The Planet of Oblivion
Continuity: Ursulonamex is half ocean and half forest. The heavily oxygenated oceans are rich in life and the bubbles support swimmers so that they can’t sink. The forests are so dense in places that they blot out sunlight. Like Earth’s forests, they have different layers, each with its own plants and animals. There are eagle-like birds on Ursulonamex. The Cities of Green are living spaces made out of the trees themselves and include the City of Singing Flowers and the City of Hornbeams. The planet is a favoured holiday destination for other species and is known as the Planet of Oblivion because it allows people to forget their problems. One of the animals found in the forests resembles a dark grey cross between a panther and a wolf. The natives are humanoid with green tinted skin. They wear clothes made out of leaves and bark.
The Dravidians are an insectoid species from the Dravidian Star Cluster of Ganymede Antares. They resemble giant grasshoppers. Their Hive Ships are organic. They crave an empire and are constantly searching for the weapons and technology of other species. The Dravidians seen here claim to be returning from the Hatching World of Slavv. They witnessed the attack on Ursulonamex by the Darksmiths’ clients and want to copy the weapon using data captured by Orbit Stations sensors. They breathe through spiracles in their abdomen and thus need more oxygen than humans. Their thin yellow blood does not carry oxygen around their bodies.
The animal on Ursulonamex rips the lining of the Doctor’s coat. The Doctor and Giselle pose as members of the Galactic Bureau of Investigation.
Links: The Game of Death, The Pictures of Emptiness. Giselle recalls working on an underwater base (The Depths of Despair). There is a reference to Florana (Death to the Daleks). The Dravidians were first mentioned in The Brain of Morbius. The Doctor knows a joke about a Venusian Shanghorn who was given a Perigosto stick. (The Green Death).
Location: Ursulonamex and Orbit Station [the twenty-first century].
The Bottom Line: Pure padding, although this being a Justin Richards novel it is nonetheless functional. The Dravidians aren’t terribly memorable and seem to have created purely to teach the kids some basic entomology.