Set in the era of the Doctor’s 4th regeneration (when he was portrayed by Tom Baker), the TARDIS arrives in Cambridge during the 1970s. The Doctor and Romana II (Lalla Ward) are there to visit an aging Time Lord, Professor Chronotis. But another alien, Skagra, is also there to see the Professor. It seems that Chronotis has many secrets, and one of them is that he is in possession of an artifact that would lead one who knew how to use it to Shada, the mysterious location that the Time Lords seem to have forgotten. As usual, the Doctor stands in the way of another madman trying to take over the universe. Taking the original script, hand-written notes from rehearsals, the various attempts to complete the work, elements of the episode that were reworked and found in Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and his own experience with working on Doctor Who, Gareth Roberts does an impressive job of bringing to us this lost Doctor Who episode.
36. Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb, Vengeance In Death, 357 pages, Mystery, Paperback, 1997 (In Death, Book 6).
Lieutenant Eve Dallas once again faces off against a brilliant, twisted serial killer, fueled by revenge and wrapped up in the trappings of religious fanaticism (Catholicism this time). He leaves riddles for Dallas, with never enough time to actually save the victim. Turns out the victims have a common link – they were known to Eve’s husband, the mysterious and rich Roarke. We discover more about Roarke’s childhood, his revenge for the murder of Summerset’s daughter, and delve into the life of Summerset himself. It’s a fast-paced book, probably one of the quickest reads of the year, and a lot of fun.