Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
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This is the fifth Doctor Who novella published by Telos.
Where does this fit?
This happens at some point between The Wheel in Space and The War Games.
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.
Jamie McCrimmon is a scots piper who met the Doctor after the battle of Culluden in The Highlanders (Classic Series Season 4). He is proud of his scottishness and wears a kilt and carries a dirk (knife). The second Doctor leaves most of his action to Jamie.
Zoe Heriot is a 21st century astrophysicist who met the Doctor in The Wheel in Space (Classic Series Season 5). She has an eidetic memory and vast reasoning ability.
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.
William Hodgeson's nine Carnacki stories, whilst being nothing to do with Doctor Who, introduce the character of Carnacki the Ghost-Finder, who plays a significant role in this novella.