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Series: Virgin
Bernice Summerfield New Adventures
Release Number: 5
Main Character: Bernice Summerfield
Featuring: Mr Misnomer, Ash, Lucretia
Enemy: The SSSSSSS, !X
Setting: Tyler's Folly, January 14th, 2593
Author: Lawrence Miles
Publisher: Virgin Books
Publication: September, 1997
Format: Paperback Book, ? Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0-426-20512-X
Previous Story: Ship of Fools
Following Story: Deadfall


Publisher's Summary

'Mankind expects pain. However it appears to outsiders.'

Tyler's Folly: a colony world on the unattractive side of Earthspace, a planet wracked by earthquakes and crawling with off-world bodysnatchers. When the local authorities pull a bedraggled Professor Bernice Summerfield out of the ocean in an off-limits 'quake zone, they naturally want to know what she is doing there... but the professor can only mumble something about wooly mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers.

According to Bernice, the planet is hollow, its interior inhabited by warring tribes of cavemen and strangely unconvincing prehistoric monsters. Some dark and ancient god rules this underground kingdom -- albeit a dark and ancient god with a penchant for thirties pulp adventures and Saturday morning action serials.

Can Bernice's claims be true? Is Tyler's Folly really under threat from an ageless subterranean horror? And why does so much of her story revolve around the utterly amoral alien known as !X...?


  • !X (aka si!Xist-i!xatl-iVa!qara)
    • Of The People, but he has removed himself from their society.
    • Therefore he is not bound by the Time Lord - People Treaty.
  • Fos!ca
  • Frans Nils Kryptosa
    • An explorer and archaeologist who wrote In Search of Ancient Mu and A Short Trip to the Centre of Creation.
    • SSSSSSS stands for Stella Stora Sigma Schutz-Staffel SturmSoldaten.
    • They are the most ineffective Nazi group since the Outer Hebriden National Party.
    • They use at least 18 official hymns and the handbook Mein Pantz by Bernard Richtmanstances.
    • Their power base is a small sausage factory on Smarley's World.


  • Teleportaphobia also known as Molecular Vertigo is described here as the fear of matter transmission. Specifically it is the psychological disorder that makes a person fear matter transmission as each time you are matter transported your body dies and another is re-created at the receiving end.


  • There is a web address ( listed in the introduction of Down which did contain background material to Down, however the link is no longer active.
  • Down re-introduces the People, this includes Ben Aaronovitch's unique pronunciations for their names, a full explanation can be found in the introduction to The Also People.


External Links

  • Doctor Who Reference Guide - Detailed Synopsis - Down
  • The Whoniverse - The Discontinuity Guide to: Down
  • Down The Director's Cut by Lawrence Miles via Internet Archive - The Wayback Machine

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