The TARDIS crew join in a murder-mystery weekend in space. But a real
murder is about to happen... and a sinister force is waiting out in space.
Ben and Polly.
The Hotel Galaxian, a Selachian warcraft, a police ship and a planet with
volcanoes, all in 2136.
Pg 1 "HMS Teazer was caught in a ravenous grey whirlpool" Ben dreams of
his ship, The War Machines.
"Thus had it been since he had stepped into that blue box in Fitzroy
Square in the summer of '66" The War Machines.
Pg 2 "No more alien or incomprehensible than the swinging socialites
who inhabited the Inferno nightclub in London." The War Machines.
Pg 3 "Polly Wright clung to the door frame and screamed with each
unexpected jolt." Polly's surname was never given on TV, but Gary Russell
made a case for it in the introduction of Invasion of
Pg 7 "She was still stinging from the comments drawn by her style of
dress on Vulcan, some time ago." The Power of the Daleks.
Pg 11 "Some sort of T-mat equipment" T-mat was a popular form of travel
in The Seeds of Death.
Pg 15 "And what would you prefer Ben Jackson? Some bluff old sea
captain with an eyepatch and a parrot on his shoulder, barking out orders?
[...] Shiver me timbers against these Cybermen, me hearty!" One of the
original concepts for the second Doctor was for Patrick Troughton to play
him as a bluff old sea captain. Ben and Polly met the Cybermen in The
Pg 16 "Polly had dragged him round the spaceport bar, mixing freely
with Venusians, Draconians and those suspicious-looking things from Alpha
Centauri" Venusian Lullaby, Frontier in Space, The Curse of Peladon.
Pg 22 "You were more likely, he considered, to hear whale song." This
may be a reference to an abandoned second Doctor story, The Song of the
Pg 23 "It was supposed to be a Cyberman, Ben realised, but it bore
scant resemblance to the monsters he had fought at the South Pole. It was
too metallic and the zip down its front was too obvious." The Tenth
Planet. The design of the Cybermen Ben will later encounter in The
Moonbase have an obvious zip down the front.
Pg 30 "And when I turned around, they were all wearing bowler hats"
Reference to Nicholas Courtney's oft-told convention anecdote about
eyepatches from the filming of Inferno.
Pgs 54-55 "'What's a better word for "old-fashioned"?' '"Archaic"?'
[...] 'I'll use "antediluvian".' Nevile and Dorothy Adler are apparently a
husband and wife writing team who seem based on Pip and Jane Baker,
eighties script writers.
Pg 62 The second Doctor has jelly babies and a yo-yo in his pocket,
just as the fourth later would.
Pg 92 "Your mentions in the UNIT files, particularly." The Doctor won't
encounter UNIT for some time (but see Continuity Cock Ups).
Pg 106 "Ben collided with Daphne, who careened through the door to the
docking level as if an army of Daleks were after her" Ben encountered
Daleks in The Power of the Daleks.
Pg 148 "When I met the Doc, he was fighting these war machine things in
London. Then there were the Daleks, the Cybermen, the -" The War
Machines, The Power of the Daleks, The Tenth Planet.
"Any schoolkid could have made this up! Everyone's heard of the
Cybermen since they attacked the moon in twenty-whatever-it-was" The
Moonbase. The reference to "any schoolkid" is likely a reference to Hobson
saying "There were Cybermen, every child knows that" in The Moonbase.
"I mean, there really are green men on Mars." The Ice Warriors.
"But who do you think stopped the Cybermen from taking over Earth in
1986?" The Tenth Planet.
"And you ask the colonists on Vulcan about Daleks." The Power of the
Pg 159 "Then the Selachians had a falling out with the rulers of Terra
Alpha" The Happiness Patrol, although this likely took place some time
before that as most sources date that story to centuries later.
Pg 186 "The Cybermen are more civilised than you! At least they're
interested in a bit more than just acquiring weapons, waging war and
building up the illusion of importance in an otherwise insignificant,
backwater race!" This is indeed true in The Tenth Planet, but by Revenge
of the Cybermen the same description could apply to the Cybermen.
Pg 193 "The monotonous routine of a secretarial job with Professor
Brett" The War Machines.
"She had to pinch herself sometimes to be sure that she was awake, not
simply dreaming on her parents' sofa while an action movie or Professor X
flickered across their monochrome TV screen." Professor X was a fictional
TV series in many NAs that bore a number of resemblances to Doctor Who.
Pg 221 "I was Professor Brett's personal assistant in London." The War
Pgs 227-228 "The Doctor congratulated himself and resolved to begin
work on a permanent version of the device when he got back to the TARDIS."
This becomes the sonic screwdriver, first seen in Fury from the Deep.
Pg 241 "Nobody would end up as cinders floating around in Spain if he
could help it." Reference William Hartnell's infamous fluff in The Chase.
Pg 278 "Hornby had found the most awful shirt in the TARDIS wardrobes:
a clashing patchwork affair, none of the squares on which quite matched
his yellow trousers. The Doctor grinned inwardly. He might not have
Polly's fashion sense, but at least he would never dress like that." He
later does, for the duration of his sixth incarnation.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Geoff Hornby (real name John Smith), Daphne McAllister, Dorothy Adler
(real name unknown).
The Selachians (who were mentioned in Killing Ground, as the Cybermen
had stolen a Selachian weapon in that book), who later appear in The Final Sanction.
Pg 246 The Terran Security Force also appear in The Final Sanction