Publisher's summary Edit
He took up a firing stance, holding the thirty-eight out in front of him. "Mr Lennon?" he said.
- 1968: Cristian Alvarez meets the Seventh Doctor in London.
- 1978: The great temple of the Aztecs is discovered in Mexico.
- 1980: John Lennon is murdered in New York.
- 1994: A gunman runs amok in Mexico City.
Each time, Cristian is there. Each time, he experiences the Blue, a traumatic psychic shock. Only the Doctor can help him – but the Doctor has problems of his own. Following the events of Blood Heat and the Dimension Riders, the Doctor knows that someone or something has been tinkering with time. Now he finds that events in his own past have been altered – and a lethal force from South America's prehistory has been released.
The Doctor, Ace and Bernice travel to the Aztec Empire in 1487, to London in the Swinging Sixties, and to the sinking of the Titanic as they attempt to rectify the temporal faults -- and survive the attacks of the living god Huitzilin.
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- The Seventh Doctor
- Bernice Summerfield
- Cristián Xochitl Alvarez
- Professor Lawrence Fitzgerald
- Ce Xochitl
- Feliciano Nahualli
- Lt. Hamlet Macbeth
- Sir Charles
- John Lennon
- Yoko Ono
- The Doctor, Benny and Ace were holidaying in Switzerland in 2030 prior to receiving the message from Christian.
- The Doctor and companions follow Huitzilin to the Titanic.
- Huitzilopochtli is pronounced Weet-Zeelo-Potch-Tlee.
Communications technology Edit
Cultural references from the real world Edit
- Upon first viewing Star Trek: The Next Generation, Bernice mistakes it for a documentary.
- Benny compares how they received Christian's note to Back to the Future.
- "Chilango" is Mexican slang for the city dwellers of Mexico City.
The Doctor Edit
- The Aztecs call the Doctor a 'Midwife' - healer, curer.
- Upon arriving in 1968, the Doctor suggests they visit Woodstock. Two of his earlier incarnations are there.
Drugs and medicines Edit
- The Doctor eats psilocybe mexicana mushrooms, which enhance his telepathic abilities.
- The Doctor has three lumps of LSD-spiked sugar in 1968.
- Through drugs and alcohol the gods can make paths into the world: "The cactus wine, the morning glory seed, the mushrooms - they are the causeways along which Huitzilopochtli can journey into Tenochtitlan."
- Achtli, a novice priest, dies from taking the magic mushrooms that allow some people to see the Blue.
Fashion and clothing Edit
Foods and beverages Edit
- Benny still does not trust the Doctor.
- Cristián was known as "Cris" in 1968.
- Professor Lawrence Fitzgerald knows the Doctor.
- Ace rescues a slave, Iccauhtli, who was to be sacrificed. He dies after he and Ace get into a fight with some warriors. He drowns in a canal after a warrior splits his rib cage open.
- Ce Xochitl is a judge and Iccauhtli's father.
Psychic powers Edit
- Ace recalls Saul and the natural way the psychic energy pooled to create him.
- When the casing of a Dalek shatters, it sounds like chips in hot oil, according to Ace.
- Ace gets hit by a telepathic bomb.
- After a telepathic event attacks her, Bernice attacks someone with a frying pan.
- The Doctor fixes the chameleon circuit in his adopted TARDIS from the alternate universe where he died.
- The Doctor meditates beside the pool while Ace goes swimming. The Doctor had to jettison the original pool when it began to leak into the co-ordinate circuits.
United Nations Intelligence Taskforce Edit
- Lt. Hamlet Macbeth was part of UNIT. He created the Paranormal Division.
- Bernice calls in Hamlet Macbeth, who brings UNIT when the Doctor becomes infested by Huitzilin.
- By 1994, Mike Yates does not speak to anyone, shunning reporters.
- Corporal Carol Bell was promoted to Captain, but was brain damaged in a car accident.
- Harry Sullivan had made a nurse sign Herbert Clegg's death certificate as heart attack.
- Kate Orman was the first, and ultimately the only, woman to write an original full-length novel for either of Virgin's post-series lines; she would write or co-write several more books in the New Adventures series up to 1997.
- Interlude 3 is written from Bernice's diary.
- A prelude to this novel was published in DWM 207.
- Barbara Wright's attempt to change history whilst visiting the Aztec period with the First Doctor is mentioned several times. (TV: The Aztecs)
- Corporal Bell appeared in TV: The Mind of Evil and The Claws of Axos.
- Ace contacts Air Commodore Ian Gilmore in an attempt to get clearance to get the Doctor out of the UNIT facility. Gilmore first appeared in TV: Remembrance of the Daleks.
- The Doctor gets put on a gurney and wheeled into a morgue with "John Doe" on his toe tag, exactly what would occur to him in the circumstances of his death. (TV: Doctor Who)
- The Doctor mentions visiting Woodstock and that at least two of him are there already. One is the Second Doctor. (PROSE: Wonderland)
- Herbert Clegg died in TV: Planet of the Spiders.
- The Doctor refers to the trio's recent encounters with the Garvond and Silurians. (PROSE: The Dimension Riders and Blood Heat respectively)
- Exxilons previously appeared in TV: Death to the Daleks.
- Corporal Bell also appears in PROSE: The Face of the Enemy.
- The BBC science fiction series Nightshade is being repeated on BBC2 in December 1968. (PROSE: Nightshade)
- During a conversation about vampires, the Doctor refers to the Mara and the Fendahl.
- Ace asks the Doctor if this could be another example of Ishtar mucking around with history. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Genesys et al)
- Prelude to The Left-Handed Hummingbird as published in DWM #207
- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Left-Handed Hummingbird at The Whoniverse
- The Cloister Library: The Left-Handed Hummingbird
- Hatching the Hummingbird by Kate Orman (Article) - TSV 35
- The Care and Feeding of the Hummingbird by Kate Orman (Article) - TSV 39