Publisher's summary Edit
The people of the Crooked World lead an idyllic existence.
Take Streaky Bacon, for example. This jovial farmer wants nothing more from life than a huge blunderbuss, with which he can blast away at his crop-stealing nemesis. And then there's Angel Falls, a racing driver with a string of victories to her name. Sure, her trusted guardian might occasionally put on a mask and menace her for her prize money, but that's just life, right? And for Jasper the cat, nothing could be more pleasant than a nice, long nap in his kitchen — so long as that darn mouse doesn't jam his tail into the plug socket again.
But somebody is about to shatter all those lives. Somebody is about to change everything — and it's possible that no one on the Crooked World will ever be happy again.
The Doctor's TARDIS is about to arrive. And when it does... That's all folks!
- Eighth Doctor
- Fitz Kreiner
- Anji Kapoor
- Angel Falls
- The Masked Weasel
- Jasper the Cat
- Squeak (the mouse)
- Boss Dogg
- Streaky Bacon
- Scrapper Dogg
- Baby Stork
- Dirty Duck
- Green Ghost
- Harmony Looker
- Mike Leader
- Sir Percival
- Thelma Brains
- Anji's TARDIS key looks like a Yale key.
- The Doctor uses a deliberately imagined custard pie gun to rescue Fitz.
- The Doctor has met Mark Twain.
- Jasper the Cat commits the first murder in Zanytown; he bites Squeak's head off.
- Angel Falls decides to marry Mr Weasley.
- Fitz introduces sex to the world, confusing them slightly.
There are many likenesses / similarities throughout The Crooked World to cartoon worlds / characters:
- The Skeleton Crew (Mike Leader, Harmony Looker, Thelma Brains, Tim Coward and a dog called Fearless) who travel in a van to solve mysteries, are a parody of Mystery, Inc. from Scooby Doo.
- Jasper the cat and Squeak the mouse are allusions to Tom and Jerry (Tom was called Jasper in their first appearance).
- Whatchamacallit bears resemblance to the Road Runner, and Streaky Bacon to Elmer Fudd.
- Jasper's horror over killing Squeak bears similarity to a real scene in Tom and Jerry's Jerry and the Lion, where Tom is genuinely concerned and rushes for a first aid kit when he mistakenly thinks he's wounded Jerry.
- Fitz tries to introduce himself to Angel as "Fitz Fortune". (PROSE: The Taint, EarthWorld)
- The morphic planet from PROSE: Grimm Reality is compared to the Crooked World planet.
- The Doctor only has one heart. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street)
- Anji recalls EarthWorld. (PROSE: EarthWorld)
- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Crooked World at The Whoniverse
- The Cloister Library: The Crooked World