Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
This is the third novel in Virgin's New Adventures series.
Where does this fit?
This happens after Timewyrm: Exodus
Other Guides to this Story
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.
The second Doctor is short with a beatles moptop. He tends to act the part of a fool and give events a push in the right direction rather than directly taking control. He also plays the recorder.
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 (Classic Series Season 24) 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 (Classic Series Season 26) 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 (Classic Series Season 26). She calls the Doctor "Professor".
Recurring and Historical Characters
The Timewyrm is a malevolent creature of immense power from ancient Gallifreyan legend. She was created during Timewyrm:Genesys (Virgin New Adventures novel) when a cybernetic alien called Ishtar interfaced with the Doctor's TARDIS. In Timewyrm: Exodus (Virgin New Adventures novel), the Doctor dispersed her form, apparently destroying her.
The flashbacks to the second Doctor's era happen soon after his regeneration in Power of the Daleks (Classic Series Season 4), at the start of The Enemy of the World (Classic Series Season 5), and just before he regenerates in The War Games (Classic Series Season 6).
This book follows on from Timewyrm:Genesys (Virgin New Adventures novel) and Timewyrm: Exodus (Virgin New Adventures novel), and sets the scene for Timewyrm: Revelation (Virgin New Adventures novel).