|Companion(s):||Ace, Bernice Summerfield|
|Main enemy:||Mait, Cthulhu|
|Main setting:||Haiti, 1915|
|Writer:||David A. McIntee|
|Release date:||17 June 1993|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 244 Pages|
|Virgin New Adventures|
|DWM's "New Adventures order"|
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.
- "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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- Seventh Doctor
- Bernice Summerfield
- Howard Phillips
- Gilles "Mait" Lemaitre
- Captain Eugene Petion
- Leopard Chief
- Lieutenant Katze
- Kapitan Weber
- Dumarsais Leclerc
- Jean Vilbrun Guillame Sam
- Tancred Auguste
- Francois Lacombe
- Kapitan Reise Heinrich
- Professor Victor von Stein
- Dr. Ingrid Karnstein
- Lieutenant Klenze
- Colonel LV Mortimer
- Admiral Caperton
- General Charles Oscar Etienne
- Major Paul Richmann
- Charvius Dubois
- Captain Glen
- Woodrow Wilson
- Howard Phillips has a copy of an Eocene Necronomicon, which was given to him by Aleister Crowley.
- Nkome/Mait possessed a copy of The Beginner's Guide to the Necronomicon and other related tomes.
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.
The Doctor's items
- United States of America
Foods and beverages
Drugs and medicines
- Ace is familiar with a wide variety of firearms, following her training in the Spacefleet.
- The Doctor learned hypnotism from the Master.
- The following historical figures (and other people of note) are mentioned:
Theories and concepts
- The following years / eras: 15 million BCE, 1744, 1750, 1908, 1913, 1934, 1986, 25th century, 27th century are referred to by various characters.
- These weapons are used by various people throughout the novel:
- Necronomicon and The Beginner's Guide to the Necronomicon
- The Book of Dzyan
- The Book of Eibon
- Ludwig Prinn's De Vermis Mysteriis
- The Golden Bough
- 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.
- In PROSE: All-Consuming Fire, the Great Old One Mait was trying to release is identified as Cthulhu.
- The brooch the Doctor wears on his suit was given to his first incarnation by Cameca, his accidental fiancé from the past, in TV: The Aztecs. It has seemingly re-entered his possession after the First Doctor used it to buy suits and top hats for himself and Steven Taylor in London in 1912. (AUDIO: The Suffering) The Eighth Doctor would later give it to his granddaughter Susan Foreman as a Christmas present. (AUDIO: Relative Dimensions)
- The feeling that the presence of the Great Old One gives the Doctor reminds him of the Dark Tower. (TV: The Five Doctors)
- Prelude to White Darkness as published in DWM #201
- White Darkness at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: White Darkness at The Whoniverse
- The Cloister Library: White Darkness