But when the Doctor and his companions arrive they find a virus sweeping through the population, unleashing the colonists' latent psychic powers. The Doctor and Chris fall prey to the infection, and discover telepathy is not the only symptom. Chris is unable to resist the call of an ancient place of sacrifice, while Roz and Benny travel back in time to the origin of the virus, and uncover a desperate bid for immortality.
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- Seventh Doctor
- Bernice Summerfield
- Chris Cwej
- Roz Forrester
- Wolsey the cat
- Kylie Smith-Smith
- Dot Smith-Smith
- Cinnabar Flynn
- Byerley St John
- Cephas Mabgwe
- Dimitri Molokomme
- BAR B
- WATCH OUT!
- Colonel White
- Captain Kamotja
- Lieutenant Seketo
- Lieutenant Ngaiyo
- James Munoru
- Lieutenant Chesinen
- The Doctor injects himself with infected blood in order to see what the colonists see.
- Bernice authored An Eye for Wisdom: Repetitive Poems of the Early Ikkaban Period.
- The Doctor has a copy of Flaubert's Parrot.
- The Dione-Kisumu Company conducted medical experiments on the colonists of Yemaya 4.
- The Doctor's Gallifreyan name has thirty eight syllables.
- Dot Smith-Smith is deaf.
- Dot Smith-Smith is driven into near catatonia by what she sees after reading the Doctor's mind.
- Roz doesn't like telepaths.
- The Doctor wins a bet with Death.
- The Doctor knows sign language.
- There is some Ikkaban poetry read throughout the novel (something about a turtle and death).
- Chris has a psi ability.
- In a child's toybox Benny sees a toy Dalek. Benny muses that there could be a fluffy Hoothi in amongst the toys also.
- Bernice jokes, "How many Sontarans does it take to change a light bulb? None, the bulb died a glorious death!"
- This is another of Kate Orman's novels to feature pyramids.
- Orman's back-cover author profile makes fun of the fact that, as of this book's publication, she was the only non-male or non-British New Adventures writer.
- This was one of several NA releases to be illustrated, featuring work by Jason Towers.
- The Exxilons first appeared in TV: Death to the Daleks.
- FLORANCE first appeared in PROSE: Transit.
- The Doctor spent his thousandth birthday with two broken ribs onboard a ship. (PROSE: Set Piece)
- The Doctor searched for the Brotherhood in PROSE: Christmas on a Rational Planet and battled them in The Death of Art and So Vile a Sin.
- FLORANCE from this story pop up in PROSE: Seeing I.
- The Doctor can read a person's dreams by touch, which he does again in TV: The Girl in the Fireplace.
- The Doctor remembers Professor Zebulon Pryce telling him "If you can't do better than that, I'm going to have to remove your eyes", after the Doctor failed to produce an argument against murder that Pryce found satisfactory. (PROSE: Original Sin)
- The Doctor once again refers to "the Terrible Zodin". (TV: The Five Doctors et al.)
- Includes two illustrations by Jason Towers.