The Blood Cell
“Release The Doctor — or the killing will start.”
An asteroid in the furthest reaches of space — the most secure prison for the most dangerous of criminals. The Governor is responsible for the worst fraudsters and the cruellest murderers. So he’s certainly not impressed by the arrival of the man they’re calling the most dangerous criminal in the quadrant. Or, as he prefers to be known, The Doctor.
What does impress the Governor is the way the new prisoner immediately sets about trying to escape. And keeps trying. Finally, he sends for The Doctor and asks him why? But the answer surprises even the Governor. And then there’s the threat — unless the Governor listens to The Doctor, a lot of people will die.
Who is The Doctor and what’s he really doing here? Why does he want to help the Governor? And who is the young woman who comes every day to visit him, only to be turned away by the guards?
When the killing finally starts, the Governor begins to get his answers
- The Blood Cell is one of three Twelfth Doctor novels published in September 2014.
- The Doctor once made balloon animals for Clara’s class. Whether it was his current or previous incarnation is not commented upon. If the current incarnation, then this would place this story after the events of The Caretaker where the Twelfth Doctor makes himself known at the school for the first time (albeit under an alias).
- Clara asks The Doctor if he can regenerate from his broken toe injury. The Doctor responds on the positive, but chides it as a waste. Previously, regeneration energy was used to heal River Song’s broken wrist in The Angels Take Manhattan.
- The Doctor says if the Governor hadn’t destroyed Clara’s mobile phone he would have used it to show him how annoying Candy Crush was.
- The Doctor states that the Dalek Emperor is nothing compared to an average mobile phone salesperson.
- The Doctor and Clara refer to the TARDIS initial dislike of Clara, and how the ship mostly tolerates her now. (The Rings of Akhaten, Hide, Clara and the TARDIS, The Day of the Doctor)
- The Doctor alludes to his previous guilt of destroying Gallifrey. (The Day of the Doctor)