Story: 'Deadfall' is a remake using elements of three of the fan-produced Audio Visuals produced by Bill Baggs. Firstly, 'The Space Wail' with Stephen Payne as the Doctor introduced BABE was the series pilot. 'Planet of Lies' and 'Deadfall' introduced the convicts and their motivations, as well as Ardethe (not our Mystery Planet), and starred Nick Briggs as the Doctor. His companion Ria played Chris's role, and Ria's sister's role was similar to Jason's. There's a lot more than just three AVs in this book. Ardethe certainly comes from 'Planet of Lies' but that's about all. The convicts obviously are from 'Deadfall'. Chris, Jason and Emile are all amalgamations of Truman Crouch. Ria and her sister Cassandra don't feature in the original 'Deadfall' much and have *no* bearing on this story at all. Yup, BABE is from 'The Space Wail' (also by me)
KISS-KISS BANG BANG: Gary Russell is the former editor of Doctor Who Magazine, where he worked with Alan Barnes and Marcus Hearn, the co-authors of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: The Unofficial James Bond Film Companion. The book's construction is rather like The Discontinuity Guide, The Babylon File and other TV show companions written by Dr Who authors. The North American edition is due for release in June 1998. But my use of it has bugger all to do with their terrific book as it actually comes from an unused script I wrote for 'Justyce', the last AV play.
The KayBee2 was a ship piloted by two incompentants who went around blowing up asteroids to clear the spacelanes. They were called Ryne and Blummer and eat nothing but yeast extracts. They didn't have a cat called Smokey however. This script was writen in 1990 and was called Kiss Kiss Bang Bang because Blummer's mother was a fan of old Shirley Bassey recordings.
BIOMORPHIC ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: A computer linked to a human brain. In 'The Green Death' the BOSS (Biomorphic Organisational Systems Supervisor) supercomputer was linked to Stevens' mind. I guess there were subconscious BOSS links, but in 'The Space Wail' BABE stood for something involving Biomorphic.
Siobhan Lloyd: Siobahn is such a rare name, it's possible Gary was inspired by Dr. Siobahn Morgan, who runs the Nitro9 Doctor Who Home Page. Nope Siobhan is an incredibly common Irish name and I use lots of Irish names in my works. You'll find one in 'Legacy' as well.
Ghoti Rimananee: Brian Ghoti is a Dr Who fan and a rec.arts.drwho newsgroup poster. Nope, it's a Hindu name I used in a story when I was about ten at school.
Marianne Townsend: Gary Russell's books always have someone named Townsend in them. After 'Legacy', 'The Scales of Injustice', 'The Placebo Effect' and 'Business Unusual' this is the fifth. Too true. My first crush at school was on someone called Townsend and the name has held a degree of importance ever since.
Grutchas: Grutchas, by the way, are another survivor from that original 'Justyce' script. In that they had Ogron-like intellect so I souped 'em up for this.
Cassius and Brutus: Two main characters in Shakespeare's Julius Cæsar, the ones responsible for Cæsar's assassination.
Ayn Kranton: The name Ayn is also rare, and is perhaps a reference to the author Ayn Rand. Kranton was a character from 'Maenad' who ran the CalMed facility. She was played by Ann O'Neil and I just used the Ayn Rand spelling in this.
Cal 2 Medical Research Facility: In the AV 'Maenad' Cal 2 was a facility for the criminally insane which orbited Cal-Med One, a medical station.
Stanley Blummer: Jon Blum, BBC Books author? Nope. Just a name that summed up the character's appearance for me. So it's pronounced Bloom-er.
CAPE WOOMERA: Australian geographic feature. Nope, as Dave Owen spotted in his DWM review, it's a reference (as is the name of the Woomera commander) to a fantastic series of long out of print kids SF books by Hugh Walters, the first of which was Blast Off At Woomera - a place in Australia rather than a geological feature.
Captain Lidiard: Elizabeth Lidiard is a friend.
Ensign Bunrat: Bunrat is a friend of the above whom I met at a party and thought "Cool name".
Commander Peacock: One of the main characters in the BBC sitcom Are You Being Served was Mr Peacock. When I started the book, Elizabeth was going out with Robert Peacock. They weren't by the time it saw publication. Whoops, sorry guys...
Professor Jakson Pierce: Adapted from actress Jacqueline Pearce, who is a mate and is often called Jackson by older friends.
AMS Trigan: From Don Lawrence's Trigan Empire strips.
AMS Horatio, Admin-Proctor Lucinda Vrana: Lord Horatio Nelson was a hero of the Napoleonic Wars around 1810. He was an admiral Royal Navy, won several battles, and was killed at Trafalgar. Both these are from Nick Briggs' authored AV plays. The Horatio appears in 'Subterfuge', Lucinda Vrana in 'Justyce'.
Admiral Ellinsford: Partial anagram of Adrian Rigelsford, writer of the unproduced 1993 'Dark Dimension' screenplay. Nope (nice idea though). Again, one of Nick's creations from 'Subterfuge' and 'Justyce'.
Ensign Hurwitz, Harries and Croft: Amanda Hurwitz, Julian Harries and Lorraine croft played Lloyd, Townsend and Tolland in the original AV version.
Bernard Harper: Bernadette Harper was also in 'Deadfall', the AV play
Sax: Geoffrey Sax directed the 1996 Dr Who TV Movie. Nope, David Sax was an AV pseudonym we used a lot.
Lieutenant Footman, Tim Davies: Tim Footman and Tim Davies are more party-met friends of Robert and Elizabeth's.
Chief Lincoln:Named after Tom Lincoln, a Mancunian drag artist acquanited (at that time) with a friend of mine.
Lieutenant Fire-In-Veins: With a name like that, where can Fire-In-Veins have come from? Ripped off subconsciously from Dan Abnett's character in Star Trek: the Early Voyages Marvel comic. Interesting, it reminded me of a character from the Star Trek animated series.
Parker: Owen Parker did the music from 'Maenad' and was Bill Baggs' best man.
Shinobi: Arcade-style shuffleboard video game. Nope, from Shinobi Shaw from The X-Men. Fab name.
Woodward, Dallin and Fahey: Are of course Bananarama.
Baygent Apotheosis: Vazlov Baygent, former Earth President from Geneva in the 23d Century and founder of the Knights of Jeneve ('Dragon's Wrath').
3: At Home, At Work, At Play: All the chapter titles are Sparks songs. All chapter titles in my books tend to be from songs. 'Legacy' is Gary Numan, 'Placebo Effect' Siousxie & the Banshees, 'The Invasion of the Cat-People', 'The Scales of Injustice' and 'Business Unusual' have no chapter titles and the TVM novelisation is the theme to Magpie - a kds magazine tv show from the Seventies.
Garland College: The colleges of St. Oscar's are all named after women in showbusiness in the 20th Century, such as Judy Garland. No idea, that's Paul Cornell's creation.
Charlie X: Half-alien misfit from an early Star Trek episode of the same name. Bwa ha ha... you are desperate. Nope, no just came to me.
Witch & Whirlwind: Aspects lifted from the Judy Garland movie The Wizard of Oz. Cornell again, no idea.
Professor Shingbourne: No reference, made the name up.
Ootsoi: Common alien students at St. Oscar's. They have red feathers. Cornell again.
Down Among the Dead Men - Slight Return: Down Among the Dead Men was the title of Bernice's first textbook (or coffee-table book). The first reference made to it was in 'Theatre of War'. Its name was a reference to the little-known Goon Show movie Down Among the 'Z' Men. The Goons were a famous BBC Radio comedy team of the 1950s: Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Michael Bentine. 'Z' Men were veteran soldiers called up for mandatory weekend military service in the postwar days. 'Down Among the Dead Men' was the name of a song popular at the time the film was made, and its finale is the refrain from the song. 'Slight Return' is the name of a sound effect which adds depth and profundity to a voice, intended to shock. Slight Return actually came from the title of a remix of a track by The Associates - Waiting For the Loveboat - Slight Return.
washed right outta her hair: 'I'm Going to Wash that Man Right Out of my Hair' is a song by Rogers and Hammerstein from the musical South Pacific. Aside from the origin of the song, Gary may have picked up the phrase in Peter Sellers' posthumous film On the Trail of the Pink Panther, in which Police Commissioner Dreyfuss hums the song before falling headlong down a flight of stairs. Nope I picked it up from South Pacific.
Pluse: Vitor Pluse is part of Benny's tutorial group from 'Oh No It Isn't!'. He's a Linnekerist and keeps making jokes about Chelonians.
Irving Braxiatel: Brax is a Time Lord introduced by Justin Richards in 'Theatre of War'.
Professor Warrinder: Warrinder is a Pakhar, one of a race of three-foot tall mice, also introduced in 'Oh No It Isn't!'. Gary Russell introduced the Pakhars in 'Legacy'. Warrinder is also a powerful psychic. He is the Head of the Psi Department at St. Oscar's.
Matt Doran: Whose real name is Michael J. Doran, another of Benny's students from 'Oh No It Isn't!' He had a crush on her. The character, flop of brown hair and all, is based on Mike Doran, one of Toronto's (in Canada) more auspicious Dr Who fans. Paul Cornell met him at a Pharos Project convention Mike organised at Rower's Pub on Harbord Street in February 1996. Unfortunately I was playing in the band at the closing night of my high school dramatic production of 'A Chorus Line', and there was no way I could get out of it. The renaming of Matt is my error and one I feel should have been picked up by Virgin but then, they've no interest in internal continuity - as 'Oblivion' shows in regard to Jason and Chris having no recollection of 'Deadfall'. (Text submitted by Mike Doran) I actually met Paul the year before when he was on holiday here in town. It was because he was already a friend that I was able to get him to do the Pharos event the next year.
Natural Path: Fundamentalist religious group which dominates Emile Mars-Smith's home and native relay station.
Emile Mars-Smith: Gay companion of Benny's from 'Beyond the Sun'.
Ursulan anarchist called Scott: The Ursulans were a peaceful anarchist people with interchangeable sexual roles which were born from Blooms on the planet Ursu in 'Beyond the Sun'. They were taken advantage of by the Sunless, who got defeated after Benny, Emile, Jason and company showed up.
Tameka: Friend and fellow student of Emile's from 'Beyond the Sun'. Scott got her pregnant in it, and she's already given birth roughly three months later. It must be the Blooms. She named it Jock after the doctor Benny kidnapped to help them on Ursu, and who was later murdered by the Sunless. The three months was an error by me during rewrites. Virgin felt setting 'Deadfall' nine months plus after 'Beyond the Sun' was dodgy. In changing it, I forgot the rather brief pregnancy. So yup, it had to be Scott's alien influence!! Jock is also an error as it should have been Errol but I got the characters confused.
Jayne Waspo: Another student from 'Oh No It Isn't!'. From Paul Cornell's description she seems to spend a lot of time worrying about clothes.
Michael and Leon: Scott's two surviving siblings from the Eight he was born in from a Bloom.
Kitzinger: A human who works with the Blooms in bringing up babies.
bickies: Cat biscuits.
Professor Dok: Supposedly a silicon-based life form, despite the small number of different naturally-occurring silicon-based molecules. There's lots of variety in carbon, but silicon usually just turns into glass. At least Dok is immovable, as even a clever glass-based university professor must be. Must have got this from someone else's book as well. I'm such a plagirist!!
Professor Nightshade figure: Relic of mid-20th Century England from 'Nightshade'. Played by Edmund Trevithick, the storyline was halfway between Professor Quatermass and the early Dr Who.
2006: VHS boom collapses in favour of video CDs: It has to happen sometime. Had I known about DVD, I'd have done something with that.
DNN: The Dellah news service has, I think, been given different names in different books; I can't substantiate that claim at the moment. I thought I made it up, actually.
Jake Garrett: Based on Ed Bishop's character from the superiopr Brit TV version of Whoops Apocalypse
Linzi Guudbimps: A pure Bondian name
Karllist Movement: ie Stalinist piss-take
Gol Hazchem: I saw HazChem on the back of a lorry carrying, well, hazardous chemicals and thoght "Fab name"
Solaados, Professor Proot, Gregori Glaast, Orion war: All AV links. Solaados is where 'Justyce' takes place - in fact the story is
as described in the newscasts. Proot and Glaast are from 'Requiem'. Orion War is from 'Sword of Orion'.
Professor Ferdinand Archduke: Part-time pantomime villain, specialist in Obscure Theatrical Forms at St. Oscar's and agent of the Knights of Jeneve, an underground cult dedicated to the resurrection of Vazlov Baygent ('Dragon's Wrath').
Marjorie Marjorie: Friendly pink-haired student of Benny's from 'Oh No It Isn't!'
rummy, fishing, mahjong: Three different card games, blended by Bernice into one big con. Rummy is a card game. Fishing is a state of play during Mah Jong - my fav game of all time
Dayl Laratt: I made him up
Euterpian: Weren't they the aliens in 'The Invasion of the Cat-People'?
Throxill, Congress of Galactic Ecologists, Former Administrator Posedor, Future Hope: All AV references, from 'Subterfuge' - although Posedor first appeared in 'The Secret of Nematoda'.
Loaders' and Movers' Union: Vrana's problems seem to be similar to problems in England's government today. Too much geopolitics and economics and not enough care for workers' rights; for example the Liverpool dockworkers.
"Mad Mags": Obvious reference to Margaret Thatcher, although Mags wasn't much of a nuclear terrorist. Yeah, but she'd have pushed the button if she could. She was/is that mad!
AMS Sithnar: A Sithnar is a reptlian pet from 'Justyce'. Vrana's spanking new ship was called the Sithnar to try and placate the Solaadon rebels. It didn't work...
Mother Fist: And her Five Daughters. Need I say more?
Hyperion II: In 'Terror of the Vervoids' ('The Trial of a Time Lord' Parts 9-12) Genetically engineered plant-based warrior life forms attacked the Hyperion III, presumably this ship's descendent. Not really, just a name.
Empress VII: In 'The Nightmare of Eden' the cruise liner Empresscame out of hyperspace and materialised around the survey vessel Hecate at the beginning of a story about drug-smuggling and monsters made of addictive vraxoin. The Empress VII is presumably another successor. I guess I unconsciously ripped off Who-ship names. Whoops.
BABE: Artificial Intelligences, AIs, in continuity are usually given names in capital letters. In the Audio Visuals, BABE only appeared in 'The Space Wail', although there was a BABE-like computer in 'Deadfall'.
Marilyn Monroe: Marilyn probably killed herself, but inconsistencies at the scene and evidence of her affair with John F. Kennedy have led to suspicion that her death was part of a conspiracy. She died of a drug overdose; Kennedy had been shot in the back of a car in 1963.
The Shabooj'm were a pretty stupid race: In the Audio Visual 'Planet of Lies' the Shabooj'm were the only survivors of Gallifrey, descendents of the Shobogans or Sheboogans from 'The Deadly Assassin'. Some sources, such as The Discontinuity Guide, indicate that because 'The Invasion of Time' identified Gallifreyan outcasts as the Outsiders, and not the hooligan Sheboogans, that the two are separate. Like many other spelling and continuity errors, this may all come down to some of Jean-Marc Lofficier's early work, or maybe Adrian Rigelsford.
Colonel Oliver Bartholomew Tolland OEE: Tolland resembles Captain Cook from 'The Greatest Show in the Galaxy' and Commander Sanders from 'Kinda'. OEE stands for Order of the Earth Empire. Not based on them, though. 'The Greatest Show in the Galaxy' hadn't even gone out when I wrote 'Deadfall'. Just a typical git really. If it's based on any Who character, then it's Trenchard from 'The Sea Devils', but even then, not really. Trenchard was a reformed colonial governor, too.
Bwana: An African term for a white man in the context of deference; politically incorrect.
wallah: European slang term for a native; also politically incorrect
Truman Crouch: One of the Doctor's companions from the Audio Visuals.
Past his reverie, Tolland's words to his fish on this page are also the first scene which also appears in the Audio Visual 'Deadfall'.
Ours is not to reason why: "Theirs was not to reason why, theirs was but to do or die.." Alfred Lord Tennyson-'The Charge of the Light Brigade'.
tiddleywinks: Traditional game; wearing smocks, the players attempt to flip coloured plastic chips (tiddleys) into a cup by snapping them with other tiddleys. Didn't know about the smocks!! Here's a link to the history of tiddleywinks
Drebin: Sounds more like a planet than a reference to Frank Drebin, the numbskull policeman played by Leslie Nielson in the 'Police Squad' TV show and 'Naked Gun' movies.
Kastor Major: Ardethe/Gallifrey is in the constellation of Kasterborous.
dwarf-star alloy: White dwarf stars are dense degenerate stars left behind at the end of a sunlike star's lifespan; an Earth-sized white dwarf has the same mass as the Sun. The privateer in 'Warrior's Gate' had a hull of dwarf-star alloy, and Roz Forrester crushed the Aegisthus N-Form under a million-ton slab of it in 'So Vile A Sin'.
cobalt bombs: Natural cobalt is often added to hydrogen bombs; upon explosion, many neutrons are liberated, which convert the cobalt to the cobalt-60 isotope, causing a considerable increase in the total amount of radioactive fallout. If the explosive blast isn't increased by the cobalt, a cobalt bomb is no better at digging a three-mile deep crater than any other nuclear weapon. And taken in this context from Revenge of the Cybermen. Well, in the Audio Visual of 'Deadfall' the prisoners speculate it might have been a shipful of them. In fact, the ship, the Star Rover, was piloted by the Doctor at the end of 'Planet of Lies'; he was trying to break free from the Dalek Emperor's mind control. He did a kamikaze into the Dalek city on Ardethe/Gallifrey.
Alexander the Great: The main difference between the famous Macedonian Commander-in-Chief and Colonel Tolland is that Alexander was a charismatic adonis who roused his armies into a frenzy before battles with morale-building speeches, and then directed the battles from the front of his army. Tolland is an old, fat, insane ex-colonial racist. Pretty much it. Oh, and Alexander was a faggot!
yes, no, three bags full: Reference to the old nursery rhyme about asking the sheep if they have any wool. God, you're very enthusiastic aren't you!
G-string: revealing bit of swimwear named after a violin string; violin strings are thin, and so are G-string bikini pants.
Professor Pul Zooss of the Krytell Science Foundation: The Krytell Science Foundation is run by Marcus Krytell, a Very Rich Man who initially funded St. Oscar's University, according to 'Oh No It Isn't!'. He had dealings with Bernice in 'Ship of Fools'. How the Foundation manages to still be around by this next book is a mystery; at the end of 'Ship of Fools' Krytell was exposed holding a stolen Olabrian joy-luck crystal, with the entire Olabrian society gearing up to lynch him. And Pul Zooss is named after a friend called Paul Zeus, who is a geologist and was very helpful to me wile writing up 'The Scales of Injustice'.
elliptical orbit: It is extremely unusual for a fair-sized planet to be on such a highly elliptical orbit. Of course, Mondas was in 'The Tenth Planet', so who am I to argue?
Cantrya: Planet mentioned in Gary Russell's previous book 'Legacy'. Cantyra was first mentioned in 'Destiny of the Daleks'; one of the Daleks' slaves was from there.
Frijor III: A cold planet, as evidenced by its name. Taken from the AV play 'Enclave Irrelative'.
Mutant Mice of Mogar: In 'Terror of the Vervoids' ('The Trial of a Time Lord' Parts 9-12) Mogar is a methane-atmosphere planet being exploited by the Earth Empire; the Hyperion III is travelling from Mogar to Earth. There were no mice on board, mutant or otherwise. According to the introduction to 'Terror of the Vervoids' the story takes place in 2986; in 2593 Mogar has not yet been exploited. Picky picky
Emmanuel College, Cambridge: Evidently still standing in 2593, it was founded in 1584. The Doctor and Romana punted on the Cam in 'Shada'. What's worse is I said it was in Oxford originally!
Toto: Another Wizard of Oz reference.
Matryoshka: Russian onion dolls.
Holy crap, Batman: Unsubtle reference to the Batman TV show of the Sixties. Oh well, if you want subtlety, don't read my books!!
judogui: A tunic used in Asian martial-arts such as karate.
Ashleigh's World: Named after a friend of Paul Zeus who spelled his name that way and who constantly beat me playing Monopoly!!
Spindraft Maxima, pen shipments mistaken for ICBMs: This passage smacks of Simon Bucher-Jones. He is credited for it in the acknowledgments and many similar situations occur in his, the next book in the New Adventures line: 'Ghost Devices'. Yup, Simon was very helpful.
You're our only hope: Star Wars reference. Princess Leia in the first few minutes of the first (fourth) movie. I s'pose so. Not intentional at all.
Indra system: Indra is a Vedic god associated with thunder, war, and perhaps creation. And taken from 'Lords of the Storm'.
Dersius colony: Probably from the above.
tikka: ?? As in Tikka Masala, a form of curry.
Do we know each other?: Chris and Emile have never met, but Chris met an Emile-like character in Matthew Jones' first book, 'Bad Therapy', named Jack. Gary Russell at first intended to use Jack in 'Deadfall', but was faced with the problem to transporting him from 1950s London to 2593 Dellah. When he read about Emile in 'Beyond the Sun' he realised a much simpler solution.
Snap: A card game with matching pairs, often used in non-card game situations; for example, in Ian Fleming's James Bond novel 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' sister ships of the same class meet in mid-Atlantic going in opposite directions; one telegraphs the other a message which reads 'SNAP!"
Gossamer Wing: The KayBee 2's original name.
Mister Kiss-Kiss Bang-Bang: The scavenger ship's new name; named after a 20th-century song about James Bond.
Shrilly Bassett: Shirley Bassey, who recorded the song as well as other James Bond themes such as 'Goldfinger'.
potential threats to the mission: BABE is an insane computer, much like HAL from '2001: A Space Odyssey'. HAL cut life-support systems too. So sue me!
sugar and spice and all things nice.. puppy dog's tails: Another nursery rhyme
D.H. Lawrence Building: David Herbert Lawrence published more than 40 volumes of narrative fiction, poetry, criticism, travel writing, and social commentary over the course of 20 years, probably doing more than any other writer of his time to alter the course of the novel in English. His most famous novels were The Rainbow (1915) and Lady Chatterly's Lover (1928); they were both banned for his explicit portrayal of sexuality. The Lawrence Building is the centre of St. Oscar's Earth Literature section, which is run by Professor Archduke. Earth Literature is part of Pierce College (at a guess named after Jacqueline Pearce, who played Servalan in Blakes' 7, another English SF series, although her name is spelt the other way), which houses mature students and the Department of Philosophy and Literature of the Milky Way. Yup, although can't vouch for the Pierce College bit. Ask Paul.
Ripley's Believe it or FO: 26th-Century descendent of the 20th-Century publication 'Ripley's Believe It Or Not'. Personally, I can't remember any blonde bimboes presenting our version of the show, but I was probably too young to notice at the time; I presume the TV show version was cancelled years ago. FO is probably an acronym for 'cruk off' in the free-talking 26th Century. A Simon Boucher-Jones invention
'You were my best man, twice': At Bernice's wedding in 'Happy Endings' there was an accident with a Gallifreyan genetic loom and some over-effective fertiliser called Bloom. Jason ended up with a body double who ran away with Ace and was never seen again.
bepple: When we first met Chris in 'Original Sin' he had followed through on a 30th-Century fad and had his genetic matrix tweaked, or beppled, to make him look more like a lion: pointy teeth, body hair and so on. When he nearly burned to death in a car crash soon afterward, his body was healed in a bepple chamber so that, to all outward appearences, he looked completely human again (besides his stunning Aryan features and build.) Open his mouth, though, and you'll see he still has pointy teeth.
Miss Marple: Miss Jane Marple was one of the mystery writer Dame Agatha Christie's most famous creations.
Prisoner Number six: Gary Russell's taken the chance for a gratuitous reference to the Prisoner. Dr Kranton, the missing medical officer, was assigned berth #6. The main character in the Prisoner is only ever identified as Number 6. No! I made no Prisoner reference at all!
E. coli: Escherichia is a genus of rod-shaped bacteria, in the family Enterobacteriaceae. Named for Theodor Escherich (1857-1911), a German bacteriologist, the only species, Escherichia coli or E. coli, is found in large numbers as a normal inhabitant of the large intestine of warm-blooded animals. Whenever they leave their usual habitat, these organisms can cause urinary-tract infections, peritonitis, endocarditis, and other diseases. Some strains cause severe gastroenteritis.
Sirius VII: Sirius is visually the brightest star in the night sky, seen in the south on winter evenings in the northern hemisphere, and somewhat north of overhead on summer evenings in Australia and New Zealand. Australia's summer is concurrent with the northern hemisphere's winter. Sirius is a type A1 star 23 times more luminous than the Sun, 1.8 times the diameter and 2.35 times the mass. It is roughly 8.7 light years away, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major. Sirius is accompanied by a white dwarf star 0.98 times as massive as the Sun, in an elliptical orbit with a mean radius 24 times the Earth-Sun distance. A Sirian planetary system with 7 or more planets approaches unlikelihood; gravitational resonance from the companion star's orbit could disrupt the orbit of any planet farther than maybe 10 times the Earth-Sun distance from Sirius itself. I'd just done the Sirius entry for the Destiny of Dr Who CDROM at this point I guess!!
Auxies: After leaving the Doctor in 'Love and War', Ace served in Space Fleet and the Irregular Auxiliaries for a few years around 2570, fighting Daleks until she met the Doctor again in 'Deceit'. Oh, is that where it came from?
Keller Principle: While disguised as the Swiss Professor Emil Keller in 'Mind of Evil', the Master built a machine to siphon off negative emotions from the brain and feed them to an alien mind-eater; the machine broke loose and ran amok in the prison in which it had been used to mind-wipe dangerous criminals. The concept was first used in A Clockwork Orange, but it's popped up elsewhere, for example in the Babylon 5 episode 'Passing Through Gethsemane'. Yup. No-one ever said JMS, like me, tries to be original. He just gets paid more!
Dayl Laratt: See above.
Snail Mail: A recently coined term for mail delivered by the postal service rather than through 'phone lines.
Ji'mli'n the Pakhar: Does anyone know a Jim Lynn? In the past Pakhars have often been named after human beings in this apostrophic method. Named after James Shaun Lyon, organiser of the Gallifrey conventions in LA.
Professor Follett: Introduced in 'Oh No It Isn't!', Follett is Bernice's head of department in Archaeology at St. Oscar's. He is a reptile who breathes chlorine.
penn'orth: Penny's worth. Originally used to denote costs before decimalised currency; when buying a ha'penny of something, one would by a hap'orth of it. Now it just means getting your word in.
survival of the fittest: This is not a quotation from Darwin. Neither is it a quotation from Alfred Russell Wallace, who developed his own evolutionary theory independently of Darwin. T.H. Huxley, Darwin's bulldog, said it while defending Darwin in a lecture. And got a whole other kettle of fish brewing, inspiring the social darwinist movement in phrenology, eugenics and National Socialism. You'll see more of Darwinism explored in 'Placebo Effect'!
Dr Crippen: 19th Century English serial killer.
Wild Bill Hickok:James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok (1837-1876) was an Indian-fighter and frontier marshal famous for his deadly shooting. He was a federal scout during the Civil War and afterward acquired fame as a federal marshal in Kansas. He toured with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, astonishing eastern audiences with his marksmanship. Wild Bill was shot from behind and killed while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory. And the McGann Doctor nicked his coat (or rather a replica) in that TVM!
great wars of '55: The wars have been mentioned in previous New Adventures as 'Down'; they almost coincide with the Dalek wars in which Ace fought, which take place after 'Frontier in Space' and 'Planet of the Daleks'.
Spinward: First mentioned in 'Deceit', the Spinward Corporation was one of the first Multi-Planetary Corporations in the 22nd Century. Spinward was first known as the Butler Corporation in 2009 in 'Cat's Cradle: Warhead', when it was responsible for trying to put human consciousness into machines instead of repairing the environment. In 2107, according to A History of the Universe, Butler merged with Eurogen to become the EB Corporation. Such corporations eventually took the Earth into receivership when the government collapsed in 'Lucifer Rising', just before the Dalek Invasion in 2157. In 'Deceit' Spinward were running a colony on the planet Arcadia or sinister purposes; the colony ship EBC Back to Nature had left for Arcadia in 2112. EBC eventually became Spinward. Ace's Auxies were sent to Arcadia ostensibly to fight Daleks, but really to blow the whistle on Spinward for the Earth Government. Tolland worked for Spinward during the war in 2555; the Arcadia mission was in 2573; 'Deadfall' takes place in 2593.
Io: Innermost large moon of Jupiter; the most volcanically active body in the Solar System. Wracked by massive tidal forces from the other 3 large moons, Io is the home of Roz Forrester's family in 'So Vile A Sin' in 2977. In 'Legacy' in 3985 the Galactic Federation, the Earth Empire's successor, has terraformed Io over 70 years and turned it into their headquarters. Didn't know the Roz bit, but yeah, I was referencing 'Legacy'.
Rathbone A poodle, named after Basil Rathbone, the 20th Century English actor. Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes in several films, and the Sheriff of Nottingham in the Errol Flynn version of Robin Hood. You know I have *no* recollection writing this! Weird.
ninety-two percent match: Del Ravella's DNA is only a 92% match with Baygent's? Rubbish! If it is, then one of them is not even remotely human. Human DNA is a lot more homogeneous than that. And Ravella is a Terry Nation named nicked from the Radio Times 10th
Caspian Shipyards: Prince Caspian was a protagonist in C.S. Lewis' novel The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the tale of a ship voyage in Lewis' imaginery land of Narnia. And, of course, there's the Caspian Sea, an inland sea which borders several former Soviet Republics such as Kazakhstan.
Mark Tarrant: The name 'Tarrant' has been very popular in English TV SF ever since Terry Nation used it a great deal: 'The Keys of Marinus featured a character named Tarron, 'The Daleks' Masterplan' plot centred around a mineral called tarranium, 'Planet of the Daleks' had a character called Taron, 'Death to the Daleks' had Jill Tarrant, and there were certainly some more in Blake's 7. Yup. 'Placebo Effect' is full of Nationisms! (Text submitted by Eddie Robson of Bernice Summerfield's Barmy Army) the reference to a character named Tarrant is immediately (preceded) by a reference to a character named Del - another obvious Nationism.
psi powers: Usually neglected in Doctor Who continuity except for 'Planet of the Spiders', a loose psi-power story arc was played out in the New Adventures between 'SLEEPY' and 'So Vile A Sin'. In 'SLEEPY' Chris's until-then unknown psi-powers became briefly active. NA continuity has it that psi-powers slowly unfold in humans over the next few hundred years from now.
Geneva Convention Corp: Cover name for the Knights of Jeneve.
Tzun: The Tzun Confederacy are a militaristic group of aliens who attempted to take over Earth in 1957 with the Master's assistance n 'First Frontier'. A survivor of that encounter made its way to Little Caldwell, home of a group of time-travellers concerned with repatriating survivors of alien invasions in the 1980s in 'Return of the Living Dad'. Yup. Tried to get the Tzun in the TVM novelisation but the Beeb took it out.
decompression: We all know that explosive decompression is deadly, but there have been several situations in Doctor Who continuity in which characters have been exposed to the vacuum of space; whether they died or not is unimportant, but they only rarely actually exploded. In 'Four to Doomsday' the Doctor, protected only by an oxygen mask, survived well enough in outer space to get in some cricket practice. In 'Death and Diplomacy' Jason, after gaffer-taping his body to stop it exploding, also survived a short trip in vacuum. True, in 'Lucifer Rising' a character did explode in a vacuum. Shall we say evidence is inconclusive, and just try to avoid being spaced ourselves? All right
Fifteen love; Game, set and match: Scoring terms in the game of tennis.
trained: The Guild of Adjudicators trains its people, such as Chris, to withstand psychic attack. Roz, his partner, didn't like psis very much. Errr...
TSS suit: In 'Kinda' the Total Survival Suit was a machine that rolled around the jungle with Earth colonials such as Commander Sanders in them; here the TSS suit is more of an ordinary space suit.
I'm going for a walk outside. I may be some time: Quotation from the diary of Robert Falcon Scott, the Antarctic explorer. He led an expedition to the South Pole in 1911; although reaching the Pole one month after Roald Amundsen had, his entire expedition died on the way back. One of Scott's companions, Ensign Oates, left the expedition's tent to save food for the others and died in the snow. According to Scott's diary these were his last words. And similarly ripped off in 'Earthshock'.
sentient AIs: In almost every case ('Transit', 'SLEEPY', 'Deadfall') they have played a part in, Artificial Intelligences have acted in self-preservation. And why not? I would.
Shakespeare building: Evidently another part of Earth Literature at St. Oscar's. From 'Dragon's Wrath' I think?
Please don't kill her: This passage is lifted wholesale from the end of 'Death and Diplomacy' at which point Benny introduces the Doctor to Jason; at that time the comment was necessary because the Doctor had been suspected of playing a role in the death of Ace's lover, Jan, in 'Love and War', and also because people in general tend to die near the Doctor because of his own magnetism to murderous alien monsters. In this situation it's a good idea to ask Bernice not to kill Charlene because Jason is her ex-husband, who is getting married again. Spot on. Sadly after much discussion and me creating the six-month get out clause to keep him happy, Dave Stone again ignores this in 'Oblivion'.
There you have it.
Have you done any others of mine? this is fun.
not, this is the last guide until September. It's been fun building up
momentum, and we'll see where it goes when school starts again.