console outside: The first time the console was seen outside of the TARDIS was in 'The Ambassadors of Death'. It was also outside in 'Inferno' and 'Day of the Daleks'. That was the story preceding this one, so Jo has already had the chance to ask the Doctor how he did it.
500 years into the future: In 'Colony in Space', theTARDIS was sent by the Time Lords to the planet Uxarieus in the year 2472 (according to Lance Parkin), where Earth settlers were being threatened by the Interplanetary Mining Corporation, and a race of degenerative natives were being challenged for ownership of the Time Lords' hidden Doomsday Weapon by the Master.
Exarius: Evidently Uxareius is spelt with different phonetic inflections. Chris Krisocki's website is called Gateway to Exarius .
RAF West Drayton: Actually exists - it's the main RAF air traffic control centre for the south of England
Jetstream 31: A small executive military plane.
5000': 5000 feet is 1525 metres altitude.
Victor six-zero: A plane on a certain flight is identified by words begun with key letters of the alphabet; Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and so on. The Concorde in 'Time-Flight' is called Victor Foxtrot.
Bear reconnaissance planes: Tupolev Tu-95 bomber powered by contra-rotating propellers on four engines. Very fast for a prop bomber. Once taken out of frontline service it was used in many roles including reconnaissance.
Navy's F4Ks: Most advanced version of the MacDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II. The original was designed as a naval interceptor; the air force was so impressed it ordered its own version. The F-4 was also exported very successfully.
Air Secretariat 2a: Home of the MoD office that deals with UFOs.
Clapham: Area of Greater London, which has a Common.
DI55 duty officer at Rudloe Manor: Rudloe hosts the Flying Complaints Flight - branch of the RAF that deals with complaints about low flying, near misses, or out-of-place or unidentified aircraft. And UFOs. DI55 is a branch of the Defence Intelligence Staff which is known to co-operate with Air Secretariat 2a.
DI: Detective Inspector. DI Boucher is named after Chris Boucher
Granada: A four-door Ford sedan.
DC:Detective Constable. Rob Thorpe is named after Roderick Thorpe, who wrote the novel on which Die Hard is based.
Super: Superintendent Morgan is named after Garfield Morgan, who played Regan and Carter's boss in The Sweeney.
fifty-one cards:The reference to a deck of 51 playing cards on page 8 is a reference to the song "Flowers On The Wall" ("playing solitaire with a deck of fifty-one...")
Claymore anti-personnel mine: A convex rectangle-shaped plastic explosive embedded with thousands of steel or lead ball bearings detonated remotely or by tripwire used by all NATO countries as standard antipersonnel mine. Lethal radius up to around 1000 feet; extremely effective. This one's used in an enclosed area. It kills officers Shaw and Collins (who, along with Jackson, are the names
of the actors who played The Professionals). Lewis Collins played Bodie, Martin Shaw played Ray Doyle, and Gordon Jackson played Cowley in a gritty series about men working in CI5, Covert Intelligence 5 after coming out of MI5 and the SAS and so forth.
Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles: Designed in the late forties, the AK-47 was used by all Warsaw Pact countries, terrorist organisations including the IRA and is the weapon of choice for many special forces. Simple, robust.
illegally held automatic pistols:
blasting cord: Plastic explosive drawn out and enclosed in synthetic fiber in a rope; used in mining and special effects.
SO19: Special Operative or Operations something-or other. A SWAT team.
Smith and Wesson .38 revolvers: Extremly popular revolver among collectors and police forces, even in England where the cops couldn't use them in normal circumstances (before the eighties).
Dirty Harry: (Text submitted by Allen Robinson ) Harry Callahan, as played by Clint Eastwood. ( "Do you feel lucky, punk?", "Go ahead, make my day.", etc.) At this time Dirty Harry, Magnum Force and The Enforcer had been released.
Lynx helicopter: Joint helicopter program between British Aerospace and the French company Aérospatiale. Used extensively as antisubmarine embarked helicopter for British and French vessels. Program begun in the late sixties.
JetRanger: A very common Bell helicopter.
Axos: In 'The Claws of Axos' a parasitic alien gestalt called Axos, which appeared to be friendly, tried to spread itself across Earth with the Master's help. The Doctor discovered its parasitic nature and managed to send the Axon ship into a time loop.
four-year gap, Yeti: The horrible mess which makes it impossible to accurately date the UNIT stories means that no-one is sure when 'Web of Fear' took place any more. David McIntee's 1980s setting for 'Face of the Enemy' doesn't simplify matters. Anyways, in 'Web of Fear' the Great Intelligence's Yeti robots invaded the London Underground. Actually, FOTE is set in November 1976. (there's a mention of The New Avengers having just premiered). A British-French-Canadian coproduction of a continuation of the offbeat spy series starring Patrick MacNee.
Cybermen: According to the Brigadier, four years after "Web of Fear' he met the 2nd Doctor again as the Cybermen were planning to invade Earth in 'The Invasion'. Why can't that have happened in 1969?
Nestene things: In 'Spearhead from Space' the newly-regenerated 3rd Doctor arrived to start his exile on 20th-Century Earth a couple of years after 'The Invasion' just as the Nestene Consciousness was preparing the way for its own invasion in an Essex plastics factory with armed robotic dolls, the Autons.
uncle at the UN: In the novelisation of 'Colony In Space', Jo was given an alternate origin story involving her uncle being an important bureaucrat. This story has been stuck to, most notably in the New Adventure 'Blood Heat'.
Doris: The Brigadier's wife in 'Battlefield' in 1997. Doris was a long-term relationship; she was first mentioned in 'Planet of the Spiders'.
Captain Valentine: An original character.
Charles Bronson movie: Charles Bronson, born in 1922, was originally named Charles Bunchinsky. He is an American film actor who generally portrays unsentimental men of action who tend to take the law into their own hands. Some of his more famous films have been 'The Magnificent Seven' (1960), 'The Great Escape' (1963), 'The Dirty Dozen' (1967) and 'Death Wish' (1974).
Log Cabin Club in Wardour Street: Wardour Street runs off Oxford Street south through Soho. It turns in to Whitcomb Street after passing Shaftesbury Avenue east of Piccadilly Circus. Also a notorious haunt of gangsters in the 60s.
pre-war Webley: A Webley revolver dating from before World War 2.
boiler suit: In North America they're called overalls or coveralls. For blue-collar workers, or, if they're white, it seems, for forensics experts. The Autons wore boiler suits.
Grant:Ross Grant is not intended to be a variation on the 'From Russia With Love' character of Red Grant, but is named for Ross Harper- the most famous Scottish law firm.
Special Branch: Sort of a British FBI though that's a hopeless simplification...
the Smoke: Nickname for London.
Kingsdown in Kent: <guilty flush> The location of Drax's base in the novel of Moonraker... /guilty flush> 'Moonraker', the third of Ian Fleming's James Bond books, featured a ballistic missile and not a fleet of space shuttles and an impossible space station.
Richardsons, Tibbs, the Kray Firm: Legendary London gangsters of the 60s.
Little Storping: AKA Murdersville, in The Avengers episode of that name...Fifth season, starring Diana Rigg.
Aldbury: A real village, used as the location for the above...
B-road: A smaller road, usually with no dividing line.
Right Honourable Frederick Jackson, MP: In Canada I understand that only Prime Ministers get to be called Rt. Hon. Other MPs are just Hon. Jackson is a junior minister, another rank of which I am unaware in the Canadian system. (Text submitted by chocolate pilchards) AFAIK, Any MP who holds a title or is elected to the house is called the Hon. , and anyone who is a member of the Privy Council is the Rt Hon. There are also specific titles for ministers/priests/religious members from the Lords, and for Drs and QCs (My Learned friend). That's Queen's Council, in case you were wondering. It's all very confusing, and thankfully a situation which may be made easier by the scrapping of the Lords.
Ashbridge: When the TARDIS landed in 'Spearhead from Space', the traumatised 3rd Doctor was taken to Ashbridge Cottage Hospital.
Dr Henderson: Henderson examined the Doctor at the hospital and discovered the Doctor's resting heart rate was 10 beats per minute, and that he had two hearts. After being attacked, the Doctor was able to shut down almost all of his brain functions.
SOCO: Scene Of Crime Officer -forensics type.
NHS glasses: Unsure if the National Health is still so free with its money as to give away free glasses, but Henderson's are at the least cheap. NHS glasses were chunky black plastic. The NHS was introduced by the postwar Labour government, and the credit for it was taken by Churchill's government elected in 1950 to see through the Festival of Britain and the first British nuclear tests.
Greyhound to Trap Two: UNIT callsigns used for most every remote conversation between the Brigadier and his officers. Only usually it's Trap One. Trap two is the mobile HQ, IIRC.
Fabergé egg: Peter Carl Fabergé's jewelry firm in St Petersburg produced many extravagant works during the reign of the Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II, most notably the annual artificial egg studded with gold, diamonds and such. (Text submitted by chocolate pilchards) Faberge eggs, of course, formed a major plot point in the Bond flick Octopussy (starring that wonderful actor Gary Russell (!) ) and the Bond short story The Property of a Lady, both of which I'd be stunned if Mr McIntee was not aware of... Gary hardly starred in the film. You can't even see him, he's having a party stuffed in the back of that car in West Germany that japes the hitch-hiking 007. The greater role went to 'The Curse of Fenric's Marek "The Destroyer" Anton, who drove the car.
Piccadilly: London's Piccadilly Circus is at the intersection of Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Coventry Street and Piccadilly, which runs west to Hyde Park Corner. The Circus is just east of Trafalgar Square; its centrepiece is a statue of Eros. It's an area of nightclubs and is slightly red-light.
corned beef sandwich: In Episode 1 of 'The Dæmons' Sgt. Benton lamented that the Brigadier was off to a dress function while himself and the lads were stuck a headquarters watching the football results with a pile of corned beef sandwiches. The sandwiches' cult status was assured from that moment on.
Miss Shaw: Elizabeth Shaw, a Cambridge scientist force-hired as UNIT's scientific advisor on the same day the Doctor arrived in 'Spearhead from Space. She left UNIT after the serial 'Inferno'.
the Glasshouse: Liz apparently left UNIT after a fiasco involving Earth Reptiles (Silurians) and the Glasshouse, a top-secret government operation in 'The Scales of Injustice' by Gary Russell. 'The Devil Goblins from Neptune' may have been set after that serial, if indeed Liz had only taken a leave of absence. The Glasshouse later became controlled by the Master in 'Who Killed Kennedy'.
Stanton Friedman: Nuclear physicist turned UFO investigator.
Carl Sagan:Carl Sagan (1934-1996) was a famous astronomy publicist who was consulted on the Viking missions to Mars; he hosted a famous TV show called Cosmos. He first became well-known in the early 1970s after the transmission dates for this period of Doctor Who.
Anne Travers: Scientist seconded to the Goodge Street Fortress in 'Web of Fear' and daughter of Professor Travers. Later a pundit on the unusual situations UNIT concerned itself with.
Rachel Jensen: Scientific Advisor to the Intrusion Counter-Measures Group in 1963 in 'Remembrance of the Daleks'.
British Rocket Group: Organisation from Nigel Kneale's Quatermass TV serials of the 1950s are 60s. Rachel Jensen referred to the Group in 'Remembrance' and also seemed to name Professor Bernard Quatermass, the series' title character. 'The Devil Goblins from Neptune' confused matters by introducing Professor Bernard Trainor of the BRG. However, Trainor was killed off, so the Brigadier probably isn't querying his availability here. It's Quatermass I was talking about...
Lieutenant Beresford: From 'The Seeds of Doom'.
Needs must, when the Devil bites your bum: (Text submitted by chocolate pilchards) There's a similar line in one of the Blackadder episodes, when Edmund points out "Needs must, when the Devil farts in your face."
Holland Park: West London neighbourhood in North Kensington, west of Kensington Gardens.
A-level: Advanced Level of the Graduate Certificate of Education is taken in two or three subjectsat the age of about 18. Chances of being admitted to a university or other institution of higher education depend on performance on A level examinations, which are graded A to E.
Tiger Tank: German WWII heavy tank first used in combat in Tunisia in early 1943, pretty effectively against the Americans. After Tunisia, almost any German tank would be called a Tiger by the Allies. But more of that in Autumn Mist...Oooohh, foreshadowing, spooky..
Sergeant Osgood: UNIT technician seen in 'The Dæmons' when the Doctor needed the Brigadier to build a device to drain off energy from the heat barrier surrounding Devil's End.
RAE at Farnborough: Farnborough hosts one of the most world-renowned annual air shows. It's also home to the Royal Aircraft Establishment.
Ian and Barbara: Keith Topping established in a fan fiction short story, later supported by 'Timewyrm:Revelation', among other New Adventures, that Ian and Barbara got married after returning to 1965 London and had a son, John. The Doctor was his Godfather, although here they don't seem to recall meeting him since their parting in 'The Chase'. John grows up to become the rock star Johnny Chess, marries Tegan who becomes an MP.. Keith has written some excellent fiction here, with serious effects if you NA-canonise them. The alt-drwho.creative Archive run by Random Companion includes a bunch of Johnny and Tegan fiction, as does Keith's website .
The Blue Lamp: Film with Jack Warner as George Dixon, who gets killed by Dirk Bogarde.
Jack Warner: English actor who played Sgt Dixon in the popular TV police drama Dixon of Dock Green in the late fifties and early sixties.
NASA exchange: Ian Marter's novelisation of 'The War Machines' explained the 1st Doctor's accorded access to the GPO Tower and WOTAN's control room by mentioning that his friend Ian had become a consultant in the American moon missions. The ground was prepared for Marter's explanation by the alternative origin story of David Whitaker's 'novelisation of 'The Daleks' in which Ian was a rocket scientist and not a science teacher.
National Service: After the Second World War England maintained a program of mandatory national service for men until the early 1960s.
Gretna Green: Place which become famous for eloping couples getting married there.
flown in rockets: Ian and Barbara flew in actual spacecraft from Earth and the Sense-Sphere in 'The Sensorites'.
jumped time-tracks: In 'The Space Museum' the TARDIS crew were temporarily shunted into a state where they could see the near future on the planet Xeros before they actually arrived.
John: Ian and Barbara are bringing up John, agreeing with Keith Topping.
Mick Jagger's place: The Jagger mansion, Stargroves, was used as a filming location for 'The Pyramids of Mars' and 'The Seeds of Doom', or was it 'Image of the Fendahl'?
Cricklewood: Another suburb of London. (Where The Goodies lived). Comedy series starring Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor. Contemporary with but longer-running than Monty Python's Flying Circus and more based on The Goon Show.
Marianne Kyle: The author intends Kyle to be played by Jacqueline Pearce, who played Servalan in Blake's 7 and Chessene in 'The Two Doctors'. Keith Topping and Martin Day, the authors of 'The Devil Goblins from Neptune' intended Pearce to play Captain Shushkin in that. Marianne is the name of a character played by Jackie in The Avengers episode 'A Sense Of History'. She's called Kyle as in Selina Kyle (Catwoman) - derived from Selene, meaning the moon, which is where this character is based!
Aylesbury Grange:Aylesbury Grange and Dr Conran are from the DWM UNIT special comic strip Man In The Ion Mask.
Bletchley Park: WWII headquarters of Alan Turing and Project Ultra, where German secret codes were deciphered.
GRU: Soviet Military Intelligence.
Capability Brown:Lancelot Brown (1716-1783), better known as Capability Brown because of his customary optimistic comment to prospective clients, was the leading English landscape architect of the 18th century.
Mr. Magister: The Master's assumed identity in'The Dæmons', through his subsequent trial and imprisonment.
Pte. Duff: Original character with a clearly comedy name.
Argyll badge: Insignia of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders - a British Army regiment mostly made of Scots.
21 Krew: Notorious Glasgow gang in the 60s.
Garelochead and Coulport: Both places near Faslane, on the West Coast of Scotland.
the devil made work for idle hands: (Text submitted by Allen Robinson ) The usual form of this cliché is "Idle hands are the Devil's Workshop"
Hounslow: West London suburb on the Thames
Hadrian's Wall: Hadrian's Wall is an ancient fortified wall that crosses northern England at its narrowest point, between the River Tyne and the Solway Firth. Built by order of the Roman emperor Hadrian, it reflects his conservative policy of consolidating Rome's imperial acquisitions. The Roman attempt to subjugate Scotland was abandoned, and construction of the wall as a permanent northern boundary for Roman-held territory was begun about AD 121 or 122.
bedsit: a bedsitting room, a rented flat of the sort that if you want to sit down you can only do it on the bed.
Chief Whip: The Party System of western liberal democracies requires the presence of a Party Whip to ensure that Party MPs vote with the Party. Defying the Whip is a bad idea.
Minister without Portfolio: The Cabinet is made up of Ministers of State responsible for the divisions of government. the Minister without Portfolio is responsible in that he has no single area of responsibility. Carswell is named after Niall MacGinnis' character in the film Night Of The
Demon (US title Curse Of The Demon) who was an influence on the new Master in First Frontier.
Charlton Heston: Charlton Heston, born Charlton Carter in 1924, is best known for his roles in film spectaculars, particularly for his portrayal of Moses in The Ten Commandments (1956). He also starred in El Cid (1961), played John the Baptist in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), and Michelangelo in The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965). More recent films include The Three Musketeers (1974) and The Awakening (1980), as well as the 'Planet of the Apes' series.
Germaine Greer:Australian writer and feminist Germaine Greer, born in 1939, argued in her first book, The Female Eunuch (1970), that the feminine characteristics traditionally valued by males (delicacy, timidity, passivity, and so on) are evidence of the "castration of our true female personality"--a castration accomplished by women themselves. She is also the author of The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work (1979), Sex and Destiny (1984), Daddy, We Hardly Knew You (1989) and The Change: Women, Aging and the Menopause (1992). 1972 is the earliest possible date in which to set 'Face of the Enemy', at which time Greer would already be known.
Swansea: A coastal city in West Glamorgan, South Wales.
Vauxhall Cavalier: (Text submitted by David Whittam) A car of some description.
SPAS 12 semi-automatic shotguns:
'My oppo's still in 2 Para': "my mate's still in the 2nd Corps of the Parachute Regiment"
Lurgan: Village in Northern Ireland.
Colt .45 automatic: Seven-shot automatic pistol.
on-and-off darts tournament: Although the competition doesn't have the cult appeal of corned beef sandwiches, even without Benton and Yates fans are known to play darts down the Fitzroy, Fosters' Neighbourhood or whatever the local pub is.
Transit: Ford van. Where was it that, unbeknownst to the audience, every single car in the film, series or book was a Ford?
'Little Green Bag': Song by The George Baker Selection. Used here as a sort of refernce to Reservoir Dogs, which it was the theme to.
GBH: Grievous Bodily Harm.
JCB: Earth moving equipment rather like a modified tractor with bulldozer attachments.
Ronnie and Reggie: The Kray twins - Britain's most famous gangsters. Parodied on Monty Python's Flying Circus as Doug and Dinsdale Piranha, and in 'The Romance of Crime' as Charlie and Eddie Nisbett.
fluid links: In 'The Daleks', a serial known by other names, the Doctor used the false pretence of a leaking mercury fluid link in the TARDIS circuitry to explore the mysterious city on the dead planet of Skaro, ostensibly looking for a fresh supply of mercury.
Samantha's twitching nose on Bewitched: On the show called Bewitched, Samantha the witch twitched her nose when she did magic. Nick Courtney has a very similar expression in some episodes of Dr Who...He used magic to keep his false mustache on.
Susan and Vicki: Susan was with the Doctor when Ian and Barbara first met him; after she stayed on 22nd Century Earth to rebuild after the Dalek Invasion, the Doctor picked up Vicki from a shipwrecked colony spacecraft in 'The Rescue'.
Aztec civilization: In 'The Aztecs' Barbara attempted to stop the Aztec sacrifice rituals before the Europeans made contact with them, believing that the Spaniards would be more forgiving if the natives didn't practice such rituals. Wrong on both counts.
conciergerie: In 'The Reign of Terror' Barbara and Susan were imprisoned in Paris in 1794.
lecherous Romans: In 'The Romans' Ian and Barbara were sold into slavery in Italy in 64 AD.
Scopolamine: The drug scopolamine, or hyoscine, extracted from the henbane shrub, Hyoscyamus niger, is a depressant of the central nervous system. Scopolamine has been used to sedate patients before anesthesia and surgery, to quiet manic patients, and to control delirium tremens and motion sickness. Side effects include dry mouth and blurred vision. Can it be used as a truth serum in interrogation and torture? Still, it's probably more effective than aspirin.
Willie Nelson song:Prolific country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, born in1933, created "outlaw," or progressive, country music. As a vocalist, Nelson had some success through the 1960s, but became discouraged with Nashville's penchant for the sweet "countrypolitan" sound so alien to his spare, blues-inflected style. Nelson's 'Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain,' a big pop hit in 1975, started the country crossover movement. So is Kyle post-1975? Yes. (Though it's technically a blooper in the sense that her world was destroyed some years earlier...) She probably heard it on the radio after crossing over. Let's face it, even the Nashville sound would've been different if Dixie won.
Dick Francis:The English writer Dick Francis, born in1920, is a former steeplechase jockey (1946-57) and racing correspondent for the London Sunday Express (1957-73) whose novels of detection have achieved best-seller status. His first novel, Dead Cert (1962), set the pattern for most of his subsequent work. It is a fast-paced story of crime at the race track; the hero is in frequent, and sometimes harrowing, danger; and weaknesses of characterization and plot are redeemed by the authentic detail Francis provides of the English and continental racing scene.
dogs at White City: Greyhounds are raced at a circuit in the London area called White City.
Mr Magister is a Cypriot: Not that the Master's credentials needed to be genuine, but why would a Cypriot become a vicar in the Church of England, as the Magister identity was? (Text submitted by chocolate pilchards) If he was brought up in the Anglican faith, there's nothing to stop
anyone being a C of E minister. I don't know about Anglican connections on Cyprus, although the UK have occupied the Aegean island of Rhodes for some time now. Magister looks much more like a native Mediterranean than an English descendent, and although missionaries would have a role in easing the unhappiness of the civil war there conversions would be rather slow , what with the Greek Orthodox people and the Turks. BTW Canada was a key peacekeeper on the island for decades.
Swiss, like Emil Keller: Under the identity of Emil Keller, the Master got permission to use his mind-wiping machine in Stangmoor Prison, where it was used in a prison riot; the Master used the convicts there in an attempt to steal a UN-banned missile from UNIT custody.
Rhodesian like Colonel Masters: The Master disguised himself as Col Masters to infiltrate and control a plastics company in 'Terror of the Autons' and make way for the Nestenes.
Shoreditch: East London neighbourhood north of Liverpool Street Station and the City of London. Coal Hill School is in Shoreditch.
Turner and Munro: Captain Turner was one of the Brigadier's officers in 'The Invasion'. Captain Munro was under his command in 'Spearhead from Space'.
Space 1999: Gerry Anderson-produced SF TV series Debuted on September 4th 1975. Season 2 started in September 1976.
Ming vase: (Text submitted by Allen Robinson ) from the Ming Dynasty of China; rare and extremely expensive
Von Daniken bloke: Erich Von Daniken (Chariots Of The Gods etc) The Swiss writer Erich Von Daniken, born 1935, has attracted immense interest from the public with his highly controversial theory that extraterrestrial visitors communicated their knowledge to primitive human beings in ancient times, enabling the latter to evolve into civilized humanity. Von Daniken travels and lectures widely. His first books was Chariots of the Gods? (1968; english translation 1970) He has sold millions of copies worldwide. Scientists discount the evidence presented in his books and dismiss his claims.
Svengali: George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurier (1834-1896) was a Paris-born English graphic artist and novelist whose satiric drawings in Punch caught the spirit and fashion of Victorian times. His novel Trilby (1894; play, 1895) is set in the Latin Quarter of Paris and describes its heroine's submission to the hypnotic influence of the evil musical genius Svengali. See p.12 of 'Goth Opera' by Paul Cornell.
Rasputin: The scandalous behavior of Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin (1865-1916) (Actually he was born on January 10th 1869) and the influence he wielded over the Russian imperial family served to erode its prestige and contributed directly to the collapse of the Romanov dynasty shortly after his own death. More accurately, the influence he was *believed* to wield. It wasn't actually true...Originally surnamed Novykh, he was born into a peasant family in Siberia and spent much of his youth in debauchery, receiving the name Rasputin ("debaucher"). Wrong again, I'm afraid. His father was Efimy Rasputin - the name derives from "raspute" meaning crossroads, not "rasputstvoe" for debauchery - this was propaganda by his enemies. He entered the church, however, and gained a reputation as a faith healer. Er, actually no, he was more a lay preacher, and never ordained and never a monk. Appearing at the imperial court about 1907, Rasputin soon became a favorite of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna and through her influenced Nicholas II. Rasputin's hold over Alexandra stemmed from his hypnotic power to alleviate the suffering of the hemophiliac crown prince, Aleksei, and from her belief that this rude priest was a genuine representative of the Russian people. He had no actual hold over her - in fact it'd be truer to say she had the hold over him - her interest in him, and thus the fame and interest it brought from others, was what kept him around. And Nicholas didn't really bother about him much at all. Rasputin's conduct became increasingly licentious and shocking to the Russian public, however. When Nicholas took personal command of Russian troops in 1915, Alexandra and Rasputin were virtually in charge of the government. Again this is propaganda and myth. Alexandra was in sole charge - Rasputin merely quoted back to her ideas which she herself had proposed previously (in order to keep her favour, telling her what she wanted to hear). Seeing that the ideas thus had the approval of someone, she would then pass the word along to Nicholas, or do the thing herself, and claim to anyone who asked that Rasputin had suggested it (since she wasn't supposed to actually rule). Worse for Rasputin, he had a desire to be seen as larger than life, and when drunk would play up to the gossip about, making wildly extravagant and obviously untrue claims - which were just ammunition to his enemies. He had no actual interest in politics - the only thing he was set on was that the war should end, which the Tsar took no notice of.
Everyone who knew of the Tsarevish's haemophilia was sworn to silence, which also therefore meant that if quizzed about what Rasputin did with the royals, they were forbidden to answer. With all those elements, it was inevitable that the wrong conclusion would be jumped to. Several conservative noblemen (More accurately a couple of drunkards, a publicity-seeking member of the Duma, and a bisexual with an erotic fixation on Rasputin... And a few others co-opted by the four.) recognizing Rasputin's destructive influence on an already deteriorating government, poisoned and shot him, then drowned him in the Neva River. Though Felix Yusupov claimed to have poisoned him, there was no evidence of this at the autopsy - it's believed that Dr Lazovert (the conspirator who supplied it) had second thoughts and switched it for something harmless. Rasputin was beaten, stabbed, shot three times (and sexually assaulted by Yusupov -who believed him to be dead at the time!) before being dumped in the river. At that point even Lazovert was sure he was dead, but the autopsy revealed that he had in fact drowned. The problem with getting a straight answer to the murder is that everybody's accounts vary, and Yusupov's story changed every time he told it...
Needless to say, The Wages Of Sin will tell the most accurate version possible (albeit squeezing in the Doctor Liz and Jo!)
Let it not be said that I don't provide fair comment. For the record the original Rasputin entry was cut-and-pasted from the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, which explains the lionisation of the conservatives and the exaggeration of Rasputin's negative aspects. (Text submitted by Allen Robinson ) Rasputin was played by Tom Baker in Nicholas and Alexandra.
Sam Browne belt:
Starsky & Hutch: US TV cop show.
Hendon: Site of the Metropolitan Police Training College.
remand at Stangmoor: The reference to the Master having been remanded specifically at Stangmoor is a forward reference to the then unpublished Short Trips story 'Freedom'.
Corporal Bell: UNIT receptionist in 'The Mind of Evil' and 'The Claws of Axos'.
Fortress Island: The Master's prison in 'The Sea Devils', filmed on the Isle of Wight.
Other helpers fail, comforts flee: Lyric from 'Abide with Me', a traditional hymn.
Daimler: Large limo.
practising silly walks: The early seventies TV comedy show 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' once featured John Cleese as a London bureaucrat in the Ministry of Silly Walks, in which he locomoted himself to work in an extremely silly fashion, and negotiated a development grant with Michael Palin, posing as an entrepreneur needing money to develop a new silly walk.
Chinese officer: At one point in 'The Mind of Evil' an officer of the Chinese delegation to the World Peace Conference under the thrall of the Master used a mental connection to the mind-wiping Keller Machine to overcome Sgt Benton, who was following him. But wasn't it Chin Lee, the female officer? Yes.
'OK' sign, Be seeing you: Catch-phrase from the psychedelic 1967 ITC TV series The Prisoner. Often used in Babylon 5 with the same reference: the Master is a prisoner and he intends to escape.
Americans' pet stealth project: Research and development on the American B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was begun in the 1970s. The F-117A stealth fighter became operational in 1983.
Chin Lee at the World Peace Conference: In 'The Mind of Evil' the Master tried to destabilise the World Peace Conference by stealing the banned Thunderbolt nuclear/nerve gas missile, and then destroying the conference with it, assuring nuclear war and the Earth's destruction. Chin Lee was his pawn in the conference, and he used her to kill delegates using the Keller Machine from Stangmoor Prison.
Regan and Carter on the telly: Jack Regan and George Carter (played by John Thaw and Dennis Waterman) are
the two heroes of The Sweeney. A police drama produced between 1974 and 1977. Regan is a grim plain-clothes officer of the Flying Squad who uses unorthodox and barely ethical methods, sometimes unsuccessfully. The title of the program comes from cockney rhyming slang: 'Sweeney Todd'='Flying Squad'.
'Jack Warner was in it as Dixon': Was Warner's first appearence as Sgt Dixon in The Blue Lamp and not Dixon of Dock Green? Time to consult the Cornell-Day-Topping co-authoredGuinness Book of Classic British TV . Yep. Though I think he was just PC Dixon in the film.
News of the Screws: 'Screws' is a nickname for prison guards. Well, yes, but actually the phrase "News of the Screws" is slang for the Sunday newspaper News Of the World, which often features kiss-and-tell exposes...
Diamond Dogs: David Bowie song that seemed appropriate for the Master.
'..once some other people who knew the Doctor got involved': Of the Doctor's acquaintances native to the 1960s, the most likely are anyone from the GPO Tower in 'The War Machines', as bureaucrats or government officials. Also could have been Harold Chorley, the investigative journalist from 'Web of Fear' or any more socially active soldiers from that serial or 'The Invasion'.
Henlow Downs: Radar/missile installation from 'The Invasion'.
Prevention of Terrorism Act: Act of Parliament granting powers to cops hunting terrorists, basically. Passed in 1976.
D-notice: Gagging order to silence the press on matters of national security.
John Phillips suit: Expensive hand-made suit from Savile Row. ("they say Arafat buys his there...") Alan Rickman, Die Hard.
Absinthe: Noxious cocktail popular in the 19th-century Paris night scene. On p.21 of Simon Bucher-Jones' 'The Death of Art' he gives its ingredients as the herbs anise, fennel, nutmeg, juniper, hyssop and wormwood, with pepper; soaked in 85% proof industrial alcohol, and distilled to synthesize a psychotropic drug called Thujone. On the following page he describes the unusually adverse effects it has on the human body and mind, and the 19th-century Paris night scene in general. Actually the base alcohol should be brandy...
'Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, and here am I': The Master, for some strange reason, is quoting from the song 'Stuck in the Middle With You' by Stealers Wheel. Another nod to Reservoir Dogs.
The Birnam [hotel]: The Master is proposing to negotiate with the Scottish '69 Krew' at the Birnam Hotel. In Shakespeare's scottish play 'Macbeth' the Scot Macbeth is accurately predicted to lose his throne when Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane, his castle. At this point, a double-cross on the 69 Krew seems obvious. It's the Master - I'd have though that made a double cross obvious!
Ice Cold in Alex: War film with Alec Guiness and Jack Hawkins about an Ambulance making a trip across the desert.
November: 'The Curse of Peladon', which takes place concurrently with 'Face of the Enemy' according to the Doctor and Jo's timeline, was rcorded in January 1972 and transmitted in February. There is no reason other than this natural timing that 'Face of the Enemy' must take place in midwinter; in fact the next serial, 'The Sea Devils', which dealt with the Master's imprisonment, was filmed in October and broadcast in March. If 'Face of the Enemy' takes place in November, then 'The Sea Devils' with its mild, iceless marine setting must be set the following spring. It tells you in the intro - 'Day Of The Daleks' and 'The Time Monster' are both set in September, a year (at least) apart. The dating of September is stated in those episodes.
harridans: Haggard old women.
Letter for Susan: Ian & Babs plan to let Susan know how they got on after returning to Earth by leaving a time capsule for her. Whether she ever found it...?
Glamis: The most haunted castle in Scotland, and birthplace of the Queen Mother.
Malky Reeves:Malky Reeves is named (just about) after Maurice Roeves who played Stotz in 'The Caves of Androzani'.
Bar-L: Perhaps Reeves means 'barrel', as in 'We'd be in the barrel if the police found us plotting to conquer the world'. Er, no - it's slang for Barlinnie, the most notorious prison in Scotland. (Text submitted by chocolate pilchards) The Bar-L, or Barlinie Jail, is on the outskirts of Glasgow and home to some of the more disreputable aspects of Scots life. In fact, alongside Carstairs institute and Peterhead prison, a good 50% or so of Scotland's psychopaths are there. The Bar-L is perhaps the most famous, though, because of the quality of nutter you get there.
'Eve of Destruction': Vietnam protest song by Barry McGuire - though Barron's use of it is in exactly the reverse context to what the writer and performer originally intended.
Christopher Lee: Actor most famous as Dracula in the Hammer films.
Fiona: First mentioned in 'Downtime', according to Lance Parkin's A History of the UniverseFiona was the Brigadier's first wife and the mother of his daughter Kate. By 'The Dæmons' he was alone, which clinched it; the production team had considered including his then-anonymous wife in the scene where the Brigadier answers the 'phone from his bed. The absence of a wife was not conclusive at the time; it was simply deemed improper to display the Brig in bed with his wife on a childrens' show.
no understanding: In 'Battlefield' the Brigadier complained that he didn't understand women, although he was more-or-less happily married at the time. Doris had been a bit cross at him when he put his uniform on again, athough in real life she should have been moreso.
it never rains but it pours: Old saying, meaning that if you've got one trouble, more is inevitable.
Royal Navy submarine base at Faslane: Exactly what it says.
Strathclyde: Most populous administrative region of Scotland (the others being Lothian, Grampian, Highland, Borders and Central).
Brighton watch: In 'Planet of the Spiders' the psychic Professor Clegg identified the origin of the Brigadier's watch and made him embarrassed; Doris had bought it for him at Brighton when they first met. Brighton is the Niagara Falls of Britain; many anonymous or illegitimate couples go there for a bit of fun.
West Coast main line: Main railway line linking Glasgow with London.
Glasgow Central railway station: Exactly what it says.
Shandon: Another place in the West of Scotland with a small RAF facility
Faslane Bay:The bay where Faslane is
WRN: Women's Royal Navy.
FN rifles: Fabrique Nationale - the rifles carried by UNIT troops (and at the time the entire UK Military) in all their episodes.
'Just because you're paranoid..': (Text submitted by Allen Robinson ) "...doesn't mean you don't have real enemies" and "...doesn't mean they aren't out to get you" were the usual 1970s variants of this.
Tarzan or Richard Hannay: Jungle hero and star of The Thirty-Nine Steps respectively. Real Alfred Hitchcock movie.
'Oh, I say': Spoilers, everybody! We are near a Royal Navy establishment, the time is a few years before 'Robot' and DI Boucher is being ministered to by a Surgeon-Lieutenant who talks like Biggles. Who else could it be but handsome Harry Sullivan?
Bulldog Drummond: Another 30s British fictional hero Duggan from 'City of Death' is a caricature of Bulldog, and the original James Bond was modeled after him.
'Be right as rain in a few days': In one segment of 'Monty Python's The Meaning of Life' Graham Chapman played a surgeon officer in the Zulu Wars who chose to advise a fellow officer (whose right leg had been shorn off) with exactly these words. Its actually just a common phrase - I wasn't thinking of Python here...
'He betrayed me once': A reference to David McIntee's previous Virgin Missing Adventure 'The Dark Path', in which the Master becomes evil after the Doctor defeats his plan to save the Universe by domination.
'With this hangover I probably couldn't even tell you what year this is': Funny, the rest of us have the same problem even when we're sober. I refer to the UNIT Dating controversy as explained in A History of the Universe. Exaclty! That's the point of the joke!
Not a sausage: None. This expression was common in the 1950s, when Peter Sellers' Goon Showcharacter Bluebottle used it to describe the size of his ovation.
NSA station at Menwith Hill: Really exists - it's an NSA ELINT station in England. The largest and most secret of the intelligence agencies of the U.S. government, the National Security Agency (NSA), with headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, has two main functions: to protect U.S. government communications and to intercept foreign communications.
post-Watergate thrillers:The Watergate scandal ended on August 9, 1974 with the resignation of President Nixon. The author is attempting either to push UNIT Dating two years after the broadcast schedule, or make the Watergate scandal happen two years early. Either is possible; in 'The Paradise of Death', which could take place as early as January 1974 if not for England's familiarity with virtual reality, the Doctor makes an implicitly historical reference to Watergate.
Airborne HQ: In 'The Invasion' UNIT's UK headquarters was a C-130 transport plane.
Dalek circuitry: In 'Day of the Daleks' human guerrillas from a possible future in which the Daleks invade Earth after world war used stolen Dalek technology to come back in time and prevent the explosion at a UNIT-defended peace conference hich started the war. Despite faulty reasoning on their part, the possible future was successfully eliminated.
M4: A motorway (Interstate for Americans)
first shot from a Dalek weapon:The first ever shot a Dalek fired onscreen was to paralyze Ian's legs in Episode 2 of 'The Daleks'. However, Ian says it as if he had been shot by the Daleks more than once. It's a blooper - it's the first shot the audience saw...
'Being the knight in shining armour that I am': One of William Russell's starring roles other than as Ian in Doctor Who was as the title character in The Adventures of Sir Launcelot.
Voord: Scuba-geared evil aliens native to the planet Marinus.
Zarbi: Six-foot ants native to the planet Vortis.
Robomen: Humans slaved to robotic Dalek brain implants and used against the rebels in 'The Dalek Invasion of Earth'.
Venusians: In Paul Leonard's novel 'Venusian Lullaby', which takes place between 'The Dalek Invasion of Earth' and 'The Rescue', the Doctor took Ian and Barbara to Venus, 3 billion years ago when it was still inhabited.
Bikugih: Venusian city, center of the action in 'Venusian Lullaby'.
time-path indicator: The Doctor used the time-path indicator to detect the Dalek time-machine following the TARDIS in 'The Chase'.
Kate: Explicit mention of the Brigadier's daughter from 'Downtime'.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Tenth of the twelve original James Bond novels by Ian Fleming; second in the four-novel arc which finished the series. In it, Bond sincerely (!) courts a mafioso's daughter and seeks out Blofeld's hiding place after the super-villain's first appearence in the previous 'Thunderball'. For anyone who doesn't know it, the Ian Fleming novels all portray a dark, cynical, violent, misogynistic anti-heroic Bond; they are much better than the movies, but arguably less fun.
Captain Boris: Mysterious Russian master-spy who is mentioned in several 007 novels; in OHMSS Bond does not reminisce to another agent about Boris, as the author suggests; Boris is indiscreetly identified by a henchman after leaving Blofeld's mountain retreat. I dunno - I did flick through the book to find a suitable spot for the Master to be reading, but can't remember what page it was...
EC-130H: Version of the C-130 Hercules outfitted as a battlefield command post. How else would you describe UNIT's airborne HQ?
Salisbury Plain: Large area of Wiltshire mostly owned by the MoD. Stonehenge is on it as well
Navy's experimental facilities at Copenacre: Real-life facility.
Cabinet Overseas and Defence Committee: A defence and security committee chaired by the PM
Russian laser weapons from secret development facility at Plesetsk: Again, a real project in the 70s
C19: Secret government organisation mentioned in 'The Scales of Injustice' and 'Who Killed Kennedy'.
Joint Intelligence Committee: Meeting of the heads of the Defence Intelligence Service, MI5 MI6 and GCHQ (Britain's equivalent of the NSA) (Text submitted by chocolate pilchards) Not so much the NSA as a giant telephone switchboard and communications centre which can listen in to conversations, monitor signal traffic and, thanks to the RIP bill going through the commons, now doesn't have to tell anybody any of this (!) Well I guess somebody let the cat out of the bag. What's the RIP bill?
Monty: Field-Marshal (later Viscount) Bernard Montgomery was a WWII strategist, commander of the 8th Army in North Africa and Italy and the 21st Army Group in France. He was reluctant to share his strategies with others.
Private Walsh: Anonymous UNIT soldier (played by stuntman Terry Walsh) who gets beaten, shot, blown up, thrown out of high windows and off cliffs at every opportunity. Well spotted.
RAF Shandon, short WWII runway: See previous entry on Shandon.
Helensburgh: West Of Scotland town. (Text submitted by chocolate pilchards) Shitey Scots town, famous as a daytripper location for geriatrics seeking a day out of Glasgow (and before anyone starts saying I'm being bitter, my grandparents go there all the time!)
out of range of the Luftwaffe: Their bombers couldn't effectively fly that far in WW2.
Flying Squad: Plain clothes robbery/homicide branch of the Metropolitan Police.
Napoleon- an army marches on its stomach: In many cases where the Doctor claims to have met historical personages, he's lying. He never meets Napoleon onscreen, although Ian and Barbara do in 'The Reign of Terror'.
Benton's kid sister: whom he takes dancing in 'The Android Invasion'
Copernicus: Named after the mathematician who proposed a heliocentric universe, Copernicus is a large, bright lunar crater visible from Earth.
Pages Bar: Bar at Westminster - at weekends it becomes a Star Trek theme bar...
we're not in Kansas anymore: Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
lodestone: Magnetic ore
Ark Royal, mothballed: British aircraft carrier taken out of active service
Dartmouth Naval College: Naval officer's training College. In the English town of Dartmouth
Esther Bland: Possible girlfriend for Harry in Harry Sullivan's War.
RNVR, James Bond: Bond was a Lt Commander in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve after his Navy career proper ended.
NASA space shuttle: The Shuttle program was formally authorized on Jan. 5, 1972 as 'Day of the Daleks' was being broadcast. The first operational mission was launched on April 12, 1981. The Conclave Earth is likely to have been more advanced than ours, so a Shuttle program in the early 1970s is okay. The shuttle design chosen, however, is more problematic. The NASA space shuttle design in use is a cheap and arguably inefficient system. The whole external tank is non-reusable, a great number of possible malfunctions could result in a loss of the vehicle, and the shuttle itself, when gliding toward landing, has a 3:1 lift-to drag ratio: for every three metres it goes forward, it goes down one metre as well. The Conclave should have a more expensive and worthwhile shuttle.
Ranch 51: Site of the showdown involving American planes engineered with Nedenah alien technology in 'The Devil Goblins from Neptune'.
Corman AFB: Scene of the action in the author's other previous 'Master' novel, First Frontier.
Tzun: The Tzun Confederacy, an alien race tricked into helping the Master to regenerate while invading Earth in 1957 New Mexico in 'First Frontier'. Tzun is a partial anagram of Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese strategist, indicating the Tzun's sense of honour.
'They (NASA) wanted some advice for their SETI projects': The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence is a privately-funded organisation. The only government-sponsored program began in 1992, was projected to cost 10 million dollars, and was cancelled by Congress. In Doctor Who there are several hostile alien races who show interest in Earth in the late-20th Century , and Congress could be doing SETI a great deal more or less, publicly or secretly, to find ETs for several possible reasons; the conspiracy theories of reality could be the realities of fiction.
Aberdeen.. high radiation: The Scottish city of Aberdeen is built on granite bedrock with higher than normal background radiation. (Text submitted by chocolate pilchards) Aberdeen and much of the surrounding area also suffers from high concentrations of radon gas. (he said, looking nervously about him!) Snap.
John Wayne movie about Seabees: Speaks for itself. Seabees being US navy construction units who built airstrips on islands etc. (Text submitted by Allen Robinson ) This was The Fighting Seabees (1945), notable chiefly as one of the few movies in which Wayne's character is killed.
Arrow symbol: The symbol was the insignia used by soldiers on Earth in a parallel universe the Doctor visited in 'Inferno'.
'Ring of Fire': another song, whose title seemed appropriate!
Gobi desert: Reference to the sandstorm in 'Marco Polo'.
I-Day: Date of the conclusion of Project Inferno from 'Inferno'. On this date Professor Stahlman expected to be able to liberate pockets of Stahlman's Gas for power use from underneath the Earth's Crust. A byproduct of the drilling operation was a green goo which turned men into seething hot savage primitives, called Primords in the script. On the Doctor's own Earth he was able to stop the drilling before I-Day. On the alternate Earth I-Day went on and when Stahlman's Gas was released from underground the Earth's crust cracked open and the Project complex was turned into an active volcano.
Star Trek episode where Spock had a beard: The episode was entitled 'Mirror, Mirror'. In a transporter accident two sets of an Enterprise transporter party including Captain Kirk were exchanged between dimensions. The normal Kirk had to survive in a machiavellian environment where officers compete for positions with guile and the Enterprise is a warship, not an exploring vessel.
Eastchester: Location of the Inferno Project.
Dresden:Dresden is the capital of the historic eastern German state of Saxony, a state which was restored as part of German reunification in 1990. In February 1945, Dresden was destroyed by Allied bombers in raids that killed about 135,000 people and destroyed many architectural landmarks.
K/T Impact:A controversial extinction theory was proposed in the 1980s by physicists Luis and Walter Alvarez. They found a larger-than-normal amount of Iridium in samples of sedimentary layers between rocks of the Cretaceous and Tertiary period (the K/T Boundary) and concluded that the iridium came from outer space, most likely from an asteroid that struck the Earth at that time. They theorized that the impact caused an enormous cloud of dust to circle the Earth, striking at the food chain (including the dinosaurs) by killing many plants. An impact site 65 million years old and of the necessary size to have caused a global catastrophe has since been found in Mexico. Other scientists later suggested that such a collision would instead have caused the extinctions by setting off massive fires. Many geologists, while accepting the iridium evidence as meaningful, have suggested that the iridium resulted from climate-changing volcanic eruptions over a longer time period. If it did, the Inferno scenario is all the more chilling.
In any case, the Master is jumping the gun. Even if 'Face of the Enemy' took place in 1980, evidence for the K/T Impact would not have piled up yet. Predictably, Ian doesn't know what the Master's talking about. Of course he doesn't- that's the whole point: the Master is referring to a
theory that hadn't been proposed yet.
Bruce Lee: Martial arts movie star of Enter The Dragon
Queensbury: Marquis of Queensbury rules from boxing
Belfast: Capital of Northern Ireland.
NAAFI: Navy Army Air Force Institute -shops and pubs for the armed forces.
British Republic: In the alternate Earth the Doctor visited in 'Inferno', the United Kingdom was a dictatorship ruled by a 1984-style Big Brother. Fan fiction has speculated that the Leader was in fact an alternate version of the exiled Doctor who had used his superior intelligence to dominate human society. The alternate Brigadier was the Brigade-Leader, a scarred, one-eyed tyrant who died trying to stop the Doctor escaping from the exploding Project complex. Liz was his political officer and Sgt Benton was his Platoon Underleader, and was turned into a Primord.
Ring of Fire: The string of active volcanoes and earthquake zones which ring the Pacific ocean.
jeet-kun-do: Obscure martial art favoured by, among others, the Canadian figure-skater Elvis Stojko as a concentration aid. And Bruce Lee, who invented it.
one-inch punch: Bruce Lee's party piece.
recurring radiation problems: Radiation sickness on Skaro. Actually this line should have been cut - it was originally intended that Babs had got breast cancer from that visit to Skaro- until Gary Gillatt pointed our that this was what Jacqueline Hill died of, so every reference I could find came out in rather a hurry... (obviously i didn't know that's what she died of, or I'd never have written it that way) Barbara was also exposed to the insecticide DN6 in 'Planet of Giants'.
rust-coloured external tank: The first NASA shuttle flights in 1981 had external tanks painted white. In later flights the paint was foregone because of its weight; the cost of lifting the space shuttle into orbit is about $10 000 per pound. The Conclave, in its no-frills situation, is likely to have not used paint at all, moreover because of the stronger push they need to get where they're going.
yesterday: The turnaround between landing and relaunch of a NASA-design space shuttle is at least two months, despite 1970s efficiency projections of as little as ten days. Dramatic licence - how the hell could I have had them all hanging around for two months...
standard dose and quinine: Just a throwaway line to indicate some sort of truth drug (curare and quinine)
HMS Re-doubt: All British Polaris submarines had names starting with R. This one is fictional.
Koschei: In the Master's origin novel 'The Dark Path' the Delgado Master was less than evil, and more like the Doctor; he turned evil when the Doctor turned against his plan for universal peace through domination.
righted herself: The space shuttle does not turn upright after jettisoning the Solid Rocket Boosters; it continues into orbit upside-down. That's a bit of a blooper - it's supposed to refer to the artificial gravity taking hold. The acceleration from the main engines is enough to hold the astronauts in their seats. SRBs are dropped off 2 minutes and 12 seconds after liftoff at an altitude of less than fifty miles; the main hydrogen/oxygen burning engines fueled by the external tank continue to fire until 8 minutes 32 seconds after liftoff, after which the shuttle is in orbit. The Master is wrong; after the SRBs are dropped is when the strongest acceleration begins, not a period of zero-gravity. If the Conclave only needs to get above the atmosphere to use their alien gravitational technology, they don't need a full-sized external fuel tank to supplement the SRBs, and the stack of orbiter-SRBs-external tank is less than the actual 56 metres or eleven storeys suggested here. I have a large encyclopaedia of the Shuttle, which gives this height. I meant to say the real shuttle's tank is 56 metres tall; the Conclave shuttle may be smaller because they don't need as much fuel.
landing strip on the moon: It is impossible to land a space shuttle on the moon without a large amount of help from the gravitational technology. The moon has no atmosphere, and atmospheric braking is the only deceleration method the shuttle has. The shuttle can't carry enough fuel to escape low Earth orbit and go to the moon,and if it did it would take three days to cover the 400 000 km, coasting uphill against the Earth's gravitational gradient from 28 000 km/h (low-earth-orbital speed), and still have enough inertia to go into lunar orbit. By contrast, the shuttle decelerates from 28 Grand to Stop in 45 minutes in the Earth's atmosphere. Without a lunar atmosphere the shuttle could not decelerate from lunar orbital speed, still several thousand km/h, or effectively maneuvre for landing without alien technology. Because of the moon's low gravity the landing strip would have to be much longer than the 5-km one at the Kennedy Space Centre; these days the shuttle even uses a parachute to decelerate on the ground, and parachutes don't work on the moon. Fashioning such a uniformly smooth surface as a long runway on the moon would be difficult without being able to land equipment in a shuttle there to start with. Which they've got - that's the point, remember.
American Confederation: For the South to have won the American Civil War the circumstances would have had to be different; also the object of the war was not to conquer the North but to secure the South's independence from it. Even after winning the war more circumstances would have had to be different for the North to decline and fall to the South. I wanted to make sure the whole history was different in the Inferno-Earth, not just diverging at WW2
White Russia: In the Russian Civil War which followed the 1917 Revolution, Byelorussia (White Russia) and other Russian satellites fought against the Bolsheviks for a different brand of socialism or none at all.
Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere: What the Japanese hoped to build in the 30s, before they resorted to WW2 to try to force it on the Pacific.
Wales in 1959, the Bannermen: 'Delta and the Bannermen' was one of the stranger stories of the last few years of televised Doctor Who. The only serial ever to be named after a flash-in-the-pan 1950s pop group, the story concerned the 7th Doctor and Mel joining a bunch of tourists from the future who come back in a galactic tour bus to experience 1950s Disneyland. After crashing into an American satellite they land at a Welsh holiday camp closely resembling the one from Hi-De-Hi, a 1980s sitcom set in Butlins Holiday Camp on Barry Island, just outside Cardiff. Aside from the highly contrived two American secret agents sent to retrieve the satellite, the holiday camp is also the setting for a running battle between two other alien factions: the mercenary Bannermen and Delta, the Chimeron Queen. Although it's all good fun, its lack of both traditional elements and radical new hidden sexuality-based undertones suggests that any back-references at all to this story as anything other than a good laugh should be questioned. I just wanted a largely forgotten bunch of aliens who weren't related to any other Master stories. Could have been anybody
web-like substance: Apparently Koschei played the Doctor's role in an alternate version of 'Web of Fear'. If that was ten years before 'Face of the Enemy' the Pertwee Era may be longer than as broadcast. Four years after 'Web of Fear' the Cybermen invaded in 'The Invasion'. Two years after that the 3rd Doctor arrived in 'Spearhead from Space'. Unless 'Web of Fear' happened early in the Conclave Universe, the first two seasons of the Pertwee Era covered four years.
IDPF Net: It's a degaussing facility for RN submarines Demagnetizing the hulls of operational submarines is a measure to protect them from detection by ships overhead, torpedoes, torpedo launchers, and mines.
National Service in Malaya: Malaya was a frequent destination for National Servicemen. In 1948 the Malayan Communist party began a guerrilla insurrection called the Emergency, which was not finally suppressed until 1960.
Ailla: Koschei's companion was secretly a Time Lord, an agent of the Celestial Intelligence Agency. She was part of his betrayal in 'The Dark Path'.
almost impossible to find: There are other methods of detecting submerged submarines than by their electromagnetic signatures: sonar listening for the cavitations of their rotating screws, for example. Dramatic licence - and obviously the Commodore has confidence in (what he believed to be) his men's abilities to keep the noise down...
2 rows of 8: RN Polaris boats had 16 missile tubes, in two rows of eight.
SiG automatic pistol: A Swiss-made pistol, now standard sidearm for many US police forces and agencies. (being the Master's choice, it's also anachronistic - too early by about 15 years)
VP70: Heckler & Koch automatic pistol. (also anachronistic, but to a lesser degree, to fit with the Inferno Earth being slightly more advanced)
Desert Eagle: Smith And Wesson automatic pistol of .50 calibre... Which is huge... it'll make a big impression on people.
laser pistol: The Master's weapon from Claws Of Axos.
Crypt, Olive Hawthorn: In 'The Eight Doctors' Terrance Dicks revealed that in 'The Dæmons' the Master had disguised his TARDIS as the altar in the church in Devil's End. David McIntee resolves his storyline by putting the TARDIS where it has to be for its next appearence in what is variously known as 'The Dæmons' Episode 6 and 'The Sea Devils' Episode 7. This, then is 'The Dæmons' Episode 5.1 or 'The Sea Devils' Episode 0. It'd be The Sea Devils 0, since 8 Docs is set after The Sea Devils.
Metebelis 3 in the Acteon Group:In the 10th season, after being freed from exile, the Doctor seeks the Blue Crystal of Metebelis 3. In 'Carnival of Monsters' he misses, but in 'The Green Death' he gets there, and the Crystal becomes a recurring plot thread.
'You can't fight City Hall':
Jailed in Salem:The reference to Ian having been jailed in Salem is a forward reference to the then unpublished 'The Witch Hunters'
The Master's reference to the possibility of a parallel universe in which the Brig has already retired from UNIT is intended to suggest that 'Mawdryn Undead' took place in that universe, and thus no longer fuck up UNIT dating.
And Mission Impractical will blow the confusion meter off the scale- Not only are there lots of things that look like references to other episodes etc, but half of them are just made up to add local colour. Worse still, it's stuffed with continuity and canon from Virgin Books (it canonises some and contradicts others!), Benny, the comic strips, Blake's 7, the Sith Wars in the round robin in rec.arts.scifi.starwars.misc, the Cushing movies...