a real world point of view
|The Shadows of Avalon|
|Companion(s):||Fitz Kreiner, Compassion|
|Main enemy:||Romana III|
|Main setting:||Wiltshire, England, July 2012|
England, October 1967
|Release date:||February 2000|
|Format:||Paperback Book, --- Pages|
|ISBN 0 563 55588 2|
|BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures|
|Parallel 59||The Fall of Yquatine|
The Shadows of Avalon was the thirty-first novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Paul Cornell. It featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner, Compassion, the Brigadier and Romana III.
Publisher’s Summary Edit
Now it seems they’ll have to make a new life for themselves with the Celts who live in the Dreamlands. Perhaps even help in the Celts’ negotiations with the Unseelie, the sinister original inhabitants of Avalon, who live far to the North.
But then a gateway opens between Earth and Avalon. The British Army arrives in force. And the Brigadier negotiates a treaty that will lead to war in the Land of Dreams.
- The Doctor
- Tries to build/grow a new TARDIS using the magics of Avalon. It's destroyed when the Tower is destroyed by Cavis and Gandar.
- Rides a dragon.
- Again sees the future of some of the people he's just met. He is proven wrong when Cavis and Gandar kill one of the UNIT officers for entertainment.
- Fitz Kreiner
- Spends time on Earth.
- Is at first terrified by her transformation into a TARDIS and then liberated by it.
- Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart
- Has become suicidally depressed over Doris' death.
- Has the body of a man in his late thirties
- Cares for his troops, to the point of marching into a no-man's land to rescue one wounded soldier (see above for the other motivation for it).
- Stays behind in the Dream Realms of Avalon.
- Doris Lethbridge-Stewart
- Queen Regent Ma bab Mab Pendragon
- Queen Mab is also known as Queen Regent of the Catuvelauni, Protector of Avalon.
- King Constantine
- Sleeps to maintain the dream that is Avalon.
- Fair Folk (aka Faerie Folk)
- Ruled by Brona and Arwen.
- Compassion realises that they're descendants of Silurians who were also caught up in the creation of Avalon.
- Romana III
- Has regenerated to prepare for the war.
- Romana’s titles mentioned are: Lady President, War Queen, Mistress of the Nine Gallifreys.
- Looks a little like the Doctor's mother in her third body. The Doctor finds that unsettling.
- Cavis (Cavisadoratrelundar)
- Cavis has one heart (and therefore has not regenerated.) She has messy blonde hair.
- Gandar (Gandarotethetledrax)
- Dresses like the Master and impersonates him with the known phrase, "You - will - obey - me."
- Joe Bryce
- Matthew Bedser
- Romana uses a Space-Time Visualiser to look into near future events.
- Sentient TARDISs are integral to the Future War with the Enemy.
- In the vortex you are vulnerable to such predators as Kraken, Chronovore and Swimmer’s.
- The People are mentioned in relation to Gallifrey and its narrowly averted war.
- Fitz and Compassion take a brief "swim" through the Time Vortex.
- England has a king by 2012.
- A Time Lord can regenerate even after decapitation, growing a new head in the process.
- A Time Lord can be killed (without regeneration taking place) by being stabbed through ‘’both’’ hearts.
- The Doctor can remember his father and the Looms, but he is unsure which of them is real.
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- The Brigadier gained a younger body in PROSE: Happy Endings.
- There is a mention of the People. (PROSE: The Also People)
- The Doctor states he hasn’t been Merlin yet, as had learned that he would be earlier, (TV: Battlefield), which he would later do in PROSE: One Fateful Knight.
- Here Compassion evolves into a fully fledged sentient TARDIS (first seen in Alien Bodies, a process which began in The Blue Angel, and for which they (the Doctor, Fitz and Compassion) are pursued by the Time Lords through The Fall of Yquatine, Coldheart, The Space Age and The Banquo Legacy.
- The Ancestor Cell reveals just what happened to the TARDIS after its collision between the dimensional barriers.
- The Doctor contemplates growing a TARDIS with magic. In TV: The Impossible Planet, he affirms that TARDISes are grown.
- The statement that a Time Lord can be killed (without regeneration taking place) by being stabbed through both hearts is later confirmed by River Song in TV: Forest of the Dead.
- The Eighth Doctor also encounters the Brigadier in AUDIO: Minuet in Hell
- Detailed synopsis of The Shadows of Avalon at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Shadows of Avalon at The Whoniverse