a real world point of view
|The Man in the Velvet Mask|
|Main setting:||Alternate Paris, July 1804|
|Release date:||February 1996|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 250 Pages|
|Virgin Missing Adventures|
|Downtime||The English Way of Death|
- "The triumph of virtue. The misfortunes of vice. Who said the play had to be like the book?"
24 Messidor, XXII: the TARDIS has landed in post-revolutionary France, or so it appears. But the futuristic structure of the New Bastille towers over a twisted version of Paris. And First Deputy Minski, adopted son of the infamous Marquis de Sade, presides over a reign of terror that has yet to end.
Revolutionary soldiers arrest an ailing Doctor as a curfew breaker. Dodo is recruited by a band of wandering players whose intentions are less than pure. Deep in the dungeons of the Bastille, Prisoner 6 tries desperately to remember who he is. And outside time and space, a gathering of aliens watch in horror as their greatest experiment goes catastrophically wrong.
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- The Doctor
- Dodo Chaplet
- Marquis de Sade
- Prisoner 6
- The Pageant
- Robin Goodfellow
- Catherine Arouette
- Tyll Howlglass
- The Doctor feels the TARDIS "calling to him" and recalls her having done so previously when he had lost her in the fourth universe (AUDIO: Quinnis) and during the long months they were separated in China in 1289. (TV: Marco Polo)
- Earth is referred to as "Planet D02RL in Mutter's Spiral".
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- The Doctor mistakenly calls Dodo "Susan" at one point, and again mentions how similar they look. (TV: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve)
- The Doctor tells Dodo that his time is near (referring to his approaching regeneration in TV: The Tenth Planet), and that he has known it is coming since his latest meeting with the Toymaker. (TV: The Celestial Toymaker) He also mentions that he will need the aid of the TARDIS.
- The recent departure of Steven is mentioned twice (TV: The Savages) and Dodo relates the story of his two-year imprisonment. (TV: The Chase)
- Dodo tells Dalville she can play the piano a bit, mentioning "The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon" as an example of something she can play. (TV: The Gunfighters)
- The Doctor recalls having been separated from the TARDIS in China. (TV: Marco Polo)
- When encountering aliens, Dodo compares them to the Monoids and Refusians. (TV: The Ark)
- Dodo recalls having seen the Earth explode. (TV: The Ark)
- The Doctor is addressed as a "lord", but denies this title. Even when confronted with the statement that he was "noble once but fell from grace", he refuses to acknowledge this.
- Dodo mentions having once almost killed the entire human race. (TV: The Ark)
- Dodo predicts she will stop travelling with the Doctor sooner rather than later. (TV: The War Machines)
- The Doctor feels the TARDIS "calling to him" and recalls her having done so previously when he had lost her in the fourth universe in AUDIO: Quinnis.
- According to the novel, Time Lords grow their second heart after their first regeneration. This is an attempt to rectify the implication in TV: The Edge of Destruction that the First Doctor had only a single heart.
- Detailed synopsis of The Man in the Velvet Mask at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Man in the Velvet Mask at The Whoniverse