House of Cards was the eighth release in the seventh series of The Companion Chronicles.

Publisher's summary

The TARDIS has landed in a futuristic space casino, where the Doctor, Ben, Polly and Jamie find fun, games… and monsters everywhere. There are vicious robot dogs, snake-headed gangsters from the Sidewinder Syndicate and a mysterious masked woman called Hope.

In this place, time travellers are to be tracked down and arrested. Yet, as events spiral out of control, time may be Polly's only ally…



  • After Polly explains to Jamie what a casino is, he tells her that there were gambling dens in London in his time.
  • The Doctor has brought Ben, Polly and Jamie to the casino for a holiday.
  • Polly has always been afraid of snakes.
  • The casino has robot croupiers which were made to resemble playing cards.
  • One of the games at the casino is Three Card Vulcan Hold 'Em.
  • The casino has a time travel alarm.
  • The Doctor tells Polly that he keeps the pockets of his coat finely balanced.
  • Polly has never gambled.
  • Although he is from 1746, Jamie knows what a cowboy is.
  • The Sidewinder Syndicate's ancestors were stranded on Old Earth in Chicago during the 1920s and adopted the method and mannerisms of the Chicago gangsters enthusiastically.
  • The Sidewinder Syndicate's rivals are the Ratler Mob.
  • Polly notes that the Doctor grabs his lapels in the same manner as his first incarnation used to do.



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