The novel was written by Lyons, who had previously written a number of Doctor Who books. It was published on 7 July 1997 as a paperback book. It saw the first appearance of the Selachians, a race which was first mentioned in Lyons' Virgin Missing Adventures novel Killing Ground.
The faded glamour of a hotel in space, spinning in an all-but-forgotten orbit round the Earth, is host to some unusual visitors this weekend — including a party that claim to travel in a battered blue police box...
It is the year 2136. Answering a distress call from the dilapidated Hotel Galaxian, the TARDIS crew discover a games enthusiast is using the hotel to host a murder-mystery weekend. But it seems someone from his motley group of guests is taking things a little too seriously.
While the Doctor, Ben and Polly find themselves joining in the shadowplay, it becomes clear that a real-life murderer is stalking the dark, disused corridors of the Galaxian. But worse than this: there's a sinister force waiting silently in space for events to unfold. A terrible secret is hidden on board the Galaxian, and if it is discovered nothing — least of all murder — will ever be the same again. If this is a game, the stakes just got higher.
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- Second Doctor
- Ben Jackson
- Alison Hayes
- Bryan Melrose
- Daphne McAllister
- Dorothy Adler
- Henry Mace
- Geoff Hornby
- Neville Adler
- Ted Matlock
- Terri Willis
- The Doctor, Ben and Polly encountered Venusians, Draconians and Alpha Centaurans at a spaceport bar in an adventure preceding this one.
- The Doctor offers a silent prayer to "the gods of his own people".
- Ben's bedroom has a cabinet and a dressing table, upon which he kept a bottle of aftershave before it smashed.
- The cover image depicting the Doctor seems to actually be of Salamander, even though they were both portrayed by Patrick Troughton.
- The back cover blurb incorrectly states that the story is set in 2146.
- This story is set between The Power of the Daleks and The Highlanders.
- The Doctor encounters the Selachians several more times. (PROSE: The Final Sanction, AUDIO: The Architects of History, The Selachian Gambit)
- T-Mat equipment is mentioned. (TV: The Seeds of Death)
- UNIT — and mentions of the Doctor in the organisation's files — are mentioned; however, the Doctor says he knows nothing of such an organisation. (TV: The Invasion)
- The Doctor refers to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as an "old friend"; the Fourth Doctor suspects they may have met before. (PROSE: Evolution)
- The Doctor can feel the space station moving, even though no one else can. (TV: Rose)
- Among the alien menaces the Doctor has fought, Ben mentions the War Machines, (TV: The War Machines) the Daleks, (TV: The Power of the Daleks) and the Cybermen, (TV: The Tenth Planet) and is about to mention more (but is interrupted).
- Professor X is mentioned. (PROSE: No Future)
- The Doctor creates a temporary sonic device, used to unlock a door, and resolves to begin work on a permanent version when he gets back to the TARDIS. (PROSE: Dreams of Empire, TV: Fury from the Deep)
- Ben states that in his experience, computers do as they please. (TV: The War Machines)
- When seeing an outfit found in the TARDIS wardrobe consisting of a colourful patchwork shirt clashing with yellow trousers, the Doctor thinks to himself that he would never wear such a thing. (TV: The Twin Dilemma)
- Ben and Polly both refer to the attempted Cyberman invasion of Earth in December 1986. (TV: The Tenth Planet)
- The Cybermen stole a Selachian spaceship in 2191. (PROSE: Killing Ground)