TARDIS Index File

The Living Wax (short story)

58,930articles in progress
Add New Page
Talk0 Share
The Living Wax
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Leela
Main enemy: Linktons
Main setting: Victorian era London
Key crew
Release details
Printed in: Doctor Who Winter Special 1977
←Previous Next→
PHS stories
Who's Who? none
The Living Wax was the only short story in the 1977 Doctor Who Winter Special. Moreover, it was the only original narrative in the entire publication and the only one to use the Fourth Doctor and Leela — the team featured on the special's cover.

Summary Edit

The Fourth Doctor and Leela arrive in Victorian era London near a waxwork museum. Inside, Leela is spooked by the wax dummies. Eventually she and the Doctor discover that the dummies are actually Linktons, a humanoid species made of wax. The Doctor explains that they can teleport vast, inter-galactic distances with their gold-powered technology. Leela attacks that technology with her knife. It sparks, starts a fire and melts the invading Linktons. Once again, Leela's warrior instincts prove unexpectedly useful to the Doctor.

Characters Edit

References Edit

to be added

Notes Edit

  • The story was apparently written to include elements from the photographs used to illustrate the story. In other words, it seems to have been set in Victorian London because most of the illustrations come from the television story The Talons of Weng-Chiang, and the references to a gold lion's mask are present because one of the illustrations is from the television story The Masque of Mandragora. One of the oddest ramifications of this policy is that the inclusion of a photograph of Li H'sen Chang seems to imply that he is a Linkton.

Continuity Edit

to be added


Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.