The Price of Paradise
by Colin Brake

ISBN: 0 563 48652 X


    Laylora, the Paradise Planet, is a world of breath-taking beauty, where peace-loving Aboriginals supposedly live in harmony with their environment. The Doctor and Rose arrive to answer a distress signal from a group of scientists, only to find that the once-perfect eco-system is showing signs of failing.


    Rose Tyler.

    Pg 35 Laylora, the late 24th century (pg 84).


    Pg 34 "'Alarm of some kind' [...] 'Red alert? Mauve?'" The Empty Child.

    Pg 38 "Until the main trisilicate engines could be recharged an alternate power source would be needed." Trisilicate featured in The Monster of Peladon. There are a great number of references to it here. I haven't noted them all.

    Pg 46 "Rules of Space-Time travel No. 10: don't eat anything until you're sure it's totally safe. Unless it's a badly cooked kronkburger - in which case don't eat it at all." Kronkburgers featured in the comic strip and were mentioned in The Long Game.

    Pg 47 Contents of the Doctor's coat include yo yos (the fourth Doctor), a conker (possibly a reference to comic strip Doctor Conkerer) and a cricket ball (the fifth Doctor).

    Pg 66 Reference to Mickey (Rose, Aliens of London et al).

    Pg 69 "They might not be as weird-looking as the Moxx of Balhoon or the Ood, but these were aliens." The End of the World, The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit.

    Pg 90 "the ship had been found drifting, out of control and out of power, at the edge of Draconian space." Frontier in Space.

    Pg 99 "He'd met Cybermen with more sympathy than this woman." The Tenth Planet, et al.

    Pg 101 Reference to Mickey.

    Pg 108 "It was the look she saw on her mum's face every time the Doctor took her home to the Powell Estate for a visit." We saw the Powell Estate and Jackie in Rose, Aliens of London et al.

    Pg 123 Reference to Jackie.

    Pg 125 "She remembered her recent visit to ancient Roma and how odd it had been to see whole buildings that in her own time were just piles of old stone." The Stone Rose.

    Pg 160 "Not like your Axon or your Zygon, or any other gon come to that..." The Claws of Axos, Terror of the Zygons. But see Continuity Cock-Ups.

    Pg 185 Reference to Mickey.

    Pg 190 "It's like reading Hamlet before my final edit..." City of Death.

    Pgs 205-206 "The Doctor was reminded of trying to run on the shingle beach at Brighton." The Leisure Hive.

    Pg 207 "Mickey's gran used to live in an old terraced council house which had a coal cellar." We met an alternate version of Mickey's gran in Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel.

    Pg 226 "I once his in a cuboard in 10 Downing Street while the house fell apart around me" World War Three.

    Pg 228 ""I promised her mother that I'd look after her" World War Three.

    Pg 245 "And she smiled to herself, thinking of her own father. 'You never know, you may have family out there, waiting to meet you.'" Father's Day, Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel.


    Rez, Hespell, Baker, Jaelette, Kaylen, Professor Shulough.


    1. Pgs 127-128 "'Where is the Doctor?' he asked Baker. 'With his other patient,' Ania told him. Hespell looked a bit confused." Which is odd, because Hespell had not only approved the Doctor's experimenting on the Witiku, he'd actually helped him bring the monster into the ship (pg 122).
    2. Pg 160 "Not like your Axon or your Zygon, or any other gon come to that..." Except that your Axon isn't a "-gon".
    3. Pgs 217-218 "Time for plan D. Or was it E? As usual, he was in danger of running out of code letters for his improvisations." Er, not really. He's used a mere 5/26ths of the alphabet, so he's not really in danger of running out. And since when have we ever seen the Doctor refer to a plan with a code letter in the second half of the alphabet? So it's not exactly "as usual", is it?

    PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]

    1. Hespell generally looks confused.
    2. In the old Gallifreyan, you pronounce "Axon" with a silent g.
    3. Old Gallifreyan only has seven letters in the alphabet. But the last one is always silent.

    Pg 8 Wild pigs.

    Pgs 9/71/105 The Wikitu, hairy bipeds with sharp talons and a dense coat of coarse, dark hair. They're similar to werewolves, with a strong smell of sewat and zoos. In reality, they're villagers who get converted into fearsome creatures whenever the planet gets threatened (pg 153).

    Pg 19 Mylan birds.

    Pg 69 Laylorans, aliens who look similar to humans, but who have rounder eyes, flatter noses, pointier ears and hands with only three fingers and a thumb.

    Pg 173 A variety of native insects, including midges and butterfly-like creatures.

    Pg 16 On board the SS Humphrey Bogart.

    Pg 39 The planet Laylora, the late 24th century (pg 84).

    IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
    It's a little light on content, but that actually wasn't too bad! The entire book is one long shaggy dog story, constructed to justify the obvious punchline inherent in the book's title, but if you can get past that, it's reasonably entertaining. The twist that the monsters are transformed villagers is a nice one. The only major downside is that the paradise of the planet isn't emphasised overly much, which rather undercuts the point. Other, though, it's fluffy enough and won't waste too much of your time.