On an archaeological dig with a couple of inexperienced students,
Jason turns up out of the blue. After that, things begin to go even
more horribly wrong. Bernice and
her students wind up on a prohibited planet, where the indigenous
population is being enslaved by the
cruel Sunless, in search of a weapon with powers "beyond the sun".
Jason Kane, Emile Mars-Smith.
Pg 13 "Like Emile, she had been awarded a Krytell scholarship." Krytell
was first mentioned in Oh No It Isn't! and turns up
in Ship of Fools.
"Emile had even heard someone whisper that she was the Cat's Paw, the
intergalactic thief who was terrorizing the art world." The Cat's Paw was
mentioned in Oh No It isn't! and Dragons' Wrath and turns up in Ship of Fools.
"A well thumbed hardback called Down Among the Dead Men." This
is Benny's bestseller, mentioned quite frequently throughout the NAs.
Pg 15 "Franz Kryptosa was an explorer who had vanished about a hundred
years ago." Kryptosa's fate is revealed in Down.
Pg 17 "Urnst didn't find Sakkrat in a day." The
Pg 18 "When she'd read about the Chelonians in Bernice's book, the
giant warlike turtles had caught her imagination." The Chelonians were
first seen in The Highest Science and then
featured in a number of books in the NAs and MAs.
Pg 38 "It's not as if it hasn't happened before. Twice, if memory
serves." Uncertain exactly when these two kidnappings were.
Pg 46 "Have you heard of the Butler Project?" This corporate indexing
project is almost certainly named after the Butler Institute, from Cat's Cradle: Warhead.
Pg 117 Reference to Cat's Paw (Ship of Fools).
Pg 136 "He'd been so obliging, agreeing to exchange their luxurious
hotel room for a tent on the forgotten planet of Youkali where she had
begun her field work again." Return of the Living Dad.
Pg 149 "You wouldn't believe I spent the seventies in a punk-rock band,
would you?" No Future.
Pg 157 "She was reminded of her own wedding." Happy Endings.
Pg 161 "She was reminded of her rather unethical flirtations with
Doran." Oh No It Isn't!
"But she hadn't done the deed, and by the sounds of things Jason had."
This confirms that Benny didn't sleep with the eighth Doctor at the end of
The Dying Days.
Pg 217 "However cool she tried to be, she was a human being, not
invulnerable like Mr Misnomer - the Man of Chrome" Mr Misnomer shows up in
Pg 220 "I was reminded of pantomime and cute students" Oh No It Isn't!
Pg 232 "Ah, yes, Doran, the student with the floppy fringe." Oh No It Isn't!
Pg 256 "And because you'd follow the Grel into Psychos "R" Us if they
promised you a ten percent discount and free bumper stickers." The Grel
first appeared in Oh No It Isn't!
Pg 295 "Bernice Summerfield is a human being. As such she is all too
capable of being cruel and cowardly. And yet, while she is often caught up
in violent events, she endeavours to remain a woman of peace." This is
a rephrasing of Terrence Dicks' description of the Doctor, first given in
the NAs on page 36 of Timewyrm: Revelation.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
Jason Kane returns to the NAs, although there's no explanation of how he
got to this timezone.
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Emile Mars-Smith, who would go on to appear in a number of Benny NAs.
Tameko Vito, who reappears in Deadfall.
Scott, Michael, Kitzinger, the Sunless.
- There's no explanation whatsoever of how Jason gets to Benny's timezone.
He doesn't use his time ring, as he gave it back to Benny at the end of Eternity Weeps.
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
- The Doctor gave him a lift, knowing that he'd be useful in saving Benny's
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
Usulans, who are made up of the mixed heritage of a number of other races,
including human, Oolian (who have been seen elsewhere in the NAs), Jellio
and Sauran. They are born in groups of eight, via the Blooms.
Vilmurians, upright crocodiles, who wear black suits (page 8).
The Sunless, humanoids with crew-cut haircuts, white triangles for
teeth, skeletal heads and striking features.
Ursu, a year ago
A passenger transport ship, present day to the Benny NAs.
An archaeological dig on Apollox 4.
An Usulan dirigible.
A Sunless ship.
The Sunless homeworld.
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
Beyond the Sun is surprisingly bleak for much of it, but there's still a
great deal here to enjoy. The Sunless are more metaphor than anything
else, but it's still a metaphor that works. Emile and Tameka are great
characters and the focus on Bernice is very welcome, especially her
realisation at the end, about just what 'beyond the sun' really means. And
the final paragraph is incredibly emotional.