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White Darkness
White darkness
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Ace, Bernice Summerfield
Main enemy: Mait, Cthulhu
Main setting: Haiti, 1915
Key crew
Publisher: Virgin Books
Writer: David A. McIntee
Release details
Release number: 15
Release date: 17 June 1993
Format: Paperback Book, 244 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20395-X
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White Darkness is the fifteenth New Adventure novel published by Virgin Publishing in the 1990s. The story is set in Haiti in 1915. It features the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice Summerfield. The book was written by David A. McIntee, who derived much of the story's material from Wade Davis' The Serpent and the Rainbow, a research into the practice of vodoun and zombification in Haiti and the Cthulhu Mythos created by H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft's name was given to one of the principal characters in the story, Dr. Howard Phillips, who at one point presents the Doctor with a copy of the Necronomicon in the original Eocene, given to him by Aleister Crowley.

Publisher's summary

"We believe that death should always be part of life."

The Doctor’s last three visits to the scattered human colonies of the third millennium have not been entirely successful. And now that Ace has rejoined him and Bernice, life on board the TARDIS is getting pretty stressful. The Doctor yearns for a simpler time and place: Earth, the tropics, the early twentieth century.

The TARDIS lands in Haiti in the early years of the First World War. And the Doctor, Bernice and Ace land in a murderous plot involving vodoun, violent death, zombies and German spies. And perhaps something else -- something far, far worse.

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Cultural references from the real world

  • There are James Bond references, including Q Branch and Dr. No.
  • Given the Lovecraftian flavour of the story, the presence of a character called "Howard Phillips" is a homage to Howard Phillips Lovecraft himself.
  • The Doctor is compared to "our man in Havana" because of his linen suit, which makes its debut in this story.

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  • Ace is familiar with a wide variety of firearms, following her training in the Spacefleet.

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Notes

  • Prelude White Darkness was published in DWM 201.
  • This is the first novel to feature the Doctor wearing his new white linen suit, as seen on the cover.

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