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Timewyrm: Revelation
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Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Ace
Main enemy: The Timewyrm
Main setting: Cheldon Bonniface and The Moon, 1992
Key crew
Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: Paul Cornell
Release details
Release number: 4
Release date: 5 December 1991
Format: Paperback Book, 220 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20360-7
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Timewyrm: Revelation is the fourth book in the New Adventures series, and the fourth (and final) book in the Timewyrm arc. It was written by Paul Cornell and features the Seventh Doctor and Ace.

Publisher's summary

The parishioners of Cheldon Bonniface walk to church on the Sunday before Christmas, 1992. Snow is in the air, or is it the threat of something else? The Reverend Trelaw has a premonition, too, and discusses it with the spirit that inhabits his church. Perhaps the Doctor is about to visit them again?

Some years earlier, in a playground in Perivale, Chad Boyle picks up a half-brick. He's going to get that creepy Dorothy who says she wants to be an astronaut. The weapon falls, splitting Dorothy's skull. She dies instantly.

The Doctor has pursued the Timewyrm from prehistoric Mesopotamia to Nazi Germany, and then to the end of the universe. He has tracked down the creature again: but what trans-temporal trap has the Timewyrm prepared for their final confrontation?


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British locations

The Doctor

  • The Doctor feels immense guilt over the deaths of Katarina, Sara Kingdom and Adric.
  • The Doctor's mind has seven regions for his past and present selves.
  • The Doctor makes the sign of the Horns of Rassilon with his fingers.

The Doctors as they appear within the Seventh Doctor's mind



  • Johnny Chess was reviewed in the NME - 18th July 1998.
  • Ace's fear of clowns is mentioned, as well as her having a lock of Cheetah Person fur in her jacket.
  • Shreela and Midge are thought of and there is a vague reference to Manisha, Ace's friend whom she mentioned when she was at Gabriel Chase.
  • Ace walks out onto the surface of the moon and her lungs explode.
  • The essence of the Timewyrm is placed in a baby by the Doctor and given to Emily and Peter Hutchings, with the name Ishtar Hutchings.
  • Chad Boyle is a childhood bully of Ace.
  • Emily Hutchings is an old friend of the Doctor. She has recently decided to become a novelist.
  • Peter Hutchings is a Cambridge University Mathematics professor.
  • Saul is a sentient church (St Christopher's) in Cheldon Bonniface.
  • The Doctor mentions having met Sherlock Holmes, saying, "Just because somebody isn't real, it doesn't mean you can't meet them."


Personifications of concepts

  • Death is created by the Timewyrm.
  • The Doctor (literally) dances with Death.

Psychic powers


  • The Daleks call the Timewyrm Golyan Ak Tana, the twister of paths.
  • The Doctor is called Ka Faraq Gatri / Destroyer of Worlds by the Daleks for destroying Skaro.
  • The Timewyrm will always exist in some form.


  • Ernest Trelaw is the current vicar of St. Christopher's (Saul). He knows about Saul's sentience.



  • This is the final novel in the Timewyrm tetralogy.
  • Paul Cornell based much of Timewyrm: Revelation on a short story called "Total Eclipse":

In its original form as 'Total Eclipse', it was the last of a trilogy concerning Saul the sentient church, and two time travellers from a dictatorial future who'd come back to 'fix' the past, with the Fifth Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa getting in the way. (Said Cornell, "They were the TARDIS crew I wrote mostly for.")[1]

  • The name Mount Cadon was invented here. It has been referenced in several other stories.[2]



  1. Flashback Interview: Paul Cornell. Vox Bomb (2002). Retrieved on 11th August 2011.
  2. Eric Briggs; Paul Cornell (1999). timewyrm: revelation. The Doctor Who Bewildering Reference Guide. Retrieved on 11th August 2011.

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