This is the thirteenth book in the series of New Adventures, featuring continuing stories with the Seventh Doctor and Ace following on from the hiatus of the tv Doctor Who series from 1989. This book was first published in 1993, and it is a work that the author, the editor in charge of Virgin Publishing at the time, decided that he needed to write, in order to ensure that the strictures he was placing on other authors was one thoroughly tested and understood by himself, as an author.
In the middle of the twenty-fifth century, Agent Defries is leading an expedition on behalf of Earth’s Office of External Operation, investigating, though without any ‘official’ approval the Spinward Corporation. In Castle Beaufort, the Scribe Francis hopes to avoid the notice of the Humble Counsellors and the journey to Landfall. On the Tardis, Benny is worried that the Doctor seems to be losing his grip, and the Tardis seems to be falling apart. If it does, can she survive? And Ace … well, Ace has her own agenda.
An excellent and intriguing novel, and an excellent Doctor Who story, this book has twists, turns, multitudes of characters of all types and with all sort of motivations. The Doctor and Benny are very well written and characterised throughout, and this book really has the feel of the Seventh Doctor era. An excellent New Adventure, and one which sets up very well the next part of the journey for the Doctor, but also the shift in relationship between him and Benny, and Ace.