It's 1878, the height of the British Empire and Queen Victoria
sends an expedition to the Moon. Once there they discover more than
they bargained for... and two strangers.
Turlough and Kamelion.
The TARDIS lands on a hillside in the moon crater. In chapter 34,
the Doctor takes the TARDIS out of time. In the second last chapter,
the Doctor moves it to the citadel (still in the crater). In the last
chapter it materialises in Glen Marg in England.
Pg 5 - Turlough wonders why he still wears his Brendan school
Pg 135 - a reference to Leela and Tegan
Pg 254 - There's a clever use of the translation properties of the
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Captain Richard Halliwell and Emily Boyes-Denison.
The Vrall - genetically engineered predators
The Warden - senile guardian of the hunting ground
- Page 5 - "Turlough only had a blank space where his past should
doesn't jive with
Page 133 - "Maybe he should tell her where and when he was really
from, so she would understand he was different from the rest."
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
- Turlough might just mean that he was from 1983, or from the TARDIS
- he's clearly referring to not being from Victorian England, but it's
not clear what he means by "where and when he was really from".
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
The Vrall are genetically engineered creatures used for hunting.
They can extract memories from the brains of creatures they kill.
A crater in the moon.
Glen Marg, England.
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
Nowhere near as bad as its reputation would suggest, Imperial Moon
is a well-crafted tale of the sort that Chris Bulis could do in his
sleep. It's got a nice central idea ripped straight from Jules Verne
(in the best DW tradition) and it proceeds quite cleverly. There's
actually some decent subtlety at work. It's nothing to write home
about, but it's a decent tale, told well.