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|The Taking of Planet 5|
|Companion(s):||Fitz Kreiner, Compassion|
|Main enemy:||Fendahl, Time Lords|
|Main setting:||Planet 5, 12 Million Years ago, Antarctica, 1999|
|Writer:||Simon Bucher-Jones & Mark Clapham|
|Release date:||October, 1999|
|Format:||Paperback Book, --- Pages|
|BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures|
|The Blue Angel||Frontier Worlds|
The Taking of Planet 5 was the twenty-eighth release in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Simon Bucher-Jones and Mark Clapham. It featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner, and Compassion.
Twelve million years ago, a war touched the Earth briefly. Now, in Antarctica, an archaeological team has discovered the detritus of the conflict. And it’s alive.
Twelve million years ago, a creature evolved that was capable of consuming all life in the universe. Now someone, or something, is desperate enough to want to revive it.
Outside the ordered universe, things move. They’re hungry. And something has given them the scent of our space/time.
In the far future, the Doctor has learnt of the war and feels he must intervene -- but it’s more than just a local conflict of interest. One of the groups of combatants is from his own future, and the other has never, ever, existed.
- The Eighth Doctor
- Fitz Kreiner
- Still thinks of himself as "James Bond in space".
- Is so dispassionate that she can calmly eat toast while observing someone conducting an autopsy.
- Professor Nathaniel Hume
- Is actually Homunculette
- Lord President
- The Hermit
- Museum of Things That Don't Exist (aka Professor Mildeo Twisknadine's Wandering Museum of the Verifiably Phantasmagoric)
- H. P. Lovecraft
- War TARDIS
- TARDIS cradle
- The Matrix
- The Enemy
- Gallifreyan Looms
- Time Lords of the future timeline.
- De-mat Gun
- The House of the Redloom
- Fendahl Predator
- The Doctor admits to being fascinated by 1980s children's television, including something about "robots in disguise" (with accompanying hand gestures and "chk-chk-chk" sound effect). This is a reference to cartoon series The Transformers.
- The future TARDISes refer to the Doctor's TARDIS in a reverential fashion because the Doctor "freed" his TARDIS from his control.
- One implies that the Obverse is a construction of the Celestis' making.
- Parallel Cannons were weapons developed by the Time Lords.
- Xenaria uses an ur-box.
- One mentions the pin galaxies.
- Vorg the Magnificent (TV: Carnival of Monsters) is mentioned by the Doctor whilst at the Museum of Things That Don't Exist.
- A temporal anomaly disgorges the Borad (TV: Timelash) and is dealt with by temporal investigators.
- Alien Bodies, Unnatural History, Interference, and The Shadows of Avalon are all points where when the Doctor (and companions) have encountered elements of the Time Lord's Future War with the Enemy and/or the Faction Paradox.
- The Doctor recalls his adventure in the Obverse. (PROSE: The Blue Angel)
- Yartek and the Voord are mentioned by the Doctor. (TV: The Keys of Marinus)
- Detailed synopsis of The Taking of Planet 5 at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Taking of Planet 5 at The Whoniverse