Speed of Flight
Cover Art
AuthorPaul Leonard
SeriesDoctor Who book:
Virgin Missing Adventures
Release number
Third Doctor
Jo, Mike Yates
Set inPeriod between
Dancing the Code and Last of the Gaderene[1][2]
PublisherVirgin Books
Publication date
October 1996
Preceded byTwilight of the Gods 
Followed byThe Plotters 

Speed of Flight is an original novel written by Paul Leonard and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Third Doctor, Jo and Mike Yates.


The TARDIS lands on Nooma, a world in the midst of an industrial revolution. But the Doctor, Jo and Mike Yates quickly discover more: The sky is at war with the ground, with continents moving and somewhere, a starship has a role to play. Mike finds himself in a life or death fight, Jo is caught in a laborers' rebellion, and the Doctor must uncover what is happening to Nooma before the struggle for survival destroys all...


The story takes place after the Missing Adventure Dancing the Code, also by Paul Leonard.

This storyline is a technical prequel to the Sixth Doctor story "Timelash", as the Doctor is intending to take Jo and Mike to the planet Karfel although he never reaches it in this novel; "Timelash" made it clear that the Third Doctor had visited Karfel at some unrecorded point with Jo Grant and an unidentified second companion.


  1. ^ The Doctor's Timeline at The Whoniverse gives support for specific placement relative to other spin-off media.
  2. ^ Placement between Planet of the Daleks and The Green Death confirmed by cover blurb.