Promising his companion, Peri, high society elegance in fin-de-siecle London, the Sixth Doctor manages to hit the right time, but the wrong place…
The TARDIS has landed on the sun-baked veldt in the middle of a Boer War skirmish. And soon the Doctor and Peri are involved in the adventures of a struggling politician and war correspondent who they know is destined for greater things — a certain Winston Churchill. But mysterious forces seem to be interfering in his potentially great career…
Arriving in London, the Doctor and Peri enter high society but find themselves in a world of intrigue populated by notorious figures from Wallis Simpson to Joachim von Ribbentrop. And behind everything, the Doctor senses the hidden hand of the Players — mysterious beings who regard human history as no more than a chess board. Can the Doctor and Peri find the right moves to defeat them — before it’s too late?
- Players was the twenty-first BBC Past Doctor Adventures novel. It featured the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown. It was the first novel to mention and feature Season 6B — the period between the end of The War Games and Spearhead from Space — and the first to feature the Players.
- Peri complains about “lousy caves”, (The Caves of Androzani) “paranoid gastropods”, (The Twin Dilemma) the Cybermen (Attack of the Cybermen) and “a punishment dome dedicated to torture and death”. (Vengeance on Varos)
- The Eighth Doctor will meet the Players and the Countess again. (Endgame)
- Winston Churchill meets the Doctor for the first time in his personal timeline in 1899 while he is in his sixth incarnation. He later meets the Second Doctor in November 1915 and the Sixth Doctor again in December 1936. He would later meet the Sixth Doctor for a third time in 1942 (The Shadow in the Glass) and the Eleventh Doctor in 1941. (Victory of the Daleks) Furthermore, the Eleventh Doctor would later meet a version of Churchill who existed in an alternative timeline in which all of history was occurring at once. In that timeline, Churchill was the Holy Roman Emperor. (The Wedding of River Song)