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Timewyrm: Genesys
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Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Ace
Main enemy: The Timewyrm
Main setting: Mesopotamia, 2700 BC
Key crew
Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: John Peel
Release details
Release number: 1
Release date: 20 June 1991
Format: Paperback Book; 25 Chapters, 230 pages
ISBN 0-426-20355-0
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Timewyrm: Genesys is the first novel in the New Adventures series, and was written by John Peel. It is the first book in the Timewyrm story arc, and features the Seventh Doctor and Ace.

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.

Chapter Titles Edit

  • Prologue
  1. Serpent in the Garden
  2. Memories Are Made Of ...
  3. When You Wish Upon Ishtar
  4. Past Lives
  5. Ambush
  6. Spying Tonight
  7. Talking Union
  8. Band On The Run
  9. Nitro Nine, Goddess Nil
  10. Ace in the Hole
  11. Party Piece
  12. Avram's Tale
  13. Split Infinities
  14. The Mountains of Mashu
  15. Guardians at the Gate of Dawn
  16. The Lake of Souls
  17. Utnapishtim
  18. Escape
  19. The Feast of Ishtar
  20. Ace's High
  21. Armageddon
  22. Apotheosis
  23. Timewyrm!
  • Epilogue

Plot Edit

Preface Edit

Timewyrm Genesis Prologue illustration 1 DWM 175

An illustration for the preface, printed in DWM 175.

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.

Characters Edit

References Edit

Foods and beverages Edit

Galaxies Edit

Species Edit

Religion Edit

  • Belkeli is the priestess of Ishtar.
  • Dumuzi is the high priest of Ishtar.

Songs Edit

  • Ace sings Irish folk songs.


The doctor Edit

  • The Doctor uses the TARDIS' telepathic circuits to temporarily regress his mind to that of the Third Doctor needing his technical expertise. While he's in the mindset of his third incarnation he constantly confuses Utnapishtim and Avram with the Brigadier and Seargent Benton, and confuses Ace with Liz, Jo and Sarah Jane.
  • The Doctor says "with great power comes great responsibility", he claims the quote to be from Marvel Comics but can't remember whom exactly.

Notes Edit

  • 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.
  • Andrew Skilleter created the cover art.
  • John Peel sets up an explanation for future writers to use, regarding continuity errors, by having the Doctor erase his less important memories.

Continuity Edit

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