Speed of Flight was the twenty-seventh novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by Paul Leonard and featured the Third Doctor, Jo Grant and Mike Yates. The novel is notable for featuring Yates's apparent death, until being restored to life by the Doctor.

Publisher's summary Edit

"Those who are intelligent, strong and virtuous are promoted. The stupid, the weak and the unworthy will die. How else is it possible for the world to make progress?"

The TARDIS lands on Nooma, a world in the middle of an industrial revolution. But the Third Doctor, Jo and Mike Yates quickly discover that there is no limit to the upheaval. The sky is alive, and at war with the ground. The continents are on the move, competing for a place under the sun. And somewhere, there is a starship...

Mike finds himself committed to a fight where his only option is to kill or be killed. Jo is caught in a workers' revolt. And the Doctor must find out what is really happening to Nooma before the struggle for survival kills the world and everyone on it.

Plot Edit

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Characters Edit

Noomans Edit

References Edit

Individuals Edit

  • Sergeants Benton and Bell set up Jo and Mike on a blind date.

Literature Edit

Planets Edit

  • Karfel is located in the same galactic cluster as Earth. The height of its civilisation is twenty thousand years after Jo's time.

Vehicles Edit

Notes Edit

  • The title is likely a pun on the term "speed of light".
  • The name of the planet (Nooma) is never given in the text, only on the back cover.
  • AHistory dates the story to 22,000, apparently assuming that the Doctor's attempt to visit Karfel succeeded, only getting the planet wrong.

Continuity Edit

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