The Scales of Injustice, later reprinted as Scales of Injustice, was the twenty-fourth novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by Gary Russell and featured the Third Doctor, Liz Shaw and Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. This novel features Liz's departure from UNIT and the arrival of Mike Yates, reporting for duty. Yates saw his promotion to captain following the events of this story. Further developments in other Doctor Who media would contradict the events of this story.
Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]
1996 Virgin Books edition[edit | edit source]
- "And what exactly, Doctor Shaw, do you think C19 does with the dead bodies of plastic dummies, reptile men, primordial throwbacks and all their human victims?"
A little boy goes missing; a policewoman begins drawing cave paintings; and the employees at the mysterious Glasshouse are desperate to keep everyone away — the Doctor suspects it's all down to a group of homo reptilia. His assistant, Liz Shaw, has ideas of her own and has teamed up with a journalist to search for people who don't exist.
2014 BBC Books edition[edit | edit source]
When a boy goes missing and a policewoman starts drawing cave paintings, the Doctor suspects the Silurians are back. With the Brigadier distracted by questions about UNIT funding and problems at home, the Doctor swears his assistant Liz Shaw to secrecy and investigates alone.
But Liz has enquiries of her own, teaming up with a journalist to track down people who don't exist. What is the mysterious Glasshouse, and why is it so secret?
As the Silurians wake from their ancient slumber, the Doctor, Liz and the Brigadier are caught up in a conspiracy to exploit UNIT's achievements — a conspiracy that reaches deep into the heart of the British Government.
Plot[edit | edit source]
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Characters[edit | edit source]
- Third Doctor
- Liz Shaw
- The Pale Man
- Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
- Mike Yates
- Sergeant John Benton
- Sir John Sudbury
- Sir Marmaduke Harrington-Smythe
- Dr Peter Morley
- Major General Scobie
- Corporal Carol Bell
- Marc Marshall
- Barbara Redworth
- Robert Lines
- Fiona Lethbridge-Stewart
- Kate Lethbridge-Stewart
- Auggi D'jo
- Baal D'jo
- Jana Kristan
- Maisie Hawke
- Private Boyle
- Mr Campbell
- Justin Grayson
- Grant Traynor
- Jim Griffin
- Dick Atkinson
- Cathryn Wildeman
- WPC Patricia Haggard
- Clive Fortescue
- Alan Morton
- Michael Wagstaffe
- Corbett Woodall
- Alan Marshall
- Sarah Marshall
- Maya der Voort
- Dr Moore
- Corporal Tom Osgood
- Corporal Jack Tracy
- Corporal Steve Champion
- Private Farley
- Private Shipman
- PC Harry Attrill
- Andrew Montrose
- Tobias Vaughn
References[edit | edit source]
Individuals[edit | edit source]
- The Pale Man was modified with Cyberman technology. The Pale Man was originally an employee of International Electromatics before the Cybermen experimented on the human form.
- The Irish Twins were modified with Auton technology.
- The Stalker was created by injecting a Doberman with Stahlman's ooze.
- Sir John Sudbury and C19 control UNIT's budget in Britain.
- The Brigadier and his wife Fiona married eight years ago. Their daughter, Kate, is five years old. He and his wife are nearing divorce.
- Liz joined UNIT the previous October.
- Liz's landlady is Mrs Longhurst.
- Thomas Reynold was killed by the Silurians. His body was found by PC Stuart Halton.
- Tommy Taftitti is a janitor at Hastings General Hospital.
- John and Sheila Lawson are the owners of the Bayview Guest House.
- The Doctor, Sir John Sudbury and Lord Rowlands play bridge at the Pemburton club.
- Morley knew John Quinn and calls him "old Scotty".
Locations[edit | edit source]
- The C19 Vault contains WOTAN, the lower half of an Imperial Dalek, Nestene energy units, the Silurian virus and Cyber weapons, as well as the frozen bodies of Melvin Krimpton, Stephen Weams, George Ratcliffe, George Hibbert and Mark Gregory.
- There is a nuclear power station located in Dungeness.
- The Doctor stays at the Sandybeach Hotel.
- Sir John Sudbury is the MP for Woodhaven.
Species[edit | edit source]
- A Myrka is used by the Silurians.
Planets[edit | edit source]
Pets[edit | edit source]
- Two guinea pigs, John-Paul and Ringo-George, were given to Liz by a friend at Cambridge when she moved to London.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The chapters are referred to as "Episodes".
- This story was released as an ebook on the BBC website in 2006, with the book remaining on the BBC's site until 2009.
- This novel was reprinted and released as an ebook on Kindle by BBC Books on 6 March 2014 as The Monster Collection Edition.
- This story retroactively fixes some of the apparent inconsistencies of the television story Warriors of the Deep. Specifically, this story explains how the Doctor knows Icthar and how he knows of the Triad and the Myrka.
- As in Warriors of the Deep, Sea Devils are called that by the Silurians. This novel makes it clear that their full name is Sea Devil Warriors and they are a caste as much as a sub-species.
- C19 and Sir John Sudbury are mentioned on-screen only in the television story Time-Flight. C19 was also explored more fully in the novel Who Killed Kennedy.
- The Myrka, which first appeared on screen in the television story Warriors of the Deep, is used by the Silurians in this story.
Continuity[edit | edit source]
- The "Older Silurian", "Younger Silurian", and "Silurian Scientist" of TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians are here named respectively Okdel L'da, Morka and Bokka K'to.
- Sir John Sudbury mentions Sir James Quinlan's death. (TV: The Ambassadors of Death)
- The Doctor mentions using steady state micro welding to repair the TARDIS' dematerialisation circuit. (TV: Terror of the Autons)
- Sir Marmaduke shows Morley a UNIT file containing information on Major Norman Baker, Dr Charles Lawrence, Doris Squire, Edward Masters and Phyllis Dawson. (TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians)
- Captain James Munro has left UNIT to go back to the regular army. (TV: Spearhead from Space)
- Captain Jimmy Turner has married Isobel Watkins and been promoted to Major. (TV: The Invasion)
- Corporal Nutting once interrupted one of the Doctor's experiments involving non-moving air molecules. (TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians)
- Captain Walters is in charge of the UNIT hangar which was the temporary UNIT HQ during the Cyberman invasion. (TV: The Invasion)
- It was Air Commodore Ian Gilmore who suggested Lethbridge-Stewart, then a colonel, for the commander of the British branch of UNIT. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks) Lethbridge-Stewart reflects on how his life changed after meeting with him. (PROSE: The Dogs of War)
- The Doctor has told Liz about the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Zarbi (TV: The Web Planet) and the Drahvins. (TV: Galaxy 4) He has also mentioned Magnus Greel. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang)
- Professor Rachel Jensen suggested recruiting her University of Cambridge protégés Allison Williams, (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks) Ruth Ingram (TV: The Time Monster) and Anne Travers (TV: The Web of Fear) to the Intrusion Counter-Measures Group.
- Rachel mentions Dr Judson and the ULTIMA machine, which was stored at a British Army base in Maiden's Point in 1943. Later in his personal timeline, specifically during his seventh incarnation, the Doctor and his companion Ace would visit Maiden's Point that year and defeat the ancient sentient force Fenric, who had taken possession of Judson's body. (TV: The Curse of Fenric)
- Corporal Maisie Hawke mentions that she has sent a Nestene energy unit to the National Space Museum. (TV: Terror of the Autons)
- The pale young man tells the Doctor that the Vault contains two Cyber-guns, (TV: The Invasion) Nestene energy units (TV: Spearhead from Space) and phials of the Silurian plague. (TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians) It also contains Mars Probe 6, which Sir Marmaduke recognises. (TV: The Ambassadors of Death)
- The Doctor does not recognise what the pale young man describes as one of the Vault's first trophies: "the lower half of a cream-coloured Dalek, stained with green and pitted with bullet holes." The Doctor notes that he has never seen a Dalek of that configuration before, least of all on 20th century Earth. It was obtained by the ICMG in the aftermath of the Shoreditch Incident in November 1963. Later in his personal timeline, the Seventh Doctor and Ace would be present for that event. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)
- Tobias Vaughn (TV: The Invasion), secretly still alive (PROSE: Original Sin), is ultimately behind the conspiracy within C19.
Illustrations[edit | edit source]
The e-book version published by the BBC on their website included several illustrations by Daryl Joyce. Titles of illustrations are as they were on BBC's site.
Alternative covers[edit | edit source]
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- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Scales of Injustice at The Whoniverse
- The Cloister Library: The Scales of Injustice
- Gary Russell's Strange Matter: The Scales of Injustice, notes on the novel by the author via Internet Archive: Wayback Machine