The Space Age
Roots: The dystopian sixties vision of the future with warring gangs and milk bars is reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange. There are references to the Kinks, and the Who. Fitz mentions Meeps, a reference to the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip Doctor Who and the Star Beast.
Goofs: The back cover blurb (sadly) bears little resemblance to the rest of the novel.
Dialogue Triumphs: 'Fitz lies under pressure, I'm afraid.'
Continuity: The Makers exist in multiple dimensions and can manipulate the fabric of time and space (which they think of as a tapestry). The Makers constitute a group mind and therefore have no concept of individuality. They are small, purple-grey humanoids approximately the size of a human baby, which disproportionately large heads. They have huge sideways opening eyes, no ears and no nose. Their hands have three short fingers and a thumb, and they have a long thin tail. They communicate by telepathy or empathy. The Maker that crash landed on Earth in 1963 transported a group of Mods and Rockers to a small planetoid in the future as a reward for them rescuing it, creating a futuristic city for them to live in, which synthesized their food, water and oxygen.
The Doctor carries a metal comb and a silver yo-yo in his pockets. His presence in the city causes a temporal anomaly, which prevents the Maker from being able to accurately predict the future due to the increased number of potential timelines.
Since becoming a TARDIS, Compassion's senses extend into other dimensions. She can generate a force field around her and can deliver painful electric shocks if attacked. She accidentally overloads the brains of four humans by attempting to contact them via her telepathic circuits, temporarily disorientating them.
Links: Compassion unwillingly gained a randomiser in The Fall of Yquatine. The Doctor recalls meeting Fitz in 1963 (The Taint). The Doctor mentions Macra (The Macra Terror), Daleks and Cybermen. Fitz mentions the Remote and Faction Paradox (Interference).
Location: England, 1965; an unnamed planetoid, 3012.
Unrecorded Adventures: It is implied that the Doctor has fought aliens called Macsellians.
The Bottom Line: 'It's about time you realised how trivial and pointless your gang divisions look from the outside.' A thoroughly tedious run-around, which is even more disappointing coming as it does from Steve Lyons. The pathetic nature of the conflict between the mods and rockers is repeatedly emphasised, but unfortunately this results in most of the denizens of the city being so unsympathetic that the reader has little interest in their fate. Its a pity Lyons didn't write the book described on the back cover, as it would have been far more interesting.