The Face of the Enemy
The Face of the Enemy
Synopsis

The Doctor and Jo have gone off in the TARDIS, leaving the Brigadier and UNIT facing a deadly mystery — and a moral dilemma…

Robbery and murder are on the increase in Britain as disputes between underworld gangs escalate into open warfare on the streets. The Master seems inextricably linked to the chaos — despite the fact he is safely under lock and key.

Meanwhile UNIT is called in when a plane missing in strange circumstances is rediscovered — contaminated with radiation and particle damage that cannot possibly have occurred on Earth.

As the mystery deepens, what little light they can shed on the matter leads the Brigadier to believe that with the Doctor away, Earth’s only hope may lie with its greatest enemy.

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Notes

  • The Face of the Enemy was the first full length novel published by BBC books which does not feature the Doctor as the main character. It features primarily the Master in the lead role, whilst also featuring two previous companions, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright.
  • Ian and Barbara’s son John is in primary school.
  • The Brigadier is now divorced from his wife.
  • The Doctor has tutored the Brigadier in how to disable a Time Lord, just in case someone needs to stop the Master again.
  • Jo and Benton are not fans of Woody Allen.
  • The Master is prepared to work with UNIT as long as it benefits him.
  • This story ties in with the television story Inferno showing the aftereffects of the Inferno project on the alternate Earth which, contrary to the Doctor’s assumption in that story, has not disintegrated, but has been devastated beyond recovery.

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