Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide


This is the fourth in The Eighth Doctor Adventures series of novels published by BBC Books.

Where does this fit?

This happens in sequence with the rest of the Eighth Doctor Adventures.

Other Guides to this Story


The eighth Doctor has byronesque hair and tends to wear velvet coats. He is childlike and has a sense of wonder about him.


Sam Jones is a teenaged schoolgirl from London 1997 who joined the Doctor in The Eight Doctors. She is a do-gooder with a heavy interest in groups like Greenpeace and Amnesty. She has blonde hair.

Recurring and Historical Characters

The United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT) is an international organisation formed to combat alien invasions and the like. Its members are mostly soldiers from the countries in which they operate. We first saw UNIT in The Invasion and the Third Doctor became scientific advisor to UNIT in Spearhead From Space. He continued in this role even after his exile to Earth was lifted in The Three Doctors. Various incarnations of the Doctor have aided UNIT on subsequent occasions.

Jo Grant first met the (Third) Doctor in Terror of the Autons where she became his Assistant at UNIT. She got the job thanks to her uncle, even though she failed science at school. She kept that job for the rest of his exile to Earth, and became his travelling companion after his exile was lifted in The Three Doctors. She left UNIT and the Doctor to marry Nobel prize winner Clifford Jones, a noted environmentalist, in The Green Death.

Sergeant John Benton is an officer in UNIT. He first met the Doctor in The Invasion. He frequently worked with the Doctor during the Doctor's time as UNIT's scientific advisor.

The Empress is the ruler of the Earth Empire towards the end of the third Millennium. She is connected to CentComp, the computer system that runs both Earth and the Empire. She appeared in Original Sin and So Vile A Sin, though both these books take place later in her timeline than her appearance in this story.




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