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Matrix (novel)

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Release number  16
Pages  280
Authors  Robert Perry, Mike Tucker
Genre  Speculative fiction
Preceded by  Last Man Running
Publication date  5 October 1998
Originally published  5 October 1998
Page count  280
Publisher  BBC Books
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Series  Doctor Who book: Past Doctor Adventures
Subject  Featuring: Seventh Doctor Ace
Set in  Period between Illegal Alien and Storm Harvest
Similar  Mike Tucker books, Doctor Who BBC Past Doctors books, Speculative fiction books

Matrix is a BBC Books original novel written by Mike Tucker and Robert Perry and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Contents

Summary

It features the Seventh Doctor and Ace. It also includes appearances by the Wandering Jew[1] and Jack the Ripper. Part of it is set in an alternate timeline, featuring parallel universe versions of Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. The villain is the Valeyard.

Inspiration

Perry and Tucker originally pitched Matrix as a Virgin New Adventure, but were advised by range editor Rebecca Levene that the idea was unworkable.

References

As well as the obvious references to Trial of a Time Lord and the First Doctor's era, the Valeyard's schemes bring the Doctor face-to-face with dark alternate versions of his other selves who have been corrupted by the Valeyard; these include a First Doctor who murdered other Time Lords to depart Gallifrey in the first place, a Fourth Doctor who destroyed the Daleks at their beginning (Genesis of the Daleks) and a Fifth Doctor who allowed Peri to die while taking the antitoxin for himself (The Caves of Androzani).

References

Matrix (novel) Wikipedia


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