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The Cabinet of Light (novel)

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The Cabinet of Light
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Adapted into: The Cabinet of Light
Doctor: The Doctor (The Cabinet of Light)
Main setting: Earth, England, London, 1949
Key crew
Publisher: Telos Publishing
Writer: Daniel O'Mahony
Read by: Terry Molloy
Illustrator: John Higgins
Release details
Release number: 9
Release date: 10 July 2003
Format: Hardback Book, 121 Pages
ISBN 1-903889-18-9 (Standard)
ISBN 1-903889-19-7 (Limited)
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The Cabinet of Light was the ninth Telos Doctor Who novella published in 2003. This Doctor Who story resulted in a spin-off series of books by Telos entitled Time Hunter, which would outlast Telos' licence to publish Doctor Who fiction. This was the first of two (the second was The Dalek Factor) to feature an unspecified and unidentifiable incarnation of the Doctor.

Publisher's summary Edit

Where is the Doctor? Everyone is hunting him.

Honoré Lechasseur, a time sensitive "fixer", is hired by mystery woman Emily Blandish to find him. Lechasseur discovers that the Doctor is, in fact, a semi-mythical figure who has appeared off and on throughout Earth's history. But what is his connection with London in 1949? And why is a mysterious group seeking "the cabinet of light," a device somehow connected with the Doctor?

Lechasseur is about to discover that following in the Doctor's footsteps can be a difficult task.

Plot Edit

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Characters Edit

References Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • The Doctor regenerated from his previous incarnation after being shot by Mestizer in the bay.
  • The Doctor wears a large green coat with a white shirt underneath.
  • The Doctor smokes, because this body has cravings, and jokes that smoking improves one's singing voice.

The Doctor's items Edit

History Edit

Individuals Edit

  • Honoré once met a small Scottish doctor, who at the time sported a beard. This may have been the Seventh Doctor.
  • Emily has not read the works of Franz Kafka.

Notes Edit

Cabinet of Light cover illustration

Illustration by John Higgins.

  • The Doctor in this story is unspecified. He bears some similarities to the Ninth Doctor from Scream of the Shalka.
  • Honoré Lechasseur and Emily Blandish are two characters who spun off into Telos's Time Hunter novella series.
  • The foreword was written by Chaz Brenchley.
  • The cover illustration by John Higgins was only used on the deluxe edition and the later audiobook.
  • The deluxe edition was signed by the author, foreword writer, and cover artist.

Continuity Edit

Audio release Edit


The story was released as an audiobook read by Terry Molloy. Due to licensing restrictions, references to the Doctor were removed.

External links Edit


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