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Made of Steel (novel)

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Made of Steel
Made of Steel
Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companion(s): Martha
Main enemy: Cybermen
Main setting: Prehistoric Earth
London, Earth, 2008
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Release details
Release number: 2
Release date: 1 March 2007
Format: Paperback, 112 pages
ISBN 978-1-84607-204-8
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Made of Steel was a novella written by Terrance Dicks. It was the second Doctor Who Quick Reads release, and is notable for being the first appearance of Martha Jones in any medium. It predated the release of TV: Smith and Jones by a month.

Publisher's summary Edit

A deadly night attack on an army base. Vehicles are destroyed, building burned, soldiers killed. The attackers vanish as swiftly as they came, taking highly advanced equipment with them.

Metal figures attack a shopping mall. But why do they only want a new games console from an ordinary electronics shop? An obscure Government Ministry is blown up - but, in the wreckage, no trace is found of the secret, state-of-the-art decoding equipment.

When the TARDIS returns The Doctor and Martha to Earth from a distant galaxy, they try to piece together the mystery. But someone - or something - is waiting for them. An old enemy stalks the night, men no longer made of flesh...

Characters Edit

References Edit

  • Martha indicates that she is the cousin of Adeola Oshodi, a Torchwood Institute employee who died in TV: Army of Ghosts. This fact was confirmed in the later-released Smith and Jones. It's a bit unclear, therefore, whether the idea originated with RTD or Dicks.
  • Despite not having emotions, the Cyber-Leader threatens to kill one of the other Cybermen for questioning an order.

Notes Edit

Continuity Edit

  • The events of the book must take place after TV: The Lazarus Experiment as Martha says something about facing mad scientists again.
  • Martha is forced to wait outside the TARDIS in the Doctor's absence, placing the events of the book before TV: 42, when Martha receives a key to the TARDIS.
  • One of the Cybermen says: "Promises made to inferior species have no meaning". A similar line is said by a Cyber-Leader in The Five Doctors ("Promises to aliens have no validity."), also written by Dicks.
  • The Doctor has taken Martha to Mount Vesuvius, though it's not stated explicitly that she experienced the destruction of Pompeii, which would have contradicted the later TV: The Fires of Pompeii in which the Doctor and Donna Noble ended up there.

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