Divided Loyalties

Roots: Alice in Wonderland. The Toymaker enslaved Gaylord LeFevre in Doctor Who Monthly comic strip 'The Greatest Gamble'. There are references to The Times, Walt Disney, Charles Darrow, Hiroshi Yamauchi, Keats, Wordsworth, Shelley's "Ozymandias", McDonalds, and Buck Rogers.

Goofs: The Master was known as Koschei at the Academy, but The Dark Path established that it was an alias that he adopted later and which the Second Doctor doesn't recognise.

Despite tying events into The Nightmare Fair, Russell ends up contradicting it, as the Doctor doesn't know the Toymaker's origins in that story.

Dialogue Disasters: "Cosmic science is my speciality".

"Oh why doesn't someone explain what's going on?"

"Victory is mine, Doctor. At long last, you face destruction!"

Continuity: Rassilon knew of only two Guardians, the Black Guardian and the White Guardian (The Ribos Operation, The Armageddon Factor, Enlightenment), which originate from a different universe. There are actually six Guardians, including the Guardian of Dreams (the Celestial Toymaker), the Guardian of Justice, and two others, which the Toymaker refers to as twin guardians. The six segments of the Key to Time represent the six Guardians. Rassilon was also aware of a race of "sub-Guardians", which he named the Great Old Ones (see All-Consuming Fire, Millennial Rites), which he speculated were Time Lords from that other universe (Millennial Rites). He gave the Great Old Ones names, and warned all Time Lords to be on guard against them: they include Hastur (Fenric - The Curse of Fenric), Yog-Sothoth (the Great Intelligence - The Abominable Snowmen, The Web of Fear, Downtime, Millennial Rites), Shub-Niggurath (Millennial Rites, SynthespiansTM), Cthulu (White Darkness), Melefescent, Tor-Gasukk, Lloigor (the Animus - The Web Planet, Twilight of the Gods (MA)), Gog and Magog, Nyarlathotep, Dagon, and the three chaos-bringers who sought their equivalents in this universe, Raag, Nah, and Rok (the Gods of Ragnarok - The Greatest Show in the Galaxy), who caused the destruction of their own universe and will one day cause the destruction of this universe. The Toymaker mentions Eternals (Enlightenment) who pose as Gods, including Time, Pain, Death and Light (see Love and War and others).

The Prydon Academy on Gallifrey is annexed to the Capitol and covers twenty-eight square miles. It contains dormitories, gymnasiums, eateries, lecture halls, TARDIS bays, and scaphe ports. Relics on Gallifrey contained in the relic room when the Doctor was at the Academy included the Hand of Omega (Remembrance of the Daleks), Pandak's staff, and an unspecified relic belonging to somebody named Helron. Mark One and Two Type 30 TARDISes were being tested when the Doctor was at the Academy. Cardinal Zass and Chancellor Delox were both lecturers at the Academy. Drall was President of the High Council and Rannex was Castellan. Runcible (The Deadly Assassin) was hall monitor one semester. Badger (Lungbarrow) was an Avatroid from the planet Ava. A race that deliberately let themselves be known as Aliens once came to Gallifrey seeking time travel and were told that their home planet would be sealed behind a force field if they ever returned (The War Games). Students at the Academy wear dark, one-piece Academy suits.

When the Doctor was at the Prydon Academy, he was a member of the Deca, a group of ten students who were the pinnacle of their class and the pride and joy of teachers like Sendok, Borusa (The Deadly Assassin, The Invasion of Time, Arc of Infinity, The Five Doctors), and Franilla. In addition to the Doctor, the Deca included Rallon, Koschei (the Master - see The Dark Path), Drax (The Armageddon Factor), Mortimus (the Monk - see The Time Meddler, The Daleks' Master Plan, No Future), Magnus (the War Chief - see The War Games, Timewyrm: Exodus), Ushas (the Rani - see The Mark of the Rani, Time and the Rani, State of Change, Dimensions in Time, The Rani Reaps the Whirlwind), Jelpax, Vansell (The Sirens of Time, The Apocalypse Element, Neverland), and Millennia. All but three of the Deca were on their first regenerations [incarnations] and were forbidden to regenerate until after their five-hundredth birthdays. Vansell, Ushas and Rallon had already become junior Time Lords and were in their final semesters, whereas the others had two semesters to go before they received the Rassilon Imprimatur (The Two Doctors). Magnus had a commanding personality, of which Koschei was jealous. Even at the Academy, the Doctor disliked it when Drax called him Thete, Theta, or Theta Sigma (The Armageddon Factor). Azmael was a co-ordinator and close friend of the Doctor's (The Twin Dilemma). Koschei, Magnus and the Doctor were friends from their first day at the Academy. Many other students were envious of the high regard in which the members of the Deca were held. Vansell was secretly a member of the CIA from the moment he first joined the Academy, and was under instructions to keep an eye on the Doctor. Drax had his own self-made skimmer. Millennia was from the House of Brightshore. Rallon's full name was Rallonwashatellaraw of the House of Stillhaven. Koschei was from the House of Oakdown and specialised in cosmic science.

The Doctor hacked into the APC Net to learn Gallifrey's secrets, and along with the other members of the Deca learned of Minyos (Underworld); a race of people held in suspended animation as a result of a gamma war; two identical planets on different sides of the universe, neither knowing about the other but with identical populations and culture; a water planet in which life exists in huge cities floating in the skies, kept there by the mental powers of its inhabitants; a city built around a vast weapon to hide it (Colony in Space); Cybermen; Daleks; the Giant Vampires (State of Decay); and the Elders of the Universe, including the Guardians and the Great Old Ones. After returning from the Toymaker's domain without Rallon and Millennia, the Doctor became the first person in Gallifreyan history to be expelled from the Prydon Academy, and was ordered to spend five hundred years in the records area and traffic control, after which, if he completed his doctorate in his spare time, he would be allowed to become a Time Lord [presumably he got a reprieve, since he's only four hundred and fifty years old in Tomb of the Cybermen]. By the time he was expelled, Drax and Mortimus had already left Gallifrey, becoming the first of the remaining members of the Deca to permanently depart, as had K'Anpo (The Time Monster, Planet of the Spiders). Jelpax was the only one of the Deca to complete his studies at the Academy, graduate, and eventually join one of the major recorders, keeping an eye on matters in four or five minor galaxies: it was his team that foresaw a future in which the Daleks conquered the universe and sent the Doctor back to avert their creation (Genesis of the Daleks [Jelpax is presumably meant to be the Time Lord the Doctor meets on Skaro in that story, even though Lungbarrow establishes that the Time Lord in question is Ferrain.]. Jelpax, who was always fascinated by the Dark Times, eventually became a co-ordinator for the APC net and supported Borusa's ascension to President. Following the events of The Five Doctors, because Borusa only knew of many of the items from the Dark Time that he used from Jelpax, Jelpax was removed from his posting and ended up on monitoring duty.

The Doctor, Rallon and Millennia left Gallifrey in a Type 18 TARDIS in an attempt to find the Toymaker and learn more about him; the Toymaker stole Rallon's body, since his own is not entirely suited to this universe, and turned Millennia into one of his toys. In the process, he absorbed some aspects of Rallon's personality. Prior to this, he had stolen numerous other bodies, which had gradually worn out over the ages. In his natural form, the Toymaker is a discorporeal entity, a collective consciousness capable of adopting physical forms for brief periods, but not for long, which is why he needed Rallon. However, Rallon's form is degenerating, putting the Toymaker at the risk of death, and their mind is fragmenting into Rallon and the Toymaker. The Celestial Toymaker's slaves include Gaylord LeFevre, whom the Toymaker ensnared on a steamboat en route to New Orleans in 1842 (The Greatest Gamble), and Stefan (The Nightmare Fair), who bet the Toymaker in 1190 that his master King Frederick could swim from one side of a port to the other: Frederick drowned in the attempt. Other victims who have become his playthings include "Lucky" Bingham, who lost a game of backgammon to the Toymaker on a rainy night in 1974; Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Conrad of US Marine Corps who was part of the force that stormed Avranches in July 1944; a Roman Legionary (The Greatest Gamble); a woman in Edwardian dress; and Sir Henry Mugglesthorpe and his family and servants. When the Doctor first met the Toymaker, his toys also included George, Margaret, Captain Bimm, and Captain Bill Bamm, whom he recruited at Ypres. The Toymaker refers to his robot (The Celestial Toymaker) as "Magic Robot" - it is a product of the planet Kapekka, which apparently no longer exists. On their first meeting, the Doctor beat the Toymaker by cheating, but the Toymaker let him go anyway, knowing that watching his travels would provide entertainment. Rallon has been influencing the Toymaker ever since he was absorbed, causing him to make mistakes so that the Doctor could defeat him. With the Toymaker distracted by the Doctor, Rallon regenerates twelve times, committing suicide and disrupting the Toymaker. The Observer replaces him as the Toymaker's corporeal form: he is a projection [like the Watcher - Logopolis] or shayde [the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip The Tides of Time and others] of all thirteen of Rallon's potential incarnations, which Rallon created to keep the Toymaker in check after his own death. The Toymaker has encountered the Meddling Monk, whom Rallon claims he quite liked, and possibly the Master, of whom he is aware. The celestial toyshop is the only part of the Toymaker's realm that is forever outside of the universe and is an extension of his will that can only be destroyed if he is. He is inspired to visit an amusement park after seeing the idea in Tegan's mind, and tells Stefan that he will take him to Blackpool [a nod to Revelation of the Daleks], leading into The Nightmare Fair.

Dymok is a small planet, the fourth in its solar system, and has no satellites and few distinguishing marks. It has a scattering of landmasses and a number of large oceans. It is inhabited by the humanoid Dymovans [also referred to as Dymova], who have no technology per se, but are powerful telepaths. Rallon actually created Dymok and the Dymova to produce the Observer, who would take over the job of keeping the Toymaker in check after Rallon's death.

Following the Great Fire of London, the Doctor parks the TARDIS in "an uninspiring region of the galaxy" whilst he and his companions rest. The Doctor's bedroom contains a large four-poster bed complete with awnings, silk sheets, and an enormous chocolate-coloured toy rabbit. He has Mickey Mouse coat hanger and sleeps in white pyjamas with tiny question mark motifs sewn on to them. An original Jackson Pollock, with a personal dedication to the Doctor, is attached to the door with chewing gum: it is entitled "Azure in the Rain by a Man Who'd Never Been There" and was created when the Doctor accidentally knocked one of his paint tins over. The Doctor once had a model kit of a Mark IV space station.

As a child, Nyssa has several stuffed toys, of which her favourite was Big Bear [so there were bear-like animals on Traken].

Tegan left Earth in the TARDIS on 28th February 1981 (Logopolis). Tegan's father once described her pursed-lip expression as her "cat's-arse pout". She hates Adric's frequent air of arrogance and superiority and is slightly frightened of her three alien companions. She is also envious of the rapport between the Doctor and Nyssa. As a teenager, Tegan often went into Brisbane on Saturday afternoons with her friends Susannah, Fliss, Dave and Richard to buy clothes and records. She likes Abba and John Lennon. Tegan's Mum has a friend named Ms. Michaels. Tegan's father William is dead. She has an Uncle Richard and an Aunt Felicity, who is her Mum's sister-in-law. Tegan has a Serbian grandma and granddad (Mjovic and Sneshna Jovanka) who live in Yugoslavia. Aunt Vanessa (Logopolis) was her granddad Verney's (The Awakening) niece. Her cousins include Colin (Arc of Infinity) and Michael. The family is Jewish.

Adric eats an apple in the TARDIS. He doesn't know what a pizza is. He apparently suffers from body odour, although nobody has yet pointed this out to him. His parents were named Morell and Tanisa. Jiana is an old friend who he grew up with: she ran away from him when he said that he wanted to join the Outsiders and he never saw her again. Adric always carries a small pencil in his breast pocket. Art was virtually unknown on Alzarius; partly as a result, Adric has no understanding of it.

The TARDIS atmosphere is automatic-cleaning.

The Traken union only extended to five or six planets in Traken's solar system (see The Keeper of Traken). There was a saying on Traken that "the universe is made up of coincidences all coming together to make one happy accident". There was a jewel similar to onyx on Traken. Blueshells and cupbells were flowers on Traken.

Planets and systems mentioned here include Brus (Nightmare of Eden), Mollassis, Ava, and the Alys System. Vansell refers to a group known as the Dark Lords, who are distinct from the Time Lords.

Links: The Celestial Toymaker, The Nightmare Fair. There are references to Azure (Nightmare of Eden), Tegan's battle with the Mara (Kinda), the ion bonder and Castrovalva (Castrovalva), Kassia, the Keeper, Melkur and the Master (The Keeper of Traken), Alzarius, Varsh, E-Space, the Starliner, Terradon and the Deciders (Full Circle), vampires (State of Decay), Tharils (Warriors' Gate), Ferutu (Cold Fusion), Terileptils (The Visitation), time scaphes (Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible), the Outsiders (The Invasion of Time), Time Rings (Genesis of the Daleks), the seventh door (Trial of a Time Lord episodes thirteen and fourteen), Quences, Badger, Otherstide, the Doctor's nicknames "snail" and "wormhole", Looms, and the House of Lungbarrow (Lungbarrow), Gallifreyan daisies (The Time Monster), the Death Zone (The Five Doctors), TARDIS' Fault Locators (The Daleks, The Edge of Destruction) and secondary control rooms (The Masque of Mandragora), Gold Usher (The Deadly Assassin), "contact" (The Three Doctors), Romana, Zoe, Susan, and Liz Shaw.

Location: Dymok, 2408; the Firestrong Club, Jermyn Street, London, the early twentieth century; Gallifrey.

Future History: Dymok has attracted the interest of humans, because all those who have visited it have reported entirely different threats. In 2378, upset by interference from humans, the Dymova demanded isolation from the neighbours, and it fell to Earth, who had invaded their privacy in the first place, to ensure it: the Imperial Earth Space Station Little Boy II orbits the planet to keep unwanted intruders away. Circa 2392, the cargo ship Convergence tried to run the blockade around the planet and disintegrated in mysterious circumstances. Little Boy II is a Mark IV space station.

Earth's Empire is at its height during the mid-twenty-fourth century. News InterGalactic, GalWeb and EBC are large news corporations in 2408.

Unrecorded Adventures: The Fourth Doctor and Romana met Jackson Pollock.

The Bottom Line: "Oh, this very tedious". Gratuitous fanwank of the worst kind, Divided Loyalties plays with continuity for the sake of it, tying far too much together in very silly ways (almost every Time Lord we've seen in the series was in the Doctor's gang at school), and promoting Russell's theories about the Guardians at the expense of the plot. Without the ghastly middle section, with its clumsy flashback to Gallifrey, the novel might just have been tolerable, but as it stands it isn't.

Discontinuity Guide by Paul Clarke
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Comments

You did note how Adric, Nyssa and Tegan all have nightmares that contain some reality, some surreal Pyhtonesque elements and a whole lot of 'What the ^%#&?' elements? And these are all nightmares designed to upset them, and cause anxiety?

Then the text tells us that the Doctor falls asleep. The next Chapter is clearly called 'Dreaming' and contains the whole incomprehensible and utterly self-contradictory Deca sequence. The text tells us that the Doctor then wakes up. And shortly afterwards the Doctor remarks on the weird nightmare he's just had, and wodners if he's been drugged. The TARDIS crew then learn that they're in the Celestial Toymaker's realm, and have been for some time. Nyssa even confronts the Toymaker, accusing him of being the one to give the Doctor and his companions these strange, unsettling nightmares. And the Toymaker, the bored immortal who gets pleasure from playing god with others, creating illusions, making them confused and unable to keep facts straight.....happily admits that Yes, he was the one who gave everyone those nightmares as part of his latest game.

So, the entire Deca sequence is one of the Celestial Toymaker's sick, twisted games. It is full of internal contradictions, inconsistencies and impossibilities.

So why do you list the events of the Deca sequence as though they are 'real'?

This book is a spoof/parody of the Virgin Novels. Even before the book starts, we are told that it takes place between The Visitation and Black Orchid(ie. in a non-existent gap, as those two television stories are consecutive),

Much of the book is the Doctor and companions acting out of character, the narrative making comments about bodily odour etc. Each of the companions then gets a 'flashback scene, which mixes a few real elements with lots of new information, which is totally unlikely, and actually contradicts what we know about the companions and their backstories as established by the television series.

The Deca sequence clearly begins with the Doctor falling asleep and DREAMING. Despite supposedly being the First Doctor back on Gallfirey, the Doctor is clearly behaving like the Fifth Doctor throughout the Deca sequence. Every pathetic "real name"(eg. 'Mortimus', 'Magnus' etc) is sued, every Time Lord who ever appeared in the television series or Virgin novels is suddenly on Gallifrey at the same time, and at the Academy with the Doctor. Every "...of Rasiilon", "...of Omega" or piece of technobabble ever mentioned in even a passing reference is also there at the same time, and mentioned. The Doctor, that mysterious loner who scraped through with 51% on the second attempt, is suddenly the leader of a group of Ten Cool Kids. And the narrative states some of the various contradictory Virgin references, thereby showing the absurdity of all the "origin stories" that the Virgin books served up. Badly.

Following this sequence, the Doctor wakes up, and remarks on the weird nightmare he's just had, and wonders if someone drugged him. We then discover that the Doctor and companions are in the Celestial Toymaker's realm. The Toymaker then happily admits that he is the one responsible for giving the Doctor and his companions those anguishing nightmares.

And the book even ends in the same note. First the Doctor discovers the true nature of the Toymaker, And then the Toymaker heads for Blackpool, apparently leading into The Nightmare Fair. except that in The Nightmare Fair, the Doctor first discovered the true nature of the Toymaker...

And then at the end every "Deca" member gets a "What happened to them" mention, which manages to reduce them all to one-dimensional cartoon characters, close off any possible stories for them in the future, and at the same time, contradict what was established on television, contradict what was said in the Deca sequence a few Chapters earlier, and through the absurd wording, make Divided Loyalties itself impossible due to massive internal contradictions, where a fact established in one Chapter is totally contradicted in another Chapter to the point that this story can never have existed.

In short, it's every really bad Virgin Book that thought it would "expand the Doctor Who Universe", give characters "real names" and "origin stories", yet only ended up creating a mess that was not only incompatible with the television series Doctor Who, but a book that was totally incompatible with itself.

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