|#16||July 1993||ISBN 0-426-20394-1||244 pages|
|cover art © byChristopher Bulis|
A remarkably good work of art from author Christopher Bulis. Its creative use of unusual color combinations makes up for the jumbled content and uninteresting layout. Bulis also contributed the black-and-white drawings accompanying his novel's Prelude (see below).
This is one of only two instances where a book's author also contributed the front cover, the other being Lucifer Rising.
A noble first attempt at a novel which sadly falls flat. Even the meticulous and well-thought-out background isn't enough to inject some badly-needed interest into the story. Fortunately, Bulis steadily but surely became one of the most prolific and dependable Doctor Who novelists, and one whose work has been unjustly underrated. His true strengths as an author didn't show until the Missing Adventures were started, where he specialized in the more traditional approach to storytelling. His spot-on characterization of the regular cast, and his skill in perfectly capturing the distinct mood of each Doctor's era, made his novels the most faithful to the original television show.
illustrations © by Christopher Bulis