Iceberg (novel)

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Iceberg is the eighteenth novel in the Virgin New Adventures series, and was published in 1993. It was written by David Banks. It features the Seventh Doctor. This novel takes place at the same time as Birthright, with the events of both novels occurring concurrently for the Doctor, Ace and Bernice Summerfield.

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"Depends on how you define alien," the Doctor said simply. "They were human once."

In 2006 the world is about to be overwhelmed by a disaster that might destroy human civilisation: the inversion of the Earth's magnetic field. Deep in an Antarctic base, the FLIPback team is frantically devising a system to reverse the change in polarity.

Above them, the SS Elysium carries its jet-set passengers on the ultimate cruise. On board is Ruby Duvall, a journalist sent to record the FLIPback moment. Instead she finds a man called the Doctor, who is locked out of the strange green box he says is merely a part of his time machine. And she finds old enemies of the Doctor: silver giants at work beneath the ice.


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The Doctor[[edit]]




  • The Earth's population is approaching 8 billion.
  • "The plague" is a name for all diseases across the planet, a product of the changing environment.
  • The Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred in April 1986. 80,000 people died of cancer as a result of the disaster.
  • Mondas was not granted status as the tenth planet in the solar system. In 1994, the planet Cassius was discovered and earned that status.


  • SlapRap is a style of music.
  • In the early 1970s, the song "Ruby Tuesday" is playing on the transistor radio.


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  • The events of this novel runs parallel with those of the novel Birthright.
  • Author David Banks was an actor in the TV series, having played Cybermen on several occasions. Although not the first Doctor Who actor to write a novel (Ian Marter wrote novelisations and the original work Harry Sullivan's War previously), he was the only past Doctor Who actor to contribute a work to the New Adventures line.
  • A prelude to this novel was published in DWM 204.
  • Like Transit this novel also includes language more profane than had previously appeared in Doctor Who television stories.
  • In the preface, Banks notes the book follows the Cyberman chronology he established in his reference book Cybermen.
  • An unabridged audiobook of the story was recorded by David Banks for the RNIB in 2004. It is only available to the registered blind.


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