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|Released: ||February 2000|
|Publisher: ||BBC Books|
Note: Was later re-released as part of The Fourth Doctor Time Capsule box set.
Millennia ago, the great god Valdemar held sway over the universe. Somehow the Old Ones defeated this dark presence and entombed him beneath the acid skies of Ashkella, before disappearing themselves for ever.
Over the centuries, the myths of Valdemar grow, crossing solar systems and races. A novellist, Miranda Pelham, pieces together the Dark God’s story. Unfortunately for her, revolution and the rise of of a New Protectorate force her to strike an agreement with the decadent necromancer Paul Neville to find the lost Ashkellia.
The Doctor and Romana, despite their best efforts, become embroiled in the complex conspiracies and attempts to rediscover Valdemar. High in the boiling sulphuric acid clouds, in the Palace of the Old Ones, a place where reality and dreams collide, the way is being prepared for the resurrection of the Dark One.
The Doctor faces an agonising choice: should he continue with his quest to gather the segments of the Key to Time, or prevent the rebirth of a being so powerful that its release will alter the entire fabric of the universe?
Featuring the Fourth Doctor, Romana I and K-9, this story takes place between The Stones of Blood and The Power of Kroll.