The Doctor has been captured and put on trial by his own people, accused of their greatest crime: interfering with the affairs of other peoples and planets. He is sentenced to exile on Earth. That much is history.
But now the truth can be told — the Doctor does not go straight into exile. First the Time Lords have a task for him. From the trenches of the Great War to the terrors of the French Revolution, the Doctor finds himself on a mission he does not want, with a companion he does not like, his life threatened at every turn.
Will the Doctor survive to serve his sentence? Or will this adventure prove to be his Waterloo?
- World Game was the seventy-third BBC Past Doctor Adventures novel. It was written by Terrance Dicks.
- Psychic paper is said to be a CIA invention.
- This story occurs directly before the television story The Two Doctors.
- There exists an alternate cover for this novel featuring a more youthful in appearance Troughton. The cover also lacks the soldiers and cannons in the background.
- The Doctor Who logo is missing from the spine of this novel.
This story takes place in the Season 6B timeline.
Psychic paper was introduced in the 2005 season of the revived Doctor Who as a device used by the Ninth Doctor. As the Past Doctor Adventures line was discontinued soon after, this is the only time that an original novel featuring a “classic series” Doctor has made direct reference to a concept introduced in the TV series revival.
- This story posits that psychic paper is a Time Lord invention and that The Doctor first started using it as far back as his second incarnation. Neither has ever been said on television. Psychic paper first appeared in the television story The End of the World.
- This story posits the second significant encounter between the Second Doctor and Horatio Nelson. However, the Doctor meets him at a much later point in his second incarnation‘s life but at an earlier point in Nelson’s life. At no point does the Doctor mention having met Nelson in the company of Ben Jackson and Polly Wright, as he did in the short story H.M.S. TARDIS.
- The opening prelude is an almost word for word copy of chapter 1 of Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion, except that The doctor is sentenced to death instead of exile.
- Throughout this story, the Doctor uses a completely different TARDIS than normal; although it is ‘introduced’ to him in the shape of a police box as the Celestial Intervention Agency thought it would make the Doctor more comfortable, it is a Type 97 with a working chameleon circuit. He doesn’t get to keep the 97 At The end of the story, but instead is returned to his own TARDIS afterward — albeit one that’s had a complete overhaul. The overhaul is meant to retcon the fact that The Second Doctor’s TARDIS in The Two Doctors seems radically different to versions of the set that existed in the late 1960s.
- The Time Lords give the Doctor a time ring. The Fourth Doctor would use the ring again on his mission to Skaro. (Genesis of the Daleks)
- At the end of the novel, the Time Lords send the Doctor on a mission to Space Station Camera. (The Two Doctors)
- The Doctor mentions his recent encounter with his eighth incarnation. (The Eight Doctors)
- The Third Doctor and Fifth Doctor would later describe Lord Nelson as a “close personal friend” (The Sea Devils, The Lions of Trafalgar) whereas the Fourth Doctor claimed to have had breakfast with him the day before the Battle of Trafalgar. (Eye of Heaven)
- Later in his personal timeline, the Sixth Doctor would once again be present At The Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815. (The Curse of Davros)
- The Eighth Doctor’s companion Charley Pollard would later befriend the elderly Duke of Wellington in 1851. (Other Lives)
- The Doctor says that an encounter with a vampire is one of the few things that can make a Time Lord afraid. (State of Decay)
- At the end of the adventure, the Doctor puts the Napoleon costume in the Wardrobe room. (Time and the Rani)
- The Doctor says that “in an authoritarian society, people obey the voice of authority.” (Timewyrm: Exodus, Blood Harvest and Deadly Reunion)