Cat’s Cradle Time’s Crucible
“You’re on yourown, Ace.”
The TARDIS is invaded by an alien presence, and is then destroyed. The Doctor disappears.
Ace, lost and alone, finds herself in a bizarre deserted city ruled by the tyrannical, leech-like monster known as the Process.
Lost voyagers drawn forward from Ancient Gallifrey perform obsessive rituals in the ruins.
The strands of time are tangled in a cat’s cradle of dimensions.
Only The Doctor can challenge the rule of the Process and restore the stolen Future.
But The Doctor was destroyed long ago, before Time began.
- Cat’s Cradle Time’s Crucible is the fifth book in the New Adventures series and the first in the Cat’s Cradle sub-trilogy
Ace mentions the Hand of Omega.
Ace can swear in eleven alien languages.
Ace does not like black cats, which were prominent in Survival.
- This is the first time it is suggested that the TARDIS is to be piloted by six people. This was later referenced on screen in Journey’s End.
- This story was adapted from an unproduced television story.
- Time’s Crucible leads directly into Warhead, implying that The Doctor was planning to deal with the Butler Institute after having a meal with
Ace in Ealing before the Process broke into the TARDIS.
- The Doctor is one of forty-five cousins of the House of Lungbarrow.
- The Sisterhood of Karn first appeared in The Brain of Morbius.
- Rassilon created the Looms to save Gallifrey from potential extinction caused by Pythia’s curse of sterility upon Gallifrey.
- Ancient Gallifrey is also seen and described in Interference – Book Two
- Banshee Circuits are what the TARDIS uses to survive when everything else fails. It uses whatever resources are available: people, places, dreams etc.