Combat Rock was the fifty-fourth novel in the BBC Past Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Mick Lewis, released 1 July 2002 and featured the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield.
This was Lewis' second and, as of 2018[update], final contribution to Doctor Who fiction. Like its 2001 predecessor, Rags, Combat Rock has strong adult themes, mainly cannibalism, and accordingly violent content. Less than a year after its publication, Telos Publishing released Wonderland by Mark Chadbourn, another Second Doctor novel aimed at adults.
When 400-year-old tribal mummies inexplicably return to life and begin murdering tourists on an exotic alien island, the Doctor's initial urge to investigate lands himself, Jamie and Victoria right in the middle of a jungle holocaust.
Ferocious cannibals and deadly beasts stalk the swamps, mummies lurk amongst the trees and the peaceful, civilised locals are reverting to long-forgotten head-hunting practices. Something is giving a clarion call to savagery, something that can only be found in the deepest darkness at the heart of the hostile rainforest.
It could well be the end of the river for the TARDIS companions as they find themselves involved in a horrific jungle conflict between desperate guerrilla tribesmen and merciless colonial forces. Cannibalism could be the least of their worries as evil stirs the pot and the dead reach for the living...
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- Second Doctor
- Jamie McCrimmon
- Victoria Waterfield
- Pretty Boy
- The Operaki Papul Gallaki, or OPG, were a Jenggel group fighting against Indoni rule on the island of Papul.
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- The Doctor notes that the TARDIS' arrival on a tropical beach is a refreshing change. (TV: The Ice Warriors)