a real world point of view
|Main enemy:||The Diadem|
|Main setting:||Io, 3985 |
|Release date:||April 1994|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 301 Pages|
|Virgin New Adventures|
|Tragedy Day||Theatre of War|
"So, that's an Ice Warrior. Brings a whole new meaning to the concept of shell suits."
The Doctor is pursuing a master criminal. The trail leads to Peladon: a desolate world once home to a barbaric, feudal society. Now the Galactic Federation is attempting to bring prosperity and civilisation to the planet. But not all Peladonians support the changes, and when ancient relics are stolen from their Citadel, the representatives of the Federation are blamed. The Doctor suspects the Ice Warrior delegation, but before long the Time Lord himself is arrested for the crime — and sentenced to death.
Elsewhere, interplanetary mercenaries are bringing one of the galaxy's most evil artefacts to Peladon, apparently on the Doctor's instruction. Ace is pursuing a dangerous mission on another world and Bernice is getting friendly — perhaps too friendly — with the Ice Warriors she has studied for so long.
The players are making the final moves in a devious and lethal plan — but for once it isn't the Doctor's.
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- The Doctor
- Bernice Summerfield
- Nic Reece
- Keri (full name Ker'a'nol)
- Alpha Centauri
- There are wind chimes from Deva Loka aboard the Bruk.
- The Sword of Tuburr in mentioned for the first time, a symbol of the Ice Warriors / Martian's warrior past. The Sword on display on the Bruk is a replica.
- The Doctor's eyes are either brown or black.
Foods and beverages
- Bernice (and others) drink some wine during a meal on Peladon.
- Queen Thalira died in a shuttle crash a few years after the Third Doctor's second visit to Peladon.
- Keri is a Pakhar.
- Alpha Centauri, is still alive. Reproduction comes naturally with the right mental urges.
- Savaar enjoys his kiss with Bernice.
- Nic Reece considers himself a pretty suave PR guy.
- Lianna gets speared (and dies) by Nic Reece.
- "Shsurr" is Martian for the equivalent of "m'lady".
- Mavic Chen succeeded Madam Amazonia as Guardian of the Solar System.
- The Doctor convinces King Peladon to withdraw from the Galactic Federation, thereby sparing it from the Daleks.
- Ace was hamster monitor in Miss Marshall's class.
- DWM 221 had a prologue across two pages for this novel with accompanying illustrations.
- This was originally intended to be an audio drama for the Audio Visuals range, a series of unlicensed audio dramas produced by fans. Most of them went on to produce licenced Doctor Who based works as part of Big Finish Productions, BBV Productions or in Britain's television industry.
- This was the first Doctor Who novel by Gary Russell, who later worked for Big Finish Productions, became script editor for the 2005 series revival, wrote novelisations for The Sarah Jane Adventures and also wrote for IDW Publishing's Doctor Who graphic novels in 2008.
- TV: The Curse of Peladon and The Monster of Peladon were the two stories to feature Peladon prior to this novel.
- AUDIO: The Bride of Peladon also featured Peladon, it takes place before this story, but after The Curse and The Monster of Peladon.
- At the conclusion of this story the Doctor receives "payment" from the Time Lords in the form of a chess set. The novel features a prologue to the events of TV: The Curse of Peladon.
- Queen Thalira died in a shuttle crash a few years after the events of TV: The Monster of Peladon.
- TV: The Daleks' Master Plan first featured Guardians of the Solar system.
- At the end of this novel Benny leaves to go on a dig with Rhukk. She returns in PROSE: Theatre of War.
- PROSE: Happy Endings features some characters Benny meets for the first time in this novel.
- The real Sword of Tuburr is seen in PROSE: GodEngine.
- It is implied that The Diadem is similar to the mind parasite in TV: The Mind of Evil.
- Ogri are the guards of the Federation. (TV: The Stones of Blood)
- There are Deva Lokan wind chimes on board the Bruk. (TV: Kinda)
- The Doctor previously met Alpha Centauri on three occasions during his third incarnation (TV: The Curse of Peladon AUDIO: The Prisoner of Peladon, TV: The Monster of Peladon) and once again during his fifth incarnation (AUDIO: The Bride of Peladon). All four of these encounters likewise occurred on Peladon.
- The events of TV: The Ice Warriors are identified to take place during the 34th century.
- An alternative version of the Doctor was beheaded by the Ice Warrior on Peladon. (PROSE: So Vile a Sin)
- Prelude to Legacy as published in DWM #211
- Detailed synopsis of Legacy at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Legacy at The Whoniverse