a real world point of view
|Main setting:||Unnamed market world|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Read by:||Louise Jameson|
|Part of:||Short Trips: Vol. 1|
|Release date:||November 2010|
|Format:||1 X 10 min.|
|A True Gentleman||The Deep|
On an arid market world, not dissimilar to a middle-eastern bazaar on Earth, the Doctor treats Leela to a day of shopping. She struggles to understand the fundamentals of commerce, then spots a weapon that appeals to her. Paying the merchant, Jason, she examines her new toy. Soon, however, she is slain by Jason's knife. The Doctor discovers her dead body and demands answers. A local policeman explains that no laws have been transgressed; Leela has bought a legal death experience. Soon, she springs back to life. Jason explains that the knife's edge contained not only a fast acting poison, but also restorative microscopic robots. Whole again, Leela returns to the TARDIS with the Doctor, musing on the newfound appreciation she has for life now that she has died. The Doctor, having come back from the dead himself, can appreciate her point.
- Leela has no concept of money. The unit of currency on the unnamed world is the credit.
- The Doctor wonders if the market world sells jelly babies.
- The world is populated by many different species, including humans.
- At least one inhabitant of the world is a red-skinned "lizard-man" named Jason. Neither the name of his species or his home world is ever given.
- Leela threatens Jason with a janis thorn to his throat.
- The "microscopic healer robots" which restore Leela to life are not actually called nanogenes, but they work in exactly the same way.
- The Doctor hints that Leela's return from death has some commonality with regeneration.
- Though advertised on the Big Finish website, the CD jacket, and elsewhere as Death-Dealer, Louise Jameson clearly calls the story The Death-Dealer when she begins her reading.
- The story employs a limited third person perspective, focused mostly on Leela, except for the period of time she is dead.
- The experience of her own death is a subject often explored by Leela. It's a major part of the character right from her introduction in TV: The Face of Evil. However, it's a particularly strong theme of the trilogy of Companion Chronicle stories that begin with The Catalyst, all of which deal with Leela's actual death. This vignette could easily be integrated within that trilogy as a bit of foreshadowing.