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The Sands of Time
Series: Doctor Who -
Virgin Missing Adventures
Release Number: 22
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companions: Nyssa, Tegan
Enemy: Nephthys
Author: Justin Richards
Publisher: Virgin Books
Publication: May, 1996
Format: Paperback Book, ? Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0-426-20472-7
Previous Story: The Eye of the Giant
Following Story: Killing Ground


Publisher's Summary

'If Sutekh had escaped, no power in the universe could have stopped him wreaking havoc and destruction. This time, it’s worse.'

Arriving in Victorian London, the Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan run straight into trouble: Nyssa is kidnapped in the British Museum by Egyptian religous fanatics; the Doctor and Tegan are greeted by a stranger who knows more about them than he should and invited to a very strange party.

Why are rooms already booked for the Doctor at the Savoy? How can Lord Kenilworth’s butler Atkins be in Egypt and London at the same time? What is the history of the ancient mummy to be unwrapped at Kenilworth’s house? And what has all this got to do with Nyssa?

The Doctor’s quest for answers leads him across continents and time as an ancient Egyptian prophecy threatens 1990s England. While the Doctor attempts to unravel the plans of the mysterious Sadan Rassul, mummies stalk the night and an ancient terror stirs in its tomb.


  • was chosen to become the host for Nepthys
  • was released when her canoptic jar containing her reasoning was broken when robbers were plundering her pyramid.


  • Further history of the Osirans, first encountered in Pyramids of Mars, is provided.
  • The Doctor makes a passing reference to Scaroth, the antagonist of City of Death, and his involvement in the construction of the Pyramids of Giza.
  • Adric's death is discussed several times by Tegan and the Doctor, specifically why the Doctor can't use the TARDIS to save him, and the emotional impact it has had on them.
  • The final passage of the book has Marcus Scarman arriving for dinner at Lord Kenilworth's in 1896.


  • The phenomenon of the Web of Time, and the Doctor's inability to change history despite his limitless ability to travel in time, is central to the novel, and is discussed several times by the Doctor and Tegan. The Doctor does mention that he has seen history changed, but that it requires "fantastic power" and is often disastrous.
  • Despite this, Tegan attempts to change history in a minor way. However, events end up not being changed at all - something that doesn't surprise the Doctor at all.



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