“I know you.” The Princess tossed back her long braids. “You have many faces.”
The Doctor stopped what he was doing and looked up. “Go on,” he said quietly.
“You are the shape shifter. The trickster. You are Loki. The worst of Valhalla’s Gods.”
“The worst?” said The Doctor, wounded. “That’s a bit strong. What about that chap with the thunder hammer?”
Inside cover flaps read as follows:
‘Now, you may or may not have noticed, but we appear to be on fire…’
On a windswept Northern shore, at the very tip of what will one day become Scotland, the islanders believe the worst they have to fear is a Viking attack.
Then the burning comes. They cannot run from it. Water will not stop it. It consumes everything in its path – yet the burned still speak.
The Doctor is just looking for a game on the famous Lewis chess set. Instead he encounters a people under attack from a power they cannot possibly understand. They have no weapons, no strategy and no protection against a fire sent to engulf them all.
Add in some marauding Vikings with very bad timing, a kidnapped princess with a secret of her own and a TARDIS that seems to have developed an inexplicable fear of water, and they all have a battle on their hands.
The islanders must take on a ruthless alien force in a world without technology; without communications; without tea that isn’t made out of bark. Still at least they have The Doctor on their side… Don’t they?
A thrilling new adventure starring The Doctor, as played by Matt Smith in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television
J.T. Colgan has written 13 bestselling novels as Jenny Colgan, which have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. Aged 11, she won a national fan competition to meet Doctor Who and was mistaken for a boy by Peter Davison. She lives in France.
- the Fourth Doctor, K9, and Leela make a cameo appearance during a segment of the novel set in the present day.
- This is the third, and currently final, book in this format. The Coming of the Terraphiles and The Silent Stars Go By are the first and second.
- This is the first Eleventh Doctor novel in which he travels alone, though he does work alongside two one-off companions – Viking warrior Henrik and Nordic princess Freydis. The Dalek Project, The Dalek Generation and Plague of the Cybermen would also see The Doctor travelling alone.
- This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.
- Freydis believes that The Doctor is Loki, the trickster god in Norse mythology. During his first incarnation, The Doctor was also mistaken for a god, namely Zeus, by the Greek warrior Achilles in circa 1200 BC. (The Myth Makers)
- The Doctor tells Corc that he has encountered numerous sea monsters before but none which could cause fire to move on the surface of water. (Fury from the Deep, Terror of the Zygons, Warriors of the Deep)
- The Doctor asks Luag if he likes fish fingers. (The Eleventh Hour)
- When Freydis asks The Doctor if the TARDIS is Valhalla, he tells her that she is not the first person to mistake it for the afterlife, given that the First Doctor’s companion Katarina came to believe that the TARDIS was Mount Olympus, (Scribbles in Chalk, The Daleks’ Master Plan) and Beowulf also believed it led to Valhalla. (Black and White)
The Doctor met the Harlem Globetrotters in 1978. They taught him how to spin a basketball on his finger.
The Doctor once played chess with Bobby Fischer and decided never to do so again.
The Doctor can speak Calprinthina Upper.