Feliks, an acquaintance of the Doctor's, is killed in an accident. He leaves the Doctor a coded message. With difficulty, the Doctor decodes the message and finds himself caught up in the middle of a dangerous, world-threatening conflict.
This novel reads like an action spy thriller, with the Doctor amazing everyone with his fighting prowess, his 'vulcan' neck pinch and his short hair.
It also see the return of 'The Players' from their self-titled book also by Dicks. If you're not familiar with these characters, escpecially the motivation for the Countess, you will feel very underwhelmed towards the end of the novel. Actually, I knew about them and was still underwhelmed. I'm thinking this might mean another excursion into the 'Players' at a later date.
A distracting point in the novel, comes around page 177 where it seems the editing crew must have been sleeping as one of the main villian's name keeps alternating from Myrek to Marek. A small mistake but it does break the flow of the story.
I recommend this book, but only for a different kind of Doctor Who story which would have been better off without the 'Players' involved.