|Main enemy:||The Timewyrm|
|Main setting:||Mesopotamia, 2700 BC|
|Release date:||20 June 1991|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 230 pages|
|Virgin New Adventures|
|DWM's "New Adventures order"|
Publisher's summary Edit
Mesopotamia -- the cradle of civilisation. In the fertile crescent of land on the banks of the rivers Tigris and Euphrates, mankind is turning from hunter gatherer into farmer, and from farmer into city-dweller.
Gilgamesh, the first hero-king, rules the city of Uruk. An equally legendary figure arrives, in a police telephone box: the TARDIS has brought the Doctor and his companion Ace to witness the first steps of mankind's long progress to the stars.
And from somewhere amid those distant points of light an evil sentience has tumbled. To her followers in the city of Kish she is known as Ishtar the goddess; to the Doctor’s forebears on ancient Gallifrey she was a mythical terror -- the Timewyrm.
A spacecraft, holding the mysterious Timewyrm, drifts into Mutter's Spiral. The Timewyrm is possessing the crew, but kills them all when they frustrate her. She plans to set up a slave world on Earth, but soon realises the ship is falling apart. As she meets her apparent death, she can only see the irony in this.
- The Seventh Doctor
- Ishtar (aka Qataka)
The Doctor Edit
- The Doctor has enhanced night vision.
Foods and beverages Edit
- Ace drinks beer that tastes not quite unlike pig vomit.
- Rice and barley are grown using irrigation ditches.
- The Timewyrm refers to the galaxy containing Earth as Mutter's Spiral.
- Gilgamesh has wandering hands; Ace consequently wears layers to protect herself.
- Ninani is the daughter of King Agga.
- Ace sings Irish folk songs.
- The Doctor uses the his TARDIS' telepathic circuits to delete some superfluous memories, accidentally deleting Ace's; he gives them back but accidentally gives her some of Melanie Bush's also, allowing her to remember when Mel went to Paradise Towers.
- This is the first novel in the Timewyrm four-novel series.
- Although there had been several original novels and novellas published based upon the Whoniverse but not featuring the Doctor, and also several novelisations of unproduced Doctor Who stories, this was the first long-form original publication to feature the Doctor himself since the publication of the novella Doctor Who and the Invasion from Space in 1966.
- This is also the first officially licensed novel featuring the Doctor to ever exceed 200 pages in length. The only official Doctor Who-related novel to exceed this milestone before this point was Turlough and the Earthlink Dilemma, in which the Doctor did not appear.
- The book's adult content in terms of language and sexuality was initially controversial with fans.
- Cover art by Andrew Skilleter.
- John Peel sets up an explanation for future writers to use, regarding continuity errors, by having the Doctor erase his less important memories.
- The Doctor erases the parts of his memory he considers no longer important to make room for new memories. As a result, he hopes he never encounters the Chronovores again (TV: The Time Monster) even though he already had in his last incarnation. (PROSE: The Quantum Archangel) He later says he never met Hitler (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus) even though he did in his last incarnation (PROSE: The Shadow in the Glass), and that he has never been to Alaska (AUDIO: Lurkers at Sunlight's Edge) even though the fifth Doctor had. (AUDIO: The Land of the Dead) It could always be that he was speaking of his seventh incarnation as an individual.
- The Fourth Doctor gained knowledge of the Timewyrm when he was in the Matrix in TV: The Invasion of Time; he left a time-delayed message in the TARDIS for himself.
- Ace still feels some of the after effects of the Cheetah Virus she became infected with in TV: Survival.
- The Doctor consoles Enkidu (who believes he is the last of his kind) by telling him that another Neanderthal survives to the 19th century. (TV: Ghost Light)
- Timewyrm: Genesys at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Timewyrm: Genesys at The Whoniverse
- The Cloister Library: Timewyrm: Genesys
- Bewildering References Guide to Timewyrm: Genesys