The Doctor and Peri land on an isolated world, with immaculate gardens.
The Doctor must pass through the vast gardens while evading the clutches
of their fanatical gardeners, Peri gets trapped in the wild woods and an
Gardens in the red sector, Esselven Minor.
The Palace control room.
None. A character from The Ultimate Treasure reappears, but the continuity is minimal.
Pg 24 "I've set the automatic fault locator to run a complete system check
in case." The fault locator was first seen in The Daleks and rarely
Hartnell era, although it's cropped up in quite a few novels.
Pg 39 "He'd worked hard over the last few years to recover his audience
recognition rating after the Gelsandor treasure story had ended
sodisastrously." The Ultimate Treasure.
Pg 202 "The wooded glade on the treasure planet of Gelsandor, Dynes
lying on his back holding a hand to his thoroughly deserved bloody nose."
The Ultimate Treasure.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
Dexel Dynes and his DAVEs (cameras) appeared in The Ultimate Treasure.
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Green-8 (a robot), Oralissa (a hologram), Kel, Nerla, Raz.
- On page 249 Peri talks about Bolwig's troupe as though she saw them, yet
wasn't present when the Doctor met them.
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
- Bolwig's troupe are recreations so possibly Peri recognised the originals.
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
The gardeners, robots who tend the gardens of the planet.
Fighting robots (page 187) who deal with defences.
Holographic projections include a sprite, Boots (a walking teddy bear),
Luci Longlocks (a doll-like nanny for children) and various dog-like
Esselven Minor, a millennium ahead of Peri's time (according to page 209).
Esselven, concurrently, not counting the weird time effects.
The Valtor and the Stop Press (spaceships).
Zalcrossar (flashbacks, pgs 45, 81 and 219).
Deltor 5 (flashbacks, pg 122).
Gadron (flashbacks, pg 219).
Esselven and Office of Stellmedia, 500 years on.
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
If you took every Christopher Bulis book ever written and somehow created
the precise average of all of them and turned it into a novel... well,
you'd be wasting your time, because he's already done it. Palace isn't a
bad novel by any means and there's a lot to enjoy while you're reading it,
but it's still resolutely pedestrian and its major plot twist was done
better on Star Trek Voyager. That's got to be a bad sign, no matter which
way you look at it.