It also featured UNIT, Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Captain Mike Yates and Sergeant John Benton. Also, it sees a character development for Tegan, with her falling in love in this novel.
When a lighthouse keeper reports seeing a ball of light plunging into the sea off Tayborough Sands, UNIT sends Mike Yates to investigate. The last thing he expects to find there is an old friend — with a new face...
The Doctor and his companions arrive on a pleasure beach in the 1970s, hoping for time off after their latest adventures. But they do not get to relax for long. Violent incidents are at an all time high in the area and people are going missing — or else changing into something more than human...
The Doctor soon realises a sinister presence lurks in the cold seas off Tayborough Sands — a presence with sinister designs on humanity.
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- Fifth Doctor
- Tegan Jovanka
- Brigader Lethbridge-Stewart
- Mike Yates
- Sergeant Benton
- Derek Etkins
- PC Andy Weathers
- Tony Maybury
- Imogen Maybury
- Charlotte Maybury
- Chris Maybury
- The Doctor refers to his third incarnation as "arrogant" and "overbearing".
- He buys a 99 ice cream with glittering purple shells.
- The ship that invades is a modified Morok battlecruiser.
- The Doctor uses the IRIS machine.
- With references to a Pleasure Beach and attractions such as a ghost train, Tayborough Sands features many similarities with the town of Blackpool.
- From UNIT's point of view, this story takes place after TV: The Green Death, with the Third Doctor currently off on his own while Mike Yates is recovering from his brainwashing.
- The Doctor mentions the Zygons. (TV: Terror of the Zygons)
- The Doctor, Tegan and Turlough are spending a vacation in order to recover from the events of TV: Warriors of the Deep.
- Tegan last saw her grandfather just before he was about to move house and had promised to visit him as soon as she returned from Amsterdam (TV: Arc of Infinity) and thinks of visiting him. She would do so later on TV: The Awakening.
- The Doctor tells Mike Yates that he has regenerated twice since he last saw him. (TV: Planet of the Spiders, Logopolis)
- Turlough is worried that he might meet the Brigadier now, but the Brigadier didn't recognise him later when he turns up as a pupil at the school where he teaches Maths. (TV: Mawdryn Undead)
- Tegan remembers being possessed by the Mara. (TV: Kinda)