The mighty Valethske are on an honourable mission to hunt and kill
any puny humans they find along the way. Centuries of searching are
about to be ended and they shall triumph in their magnificent glory.
Except for that pesky prey calling himself the Doctor...
Eknuri asteroid, although the TARDIS is subsequently transported
aboard the Valethske ship.
Pg 7 "A pair of genuine Ray-Bans was perched on the nose of a
rather dilapidated-looking teddy bear." This might be a reference to a
similar image used for promotion of Dimensions in Time, although in
that case the sunglasses were 3D glasses.
Pg 23 "I'm putting together a paper on them for the Hamilton Smith
Institute." Professor Hamilton Smith appeared in Dry Pilgrimage.
Pg 57 "She'd been expecting a glittering crystal cathedral, or an
echoing Gothic chamber of flickering shadows" References to the
console rooms of the telemovie and season 14.
Pg 95 Reference to the Sontarans, whose flesh is said to be "tough,
tasteless and highly carcinogenic".
Pg 232 Reference to Lanzarote (Planet of Fire)
Pg 236 "A-bombs, Q-bombs and Z-bombs" Z Bombs featured in The Tenth
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Veek, Valethske hunter.
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
The Valethske, fox-like hunters
The Eknuri, peaceful evolved humans
The Gardeners, motile plants tending the garden world
The insects of the garden world
Eknuri asteroid, c 3000
Valethske ship and shuttles c 3100
Garden world c 3100
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
This book has a wonderful setup, but the payoff isn't as
interesting. There are lots of interesting characters, but whole
character arcs are introduced that aren't followed through. The
Valethske are much more interesting than they have any right to be, and,
despite some dodgy logic, the plot is quite interesting. Not as good
as it could have been, but still a fun read.