a real world point of view
|The Scales of Injustice|
|Main setting:||London, 1970s|
|Release date:||July 1996|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 262 Pages|
|Virgin Missing Adventures|
|Killing Ground||The Shadow of Weng-Chiang|
The Scales of Injustice was the twenty-fourth novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by Gary Russell. It featured the Third Doctor, Liz Shaw and Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. This novel features Liz Shaw's departure from UNIT.
- "And what exactly, Doctor Shaw, do you think C19 does with the dead bodies of plastic dummies, reptile men, primordial throwbacks and all their human victims?"
A little boy goes missing; a policewoman begins drawing cave paintings; and the employees at the mysterious Glasshouse are desperate to keep everyone away -- the Doctor suspects it's all down to a group of homo reptilia. His assistant, Liz Shaw, has ideas of her own and has teamed up with a journalist to search for people who don't exist.
And behind it all lies a conspiracy to exploit UNIT's achievements -- a conspiracy reaching deep into the heart of the British government.
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- The Doctor
- Liz Shaw
- The Pale Man
- The Irish Twins
- Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
- Mike Yates
- Sergeant John Benton
- Sir John Sudbury
- Sir Marmaduke Harrington-Smythe
- Doctor Peter Morley
- Major General Scobie
- Marc Marshall
- Barbara Redworth
- Robert Lines
- Fiona Lethbridge-Stewart
- Jana Kristan
- The Pale Man was modified with Cyberman technology
- The Irish Twins were modified with Auton technology.
- The Stalker was created by injecting a Doberman with Stahlman's ooze.
- Sir John Sudbury and C19 control UNIT's budget in Britain.
- The Brigadier's daughter, Kate, is five years old at this time.
- Liz joined UNIT the previous October.
- The C19 Vault contains WOTAN, the lower half of an Imperial Dalek, Nestene energy units, the Silurian virus and Cyber weapons, as well as the frozen bodies of Melvin Krimpton, Stephen Weams, George Ratcliffe, George Hibbert and Mark Gregory. (It is unclear as to how Hibbert's body came to be stored in the Vault, given that he was vaporised by an Auton.)
- A Myrka is used by the Silurians.
- The Silurians are in a type of cline. The Sea Devils and the Silurians are the most extreme forms. Hybrids between the two are generally unhealthy and sterile.
- The chapters are referred to as "Episodes".
- This story was released as an E-Book on the BBC website in 2006, with the book remaining on the BBC's site (http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/ebooks/scalesofinjustice/index.shtml) until 2009.
- This story retroactively fixes some of the apparent inconsistencies of TV: Warriors of the Deep. Specifically, this story explains how the Doctor knows Icthar and how he knows of the Triad and the Myrka.
- The "Older Silurian", "Younger Silurian", and "Silurian Scientist" of TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians are here named respectively Okdel, Morka and K'to.
- As in TV: Warriors of the Deep, Sea Devils are called that by the Silurians. This novel makes it clear that their full name is Sea Devil Warriors and they are a caste as much as a sub-species.
- The Myrka, which first appeared on screen in TV: Warriors of the Deep, is used by the Silurians in this story.
- C19 and Sir John Sudbury are mentioned on-screen only in TV: Time-Flight. C19 was also explored more fully in PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy.
- It was Air Commodore Ian Gilmore who suggested then Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart for the commander of the British branch of UNIT. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)
- Professor Rachel Jensen suggested recruiting her University of Cambridge protégés Allison Williams (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks), Ruth Ingram (TV: The Time Monster) and Anne Travers (TV: The Web of Fear) to the Intrusion Countermeasures Group.
- Rachel mentions Dr. Judson and the ULTIMA machine, which was stored at a British Army base in Maiden's Point in 1943. Later in his personal timeline, specifically during his seventh incarnation, the Doctor and his companion Ace would visit Maiden's Point that year and defeat the ancient sentient force Fenric, who had taken possession of Judson's body. (TV: The Curse of Fenric)
- Corporal Maisie Hawkes mentions that she has sent a Nestene energy unit to the National Space Museum. (TV: Terror of the Autons)
- The pale young man tells the Doctor that the Vault contains two Cyber-guns (TV: The Invasion), Nestene energy units (TV: Spearhead from Space) and phials of the Silurian plague (TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians).
- The Doctor does not recognise what the pale young man describes as one of the Vault's first trophies: "the lower half of a cream-coloured Dalek, stained with green and pitted with bullet holes." The Doctor notes that he has never seen a Dalek of that configuration before, least of all on 20th century Earth. It was obtained by the ICMG in the aftermath of the Shoreditch Incident in November 1963. Later in his personal timeline, the Seventh Doctor and Ace would be present for that event. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)
- Detailed synopsis of The Scales of Injustice at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Scales of Injustice at The Whoniverse
- Gary Russell's Strange Matter: The Scales of Injustice, notes on the novel by the author via Internet Archive: Wayback Machine