England in the 1920s.
Whilst K9 is off in the TARDIS leading the Black Guardian on a wild goose chase, the Doctor and Romana are enjoying a leisurely lifestyle as the Lord and Lady of a London townhouse. But trouble never stays away from them for long, and before they know it a chance discovery of alien technology leads them deep into the heart of the English countryside where a malign presence lurks.
As the Doctor dodges deadly butlers and ferocious gamekeepers, Romana is faced with a malevolent Aunt and an even deadlier peril – marriage.
- The Auntie Matter was the first story in the second series of The Fourth Doctor Adventures.
- Florence refuses to call Reginald “Reggie” as she believes that diminutives suggest over familiarity. Furthermore, she claims that Reginald sounds like the name of a High Court judge while Reggie sounds like the name of a door to door salesman.
- Romana considers Earth to be “harmless, if a bit primitive” as humans have only recently developed the theory of relativity. She regards them as only one step above banging each other on the head with rocks.
- The Doctor refers to George and Ira Gershwin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and flappers.
- The butler Grenville and the gameskeeper Diggery are identical androids. They are equipped with crystalline microcircuitry and are powered by a neutron cell.
- Reggie refers to the Martian invasion from The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells.