Sunday, November 5, 2023

Crossover of the Week

May 1-October 1957 


The Doctor helped the U.S. government with an affair in Santa Mira in 1956. The Master uses the phrase “Klaatu barada nikto.” Dr. von Scott examines UFO wreckage. Benny Summerfield excavated a series of 500-foot towers on Metaluna. Ace uses the obscenities “qu’vatlh” and “smeg.” A character says, “That’s like something out of Future Boy.” The Darklings, the fungoid inhabitants of Yuggoth, were driven back to 61 Cygni after their war with the Tzun. 

Doctor Who: The New Adventures novel by David A. McIntee, Virgin Books, 1994. The affair in Santa Mira in 1956 is a reference to the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The phrase “Klaatu barada nikto” comes from the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still. Dr. von Scott is the real name of Dr. Everett Scott in the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The planet Metaluna is from the movie This Island Earth. “Qu’vatlh” is a Klingon swear word in Star Trek. The word “smeg” comes from the TV series Red Dwarf. Future Boy is a reference to the Quantum Leap episode “Future Boy – October 6, 1957.” In that episode, Future Boy is the sidekick of 1950s TV superhero Captain Galaxy on the television series Time Patrol, so the reference to Future Boy as the title of the show is a mistake. The Darklings and 61 Cygni are from the Blake’s 7 episode “Killer.” McIntee identifies them with the Mi-Go (aka the Fungi from Yuggoth) from H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Although most Doctor Who novels take place in the Doctor Who Universe rather than the Crossover Universe, the battle between the Mi-Go and the Tzun is referenced in Stephen Baxter’s “The Ninth Planet,” a chapter of the Cthulhu Mythos “mosaic novel” The Lovecraft Squad: Rising. The Lovecraft Squad series has several crossovers linking it to the CU. This novel also establishes Red Dwarf and Blake’s 7 as possible futures for the CU.

This crossover write-up is one of hundreds included in my book Crossovers Expanded: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 3, which will be published by Meteor House! Like its predecessors, this volume is an AUTHORIZED companion to Win Scott Eckert's Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volumes 1 and 2! 

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