Invasion of the Cat-People (novel)

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Invasion of the Cat-People was the thirteenth novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by Gary Russell and featured the Second Doctor, Ben Jackson and Polly Wright.

Publisher's summary[[edit]]

"Explode the buoys? But that will destroy the Earth!"
"Oh dear, so it will. Pass on my apologies to the humans, won't you?"

Earth has been invaded. Twice. Thousands of years ago by a race searching for a new power source. More recently by the galactic marauders known as the Cat-People, who intend to continue the work done by the earlier visitors, with devastating results.

The recently regenerated Doctor, along with companions Ben and Polly, teams up with a group of amateur ghost-hunters and a mysterious white witch on a journey that takes them from twentieth-century Cumbria to the Arabian deserts of folklore and Australia 40,000 years in the past. Can the Doctor stop the invaders and disarm the bombs left buried beneath the planet's surface — or have the ancient Aborigines of Australia sung the seeds of their own destruction?


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In brackets are the names Gary Russell lists as his preferred casting choices for if Invasion of the Cat-People had hypothetically been a TV story, and how he envisions each character's appearance. Not every character is assigned an actor.

TARDIS crew[[edit]]



The Grange Estate[[edit]]

Other humans[[edit]]





  • The Doctor's regeneration caused the TARDIS to regenerate to some extent, shrinking fifteen centimetres. The Doctor tells Ben that it will continue to shrink into his fourth incarnation. The Doctor ties a knot in his hanky to remind himself to see about rectifiying the problem.
  • Ben finds clothes in the TARDIS wardrobe which have pockets that are bigger on the inside, much like the Doctor's own coat pockets.

Time Lords[[edit]]

  • Magnus was unconcerned about wasting regenerations and never listened to the Doctor, who advised him not to waste them.
  • There were books coated in reverse tachyon-chronons (RTC) on Gallifrey, but the Time Lord leaders decided that they were too dangerous and got rid of them.


  • The Doctor suggests that a Cat-Person could be one of the Kzinti warriors.



  • It is repeatedly stated that the Euterpians arrived 40,000 years prior to 1994, however the chapter which depicted their arrive indicates a setting of 3978 BC.
  • It is suggested that Earth's contintents were significantly different 40,000 years ago, while in reality the geological timescales of continental drift are in the millions of years.
  • At Heathrow Airport, Thorgarsuunela asks an attendant what the date is, and is given the date 10 June. The story had previously established that the date was 8 July.
  • In Baghdad, the Doctor claims at different times that they've travelled twenty-thousand and two-thousand years back in time.


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