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A Life of Crime was the two hundred and fourteenth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Matt Fitton and featured Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, Bonnie Langford as Melanie Bush and Sophie Aldred as Ace.

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Come to Ricosta! Tropical climate, untouched beaches, fabulous cuisine... and no extradition treaties. The perfect retirement planet for a certain type of "business person" — such as Ms Melanie Bush, formerly the co-owner of the Iceworld emporium, now on the run from her former criminal associate's criminal associates...

Some other former associates of Ms Bush are abroad in this space Costa del Crime, however. Not long ago, the time and space traveller known as the Doctor arrived here, alongside his sometimes-criminal associate, the reformed juvenile offender Ace. But now the Doctor's gone missing — and Melanie Bush is about to learn that on the planet Ricosta, the wages of sin... are death.


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  • Gloria gives 500 grotzits to the Mayor.
  • Mel lost her ship, the Nosferatu III, when it was impounded.
  • Lefty Lonnigan is a cyborg. He received his nickname because only the left side of his body is still human. He was injured over 20 years ago.
  • Gloria offers Mel a glass of Gadalaxian champagne.
  • She uses a Time Lord neurotoxin.
  • Lefty compares Ricostans to ferrets, though Gloria believes that they more closely resemble raccoons.
  • Ace has read about regeneration.
  • Ace compares Lefty to Long John Silver.
  • The Sperovores are one of the wealthiest species in the Andromeda Galaxy, if not the wealthiest. They run Sperovore Investment (or S.I.) Holdings.
  • Lefty once robbed a bank on Andromeda IX; when being fed on by the Sperovores, he realises that he would have escaped with the money if he'd taken a different turn at a particular point.
  • Sperovores are quantum eaters: they feed on quantum potential futures, choices from the multiverse, and break down the walls of reality. They eat criminals, with every moment relived at death as they dissolve 1 molecule at a time.
  • They follow a psychic spore to keep track of a quantum trace.
  • Mel has the scent of many realities with many different futures, which she sometimes dreams of.
  • Ace explains that potential energy moves between every point in the multiverse.



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