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{{Infobox Story
|name = Cold Fusion
 
 
|image = Ma-29.jpg
 
|image = Ma-29.jpg
 
|adapted into = Cold Fusion (audio story)
 
|adapted into = Cold Fusion (audio story)
|series = [[Virgin Missing Adventures]]
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|series = [[Virgin Missing Adventures]]
|number = 29
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|number = 29
 
|doctor = Fifth Doctor
 
|doctor = Fifth Doctor
|featuring = [[Seventh Doctor]], [[Chris Cwej|Chris]], [[Roz Forrester|Roz]]
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|companions = [[Adric]], [[Nyssa]], [[Tegan Jovanka|Tegan]]
|companions = [[Adric]], [[Nyssa]], [[Tegan Jovanka|Tegan]]
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|featuring = Seventh Doctor
|enemy = The [[Ferutu]]
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|featuring2 = Chris Cwej
|setting = [[Human]] colony, [[27th century|27th]]-[[28th century|28th centuries]]
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|featuring3 = Roz Forrester
|writer = [[Lance Parkin]]
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|enemy = [[Ferutu]]
|publisher = Virgin Books
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|setting = [[Planet (Cold Fusion)|Human colony planet]], [[2592]]
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|writer = [[Lance Parkin]]
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|cover = [[Alister Pearson]]
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|publisher = Virgin Books
 
|release date = [[5 December (releases)|5 December]] [[1996 (releases)|1996]]
 
|release date = [[5 December (releases)|5 December]] [[1996 (releases)|1996]]
|format = Paperback Book; 18 Chapters, 319 Pages
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|format = Paperback Book; 18 Chapters, 319 Pages
 
|isbn = ISBN 0-426-20489-1
 
|isbn = ISBN 0-426-20489-1
 
|prev = The Plotters (novel)
 
|prev = The Plotters (novel)
 
|next = Burning Heart (novel)
 
|next = Burning Heart (novel)
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{{you may|Cold fusion|n1=the concept in physics|Cold Fusion (documentary)|n2=the DVD documentary|Cold Fusion (audio story)|n3=the audio adaptation of the novel}}
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{{dab page|Cold fusion (disambiguation)}}
'''''Cold Fusion''''' was the twenty-ninth novel in the [[Virgin Missing Adventures]] series. It was written by [[Lance Parkin]]. It was the only multi-Doctor story involving televised Doctors ever told by [[Virgin Books]]. It involved the unusual pairing of the [[season 19]] [[Fifth Doctor]] with the [[Seventh Doctor]] near the end of the [[Virgin New Adventures]] line.
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'''''Cold Fusion''''' was the twenty-ninth novel in the [[Virgin Missing Adventures]] series. It was written by [[Lance Parkin]]. It was the only multi-Doctor story involving televised Doctors ever told by [[Virgin Books]]. It involved the unusual pairing of the [[season 19]] [[Fifth Doctor]] with the [[Seventh Doctor]] near the end of the [[Virgin New Adventures]] line.
   
Originally intended to be published alongside the novel ''[[So Vile a Sin]]'' to emotionally leverage [[Roz Forrester]]'s death in that book, delays on ''Sin'' meant that people who read the book on publication didn't see this intended aspect of the book.
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Originally intended to be published alongside the novel ''[[So Vile a Sin (novel)|So Vile a Sin]]'' to emotionally leverage [[Roz Forrester]]'s death in that book, delays on ''Sin'' meant that people who read the book on publication didn't see this intended aspect of the book.
   
As a multi-Doctor story, its perspective was unusual. The Seventh Doctor was portrayed as largely disdainful of his earlier self's presence because of the dangers it presented. Though temporal paradoxes and other consequences of two Doctors meeting were touched upon in televised multi-Doctor stories, here they were more central. Moreover, the structure broke with the format of televised multi-Doctor stories, which held that the latest incarnation was the "current" Doctor and therefore the effective headlining "star" of the show. On balance, ''Fusion'' was a Fifth Doctor novel that happened to feature the Seventh, rather than a Seventh Doctor novel that used the Fifth.
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As a multi-Doctor story, its perspective was unusual. The Seventh Doctor was portrayed as largely disdainful of his earlier self's presence because of the dangers it presented. Though temporal paradoxes and other consequences of two Doctors meeting were touched upon in televised multi-Doctor stories, here they were more central. Moreover, the structure broke with the format of televised multi-Doctor stories, which held that the latest incarnation was the "current" Doctor and therefore the effective headlining "star" of the show. On balance, ''Fusion'' was a Fifth Doctor novel that happened to feature the Seventh, rather than a Seventh Doctor novel that used the Fifth.
   
 
== Publisher's summary ==
 
== Publisher's summary ==
 
:"The entire [[universe]] is at stake and [[Seventh Doctor|I'm]] locked in here with [[Fifth Doctor|another incarnation of myself]], and not even one of the good ones!"
 
:"The entire [[universe]] is at stake and [[Seventh Doctor|I'm]] locked in here with [[Fifth Doctor|another incarnation of myself]], and not even one of the good ones!"
   
More than one [[The Doctor's TARDIS|TARDIS]] lands on a barren ice world. The [[Fifth Doctor]], [[Adric]], [[Nyssa]] and [[Tegan Jovanka|Tegan]] find a once ordered society on the verge of collapse, as rebels wage a dirty war with [[Scientifica]], the ruling elite. All that stands between order and anarchy is the massed presence of an [[Adjudicator]] peacekeeping force.
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More than one [[The Doctor's TARDIS|TARDIS]] lands on a barren ice world. The Fifth Doctor, [[Adric]], [[Nyssa]] and [[Tegan Jovanka|Tegan]] find a once ordered society on the verge of collapse, as rebels wage a dirty [[war]] with [[Scientifica]], the ruling [[elite]]. All that stands between order and [[anarchy]] is the massed presence of an [[Adjudicator]] peacekeeping force.
   
But is peace the only reason for the Adjudicator garrison? What exactly has been discovered deep below the planet's surface? Who are the mysterious [[Ferutu]]? And why is telling a [[ghost]] story a criminal offence?
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But is [[peace]] the only reason for the Adjudicator garrison? What exactly has been discovered deep below the planet's surface? Who are the mysterious [[Ferutu]]? And why is telling a [[ghost]] story a criminal offence?
   
The Fifth Doctor sides with the cause of justice and fairness as always. But, as a threat to the universe unfolds, he finds himself in conflict with his past... and his future.
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The Fifth Doctor sides with the cause of [[justice]] and fairness as always. But, as a threat to the universe unfolds, he finds himself in conflict with [[The Other|his past]]... and his future.
   
 
== Plot ==
 
== Plot ==
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* [[Roz Forrester]]
 
* [[Roz Forrester]]
 
* [[Patience (Cold Fusion)|Patience]]
 
* [[Patience (Cold Fusion)|Patience]]
* [[Adjudicator]] Provost-General [[Tertullian Medford]]
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* [[Tertullian Medford|Adjudicator Provost-General Tertullian Medford]]
 
* [[Ziyou Wanle]]
 
* [[Ziyou Wanle]]
 
* [[SAM drone]]
 
* [[SAM drone]]
* Chief Scientist [[Whitfield]]
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* [[Whitfield|Chief Scientist Whitfield]]
 
* [[Quint]]
 
* [[Quint]]
* [[Adjudicator]] [[Dareau]]
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* [[Quant]]
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* [[Dareau|Adjudicator Dareau]]
 
* [[Adam (Cold Fusion)|Adam]]
 
* [[Adam (Cold Fusion)|Adam]]
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* [[Falconstock]]
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* [[Concierge (Cold Fusion)|Concierge]]
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* [[Robot (Cold Fusion)|Robot]]
   
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
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=== Individuals ===
 
=== Individuals ===
* [[Adjudicator]] Provost-General [[Tertullian Medford]] is a secret member of [[Unitatus]].
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* [[Tertullian Medford|Adjudicator Provost-General Tertullian Medford]] is a secret member of [[Unitatus]].
   
 
=== Individual Time Lords ===
 
=== Individual Time Lords ===
 
* The Doctor badly remembers his life before his second [[regeneration]].
 
* The Doctor badly remembers his life before his second [[regeneration]].
* [[Patience (Cold Fusion)|Patience]] was in the house of Blyledge on "Glorious [[Gallifrey]]". She has/had thirteen children.
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* [[Patience (Cold Fusion)|Patience]] was in the [[house of Blyledge]] on "Glorious [[Gallifrey]]". She has/had thirteen children.
* Patience's [[Omega|husband]] was one of the first to explore the vortex.
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* [[Omega|Patience's husband]] was one of the first to explore the vortex.
* In her memory explored by the Fifth Doctor during their telepathic contact, she has short and black hair.
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* [[The Other]]'s/Doctor's children were culled, but [[Susan Foreman]] was saved.
* The Other's/Doctor's children were culled, but [[Susan Foreman]] was saved.
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* In her memory, Patience and her husband's [[Susan Foreman's father|firstborn]] is soon going to be father.
* The husband of Patience in her memories is newly regenerated and has new hands that had not touched her yet. The new body is much taller and hairier than his previous beardless body. He has blond curly hair on his head and a beard which is darker and coarser.
 
* In her memory, the regenerated husband of Patience thinks that he is old.
 
* In her memory, Patience and her husband's firstborn is soon going to be father.
 
   
 
=== Languages ===
 
=== Languages ===
* The Fifth Doctor speaks a sentence in [[Gallifreyan (language)|Gallifreyan]] to Patience.
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* The Fifth Doctor speaks a sentence in [[Gallifreyan (language)|Gallifreyan]] to Patience.
   
 
=== Organisations ===
 
=== Organisations ===
* [[Unitatus]] is what [[UNIT]] became; they use the old UNIT logo (a grid within a circle) as their herald.
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* [[Unitatus]] is what [[Unified Intelligence Taskforce|UNIT]] became; they use the old UNIT logo (a grid within a circle) as their herald.
   
 
=== Spacecraft ===
 
=== Spacecraft ===
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== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
* In [[AHistory]], the author [[Lance Parkin]] confirms that the husband of [[Patience]], in her memory seen by the Fifth Doctor's [[telepathic contact]] with her, is the character portrayed by [[Douglas Camfield]] during the mindbending sequence of [[TV]]:[[The Brain of Morbius]].
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* In ''[[AHistory]]'', the author [[Lance Parkin]] confirms that the [[Patience's husband|husband]] of [[Patience (Cold Fusion)|Patience]], in her memory seen by the Fifth Doctor's [[telepathic contact]] with her, is the [[The Doctor (The Brain of Morbius)|character]] portrayed by [[Douglas Camfield]] during the mindbending sequence of [[TV]]: ''[[The Brain of Morbius (TV story)|The Brain of Morbius]]''.
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* In ''Time, Unincorporated: Volume One'', it is revealed that the original version of [[PROSE]]: ''[[The Infinity Doctors (novel)|The Infinity Doctors]]'' would have confirmed that Patience's husband is ''also'' the character played by [[Robert Banks Stewart]] during the mindbending sequence of [[TV]]: ''[[The Brain of Morbius (TV story)|The Brain of Morbius]]''.
 
* This is the only instalment of the [[Virgin Missing Adventures]] in which the [[Seventh Doctor]] appears.
 
* This is the only instalment of the [[Virgin Missing Adventures]] in which the [[Seventh Doctor]] appears.
 
* The reasons that the Doctor seems to not remember meeting his future selves in other multi-Doctor stories are discussed. In most of the televised adventures, it is credited to the [[Blinovitch Limitation Effect]].
 
* The reasons that the Doctor seems to not remember meeting his future selves in other multi-Doctor stories are discussed. In most of the televised adventures, it is credited to the [[Blinovitch Limitation Effect]].
* This story begins a series of story arcs known as the "Psi Powers" arc for the Seventh Doctor, continuing in the novel ''[[The Death of Art (novel)|The Death of Art]]'' and ending in novel ''[[So Vile a Sin (novel)|So Vile a Sin]]''.
 
 
* The Seventh Doctor remembers the events of the novel from the perspective of the Fifth Doctor and uses this knowledge against his younger self. This also occurs in the audio stories ''[[Peri and the Piscon Paradox (audio story)|Peri and the Piscon Paradox]]'' and ''[[The Four Doctors (audio story)|The Four Doctors]]'' and the television story ''[[Time Crash (TV story)|Time Crash]]'' in which the [[Sixth Doctor|Sixth]], [[Eighth Doctor|Eighth]] and [[Tenth Doctor]]s respectively likewise remember the events portrayed from the point of view of their fifth incarnation.
 
* The Seventh Doctor remembers the events of the novel from the perspective of the Fifth Doctor and uses this knowledge against his younger self. This also occurs in the audio stories ''[[Peri and the Piscon Paradox (audio story)|Peri and the Piscon Paradox]]'' and ''[[The Four Doctors (audio story)|The Four Doctors]]'' and the television story ''[[Time Crash (TV story)|Time Crash]]'' in which the [[Sixth Doctor|Sixth]], [[Eighth Doctor|Eighth]] and [[Tenth Doctor]]s respectively likewise remember the events portrayed from the point of view of their fifth incarnation.
 
* The Seventh Doctor describes his fifth incarnation as being "bland" and "not even one of the good ones." This reflects the [[Sixth Doctor]]'s low opinion of his immediate predecessor immediately after his [[regeneration]] as he told his companion [[Peri Brown]] that "he had a sort of feckless charm that simply wasn't [him]." ([[TV]]: ''[[The Twin Dilemma (TV story)|The Twin Dilemma]]'') The [[Eighth Doctor]] was more fond of his fifth incarnation than his two immediate predecessors. He once described him as "terribly polite." ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Four Doctors (audio story)|The Four Doctors]]'') By the time of his tenth incarnation, the Doctor expressed a fondness for his time as the Fifth Doctor. He looked upon his fifth incarnation as a turning point in his life. According to the Tenth Doctor, it was during his fifth incarnation that he truly began to enjoy himself. ([[TV]]: ''[[Time Crash (TV story)|Time Crash]]'')
 
* The Seventh Doctor describes his fifth incarnation as being "bland" and "not even one of the good ones." This reflects the [[Sixth Doctor]]'s low opinion of his immediate predecessor immediately after his [[regeneration]] as he told his companion [[Peri Brown]] that "he had a sort of feckless charm that simply wasn't [him]." ([[TV]]: ''[[The Twin Dilemma (TV story)|The Twin Dilemma]]'') The [[Eighth Doctor]] was more fond of his fifth incarnation than his two immediate predecessors. He once described him as "terribly polite." ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Four Doctors (audio story)|The Four Doctors]]'') By the time of his tenth incarnation, the Doctor expressed a fondness for his time as the Fifth Doctor. He looked upon his fifth incarnation as a turning point in his life. According to the Tenth Doctor, it was during his fifth incarnation that he truly began to enjoy himself. ([[TV]]: ''[[Time Crash (TV story)|Time Crash]]'')
* The [[Gallifreyan (language)|Gallifreyan]] sentence recited by the Doctor on page 124 is represented in the text by Greek letters: "Ανδ Ι τυρνεδ αρουνδ ανδ τηεψ ωερε αλλ ωεαρινγ εψεπατχηεσ." The passage doesn't actually mean anything in Greek, but if the symbols are transliterated letter-by-letter using a standard English keyboard layout the passage becomes "And I turned around and they were all wearing eyepatches," possibly a reference to [[Inferno (TV story)|Inferno]].
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* The [[Gallifreyan (language)|Gallifreyan]] sentence recited by the Doctor on page 124 is represented in the text by Greek letters: "Ανδ Ι τυρνεδ αρουνδ ανδ τηεψ ωερε αλλ ωεαρινγ εψεπατχηεσ." The passage doesn't actually mean anything in Greek, but if the symbols are transliterated letter-by-letter using a standard English keyboard layout the passage becomes "And I turned around and they were all wearing eyepatches," a reference to the infamous [[Inferno (TV story)#Story notes|Eyepatch Story]] which [[Nicholas Courtney]] often told at conventions of cast antics during the filming of ''[[Inferno (TV story)|Inferno]].''
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* [[Lance Parkin]]'s charity story ''Executive Action'' (published in ''Walking in Eternity'') provides further details for the riots seen in Patience's memories. [[The Watch]] were rounding up all Womb-born, the Loom-born determined to become Gallifrey's dominant faction. According to [[Rema-Du]], loomed Gallifreyans were "pale imitations" compared to the naturally born. This is the same story that states [[Wardog]] and the others of the [[Special Executive]] were prototypes of [[Rassilon]]'s loom.
   
 
== Continuity ==
 
== Continuity ==
 
* "Lightspeed overdrive" is first mentioned in [[TV]]: ''[[Logopolis (TV story)|Logopolis]]''.
 
* "Lightspeed overdrive" is first mentioned in [[TV]]: ''[[Logopolis (TV story)|Logopolis]]''.
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* The Doctor badly remembers the events of his first two incarnations. ([[COMIC]]: ''[[The World Shapers (comic story)|The World Shapers]]'')
 
* [[PROSE]]: ''[[The Infinity Doctors (novel)|The Infinity Doctors]]'' reveals who Patience is in [[The Infinity Doctors universe|one universe]].
 
* [[PROSE]]: ''[[The Infinity Doctors (novel)|The Infinity Doctors]]'' reveals who Patience is in [[The Infinity Doctors universe|one universe]].
 
* [[PROSE]]: ''[[Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible (novel)|Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible]]'' and [[PROSE]]: ''[[Lungbarrow (novel)|Lungbarrow]]'' both gave some idea of the time from which Patience is from.
 
* [[PROSE]]: ''[[Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible (novel)|Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible]]'' and [[PROSE]]: ''[[Lungbarrow (novel)|Lungbarrow]]'' both gave some idea of the time from which Patience is from.
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* Adric mentions that the [[Keeper of Traken]] was able to divert the TARDIS' course. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Keeper of Traken (TV story)|The Keeper of Traken]]'')
 
* Adric mentions that the [[Keeper of Traken]] was able to divert the TARDIS' course. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Keeper of Traken (TV story)|The Keeper of Traken]]'')
 
* The Doctor reminds Adric that the Master supposedly died on [[Castrovalva]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[Castrovalva (TV story)|Castrovalva]]'')
 
* The Doctor reminds Adric that the Master supposedly died on [[Castrovalva]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[Castrovalva (TV story)|Castrovalva]]'')
* The Fifth Doctor remembers the mindbending battle with Morbius of [[TV]]:[[The Brain of Morbius]].
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* The Fifth Doctor remembers the mindbending battle with Morbius. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Brain of Morbius (TV story)|The Brain of Morbius]]'')
 
* Adric has only known the Doctor for several weeks. They first met on Adric's homeworld [[Alzarius]] during the [[32nd century]] towards the end of the Doctor's [[Fourth Doctor|fourth incarnation]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[Full Circle (TV story)|Full Circle]]'')
 
* Adric has only known the Doctor for several weeks. They first met on Adric's homeworld [[Alzarius]] during the [[32nd century]] towards the end of the Doctor's [[Fourth Doctor|fourth incarnation]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[Full Circle (TV story)|Full Circle]]'')
 
* Chris refers to [[Serenity (Cold Fusion)|Serenity]], the last surviving planet of the [[Traken Union]]. The [[Sixth Doctor]] and [[Peri Brown]] visited it on one occasion. ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Guardians of Prophecy (audio story)|The Guardians of Prophecy]]'')
 
* Chris refers to [[Serenity (Cold Fusion)|Serenity]], the last surviving planet of the [[Traken Union]]. The [[Sixth Doctor]] and [[Peri Brown]] visited it on one occasion. ([[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Guardians of Prophecy (audio story)|The Guardians of Prophecy]]'')
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* The Fifth Doctor mentions that he was once a [[scientific advisor]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[Spearhead from Space (TV story)|Spearhead from Space]]'', et. al)
 
* The Fifth Doctor mentions that he was once a [[scientific advisor]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[Spearhead from Space (TV story)|Spearhead from Space]]'', et. al)
 
* The Fifth Doctor refers to his encounter with [[Omega]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Three Doctors (TV story)|The Three Doctors]]'')
 
* The Fifth Doctor refers to his encounter with [[Omega]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Three Doctors (TV story)|The Three Doctors]]'')
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* [[Kalkrav]]ian [[nun]]s are present at the [[transmat]] station, and Medford was involved in the [[Kalkravian Revolution]]. ([[PROSE]]: ''[[The Big Hunt (novel)|The Big Hunt]]'', ''[[Paydirt (short story)|Paydirt]]'', [[COMIC]]: ''[[Miranda (comic story)|Miranda]]'', et al.)
 
* The Fifth and Seventh Doctors would later meet each other again in [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Sirens of Time (audio story)|The Sirens of Time]]'', prior to the events of [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Veiled Leopard (audio story)|The Veiled Leopard]]'' and briefly in their eighth incarnation's TARDIS in [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Four Doctors (audio story)|The Four Doctors]]'', though neither retained any memory of that experience.
 
* The Fifth and Seventh Doctors would later meet each other again in [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Sirens of Time (audio story)|The Sirens of Time]]'', prior to the events of [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Veiled Leopard (audio story)|The Veiled Leopard]]'' and briefly in their eighth incarnation's TARDIS in [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Four Doctors (audio story)|The Four Doctors]]'', though neither retained any memory of that experience.
 
* [[Bernice Summerfield]] would later encounter the Ferutu on [[Dellah]] in [[2596]]. ([[PROSE]]: ''[[Twilight of the Gods (BNA novel)|Twilight of the Gods]]'')
 
* [[Bernice Summerfield]] would later encounter the Ferutu on [[Dellah]] in [[2596]]. ([[PROSE]]: ''[[Twilight of the Gods (BNA novel)|Twilight of the Gods]]'')
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* {{whoniverse|ma29|Cold Fusion}}
 
* {{whoniverse|ma29|Cold Fusion}}
 
* [http://mysite.science.uottawa.ca/rsmith43/cloister/coldf.htm The Cloister Library: '''Cold Fusion''']
 
* [http://mysite.science.uottawa.ca/rsmith43/cloister/coldf.htm The Cloister Library: '''Cold Fusion''']
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Cold Fusion was the twenty-ninth novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by Lance Parkin. It was the only multi-Doctor story involving televised Doctors ever told by Virgin Books. It involved the unusual pairing of the season 19 Fifth Doctor with the Seventh Doctor near the end of the Virgin New Adventures line.

Originally intended to be published alongside the novel So Vile a Sin to emotionally leverage Roz Forrester's death in that book, delays on Sin meant that people who read the book on publication didn't see this intended aspect of the book.

As a multi-Doctor story, its perspective was unusual. The Seventh Doctor was portrayed as largely disdainful of his earlier self's presence because of the dangers it presented. Though temporal paradoxes and other consequences of two Doctors meeting were touched upon in televised multi-Doctor stories, here they were more central. Moreover, the structure broke with the format of televised multi-Doctor stories, which held that the latest incarnation was the "current" Doctor and therefore the effective headlining "star" of the show. On balance, Fusion was a Fifth Doctor novel that happened to feature the Seventh, rather than a Seventh Doctor novel that used the Fifth.

Publisher's summary

"The entire universe is at stake and I'm locked in here with another incarnation of myself, and not even one of the good ones!"

More than one TARDIS lands on a barren ice world. The Fifth Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan find a once ordered society on the verge of collapse, as rebels wage a dirty war with Scientifica, the ruling elite. All that stands between order and anarchy is the massed presence of an Adjudicator peacekeeping force.

But is peace the only reason for the Adjudicator garrison? What exactly has been discovered deep below the planet's surface? Who are the mysterious Ferutu? And why is telling a ghost story a criminal offence?

The Fifth Doctor sides with the cause of justice and fairness as always. But, as a threat to the universe unfolds, he finds himself in conflict with his past... and his future.

Plot

to be added

Characters

References

Cultural references from the real world

Foods and beverages

Individuals

Individual Time Lords

Languages

  • The Fifth Doctor speaks a sentence in Gallifreyan to Patience.

Organisations

  • Unitatus is what UNIT became; they use the old UNIT logo (a grid within a circle) as their herald.

Spacecraft

  • The colony has a Skybase in orbit.

Species

TARDIS

Weapons

  • The Fifth and Seventh Doctors both use a technique which they describe as being "beyond the science of the Humanian Era", namely reversing the polarity of the neutron flow to disarm several fusion bombs.
  • A SAM drone is a mass-produced drone.

Notes

  • In AHistory, the author Lance Parkin confirms that the husband of Patience, in her memory seen by the Fifth Doctor's telepathic contact with her, is the character portrayed by Douglas Camfield during the mindbending sequence of TV: The Brain of Morbius.
  • In Time, Unincorporated: Volume One, it is revealed that the original version of PROSE: The Infinity Doctors would have confirmed that Patience's husband is also the character played by Robert Banks Stewart during the mindbending sequence of TV: The Brain of Morbius.
  • This is the only instalment of the Virgin Missing Adventures in which the Seventh Doctor appears.
  • The reasons that the Doctor seems to not remember meeting his future selves in other multi-Doctor stories are discussed. In most of the televised adventures, it is credited to the Blinovitch Limitation Effect.
  • The Seventh Doctor remembers the events of the novel from the perspective of the Fifth Doctor and uses this knowledge against his younger self. This also occurs in the audio stories Peri and the Piscon Paradox and The Four Doctors and the television story Time Crash in which the Sixth, Eighth and Tenth Doctors respectively likewise remember the events portrayed from the point of view of their fifth incarnation.
  • The Seventh Doctor describes his fifth incarnation as being "bland" and "not even one of the good ones." This reflects the Sixth Doctor's low opinion of his immediate predecessor immediately after his regeneration as he told his companion Peri Brown that "he had a sort of feckless charm that simply wasn't [him]." (TV: The Twin Dilemma) The Eighth Doctor was more fond of his fifth incarnation than his two immediate predecessors. He once described him as "terribly polite." (AUDIO: The Four Doctors) By the time of his tenth incarnation, the Doctor expressed a fondness for his time as the Fifth Doctor. He looked upon his fifth incarnation as a turning point in his life. According to the Tenth Doctor, it was during his fifth incarnation that he truly began to enjoy himself. (TV: Time Crash)
  • The Gallifreyan sentence recited by the Doctor on page 124 is represented in the text by Greek letters: "Ανδ Ι τυρνεδ αρουνδ ανδ τηεψ ωερε αλλ ωεαρινγ εψεπατχηεσ." The passage doesn't actually mean anything in Greek, but if the symbols are transliterated letter-by-letter using a standard English keyboard layout the passage becomes "And I turned around and they were all wearing eyepatches," a reference to the infamous Eyepatch Story which Nicholas Courtney often told at conventions of cast antics during the filming of Inferno.
  • Lance Parkin's charity story Executive Action (published in Walking in Eternity) provides further details for the riots seen in Patience's memories. The Watch were rounding up all Womb-born, the Loom-born determined to become Gallifrey's dominant faction. According to Rema-Du, loomed Gallifreyans were "pale imitations" compared to the naturally born. This is the same story that states Wardog and the others of the Special Executive were prototypes of Rassilon's loom.

Continuity

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