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The Slow Empire was the forty-seventh novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Dave Stone, released 2 July 2001 and featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Anji Kapoor.

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Enter, with the Doctor, Anji and Fitz, an Empire where the laws of physics are quite preposterous — nothing can travel faster than the speed of light and time travel is impossible.

A thousand worlds, each believing they are the Centre, each under a malign control of which they themselves are completely unaware.

As the only beings able to travel between the worlds instantaneously, the Doctor and his friends must piece together the Imperial puzzle and decide what should be done. The soldiers of the Ambassadorial Corps are always, somehow, hard on their heels. Their own minds are busily fragmenting under metatemporal stresses. And their only allies are a man who might not be quite what he seems (and says so at great length) and a creature we shall merely call... the Collector.


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  • The Doctor finds in the TARDIS a yellow umbrella.

Popular culture[]


  • During her virtual reality experience in the Cyberdyne, Anji is saved by a stranger, described as a "dapper, sardonic-looking man dressed in a pristine dinner suit" with "jet-black hair" slicked with oil. This could be the first reference to Sabbath, whose ship Jonah was piloted by babewyns, matching the reference to his carnivorous "pets". Alternately, it could be seen to resemble the Man with the Rosette. Both characters would officially debut a few months later in The Adventuress of Henrietta Street.


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