The Dark Path was the thirty-second novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by David A. McIntee and featured the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield. This novel features one of the earliest encounters with the Master and the Doctor, greatly expanding on their personal histories on Gallifrey.
Publisher's summary Edit
Darkheart: a faded neutron star surrounded by dead planets. But there is life on one of these icy rocks — the last enclave of the Earth Empire, frozen in the image of another time. As the rest of the galaxy enjoys the fruits of the fledgling Federation, these isolated imperials, bound to obey a forgotten ideal, harbour a dark obsession.
The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive to find that the Federation has at last come to reintegrate this lost colony, whether they like it or not. But all is not well in the Federation camp: relations and allegiances are changing. The fierce Veltrochni — angered by the murder of their kinsmen — have an entirely different agenda. And someone else is manipulating the mission for his own mysterious reasons — another time traveller, a suave and assured master of his work.
The Doctor must uncover the terrible secret which brought the Empire to this desolate sector, and find the source of the strange power maintaining their society. But can a Time Lord, facing the ultimate temptation, control his own desires?
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- Second Doctor
- Jamie McCrimmon
- Victoria Waterfield
- Gillian Sherwin
- Vernon Terrell
- Viscount Gothard
- Pack-Mother Brokhyth
- Lieutenant Clark
- Mei Quan
- Chief Engineer Ipthiss
- Surgeon Hathaway
- Adjudicator Matthews
- Adjudicator Hiller
- Captain Colley
- Adjudicator Paxton
- Victoria is trying to get Jamie to read Robinson Crusoe.
The Doctor Edit
- The Doctor is recognised as a Noble of Draconia.
- At first, the Doctor is frightened Koschei, despite being an old friend, is looking for him under the direction of the Time Lords.
The Master Edit
- Koschei persuades Terrell to use the Darkheart to destroy Terileptus (home planet of the Terileptils).
- Koschei uses hypnotism to convince some of the crew he and Ailla have been onboard the Piri Reis all along.
- The Federation succeeded the Earth Empire.
- The Adjudicators on the planet Darkheart still believe in the superiority of Earth and humanity.
- The Adjudicator's Lodge contains murals depicting the conquering of Solos and the destruction of Mondas; Terrell is also working on one depicting the triumph over the Cybermen with the glittergun.
- The Adjudicators have access to logs from the Britannicus Ice Base, showing the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria.
- Koschei has visited the Skonnon Empire.
- The Rimworld Alliance existed during the Earth Empire.
- The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria have just departed Vortis.
- Darkheart is the location of a device constructed by Chronovores to heal their young and sick. It is actually a hollow bubble made from neutron star material connected to the star by a dimensional bridge
- Koschei shows Victoria Skaro prior to the period when the Daleks developed space travel.
- In a bid to prevent Ailla from being killed in the first place before he learns the truth, Koschei shows Terrell how to focus a blast of temporal energy from the Darkheart and the Imperials use it to destroy Terileptus.
- Koschei compares the pyramid on Darkheart to be similar to the ones on Phaester Osiris.
- Victoria gets hypnotised by Koschei, initially playing on the idea that destroying a planet is not always a crime by referencing the possibility that he could do this to the Daleks.
- The Veltrochni previously triumphed against the Tzun confederacy. Many of them took to the stars to become nomads to escape the Earth Empire so they wouldn't have history repeated.
- The Doctor refers to the Animus as Lloigor.
- Sherwin wishes there was a mentiad on board her ship.
- Epilira is an Alpha Centauran who was a cultural advisor on the ship Piri Reis.
- Victoria distantly observes the early Daleks in the Dalek City.
- There is a mural in the Empire's colony depicting the conquest of the Solonian "mutts."
- The Federation ship has a culturally diverse crew - humans, a Draconian, a number of Terileptils and an Alpha Centauran among others.
- Koschei's TARDIS is a Type 45 with user definable macros for easy navigation.
- The Doctor can use Koschei's TARDIS to remotely control his.
- The time path indicator in the Doctor's TARDIS detects Koschei's TARDIS following them.
- Both the Doctor's TARDIS and Koschei's TARDIS detect time distortion created by the Darkheart.
- Koschei deletes Ailla's rooms in his TARDIS after encountering her new incarnation.
- Ailla tells Victoria the Doctor's TARDIS is a less advanced one than the ship used by Koschei.
- The Darkheart is the technology of the Chronovores. It focuses time energy on any area the creatures needed to heal.
- The Imperials have found the Darkheart and have learnt it can manipulate morphic fields, and have used it to become immortal.
Theories and concepts Edit
- Koschei considers the Blinovitch Limitation Effect while pondering saving Ailla's life.
Time Lords Edit
- Ailla regenerates after being hit with a disrupter fired by Koschei by accdent.
- As part of her cover, Ailla met Koschei on Earth in the 28th century. He saved her life.
- The newly regenerated Ailla tries to arrest the Doctor on behalf of the Time Lords, but he manages to escape.
- Ailla tells the Doctor the Time Lords want his TARDIS back.
Transport technology Edit
- "Telefrag" is a Marine Corps term for transmatting somebody into the exact same coordinates as somebody else (the result is "splat").
- The Doctor reprograms a transmat used for recycling to board an Imperial ship.
- The story takes place between The Web of Fear and Fury from the Deep, and follows on from Twilight of the Gods.
- While the publisher's summary mentions "Time Lord", the text of the novel does not. This preserves the inner continuity of the first mention of the name in the television story The War Games.
- This is one of the few stories to depict the Second Doctor in his own story with the Master.
- Scenes cut from the novel were published in the charity anthology Perfect Timing.
- Victoria briefly observes the Daleks in their city, marking the only appearance of the Daleks in the Virgin Missing Adventures.
- "Koschei" is a traditional name for male antagonists in Slavic mythology.
- The Doctor, Victoria and Jamie on separate occasions mention seeing the "final end" of the Daleks in TV: The Evil of the Daleks.
- When the Doctor learns that the Master is present, he automatically assumes that he is hunting him on behalf of the Time Lords. (TV: The War Games)
- The Doctor states that they "...don't want to crash into the other time machine...," something that he would later do in his fifth and tenth incarnations, at the same time. (TV: Time Crash)
- The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria have just left Vortis. (PROSE: Twilight of the Gods)
- Victoria compares the temperature outside to that of Tibet. (TV: The Abominable Snowmen)
- The Darkheart has the ability to make humans immortal and alter DNA, similar to the Miracle. (TV: Miracle Day)
- When Jamie asks Hakkauth if he can really shape shift, he says that it is only a hologram and says, "I am no shapeshifter like the Rutan..." (TV: The Time Warrior, TV: Horror of Fang Rock)
- The Tzun first appeared (and the Veltrochni were mentioned) in PROSE: First Frontier.
- The fall of the Earth Empire occurred in PROSE: So Vile a Sin.
- The incident the Doctor mentions with the time path indicator and the Daleks was TV: The Chase.
- The time path indicator is used again in PROSE: Timewyrm: Genesys when the Seventh Doctor and Ace use it to track the Timewyrm.
- An alternate version of Koschei appears in PROSE: The Face of the Enemy. He and the alternate version of Ailla were captured by Republican Security Force after they had dealt with that universe's version of the Great Intelligence, and Ailla and Koschei were both tortured. Ailla died but Koschei lived, and the RSF tortured him as he kept regenerating.
- Prior to attempting to merge his TARDIS with the Darkheart, Koschei tears out the recall circuit. (TV: Arc of Infinity). Koschei also deletes Ailla's rooms. (TV: Castrovalva)
- Ailla works for the CIA and knows of the Doctor. She tells him he has to return the TARDIS to Gallifrey. (TV: The War Games)
- After seeing all the death and destruction, Victoria decides to leave the TARDIS the next time they land on Earth. (TV: Fury from the Deep)
- This is Jamie's first experience using transmat. (TV: The Seeds of Death)
- Ben and Polly told Jamie about the Doctor's regeneration, but Jamie assumed they were joking until he witnesses Ailla's change. (TV: The Tenth Planet)
- The Sons of Earth are still active at this time. (TV: The Power of Kroll)
- Jamie refers to Edward Waterfield and Theodore Maxtible (TV: The Evil of the Daleks), the Cybermen (TV: The Moonbase, The Tomb of the Cybermen) and the Yeti (TV: The Abominable Snowmen, The Web of Fear).
- Victoria recalls the Doctor telling her about his family. (TV: The Tomb of the Cybermen)
- The Darkheart colony has files of the Doctor's encounter with the Ice Warriors on Brittanicus Base in their database. (TV: The Ice Warriors)
- Terrell comments that the Cybermen often ally themselves with human traitors in order to aide their infiltration plots. (TV: The Invasion, Revenge of the Cybermen, Earthshock)
- The Adjudication Lodge contains murals depicting the conquest of Solos (TV: The Mutants) and the destruction of Mondas in December 1986 (TV: The Tenth Planet).
- Terrell is in the process of painting a mural depicting the successful use of a glittergun against the Cybermen aboard the Nerva Beacon in the 29th century. (TV: Revenge of the Cybermen)
- The Doctor and Sherwin discuss the Earth Empire's expedition to Avalon. (PROSE: The Sorcerer's Apprentice)
- Despite the Second Doctor not immediately recognising "Koschei" to be the Master in this novel, in PROSE: Divided Loyalties, the Fifth Doctor has a nightmare under the influence of the Celestial Toymaker where the Master's name at the Academy was Koschei.