Dying in the Sun is the most eagerly awaited movie of 1947. It's a
that touches your heart, your soul and just might change the world.
Ben and Polly.
The TARDIS doesn't appear and isn't mentioned, but presumably it lands
in or near Los Angeles, 1947.
Pg 137 "And evil must be fought." A bit tenuous, but this is reminiscent
of the second Doctor's "They must be fought" speech in The Moonbase.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Detective William Fletcher, Robert Chate, Maria Coleman.
[With thanks to Julian White for pointing these out]
- Pg 23 Ben Jackson is not in the merchant navy. Photos
from War Machines clearly show him in RN uniform (HMS Teazer).
- The purloined reel has none of the initial impact (pg 74) but it is
'infected' with the Selyoids (pg 133) who are activated by the microscope
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
- The Selyoids influence may be subconsiously changing Ben's thoughts about
- There may not be enough Selyoids to have a noticable effect.
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
The Selyoids, tiny creatures of light who can influence a film's effects,
or be ingested and share control with a person's mind. They fled from an
unnamed planet that suffers an unexplained catastrophe, discovered frozen
in Alaska. They were a civilisation of artists, of dreamers, of living
stars... they pinned all hope on the scientists. The outcasts who had
begun to see life as more than an excuse for creativity. The Selyoids name
for themselves is 'The Children'. [With thanks to Julian White for this
Los Angeles and surroundings, October 1947.
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
It's a little heavy-handed in places and even trying to tackle the second
these days is a brave step which bears about as much success here as all
others, but there's something refreshing about a book that has no
references, no mention of the TARDIS and just gets on with telling its own
story. For once, the idea of a novel that's basically a movie in prose
appropriate. Not too shabby.