State of Change
“In less than 25 years the Romans have invented electricity generation, airships, radio and who knows what else. Is that reasonable?“
Ancient Egypt, 41 BC. The Doctor and Peri watch as Cleopatra’s pleasure barge glides up the Nile in preparation for her fateful meeting with Mark Antony. And an alien presence observes the TARDIS, waits for it to dematerialise, then pounces.
When the time ship lands, The Doctor and Peri find themselves in ancient Rome, in the tomb of Cleopatra. But something is very wrong. The tomb walls depict steam-driven galleys and other disturbing anachronisms. The Roman Empire is preparing for a devastating war – using weapons from the future capable of destroying the entire world.
- State of Change was the fifth novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by Christopher Bulis
- The Doctor refers to the TARDIS’ recent power problems. (Vengeance on Varos)
- Peri recalls the Fifth Doctor’s appearance when they first met in Lanzarote on 9 May 1984 (Planet of Fire) and their subsequent trip to Androzani Minor. (The Caves of Androzani)
- The Doctor still has samples of the Thal anti-radiation drug in the medical chest of the TARDIS. (The Daleks)