The Crooked World
The people of the Crooked World lead an idyllic existence.
Take Streaky Bacon, for example. This jovial farmer wants nothing more from life than a huge blunderbuss, with which he can blast away at his crop-stealing nemesis. And then there’s Angel Falls, a racing driver with a string of victories to her name. Sure, her trusted guardian might occasionally put on a mask and menace her for her prize money, but that’s just life, right? And for Jasper the cat, nothing could be more pleasant than a nice, long nap in his kitchen — so long as that darn mouse doesn’t jam his tail into the plug socket again.
But somebody is about to shatter all those lives. Somebody is about to change everything — and it’s possible that no one on the Crooked World will ever be happy again.
The Doctor’s TARDIS is about to arrive. And when it does… That’s all folks!
- The Crooked World was the fifty-seventh novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Steve Lyons. It featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Anji Kapoor.
- Anji’s TARDIS key looks like a Yale key.
- The Doctor uses a deliberately imagined custard pie gun to rescue Fitz.
- Scrapper Dogg is squashed by a 10 ton weight.
- Streaky Bacon shoots the Doctor at point blank range.
- Jasper the cat and Squeak the mouse are allusions to Tom and Jerry (Tom was called Jasper in their first appearance).
- What chamacallit bears resemblance to the Road Runner, and Streaky Bacon to Elmer Fudd.
- Jasper’s horror over killing Squeak bears similarity to a real scene in Tom and Jerry’s Jerry and the Lion, where Tom is genuinely concerned and rushes for a first aid kit when he mistakenly thinks he’s wounded Jerry.