1997 BBC Books edition
Britain is at war. Night after night the Luftwaffe are bombing London. A serial killer dubbed the Limehouse Lurker is stalking the rubble-strewn streets. But a deadlier threat falls from the sky in the shape of a sinister silver sphere…
Cody McBride, ex-pat American private eye, sees the sphere crash-land and split open — and glimpses something emerging from within. But the military dismiss his account of events — the sphere is simply a new German secret weapon that has malfunctioned in some way. What else could it be?
Arriving amid the chaos, the Doctor and Ace are the only people to believe McBride. The sphere bears all the hallmarks of sophisticated alien technology — and whatever was inside it is now loose in London.
Before long, they have embarked on a trail that brings them face to face with hidden Nazi operatives — and some very old enemies…
2014 BBC Books edition
The Blitz is at its height. As the Luftwaffe bomb London, Cody McBride, ex-pat American private eye, sees a sinister silver sphere crash-land. He glimpses something emerging from within. The military dismiss his account of events — the sphere must be a new German secret weapon that has malfunctioned in some way. What else could it be?
Arriving amid the chaos, the Doctor and Ace embark on a trail that brings them face to face with hidden Nazi agents, and encounter some very old enemies.
- Illegal Alien was the fifth BBC Past Doctor Adventures. It featured the Seventh Doctor, Ace and the Cybermen.
- When he is talking about the Daleks, the Doctor’s voice develops a harder edge, which disturbs Ace.
- This novel was originally submitted as a television story for Season 27 of the original series of Doctor Who. It was initially submitted under a pseudonym as Mike Tucker had been known within the BBC as having predominantly worked with special effects
- The Doctor expresses disdain about his reputation as “the manipulator” and “the Chessmaster”. (The Curse of Fenric)
- The Doctor mentions the Dalek Invasion of Earth in the 22nd century. (The Dalek Invasion of Earth)
- Ace has a bar towel that says “Welcome to Iceworld”. (Dragonfire)