The next day, the Justice Representative walked into the transit building.
"Sorry I'm late," he said breezily. "My calendar reset last week." He looked around the room of busy people, none of whom were paying him the least attention.
"Did I miss something?"THE ENDNOTES ON THE TALE:
Chapter 1: In the Third Doctor audio adventure, the Doctor tangles with an alien named Tragan; when his species is revealed, the Doctor muses, "A Naglon…I've had trouble with them before." Here is my imagining of exactly what sort of trouble it was, along with Tragan's origin.
Victoria's wardrobe in this story places it between 'Tomb of the Cybermen' and 'The Abominable Snowmen.'
Apparently, just before this adventure, the TARDIS crew visited the Planet of the Slinkies.
It is possible that Yvip and Villet are humans who just happened to be blue-skinned; too much colloidal silver in their diet, perhaps? And in my ideal world, Russell Hunter would have played Yvip.
The Tragan in the audio adventure (and novelisation) had a very narrow emotional-colour range that only seemed to go from mauve (normal) to white/lilac (happy) to purple/black (angry); I have taken the liberty of giving these Naglons a few more colours they can turn.
The Naglon hierarchy designation of Head-Fist, Second Fist etc. is my own, as is the information on their sexual habits. "Paradise" only shows one Naglon, who seems to derive considerable pleasure from torturing and killing humans. And now I notice that Head-Fist is a pretty obscene title from a human point of view, is it not?
Galactic Standard Spaching = Spanish/Chinese/English hybrid tongue. It seems the Barragan Corporation and/or this planet have Earth immigrants.
Chapter 2: The author of the Naglon sex manual is probably not A for Anonymous, but A for Avva from my story "A Pair of Dice"; presumably the Doctor would have picked up the book in the future, after Avva had met the as-yet-unborn Tragan.
The women of Naglon seem to be culling their race of the most aggressive individuals, by sending them on space missions and giving them fewer opportunities to be mated. However, the most successful of the aggressive males are brought back for mating with the Inner Council, ensuring that there is always a strain of aggressive males available who are presumably under tight watch by the Council.
Chapter 3: I had to cut a joke about a Stewart tartan kilt here, not only because the colours were too dissimilar, but because the clan tartans were not formalised at the time of Jamie entering the TARDIS (1746).
Chapter 4: The Naglon who hisses at Jamie and Victoria in the corridor is probably the Second-Fist.
I never decided if the Barragan Corporation's ulterior motive in hiring Brot was a mark against them, or a mark in their favour. Your thoughts?
Chapter 5: Dindle is a wonderful word, which I first encountered in C. S. Lewis' novel 'The Great Divorce.'
Since the Doctor theorises that the Naglons are of aquatic origin, I made Brot and Elvit interested in alien seas.
Therri's diction is not as stiff in this last chapter, because he is speaking his native language instead of a learned one.
Therri's search of the planetary net gains him pictures of little wooden blocks - dominoes - because a small mask that covers only around the eyes is called a domino mask. This ties into the title and also the Doctor's final dialogue with Jamie.
Flat-face is of course the (insulting) Naglon word for non-Naglon races that do not have hyperactive faces.
Modern technology means that a formal Naglon contract has some sort of light-sensitive sensor in it that reads faces; I presume in the past, Naglons would have carried around multicoloured ink stamps as their signature.
Epilogue: The real Justice Representative missed the news this morning, or he would have seen the story about Brot being hired. Of course, this would also have disqualified him from judging the case (possibly biasing prior knowledge of the people involved) so actually it makes sense that he doesn't watch the news. (Save!)
My, but that's a lot of notes.