a real world point of view
|Revenge of the Judoon|
|Main setting:||Scotland, UK, Earth, 1902|
|Release date:||28 February 2008|
|Format:||Paperback, 102 pages|
|Made of Steel||The Sontaran Games|
Publisher's summary Edit
The TARDIS brings the Tenth Doctor and Martha to Balmoral in 1902. Here they meet Captain Harry Carruthers - friend of the new king, Edward VII. Together they head for the castle to see the king - only to find that Balmoral Castle is gone, leaving just a hole in the ground. The Doctor realises it it the work of the Judoon - a race of ruthless space police.
While Martha and Carruthers seek answers in London, the Doctor finds himself in what should be the most deserted place on Earth - and he is not alone.
With help from Arthur Conan Doyle, the Doctor and his friends discover a plot to take over the world. With time running out, who will fall victim to the revenge of the Judoon?
- The Doctor
- Martha Jones
- Harry Carruthers
- Edward VII
- Arthur Conan Doyle
- Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell
- Professor Challoner
- The Doctor mentions the Plasmavore from his previous encounter with the Judoon.
- The Ogrons, mercenaries of the Daleks, are briefly mentioned as a replacement for the Judoon.
- The Doctor claims that he had dinner with Henry VIII and Alfred the Great.
- The Doctor mentions Charles III Queen Camilla and William V as successors of Queen Elizabeth.
- There are several references to H.G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds: when Carruthers asks if the Judoon are like Wells' Martians, the Doctor tells him, "a Judoon is more like a giant rhino than a giant octopus"; the Judoon weapons are described as "heat rays"; and the fight between the soldiers and the Judoon is similar to battles in the novel.
- Arthur Conan Doyle comments that he has 'killed off' Sherlock Holmes referring to the short story The Adventure of the Final Problem, written in 1891, in which Sherlock Holmes appears to be killed by Professor Moriarty. However, Doyle re-introduced Holmes in 1894 in The Adventure of the Empty House. TV: The Snowmen will establish that Doyle based Holmes on two of the Doctor's future associates, Vastra and Jenny Flint, however several novels, short stories and comic strips (most substantially the novel PROSE: All-Consuming Fire) have the Doctor sharing adventures with Holmes.
- Conan Doyle mentions "The Strand". The Eighth Doctor had a collection of this magazine.
- The Doctor mentions the stage show "Spamalot" as well as Carry on Up the Khyber, a film that included several Doctor Who alumni in the cast.
- This novella was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.
- This was the last Quick Reads release to feature one of the Doctor's companions until PROSE: Magic of the Angels in 2012; no Quick Reads featuring Donna Noble was ever published.
- The Judoon previously appeared in TV: Smith and Jones and subsequently in TV: The Stolen Earth, PROSE: Judgement of the Judoon, TV: Prisoner of the Judoon (The Sarah Jane Adventures), and TV: A Good Man Goes to War. However, the events of the SJA episode contradict this novel, which has the Judoon promising to never visit earth again.
- The Doctor and Martha tell Harry Carruthers of their adventure in TV: Smith and Jones. (This is the second consecutive Quick Reads release to reference that storyline.)
- King Edward does not appear to know of the Doctor, so it is possible that he does not know of the Torchwood Institute (nor, presumably, of the events of TV: Tooth and Claw). He evidently does not remember their meeting in Paris, recalled by the Doctor in TV: Inferno (though it's possible this has not yet happened). The King's monologue about Queen Victoria not caring for him might suggest he never "got the memo" that the Doctor had been declared an enemy of the Empire, even though the Doctor makes reference to the events of Tooth and Claw.
- Earlier in his personal timeline, the Sixth Doctor met Edward VII's grandson Edward VIII in London in December 1936 (PROSE: Players) whereas the Tenth Doctor met his mother Victoria in Scotland in 1879. (TV: Tooth and Claw)
- The Doctor makes references to TV: The Daleks' Master Plan, Marco Polo and The Reign of Terror.