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tears of the oracle
author:    justin richards
isbn:0 426 20533 2
this guide was written by robert smith? 

Text in this style was submitted by Justin Richards.
(Text submitted by Eric Briggs) Note: I usually use cover pictures from the  Broadsword  website.  You can tell because all the cover pictures have a watermarked gothic 'B' on their bottom left-hand corner.  It's okay, I E-mailed Broadsword to ask permission, and when they didn't reply I went ahead and did it anyway.  Which is fine, except that Broadsword hasn't been updated for the last fifteen months.  You know how it is with fanzines. This cover picture comes to you courtesy of  The TARDIS Library .
Page 1
Edward Watkinson. Benny holds the Watkinson Chair of archaeology (which we find out on page 92 was endowed by Dr Follett) as mentioned in 'Oh No It Isn't!'

Page 3
The Watkinson dates (eighty years ago) don't match 'Walking to Babylon' (see page 173 in that book).

Page 3: Difson Andres, Professor Heathlon
Made up, conjured from the ether.

Page 6
The Oracle of the Lost. One of the wonders of the ancient universe, along with the city of the Exxilons.  (Text submitted by Eric Briggs) In 'Death to the Daleks' the Exxilon City was one of the Seven Hundred Wonders of the Universe.

Page 7
The Fountain of Forever. See page 276... and 'Return to the Fractured Planet' :-)

Page 9
Clarence is back on the Worldsphere. This contradicts 'Where Angels Fear', where he says on page 237 that he can't go back.

The Treaty is between the People and the Time Lords and was made by Chris Cwej in 'Dead Romance'. (Text submitted by Eric Briggs) But which Time Lords?

Page 10
The Babylon incident is the events from 'Walking to Babylon', where a treaty with the Time Lords was also broken and nearly caused a war like the one they're worried about.

"No memory before being an angel. Nothing Pre-Raphaelite": Raphael was a sculptor., presumably painting angels. There's a character is 'Timewyrm: Apocolypse' named after him.

B-Aaron was seen in 'The Also People' (where all the ships were named after New Adventures authors, so the B-Aaron got the honour of an author namechecking himself) and rescued Benny from Dellah in 'Where Angels Fear'.

Have we seen !Cin-ta!x before in the books?
He's the People's time-travel guru in 'Walking to Babylon'.  He leaves the
People at the end of that, hence the references to his returning for the
new experiments.

Page 11
In 'Dead Romance', Chris believed the People could have time travel by tomorrow lunchtime. It's not that simple though and we later find out it's their lack of telepathy that's slowing them down.

Page 15
Neo-Aretians. Ice Warriors in the Benny universe, mentioned in 'The Medusa Effect'.

Javez the preacher: Had we seen him on Dellah before or is he just a throwaway name?
Just made up for this section.  I wanted a name that resonated with, but
was not obviously derived from, Jesus.

Page 16
The Advanced Research Department was first seen in 'Dragons' Wrath' and later doing lots of shady stuff, most notably in 'Mean Streets' and 'The Medusa Effect'.  (Text submitted by Eric Briggs) I feel I should mention that Jorvik's final speech in "The Good Soldiers" mentions the dragon's wrath on p.297 of 'Theatre of War'.  So just one apostrophe in the other place.

Page 17
Silvera is head of the Advanced Research Department. He was seen in 'Mean Streets' and 'The Medusa Effect'.

Pages 22-23
Benny went back for her cat in The Mary-Sue Extrusion and had the titular 'Mary Sue', or memory wipe/personality transplant.

Mira was with Jason in 'The Mary-Sue Extrusion' and they were together at the novel's conclusion.

Page 25
Renee was a fellow academic of Braxiatel's in 'Where Angels Fear'.  She was a lot more earthy than Brax, however.

Page 26
Deus est machina A machine from God (ie Clarence). A pun on Deus ex machina, literally "God from a machine". (Text submitted by Eric Briggs) If somebody was mixing their Latin for their French, they might think it means "God is a machine".  Which, to the extent that Chris is a mollusc, is also true.

Page 27
Benny's first headache corresponds precisely with the moment she opens God's box. Coincidence? You decide.

(God also talks about a reciprocation for the gift he sent Benny, on page 270.)

Pages 32-33
Trans Siberian Railway. This connects Chelyabinsk in the west to Vladivostok in the east. It's 8000 km long connecting to the Pacific Coast across Siberia.

Page 38
Doctor Divson Follett was first seen in 'Oh No It Isn't!' and elsewhere as Benny's boss in the archaeology department on Dellah.

Pages 41-42
The extract from 'Happy Endings' was written by Justin Richards for the all-authors chapter (page 256)

Pages 46-47
Joseph was Benny's porter, introduced in 'Oh No It Isn't!'

Page 64
Did you have the location of the Braxiatel Collection in Theatre of War as Asteroid KS-159 or has the name changed since?
'Theatre of War' states it's on a small planet previously known as KS-159,
and that it's rumoured that Braxiatel won it at cards.

Page 65
"I remember you telling me that ancient civilisations don't leave their treasures [...] just lying around for people to discover." This was a central theme from 'Beyond the Sun'.

Page 75
"Rick's" is a Casablanca reference. Another bar called Rick's can be found in 'Catastrophea'. (Text submitted by Eric Briggs) And 'Mission: Impractical'.  Interestingly, 'Set Piece' featured a cafe that plugs a hole in space/time at several different times and places.

Are New Holopia or Tropsalan from something? Rick's is presumably a Casablanca reference.
Rick's is indeed from Casablanca.  Others made up. Vega is of course
from 'Demontage' (which is contemporary with the NAs - note that Newark
Rappare leaves 'Demontage' to get killed in the opening section of
'Dragons' Wrath').

"Vega" is the gambling space station featured in 'Demontage'

Page 78
Thanaxos. Location in 'The Mary-Sue Extrusion' where most of the Dellahan refugees were sent.

Page 79
Kralinal Maxis?
Made up.

Page 81
Benny is nicknamed 'Jonah' by the archaology staff. Jonah was a Biblical figure, who was tossed into the sea, swalled by a whale and then spat out again. (Text submitted by Eric Briggs) He's got a whole little book in the Old Testament named after him.  God told him to go to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria.  Assyria and Israel were, shall we say, not close friends.  God told him to take His message to wicked old Nineveh, because He was going to destroy the city.  Whether because Jonah was convinced God wasn't going to go through with it, or because he felt the Assyrians deserved everything they were going to get, he refused to go.  In fact, he tried to get away from God by going to Spain.  God brewed up a storm about the boat Jonah was sailing in, and when he confessed to the crew that he was running away from the Lord, they tossed him.  Then he got swallowed by a big fish.  At this point Jonah decided to repent, so he prayed .  So the fish vomited him up on to the beach.  Once again, God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, and this time he went.  He preached so effectively that the people of Nineveh stopped being wicked and decided not to destroy the city after all.  "What did I tell you?" said Jonah.  "You didn't need me to go to Nineveh.  You're always ready to forgive."  "So?" said God.  "When you see a plant die, a plant that you've never even seen before, you feel bad about it.  If you let 120 000 innocent children in Nineveh die, would you feel bad about it?  Think how I feel!"  Or words to that effect...

Dr Emilia Winston was first seen in 'Dragons' Wrath'.

Tersius sector?
Made up.  Close to 'Tersurus' so maybe that was an influence.  Or not.

Page 84
Yellow sticky notes are still being used by Benny. Initially they were pink in 'Love and War', but later changed to yellow  (Text submitted by Eric Briggs) Who on Earth uses pink Post-It notes, except to contrast the yellow ones?

Page 89
GPS. Global Positioning System. Three satellites determine your position on a planet by triangulation (there's an explanation on pages 95-96). Currently you need a tracker to bounce signals off, but here they can be reconfigured to match heat signals.

Page 94
Placedon Minimus?
Made up. But the 'Probably fleas' bit is based on Philip II of Spain's
annotation of his Ambassador's reports from England (since I noticed that
on the same page).

Page 96
Is a graduometer a real instrument?
Yes it is.  Almost all the archaeology, while seeming advanced, is
actually based on what's possible today - even the infra-red positioning
and mapping from a (fixed) camera is done today to size, place and map
artefacts in situ.  It's a bug-bear of mine that the NAs are set in the
future but the archaeological techniques are out of Victorian Romances!

Page 100
Acropolis. Literally "upper city". The most famous is in Athens but there were others. It was both a temple and a fortress, thanks to its high walls. The temple was dedicated to the goddess Athena, with a large statue. The picture on the front cover is similar to the ruins of the Parthenon.

Ray Harryhausen movies: I've heard of these and I can guess that they're B-movies of a sort, but I gather they're a rather particular sort, right?
He did the early stop-motion animation movies with dinosaurs, and later
(and better) Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans and the Sinbad
films (Pat Troughton is in Eye of the Tiger; Tom Baker is in The Golden
Voyage of Sinbad).

Page 107
!C-Mel was the ship from 'The Also People' who committed the unthinkable - murder. Named for Andrew Cartmel, interestingly enough.

Page 129
Made up.  Bit close to Parakeet.

Page 130
Trooper Jinkel. It's never stated outright, but the troops might be Chelonians (from 'The Highest Science' and elsewhere) with names like this.

Page 146
Zeb'Lan has met B-Aaron before. Have we seen this?
No, Zeb'Lan is new to 'Tears of the Oracle'.  His name derives from the oldest of
Joseph's brothers.  Lots of refs to the Joseph story in this to clue in
the subconscious for the revelation about Joseph's true nature later...
The location (open air theatre on cliff edge) is based on the impressive
Minack Theatre in Cornwall.

Page 155.
Magnetometer. As the name suggests, this measures the force of magnetic fields.

Page 167
Braxiatel's brother is, of course, the Doctor. The Doctor had already hinted at some familial relationship in 'The Empire of Glass'.

Page 196
The six-sided box that disappears might be a four-dimensional tesserect, being 3 dimensional plus time. The Doctor used something similar to contact Ace in 'Deceit'. (Text submitted by Eric Briggs) She kept it when she left him in 'Love and War'.

Page 197
"harsh, discordant scraping sound" Dematerialisation noise, a la the TARDIS.

Page 198
A Time Lord in a monk's habit. Unlikely to be the Meddling Monk, but with the changing allegiances of 'Dead Romance', you never know.

Page 199
Chris is fresh from the events of 'Dead Romance', left in the 'real' universe. He returns to an irradiated zone intending to regenerate, as discussed in 'Dead Romance'. At the end of that novel he was sick, his hair falling out, losing weight and had radiation poisoning.

Page 200
"give the process a small push" Very reminiscent of K'Anpo's words in 'Planet of the Spiders'.

"Substances" cocaine, maybe? Chris is trying to induce regeneration to have the battle-armaments like Khiste in 'Dead Romance'. These are the effects that are negated here.

Page 201
"Giant teddy bear" was the body bepple Chris had in 'Original Sin'.

"Pan-dimensional war machine" was the end result of regeneration in non-Time Lords in 'Dead Romance' (eg Khiste).

Page 210
Krastis Magna? The Interstices of Lange? (I love that last one, BTW!)
Made up. But maybe 'deduced' from Crastus Minor (not sure of spelling)
mentioned in 'The Ribos Operation'.

Page 228
Sara!qava! was the man/woman from 'The Also People' who showed an interest in Benny (and whose daughter was pregnant with Chris's child).

Page 230
"Vulcan nerve pinch" is Spock's disabling grip from Star Trek.

Page 241
"Love's Labours Wonne" is the title of a supposed lost play of Shakespeare's. It's the sister play to "Love's Labour's Lost" and was mentioned in 'Theatre of War'.

Osterling's "The Good Soldiers" was the missing play found in the Dream Machine and pivotal to the conclusion of 'Theatre of War'.

The Library of St John the Beheaded was seen in 'All-Consuming Fire' and 'Millennial Rites'.  (Text submitted by Eric Briggs) And inaugurated in 'The Empire of Glass'.

Page 251
Have we seen J-Kibb before? I know Ben named all his ships after NA authors in 'The Also People', but I see that you've dropped that (or run out of authors :-) ).
No, he's new (except he's been Joseph all the time, of course).  Note
that Jacob (J'Kibb, geddit?) is the Biblical father of Joseph.  So, a
big clue there!

Page 252
Appear a lot in 'Ghost Devices'.

Page 269
"When Mastrov came to kill you." This occurred in 'Dragons' Wrath'.

Page 270
"when God once miraculously managed to take over Joseph to give her a message" This occurred in 'Walking to Babylon', page 49.

Page 276
"Redesigning Versailles" The Palace of Versailles was the house of the king of France and had a hall of mirrors. It was redesigned by King Louis XIV and considered a waste of money to glorify the king.

There was also the treaty of Versailles at the end of the First World War. This treaty was to end the war and detailed the reparations that Germany had to pay. These hurt Germany's economy so much that it eventually led to World War II. (Text submitted by Eric Briggs) It's a common misconception that the Treaty of Versailles settled the accounts of all the countries involved.  The Versailles Treaty only dealt with Germany.  All together, the treaties are referred to as the Peace of Paris. 

Copyright Robert Smith? 1999