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Set Piece
NA035 setpiece
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Ace, Benny
Main enemy: Robot Ants, Ship
Main setting:
Key crew
Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: Kate Orman
Release details
Release number: 35
Release date: 16 February 1995
Format: Paperback Book; 19 Chapters, 241 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20436-0
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Set Piece is the thirty-fifth New Adventures novel. It features the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice Summerfield. This is the last novel to feature Ace as an ongoing companion in the Virgin New Adventures novel range. She reappears as a "guest character" in Happy Endings and Lungbarrow.

Publisher's summary Edit

Dead. He was dead. How the hell was she supposed to do CPR on a man with two hearts?

There's a rip in the fabric of space and time. Passenger ships are disappearing from the interstellar traffic lanes. In an attempt to find out who's behind the disappearances, the Doctor and Ace allow themselves to be captured. But when Bernice's rescue attempt goes terribly wrong, the time travellers find themselves scattered throughout history.

Ace, stranded in Ancient Egypt, struggles to survive in an environment as alien as a distant planet: the Earth 3,000 years before she was born. She manages to find employment as a nobleman's bodyguard. And then she comes face to face with the metal horrors which have pursued her through time — the creatures she saw kill the Doctor.

Chapter Titles Edit

  • Introduction

First Piece: To Break a Butterfly upon a Wheel

  • 1: Initial Conditions
  • 2: Run! Run! As Fast As You Can!
  • 3: Interesting Times
  • 4: Rent
  • 5: Yesterday, When I Was Mad
  • 6: In Taberna

Second Piece: Butterfly Wings

  • 7: Opening Flower
  • 8: Mandelbrot Set Piece
  • 9: Raiders of the Lost Akhetaten
  • 10: Please Do Not Step on the Butterflies
  • 11: Open Wide! Come Inside!

Third Piece: On a Wing and a Prayer

  • 12: In which Ace Traverses a Tunnel Through the Space-Time Vortex, Unprotected by a Force Shield and Uncertain of Whether the Walls of the Tunnel Will Collapse
  • 13: Intersection of Three Sets
  • 14: The Oncoming Storm
  • 15: Hurt/Comfort
  • 16: Set, Game, and Match
  • 17: Exit the Warrior
  • 18: The New Adventures

Plot Edit

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Characters Edit

References Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • The Doctor has his thousandth birthday.
  • The Doctor knows how to speak French (separate from the TARDIS).
  • The Doctor suffers a double cardiac arrest.
  • He can go without sleep for forty-eight hours.
  • His blood is orange-red.

Ace Edit

  • Ace's name is revealed as Dorothy McShane.
  • Ace becomes one of Sejet's bodyguards. She's called Tepy, which means "First One".
  • Ace leaves the Doctor; she is twenty-six.
  • Ace ends up in a relationship with one of Captain Sorin's ancestors, Count Nikolai Sorin, at one point.
  • Vivant Denon harbours Kadiatu.
  • Ace tells Sesehset about the butterfly effect.
  • She has nano-machines in her blood, and is later injected with further nano-machines by the Doctor tor repair her.
  • In ancient Egypt, Ace graffities "ACE WAS HERE" on a cliff. Benny later destroys it.
  • Ace hesitates before shooting Kadiatu, as it would be the 400th time she's killed a sentient being.
  • Ace leaves the Doctor, aged 26.

Foods and beverages Edit

Individuals Edit

  • Time calls the Doctor her champion.
  • The Doctor first met Death on a Gallifreyan hill side.

Languages Edit

  • Ace speaks Egyptian when stuck in Egypt, but doesn't realise it's because of the TARDIS until she's been there for several months.

Locations Edit

Theories and concepts Edit

  • Some of Death's "siblings" appear, including Pain and Time. All the Eternals (Time, Death, Pain) appear to be female.
  • Pain visits Benny in a dream, telling her of the vulnerable nerve cluster in a Time Lord's shoulder.
  • Pain clarifies for Benny that her mother (Claire Summerfield) was killed by the first Dalek beams during the attack on their colony.
  • The Doctor notes there are places in time where history can change, and he calls these "disequilibrium points."

Time Lords Edit

  • The Doctor showed the Brigadier how to disable a Time Lord (in case the Master ever returns to Earth); a blow to the left shoulder on a Time Lord hits a vital nerve cluster.

Timeline Edit

  • Ace visits Denon in 1815, aged twenty-eight.

Time travel Edit

Weapons Edit

Notes Edit

  • Sophie Aldred wrote the afterword for this novel.
  • A prelude to this novel appeared in DWM 222.
  • The working title for this novel was Butterfly Wings. [1]
  • The Doctor states that several months passed between repairing the TARDIS with protoplasm (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark) and riding himself of the infection because of it. (PROSE: Deceit)
  • Since joining the Doctor at 16, this story establishes that Ace spent seven years in the TARDIS, separate from her three years in Spacefleet, and leaves at 26.

Continuity Edit

External links Edit

Footnotes Edit

  1. DWM 252 (Licence to Kill p.30)

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