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The Deviant Strain
This is the fourth in the New Series Adventures novel series.
Where does this fit?
During Series One, somewhere between The Doctor Dances and Bad Wolf
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.
Rose Tyler is a 19-year old girl from London c.2005. In Rose (Series 1), she was working in Henrik's department store when the ninth Doctor was investigating Auton activity in the store, and blew it up. In the events that followed this, Rose helped the Doctor defeat the Nestene Consciousness's attempt to take over the world, and he offered her a chance to travel in the TARDIS, leaving behind her mum, Jackie, and boyfriend Mickey. In The End of the World (Series 1), the Doctor took her to the far future to see the day the Earth is destroyed. During this trip, he upgraded her mobile phone, tying it into the TARDIS, so that she can call home no matter where or when she is.
Captain Jack Harkness is a time traveller from the 51st Century. In The Empty Child (New Series Series 1), he saw Rose hanging off a barrage balloon during the Blitz, and saved her life. In The Doctor Dances (New Series Series 1), his ship was almost blown up, the Doctor saved him, and he joined the TARDIS crew.
Recurring and Historical Characters
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 Doctor Dances (Series 1), the Doctor and Jack had a conversation about Jack's cons. These cons were along the lines of arranging the sale of a worthless object at the site of Pompeii and timing it so that the object is destroyed on "Volcano day", so that the victim never realises he's been conned.