Made of Steel was a novella written by Terrance Dicks. It was the second Doctor Who Quick Reads release, and is notable for being the first appearance of Martha Jones in any medium. It predated the broadcast of Smith and Jones by a month.
Publisher's summary Edit
A deadly night attack on an army base. Vehicles are destroyed, building burned, soldiers killed. The attackers vanish as swiftly as they came, taking highly advanced equipment with them.
Metal figures attack a shopping mall. But why do they only want a new games console from an ordinary electronics shop? An obscure Government Ministry is blown up — but, in the wreckage, no trace is found of the secret, state-of-the-art decoding equipment.
When the TARDIS returns the Doctor and Martha to Earth from a distant galaxy, they try to piece together the mystery. But someone — or something — is waiting for them. An old enemy stalks the night, men no longer made of flesh...
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- Tenth Doctor
- Martha Jones
- Dexter Hanson
- Major Tom Burton
- Captain Sheila Sarandon
- PC Wilkie
- Rachel Swales
- Cyber leader
- The MegaTech Centre was the biggest and best computer and electronics store in Britain, possibly the world. It stocked everything from PCs to the latest MP3 player.
- Trevor drinks tea and eats cheese and onion sandwiches.
- Martha mentions David Attenborough and Radio 5 Live.
- Martha jokes the Cybermen aren't customers of Teleports R Us.
- The captain compares the stay-behind Cybermen group to the Nazis that called themselves Werewolves after World War II in 1945.
- This was the first BBC Wales-related work to be written by prolific Doctor Who writer Terrance Dicks.
- This is the first time the Cybermen have featured in a prose piece since the beginning of the revived series. They would not appear in text again until Plague of the Cybermen featuring the Eleventh Doctor. The Cybermen had, however, featured in past novels such as Killing Ground, Illegal Alien and Iceberg.
- This novella was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.
- Because this novel refers to the events of Smith and Jones, and The Lazarus Experiment, but was released well before either, it slightly spoiled these episodes. This wasn't the first time prose from Dicks had spoiled a televised story; his novelisation of The Five Doctors was also released in advance of transmission.
- The Torchwood episode Cyberwoman also focuses on the issue of Cybermen left behind after the events of Doomsday.
- Martha met the Doctor when alien forces had invaded and "kidnapped" the Royal Hope Hospital, where she was training. (TV: Smith and Jones)
- Martha's journey of "one trip" became the first of many. (TV: The Shakespeare Code, Gridlock et al.)
- The Cybermen's base in Torchwood One and their exile to the Void is mentioned. (TV: Army of Ghosts/Doomsday)
- The Doctor remembers finding websites dedicated to finding him. (TV: Love & Monsters)
- Martha's cousin Adeola worked at Torchwood and never came home after the Battle of Canary Wharf. The Doctor remembers killing her and several of her colleagues. (TV: Army of Ghosts)
- The military know that the Doctor has a companion, usually a young attractive female. (TV: Army of Ghosts et al.)
- The Doctor uses power from the TARDIS. (TV: Utopia)