The Shining Man

Roots: The Lord of the Rings (the Woodling). Fairy stories. There are references to Co-Op, YouTube, Star Wars, Superman, Autumnwatch, Mystery, Inc., Hammer Horror, YouTube, Fiat Puntos, Fortean Times, Greggs, the Apple Store, Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons, Volvos, Paddington Bear, the Bash Street Kids, Humphrey Bogart, Harry Potter, The X-Files, Dick Van Dyke, ,Manchester Evening News, Pringles, Little Mix, Facebook, Doctor Strange, Sherlock Holmes, Batman, Disney World, “Jack and Jill”, “Teddy Bears’ Picnic”, John Dee, and PG Tips.

Dialogue Triumphs: “This is what happens. I show them the stars and they get all giddy about Manchester.”

“Things in the corner of your eye are never nothing. Things in the corner of your eye are usually enough to kill you.”

Continuity: The Fae, including Fairies (Small Worlds), gnomes, Boggarts and elves, are ultra-terrestrials, who are native to Earth but live in the Invisible, which is separated from the dimension that humans occupy (the Visible) [see Autumn Mist]. They can’t cross running water, since it disrupts with their psycho-magnetic field. The Fae are allergic to iron. Boggarts have six toes on each foot. They have blotchy skin and long, clawed fingers.

The Doctor has a copy of a children’s book called Little Miss Sunshine versus the Sulky Skarasen – he claims he helped with the pictures. He also has a document in the TARDIS that purports to be the last will and testament of Lord Lucan. He uses the psychic paper to pose as a member of CID. He again uses the alias Doctor John Smith. He asks for seven sugars in his tea. He claims to have read The Goblins of Neverness. He carries a digital compass that resembles a fob watch.

The Doctor claims that the TARDIS library is currently out of bounds as the books are possessed. His sonic sunglasses have dimensional shielding in the hinges. The TARDIS contains an entire room full of tea.

Bill dislikes Battenberg cake.

Links: Bill recalls killer robots (Smile), alien fish (Thin Ice), and the Doctor trying to steal a diamond on Saturn (Diamond Dogs). There are references to Skarasen (Terror of the Zygons), Bessie, Wirrn (The Ark in Space), the fire at the library of Alexandria (The Library of Alexandria),

Amelia Rumford (The Stones of Blood), fairies stuffing rose petals down their victims’ throats (Small Worlds), Time Tots (Shada), Zygons (Terror of the Zygons, The Day of the Doctor, The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion).

The Doctor notes that there is more than one Loch Ness Monster (Terror of the Zygons, Timelash) and again says “sleep is for tortoises” (The Talons of Weng-Chiang). He mentions the fact that he is the President of the World (Dark Water/Death in Heaven, The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion, The Pyramid at the End of the World).

He states that he had a friend who lived in a double-decker bus and had a fondness for leopard-print curtains and dancing hula girls, a reference to Iris Wildthyme. Charlotte mentions UNIT, Torchwood and the Forge. The Doctor produces a cup of tea from his pocket (The Horns of Nimon). He has visited the Invisible before, which is probably a reference to Autumn Mist.

Location: Huckensall, near Manchester, and the Invisible, October, 2017.

Future History: The Doctor claims that by the late fifty-forth century, primroses have evolved into a race of brilliant philosophers and orators [he’s probably joking].

The Bottom Line:Do you like fairy stories?” A really rather good novel from Scott, with shades of Autumn Mist and excellent characterisation, especially of the Doctor and Bill. The constant gratuitous continuity references are, however, extremely annoying.

Discontinuity Guide by Paul Clarke

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