the dark path
the missing adventures (virgin) #032
Written by: David A. McIntee
Publication Date: 21 March 1997
ISBN: 0 426 20503 0
Main Characters: The Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria
Setting: between The Web of Fear and Fury from the Deep, and after the Missing Adventure Twilight of the Gods.
back cover blurb
'He's one of my own people, Victoria, and he's hunting me.'
Darkheart: a faded neutron star surrounded by dead planets. But there is life on one of these icy rocks - the last enclave of the Earth Empire, frozen in the image of another time. As the rest of the galaxy enjoys the fruits of the fledgling Federation, these isolated Imperials, bound to obey a forgotten ideal, harbour a dark obsession.
The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive to find that the Federation has at last come to reintegrate this lost colony, whether they like it or not. But all is not well in the Federation camp: relations and allegiances are changing. The fierce Veltrochni - angered by the murder of their kinsmen - have an entirely different agenda. And someone else is manipulating the mission for his own mysterious reasons - another time traveller, a suave and assured master of his work.
The Doctor must uncover the terrible secret which brought the Empire to this desolate sector, and fine the source of the strange power maintaining their society. But can a Time Lord, facing the ultimate temptations, control his own desires?