The Indestructible Man was the sixty-eighth novel in the BBC Past Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Simon Messingham, released 1 November 2004 and featured the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot.
This was Messingham's third and final contribution to the Past Doctor Adventures range.
Publisher's summary Edit
Their target: EARTH.
The human defenders of PRISM are enmeshed in a doomed interstellar war against an unknowable invader armed with the power to possess, duplicate and destroy from within.
Only one man stands in their way. A man destiny has made indestructible.
Against all the odds the legendary Indestructible Man saves the Earth but victory comes at the highest price. The world economy collapses, governments crumble and PRISM itself is torn apart by a best-selling exposé.
Bishop receives an urgent summons to his headquarters. An infiltrator has been unmasked and captured in the heart of SILOET itself. Fatally wounded, the infiltrator makes a miraculous recovery. It appears he is indestructible.
The implications are terrifying.
The Myloki may just have returned. And who is left to stop them now?
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- Second Doctor
- Jamie McCrimmon
- Zoe Heriot
- Sergeant Stewart
- Captain Tom Adams
- Captain Hector
- Captain Karl Taylor
- Captain Grant Matthews
- Lieutenant Faulkner
- Neville Verdana
- Commander Hal Bishop
- Colonel LeBlanc
- Dr Koslovski
- Professor Dwight "Boffin" Graham
- Mr Graham Mackenzie
- Mark Khan
- John Sharon
- Alex Storm
- Buck Sharon
- Major Maxwell
The Doctor Edit
- The Doctor is shot through the head, with his skull and frontal lobe being damaged by the bullet, followed by him breaking his nose, jaw, right femur, and collarbone, along with suffering spine damage, when he falls off a walkway. The resulting regeneration is halted when Myloki "matter" is injected into his body, delaying his body's attempt to rewire his DNA and allowing him to recover from his injuries without regenerating.
- Jamie believes the Doctor is actually a robot duplicate until Captain Black attacks the Doctor.
- Mrs Craig calls the Doctor "Doctor Rip Van Winkle".
- The novel pays homage to the works of Gerry & Sylvia Anderson. The primary basis is Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and UFO: PRISM, the Myloki and the eponymous Indestructible Man are based on SPECTRUM, the Mysterons and Captain Scarlet, while SILOET and its front as a TV and film company (specifically the BBC and Television Centre) is a homage to SHADO, the agency from UFO. (Since the book was made, the BBC moved out of Television Centre) Both SPECTRUM and SHADO were global security agencies handling covert alien incidents, though they were unrelated unlike their homages.
- Some UNIT paperwork was destroyed to save space - a reference to the destruction of Second Doctor tapes by the BBC.
- This would be the final novel to feature the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe until the novel The Wheel of Ice in August 2012.
- An illustrated preview of the comic was printed in Doctor Who Magazine issue 350.
- PRISM is a successor to "several" anti-alien agencies, including UNIT. While PRISM formed some time before the Myloki contact, old paper documents were still being transferred from UNIT's files to PRISM during the war.
- Alex Storm has read classified UNIT files from the 20th century which contain numerous references to the Doctor, including accounts of the Mondas "asteroid" in December 1986, (TV: The Tenth Planet) the rise and fall of International Electromatics, (TV: The Invasion) the evacuation of London, (TV: Invasion of the Dinosaurs) the incident with the Axons (TV: The Claws of Axos) and a report from Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart regarding a man in a hospital bed who had changed his appearance. (TV: Spearhead from Space)
- Humans are fully aware of some alien invasions, and the Myloki are cited as more alien than the historical "Cybermen or Axons or lizards". However, even Commander Bishop is unaware Mondas wasn't an asteroid that blew up - a continuity gaffe, as the Mondas invasion is known history in The Moonbase - or that the Cybermen used International Electromatics.
- Zoe recalls life aboard Space Station W3. (TV: The Wheel in Space) In this story, she was born many years after the events of this story (but is unaware of any of it); other stories have placed Wheel of Space in the late 21st century.
- Storm refers to the failure of the global transmat system, which is presented as taking place before this story. (TV: The Seeds of Death)
- The Doctor recalls meeting Doc Holliday in Tombstone, Arizona in October 1881 during his first incarnation. (TV: The Gunfighters)
- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Indestructible Man at The Whoniverse
- The Cloister Library: The Indestructible Man