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Invasion of the Cat-People was the thirteenth novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by Gary Russell and featured the Second Doctor, Ben Jackson and Polly Wright.

Publisher's summary[]

"Explode the buoys? But that will destroy the Earth!"
"Oh dear, so it will. Pass on my apologies to the humans, won't you?"

Earth has been invaded. Twice. Thousands of years ago by a race searching for a new power source. More recently by the galactic marauders known as the Cat-People, who intend to continue the work done by the earlier visitors, with devastating results.

The recently regenerated Doctor, along with companions Ben and Polly, teams up with a group of amateur ghost-hunters and a mysterious white witch on a journey that takes them from twentieth-century Cumbria to the Arabian deserts of folklore and Australia 40,000 years in the past. Can the Doctor stop the invaders and disarm the bombs left buried beneath the planet's surface — or have the ancient Aborigines of Australia sung the seeds of their own destruction?


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In brackets are the names Gary Russell lists as his preferred casting choices for if Invasion of the Cat-People had hypothetically been a TV story, and how he envisions each character's appearance. Not every character is assigned an actor.

TARDIS crew[]



Professors and students[]

People from Baghdad[]



Fashion and clothing[]

  • Ben finds clothes in the TARDIS wardrobe which have pockets that are bigger on the inside, much like the Doctor's own coat pockets.



  • The Doctor's regeneration caused the TARDIS to regenerate to some extent, shrinking fifteen centimetres. The Doctor tells Ben that it will continue to shrink into his fourth incarnation. The Doctor ties a knot in his hanky to remind himself to see about rectifiying the problem.

Time Lords[]

  • Magnus (later known as the War Chief) was unconcerned about wasting regenerations and never listened to the Doctor, who advised him not to waste them.


  • The Doctor suggests that a Cat-Person could be one of the Kzinti warriors.



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