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Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Serena
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Cover by: Black Sheep
Release details
Release number: 74
Release date: 6 October 2005
Format: Paperback Book, 285 Pages
ISBN 0-563-48636-8
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World Game was the seventy-third BBC Past Doctor Adventures novel. It was written by Terrance Dicks. It featured the Second Doctor and Lady Serena. This novel includes psychic paper, introduced in 2005 in Series 1 of Doctor Who, it is one of the only occurrences of the new series being referenced in a Past Doctor Adventure.

Publisher's summary Edit

The Doctor has been captured and put on trial by his own people, accused of their greatest crime: interfering with the affairs of other peoples and planets. He is sentenced to exile on Earth. That much is history.

But now the truth can be told — the Doctor does not go straight into exile. First the Time Lords have a task for him. From the trenches of the Great War to the terrors of the French Revolution, the Doctor finds himself on a mission he does not want, with a companion he does not like, his life threatened at every turn.

Will the Doctor survive to serve his sentence? Or will this adventure prove to be his Waterloo?

Plot Edit

Prelude Edit

Following the passing of the Gallifreyan Freedom of Information Act, the true story of the Doctor's exile is to be released. The following is an exert from the genuine summary of the Doctor.

The Doctor's trial was near its end. He was accused of breaking two Gallifreyan laws: first, stealing a TARDIS; second, breaking the law of non-interference. The Doctor stated that he was proud of his interference, as he had stopped many foes. The Time Lords understood his plea, but found his interference too great a crime and sentenced him to death.

Chapter One Edit

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Characters Edit

References Edit

Gallifreyan technology Edit

  • Psychic paper is said to be a CIA invention.
  • Throughout this story, the Doctor uses a completely different TARDIS than normal. Yet, though he gets to ride around in a Type 97 for this one story only, it's still in the shape of a police box —  a design choice that the Celestial Intervention Agency thinks will make the Doctor more comfortable. He doesn't get to keep the 97 at the end of the story, but instead is returned to his own TARDIS afterward — albeit one that's had a complete overhaul. The overhaul is meant to retcon the fact that the Second Doctor's TARDIS in The Two Doctors seems radically different to versions of the set that existed in the late 1960s.

Notes Edit

World Game alt cover

Alternate cover for novel

  • This story occurs directly before the television story The Two Doctors.
  • There exists an alternate cover for this novel featuring a more youthful in appearance Troughton. The cover also lacks the soldiers and cannons in the background.
  • The Doctor Who logo is missing from the spine of this novel.
  • This story takes place in the Season 6B timeline.
  • Psychic paper was introduced in the 2005 season of the revived Doctor Who as a device used by the Ninth Doctor. As the Past Doctor Adventures line was discontinued soon after, this is the only time that an original novel featuring a "classic series" Doctor has made direct reference to a concept introduced in the TV series revival.
  • This story posits that psychic paper is a Time Lord invention and that the Doctor first started using it as far back as his second incarnation. Neither has ever been said on television. Psychic paper first appeared in the television story The End of the World.
  • This story posits the second significant encounter between the Second Doctor and Horatio Nelson. However, the Doctor meets him at a much later point in his second incarnation's life but at an earlier point in Nelson's life. At no point does the Doctor mention having met Nelson in the company of Ben Jackson and Polly Wright, as he did in the short story H.M.S. TARDIS.

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