazi operatives - and some very old enemies...
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The Doctor Edit
- When he is talking about the Daleks, The Doctor's voice develops a harder edge, which disturbs Ace.
- The Doctor is fond of baseball and once watched a game that included Babe Ruth in 1926
- This novel was originally submitted as a television story for Season 28 of the original series of Doctor Who. It was initially submitted under a pseudonym as Mike Tucker had been known within the BBC as having predominantly worked with special effects.
- Illegal Alien (the unproduced TV story) was a Cyberman story set in the 1940s, originally submitted just prior to the production of The Curse of Fenric .Tucker and Robert Perry were asked to re-submit it for the following season as Fenric was also set in the 1940s.
- Mike Tucker noted in Doctor Who Magazine about the writing of the novel (and its TV heritage) that
"Illegal Alien was originally written in script form. When I (Mike Tucker) was writing the novel, the early part I was working from our original script to get all the dialogue for the novel, so that was quite nice for me — it was the novelising of an unmade story in effect. The opening two parts of Illegal Alien, when it finally hits the bookshelves, is damn near what was in the scripted version. When it does come out it may show some of the problems, in that it would have been a very expensive production, which could ultimately have been its downfall."
- As part of the epilogue, a hidden chamber full of dormant Cybermen is found beneath the streets of London waiting for a call that would be eventually activated in TV: The Invasion.
- The Doctor expresses disdain about his reputation as "the manipulator" and "the Chessmaster". (TV: The Curse of Fenric etc)
- The Doctor carries a UNIT pass dated 1980, purchased by either his third or fourth incarnation. (TV: Spearhead From Space, Robot)
- Ace mentions her grandmother (TV: The Curse of Fenric) and her gang in Perivale. (TV: Survival) She also shows a great dislike and fear of clowns. (TV: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy)
- The Doctor mentions the Dalek Invasion of Earth in the 22nd century. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth)
- Ace has a bar towel that says "Welcome to Iceworld". (TV: Dragonfire)
- Illegal Alien at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Illegal Alien at The Whoniverse