is an original novel written by Terrance Dicks
and based on the long-running British science fiction television
series Doctor Who
. It features vampires
in common with Dicks' 1980 television serial State of Decay
and makes reference to that stories' events as well as to those of The Five Doctors
. The events of this story are concluded in the first of the Virgin Missing Adventures
— Goth Opera
by Paul Cornell
. A prelude to the novel, also penned by Dicks, appeared in Doctor Who Magazine
While the Seventh Doctor and Ace team up with a hard bitten PI in 1929 Chicago, Bernice is stranded on a vampire-infested world with the Doctor's former companion Romana.
- The novel features Borusa who at the end of The Five Doctors was trapped in the tomb of Rassilon. There is an apparent contradiction between this story and Dicks' later novel The Eight Doctors, wherein Borusa again escapes the tomb.
- The private detective Dekker reappears in Dicks's later BBC Books Past Doctor Adventures novel Players.