Once, long ago, in a land of monsters and corridors, a fair maiden was captured, and placed in a deep sleep.
She was used to being captured, and she had a hero who rescued her on just such occasions. But this time the hero never came.
And the fair maiden slept on.
Eventually, a King rescued the maiden, and made her his bride, which many wise old women might tell you is just another way of capturing fair maidens.
And still the fair maiden slept on.
Then, the hero had another stab at rescuing the maiden from her prison, but he was too late. And, more importantly, he had forgotten the rules of fairy tales.
He didn't slay the dragon.
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- The Doctor - Colin Baker
- Peri Brown - Nicola Bryant
- Wolsey/Mandrake - Tim Chipping
- Baron Pteratrark/Guard Two/Prince Most-Deepest-All-Yellow - John Banks
- Reverend Flitamus/Guard One - Andrew Dickens
- Princess Dirani - Fiona Sheenan
- Harcross the Ever-Patient/Pheen-Tu/Flunkey - Glynn Sweet
- The Doctor spends around a decade on Krontep.
- The Doctor created the idea of the Mandrake as a student at the Academy on Gallifrey.
- Peri mentions that the idea of the 'hollow crown' comes from Shakespeare. She lists off kings including Richard IV and the Red King, Tweedledum, Tweedledee, the Jabberwock and the looking glass from Alice in Wonderland.
- The Doctor compares Peri to Jamie.
- The Doctor recalls the mountains of Gallifrey.
- The Doctor has a PO Box in London.
- This is the first main range release to use the silver/grey gradient version of the McGann logo; however, due to unknown factors, no digital version of the physical release's cover is available. The same is true of various releases throughout this transitional period. It was first used on AUDIO: The Doctor's Tale, although it also suffered from the issue aforementioned.
- This story creates an additional account of Peri's life after TV: The Trial of a Time Lord. AUDIO: Peri and the Piscon Paradox revealed that there are a quantum number of Peris, created through Time Lord interference. In this version of events, King Yrcanos was killed seven days after their wedding by the Mandrake, meaning that there are likely multiple versions of Yrcanos in existence too.
- Whilst travelling with him, Flip Jackson hinted at the Doctor's desire to find Peri once again. (AUDIO: Antidote to Oblivion, The Brood of Erys, Scavenger) The Doctor reveals that he saved her life by using the TARDIS to slow her descent to Earth. (AUDIO: Scavenger) Peri declined his invitation to join him for Flip and Jared Ramon's wedding, prompting him to return for her one day.
- The Sixth Doctor previously visited Peri's future in COMIC: The Age of Chaos and AUDIO: Peri and the Piscon Paradox.
- The Doctor compares Peri's role as Queen to that of a guidance councillor, a role that the Peri of 2009 served as a television personality guiding relationships. (AUDIO: Peri and the Piscon Paradox)
- Peri imprisons the Doctor for five years out of contempt for him leaving her. Similarly, when the Seventh Doctor found Peri again on Krontep, she could not forgive him for abandoning her. (PROSE: Reunion)
- The Doctor recalls shoving the Borad into the Timelash on Karfel (TV: Timelash) and fishing for gumblejack (TV: The Two Doctors).
- Due to her infection with spectrox toxaemia on Androzani Minor, Peri has been rendered infertile. (TV: The Caves of Androzani) Another version of Peri was able to have three children with King Yrcanos, whilst the Peri living in LA in 2009 was unable to bear children because of the abuse she was subjected to by her husband Davey Silverman. (AUDIO: Peri and the Piscon Paradox)
- When the mind of the Doctor is overtaken, he remembers when he used to play the recorder. (TV: The Power of the Daleks et al.)
- The Doctor says that he never met the Monoids with Peri. (TV: The Ark)
- The Doctor recalls his first encounter with Peri in Lanzarote in 1984 during his fifth incarnation and enters a mindscape of Lanzarote whilst fighting the Mandrake. (TV: Planet of Fire)
- The Doctor's subconscious refers to his attempt to kill Peri shortly after his regeneration into his sixth incarnation. (TV: The Twin Dilemma)
- While in Peri's body, the Doctor says, "Is this death?" (TV: The Caves of Androzani)
- The Mandrake refers to the Doctor's defeat of Omega and Sutekh. (TV: The Three Doctors, Pyramids of Mars)
- The Doctor says he walked away from Gallifrey. (AUDIO: The Beginning, TV: An Unearthly Child)