Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide


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

Where does this fit?

This happens in Season 13 between Planet of Evil and Pyramids of Mars.

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The Fourth Doctor dresses in a rather bohemian outfit, notable for its long scarf. He is somewhat alien, willing to play the fool, and almost never gets on with authority figures.


Sarah Jane Smith is a journalist who, in The Time Warrior, sneaked into UNIT in search of a story and ended up accompanying the third Doctor on a trip to the middle ages. Sarah has subsequently become the Doctor's travelling companion.

Recurring and Historical Characters

There are no recurring or actual historical characters in this story. The society the Doctor visits does, however, contain a large number of Reprises - clones of historical characters and actors programmed to resemble the popular conception of the real person or character they played.

Reprises who are particularly important to the plot include Lord Byron (a poet who was "mad, bad, and dangerous to know"), Casanova (a famous lover), Cardinal Richelieu (a machiavellian politician and churchman), Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein), and Elizabeth Bathory (a minor noble and mass murderer who is associated with vampire mythology).




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