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The Murder Game was the second novel in the BBC Past Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Steve Lyons, released 7 July 1997 and featured the Second Doctor, Ben Jackson and Polly Wright.

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.

Publisher's summary[]

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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The Doctor[]

  • In the Doctor's pockets are (amongst other things) a bag of jelly babies and a yo-yo.





  • 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.


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