Recap: Eighth Doctor Adventures Vanderdekens Children
"With the greatest respect to the Smiths and the Joneses of the galaxy, there are times when a more individual cognomen has its advantages when one wants to impress."
There's a disturbance in the time vortex. The Doctor and Sam materialize the TARDIS in real space to investigate, and find an enormous ship floating halfway between hyperspace and normal space. An Emindian luxury liner and a Nimosian battle cruiser have also discovered the wreck and are in a standoff over who gets to claim it. Emindia and Nimos have a long history of border disputes and generally dislike each other.
The TARDIS is spotted by both ships, but the Doctor quickly dematerializes, and they rematerialize on in the cargo hold of the Emindian luxury liner. The Doctor hacks the computer and gives himself and Sam the position of distinguished guests on the liner. The Doctor, for no particular reason, uses his unpronounceable real name on his credentials.
The wreck, meanwhile, has proven very dangerous. One Nimosian has already died trying to land on the wreck, and now there are crews of Emindians and Nimosians getting ready to attempt to land on and claim the wreck for themselves.
The Doctor and Sam use their position as distinguished guests (specifically as "Federation Moderators") to become part of the shuttle crew who lands on the wreck. This proves to be quite a bit more than a simple mission of claiming a wreck and investigating a strange phenomenon. Everyone has secrets, and this wreck is both more dangerous and more valuable than anyone had previously believed...