Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

Twilight of the Gods

This is the twenty-sixth novel in Virgin's Missing Adventures series.

It should not be confused with the Bernice Summerfield novel of the same name which was also published by Virgin.

Where does this fit?

This happens in Season 5 between The Web of Fear and Fury from the Deep

Other Guides to this Story


The second Doctor is short with a beatles moptop. He tends to act the part of a fool and give events a push in the right direction rather than directly taking control.


Jamie McCrimmon is a scots piper who met the Doctor after the battle of Culluden in The Highlanders.. He is proud of his Scottishness and wears a kilt and carries a dirk (knife).

Victoria Waterfield is an orphan from 1866. In The Evil of the Daleks her father and his friend Theodore Maxtible established a line between Victorian London and the Daleks' home planet of Skaro. The Daleks held Victoria hostage in order to control them. The Doctor and Jamie defeated the Daleks, but her father died. Victoria then chose to travel with the Doctor and Jamie.

Recurring and Historical Characters

The Menoptra are a usually peaceful species of sentient giant butterfly. In The Web Planet the first Doctor helped them defeat a psychic conqueror called the Animus. There is a related wingless species known as the Optera who have a more primitive society.

The Animus is an alien of unknown origin. In The Web Planet it conquered the planet Vortis, using the ant-like Zarbi as its slaves and driving the sentient Menoptra off the surface to one of the moons. The first Doctor helped the Menoptra to defeat it.

The Zarbi are aliens who resemble giant ants. In The Web Planet the Animus mentally controlled them used them to help it take over the planet of Vortis.

As this novel is a sequel, it's worth watching The Web Planet first.



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