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|Companion(s):||Fitz Kreiner, Anji Kapoor|
|Main setting:||Ceres Alpha, 9 November 2847|
|Release date:||6 August 2001|
|Format:||Paperback Book; 5 Chapters, 288 Pages|
|BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures|
|The Slow Empire||The City of the Dead|
Publisher's summary Edit
The planet Ceres Alpha is being "developed". The surface crawls with gigantic city-machines that are churning and rebuilding the world, seeding it with tomorrow's vegetation so that full-scale colonisation can follow.
But Gaskill Tyran, head of the biosphere-engineering WorldCorp, is finding things more difficult than he would like. The whole project seems to be falling apart under an ever-increasing burden of mysteries.
Why has a batch of strange babies been born with telekinetic powers? Why won't the terraforming go according to plan? Why are there more and more problems with the comp systems that run the city-machines?
It seems there may be conspirators. A rival Corporation with its eye on the contract for Ceres Alpha. And Tyran's patience is now wearing thin.
But then he gets his answer. A mysterious infiltrator known only as the Doctor.
- Eighth Doctor
- Fitz Kreiner
- Anji Kapoor
- Ayla Damsk
- Carly Dimitri
- Danyal Bains
- De-ann Foley
- Gaskill Tyran
- Mij Perón
- Rassel Jörgan
- Veta Manni
- TARDIS Fault Locator
- By 2847, Ceres Alpha is the closet planet ever found to Earth's conditions.
- Corporations such as WorldCorp and PlanetScape terraform new planets to make them suitable for colonisation.
- Paxx-Sinopli syndrome.
- The closest that Anji ever felt to being a mother was holding her baby brother, Rezaul shortly after he was born.
to be added
- A medic states that the Doctor's hearts beat is erratic, possibly foreshadowing one of the heart's removal in The Adventuress of Henrietta Street.
- The Doctor's eye colour shifts between green and blue as a result of Faction Paradox's interference with his biodata. (PROSE: Unnatural History)