Seeking to deal with the power fluctuations that have been affecting the TARDIS since their visit to the Riviera, the Doctor heads to a holiday camp in south Wales to visit an old friend, Goronwy, a beekeeper and TIme Lord-in-retirement. Teaming up with Ray again, they head for Goronwy's cottage. Suddenly, Goronwy announces that the bees "can hear it" and they pass out.
Gypsy and Ray awaken in a wood. Waking Goronwy, who is nearby, he tells them that they must have been timescooped. It seems they have been transported to the Land of Fiction. After an initial encounter with the Kandyman (not actually named, as none of them have encountered him before), they locate the Doctor, who is having tea with Death. Next, they encounter the personification of Time and, next, they face a Yeti. Gypsy, then, meets the Red Queen who tries to convince her to commit suicide.
Reunited with the others and allied to the mysterious Chevalier d'Argent d'Or, they face the true villain behind their kidnapping - the Black Guardian and his Drikhynite allies, who had planned to entrap the Doctor.
An Appendix : Looking Glass Chess indicates which piece each character represents.
The story is accompanied by an illustration of a Yeti (based upon the Harlequin model) that was later reused with The Sanatarium.
The story is divided into subsections headed by quotations from songs, poetry and fiction, namely :
- My Book and Song For Whoever (Beautiful South)
- Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Black Sabbath) - three times
- Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass (Lewis Carroll) - three times each.
- Death and I am the only being whose doom... (Emily Jane Bronte) - the latter twice.
- I Feel Alright (Steve Earle)
- The story, as should be obvious, is inspired by Through The Looking Glass. Which makes sense, given the use of the Land of Fiction by the villains...
- Death, indicating its nature as a fictional entity here rather than the real personification, talks like the Death of Discworld...
- There is a tiny bit of Welsh in this story.