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The Doctor and Rose Tyler arrive on a Magellan-class star cruiser circa 3000 AD, where they encounter the members of Pakafroon Wabster, the greatest rock band in history. The Doctor soon discovers that the ship is caught in a time loop which repeats the same few hours prior to the vessel's destruction by sabotage. After experiencing one of the loops, which results in the (temporary) death of Rose, the Doctor works to solve a double mystery: how to break the time loop, and the identity of the saboteur.
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- In the band's living quarters are posters for "Bannermen", "Face of Boe", "Dakon Theka", and "London Shayde".
- The band is on its way to Malphapalooza.
- Rose compares Pakafroon Wabster to Fleetwood Mac when she learns of the band's longevity.
- The Doctor mentions Elvis Presley's death and cites Buddy Holly, John Lennon and Kurt Cobain as musicians who became legends by dying in tragic circumstances.
- This story's title is in reference to the Pink Floyd song of the same name.
- The second edition of aHistory dates this story to circa 3000, based on the Doctor's comment; however, the third edition redates it to circa 3312, as the band is in its 300th year and Flip-Flop establishes that the band's first hit was in 3012.
- This is the first actual appearance of Pakafroon Wabster, which had previously been mentioned in the audio story Flip-Flop and the prose stories The Tomorrow Windows and The Clanging Chimes of Doom, all of which were written by Jonathan Morris.
- Rose's first death is presented in a fashion similar to her near-disappearance into the void in the television story Doomsday, with the Doctor hanging on and screaming at her.
- The Doctor refers to his ability to survive for a few minutes in a vacuum, saying it's "just a knack". (TV: Four to Doomsday)