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Matrix was the sixteenth novel in the BBC Past Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Robert Perry and Mike Tucker, released 5 October 1998 and featured the Seventh Doctor, Ace and the Valeyard. It also features alternate versions of Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright.

The novel is notable for depicting what could be the demise of the Valeyard.

Publisher's summary[]

"I won't fight you."

"Oh, but you will." The voice twisted and cracked. Fury and madness tore through it. "You will fight me, Doctor!"

The Doctor is on the run from a faceless enemy that knows his every thought and move. He flees to his past, planning to leave Ace in safe hands in order to fight on alone. But his enemy has other plans, and the Doctor's history no longer exists.

The TARDIS is finally drawn to London in the winter of 1888, where the Doctor and Ace discover a dark secret from Gallifrey's past, and the name of their unseen opponent. It is Jack the Ripper.


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Foods and beverages[]

  • The amnesiac Doctor drinks beer but gets little effect from it.

The Doctor[]


Story notes[]

  • Perry and Tucker originally pitched this novel for the Virgin New Adventures.
  • This story is a sequel to the television story The Trial of a Time Lord.
  • The comic story Ripper's Curse and TV episode A Good Man Goes to War provide different accounts for Jack the Ripper (although these can be reconciled as Ripper's Curse takes place after the universe was reset on two separate occasions and Good Man Goes to War may feature Vastra killing the wrong suspect).
  • Numerous clues to the identity of Joseph Liebermann strongly imply that he is the Wandering Jew, an immortal with Biblical connections. These include his statement that he is 1900 years old, his presence in Rome at the time of Jesus' crucifixion, and his use of the alias 'John Buttadeus'. However this is never confirmed, nor is any in-universe explanation for his immortality given.


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