“Houston – we have a problem.”
An astronaut in full spacesuit appears out of thin air in a busy shopping centre. Maybe it’s a publicity stunt.
A photo shows an immaculately-dressed woman in her best shoes lying dead at the edge of a crater on the dark side of the moon – beside her beloved dog ‘Poochie’. Maybe it’s a hoax.
But as The Doctor and Amy find out, these are just minor events in a sinister plan to take over every human being on earth. The plot centres on a secret military base on the moon – that’s where Amy and the TARDIS are.
The Doctor is back on Earth, and without the TARDIS there’s no way he can get to the moon to save Amy and defeat The aliens.
Or is there? The Doctor discovers one last great secret that could save humanity: Apollo 23.
- Apollo 23 was the 37th book in the BBC New Series Adventures range. It was notable for not just being the first Eleventh Doctor NSA book, but actually the first Eleventh Doctor book to be released. It is also Amy Pond’s first appearance in the NSA series.
It was written by Justin Richards and published on 22 April 2010.
- The Doctor mentions T-Mat, which was an important technology used in the Second Doctor story The Seeds of Death.
- UNIT and Torchwood are mentioned, as well as detailed files regarding the organisation’s dealings with previous incarnations of the Doctor.
- Professor Jackson refers to the “Keller Process” in relation to the “treatments” he’s giving the prisoners (The Mind of Evil).
- The Doctor jokes about being a prisoner on the moon. This occurred in Frontier in Space, when he was imprisoned in a penal colony.
- The spacesuits The Doctor and Amy wear (with large translucent bubble helmets) are similar to those The Doctor and his companionswore in The Moonbase.