The book was the first book of the series to feature the Tenth Doctor. Rose continued to be featured as the companion in the series, as she had in the previous six books.
2006 BBC Books edition
Mickey is startled to find a statue of Rose in a museum - a statue that is 2,000 years old. The Doctor realises that this means the TARDIS will shortly take them to ancient Rome, but when it does, he and Rose soon have more on their minds than a sculpture.
While the Doctor searches for a missing boy, Rose befriends a girl who claims to know the future - a girl whose predictions are surprisingly accurate. But then the Doctor stumbles on the hideous truth behind the statue of Rose - and Rose herself learns that you have to be very careful what you wish for...
2015 BBC Books edition
A 2,000 year old statue of Rose Tyler is a mystery that the Doctor and Rose can only solve by travelling back to the time when it was made. But when they do, they find the mystery is deeper and more complicated than they ever imagined.
While the Doctor searches for a missing boy, Rose befriends a girl who it seems can accurately predict the future. But when the Doctor stumbles on the terrible truth behind the statue, Rose herself learns that you have to be very careful what you wish for.
An adventure set in Roman times, featuring the Tenth Doctor as played by David Tennant and his companion Rose Tyler.
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- Tenth Doctor
- Rose Tyler
- Mickey Smith
- Jackie Tyler
- Gnaeus Fabius Gracilis
- Marcia Gracilis
- Aulus Valerius Ursus
- Vanessa Moretti
- The Doctor keeps a set of Winnie the Pooh bed linens in the TARDIS.
- The Doctor mentions the Moomins, Chorlton and the Wheelies and SpongeBob SquarePants when talking about how stories are based on disappearing time trails.
- The very complicated formula to turn people back from stone which had never been thought up by anybody is an example of a bootstrap paradox.
- Ringo was arrested for stealing a horse.
- This is the first Tenth Doctor novel.
- Later reprints of this book removed the image of Billie Piper from the cover, presumably due to use-of-likeness issues after she had left the programme. The 2015 reprint in The History Collection features an introduction from Rayner.
- This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.
- The Doctor asks Rose if she ever nearly married someone she shouldn't have. This could be a reference to Rose's marriage to Tillun in PROSE: Only Human, a reference to Rose's engagement to former boyfriend Jimmy Stone (although this occurred before Rose first met the Doctor), and/or a reference to the Doctor's own weddings that he was rubbish at. (TV: Blink)
- Jackie mentions the Doctor's new face. (TV: The Christmas Invasion)
- Rose thinks to herself that in 200,000 years she will be on a game station above Earth fighting Daleks, (TV: The Parting of the Ways) and will watch it get eventually destroyed by the sun. (TV: The End of the World)
- Vanessa claims that she tried to warn people of the destruction of Pompeii, not knowing that it had already happened in August 79. During his seventh incarnation, the Doctor visited Pompeii at this time on two occasions. (AUDIO: The Fires of Vulcan; PROSE: The Algebra of Ice) Later in his tenth incarnation, the Doctor himself triggered the eruption of Vesuvius in order to kill the Pyrovile. (TV: The Fires of Pompeii)
- The Doctor claims that he has never met Michelangelo. However, he encountered him in Rome in 1511 during his fifth incarnation. (AUDIO: Fallen Angels)
- An abridged reading of the story was released as an audiobook on 2x CD read by David Tennant. It was reissued in two parts as a promotional free CD with the Radio Times in 2008.