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System Shock (novel)

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System Shock
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Sarah, Harry
Main enemy: The Voracians
Main setting: London, 1998
Key crew
Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: Justin Richards
Release details
Release number: 11
Release date: 15 June 1995
Format: Paperback Book; 24 Chapters, 326 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20445-X
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System Shock was the eleventh novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by Justin Richards. It featured the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan. This novel is one of two novels in the series to feature Harry Sullivan, the only other being A Device of Death.

Publisher's summary Edit

"We're dicing with death on the information superhighway to hell."

A rebellion on another planet. A kidnapping in central London. The head of MI5 assassinated. A hostage siege suddenly and violently ended by the SAS. A computer CD slipped into the Fourth Doctor's pocket by a dead man...

It's 1998, and the global information superhighway is about to come on line. OffNet controls everything digital from cars to sliding doors, from interactive television to military command and control systems.

The Doctor and Sarah must join forces with an old friend in a race against time: to prevent the breakdown of technological society and foil an unconventional alien takeover bid.

Chapter Titles Edit

  • IF ...
  • THEN ...
  • 00 Begin Program
  • 01 Meetings
  • 02 Involvement
  • 03 Search Patterns
  • 04 Hubway
  • 05 Office Work
  • 06 System Crashes
  • 07 Schedules
  • 08 Set-up
  • 09 Breaking the Code
  • 0A Take-over Bid
  • 0B Snakes Alive
  • 0C Negotiation
  • 0D Bugs
  • 0E On the Tiles
  • 0F Plans
  • 10 Intelligent Systems
  • 11 Escape Sequences
  • 12 Voractyll Unleashed
  • 13 Shutdown
  • 14 Executive Conclusion
  • Else ...

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The Doctor Edit

  • The Doctor claims that 1998 is "not one of [his] favourites."

Foods and beverages Edit

Literature Edit


  • The Doctor blames the helmic regulators for the TARDIS missing the year that he was aiming for.
  • The Doctor tells Sarah that the TARDIS is too advanced to be able to read a CD ROM.

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