Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
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This is the first novel in the New Adventures series of novels, published by Virgin.
Where does this fit?
This happens at some point after Survival (the final story of the Classic Series).
The characters listed below are the series regulars, important recurring characters, and real life historical characters. If a character's appearance is a major spoiler, then their details will be hidden in spoiler tags. In general, recurring characters are not listed here on their first appearance unless they become a series regular during the story, or they are a real life historical character.
Ace was a teenaged delinquent in 1980s Perivale. She invented her own homemade explosive called nitro-nine, and prefers her nickname of Ace to her real name of Dorothy. She she was swept away from Perivale by a timestorm, ending up on Iceworld in the far future. Ace met the Seventh Doctor in Dragonfire (Classic Series Season 24) and became his companion. During her travels with the Doctor she has grown up considerably. However, she has been hurt by the way the Doctor has manipulated her. In particular, she was hurt by the way he tricked her in The Curse of Fenric (Classic Series Season 26) and the way he forced her to face the evil she sensed in a house her 13 year old self had burnt down in Ghost Light (Classic Series Season 26). She calls the Doctor "Professor".
Recurring and Historical Characters
The Timewyrm is a character introduced in this novel who will play a major part in the next three novels.
The following stories and other resources are not necessary in order to follow the plot (we've summed up the essential bits for you). But being familiar with them will probably enhance your enjoyment of this story.
In The Invasion of Time (Classic Series Season 15), the fourth Doctor spent some time inside the Matrix on Gallifrey. The Matrix is a large computer system and virtual world which holds many Time Lord secrets.
In The Time Monster (Classic Series Season 9), we saw a Time Ram - a catastrophic event caused by two TARDISes trying to occupy the same space. In that story we also met the Chronovores, creatures that live and feed in the Time Vortex.
In Ghost Light (Classic Series Season 26), the Doctor met a Neanderthal called Nimrod, who had been preserved by an alien being called Light, and so survived into at least the 19th Century.
The book leads into the rest of the Timewyrm series. So read Timewyrm: Exodus (Virgin New Adventures novel), Timewyrm: Apocalypse (Virgin New Adventures novel), and Timewyrm: Revelation (Virgin New Adventures novel) after this book to discover the fate of the Timewyrm.