Upon returning, the Doctor finds that the TARDIS has slipped hundreds of years into the future – and that something has gone badly wrong. The Loba are now slaves, serving human zealots who worship a godlike figure known as The Good Doctor.
It's time for the Doctor to face up to the consequences of her last visit. With Lobos on the brink of catastrophe, will she be able to make things right?
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- Thirteenth Doctor
- Graham O'Brien
- Yasmin Khan
- Ryan Sinclair
- High Priest Mykados
- Brother Tempika
- Father Ornid
- Father Kyos
- Bemus Belen
- Captain Makris
- Brother Glezos
- Brother Alexis
- Brother Panos
- Brother Takis
- Brother Lazar
- Sergeant Barlos
- Mother Capinella
- Sister Lalla
- General Orryx
- Captain Brun
- Alex Blaine
- During his travels with the Doctor, Ryan has seen singing waterfalls made of pink crystals, a unicorn sanctuary on a lost moon, and the Big Bang.
- Yasmin had a best friend Poppy Hillman until Taylor Grant called Yaz an "Islamist terrorist" nearly ten years earlier when they got to high school.
- Graham is keen to watch Pointless.
- The Doctor makes a reference to Graham looking similar to "the man from that game show".
- The Doctor suggests they visit Vienna in 1967 to see the Eurovision, noting that it was the year that Sandie Shaw won.
- Ryan's gran used to tell him the fable The Lion and the Mouse. He reflects that Tromos' and his situation resembles the fable and struggles to recall how it ended.
- Graham is reminded of the lyrics of the song "War".
Food and drink
- The Doctor likes Yorkshire Tea.
- The Doctor dislikes olives almost as much as anything else.
- Graham and Yaz mention fish and chips; Graham had been to a chip shop called The Codfather, and another called the Daily Catch.
- This was the first full-length novel to focus on the Thirteenth Doctor in a significant role.
- Despite being officially released on 25 October 2018, this novel was available to some in various shops several days before release.
- A short description of all three novels accompanying Series 11 was published in DWM 531, p. 80. Juno Dawson described the novel as being "about the difference between faith and religion and the dangers of absolute certainty".
- The book had been commissioned by Stephen Cole and written before Series 11 began airing. The only information available to the authors was a character crib sheet, script extracts from The Woman Who Fell to Earth and some images.
- The book received a preview on the official Doctor Who Wattpad account, along with Combat Magicks.
- Yasmin mentions attending Redlands. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth)
- The Doctor notes that she was allowed to go anywhere she wanted in her previous body. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth)
- Ryan's dyspraxia is referred to. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth, The Ghost Monument)
- Both Graham and Ryan mention Grace. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth)
- Yaz notes that no matter where she goes, history appears to be built on the bones of slavery. (TV: Rosa)
- The Doctor uses an Urbankan drone from the TARDIS to broadcast signal to the whole Lobos. (TV: Four to Doomsday)
- The Doctor recalls being on Peladon and participating in a ceremonial fight. (TV: The Curse of Peladon)
- Yaz was called an "Islamist terrorist" by Taylor Grant when she began high school. She previously mentioned being called a "terrorist" on her way home from mosque. (TV: Rosa)
- The Doctor claims that she's over two thousand years old. (TV: The Time of the Doctor, Deep Breath, Thin Ice)
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Editions published outside Britain
- Published in Italy by Armenia in 2019 as a paperback edition.
- Published in China by New Star Press in 2020 as a paperback edition.
- Published in Russia by AST in 2020 as a hardback edition.
- This novel was released as an audiobook on 25 October 2018 complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Clare Corbett.