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|The Infinity Doctors|
|Doctor:||The Doctor (The Infinity Doctors)|
|Release date:||November 1998|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 280 Pages|
|BBC Past Doctor Adventures|
The Infinity Doctors was the seventeenth BBC Past Doctor Adventures novel, marketed as a novel to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Doctor Who. It does not state explicitly which incarnation of the Doctor features in the novel. Set primarily (though not completely) on Gallifrey, it also has within its narrative references to Gallifrey gleaned from all other previous appearances and references to Gallifrey.
Publisher's summary Edit
"Sing about the past again, and sing that same old song. Tell me what you know, so I can tell you that you're wrong."
Gallifrey. The Doctor's home planet. For twenty thousand centuries the Gallifreyans have been the most powerful race in the cosmos. They have circumnavigated infinity and eternity, harnessed science and conquered death. They are the Lords of Time, and have used their powers carefully.
But now a new force is unleashed, one that is literally capable of anything. It is enough to give even the Time Lords nightmares. More than that: it is enough to destroy them.
It is one of their own. Waiting for them at the end of the universe.
Featuring the Doctor, this adventure celebrates the thirty-fifth anniversary of Doctor Who.
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- The Doctor
- Lord Savar
- The Magistrate
- Lord Hedin
- Castellan Voran
- Chancellory Guard Raimor
- Chancellery Guard Peltroc
- Technician First Class Waymivrudimqwe 'Waym'
Sontaran delegation Edit
The Doctor Edit
- The Doctor thinks to himself that his father's name definitely wasn't Ulysses, and that he might be a professor at Berkeley.
- The Doctor was born in the House of Lungbarrow.
- The Doctor demonstrates his fascination with Earth by filling his quarters with Terran memorabilia.
- The Sontarans and Rutans are brought to Gallifrey by the Doctor to make an attempt at peace.
- The Seal of Rassilon is an omniscate.
- The Doctor's rooms have six sides. They hold many bookshelves, a wooden globe of Sol Three and a wine rack with a dozen of the galaxy's finest vintages. On the mantel is an ormolu clock. There are also two paintings: one computer painted, the second hand painted (by the Doctor) of a woman holding a scroll with the words "Death is but a door" written in High Gallifreyan. Speaking those words opens a door to a zero room where thousands of candles burn, honouring the woman in the painting.
- The Doctor is a member of the High Council.
- The Doctor offers tea to guardsmen Raimor and Peltroc.
- The Doctor has a cat named Wycliff.
- Ohm is an ancient Time Lord god.
- Tyler's Folly is on the High Council agenda to be discussed as there are "disturbances" on the planet.
- The Time Lords know of names that will appear in history books of the future: Varnax, Faction Paradox, Catavolcus, the Timewyrm; these are threats that the Time Lords are destined to survive.
- The Time Lords know of a war against an implacable enemy, that will result in the destruction of Gallifrey, though even after several millennia of knowing about this they have not decided what action to take.
- The Founders of Gallifrey are six individuals: Rassilon, Omega, the Other and three others.
- Qqaba is a Population III star.
- The Doctor uses a toy tafelshrew to distract a guard to get to his TARDIS.
Individual Gallifreyans Edit
- Marnal is mentioned several times as a Time Lord who lacked planning in the wars he fought.
- Morbius is also mentioned in the past tense.
- The Magistrate went to school with the Doctor and is his oldest friend. Ironically, given the hints about their conduct as students, he's the highest ranking lawman on Gallifrey.
- Hedin is compiling a comprehensive history on Omega.
- The Doctor lectures at the academy. He's loved by his students for his more anarchic practices as a teacher, but frowned upon by his colleagues for the same.
- The Doctor is one of the highest ranking Prydonians.
- Larna is one of the Doctor's most promising students. She develops a relationship with the Doctor.
- Lord Savar lost his eyes a couple of regenerations ago. In his current body he has multiple personalities, two distinct ones in fact. His current body is also an accomplished telepath.
- The Magistrate wears black. He's the Doctor's oldest friend and sparring partner and has a goatee.
Gallifreyan locations Edit
- There is a clock tower in the Old Harbour that rings out bells throughout the Gallifreyan day.
- The clockwork figures inside the clock tower have developed sentience and may be the most intelligent things on Gallifrey.
- The Citadel is patrolled by the Watchmen.
- In the southern corner of the Panopticon is a statue of Omega wearing a space suit like the one he wore at Qqaba.
- If you enter the Panopticon from the north you would walk under the legs of Rassilon. Rassilon is (always) portrayed as wearing leather sandals.
- The Doctor and the Magistrate re-enact their childhood habit of sitting on the feet of the statues, to the wry amusement of the Magistrate. The Magistrate climbed faster than the Doctor, despite his bulkier clothing.
- Another statue is of Apeiron, who wears spiky combat boots.
- A further statue wears "sensible" (and it's implied originating on Earth) footwear.
- The Citadel dates from the time of Rassilon and Omega; all Time Lords live in the Citadel, which is dimensionally transcendental.
- Olyesti is one of the Three Minute Cities east of the Citadel, reachable by rail.
- The Tomb of the Uncertain Soldier contains a body of a Gallifreyan soldier who fought in the Time Wars and chose at the critical moment to wipe out his own timeline.
- Flowers of Remembrance of the Lost Dead are either held or grown within the Citadel.
- Low Town is a shanty town that grew up around the columns that kept the Capitol dome stable.
- The Endless Library is a repository of Time Lord knowledge.
Gallifreyan technology Edit
- The Doctor uses a Transmat to copy himself.
- Omega takes over one of these bodies. Savar later decapitates it.
- The Time Lords use a time scoop to bring the Rutans and Sontarans to Gallifrey. The Doctor also builds a primitive time scoop to bring the delegates to his TARDIS.
- There were two Hands of Omega.
- The Doctor mentions Centro, the Klade, the Tractites and the Ongoing as possible groups who could have created the effect.
- The Doctor owns a (possibly Terran) cat called Wycliff.
- General Sontar is the mastermind behind the two thousand year war with the Isari. He is a clone like the other Sontarans, but he is a full duplicate and not just a genetic clone; he has the original Sontar's memories.
- The Needle is what used to be Savar's TARDIS, stretched out across time and space by a black hole.
- Hindmost is a planetoid so far from Gallifrey that a TARDIS would have to be re-engineered to be able to make the journey there.
- Which Doctor and precisely when this story takes place is difficult to place. Assumptions can be made based on information given throughout the novel, but much of it is contradictory.
- Lance Parkin personally classifies this as both a First and Eighth Doctor novel on his website.
- The Doctor thinks that his father's name definitely wasn't Ulysses. In several of the early 1990s proposed TV movies of Doctor Who, Ulysses was the name of the Doctor's father.
- The Doctor's name may be Hedin, given that one character reminisces about a time "before you received your doctorate - no Hedin, was still Hedin". There *is* a character called Hedin in the story, so it could be referring to that character.
- BBC Books announced that a "print on demand" reprint edition of this novel will be made available as of 31st August 2011 as the imprint revisits adventures featuring the first eight Doctors.[source needed] This book is also available as an ebook from the Amazon Kindle store.[source needed]
- Of the threats the Time Lords were/are to survive: Varnax is mentioned in several (unmade) Doctor Who movie scripts featured in REF: The Nth Doctor; Faction Paradox first appear in PROSE: Alien Bodies; the Timewyrm first appears in PROSE: Timewyrm: Genesys; and Catavolcus first appears in COMIC: The Neutron Knights.
- The Doctor mentions several groups who could have created the Effect: the Klade who first appeared in PROSE: Father Time and the Tractites who first appeared in PROSE: Genocide.
- Lord Savar appears and tells of how he lost his eyes. The Doctor finds them and returns them in PROSE: Seeing I.
- The events which lead the woman (who is Omega's wife) occurred in PROSE: Cold Fusion.
- How a transmat works and the process involved is discussed in detail in PROSE: Down.
- In PROSE: Unnatural History, the Doctor visits a professor at Berkeley who has an assistant called Larna.
- Marnal appears in PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles.
- Tyler's Folly appears in PROSE: Down.
- Omega first appeared in TV: The Three Doctors.
- Hedin first appeared in TV: Arc of Infinity.
- The Hand of Omega first appeared in TV: Remembrance of the Daleks.
- The Infinity Doctors at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Infinity Doctors at The Whoniverse