Publisher's summary Edit
New Vegas, 23rd Century — a sprawling city huddling beneath an artificial atmospheric bubble on a distant moon. Pleasure seekers flock there from every corner of the galaxy, to take in the shows and play the tables in the huge casinos. But beneath the glitz and the glitter, organised crime rules the streets.
Whilst Rose Tyler works as a waitress in the Full Moon nightclub, Jack Harkness poses as a reporter for the Daily Galaxy. Meanwhile, the Doctor is helping the police department with their investigation into the Whisper, a strange vigilante that has been terrorising the city's underworld. But the Doctor is also on a mission of his own — to save Police Chief McNeil's life at all costs.
It's the 23rd century on the environment-domed colony of New Vegas... and Rose Tyler is a waitress. It sounded like fun when the TARDIS landed, but that was then—now, she's not happy with how the Doctor's plan has worked out. Yet, here she is, working for a werewolf named Cyrus Wolfsbane in his Full Moon Nightclub. And that's only the beginning, as someone is raiding the club!
A tall man in a cape and a mask invades the club, whispering about justice being served. It's a vigilante, recently arrived in New Vegas, known as the Whisper. Rose flees the club in the chaos, and runs into Jack Harkness, who stops her from going back to intervene as the police arrive—but then they are picked up by the police. Jack is released on the basis of his faked credentials—he is temporarily working as a reporter from the Daily Galaxy--but Rose is taken in for questioning. Jack lingers long enough to see the Whisper leave the scene.
Rose is questioned by police commissioner James McNeil, who is much more interested in her identity and history than in her involvement with the Whisper. Rose has no documented history of her travels, which makes McNeil suspicious. However, she is saved by the appearance of the Doctor, who claims to be Inspector George Dixon from New New New Scotland Yard on Earth, here to investigate the Whisper. He provides a digital record for Rose, which does not entirely satisfy McNeil, but silences him; the Doctor takes custody of Rose, and gets her out of the precinct. Outside, he comments on the weather; it's raining, but it is never supposed to do so under the dome. Wolfsbane intercepts them and offers Rose a ride back to the nightclub.
Meanwhile, at the offices of the Daily Galaxy, Jack is researching the Whisper and his victims. He is interrupted by a woman named Daisy Hewett, who has a strange story; she wants him to investigate the disappearance of her best friend, Lillian Marsh, who vanished shortly after the death of her husband. Daisy attributes the disappearance to Wolfsbane, for whom Lillian's husband worked. Jack at first pushes her away, but then becomes intrigued.
Wolfsbane tells Rose he is promoting her to Senior Waitress in the private lounge area of the nightclub, because he is watching out for her—in fact, he is just watching her, via monitors. He suspects something is up with her, as the police let her go. He watches her meet up with the Doctor; the Doctor fakes a robbery with Rose, to attract the Whisper. The Whisper arrives, but dodges the Doctor in favour of killing a graffiti artist across the street, and then flees again. The Doctor and Rose borrow a hoverbike to go after him. While chasing the Whisper, the Doctor tells Rose that the police are at a loss for dealing with the Whisper; the vigilante has gone from stopping major crime to killing even petty criminals, causing far more trouble than it stops—but the press love him.
They fail to catch him, but when they are forced to stop, they see an electronic billboard with a strange display. The Eleventh Doctor appears, and delivers a message to the Ninth Doctor, telling him that McNeil must live, and will eventually be the mayor of New Vegas. Wolfsbane arrives and pursues them as they chase the Whisper, who escapes. They evade Wolfsbane, but end up inside the police precinct. The Doctor grabs several devices and constructs a tracker for the Whisper. McNeil confronts them, but the Doctor brushes him off.
Jack and Daisy sneak into Wolfsbane's office and check his security records. They find a video of Lillian confronting Wolfsbane about her husband's death. The video shows that Wolfsbane had Lillian killed by dumping her outside the atmosphere dome; he also killed her husband, and sabotaged the atmosphere systems to send a message to the mayor regarding the true power in New Vegas. Jack calls the Doctor and updates him, but is interrupted. Daisy takes the opportunity to drug Jack, knocking him out.
The Doctor and Rose track the Whisper to its lair, in a residential neighbourhood. He finds the name "McNeil" on the house, and rushes in to find the Whisper about to kill McNeil. He and Rose intervene, saving McNeil; the Doctor is about to attack the Whisper, when McNeil stops him. The Whisper is revealed to be Lillian... who is McNeil's daughter. McNeil then saves Rose from the Whisper, which flees the house.
McNeil admits that he was behind the situation. He and Lillian had fought over her marriage to Ralph Marsh, who worked for Wolfsbane; McNeil had been working on taking down Wolfsbane. Lillian had returned to McNeil after being thrown outside the dome, but changed. She had been possessed by a Star Marshal, an electronic law enforcement agent from an alien collective outside the Earth Empire. The Marshal had crashed on the moon; wounded, it found the dying Lillian and merged with her. When the it asked McNeil for instructions, he gave it more than that: he gave it the personality of a vigilante, and sent it against Wolfsbane—but he never anticipated that it would turn on every form of crime. To the Whisper's defective thinking, everyone is guilty of something—and everyone must pay with death. And, worse: it intends to serve justice on everyone at once, by shutting down the containment dome.
Jack awakens in Wolfsbane's custody; Daisy has turned him in. She is revealed to be working for Wolfsbane. Wolfsbane wants to get to the Doctor, but more than that, he wants to get to the Whisper. He promises to kill Jack after he gets information from him... but Daisy lets slip that they are not at the nightclub, but at the atmospheric control centre. And none of them know that the Whisper is on its way.
The Whisper arrives, and attacks Wolfsbane's men. McNeil, the Doctor, and Rose also arrive, and find the gates already opened, and the guards down—the Whisper isn't just killing, but draining the life force of its victims to keep itself alive. The Doctor and Rose go in, but the Doctor warns McNeil to stay outside, remembering the Eleventh Doctor's warning. Wolfsbane uses Daisy as a shield, and recognises Lillian's corpse. Daisy escapes and runs, but is killed by the Whisper. It grabs Wolfsbane, but the Doctor intervenes, sending Rose to free Jack. The Whisper begins cycling down the dome's generators. McNeil admits his own wrong, and tries to talk the Whisper down with the Doctor's help. Wolfsbane takes advantage of the opportunity to strike the Whisper, breaking something vital inside it. He escapes, leaving the Whisper to die in McNeil's arms. While the Doctor, Rose, and Jack regroup, McNeil slips out to chase down Wolfsbane.
The Doctor goes after him, intent on keeping him alive, and finds him cornering Wolfsbane on a gantry over a drop. The Doctor tries to stop him from murdering Wolfsbane, begging him to bring Wolfsbane to justice instead. McNeil nearly falls with Wolfsbane, but the Doctor catches McNeil and halts his fall. McNeil demands to fall and take Wolfsbane with him. Wolfsbane drags the Doctor over—and Rose catches the Doctor's hand. Wolfsbane loses his grip on McNeil and falls to his death.
As the four survivors regroup, the police arrive. McNeil orders them to arrest him for collaborating with the Whisper, and as an accessory to murder. However, it seems the timeline is intact—and one day, McNeil will still be mayor.
- The Doctor mentions the Judoon to Rose, who has never heard of them before. (Which possibly conflicts with COMIC: Hacked in which Rose witnesses the arrival of several spaceships which the Doctor identifies as Judoon).
- The Doctor owns a Whizzer and Chips 1978 Spud Gun.
- The Doctor claims to have been in a film with Humphrey Bogart, who he claims is the only man who ever beat him at chess.
- Wolfsbane claims to be owner of the Consortium thanks to Bad Wolf Holdings.
- The Eleventh Doctor acknowledges that his contacting the Ninth violates some laws of time.
- This audio was recorded on 31 May 2013.
- This is the first original audio to feature the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler, and the first set in Series 1.
- This is the first (non-televised) original story starring the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler and Jack Harkness since PROSE: The Stealers of Dreams in September 2005.
- In contrast to the previous releases featuring the companion as the protagonist, the Ninth Doctor serves as the main character.
- The phrase "The trip of a lifetime" is invoked several times; this references the words spoken by the Doctor to the viewing audience during the first BBC One trailer promoting the return of the series in 2005.
- At 79 minutes and 53 seconds, this has the longest running time of any release in the Destiny of the Doctor range.
- This was the audio debut for Nicholas Briggs as the Ninth Doctor, albeit in narration form. His first line in the part was; "It's not a planet, it's a moon. A barren one, at that."
- The Eleventh Doctor hijacked a giant television screen in New Vegas to tell the Ninth Doctor to save the life of Police Chief James McNeil. (AUDIO: Destiny of the Doctor) He calls this incarnation "Ears" (TV: Rose) before apologising, saying it was something Pond "used to say". The Ninth Doctor's tone of voice suggests that he remembers the previous times the Eleventh Doctor contacted his past selves, (AUDIO: Destiny of the Doctor) or even their previous face to face meeting. (COMIC: Prisoners of Time)
- The Doctor dismisses Rose's questioning of the Eleventh Doctor's identity; she will not find out about his ability to change faces until TV: The Parting of the Ways.
- The Doctor once again calls humans "stupid apes". (TV: Father's Day)
- Jack has a spare sonic blaster, the Doctor having confiscated his previous one. (TV: The Doctor Dances)
- Rose has visited Raxacoricofallapatorius and Woman Wept. (TV: Boom Town)
- When Rose grabs the Doctor's hand, the Doctor reflects that she grabbed it the way he once grabbed hers. (TV: Rose)
- The Doctor says "There are worlds out there..." (TV: Survival)