Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]
The Chelsea Flower Show - hardly the most exciting or dangerous event in the calendar, or so the Doctor thinks. But this is Chelsea 426, a city-sized future colony floating on the clouds of Saturn, and the flowers are much more than they seem.
They are close to finding the answers when a familiar foe arrives, and the stakes suddenly get much higher. The Sontarans have plans of their own, they're not here to arrange flowers..
Plot[edit | edit source]
to be added
Characters[edit | edit source]
- Tenth Doctor
- Vienna Carstairs
- Jake Carstairs
- Wallace Fitch
- Bess Carstairs
- Brian Carstairs
- Mr Pemberton
- Professor Wilberforce
- Alice Wendell
- Field Marshal Henry Whittington Smythe
- Mr Smalls
- Mr Sedgefield
- General Kade
- Colonel Sarg
- Commander Strom
References[edit | edit source]
- The Rutans and the Sontarans are present.
- According to the Doctor, it is about due for the Third Renaissance".
- The Doctor cannot stand pears.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- This book continues the theme set by the BBC Tenth Doctor Adventures line for 2009, featuring returning monsters from the TV series. It also continues a series of novels in which the Doctor travels without a companion.
- David Llewellyn also wrote the Torchwood novel Trace Memory.
- The title is a reference to the novel and film The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. The number is also reminiscent of the 456, an alien race introduced a few months prior to the book's release in Children of Earth.
- The Doctor asks Vienna, "The city or the song?" The song may be a reference to the Owl City song "Dear Vienna", or the song by Ultravox.
- This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.
Audio release[edit | edit source]
- The story was released as an audiobook on 4x CD read by Christopher Ryan.
Continuity[edit | edit source]
- The Sontarans last appeared on screen in TV: The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky and TV: Enemy of the Bane. They last appeared in print in PROSE: The Sontaran Games.
- The Rutans last appeared on screen in TV: Horror of Fang Rock. To date, this is their only on-screen appearance.
- The events of TV: The Two Doctors and The Time Warrior are mentioned.
- Chelsea 426 was founded by the Interplanetary Mining Corporation. (TV: Colony in Space)
- The Doctor mentions a Krynoid. (TV: The Seeds of Doom)
- While in the TARDIS, Jake plays with the crate of items beginning with C, last seen in TV: The Unicorn and the Wasp. Its contents include an Agatha Christie novel, the Carrionite globe and a Cyberman's chest plate.
- At the end of the novel, the Doctor looks around the empty TARDIS. He also did this before his second meeting with Donna Noble. (TV: Partners in Crime)
- The Doctor says "For one thing I've had my fair share of angry mothers lately" (TV: Aliens of London, The Lazarus Experiment, Partners in Crime)
- The Doctor mentions the Battle of Olympus Mons. (PROSE: Transit)
[edit | edit source]
- Official The Taking of Chelsea 426 page at Penguin Books
- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Taking of Chelsea 426 at The Whoniverse
- The Cloister Library: The Taking of Chelsea 426