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|The Time Travellers|
|Companion(s):||Susan, Ian, Barbara|
|Main enemy:||General Bamford Duplicate|
|Cover by:||Black Sheep|
|Release date:||November 2005|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 284 Pages|
|BBC Past Doctor Adventures|
|World Game||Atom Bomb Blues|
The Time Travellers was the seventy-fourth BBC Past Doctor Adventures novel. It was written by Simon Guerrier. It featured the First Doctor, Susan, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. This was the last PROSE novel to feature the First Doctor. This novel is sequel to several stories which hadn't happened yet in the Doctor's timeline and therefore occur differently; with different outcomes from TV: The War Machines, The Tenth Planet and Remembrance of the Daleks affecting the alternate future shown in this novel.
Publisher's summary Edit
"Have you ever thought what it's like to be wanderers in the fourth dimension, to be exiles?"
With his friends mistaken for vagrants and sentenced to death, the Doctor is press-ganged into helping perfect a weapon that might just turn the tables in the war. The British Army has discovered time travel. And the consequences are already devastating.
What has happened to the world that Ian and Barbara once knew? How much of the experiment do the Doctor and Susan really understand?
And, despite all the Doctor has said to the contrary, is it actually possible to change history?
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- The Doctor
- Susan Foreman
- Ian Chesterton
- Barbara Wright
- Colonel Andrews
- General Bamford
- Richie Roberts
- Abigal Abi
- Ian Chesterton's national service number was 15110404. He was a private.
- When Ian and Barbara are returned to London on 26 June 1965, the Doctor gives them an envelope of British notes and coins, including a twenty pence coin which was minted in 1982.
- Dalek technology from the Shoreditch Incident helped the British create their time machine.
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- The dystopian future of this story is the result of the events of TV: The War Machines - here, WOTAN was successful in temporarily conquering the planet. It is strongly suggested, though not outright said, that this is in fact what was meant to happen to Earth and that the Doctor's involvement changed history.
- Barbara claims to have learned her lesson about changing history in Mexico. (TV: The Aztecs)
- In the alternative timeline in 1972, British scientists use the Dalek technology which they salvaged from Coal Hill School in the aftermath of the Shoreditch Incident in November 1963 to build a time machine. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)
- Following an alternate version of TV: The Tenth Planet, the Cybermen now live permanently at the South Pole. The South Africans made a deal with them for weaponry.
- The Doctor states that the time-warping events of this story will draw the attention of the Time Lords, and it's now more likely they'll find him; the Doctor now wants to find a safe place to leave Susan so she will not be found, a retroactive explanation for leaving her behind in TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth.
- The epilogue of this novel follows the last scenes of TV: The Chase with Ian and Barbara on the bus.
- The Time Travellers at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Time Travellers at The Whoniverse