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Publisher's summary Edit
The Doctor and Mrs Wibbsey are catapulted from present day Earth to a futuristic civilisation in a distant galaxy. At the Robotov Palace they find the Tsar and Tsarina ruling over their empire whilst human workers toil on satellite moons. The Doctor is mistaken for an old ally of the Tsarina's, but then suspected of treason when the Palace comes under attack. Dark secrets are lurking in the shadows, and the mysterious Father Gregory will set off a chain of events which have long-lasting consequences for the Doctor and Mrs Wibbsey.
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- The Doctor / Father Gregory - Tom Baker
- Mrs Wibbsey - Susan Jameson
- The Tsar - Michael Jayston
- The Tsarina - Suzy Aitchison
- Boolin - Simon Shepherd
- Lucius - Sam Hoare
- Servo Robots/Rebels - Paul Chequer, Grant Gillespie, Gabriel Vick
- The title is a play on the original trilogy of the famous Star Wars movie saga. It should be noted that the cover also bears many similarities to a poster for A New Hope, the original/fourth movie in the series.
- The Tsar of the Robotov Empire and the Tsarina's ally Father Gregory are based on the historical figures Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Grigori Rasputin, whom Michael Jayston and Tom Baker played in the 1971 film Nicholas and Alexandra respectively.
- This story is set directly after AUDIO: Sepulchre.
- A symbol of a snake eating its own tail (ouroboros) is mentioned, similar to the one the Eleventh Doctor would say the Corsair had tattooed somewhere on his/her body with each regeneration. (TV: The Doctor's Wife)