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Cat's Cradle: Warhead
This is the sixth novel in Virgin's New Adventures range.
Where does this fit?
This happens in sequence with the other New Adventures.
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
Shreela Govinda was one of Ace's circle of friends from Perivale who had been kidnapped by the Cheetah People in Survival (Classic Series Season 26).
The Doctor describes Miss David as "an old friend" who used to have a different name. She could easily be a former companion of the Doctors, but there's no way of knowing.
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.
Shreela's previous encounter with the Doctor occurred in Survival (Classic Series Season 26). That story also introduced Midge and his sister, characters that Shreela briefly mentions.
The Doctor's house on Allen Road first appeared in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip Fellow Travellers. It appears in a number of later books as well.
In Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible (Virgin New Adventures novel) the TARDIS collided with the Time Scaphe, an experimental time-travel capsule from ancient Gallifrey. As a result, she was severely damaged.