Publisher's summary Edit
After years as a companion to the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon was returned to his own world and his own time, and his memories of his travels were erased, until now.
A visitor from beyond the stars needs to explore Jamie's past, and discover what went wrong. What happened in the year 1688, when the TARDIS landed in London, and the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe were welcomed into the court of King James II.
It was the year of the Glorious Revolution. And the birth of a whole new history...
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- Jamie's Time Lord visitor is a member of the Celestial Intervention Agency (CIA).
- Upon having his memories returned to him, Jamie mentions Victoria Waterfield, Zoe Heriot, the Daleks and the Cybermen.
- Mary of Modena is the wife of King James II of England (who is also King James VII of Scotland). She is the mother of the Prince of Wales James Stuart, who would later be known as the Old Pretender, and the grandmother of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
- In the alternative timeline briefly created by Jamie in this story, the Glorious Revolution was a failure and James II retained the throne until his death. Consequently, the Jacobite Risings and the Battle of Culloden never took place. James II's grandson Charles Edward Stuart, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, eventually ascended to the throne as Charles III. He was still the reigning monarch in 1788. As the Young Pretender died on January 31, 1788 in real life, this suggests that this audio drama's frame story may take place in January 1788. However, it is possible that he lived longer in the alternative timeline than in real history.
- The scene in which Jamie begins to fade from existence to the point where his hand becomes transparent is highly reminiscent of a scene in the 1985 science fiction comedy film Back to the Future in which the same fate befalls its protagonist, Marty McFly.
- This audio drama was recorded on 5 March 2009.
- Part One of this story has a pre-title sequence.
- The Time Lord refers to Jamie's visit to the Moon in 2070 (TV: The Moonbase) and his encounters with the Daleks (TV: The Evil of the Daleks; AUDIO: Fear of the Daleks), the Cybermen (TV: The Moonbase, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Wheel in Space, The Invasion; AUDIO: Last of the Cybermen, The Isos Network), the Macra (TV: The Macra Terror) and the Krotons (TV: The Krotons). Once his memories are restored, Jamie goes on to mention the Ice Warriors (TV: The Ice Warriors, The Seeds of Death), the Quarks (TV: The Dominators) and the War Games (TV: The War Games).
- James II tells the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe that the English Catholics were falsely accused of having started the Great Fire of London on 2 September 1666 during the reign of his elder brother Charles II, who was a Protestant. In actuality, it was started when a Terileptil weapon overloaded in a bakery on Pudding Lane. The Doctor's fifth incarnation played a major role in causing the fire. (TV: The Visitation) During his fourth incarnation, he had previously been blamed for starting the fire. (TV: Pyramid of Mars, PROSE: The Republican's Story)
- While arguing with the Doctor about altering history, Jamie refers to Professor Zaroff (TV: The Underwater Menace), Ramón Salamander (TV: The Enemy of the World) and Tobias Vaughn (TV: The Invasion).
- After being returned to his own time by the Time Lords. Jamie married Kirsty McLaren. They had at least eight children and numerous grandchildren by 1788. (TV: The War Games, The Highlanders) One of their distant descendants was a 21st century history student at the University of Edinburgh named Heather McCrimmon, who became a companion of the Tenth Doctor. (COMIC: The Chromosome Connection)
- The First Doctor previously met James II's paternal grandfather, King James I, in 1605 and 1609 (PROSE: The Plotters, The Empire of Glass) whereas the First and Second Doctor's former companion Polly Wright unwittingly helped his father King Charles I to escape from Roundhead captivity in December 1648 (PROSE: The Roundheads).
- The Nemesis statue entered orbit around Earth on 23 November 1688, several weeks after the events of this story, as it did on that date once every 25 years from 1638 to 1988. It is possible that the passage of the Nemesis statue may have heralded the outbreak of the Glorious Revolution. (TV: Silver Nemesis)
- Jamie previously disguised himself as a woman while aboard the Outer Space Correctional Establishment. (AUDIO: Prison in Space)
- James II refers to his father Charles I's execution on 30 January 1649. (PROSE: The Roundheads)
- During his fourth incarnation, the Doctor and Leela also visited the Palace of Whitehall in 1588. (AUDIO: The Devil's Armada) During his fifth incarnation, he, Nyssa and Tegan Jovanka visited a replica of the palace in the city of Lupara on Luparis, which had been created by the Hexagora from their records of 16th century London. (AUDIO: Hexagora)
- While fleeing from a Terravore on a police speedboat on the River Thames in the company of Evelyn Smythe in 2010, the Sixth Doctor reminisced about passing under the original London Bridge in a boat with King James II. (AUDIO: The Crimes of Thomas Brewster)