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The Janus Conjunction was the sixteenth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Trevor Baxendale, released 5 October 1998 and featured the Eighth Doctor and Sam Jones.

It is the first BBC Books novel to feature the death of a companion, although the death is retroactively prevented through the use of a temporal orbit by the Doctor.

Publisher's summary

The planets Janus Prime and Menda are diametrically opposed in orbit around a vast Red Giant star. But while Menda is rich and fertile in the light of the sun, Janus Prime endures everlasting night, its moon causing a permanent solar eclipse.

When the Doctor and Sam arrive on Janus Prime, they find themselves in the middle of a war between rival humans colonising the area. The planet is littered with ancient ruins, and the Mendans are using a mysterious hyperspatial link left behind by the planet's former inhabitants. But what is its true purpose?

The Doctor and Sam must piece together a centuries-old puzzle. How can Janus Prime's moon weigh billions of tons more than it should? Why is the planet riddled with deadly radiation? As the violence escalates around them, will the time travellers survive to discover the answers?

Plot

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Characters

References

The Doctor

  • The Doctor and Sam pull the "Number Eleven" manoeuvre upon seeing a spidroids outside the TARDIS.
  • The Doctor mentions being shot in San Francisco.
  • The Doctor trained to fly a shuttle on the Mars-Venus run in 2511.
  • The Doctor says he isn't afraid of spiders.
  • The Doctor talks to Lunder about UNIT.

Conflicts

Fashion and clothing

  • The Doctor gives Sam a white panama hat that can be rolled up.

Foods and beverages

Individuals

  • Sam gets extreme radiation poisoning and then dies of Janusian radiation poisoning at 019.04 Mendan time. However she is (retroactively) saved via a temporal orbit and the Doctor developing a cure.
  • Gustav Zemler has already gone quite mad from radiation poisoning. Because of said radiation poisoning, he can access the Janusians' alpha waves and communicate (after a fashion) with them.
  • Moslei was born in 2162.

Locations

  • The Doctor and Sam meant to be heading for Earth, Egypt, 1871 for the inaugural performance at Cairo Opera House.

Planets

Species

Technology

Theories and concepts

Weapons

  • Sam is shot at; her shoulder gets glanced by a laser rifle and gets infected.

Notes

  • The "Korman radiation scale" is most likely named after Kate Orman.

Continuity

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