"This is the future, Billy. And it is not a good place."
In the future, mankind is controlled by a central figure, known as the Supreme Authority. In this dystopian world the Doctor and Billy are not welcome, and they soon find themselves pursued by the forces of the Supreme Authority. As the Doctor tries to repair the future, can he fix the past as well?
- The Doctor
- Quotes George Orwell frequently, as well as carrying a copy of Nineteen Eighty-Four
- Likens the Supreme Authority to the Grand Puppeteer, encountered chronologically before
- Billy O'Hara
- Discovers that his distant descendant, Seamus, is part of the Authority Death Squad
- Gets a key to the TARDIS
- The Supreme Authority
- A powerful battle computer designed by mankind in the late 29th century to eliminate all war. Achieving its purpose, the computer turned on mankind and assumed utter authoritarian control. It is projected as a iron willed man with a metallic voice.
- Outwits the Doctor on several occasions, due to its superior tactical programming
- Quotes Winston Churchill and William Shakespeare, ironically two people the Doctor has met before.
- Seamus O'Hara
- Another distant relative of Billy
- A member of the Supreme Authority's Death Squad, a policing force on the future Earth
- Does not believe Billy to be related to him
- Doctor Peter Lowell
- Creator of the Supreme Authority in the 29th century
- Visited by the Doctor and Billy to learn how the defeat the Supreme Authority
Behind the Scenes
- The title of the book refers to George Orwell's 1946 novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four