The gods have returned, and they’re here to save our world.
New York, 1965. A time of conflict between ideologies, races, generations and genders, when crime runs rife and an unpopular war drags on in a distant land. In the midst of this turmoil, people cry out to their gods.
And now, it seems, the gods have answered their call. Walking the slums and tenements of downtown Manhattan, demonstrating extraordinary powers, five strangers are gathering a growing crowd of worshippers.
Steven wants to believe in miracles, but the First Doctor is more sceptical. What are the strangers’ real motives, and why does history make no mention of these events? As New York begins to tear itself apart, the First Doctor’s principles are tested to their limits. Which side should he choose to help? And what part will a London schoolgirl named Dorothea Chaplet play in the ensuing chaos?
What price is humankind willing to pay for salvation?
- Salvation was the eighteenth BBC Past Doctor Adventures novel. It featured the First Doctor, Steven Taylor and Dodo Chaplet. This line-up of Doctor and companions had never before been featured in novel form.
- Dodo was born in 1949.
- The Doctor remarks that there are evil creatures in the universe which “must be fought.” (The Moonbase)
- The Doctor says that his body may be “wearing a bit thin.” He later repeated this assessment, not long before his first regeneration. (The Tenth Planet)
- Steven recalls seeing the ruins of New York City in the aftermath of the Dalek invasion and occupation of Earth in the 22nd century. The city had yet to be rebuilt in its entirety by his native time period. (The Dalek Invasion of Earth)