Fri, 2 January 2015
We generally take on a Steve Lyons book every once in a while and, perhaps to clear the air after the controversy that was stirred with Time of Your Life, we've taken another look at a Lyons novel, and this time it's The Murder Game, a BBC Past Doctor adventure featuring the Second Doctor, Ben, and Polly. From the back cover:
The faded glamour of a hotel in space, spinning in an all-but-forgotten orbit round the Earth, is host to some unusual visitors this weekend - including a party that claim to travel in a battered blue police box...
It is the year 2146. Answering a distress call from the dilapitated Hotel Galaxian, the TARDIS crew discover a games enthusiast is using the hotel to host a murder-mystery weekend. But it seems someone from his motley group of guests is taking things a little too seriously.
While the Doctor, Ben, and Polly find themselves joining in the shadowplay, it becomes clear that a real-life murderer is stalking the dark, disused corridors of the Galaxian. But worse than this: there's a sinister force waiting silently in space for events to unfold. A terrible secret is hidden on board the Galaxian, and if it is discovered nothing - least of all murder - will ever be the same again. If this is a game, the stakes just got higher.
Set between "The Power of the Daleks" and "The Highlanders", The Murder Game was the second in the BBC Past Doctors series. It's also the unofficial first appearance of the sonic screwdriver (or rather its prototype).
Sit back, pour yourself some bitter beer, and listen in as we discuss Steve Lyons' The Murder Game.