"It's not malaria. At least, no strain that I'm familiar with."

From the moment that the Doctor and Leela leave the TARDIS, they know that something is very definitely wrong in a small seaside town in France.

An old woman nurses the madness in her mind... and the alien infestation in her body. Her son has lost his sanity — in accordance with the plans of a secret society. An androgynous alien pursues a vendetta against a hyperdimensional arms dealer who's stolen hir birthright. A pair of businessmen in Paris prepare to close a deal with an approaching fleet of spacecraft which will result in the transfiguration and slavery of hundreds — and the deaths of millions.

Can the Doctor work out who's on which side, before they all kill him... even the butler?

This is the first round-robin story featuring the 4th Doctor and Leela. This story is set between the televised adventures The Face Of Evil and The Robots of Death.

Certain characters in this story (mentioning no names) may be copyright the BBC, and/or Fox, and/or Virgin Publishing. Each chapter is © its author, as credited below.



Discontinuity Guide
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Preceded by

The Exiled Ones

Followed by

Riding the Currents

4th Doctor Adventures
Preceded by

The Planet of Relaxation

Followed by

The Exiled Ones


Originally posted:


  1. Chapter 1 — Renton Patrick
  2. Chapter 2 — Russ Massey
  3. Chapter 3 — Tony Whitt
  4. Chapter 4 — Greg McCambley
  5. Chapter 5 — Gregg Smith
  6. Chapter 6 — John Seavey
  7. Chapter 7 — Brad Trechak
  8. Chapter 8 — Paul Gadzikowski
  9. Chapter 9 — Ian McIntire
  10. Chapter 10 — Ed Matuskey
  11. Chapter 11 — Greg McCambley
  12. Chapter 12 — Paul Benson
  13. Chapter 13 — Michelle Lee Stone



Ian McIntire



Ian McIntire


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