Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

The Deviant Strain

This is the fourth in the New Series Adventures novel series.

Where does this fit?

This happens during Series One, somewhere between The Doctor Dances and Bad Wolf

Other Guides to this Story


The ninth Doctor wears a leather jacket and has short hair and big ears. He has a love of life, as well as a sadness about him. His home planet of Gallifrey was destroyed in a war.


Rose Tyler is a 19-year old girl from London c.2005. In Rose she was working in Henrik's department store when the ninth Doctor was investigating Auton activity in the store and blew it up. In the events that followed Rose helped the Doctor defeat the Nestene Consciousness's attempt to take over the world and he offered her a chance to travel in the TARDIS, leaving behind her mum, Jackie, and boyfriend Mickey. In The End of the World the Doctor took her to the far future to see the day the Earth is destroyed. During this trip he upgraded her mobile phone, tying it into the TARDIS so that she can call home no matter where or when she is.

Captain Jack Harkness is a time traveller from the 51st Century. In The Empty Child he saw Rose hanging off a barrage balloon during the Blitz and saved her life. He was in that period to perform a con on another time traveller. In The Doctor Dances his ship was almost blown up, the Doctor saved him, and he joined the TARDIS crew.

Recurring and Historical Characters


In The Doctor Dances the Doctor and Jack had a conversation about Jack's cons. These cons were along the lines of arranging the sale of a worthless object at the site of Pompeii and timing it so that the object is destroyed on "Volcano day", so that the victim never realises he's been conned.



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