And then the answer struck me like a slice of lemon wrapped around a large gold brick...
The year is 4499. Davros has been captured by the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire and is on trial for crimes against all sentient creation. But Davros seems to be more than capable of defending himself - is he really responsible for the creation of the Daleks, or just one step amongst many in the road to their genesis? More to the point, there are plenty of supporters who want Davros alive for their own reasons...
Meanwhile, the Movellans remain locked in perpetual stasis with the Dalek battlefleet - but a second expedition has been made to Skaro and uncovered the remains of Commander Sharrel. Restored to full function once more, Sharrel has the key that will break the stalemate.
After centuries of peace, the end of the impasse is finally in sight...
As the fate of Davros is decided, one key witness realizes the danger to the human race is only just begun - the Movellans will turn on the rest of the galaxy once they are finished with the Daleks. As Sharrel prepares the super-weapon to wipe out the Daleks, Tyssan joins an elite taskforce to penetrate the Movellan network accompanied by the reprogrammed Lan and Agella. But can they really be trusted?
And will Davros' final fate prove the death nell for humanity as he claims?
4500: The civilizations of the cosmos from Sureen to Kantria are celebrating as the Movellan virus decimates the Dalek race, leaving their armies slaughtered and their technology ripe for salvage. The Movellan Network are hailed as heroes and rescuers, and it seems that straightforward conquest of humanity is unnecessary - they're welcoming the Movellans with open arms.
But as time goes on it becomes clear the Movellans have their own agenda - one rooted in their own origin. For as Tyssan is about to discover, this is not the first time the beautiful androids have encountered the human race.
There are answers to questions best left unasked.
And they lie in Orion...
4508: The truth about the Movellans has been discovered. The known worlds are up in arms - but Commander Sharrel has them hostage with a bevvy of artificial viruses that they have already infected the galaxy. Unless total surrender is given, the pathogens will be allowed to do their deadly work across known space. The Movellans win either way.
Tyssan and the Torchwood Archive intend to strike back using technology looted from Sharrel's old battlecruiser, but how can they possibly enter Movellan space without being wiped out by the diseases now running rampant through the cosmos?
Salvation appears to come at hand from a pair of mysterious travellers in time and space who are determined to help save everyone - but are the Monk and Lucie Miller as trustworthy as the Doctor and Romana were? Can Tyssan afford to take the chance as the death toll mounts?
Because the threat is no longer Davros, the Daleks or even the Movellans.
The current state of emergency has drawn the attention of Viyrans themselves...
I know, right? Freaking awesome. And the covers are good too. I've always thought the Destiny-Resurrection gap was ripe for exploration - mind you, I've always thought that Time and the Rani is as awesome as Chuck Norris... anyway, just proving that my paralytic sure ain't bitterness.
Happy Mother's Day, one and all.