The Doctor and Sam arrive on the planet Janus Prime after the Tardis malfunctions. The planet is certainly one of the strangest they have visited: it has a single moon which is permanently eclipsing the sun, and its sandy surface constantly glows with a blue radioactive luminescence. It's also the home of a race of eight-foot-tall spiders which have been systematically converted into cyborgs and are now used as guard dogs by a visiting group of mercenaries.
Also on Janus Prime is the Link, a hyperspatial fold in space/time which emerges on the planet Menda diametrically on the other side of the red sun. The Mendans have been using the Link to cross between the worlds and minor skirmishes with the troops on Janus Prime have broken out. But what is the secret behind the twin planets? Why are there strange obelisk-like alien artefacts in both places? What is the significance of the spider-creatures, and can the Doctor save both himself, the planets and Sam as she contracts a nasty and potentially fatal liquefying dose of Janus radiation?
The answers are revealed within this gripping and exciting novel. The relationship between the Doctor and Sam is described beautifully. The unravelling mystery and the handling of the radiation-scarred troops and the horrific deaths that await them makes for great reading. The settings are excellently defined and the solutions--when they come--are not obvious. However, it could benefit from more explanation right at the end when the Doctor tries to save Sam.
This is a novel which takes the concepts of Doctor Who and makes something special out of them. A wholly satisfying read, and a superb addition to the range. More please. --David J Howe
A Doctor Who novel featuring the eighth Doctor and Sam. When the pair arrive on the planet Janus Prime, on the edge of the galaxy, they discover a terrible weapon hidden in its glowing sands. If the weapon falls into the hands of the warring humans, it could destroy the galaxy.