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Night of the Humans
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Doctor: Eleventh Doctor
Companion(s): Amy
Main enemy: Dirk Slipstream, Sollogs, Django
Main setting: Gyre, 250339
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: David Llewellyn
Release details
Release number: 38
Release date: 22 April 2010
Format: Hardcover, 246 Pages
ISBN 978-1-84607-969-6
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Night of the Humans was the second Eleventh Doctor novel.

Publisher's summary Edit

"This is the Gyre – the most hostile environment in the galaxy."

250,000 years' worth of junk floating in deep space, home to the shipwrecked Sittuun, the carnivorous Sollogs, and worst of all – the humans.

The Doctor and Amy arrive on this terrifying world in the middle of an all-out frontier war between Sittuun and Humans, and the clock is already ticking. There's a comet in the sky, and it's on a collision course with the Gyre...

When the Doctor is kidnapped, it's up to Amy and "galaxy-famous swashbuckler" Dirk Slipstream to save the day.

But who is Slipstream, exactly? And what is he really doing here?

Plot Edit

When the TARDIS is pulled off-course, the Doctor and Amy make an unexpected trip to the Gyre. It is made of junk from all time and space, even a satellite Earth sent out thousands of years ago. They encounter aliens known as the Sittuun, who kidnap them. In mid-kidnapping, the Doctor falls out of their vehicle and is kidnapped by primitive humans.

Amy explains how she and the Doctor got to the Gyre to the Sittuun, confusing them for the "locals". She learns they came to plant a bomb to destroy the Gyre before a comet strikes and endangers other worlds with its debris. Meanwhile, the Doctor is taken to the human camp. He learns they are descendants of a crashed cargo ship who believe they are on Earth. When the Doctor tries to tell them the truth, they call him a blasphemer and order him put to death.

Elsewhere, Amy has bonded with Charlie and met Dirk Slipstream, a man who has answered the distress call the Sittuun sent when they crashed. She persuades him to rescue the Doctor. However, he double-crosses them and leaves to find something the humans have in their camp. He persuades them to spare the Doctor and uses him to find the Mymon Key, an object that can harness the forces of the universe.

The comet draws closer, forcing them to flee. Dirk is knocked out and the Doctor makes sure the Key, which is pulling the comet to them, is left behind. They land the TARDIS in Dirk's ship, commandeered by the Sittuun, and take off. Dirk regains consciousness and flees to an escape pod before the comet the Sittuun bomb goes off, destroying the Gyre.

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Anatomy and physiology Edit

  • Regeneration is impossible if the entire body has been immersed in acid, such as being submerged in Lake Mono.

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Spacecraft Edit

  • One of the crashed spaceships is made from Proamonium, found only on Proamon.
  • The NASA deep space probe Pioneer 10 appears as part of the Gyre's Landscape.
  • Dirk Slipstream's ship is named the Golden Bough.


  • The Doctor's TARDIS is unable to translate the Sittuun language, despite the Doctor claiming it can translate any language.

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