- You may be looking for Ghost Machine.
Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]
In the evening, when the sky was the colour of burnt umber, the factories crawled down the continental shelf to drink.
The Spire is an inhuman artefact, a construction almost three hundred miles high. But it is more than just a big dumb object. Those close to it can look into the future — a future which is going to be arriving sooner than they think, and which is as bad as can be.
In the here and now, Professor Bernice Summerfield, doyenne of twenty-sixth century archaeology and seedy space-port bars, is used to seeing strange things in her rooms. So it takes the unexpected arrival of an angel to get her away from increasingly desperate professional deadlines and off to investigate one of the seven hundred and seventy-six wonders of the galaxy.
However, Benny is not the only one interested in the Spire. A mysterious race of weaponsmiths, a mutogenic assassin and a sect of fanatically anti-religious reptiles all have their reasons for learning — or concealing — the structure's secrets. And, as she struggles to unlock this ancient mystery, it soon becomes clear that the life of an eccentric professor is of very little consequence indeed.
Plot[edit | edit source]
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Characters[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
Individuals[edit | edit source]
- Bernice is unable to cope with her role in the temporal paradox. She overdoses on tranquilliser pills, but is saved by Clarence.
- Clarence used to be a People ship. Bernice thinks he looks a bit like Keanu Reeves, though naked and with wings.
- Factory 34561239 thinks about excluding pears from its fruit and vegetable section when it hears Bernice state, "Everything's gone pear shaped".
- The Doctor tells Sul Starren he should invest in Telvos and in plough shares on Spindrast Maxima.
Groups[edit | edit source]
- The Grown Not Made Special Interest Group made organic ships for other people.
Objects[edit | edit source]
Planets[edit | edit source]
Time travel[edit | edit source]
- The Spire is one big time travel device, built by the Vo'lach.
- The Spire cycles through multiple paradoxes before a balance is found between the missiles and destruction.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- This novel shows another permutation of Bernice Summerfield in an alternate universe.
Continuity[edit | edit source]
- Benny agreed to take on assignments for God in PROSE: Oh No It Isn't!.
- The villain Morry is clearly intended to be a descendant of Professor James Moriarty, the nemesis of Sherlock Holmes (and who appeared in PROSE: All-Consuming Fire).
- The name "Watchmakers" was first applied to the Time Lords in PROSE: Christmas on a Rational Planet.
- The Watchmakers' Home Era is undergoing a "new liberalism". (PROSE: Lungbarrow)
[edit | edit source]
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Ghost Devices at The Whoniverse
- The Cloister Library: Ghost Devices
- Doctor Who Bewildering Reference Guide to Ghost Devices, with notes from Simon Bucher-Jones