Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

Cat's Cradle: Warhead

This is the sixth novel in Virgin's New Adventures range.

Where does this fit?

This happens in sequence with the other New Adventures.

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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

Shreela Govinda was one of Ace's circle of friends from Perivale who had been kidnapped by the Cheetah People in Survival (Classic Series Season 26).

The Doctor describes Miss David as "an old friend" who used to have a different name. She could easily be a former companion of the Doctors, but her identity has never been confirmed.

Shreela's previous encounter with the Doctor occurred in Survival. That story also introduced Midge and his sister, characters that Shreela briefly mentions.

The Doctor's house on Allen Road first appeared in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip Fellow Travellers. It appears in a number of later books as well.

In Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible the TARDIS collided with the Time Scaphe, an experimental time-travel capsule from ancient Gallifrey. As a result, she was severely damaged.


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