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The Dark Path
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Jamie, Victoria
Main enemy: The Master
Main setting: Darkheart, 3375
Key crew
Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: David A. McIntee
Release details
Release number: 32
Release date: 20 March 1997
Format: Paperback Book, 23 Chapters, 288 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20503-0
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The Dark Path was the thirty-second novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by David A. McIntee. It featured the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield. This novel features one of the earliest encounters with the Master and the Doctor, greatly expanding on their personal histories on Gallifrey.

This novel was significant for introducing the real name of the Master as "Koschei", which was adopted by other written works of the Doctor Who universe, but has yet to be uttered or displayed on-screen or mentioned in an audio play.

Publisher's summary Edit

"He's one of my own people, Victoria, and he's hunting me."

Darkheart: a faded neutron star surrounded by dead planets. But there is life on one of these icy rocks — the last enclave of the Earth Empire, frozen in the image of another time. As the rest of the galaxy enjoys the fruits of the fledgling Federation, these isolated imperials, bound to obey a forgotten ideal, harbour a dark obsession.

The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive to find that the Federation has at last come to reintegrate this lost colony, whether they like it or not. But all is not well in the Federation camp: relations and allegiances are changing. The fierce Veltrochni — angered by the murder of their kinsmen — have an entirely different agenda. And someone else is manipulating the mission for his own mysterious reasons — another time traveller, a suave and assured master of his work.

The Doctor must uncover the terrible secret which brought the Empire to this desolate sector, and find the source of the strange power maintaining their society. But can a Time Lord, facing the ultimate temptation, control his own desires?

Plot Edit

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Characters Edit

References Edit

Books Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • The Doctor is recognised as a Noble of Draconia.

The Master Edit

Organisations Edit

Planets Edit

  • The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria have just departed Vortis.
  • Darkheart is the location of a device constructed by Chronovores to heal their young and sick.

Psychology Edit

  • Victoria gets hypnotised by Koschei, initially playing on the idea that destroying a planet is not always a crime by referencing the possibility that he could do this to the Daleks.

Species Edit


  • Koschei's TARDIS is a type 45 with user definable macros for easy navigation.
  • The Doctor can use Koschei's TARDIS to remotely control his.

Technology Edit

Theories and concepts Edit

Time Lords Edit

Transport technology Edit

  • "Telefrag" is a Marine Corps term for transmatting somebody into the exact same coordinates as somebody else (the result is "splat").

Notes Edit

  • While the publisher's summary mentions "Time Lord", the text of the novel does not. This preserves the inner continuity of the first mention of the name in the television story The War Games.
  • This is one of the few stories to depict the Second Doctor in his own story with the Master.
  • Scenes cut from the novel were published in the charity anthology Perfect Timing.

Continuity Edit

External links Edit


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