Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

The Crystal Bucephalus

This is the fourth novel in Virgin's Missing Adventures series.

Where does this fit?

This happens in Season 20 between The King's Demons and The Five Doctors

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The Fifth Doctor is physically younger than his previous incarnations. He wears Edwardian cricketing clothes with a stick of celery on the lapel. He is less eccentric than his previous incarnations. In Earthshock he was unable to save his companion Adric from dying.


Tegan Jovanka is an Australian air stewardess who accidentally stumbled into the TARDIS in Logopolis. She has a tendency to moan. In Time-Flight she was left behind in her native time, but in Arc of Infinity she happened to run into the Doctor and rejoined him on his travels.

Vislor Turlough is an alien who was exiled to Earth. He was posing as a schoolboy at Brendon School. In Mawdryn Undead he made a deal with the Black Guardian to kill the Doctor in exchange for returning home. He did not manage to do so during that story but did stow away on the TARDIS and then ask the Doctor to allow him to join him on his travels. In Enlightenment he cancelled the deal.

Kamelion is a shape-shifting robot. In Planet of Fire he was mentally controlled by the Master, who used him to impersonate King John as part of a plot to prevent the signing of the Magna Carta. At the end of that story he joined the Doctor on his travels.

Recurring and Historical Characters

The Legions are a species of aliens who exist in more than three dimensions. The seventh Doctor encountered some of them in the New Adventure Lucifer Rising.

There are appearances by a number of alien races that have appeared in previous stories, but they are not relevant to the plot.




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