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Kursaal (novel)

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Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Sam
Main enemy: Jax
Main setting: Kursaal
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Peter Anghelides
Cover by: Black Sheep
Release details
Release number: 7
Release date: 8 January 1998
Format: Paperback Book; 16 Chapters, 282 Pages
ISBN 0-563-40578-3
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Kursaal was the seventh BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures featuring the Eighth Doctor and Samantha Jones. Kursaal was author Peter Anghelides' first full length contribution to Doctor Who; his previous contribution was the short story Moving On in 1996.

Publisher's summary Edit

Kursaal is a pleasure world, a huge theme park for the Cronus system — or rather it will be if it isn't destroyed during construction.

Eco-terrorists want the project halted to preserve vital archaeological sites -- areas containing the last remains of the long-dead Jax, an ancient wolf-like race whose remains are being buried beneath the big-business tourist attractions.

Sam falls in with the environmentalists, and finds her loyalties divided. Meanwhile, the Eighth Doctor's own investigations lead him to believe the Jax are not extinct after all.

Cut off from the TARDIS, separated from his companion and pursued for murder, the Doctor discovers Kursaal hides a terrible secret — and that Sam is being affected by events more than anyone would guess...

Chapter Titles Edit

  1. "There are no protected species on this planet"
  2. "Kursaal security forces remain baffled"
  3. "Sorry about the language"
  4. "I'd value your opinion"
  5. "Something here doesn't smell right"
  6. "Bad intelligence"
  7. "I thought I'd lost her"
  8. "Manipulation skills are jolly useful"
  9. "I thought you were the expert"
  10. "No deals, Doctor"
  11. "The commander will see you now"
  12. "Show me where you are"
  13. "Sometimes the obvious is staring right at you"
  14. "Not the kind you want to consort with"
  15. "She's already dead"
  16. "Give me the moonlight"

Plot Edit

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Characters Edit

References Edit

Biology Edit

  • When Sam's mind is controlled, she desires the Doctor as her consort.

The Doctor Edit

The Doctor's items Edit

Individuals Edit

  • Samantha Jones failed year 7 biology. She kills Paul Kadijk while controlled, though doesn't remember it. However, she still agonises over the Tractite she killed, which she does remember.
  • Professor Amy Saraband is the leader of the archaeological dig on Kursaal, hired by Maximilian Gray
  • Maximilian Gray is the owner of GrayCorp. He is attacked by the Jax and is infected whilst he was alive, resulting in him becoming the Jax leader.

Organisations Edit

Species Edit

  • Geomyde are rat-headed humanoids with fluffy brown cheeks.
  • Caballans are long-faced and have horse-like nostrils.
  • Haxalians rotate their forehead antennae as a sign of agitation.
  • Fodorans have yellow hair and blue skin.
  • Brascan hermaphrodites look like orangutans in boiler suits.
  • Emorgans are humanoid.
  • Some other visitors to Kursaal are Alpha Centurians and Ogrons.
  • When Sam is taken over by the Jax, her eyes glow green rather than her natural blue.
  • Maximilian Gray is attacked by the Jax and is infected whilst he was alive, resulting in him becoming the Jax leader.
  • Claire Johnson, a HALF activist, gets killed by the Jax and becomes a Jax Drone.

Notes Edit

  • In The Eight Doctors Sam's eyes are blue, in Alien Bodies they're green, in this novel they're green when she's possessed and blue when she's not.

Continuity Edit

External links Edit

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