The Pursuit of History was the seventh story in the fifth series of Fourth Doctor Adventures and the first part of the series finale.
Publisher's summary Edit
The threads of a plan centuries in the making are coming together. But who is behind this plan? And can anyone possibly escape when history is against them?
Part one Edit
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Part two Edit
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- The Doctor - Tom Baker
- Romana - Lalla Ward
- K9 - John Leeson
- Cuthbert - David Warner
- Mr Dorrick - Toby Hadoke
- Mr Edge - David Troughton
- David Goddard/Oceanic Airforce Commander - John Dorney
- Conglom-Net Computer/Oceanic Airforce Pilot - Lisa Bowerman
- Neville Sanders/Drudger/Ecidien Cerebus Bird/Albert Chatterton/The White Guardian/Salonu Prime - Jez Fielder
- The Laan/Salonu - Jane Slavin
- Conglom-AI - Lisa Bowerman
- The Salonu use nitrogen-rich atmospheres to refuel their ships via nitrogen conversion.
- Cuthbert's train robbery occurs in Yorkshire on 15 November, 1859.
- Miles of heathland were transplanted into the TARDIS.
- The Laan are a spatio-temporal nomadic species.
- When K9 detects an energy stream, the Doctor suggests it's the Laan's space-time spore.
- In 1859, Victoria is on the throne of Great Britain and Ireland and A Tale of Two Cities is published.
- On the 15th of November, 1859, there were exactly 1,000,300,558 human beings on Earth.
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- K9 and Romana locate the avian life form in the TARDIS. (AUDIO: The Sands of Life, The Trouble with Drax)
- The Ecidien Cerebus Bird repeats "About time I found something better to do than run round after the Brigadier" (TV: Pyramids of Mars) and "I'm afraid it's none of my business. I suggest you leave here." (TV: An Unearthly Child)
- Romana refers to the miles of heathland and the Bird as being "at the heart of the TARDIS." (TV: Terminus, Doctor Who)
- The Doctor checks the helmic regulator. (TV: The Ark in Space)
- The Doctor and Romana previously encountered Cuthbert, the Conglomerate, and the Quantum Gateway in the Proxima System. (AUDIO: The Dalek Contract/The Final Phase)
- They previously encountered the Laan when they first met Cuthbert, and a Laan once again calls to Romana. (AUDIO: The Sands of Life/War Against the Laan)
- The Doctor overrides the randomiser. (TV: City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, AUDIO: The Trouble with Drax)
- The planet Vulcan was discovered in 1859. (TV: The Power of the Daleks)
- K9 assimilated information from the Bi-Al Foundation genealogical datebase. (TV: The Invisible Enemy)