From TARDIS Index File, the free Doctor Who reference.
Revenge of the Judoon is a 2008 novella written by Terrance Dicks, the third release in BBC Books Quick Reads initiative, a series of shorter novels aimed at promoting literacy.
The TARDIS brings the Doctor and Martha to Balmoral in 1902. Here they meet Captain Harry Carruthers - friend of the new king, Edward VII. Together they head for the castle to see the king - only to find that Balmoral Castle is gone, leaving just a hole in the ground. The Doctor realises it it the work of the Judoon - a race of ruthless space police. While Martha and Carruthers seek answers in London, the Doctor finds himself in what should be the most deserted place on Earth - and he is not alone. With help from Arthur Conan Doyle, the Doctor and his friends discover a plot to take over the world. With time running out, who will fall victim to the revenge of the Judoon?
- The Doctor mentions the Plasmavore from his previous encounter with the Judoon.
- The Ogrons, mercenaries of the Daleks, are briefly mentioned as a replacement for the Judoon.
- The Doctor claims that he had dinner with Henry VIII and Alfred the Great.
- The Doctor also states that there will be a King Charles III and Queen Camilla, followed by King William V.
- Their are several references to H. G. Wells' novel, The War of the Worlds: when Carruthers asks if the Judoon are like Wells' Martians, the Doctor tells him, "a Judoon is more like a giant rhino than a giant octopus"; the Judoon weapons are described as "heat rays"; and the fight between the soldiers and the Judoon is similar to battles in the novel.
- Arthur Conan Doyle comments that he has 'killed off' Sherlock Holmes referring to the short story The Adventure of the Final Problem, written in 1891, in which Sherlock Holmes appears to be killed by Professor Moriarty. However, Doyle re-introduced Holmes in 1894 in The Adventure of the Empty House.
- The Doctor mentions the stage show "Spamalot" (p.42) in which Peter Davison has appeared.
- (Page 48) Conan Doyle mentions "The Strand". The Eighth Doctor had a collection of this magazine.
- King Edward does not appear to know of The Doctor, so it is possible that he does not know of the Torchwood Institute (nor, presumably, of the events of DW:Tooth and Claw). He evidently does not remember their meeting in Paris, recalled by the Doctor in Inferno.
Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors
- p.19 Carruthers understands the term "alien race" to mean extraterrestrials. However, at this point in history he is more likely to equate the term "alien" with foreigners.
- p.25 Carruthers mentions the Wright Brothers and their "new-fangled flying machine". However, the Wright Brothers made their first powered flight on 17th December 1903 - the year after the events of this story - and did not publicise the event until 1908 (although they were experimenting with gliders in October 1902.)
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