Publisher's summary Edit
Gangland thugs are trying to murder a seemingly innocent shopkeeper, and it’s only the intervention of the Doctor and Ann Kelso – a WPC who happens to be on the scene – that prevents a tragedy.
But why do the gangsters want the shopkeeper dead? And what does this have to do with alien technology?
The first stages of a grand conspiracy are about to be revealed. And finding the answers will take Ann Kelso on a journey like no other.
Part one Edit
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Part two Edit
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- The Doctor - Tom Baker
- Ann Kelso - Jane Slavin
- Hugo Blake - Ewan Bailey
- Jimmy Lynch - Nicholas Khan
- Tony Reynolds - Leon Williams
- DCI Scott Neilson - Frank Skinner
- Kathy Blake - Glynis Barber
- The Doctor tracks the use of a warped field damper, which is 300 years too early for 1978.
- A DNA coder transforms DNA, making it perfect for disguise. It can be disrupted by a stun gun.
- Ann is WPC 166, which the Doctor says are his three lucky numbers.
- Neilson was in UNIT Special Branch for five years.
- The Sinestrans use a cordolaine signal, which the Doctor notes is a Sontaran invention.
- Andrew Smith, who served as a metropolitan police officer in the anti-terrorism group for five years, incorporated elements of his time there into this story.
- The Doctor is again believed to be a Time Agent. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang)
- The Doctor is working on assembling K9 Mark II in his box, (TV: The Invasion of Time) and learns his brain is positioned "arrow A to the front." (TV: Destiny of the Daleks)
- The cordolaine signal is associated with the Sontarans. (TV: The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky)