Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

The Scales of Injustice

This is the 24th novel in Virgin's Missing Adventures series. It was also made available as a free ebook on the BBC website.

Where does this fit?

This happens during the gap between Inferno (Classic Series Season 7) and Terror of the Autons (Classic Series Season 8). It happens after the Missing Adventure The Eye of the Giant

Other Guides to this Story

Doctor

The Third Doctor

The third Doctor has white hair, a large nose, and tends to dress as a society dandy. He has a love of technology, historical name-dropping, and vehicles. In The War Games (Classic Series Season 6), the Time Lords forced him to regenerate into this form and exiled him to Earth. In Spearhead from Space (Classic Series Season 7), he joined UNIT as their scientific adviser.

Companion(s)

Professor Elizabeth Shaw

Professor Elizabeth Shaw: is a brilliant scientist with degrees in a wide variety of fields. She was recruited into UNIT as its scientific advisor during Spearhead From Space (Classic Series Season 7), and ended up serving as the Doctor's assistant for some time after he was also appointed as scientific advisor. She left UNIT to return to Cambridge at some point between Inferno (Classic Series Season 7) and Terror of the Autons (Classic Series Season 8).

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is commander of the British branch of UNIT - the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce. He first met the second Doctor whilst in the regular army in The Web of Fear (Classic Series Season 5). He met the second Doctor again in The Invasion (Classic Series Season 6), by which point he was commander of UNIT. He met the third Doctor in Spearhead From Space (Classic Series Season 7), just after the Doctor had been exiled to Earth. During that story, the Brigadier appointed the Doctor as scientific advisor to UNIT.

Sergeant Benton

Sergeant John Benton is an officer in UNIT. He first met the Doctor in The Invasion (Classic Series Season 6). He has frequently worked with the Doctor and is fiercely loyal to both the Doctor and the Brigadier.

Captain Mike Yates

Sergeant Mike Yates: is a young officer in UNIT. He first met the Doctor in The Eye of the Giant (Virgin Missing Adventures novel), and had been promoted to Captain by Terror of the Autons (Classic Series Season 8).

Recurring and Historical Characters

Corporal Carol Bell

Corporal Carol Bell is a female UNIT officer who appeared onscreen in The Mind of Evil (Classic Series Season 8) and The Claws of Axos (Classic Series Season 8).

Sergeant Osgood

Corporal Tom Osgood is a UNIT officer with a talent for technical issues. He appeared in The Eye of the Giant (Virgin Missing Adventures novel) and, later, in The Daemons (Classic Series Season 8).

UNIT logo

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 (Classic Series Season 6), and the Third Doctor became scientific advisor to UNIT in Spearhead From Space (Classic Series Season 7). In addition to the characters listed above, there are a large number of other UNIT officers in this story.

Fiona and Kate Lethbridge-Stewart are the Brigadier's wife and daughter. Kate later appears in Downtime (BBV Video/Virgin Missing Adventure) and The Power of Three (New Series Series Seven) many years after these events.

A "Silurian"

The Silurians were a race of sentient reptiles who ruled the Earth during the Ecocene era (the name "Silurians" was a mistake by the human who discovered them). Their civilisation went into hibernation to avoid a major catastrophe, but they never woke up. The Doctor encountered a shelter that had been woken by human activity in The Silurians (Classic Series Season 7). He attempted to negotiate peace, but distrust on both sides wrecked his attempts. Despite the Doctor's insistence that they should be talked to, the Brigadier ordered that the shelter be buried by using explosive charges.

A "Sea Devil"

The Sea Devils are aquatic relatives of the Silurians. They first appeared in The Sea Devils (Classic Series Season 9), but that story takes place some time after this one.

The "Silurian Triad"

Icthar, Scibus, Tarpok (the Silurian Triad) are authority figures amongst the "Silurian" community. The fifth Doctor met Icthar over a century after this book in Warriors of the Deep (Classic Series Season 20)

The Myrka

The Myrka are amphibious monsters which the Silurians and Sea Devils have been known to use as weapons. They are vulnerable to light. The Doctor would later meet a Myrka in Warriors of the Deep (Classic Series Season 21).

Recommended Viewing

In The Silurians (Classic Series Season 7) UNIT uncovered a Silurian shelter. The Doctor tried to broker a peace between the humans and the Silurians, but a coup on the Silurian side prevented that dream. The Silurians went back into hibernation and, contrary to the Doctor's wishes, the Brigdier entombed the shelter with high explosives.

In The Sea Devils (Classic Series Season 9), the Doctor encountered a group of aquatic Silurians ('Sea Devils') who refused to deal in peace. Their shelter is almost certainly the one in which Auggi D'jo's aquatic relatives live.

In Warriors of the Deep (Classic Series Season 20), the fifth Doctor helped defeat a plan by Silurians and Sea Devils to start a war between two human power blocks. During this story, he again met Icthar - the last survivor of the Silurian Triad.

In Remembrance of the Daleks (Classic Series Season 25), the seventh Doctor helped Group Captain Ian Gilmore, scientist Rachel Jenson, and the rest of an organisation called the ICMG to defeat a force of time-travelling Daleks.

Downtime (BBV Video/Virgin Missing Adventure) features a grown-up version of the Brigadier's daughter Kate.

Recommended Reading

The author's notes that came with the ebook version that was available on the BBC website include lots of background information.

Although they are only minor references, the story carries on the UNIT set-up from The Eye of the Giant (Virgin Missing Adventures novel) and a grown-up version of the Brigadier's daughter Kate appears in Downtime (BBV Video/Virgin Missing Adventure).

The Glasshouse and the dark side of Department C-19 also appear in Who Killed Kennedy (Virgin Novel). The story of the core group within C-19 is picked up in Business Unusual (BBC Past Doctor novel) and Instruments of Darkness (BBC Past Doctor novel).

Recommended Listening

None.

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