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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.

Plot Edit

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Characters Edit

Gallifreyans Edit

Time Lords Edit

Sontaran delegation Edit

References Edit

The Doctor Edit

Gallifrey Edit

  • 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.
  • Hedin is compiling a comprehensive history on Omega.
  • The Doctor is one of the highest ranking Prydonians.
  • Larna is one of the Doctor's most promising students. She develops a friendship with the Doctor.
  • Lord Savar lost his eyes a couple of regenerations ago. In his current body he is an accomplished telepath and has two distinct personalities.
  • The Magistrate wears black. He's the Doctor's oldest friend and sparring partner and has a goatee.

Gallifreyan locations Edit

Gallifreyan technology Edit

Groups Edit

Individuals Edit

  • 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.
  • When experiencing memories and images from his past, the Doctor sees unnamed versions of Bernice Summerfield, Izzy Sinclair, and Sam Jones. In these images, Bernice is heavily pregnant.

Locations Edit

Notes Edit

  • Which Doctor and precisely when this story takes place is difficult to place. Lance Parkin personally classifies this as both a First and Eighth Doctor novel.[1] He's also told an interviewer that the Infinity Doctor is "clearly not the eighth Doctor of mainstream continuity. He does look like Paul McGann."[2] However, despite the uncertain placement of the story on the Doctor's timeline, there are many hints that it takes place in the same universe as the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures. The Klade and the Needle, both first mentioned in this novel, went on to play major roles in Father Time, and the Miranda comic. (Father Time also showed the Eighth Doctor living through the other half of the Infinity Doctor's dream of the beach.) Larna would later appear in Unnatural History and The Gallifrey Chronicles. The Infinity Doctors also gives the direct continuation of Patience's story from the Virgin New Adventure Cold Fusion, as well the story of Savar and the I from Seeing I. In his AHistory, Parkin placed The Infinity Doctors on his timeline of the main Doctor Who universe while still excluding alternate universe stories like Auld Mortality.
  • In AHistory, author Lance Parkin acknowledged the possiblity that the Infinity Doctor was an Eighth Doctor on a new Gallifrey as foretold by PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles. But still noting that it was not his original idea.
  • In the fanzine Time, Unincorporated: Volume One, author Parkin admits that in his first draft, the Infinity Doctor was the "Robert Banks Stewart Doctor".
  • The Infinity Doctors was originally intended to be part of a two-novel series, with the other half called Mentor and written by Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum; the plot would have revolved around a mad Time Lord who bent space and time so the Doctor never left Gallifrey. However, Orman and Blum were too busy with PROSE: Seeing I to write Mentor (though they later used elements of it in Unnatural History), so Parkin rewrote The Infinity Doctors to be stand-alone. Said Parkin, "I also realised that most of the readers would be expecting the bit where the universe goes all wobbly and turns back into the 'real' Doctor Who universe, and once I decided not to do that, it was very liberating." Other parts of Parkin's original plan ended up in PROSE: Trading Futures. [3]
  • The Doctor thinks to himself that his father's name definitely wasn't Ulysses, but he is a professor at Berkeley. In several of the early 1990s proposed TV movies of Doctor Who, Ulysses was the name of the Doctor's father. Parkin's later Eighth Doctor novel PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles introduced a Time Lord adventurer named Ulysses who was stated to have a half-human son, though this was never explicitly identified as the Doctor. The novel PROSE: Unnatural History featured a renegade Time Lord teaching as a professor at Berkeley and going by the name Daniel Joyce; the Eighth Doctor told Joyce that the name "suits" him, a probable reference to the fact that real-life author James Joyce wrote the novel Ulysses. The same novel also establishes that the Doctor's father's name was erased from Gallifrey's records, apparently explaining the Doctor's confusion in The Infinity Doctors.
  • 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 appeared in PROSE: Alien Bodies; the Timewyrm first appeared in PROSE: Timewyrm: Genesys; and Catavolcus first appeared in COMIC: The Neutron Knights.
  • 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]

Continuity Edit

External links Edit

  1. Parkin, Lance. Doctor Who, Chronologically. Lance Parkin. Retrieved on 15 August 2012.
  2. Parkin, Lance. A Word with Lance Parkin. Doctor Who Reprint Society. Retrieved on 15 August 2012.
  3. Parkin, Lance (1 January 2004). Interview:Lance Parkin. BBC Doctor Who website. Archived from the original on 21 March 2005. Retrieved on 15 August 2012.