On the Back Cover:
of the Day
There were the contracts,
the agents, the local sponsors, the pay-per-view broadcasts,
the independent verification of results, the laws which
made murder legal in carefully defined circumstances…
It had taken a long time for the system of freelance duellists
to be established, and an even longer time to develop
the league of interplanetary superstars the others fought
to reach and to challenge. And just when it was all working
satisfactorily and profitably someone or something started
interfering with the set up.
Famous fighters died in
private duels. Up-and-coming professional fighters began
to fall victim to casual, one-time challengers –
the sort of psychos and testosterone-addled drunks who
would themselves be expected to die quickly and routinely.
When Leela is challenged
to a duel to the death, The Doctor realizes that there
is more to the situation than simple murder and mayhem.
But before he can sort it out, he needs to save his client
– Leela. How long can she survive on a planet where
not to kill is an offence punishable by death?