The Crystal Bucephalus (novel)

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The Crystal Bucephalus was the fourth novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It was written by Craig Hinton. It was the only Missing Adventure novel to feature the Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka and Vislor Turlough travelling together. In addition, Kamelion made a rare appearance.

Also, it was one of only three novels published under Virgin Publishing's control of the Doctor Who licence to feature the Cybermen. The others were Killing Ground and Iceberg.

Publisher's summary[[edit]]

"I'm a Time Lord, not a bank manager. When I invested in this place I had no idea that it would succeed. I mean — a time-travelling restaurant?"

The Crystal Bucephalus: a restaurant patronised by the highest echelons of society in the 10th millennium. The guests are projected back in time to sample the food and drink of a bygone age.

When the galaxy's most notorious crime boss is murdered in the Bucephalus, The Doctor, Tegan and Turlough are immediately arrested for the killing. To prove their innocence, they must track down the perpetrators of slaughter and sabotage, and uncover a conspiracy which has been 5,000 years in the making.


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The Doctor[[edit]]




  • Craig Hinton jokingly referred to this novel as "the Crystal Bucket".[1]
  • The image of Kamelion on the cover is a photograph rather than an illustration.
  • At the climax of this story, the internal dimensions of the TARDIS are so massively damaged (while stopping a vortex rupture) that all that is left is the cloister room and a lot of empty white space. This leads the Doctor to comment that it is high time to redesign the console room. This leads directly into the television story The Five Doctors, where he is cleaning the reconfigured console.
  • Kamelion admits to needing someone to command him. Free will is unsettling for him. The TARDIS also talks to him. This explains his whereabouts between the television stories The King's Demons and Planet of Fire.
  • The Crystal Bucephalus resembles the Capitol on Gallifrey; Kamelion points out that "the co-ordinates for New Alexandria are the same as-" but is cut off by Turlough. The 2018 short story The Story So Far... later established that New Alexandria was one of the Nine Homeworlds.
  • There are a number of Star Trek references in this novel:
  • The novel was originally pitched as a New Adventure featuring the Seventh Doctor;[2] a chapter of this original submission was published in the 1999 charity anthology Perfect Timing 2.



External links[[edit]]


  1. David J Richardson (January 1995). Interview: Craig Hinton. David J Richardson. Retrieved on 11 April 2012.
  2. Interview: The Crystal Bucephalus. BBC (1 June 2004). Retrieved on 7 April 2005.