Transit was the tenth novel in the Virgin New Adventures series. It was written by Ben Aaronovitch and featured the Seventh Doctor. It was the first novel to feature Bernice Summerfield as a companion following her introduction in the previous novel.
Publisher's summary Edit
"Oh no, not again..."
It's the ultimate in mass transit systems, a network of interstitial tunnels that bind the planets of the solar system together. Earth to Pluto in forty minutes with a supersave non-premium off-peak travelcard.
But something is living in the network, chewing its way to the very heart of the system and leaving a trail of death and mutation behind it.
Once again a reluctant Doctor is dragged into human history. Back down amongst the joyboys, freesurfers, chessfans, politicians and floozies, where friends are more dangerous than enemies and one man's human being is another's psychotic killing machine.
Once again the Doctor is all that stands between humanity and its own mistakes.
Plot summary Edit
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- Seventh Doctor
- Bernice Summerfield
- Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart
- Old Sam
- Credit Card
- Dog Face
- Ming the Merciless
- Flying Dutchman
- Kadiatu's great grandmother of the same name wrote The Zen Military.
- Because of that book, and the general residual footprints the Doctor has left through history, UNIT and he are something of a cultural phenomenon — including an opera based on Battlefield.
- The Thousand Day War was fought with the "Greenies", a slang term for Ice Warrior.
- Ubersoldaten were augmented soldiers that fought in the Thousand Day War.
- Moneypens are used to transfer currency.
The Doctor Edit
- The Doctor refers to his third, fourth and fifth incarnations' liking for wine, beer and cricket respectively.
- The Doctor gets drunk celebrating the universe's birthday with Kadiatu.
- Earth's official First Contact with aliens is embodied in the Arcturan Treaty of 2085.
- "Personspace" refers to the area of space explored by humans.
- "Catfood-monster" refers to a homeless person.
- "Joyboy" refers to male prostitutes.
- "NAFAL" means to "not-as-fast-as-light".
Transport technology Edit
- This novel is often noted for its multiple use of expletives; the F-word is used ten times in this novel.
- A prelude to this novel appeared in DWM 195.
- The novel is based on an idea that Ben Aaronovitch submitted to the Doctor Who production team for Season 25.
- Kadiatu reappears in PROSE: Set Piece, The Also People and Happy Endings (also a brief cameo appearance in PROSE: The Dying Days). She also reappears and meets Benny once again in AUDIO: The Final Amendment.
- The Doctor's house last appeared in PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Warhead.
- The infection of the TARDIS is referred to once more. This occurred in PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark.
- The Doctor dreams of Ace running like a cheetah, (TV: Survival) but says she was always a wolf to him. (TV: The Curse of Fenric)
- The Doctor taunts a possessed-Benny by saying he never built her a boom-box. (TV: Silver Nemesis)
- FLORANCE appears again in PROSE: Sleepy and PROSE: Seeing I.
- The unknown future incarnation of the Doctor that first appeared in Marc Platt's novelisation of Battlefield reappears here in a cyberspace encounter with a supporting character.
- The Doctor mentions that he has visited "all three Atlantises." (TV: The Underwater Menace, TV: The Dæmons, TV: The Time Monster)
- The Doctor calls the entity "Fred." He'd previously attributed this name to a Robot Yeti (TV: The Web of Fear) and Romana I. (TV: The Ribos Operation)
- The Doctor, if he has to die, wants to do so alone and believes it would be best if all traces of him were erased. The Doctor's next incarnation would share this belief. (AUDIO: Scherzo) This would eventually change by his eleventh incarnation. (While he explained his actions after having the idea to use the Teselecta, he is describing his choice to send the invitations while he still believed he was going to die.) (TV: The Wedding of River Song)
- Prelude to Transit as published in DWM #195
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Transit at The Whoniverse
- The Cloister Library: Transit
- Bewildering Reference Guide to Transit