Downtime, by Marc Platt, was a novelisation of the independent film Downtime, released as the eighteenth book of the Virgin Missing Adventures line. It was the second of two novelisations published under the line; the other, The Ghosts of N-Space, was a novelisation of a BBC Radio Drama. This release was also the second spin-off based story to be released by Virgin Books. The other was the novel Shakedown, which was in part a novelisation/tie-in to Reeltime Pictures' Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans.
Publisher's summary Edit
- Across the room, in a high-backed leather chair, Victoria saw the old man from the reading room. His face was curiously young for someone so long dead.
Now it seems that his fears are justified. In a Tibetan monastery, the monks display unearthly powers — UNIT are investigating. A new university has opened in London with a secret agenda that may threaten the whole country. Victoria, abandoned in an age very different from her own, and haunted by visions of a father she refuses to believe is dead, is slipping into despair and madness. But are the visions which plague her really hallucinations? Or has the Great Intelligence once again made Earth its target for invasion?
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- Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
- Victoria Waterfield
- Sarah Jane Smith
- Kate Lethbridge-Stewart
- Gordon James Lethbridge-Stewart
- Daniel Hinton
- Ex-Flight Sergeant "Harrods" Haroldson
- Professor Edward Travers
- Captain Douglas Cavendish
- Brigadier Charles Crichton
- Christopher Rice
- Roxana Cywynski
- Abbot Thonmi
- The third and fourth incarnations of the Doctor each visited Victoria, offering to take her travelling with them.
- Victoria's mother Edith Waterfield died on 23 November 1863.
- This story is the only Virgin Missing Adventures release in which the Doctor does not appear prominently, itself stemming from a production that was meant to focus almost exclusively on the Doctor's associates.
- The book features a foreword by Keith Barnfather, and also contains an eight-page photo section featuring stills from the film, which are reproduced in black and white.
- The Brigadier tells Sarah Jane Smith to quote the codes NN and QQ when she contacts UNIT H.Q., which are in real life the production codes for the television stories The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear respectively.
- This story continues the events of the television story The Web of Fear and concludes the "Yeti trilogy" which began with the television story The Abominable Snowmen.
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Deviations from the televised story Edit
- Victoria's visit to Tibet is expanded upon.
- An original scene features Sarah confronting a Yeti in the zoo.
- A scene features a baby Yeti biting Margaret Thatcher.