Meanwhile, the TARDIS has landed Peri and the Doctor on a strangely isolated little world, whose immaculate gardens basking under a timeless sun seem the very model of tranquillity. Of course, it's too good to be true.
With the threat of invasion looming, the Doctor and Peri set out to confront the lofty Lords of Esselven. The Doctor must pass safely through the vast gardens of the royal estates while evading the clutches of their fanatical gardeners. Peri has escaped from all that, only to face the dangers of the dark and mysterious wild woods, which hold their own ancient secrets.
It is a race to save the people of Esselven from the clutches of Glavis Judd. But who amongst the garden world's strange inhabitants can they trust, when nobody is quite what they seem? As time runs out, will Peri and the Doctor discover who really rules inside the Palace of the Red Sun?
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Esselven and Esselven Minor natives
Autonomous Photonic Simulations
- Glavis Judd was from Zalcrossar. The first planet he conquered was Gadron.
- Deltor 5 is the habitable moon of a gas giant located in the same system as Zalcrossar.
- The Sixth Doctor dubs the planetoid to where the royal family of Esselven escaped Esselven Minor.
- Madross Prime had a challenging four-dimensional maze.
- This story serves as a partial sequel to the events of The Ultimate Treasure, given the return of Dexel Dynes after the events of that story.
- Palace of the Red Sun occurs before the short story CHAOS.
- Peri recalls meeting Dexel Dynes on Gelsandor. (PROSE: The Ultimate Treasure)
- The Doctor mentions that he used to wear a long scarf. (TV: Robot et al)
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Palace of the Red Sun at The Whoniverse
- The Cloister Library: Palace of the Red Sun