|'The Dying Days'
by Lance Parkin
6 May 1997
The Dying Days of the Twentieth Century
On the Mare Sirenum, British astronauts are walking on the surface of Mars for the first time in over twenty years. The National Space Museum in London is the venue for a spectacular event where the great and the good celebrate a unique British achievement.
In Adisham, Kent, the most dangerous man in Britain has escaped from custody while being transported by helicopter. In Whitehall, the new Home Secretary is convinced that there is a plot brewing to overthrow the government. In west london, MI5 agents shut down a publishing company that got too close to the top secret organisation known as UNIT. And, on a state visit to Washington, the Prime Minister prepares to make a crucial speech, totally unaware that dark forces are working against him.
As the eighth Doctor and Professor Bernice Summerfield discover, all these events are connected. However, soon all will be overshadowed.
This time, the Doctor is already too late.
*Featuring the Eighth Doctor, Bernice, the Brigadier and UNIT
*This is the last of the Virgin New Adventures books, the BBC having taken over the license
*BBCi also published this story as an eBook on the official website.
*The E-book an introduction and chapter notes by Lance Parkin, plus new illustrations by Allan Bednar: