The bottle universe was an invention of I.M. Foreman; the entire contents of a universe were scaled down and placed within a bottle. She had some degree of control over the universe, but many aspects took place of their own accord. (PROSE: Interference - Book One)
I.M. Foreman created the bottle universe and played with the mechanics of it as Foreman's World. It was stolen from her, presumably by either the Doctor or the Great Houses. (PROSE: Interference - Book One, Interference - Book Two)
According to Christine Summerfield, Chris Cwej was told that the bottle universe was created by the sphinxes for the All-High Gods. Chris Cwej said that his employers (the Great Houses) obtained it from "The Evil Renegade". The Houses planned to use the bottle universe as a haven from their enemy. Greyjan the Sane proposed the hypothesis that the enemy were actually ancestor cells energised by the leaking bottle. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) Cwej opened a gateway for them, and they invaded the bottle universe version of 1970s Earth. (PROSE: Dead Romance)
Marnal created another bottle universe when trying to discover the fate of Gallifrey after it had been destroyed. He used it to track the Doctor through time and to also learn about what kind of person he was and was to become. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles)
Behind the scenes Edit
- In Interference and Dead Romance, author Lawrence Miles intended to use the bottle universes to establish the Virgin New Adventures (featuring the 7th Doctor and Bernice Summerfield) as a different universe from the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures. In other words, the bottle universe of Dead Romance was intended to be inside the bottle universe of Interference. However, in the Mad Norwegian Press release of Dead Romance, Miles admits in the foreword that this was a bad idea and rightfully ignored.