Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
This is the second novel in Virgin's New Adventures series.
Where does this fit?
This happens after Timewyrm: Genesys
Other Guides to this Story
The Seventh Doctor is short, dark-haired, and speaks with a slight scottish accent. He thinks of himself as "Time's Champion", deliberately seeking out situations to "put right". He usually has a plan, and is willing to manipulate everyone - including his companions - to achieve it.
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 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 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. 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 when a cybernetic alien called Ishtar interfaced with the Doctor's TARDIS.
The Nazis: Adolph Hitler was the leader of the National Socialist (Nazi) party, a political party who took power in Germany from 1933 to 1945. The Nazi regime was responsible for causing World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hitler and many of his inner circle appear in this book. They include Hermann Goering (amongst many titles, he was head of the Luftwaffe, or air force), Heinrich Himmler (head of the SS - the secret police), Martin Bormann (Hitler's secretary), Joseph Goebells (propaganda minister), Joachim von Ribbentrop (foreign minister), and Albert Speer (personal friend of Hitler's, and a professional architect). All you need to know about them is explained in the book.
The War Chief was a renegade Time Lord defeated by the Doctor in The War Games. During that story he was apparently executed by the Time Lords for his attempts to create an army (snatched from various periods of human history) for his allies, a race of aliens styling themselves the War Lords.
The Doctor and Ace visited World War Two Britain in The Curse of Fenric. They also encountered modern day Nazis in Silver Nemesis and Nazi sympathisers in Remembrance of the Daleks .
This book follows on from Timewyrm:Genesys and sets the scene for Timewyrm: Apocalypse and Timewyrm: Revelation .
The "what if the Nazis had won the war" scenario was first explored in the non-Who book Fatherland. The Faction Paradox novel Warlords of Utopia also explores the idea.
You might also want to read some history books to get a better idea of who the Nazi hierachy were. One I've read is The Face of the Third Reich by Joachim Fest - which is a good guide to the major figures in the Nazi party. Other history books are also available.