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NA05: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible

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Author: Marc Platt

ISBN: 0 426 20365 8

Published: February 1992

Editor: Peter Darvill-Evans

Placement: After Timewyrm: Revelation

Links: The first book in the Cat's Cradle arc. Leads into Warhead and Witch Mark.

Doctor: The Seventh

The Seventh Doctor

The Seventh Doctor is short, dark-haired, and speaks with a slight scottish accent. He thinks of himself as "Time's Champion", deliberately seeking out situations to "put right". He usually has a plan, and is willing to manipulate everyone - including his companions - to achieve it.
Companions: Ace:


Ace was swept away from Perivale by a timestorm caused by a powerful being called Fenric. She arrived on Iceworld in the far future, where she met the Doctor in Dragonfire (Season 24). Ace is a bit of a teenaged delinquent, but has grown up during her time with the Doctor. She uses a home-made explosive called nitro-nine, and prefers her nickname of Ace to her real name of Dorothy. She calls the Doctor "Professor".
Recurring Characters: Rassilon: Legendary founder of Time Lord society. A great many legends surround his activities, and a large number of powerful Time Lord artefacts bear his name. He appeared in The Five Doctors (Season 20), many many generations of Time Lords after his appearance here. That appearance was after he had died.
Omega: Contemporary of Rassilon who was responsible for creating the Eye of Harmony - a black hole that powers all TARDISes. He was trapped in an anti-matter universe whilst doing this, and attempted to return to the real universe in The Three Doctors (Season 10) and Arc of Infinity (Season 20). Both times, he was prevented from doing so by the Doctor's interference. These appearances are many many generations after being trapped in the anti-matter universe.
The Other: Shadowy figure from Time Lord legends. He was a colleague of Rassilon and Omega, and practically nothing is known about him. He appeared in the novelisation of Remembrance of the Daleks (Season 25).
Susan Foreman: Companion of the first Doctor first seen in An Unearthly Child, the first ever episode. She always called the Doctor 'Grandfather'. She doesn't appear in this story, but you should probably be aware that she exists.
Recommended Viewing: In The Brain of Morbius (Season 13), the Doctor encountered the Sisterhood of Karn, a female religious order with links to Gallifrey.
In Remembrance of the Daleks (Season 25), the Doctor used an ancient gallifeyan device called The Hand of Omega, which was capable of destroying stars or turning them into black holes.
In Silver Nemesis (Season 25), the Doctor encountered a human called Lady Peinforte, who knew secrets connecting the Doctor with an era of Gallifreyan history called 'the Dark Time'.
Recommended Reading: The revelations about Gallifrey's past in this book are followed up (and expanded on) in Lungbarrow, though you can understand either book perfectly well without reading the other one.
Recommended Listening: None.
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