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The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University, where among the other doddering old professors nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. He took with him a few little souvenirs--harmless things really. But among them, carelessly, he took The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey. Even more carelessly, he has loaned this immensely powerful book to clueless graduate student Chris Parsons, who intends to use it to impress girls. The Worshipful and Ancient Law is among the most dangerous artifacts in the universe; it cannot be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.
The hands of the sinister Time Lord Skagra are unquestionably the wrongest ones possible. Skagra is a sadist and an egomaniac, bent on universal domination. Having misguessed the state of fashion on Earth, he also wears terrible platform shoes. He is on his way to Cambridge. He wants the book. And he wants the Doctor..."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-05-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Veteran Doctor Who writer Roberts channels Douglas Adams to novelize the long-running show’s famous “lost serial.” Conceived by Adams as the ultimately unfinished final set of episodes for the 1979–1980 season, this adventure sees the Fourth Doctor dusting it up with a renegade megalomaniac named Skagra while fighting over the fate of a legendary Time Lord artifact. Joined by Romana and K-9, the Doctor drops in on Cambridge, 1979, to visit Chronotis, a retired Time Lord masquerading as a professor. Postgraduate students Chris Parsons and Claire Keightley get sucked into a convoluted affair involving would-be universal domination, forgotten Gallifreyan history, mind control, and a sentient spaceship. Roberts clears up continuity errors while seamlessly meshing his original work with Adams’s script, leaving the latter’s trademark whimsy and snappy dialogue intact. The result is a near-perfect Doctor Who adventure in its blend of absurd humor and action. Agent: Faye Webber, the Agency. (June)