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Under the Lake/ Before the Flood

”You can’t cheat time… You just can’t go back and cut off tragedy at the root.” The Doctor, Before the Flood

THE FISHER KING AND HIS ARMIES INVADE THE planet Tivoli, enslaving its inhabitants. When the Arcateenians liberate the Tivolians, in accordance with Arcateenian custom the body of the defeated King is transported by a Tivoli funeral director, Prentis, to an isolated location. The King is taken to Earth in 1980 and he is buried beneath a military training facility in Scotland. However, the Fisher King isn’t really dead… On 21 November 2119, when the valley housing the training camp has been transformed into a lake, the crew of the Drum, an underwater oil-mining refinery, discover the Fisher King’s empty space hearse. One of the engines suddenly fires, killing the base commander, Moran. His hollow-eyed ‘ghost’ appears, together with an apparition of Prentis. The ghosts are lethal: they drown Pritchard, now the second in command, who also materialises as a wraith-like form. The remaining crew, together with the visiting Doctor and Clara, take refuge in the base’s Faraday Cage, which the ghosts can’t penetrate. Disturbingly, the apparitions silently mouth the names of the dead.

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The Doctor has always challenged the linear conception of time. Since his television voyage began in 1963, the TARDIS has travelled backwards, forwards and even sideways through the mysterious Vortex. This lavish publication traces the development of these time-bending narratives, describing the rules that were laid down – and subsequently revised – by the series’ writers and producers. We unravel this timey-wimey journey with exclusive interviews, rare images and revealing features that explore the most intriguing corners of the Doctor Who universe.