Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
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This is the fourth novel in Virgin's New Adventures line of novels.
Where does this fit?
This happens after the other novels in the Timewyrm arc.
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 malevolent creature of immense power from ancient Gallifreyan legend. She was created during Timewyrm:Genesys (Virgin New Adventures novel) when a cybernetic alien called Ishtar interfaced with the Doctor's TARDIS. In Timewyrm: Exodus (Virgin New Adventures novel), the Doctor dispersed her form, apparently destroying her. However, she returned in Timewyrm: Apocalypse (Virgin New Adventures novel) and the Doctor has been hunting her ever since.
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.
There are lots of minor references to TV stories that may confuse you. In particular, Katarina and Sara Kingdom died in The Daleks' Masterplan (Classic Series Season 3) and Adric died in Earthshock (Classic Series Season 19) All three were companions of the Doctor. The Doctor manipulated Ace in Ghost Light (Classic Series Season 26) and The Curse of Fenric (Classic Series Season 26). The Third Doctor visited a parallel universe ruled by fascists in Inferno (Classic Series Season 7).
This book follows on from Timewyrm:Genesys (Virgin New Adventures novel), Timewyrm: Exodus (Virgin New Adventures novel), and Timewyrm: Apocalypse (Virgin New Adventures novel).