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Tomb of Valdemar (novel)

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Tomb of Valdemar
Tomb of Valdemar
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Romana
Main enemy: Paul Neville
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Simon Messingham
Release details
Release number: 29
Release date: 7 February 2000
Format: Paperback Book; 16 Chapters, 278 Pages
ISBN 0-563-55591-2
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Tomb of Valdemar was the twenty-ninth BBC Past Doctor Adventures novel. It featured the Fourth Doctor and Romana I. This is the second full-length novel to feature the Fourth Doctor and Romana I, the first being 1996's The Shadow of Weng-Chiang.

Publisher's summary Edit

Millennia ago, the great god Valdemar held sway over the universe. Somehow the Old Ones defeated this dark presence and entombed him beneath the acid skies of Ashkellia, before disappearing themselves forever.

Over the centuries, the myths of Valdemar grow, crossing solar systems and races. A novelist, Miranda Pelham, pieces together the Dark God's story. Unfortunately for her, revolution and the rise of a New Protectorate force her to strike an agreement with the decadent necromancer Paul Neville to find the lost Ashkellia.

The Doctor and Romana, despite their best efforts, become embroiled in the complex conspiracies and attempts to re-discover Valdemar. High in the boiling sulphuric acid clouds, in the Palace of the Old Ones, a place where reality and dreams collide, the way is being prepared for the resurrection of the Dark One.

The Doctor faces an agonising choice: should he continue with his quest to gather the segments of the Key to Time, or prevent the rebirth of a being so powerful that its release will alter the entire fabric of the universe?

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References Edit

Gallifreyan history Edit

  • Whilst at the Academy, the Doctor and the Master travelled back in time into Gallifreyan history, in search of Valdemar.

Gallifreyan organisations Edit

Individuals Edit

  • The Brigadier is mentioned.
  • The Doctor tries not to think of Sutekh whilst trying to persuade Huvan to give up his powers.

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Notes Edit

  • In July 2013, BBC Books reprinted the novel for inclusion in The Fourth Doctor Time Capsule, a box set of various items relating to the Tom Baker era. The box set (and the novel reprint) was a UK-exclusive release, limited to 5,000 copies.[1]

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