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The Crystal Bucephalus (novel)

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The Crystal Bucephalus
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Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Tegan, Turlough, Kamelion
Main enemy: Maximillian Arrestis
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Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: Craig Hinton
Cover by: Alister Pearson
Release details
Release number: 4
Release date: 17 November 1994
Format: Paperback Book; 18 Chapters, 296 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20429-8
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The Crystal Bucephalus was the fourth novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by Craig Hinton. It is the only Missing Adventure novel to feature the Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka and Vislor Turlough travelling together. In addition, Kamelion makes a rare appearance.

Publisher's summary Edit

"I'm a Time Lord, not a bank manager. When I invested in this place I had no idea that it would succeed. I mean — a time-travelling restaurant?"

The Crystal Bucephalus: a restaurant patronised by the highest echelons of society in the 10th millennium. The guests are projected back in time to sample the food and drink of a bygone age.

When the galaxy's most notorious crime boss is murdered in the Bucephalus, the The Doctor, Tegan and Turlough are immediately arrested for the killing. To prove their innocence, they must track down the perpetrators of slaughter and sabotage, and uncover a conspiracy which has been 5,000 years in the making.

Plot Edit

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Characters Edit

References Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • The Fifth Doctor can "swim" through the Time Vortex.
  • The Doctor again demonstrates his psychic prowess by seizing control of Kamelion from "Lazarus" and speaking through Kamelion's mouth.
  • The Doctor spends an extended period trapped on the ice planet Pella Satyrnis and creates the Tempus Fugit while trapped there.

Individuals Edit

Notes Edit

  • Craig Hinton jokingly referred to this novel as "the Crystal Bucket." [1]
  • The image of Kamelion on the cover is a photograph rather than an illustration.
  • At the climax of this story, the internal dimensions of the TARDIS are so massively damaged (while stopping a vortex rupture) that all that is left is the cloister room and a lot of empty white space. This leads the Doctor to comment it's high time to redesign the console room. This leads directly into the television story The Five Doctors, where he is cleaning the console.
  • Kamelion admits to needing someone to command him. Free will is unsettling for him. The TARDIS also talks to him. This explains his whereabouts between the television stories The King's Demons and Planet of Fire.
  • Kamelion points out that the co-ordinates for New Alexandria are the same as... but is cut off by Turlough.
  • The Doctor mentions the Transient Beings. While this may be a reference to Sapphire & Steel it is more likely he meant the transcendental beings.

Continuity Edit

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Footnotes Edit

  1. David J Richardson (January 1995). Interview: Craig Hinton. David J Richardson. Retrieved on 11th April 2012.

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