Starfall is a world on the edge, where crooks and smugglers hide in the gloomy shadows and modern technology refuses to work. And that includes the TARDIS. The pioneers who used to be drawn by the hope of making a fortune from the mines can find easier picking elsewhere. But they still come - for the romance of it, or old-fashioned organic mining. Or in the hope of finding the lost treasure of Hamlek Glint...
Pg 10/31 Starfall.
Pg 10 "Should have got a ten-million-mile service back on New Earth." New Earth.
Pg 11 Reference to Mickey.
Pg 13 "Everlasting match. Look - not burning down." These were first seen in the novelisation of The Daleks.
Pg 15 "I'd better find some anti-radiation pills." Taken in Destiny of the Daleks.
"There was a crank handle in the cupboard close to the main doors." Death to the Daleks.
Pg 26 "People don't usually hide behind the furniture from us." That's because they usually hide behind the sofa from the monsters, instead.
Pg 29 "It was a blank sheet of slightly psychic paper tuned so that it showed people whatever the Doctor wanted them to see." The End of the World et al.
Pg 30 "'And the belt's so rich in trisilicate and stooku,' Jimm told him, 'you can make your fortune.'" Trisilicate was the mineral in The Monster of Peladon.
Pg 40 Reference to psychic paper.
Pg 64 "Not like the junk you get free these days with kronkburgers on Salarius." Kronkburgers featured in the comics.
Pg 67 Reference to trisilicate (The Monster of Peladon).
Pg 77 "Yeah, that'd put the fear of Skaro into you, wouldn't it?" The Daleks et al.
Pg 137 References to everlasting matches (Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks) and Mickey.
Pg 155 Reference to kronkburgers (the comics).
Pg 186 "You're a fighting hand, you are." The Christmas Invasion.
Pg 193 Reference to trisilicate (The Monster of Peladon).
Pg 213 Reference to Jackie.
Pg 238 "Blew up my job when I first met him, then he took me to see my own sun blow up." Rose, The End of the World.
"Blew up your government, OK, fair enough. Though they were all aliens of course." World War Three.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Jimm, Bobb, Kevin the monster, Drel McCavity (left as a baby at the end of the story).
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
Pgs 26-27 Half human/half robot cybernetic hybrids.
Pg 34 A giant hairy creature with ape-like paws, blood-red eyes and fangs. But he's called Kevin and is quite polite, even as he tears you to pieces.
Pg 112 A variety of steam-powered robots.
Pg 115 A krark, a shark-like flying vreature, with a sharp point for a tail and no fins. Tiny round holes along its side allow it to fly in the upper atmospheres of planets.
Pg 31 Starfall.
Pg 109 A steamship.
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
It's a bit lightweight, but there's some decent stuff here. Kevin the very polite, yet hideously terrifying monster is hilarious. And who doesn't love a pirate story? The remaining comedy is a bit forced, but the steam-powered society compensates well enough. In the end, it's a decent romp, assuming you're a ten year old boy. But these days, who isn't?