a real world point of view
|The Murder Game|
|Main enemy:||The Selachians|
|Release date:||July 1997|
|Format:||Paperback Book, ? Pages|
|BBC Past Doctor Adventures|
|The Devil Goblins from Neptune||The Ultimate Treasure|
Publisher's summary Edit
The faded glamour of a hotel in space, spinning in an all-but-forgotten orbit round the Earth, is host to some unusual visitors this weekend - including a party that claim to travel in a battered blue police box...
It is the year 2146. Answering a distress call from the dilapidated Hotel Galaxian, the TARDIS crew discover a games enthusiast is using the hotel to host a murder-mystery weekend. But it seems someone from his motley group of guests is taking things a little too seriously.
While the Doctor, Ben and Polly find themselves joining in the shadowplay, it becomes clear that a real-life murderer is stalking the dark, disused corridors of the Galaxian. But worse than this: there's a sinister force waiting silently in space for events to unfold. A terrible secret is hidden on board the Galaxian, and if it is discovered nothing - least of all murder - will ever be the same again. If this is a game, the stakes just got higher.
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The Doctor Edit
- The Doctor had previously seen an entire world devastated by the Selachians, although he had not yet met them.
- In a rarely seen gesture, the Doctor offers a silent prayer to "the gods of his own people".
- In the Doctor's pockets are (amongst other things) a bag of jelly babies and a yo-yo, both used frequently by the Fourth Doctor.
- The Doctor, Ben and Polly encountered Venusians, Draconians and Alpha Centaurans at a spaceport bar in an unchronicled adventure preceding this one.
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- The Selachians also appear in PROSE: The Final Sanction, AUDIO: The Architects of History and AUDIO: The Selachian Gambit.
- T-Mat equipment is mentioned. (TV: The Seeds of Death)
- UNIT — and mentions of the Doctor in the organisation's files — are mentioned; however, the Doctor says he knows nothing of such an organisation (not having heard of it until TV: The Invasion).
- The Doctor refers to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as an "old friend". In PROSE: Evolution, the Fourth Doctor suspects they may have met before.
- The Doctor can feel the space station moving, even though no one else can. This is similar to his ability to feel the movement of the Earth. (TV: Rose)
- Among the alien menaces the Doctor has fought, Ben mentions the War Machines, (TV: The War Machines) the Daleks, (TV: The Power of the Daleks) and the Cybermen, (TV: The Tenth Planet) and is about to mention more (but is interrupted), implying that additional adventures have taken place since he met the First Doctor (which likely include: PROSE: Pluto and PROSE: Invasion of the Cat-People among others).
- Professor X is mentioned. (PROSE: No Future)
- The Doctor creates a temporary sonic device, used to unlock a door, and resolves to begin work on a permanent version when he got back to the TARDIS. The resulting sonic screwdriver is later seen in PROSE: Dreams of Empire (and onscreen in TV: Fury from the Deep), and possibly even earlier — in PROSE: Wonderland. (What happened to his previous sonic device used in PROSE: Venusian Lullaby is unknown.)
- Ben states that in his experience, computers do as they please. (TV: The War Machines)
- When seeing an outfit found in the TARDIS wardrobe consisting of a colourful patchwork shirt clashing with yellow trousers, the Doctor thinks to himself that he would never wear such a thing, a notion obviously forgotten by the time that his sixth incarnation came around. (TV: The Twin Dilemma)
- Ben and Polly both refer to the attempted Cyberman invasion of Earth in December 1986. (TV: The Tenth Planet)
- The Murder Game at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Murder Game at The Whoniverse