Friday, 24 July 2009

VTV Series Episode 7: A Pressing Engagement

The wind along the street increased, and the blue box landed opposite the house of Katie Parker. The door to the box opened, and a man in a brown suit stepped out, followed by a pretty blonde girl. The girl pulled a key from her pocket, and walked up to the house. Unlocking the door, she stepped inside.

“Anybody home?” Katie called.
“It’s all quiet,” the Doctor concluded.
“Mum will be back soon,” Katie said, looking at a clock. “I can introduce you!”
“What’re you gonna say?” the Doctor asked sceptically.
“Oh I’ll think of something,” Katie said, brushing off the Doctor’s words.

She clasped his hand and pulled him up the stairs. The Doctor politely oohed and ahhed in all the right places, but only really took an interest in a dark wardrobe in the corner of Katie’s room. He walked over to it, pulling out the sonic screwdriver.

“What is that?” he asked.
“A wardrobe,” Katie said, sitting down on her bed.
“No, that sort of buzzing from inside it,” the Doctor replied. “Ssh!”
“I can’t here it,” Katie said. “I think I would have noticed if something was in my wardrobe.”
“Obviously not,” the Doctor said.

And he pulled open the door.

“Derek?” a voice called.

Katie’s mum stepped inside the house. She could here voices upstairs.

“Is that you honey?” Sandra called.

She began to walk upstairs, when she heard a door open. There were footsteps, and Katie appeared at the top of the stairs, looking a little dishevelled. Her eyes widened when she saw her mum.

“Mum!” she cried, running down the stairs to hug her.
“Katie!” Sandra cried, hugging her back. “What are you doing here sweetie?”
“I just thought I’d pop back for a visit,” Katie said, desperately whishing she’d thought of a story earlier.
“You’ve been gone six weeks!” Sandra said.
“I know, I know,” Katie said.
“Let’s go into the kitchen, I expect you’ve got lots to tell me,” Sandra said.
“Err yeah, something like that,” Katie said, giving one last look upstairs.

As soon as the Doctor had opened the wardrobe, a dark furry creature leapt out, landing on top of him. Katie ran at it and dived onto the bed. The creature wrestled with her. The three all looked up in shock as they heard a voice. It was coming from downstairs. The creature took the momentary distraction to leap on top of the Doctor.

“I’ll go see who it is,” Katie said, leaping off the bed and ducking out of the room.

The Doctor rolled over, knocking the desk beside Katie’s bed onto the floor. The creature was fast, and incredibly strong. It yanked the Doctor’s arms, and held them at his side.

“What are you?” the Doctor asked, struggling.
“A marmot,” the creature said helpfully, before flying in and hugging the Doctor.
“Woah little fella!” the Doctor said. “I didn’t know you just wanted a hug!”
“You don’t know how long I’ve been trapped in that flipping wardrobe!” it cried. “Humans are so stupid!”
“Tell me about it!” the Doctor laughed.
“I’m Norman,” the creature said.

“So, what’s been happening with you?” Sandra asked.
“You go first,” Katie said, hoping it would bide her more time to think of something.
“Well,” Sandra began, and Katie could tell she would be here for a while. “Steve at work told Jane she looked like a hag, and it was all a joke, you know? Well Jane got really upset, and she said she wanted to resign! Well of course I wouldn’t let her, but then last Tuesday she went up on the roof!”
“The roof?” Katie asked quizzically.
“I know!” Sandra cried. “The roof! Well we all followed her up. I told her not to jump, I said it was mental! Then she got all defensive, thinking we all thought she was mental! But the cops came in a helicopter. We were on the telly! She nearly jumped, I tell you my sweet! Well Dave, you know, Dave Dave, Quiet Dave, Dad’s Dead Dave? Well he tackled her and saved her! Then Jane kissed him! Of course he didn’t like her like that, cos it’s Dave! But he didn’t have the heart to tell her she was a mental hag. Anyway, they took her to the Health Centre last Thursday, did you get her in?”
“I wasn’t working then,” Katie said. “But we must’ve, yeah.”
“So, what’s been happening with you?” Sandra asked. “It’s weird; I thought I heard voices upstairs.”
“That?” Katie said. “I’d like you to meet my… friend. No, my boyfriend! Yeah, that’s it. He’s upstairs, I’ll just get him.”

Sandra looked puzzled, but let Katie hurry off without a word. Katie burst into her bedroom, and saw the Doctor embracing the creature.

“What the - ?” Katie asked.
“This is Norman,” the Doctor said. “Say hello!”
“Hi!” Norman smiled. “I’ve been trapped in your wardrobe!”
“Great,” Katie said. “Doctor – my mum wants to meet you. I kind of told her you’re my boyfriend…”

Katie frowned as the Doctor let out a snorting noise. As soon as he saw her face he gulped and held in his laughter.

“Right,” he managed to say. “Let’s go meet the parents!”
“He’s not coming,” Katie said.
“But he’s so cute!” the Doctor protested.

Katie growled and the Doctor leapt up, dropping Norman on the floor. Staying out of hitting distance, he followed Katie out of the room.

“Mum,” Katie said. “I’d like you to meet John.”
“John Smith,” the Doctor said, shaking Sandra’s hand.
“Oh my God he’s English!” Sandra said, barely able to contain her excitement. “And he’s gorgeous! Where did you meet him?”
“At the Health Centre,” Katie said truthfully. “He works at the branch in England. We met at the water cooler.”
“How old are you?” Sandra asked, as Katie and the Doctor sat down.
“Over 900,” the Doctor said.

Sandra looked surprised for a minute, before laughing. Katie reached forward and took the Doctor’s hand. She squeezed it menacingly.

“I’d forgotten the English were so funny!” Sandra laughed.
“I’m 33,” the Doctor said.
“It’s a little too old for my Katie,” Sandra said.
“Mum, I’m 24 now!” Katie frowned.
“I know sweetie, but –” Sandra began.

The Doctor decided it was time to take action. He didn’t want Katie’s dad to come home and kick him out of their house, not when Norman was upstairs and a danger to them. Plus Sandra might stop Katie from travelling with him. He fished in his pockets, and eventually found what he had been looking for.

“Katie,” the Doctor said, bending down on one knee. “Will you marry me?”

Immediately Sandra screamed with pleasure. It seemed her doubt about his age was soon forgotten. Katie had gone slightly red, but looked extremely pleased.

“Yes!” she cried.

The Doctor stood up, and hugged her with such force she was lifted off the ground. Forgetting it was an act, Katie kissed the Doctor full on the lips. He returned the kiss, breathing in her strawberry scent. She smelt wonderful. As the broke apart, Sandra held a phone in her hand.

“Derek!” Sandra shouted. “Get home at once! Katie’s back!”

She immediately began calling every other member of Katie’s family. The Doctor slipped a beautiful ring on Katie’s wedding finger.

“It’s perfect!” Katie sighed.

She stood up and went to the notice board in the kitchen. She admired the ring on herself in the mirror next to it. Then something flashy caught her eye. It was a notice. She pulled it off the board, and brought it into the next room.

“What’s this?” she asked. “If something says we’ve won something it’s usually a con. I told you about these before mum.”
“No, this one’s genuine!” Sandra said. “The whole street got one! We won that competition. We entered and everything!”
“What is it?” the Doctor asked.

Picking it up off the table, he read:

You’re a winner!

Congratulations, you’re street has won our prize! On 27th May you’re street will board the M4RY9099IN5 Airplane and you will be flown to New York to enjoy a free weekend of shopping and pampering! Sports and Films will be arranged for the men! Be sure not to miss it!

“27th May, it says,” the Doctor muttered. “We’ve got four tickets! We had to apply the other week, and I was planning to take Jane as a get well present, but John can come too!”
“Sounds lovely,” the Doctor said.
“You’re definitely coming,” Katie said. “Don’t think about swanning off.”
“Wouldn’t dream of it,” the Doctor said, cursing on the inside.
“Well, I think we’d probably better be off,” Katie said.
“Are you living at his house?” Sandra asked.
“Yeah,” Katie said. “John, can you come upstairs for a minute?”
“Of course Katie,” the Doctor said.

Taking his hand, Katie pulled the Doctor upstairs. Norman looked up as they entered the room.

“Right,” Katie said. “We need to get rid of this thing.”
“He has a name you know,” the Doctor grumbled. “But yes, you’re right.”
“Come on Norman,” Katie said. “I’ll distract mum, and you get him out.”

The Doctor nodded, and picked up Norman. He hugged him like an orangutan.

“Mum, can I talk to you?” Katie said.
“Sure sweetie,” Sandra said. “Is something wrong?”
“Not wrong no,” Katie said. “It’s about John. He hasn’t got any family, so the wedding might be a bit empty. We’re gonna invite his friends, but still.”
“Oh that’s alright,” Sandra said. “That’ll mean we can invite more!”
“Oh and we might hold the wedding in England,” Katie said quickly.

The Doctor walked down the stairs clutching Norman. He crept to the front door, when it opened before him. Derek Parker stepped through as the Doctor chucked Norman behind a pile of coats.

“Who are you?” Derek asked.
“John Smith sir,” the Doctor said. “I’m going to be marrying your daughter.”
“Oh you are, are you?” Derek asked.

For one minute the Doctor thought Derek was going to punch him.

“Well bloody good of you,” Derek continued. “No one else has managed to shift her.”
“Thank you,” the Doctor said.

Derek walked further inside the house, allowing the Doctor to take Norman out. He popped Norman inside the TARDIS, and just as he stepped outside Katie appeared.

“Let’s go,” she said. “My dad started talking about how you’re the son he always wanted. I think he’s gonna marry you if I don’t.”
“Right,” the Doctor said.
“Where are we going now?” Katie asked excitedly.
“Well we’re gonna take Norman back home,” the Doctor said. “Then we’ll have to start planning this wedding.”
“I told her it was gonna be in England,” Katie said. “Are we actually going through with it?”
“We have to. What are your parents gonna say if we don’t?”
“My dad would hunt you down,” Katie laughed.
“And kill me?” the Doctor asked.
“No you idiot,” Katie laughed. “Propose!”

The Doctor took Katie’s hand and led her back to the TARDIS.

“This is gonna be so weird,” Katie said.
“You could have come up with a better plan than saying I was your boyfriend,” the Doctor added.
“You didn’t have to propose!” Katie laughed.
“Here we are, arguing like an old married couple!”
“Ooh,” Katie suddenly thought. “Can we have the reception on Mars?”
“Not a chance,” the Doctor said. “The food’s awful.”
“Venus?” Katie suggested.
“Deal,” the Doctor grinned. “Wait till I invite Sarah Jane! She’s gonna scream.”
“The bitch,” Katie laughed.


In a dark room, a white gloved hand picked up an invitation. It was telling of an event on the 27th of May. An event that the Doctor would be attending. An event where revenge was long overdue… The person the gloved hand belonged to smiled. And laughed.

The End

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

VTV Series Episode 6: The Jungle Book

The TARDIS materialised in a jungle, full of plants and cries of animals in the distance. Katie Parker stepped out, and looked around. The Doctor followed in his blue suit, and shut the door behind him.

“Where are we?” Katie asked.
“It’s the 37th Century, and this is the planet Flora Colenso. It’s home to every plant species in the universe, except daffodils. Dunno why though,” the Doctor replied walking down a bark covered path.
“I think it’s beautiful,” Katie breathed. “Why are we here?”
“I was thinking we could plant a few daffodils,” the Doctor grinned.
“But why don’t they have daffodils here?” Katie asked.
“Never heard of them. They died out, I guess,” the Doctor said. “We’ll plant them outside greenhouse 3, with a label. Daffodils wouldn’t be anything unless they were called daffodils.”
“I can’t believe we’re doing something like this! This is amazing!” Katie said.
“Helping the human race remember daffodils!” the Doctor grinned.
“My life with you, it’s different everyday!”
“It’d be boring if it was all the same,” the Doctor pointed out.

They walked past a host of translucent red glass plants, which were curved and twisted, reaching up for the sunlight. They hopped over large roots in the ground, and carried on.

“What plant has those big roots?” Katie asked.
“I’d rather not talk about that one,” the Doctor said.
“Why not?” Katie asked, grinning.
“They have an annoying name,” the Doctor explained.

Far up in the sky, several galaxies away from Flora Colenso, a volcanic-like planet erupted. Two seed pods shot across the galaxy, and into the next. They kept each other safe on the long journey, past stars and planets, and suns and moons. They leapt and danced and laughed in the blackness. They sang and skipped and ducked and dived, always on their path to the planet Flora Colenso. There were other plants there; sick plants, underfed plants, all trapped in giant houses by the human race. The two seed pods would eventually germinate and grow, and save the hundreds of species of plant trapped on a lonely planet.

Katie ran through the jungle. They had been there a while, when all of a sudden a tree with thick black roots attacked them.

“This kind of thing’s normal!” the Doctor had said as they had dived out of its path.
“Normal?” Katie had screeched. “I thought you said these plants were nice!”
“I said pretty, not friendly! Or maybe I said pretty friendly… Still, this plant isn’t!”
“What’s it called anyway?” Katie asked as she had thrown herself sideways to avoid another root.
“Horticurous Tentacula!” the Doctor had said, avoiding razor sharp leaves. “Split up!”
“Meet you back at the STARDIS!” Katie cried, running off.
“The TARDIS!” the Doctor called after her.
“What?” Katie shouted.
“Never mind!” the Doctor said, dodging the Tentacula.

Katie ducked into a bush. The leaves brushing her face smelt sweetly of mint. She could here the rustle of the Tentacula searching for her. She held her breath as it moved towards the bush.

The Doctor ducked behind a tree, as the Tentacula roots shot past him. He breathed a sigh of relief. Maybe it hadn’t found Katie yet, either. She was brave, she’d be fine. Thoughts of Katie dying crept into his mind like roots spreading through the soil. He shook them off, it was only a plant after all, and they’d faced much worse things. The Doctor turned around. The roots had wrapped around a sign post. Jungle Book: Greenhouse 5, read the sign.

“Jungle Book?” the Doctor said.

He instantly regretted speaking aloud; the Tentacula had heard him. Katie screamed as the Tentacula grabbed her foot. She clawed at the rich soil; attempting to stop it from dragging her to her death. Suddenly there was a flash, and gun shot, and a shower of sparks. The Tentacula lost its grip, and Katie crawled out of the bush. She looked up to see her saviour. Trying not to smile, she saw a man in explorers gear, with a large moustache.

“Hello,” Katie said.
“Hello there! Awful mess you were in,” he said cheerily.
“Yeah, thanks,” Katie said.

He helped her to her feet, and offered a hand to shake.

“Sir Ralph Forest,” the man announced grandly.
“Katie Parker,” Katie smiled.
“I say, I think we should be on our way,” Ralph said. “I think we’re the only humans left alive. The plants are turning deadly – the rest of the human life has been destroyed.”
“My friend’s still here,” Katie said quickly. “The Doctor. I need to find him.”
“I’ll send out a rescue probe,” Sir Ralph offered.
“Thanks,” Katie said again.

The probe found the Doctor just in time – the Tentacula had its thick black roots wrapped around his neck. With one red laser beam blast, the roots crippled and shrank. The Doctor rubbed his now sore neck.

“Thanks,” he said awkwardly to the probe.

It beeped in appreciation, and sped off. Time to find this Jungle Book.

“Spiffing! The probe found your friend!” Sir Ralph cried, waving his arms around.
“Where is he?” Katie asked.
“He seemed like an awfully nice chap. By Greenhouse 5. By the Jungle Book…” Ralph gasped. “Come on fair lady!”

Katie raised her eyebrows, but with one drag of Ralph’s arms, she began to run. The Doctor slipped between the fine doors of Greenhouse 5. The huge dome loomed up above. There weren’t many plants here, the Doctor noticed. Perhaps that was a good thing. The Doctor looked over to the other side of the room. There was a platform made of roots, entwining up a plinth, eventually sprouting out to hold an extraordinary glass book. The Doctor hopped over to it excitedly.

“The Jungle Book, I presume,” the Doctor said.

He opened its thin pages. The glass was brittle – easily damaged. He flicked through as quickly and as carefully as he could.

“It’s a book,” he muttered. “A book listing every species of plant in the universe! But what’s it got about plant control…?”

Katie and Ralph reached Greenhouse 5 and slid open the door.

“Doctor!” Katie cried, running and hugging him.
“Watch the book – oh, never mind,” the Doctor replied, hugging her back.
“Sir Ralph,” Ralph introduced himself.
“Pleased to meet you,” the Doctor said. “It seems we have a problem.”
“I gathered that old chap!” Ralph chortled, amused by himself.
“Well yes, quite,” the Doctor sighed. “Did you gather that it was the Krynoids?”
“What?” Katie asked blankly.

The Doctor lifted up the glass book, and using the sonic screwdriver, projected a double page on the side of the Greenhouse.

“They come in pairs, from across space,” the Doctor informed them. “They seek out helpless plant life, rescuing it from dangerous species. Or, that’s what they’re doing this time.”
“Can we stop them?” Katie asked.
“We need extreme high temperatures,” the Doctor said. “And something to attack them in space – if we leave it till the pods land here there will be no way to stop them.”

Suddenly a wall of the Greenhouse smashed, and a giant weed-like plant pulled itself through the hole. Part of it grabbed the Doctor, sending the sonic screwdriver across the floor, and making the Jungle Book drop and smash into fragments.

“No!” Katie cried, reaching out for the book.

She grabbed a shard of glass before she and Ralph were pulled off their feet as well.

“It’s going to kill us!” the Doctor cried, wriggling.
“I say!” Ralph said. “What do we do?”
“Ralph!” Katie cried. “Your rescue probe! Can it emit heat? We could use it to stop the Krynoids!”
“Brilliant!” the Doctor cried. “Do you have it?”
“Here,” Ralph said. “But it’ll need tampering with. I can do it, but I’ll need your screwdriver!”

Katie saw it was closest to her. She heaved the shard of glass in her hand and smashed it into the creature. It squealed, and dropped her. She crawled forwards and grabbed the sonic screwdriver.

“Catch!” she cried, lobbing it to Ralph.

The sonic emitted a blue squeak, and the probe shot off through the ceiling of Greenhouse 5. Outside the sky went red, as the sky lit up. A pillar of fire streamed from the Greenhouse to where the Krynoid pods had been destroyed.

“Ha!” the Doctor cried, as the plants dropped him.

Ralph was dropped too, and hugged by a cheering Katie.

“I say!” Ralph cried again.
“Shut up,” Katie laughed.


“There we go!” the Doctor grinned.

He stood up, and Katie and Ralph peered at the soil. A bed of daffodils flowered neatly in place.

“Back where they should be!” Katie smiled.
“Spiffing!” Ralph said.
“You don’t know what they are, do you?” Katie laughed.
“Yes… They, they…” Ralph stuttered.
“Now that is Spiffing,” Katie grinned. “Chin chin!”

The End

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Episode 5: Angels and Demons Part 3

The Doctor and Conner looked around to see where the scream had come from.
“She was at the clothes shop,” the Doctor said, “But I’m not sure whether the scream came from there”.
“Don’t Time Lord’s have special hearing powers,” Conner asked.
“Not really,” the Doctor replied shortly.

“I’ll see if she’s forest,” Conner suggested, “You go and see if she’s at the Drapers.” The Doctor nodded and walked down the village high street towards the drapers shop. Conner, meanwhile, walked quickly into the forest.

Georgia felt the hand lift from her shoulder; she spun around and saw nothing. Nobody was there. All she could see were trees and some large bushes. She turned back towards the village and walked out of the forest, glad to be out of it. Georgia didn’t notice a man watching from behind a tree, he had observed the whole scene, but he had not touched Georgia’s shoulder…

The Doctor walked into the draper’s shop, where he saw Dalen Eriksen sewing a blouse. Dalen looked up as the Doctor walked in and smiled.
“Would you like to buy something?” Dalen asked.
“No, I’m looking for a friend,” the Doctor replied.
“Oh, who would that be?” Dalen questioned.
“Her name’s Georgia, I think she came into your shop a while earlier,” the Doctor answered.
“Oh, yes she was here,” Dalen said, “She was going to buy a dress."
“She probably went to find me to get some pocket money," the Doctor said.
“No she heard a scream and went to find out what was going on,” Dalen informed the Doctor.
“That means she went into the forest!” the Doctor exclaimed rushing out of the draper’s shop. Dalen followed the Doctor quickly out of the shop, to find Georgia stumbling down the high street. The Doctor saw Georgia and he hugged her.

“What’s the hug for?” Georgia asked.
“I’m glad that you’re alive," the Doctor said, “That forest is dangerous!”
“Yes, I know," Georgia said, “Three goblin things chased me through the forest."
“Right…” the Doctor began.
“But I saw a cottage and ran towards it, and this woman ran out, and threw boiling water over the goblins,” Georgia continued, “Then I talked to her and found out that she was once a Time Agent, but she seems to forget most of the stuff she says, like half of her is from here and the other half is a Time Agent."

“A Time Agent?” Dalen asked, “Goblins?”
“Oh, hello," Georgia said, “A Time Agent is, I don’t actually know…”
“It doesn’t matter,” the Doctor replied, “Continue with your story Georgia”.
“And so I left her and I was almost at the village went I heard someone following me,” Georgia continued, “Then I felt a hand touch my shoulder, I screamed and the hand lifted. When I turned around nothing was there."
“We need to talk to this woman," the Doctor said.
“Doctor, where’s Conner?” Georgia asked.
“He went into the forest to find you," the Doctor replied.
“But the forest’s dangerous and there’s the goblins and the thing with a hand," Georgia stammered.
“He should be OK," the Doctor replied, “He can look after himself. We need to talk to Gertrude first, anyway."

“What about me?” Dalen asked.
“You stay here,” Georgia replied.
“But I want to know what’s going on,” Dalen replied.
“I’m sorry, it’s just too dangerous," Georgia said, “Bye." Georgia followed the Doctor into the forest.

Conner, meanwhile, was walking through the forest, still looking for Georgia. He peered through the undergrowth of the forest and wondered whether she was in there at all.
“Georgia," Conner called, “Are you there?” There was a cracking of twigs and Conner looked up to see three goblins, which jumped on top of him, and bound his hands with rope.

“Let go of me!” Conner snarled.
“Oh, OK," Kap replied.
“Don’t let go idiot!” Yap snarled, “We’ve been through this!”
“Oh yeah,” Kap remembered, “I did remember!”
“No you didn’t," Ziap snapped.

“Who are you?” Conner asked.
“We are servants," Ziap answered, “To the greatest being in the universe. He is the Devil!” Conner looked shocked at this news, but thought that it couldn’t be real, the Devil doesn’t exist.
“He’s coming!” Yap squeaked. Conner heard a popping noise, which he seemed to remember from before…

There was a popping noise and a puff of smoke. As Conner began to pass out he saw a red man with a smile wave at him and cackle.

“Rack!” Conner exclaimed.
“Yes, who are you human thing?” Rack asked, as he walked along the ground, Conner was facing the opposite direction.
“I’ve cheated death," Conner said, thinking of the Final Destination films. Rack walked past the goblins and turned around to see who the human lying on the ground was.

“Conner Bennet!” Rack roared, “You should be dead! I killed you!”
“You didn’t kill me,” Conner replied, “It was the Magnet Warriors, they were pulling the Spidership into space, and the spiders and Daleks who had gone to war with them."
“But you would have survived if you had not received that phone call,” Rack replied.
“That was from my mum,” Conner pointed out.
“The phone signal was bad, it could’ve been anybody,” Rack said shrugging.
“You tried to kill me?” Conner asked.
“Yes,” Rack replied shortly, “But I didn’t single you out, if you think you’re special."

“Who else did you kill?” Conner asked.
“Well, I freed Roger Ummelmann from UNIT Portsmouth,” Rack explained, “He had no idea what had happened, the lock just fell off and he walked away. He teleported to the Spidership, where he died, as I knew he would.”

“Well I didn’t die,” Conner said.
“Just a wild guess but did Timespan take you prisoner?” Rack asked.
“Yes,” Conner replied.
“Miss Swade was killed I presume,” Rack asked.
“How do you know?” Conner asked.
“I have contacts all over time and space,” Rack replied, “So you managed to survive me, you won’t be surviving much longer."
“What’s that supposed to mean?” Conner snapped.
“We’re going to have you drawn and quartered!” Rack snarled, “Take him to the Caverns!” Conner gasped as Rack vanished in a puff of red smoke. Yap, Kap and Ziap grabbed Conner and dragged him away through the forest.

Georgia and the Doctor were walking through the forest along a dirty track, which looked like it was never used. This was the track that Georgia had used to get back to the village from Gertrude’s house. The Doctor was telling Georgia about Red and Red’s tale.

“She met this strange person in the forest,” the Doctor explained, “I think that this person was the one who disguised himself as her Granny.”
“Well maybe it was this Rack person,” Georgia said, “He’s the goblins’ leader.”
“You didn’t mention him before,” the Doctor said worriedly, “What was his name?”
“Rack,” Georgia answered.
“This is bad news!” the Doctor exclaimed.
“Why?” Georgia questioned.
“Well when we visited that spooky planet,” the Doctor began.
“The planet where that Hag came from?” Georgia asked.
“That’s the one,” the Doctor replied, “Well while we met that friendly witch, Conner explored that shopping street a bit further and he met a devil-like man called Rack, who predicted that he would die. Conner did die, well sort of and Rack was right, well almost.”

“So Rack means bad news,” Georgia asked.
“I think so,” the Doctor replied, “This time he seems to be meddling with time.”
“Doctor perhaps Rack is stupid-,” Georgia began.
“What?” the Doctor exclaimed.
“No, listen,” Georgia said, “What if Rack found the book of Red Riding Hood and thought it was real or something.”
“That might well be right Georgia,” the Doctor replied, “Well done! But we need to speak to Gertrude if she’s a Time Agent.”
“She’s been following Rack as well,” Georgia added, “Through time and space.”
“Then she’ll be even more helpful,” the Doctor said.
“You won’t get much out of her, she’s mad,” Georgia replied.
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” the Doctor replied.

“We’re here,” Georgia announced, as they passed a group of bushes and came across a little cottage. A woman rushed out of the cottage with a large smile on her face.
“Georgia, you came back,” Gertrude said.
“Yes, I did,” Georgia said smiling, “This is the Doctor by the way."
“Nice to meet you,” Gertrude said, “Is he the person you travel with?”
“Yes I am, nice to meet you,” the Doctor said, as a look of shock suddenly came across his face.
“Doctor, what’s wrong?” Georgia asked, noticing his face.
“Conner’s in the forest, with Rack!” the Doctor exclaimed, “Rack thinks Conner’s dead!”

“Who?” Gertrude asked.
“Rack, the one who you’ve been following,” the Doctor replied, “Well that’s what Georgia said.” The Doctor turned to Georgia, who nodded. Gertrude had raised her eyebrows.
“I’ve never heard of Rack,” Gertrude replied, “And who are you?”
“I’m the Doctor,” the Doctor replied, “I travel in time, like you have I think.”
“Travel in time?” Gertrude asked.
“Doctor, she’s forgetting herself again,” Georgia explained, “Like she did when I was here before.” The Doctor looked at Georgia darkly and nodded.

“Oh you’re back,” Gertrude said to Georgia.
“Yes, we’ve already said hello again,” Georgia replied. The Doctor got out his sonic screwdriver and pressed it against Gertrude’s head. Gertrude shrieked then fell to the ground.
“What did you do to her?” Georgia said loudly.
“I’ve fixed her memory,” the Doctor answered, “Let’s take her inside, where she can recover. Meanwhile, Conner’s still in the forest and so is Rack."

Back in the Village, Red walked downstairs. She was incredibly annoyed that her mother had banned her from venturing into the forest. Mr. Smith had seemed like a very nice man and Red wanted to help him. As Red entered the living room, she saw that her mum had fallen asleep by the fire. This was her chance, Red thought. She put on her Red Hood and put on her shoes. She checked that her father was not around before opening the front door and leaving the house.
Red sprinted into the forest and kept running until she was a fair distance away from the village. Red headed in the direction of her Granny’s house. This was where she had last seen the man, who had disguised himself as a wolf then her granny. This was where Red thought that the Doctor would go, but she was wrong.

Dalen Eriksen was annoyed that she had been told to stay in the village, as if she was useless. She grabbed her coat as the day was turning slowly to night. It always did go dark early in the North. She found the track that the Doctor and Georgia had taken to Gertrude’s house and followed it quickly and carefully.

The Goblins stopped dragging Conner and left him on the floor. They had reached a huge pile of wood in the middle of a clearing in the forest. On one side of the clearing was the edge of a mountain, where the dimly lit entrances to several caverns could be seen. A small goblin rushed towards the other goblins with a burning stick. He nodded at Ziap and they continued to drag Conner into the caves. Rack was already inside busying himself with a book. There were many other Goblins in the cave too, squabbling over food.

“Ah the boy has arrived,” Rack snarled at Conner.
“We dragged him all the way here,” Yap said, proud of himself. Rack nodded at the goblins and they scurried off to the join the other goblins.

“So how would you like to be the entertainment for tonight Conner?” Rack asked.
“I’d rather have a sleep,” Conner replied.
“Oh you will,” Rack sneered, “You will have a very long sleep, once you’ve been killed in front of my Goblin minions! You will be killed and we will all be happy, except you of course, but nobody cares about you.”
“Thanks a lot,” Conner replied glumly.
“Isn’t it wonderful when nobody cares about you,” Rack said happily, “Nobody cares about me, except my goblins.”

“Were the goblins with you on the Spidership?” Conner asked.
“No, I hired them soon after, when I visited their home planet to set off a volcano,” Rack answered.
“Sounds nice,” Conner lied.
“It really was,” Rack exclaimed, “So do you think that seeing a 16 year old cut into pieces is good entertainment?”
“No!” Conner shouted back.
“Let’s have a second opinion,” Rack replied and Yap, Ziap and Kap appeared as if Rack had summoned them out of nowhere.

“I’d love to see him get cut into pieces,” Ziap said.
“As long as we can eat him afterwards,” Yap agreed.
“But first Roast him on the bonfire,” Kap added and Yap and Kap licked their lips, as Ziap frowned.
“I don’t think we should eat it,” Ziap said.
“You may be a vegetarian, Ziap, but it is only fair to give the others what they want,” Rack replied, “Of course you can eat it.”
“I have a name!” Conner snarled.
“Yes, it is rather boring isn’t it?” Rack asked, “Not like Rack, or Kap, or Ziap”.
“Thank you sir, I’m glad you like my name,” Kap said.
“He named us those names idiot!” Ziap said whacking Kap on the head.

“So Conner, that is decided,” Rack informed them all, “Conner will be drawn and quartered then roasted on the newly lit bonfire and we can all have a feast.”


Monday, 6 July 2009

Episode 5: Angels and Demons Part 2

Georgia scrambled through the forest, followed closely by the three strange Goblins. Georgia was panting hard, but she kept running as fast as she could. She jumped over a huge tree stump and ran past a patch of stinging nettles. The Goblins were getting closer and closer. Suddenly, Georgia saw something large through the trees. It looked like a cottage. She changed direction and ran for the cottage, wondering who’d live in the middle of the forest. The Goblins were right behind her when she finally reached the cute thatched cottage, but one of the goblins grabbed her from behind.

“LET GO!” Georgia shrieked, “LET GO OF ME!” The goblin, which was Kap, let go of her.
“Why did you let go?” Yap snarled at Kap.
“She told me to," Kap replied as Georgia was grabbed by Ziap.
“She’s a human, they do that," Yap said exasperated, “Come on, lets take her to Rack." Suddenly, a woman appeared at the front door of the cottage and rushed out with a bucket of boiling water. She threw it at Kap and Yap who shrieked and wailed. Ziap let go of Georgia as the Woman began to run over to them with the remaining water. Ziap scuttled away followed closely by Yap. Kap looked around and scrambled up a tree when he noticed the others had left him.

“Thank you very much," Georgia said holding out a hand. Gertrude looked at it, with a look of shock on her face.
“You’re from the future," the woman said.
“No I’m from around here," Georgia replied quickly, “My names Georgia."
“I’m Gertrude Gillywater," Gertrude replied, “And I’m sure you’re from the future. You have the mark of a time traveller about you. My agent spotter went off."
“Your what spotter?” Georgia asked curiously.
“My Time Agent spotter," Gertrude said, “You travelled in time to get here, it went off."
“I’m not a Time Agent," Georgia replied, “I don’t even know what one is."
“Then how did you travel in time?” Gertrude asked, “You aren’t one of Rack’s secret agents are you?”
“Who’s Rack?” Georgia asked.
“The goblins’ boss," Gertrude replied, “He brought the goblins here to help with one of his schemes I’ve been tracking him for years, but he’s broken my teleport. I can’t get anywhere."

“So you’re a Time Agent too," Georgia muttered.
“No, no I’ve never travelled in time," Gertrude said, “Nobody can travel in time."
“But you just said…” Georgia began.

“What are you doing here?” Gertrude asked, “This is my cottage, nobody ever comes anywhere near it."
“I’m Georgia, you saved me from the goblins," Georgia explained.
“Did I, serves those goblins right!” Gertrude said, “Travel in time they do, with their boss Rack. He’s a strange fellow. I’ve been following him for a while."
“Yes, you’ve told me that," Georgia said.

“Would you like some tea?” Gertrude questioned, dropping the bucket in her garden and walking towards her front door."
“No, it’s OK," Georgia said, she had decided to find the Doctor and tell her what Gertrude had said, “But could you possibly point me in the direction of the village."
“But the goblins, they’ll find you, they’ll hurt you," Gertrude muttered.
“Why are the goblins after me?” Georgia questioned.
“Goblins?” Gertrude asked, “Aren’t they fictional creatures?” Georgia sighed. She felt sorry for Gertrude, who seemed to have gone mad while following this Rack person through time and space.

“Can you tell me the way to the village?” Georgia asked again.
“Oh, it’s that way," Gertrude said pointing to the right, “Keep walking for about a mile."
“Thank you very much," Georgia said kindly and turned to go.
“Excuse me, Rack’s after you," Gertrude said, Georgia turned around to face Gertrude.
“What did you say?” Georgia asked.
“Have a nice walk," Gertrude replied nodding her head and entering her cottage. Georgia stared at the cottage for a moment before walking quickly in the direction of the village.

Back in the Village, Mrs Auckland led her daughter into their house. She was followed by Thomas, Conner and the Doctor. Red sat down on a seat in their living room. Conner looked around; there was no TV, which Conner knew had not been invented yet, but there was very little in the house at all.
“Please sit down Mr Smith," Thomas said to the Doctor, “And Conner." Conner and the Doctor took a seat as Mrs Auckland went to the kitchen to make tea.

“Red, can you tell me exactly what happened," the Doctor asked her.
“Yes, I can," Red replied, “Where shall I begin?”
“From the part where strange things began to happen," the Doctor replied.
“Well the day began like any other Saturday," Red explained, “I walked down to the Local Store and the Grocery man gave me the basket of food for me to take to Granny. She can only come to the village once a week, so I take her half her groceries for the week on Saturday, while she comes on Tuesday."
“Our Red’s very good," Thomas commented, “She’s takes them every week and has never failed."
“I did today," Red replied.
“Tell me more," the Doctor asked.

Red skipped down the street and waved at Dalen Eriksen from the local drapers shop.
“Good morning Red," Dalen called, “You’re such a good girl, taking the groceries for your Granny."
“Thank you Mrs Eriksen," Red replied. Red passed her father who was chopping wood.
“Watch out for wolves Red!” Thomas said jokingly as he usually did when she went on her weekly walk to her Granny’s. Red smiled and walked into the woods. Everything was going normally until a figure appeared in a puff of smoke right in Red’s path.

“Hello little girl," the figure said, he seemed to be wearing some kind of wolf costume. Red could make out Red skin through holes in the wolf skin.
“Hello," Red said curiously.
“So what have you got in the basket?” the man asked.
“Nothing which concerns you," Red said.
“Where are you going?” the man questioned.
“My dad tells me never to talk to strangers," Red replied.
“Good, you shouldn’t, but I’m not a stranger," the man pointed out.
“But I’ve never met you before," Red said quietly.
“I was the one who made you steal those buns one day from your Granny’s basket because you were hungry," the man growled, “I made you shout at your mum, I made you talk to me and I’ll make you do a lot more."
“Shut up and leave me alone," Red ordered and walked off.
“We’ll me again, Little Red Riding Hood," the man called after her.

Back in the Present Conner gave a look of shock.
“Doctor, she’s Little Red Riding Hood," Conner said.
“Don’t call me that!” Red snarled.
“Sorry," Conner apologised.
“Red continue with the story," the Doctor said to Red.
“So after that everything went fine until I reached Granny’s," Red explained.
“What happened there?” the Doctor asked.

“Granny!” Red said knocking on the door of the thatched cottage in the clearing of the wood. She knocked again and the door swung open. Red’s granny’s living room was the same as always. There were cakes on the little wooden table in the corner; the fire was blazing in the hearth and the large pictures of Red and the rest of her family were still on the mantelpiece.

“Granny?” Red said questioningly. She opened a small door in the corner of the room and ascended the small flight of stairs to the first floor of the cottage. She stumbled on the top step as she always did, the last step was out of proportion to the others. Red walked into her Granny’s bedroom and found… nothing. Red poked her head round the door to the spare bedroom, the bed made ready for any guest that may appear, but nothing unusual. She checked the bathroom and then went downstairs to check the Dining room and then the Kitchen. When she entered the living room, there was a figure standing by the stove.

“Oh hello dear," a strange squeaky voice spoke and the figure turned round. It looked like her Granny, but it was strangely out of proportion.
“Granny, you’re much taller," Red exclaimed.
“I’ve had a growth spurt dear," her Granny replied.
“Old people shrink they don’t grow," Red replied, “Wow you’re eyes are very wide today and your teeth are all white."
“Granny’s been flossing," Red’s Granny said, “And my eyes are all the better for seeing you."
“Granny you don’t have any teeth," Red pointed out, “They fell out and what's flossing?” Granny looked at Red in a strange way.

“What’s your name?” Red asked.
“Granny", Red’s Granny said smiling.
“Your name Mrs. Auckland," Red said, “Do you even know my name?”
“Of course I do, it’s Regina," Granny answered, Red suddenly saw the impostor’s eyes grow red. Red shrieked and ran from the house, slamming the front door behind her. As she ran she saw something running along side her in the trees, something very fast. The thing saw that Red was far away and it stopped. It let out an ear-splitting howl and scurried away through the trees.

“Keep running," Red said to herself, “Everything will be fine as long as I keep running."

Back in the Present Mrs Auckland had entered the room with drinks and now she was listening to Red’s story.
“So I kept running and running," Red explained, “I took a different route than normal past Gertrude’s house."
“Someone else lives in the woods?” the Doctor asked.
“Gertrude Gillywater," Thomas explained, “She arrived a couple of years ago. She said she arrived too soon. Something of hers had broken; she’s lost her mind now, lives deep in the forest."

Georgia was walking slowly through the forest, when she finally caught site of the village. Georgia gave a sigh of relief and her paced quickened as she got closer. Suddenly, from behind her a twig snapped. Georgia froze, thinking it was probably just an animal, she walked on, but her pace was again much quicker than before. She heard a thudding of feet and she began to run.

“Closer and closer!” a voice rattled behind her, Georgia shrieked, and ran as fast as she could, the footsteps thudded after her. She was nearly there, nearly out of the forest, Georgia thought.
“Just a few more metres," Georgia said under her breath.

Meanwhile, the Doctor and Conner were finishing their drinks. Red had finished her story, and was looking a lot calmer. Thomas Auckland was surveying the Doctor.
“Who are you?” Thomas asked.
“I’m John Smith," the Doctor replied.
“I know that bit, I mean, why are you here?” Thomas questioned.
“We’re travelling," the Doctor answered.
“A funny place to go on holiday," Thomas commented.
“There are Snow sports," Conner pointed out.
“There isn’t any snow around at this time of year, not nearby anyway," Thomas replied.
“Woops," Conner said quietly.

“Excuse me," Red asked.
“Yes Red?” the Doctor asked.
“Can you find out what the thing was, please," Red said, the Doctor looked at Red and smiled widely.
“Of course I can," the Doctor said kindly, “You can help if you want."
“She is not going anywhere near that forest," Mrs Auckland interrupted.
“But mum!” Red protested.
“You have suffered in that forest Red,” Mrs Auckland said, “You aren’t going near it again.” Red’s face fell; the Doctor gave a sad smile and stood up. Conner followed the Doctor’s lead and stood up too.

“Well it’s time me and Mr. Bennet should be leaving you,” the Doctor announced, “It was a lovely tea Mrs Auckland.”
“Oh, thank you,” Mrs Auckland replied.
“Nice meeting you Thomas,” the Doctor said shaking Thomas’ hand, “You too Red.” Red smiled. Conner shook hands with all three family members and followed the Doctor out of the door.
“Goodbye,” Thomas said.
“You have my word Red,” the Doctor said, “I’ll find out what’s going on.”
“Yes we will,” Conner added smiling.
Thomas shut the front door, and the Doctor and Conner walked away from the house and back to the main part of the village.

Georgia, meanwhile, was almost at the village, she was a few steps away when she felt a cold hand on her shoulder and shrieked.
“DOCTORRRRRRR!” Georgia screamed.


Saturday, 4 July 2009

Episode 6 Message Recieved

The Doctor
Captain Fry
The Monster

When the Doctor finds out that one of the nastiest monsters has escaped from its cell, and is nowhere to be found, he, Georgia and Conner try to find it. When they reach the SS Hurricane, a peaceful ship captained by Brandon Fry, they soon realise that the monster has boarded this ship and has already killed one of its crew. Will they be able to save the rest and capture the monster?

Spoilers (two are red herrings):
Many of the crew members are from different countries.
The SS Hurricane was orignally captained by Boe Brannigan
Conner says the phrase 'Bring on the Wall'
Ysabelle is torn to shreds
The Monster escaped from Timespan
Regal is not on the SS Hurricane

Episode 5: Angels and Demons Part 1

“Red!” the Goblins chanted around the fire, “Red!”
“Silence minions!” Rack shouted over the crowd, “We are here tonight to discuss are plans for tomorrow! Tomorrow I shall see that the tale is done! I shall make sure that Red will make a visit! I hope nothing will go wrong, if it does I blame you! And then you will all die!”

“Granny!” Red said knocking on the door of the thatched cottage in the clearing of the wood. She knocked again and the door swung open.
“Granny?” Red said again questioningly. When she entered the living room, there was a figure standing by the stove.
“Oh hello dear,” a strange squeaky voice spoke and the figure turned round. It looked like her Granny, but it was strangely out of proportion.
“Granny, you’re much taller,” Red exclaimed.
“I’ve had a growth spurt dear,” her Granny replied.
“Old people shrink they don’t grow,” Red replied, “Wow you’re eyes are very wide today and your teeth are all white.”
“Granny’s been flossing,” Red’s Granny said, “And my eyes are all the better for seeing you.”
“Granny you don’t have any teeth,” Red pointed out, “They fell out, unless you’ve been flossing your false teeth.” Granny looked at Red in a strange way.

Red suddenly saw the impostor’s eyes grow red. Red shrieked and ran from the house, slamming the front door behind her. As she ran she saw something running along side her in the trees, something very fast. The thing saw that Red was far away and it stopped. It let out an ear-splitting howl and scurried away through the trees.


The TARDIS landed on the edge of a forest. Georgia got out first followed closely by Conner, who was very happy to be joining the TARDIS crew again. Georgia looked around; she could see a forest in one direction and a large village on the other. The Doctor exited the TARDIS last and locked the door. He smiled at his surroundings.

“Doctor, what year are we in?”Georgia asked.
“I’m not sure, 1920’s at a wild guess,” the Doctor replied, “There aren’t any electrical pylons around so it must be early 20th century.”
“Wow, look at those mountains,” Conner said pointing at the towering mountains in the distance.
“We’re in Norway I think,” the Doctor said.
“Look they’ve got some small shops over there,” Georgia said, clinging to the Doctor’s arm, “Lets go shopping.”
“Please no,” Conner replied quickly.
“I’d rather meet the locals,” the Doctor said.
“Fine I’ll go look at the shops,” Georgia replied, “And you can go and meet the Norwegians.” Georgia walked off to the group of shops. Georgia was always fascinated by the past. She used to go on school trips to open air museums with streets and shops from the past, and actors dressed in old-fashioned clothing, but this was the real thing. She entered a drapers shop and saw a tall snobbish-looking woman at the counter.

“Excuse me,” the woman said, “But what are you wearing?”
“Oh, it’s really out of fashion,” Georgia lied, looking down at her jeans and pretty T-shirt.
“Fashion?” the lady asked.
“It means something that’s really cool, trendy,” Georgia said, but she wondered whether the women would know what cool and trendy meant.
“You aren’t from around here are you?” the woman asked.
“No, I’m from England,” Georgia said.
“You speak very good Norwegian,” the women said and Georgia remembered that she was in fact speaking Norwegian, as the TARDIS translated for her.

“What’s your name?” the woman asked.
“Georgia Bell,” Georgia answered, “And what’s yours?”
“Dalen Eriksen,” Dalen Eriksen replied, “My father was the great Magne Eriksen. You probably haven’t heard of him, since you’re from England. Anyway, did you want to buy some clothing?”
“Yes please,” Georgia said, “Everything looks very pretty.” Georgia thought that some of the dresses could not be less pretty, but she managed to find herself a nice blue dress to try on.

Meanwhile, the Doctor and Conner were walking along the edge of the forest. They saw a woodcutter chopping wood outside his home. The Doctor walked up to him.
“Good morning,” the Doctor said.
“Its afternoon,” the Woodcutter said, raising his eyebrows.
“Of course and I’ve been lost in the forest for a while,” the Doctor explained, “So what year is it?”
“1906,” the man replied, he paused and then said, “Who are you then?”
“I’m John Smith,” the Doctor lied.
“And I’m Conner Bennet,” Conner said, not bothering to lie about his name, “We’re from England.” The woodcutter nodded.
“I’m Thomas Auckland,” Thomas Auckland said. Suddenly, there was a loud scream coming from the forest. Thomas looked up, shocked.

“That sounds like Red,” he said quickly, running into the forest, Conner and the Doctor followed him. Thomas ran through the forest, he had grown up there, so he knew his way round pretty well.
“Who’s Red?” Conner called after Thomas.
“My daughter, she left this morning to visit her Granny who lives on the other side of one of the mountains,” Thomas explained.
“What, on her own?” the Doctor asked, still running.
“She’s been hundreds of times before,” Thomas said, “It takes her about an hour to get to her Granny’s, she goes via a small valley that goes past one of the mountains and straight into another wood, after a few minutes she reaches a clearing and in that clearing is Granny’s house.”
“Why does your mum live so far away?” the Doctor asked.
“Because she likes it out there,” Thomas answered, “There she is.” Red was lying on the forest floor.

“Father, there’s something in the woods,” Red said, as she was helped up by her father. She looked around and saw Conner and the Doctor, both looking interested at her words. More villagers appeared from the trees.
“Red!” a woman called, running to her daughter. Red and her mother hugged. The Doctor stepped forward ready to question Red.
“There’s something in the wood,” Red repeated.
“Is it a wolf?” the woman asked.
“No,” Red said, “But it howled.”
“Only wolves howl,” Thomas muttered.
“Well this wasn’t a wolf!” Red snapped.
“Come on let’s take you home,” Red’s mother said, taking Red by the arm and leading her through the small group of villagers, followed by Thomas and then Conner and the Doctor.

“So, how did you get here?” Dalen asked Georgia as she took off the dress.
“Oh my friend took me here,” Georgia said.
“For a holiday?” Dalen asked. Georgia then heard a faint scream.
“If you like,” Georgia said, “Did you just hear screaming?” Georgia ran to the door, followed by Dalen. A few villagers were standing in the street looking at the forest.
“I’d better go!” Georgia said.

“Come back later and buy the dress!” Dalen called after her, Georgia ran into the forest, she could hear shouting up ahead, she kept running, but could no longer hear anything. She stopped and looked around, the person who had screamed must have all ready left, or Georgia took a wrong turning. Georgia turned to head back, but realised she was lost.

“Doctor!” Georgia shouted, “Anybody?” There was a growling noise from nearby. Georgia spun round, thinking the noise came from behind her. There was a snapping noise, and then gurgling. Georgia looked around, there was nothing. She could see nothing hiding behind the trees, or bushes. The gurgling continued and Georgia looked up and saw that the gurgling was coming from something in the trees. Three little men were snarling at her. Yet, they weren’t men, they had pointed ears; they were bald; they were very small.

“Who are you?” Georgia asked.
“Ziap,” one of them said in a high scratchy voice.
“Yap,” another said.
“I’m Yap you idiot!” Yap snarled, “You’re Kap!”
“Maybe I’m Ziap,” Kap said.
“I just said you’re Kap!” Yap roared.
“Calm down Yap,” Ziap said, “Now girlie.” Ziap turned to where Georgia had been seconds before, but now she had vanished, she was running as fast as she could away from them.

“Hey girlie!” Kap shouted, “We need to erm…”
“We need to speak to you!” Yap shouted, “After her!” Yap, Ziap and Kap jumped down from the tree and began to chase Georgia. The three goblins were much faster than Georgia and were gaining on her.
“If you don’t slow down we’ll eat you up!” Kap shouted.
“We need to talk to her!” Ziap replied as he ran, “Not eat her!”
“Just cause you’re a vegetarian,” Yap replied.
“Shut up and keep running”, Ziap snarled.


Thursday, 2 July 2009

Mini Ep. 5: Colourless Colour

“Here we are!” the Doctor cried, waving his arms as he stepped out of the TARDIS.
“And where is here?” Georgia asked, following him.
“And why are we here?” Conner asked, following her.
“It’s the year 2099,” the Doctor said happily.
“What happens then? Now, I mean,” Georgia corrected herself.
“No idea! Isn’t that brilliant? Ha!” the Doctor grinned.

He walked off down the empty street. Georgia and Conner jogged to catch up.

“Isn’t it a bit empty?” Conner asked.
“What if it’s bank holiday?” Georgia pointed out.
“Shops are still open on bank holidays,” Conner reminded her. “I always go to town on bank holiday.”
“Well maybe there’s a really popular library?” Georgia suggested. “That’s why we can’t hear anything.”
“No,” the Doctor said. “I think it’s something worse than that.”

He walked up to a house and rapped on the door. A red haired woman opened it.

“Go away!” she barked.
“Sorry, I just wondered if…” the Doctor began.
“Mummy the man won’t leave me alone!” the woman cried.
“Don’t kid yourself, you aren’t that young,” Georgia said.

What was intended as a bitchy remark made the woman cry. But she didn’t cry like any normal middle aged woman; she cried like a baby.

“Okay…” the Doctor said, shutting the door in her face.
“What’s going on here?” Georgia asked.

The Doctor knocked on the next door down. A balding man answered it. Georgia again insulted him on his hair loss, and he began to cry in the same manner as the woman.

“Georgia,” Conner said. “You’re such a bitch.”
“I know,” Georgia smiled happily back.

The Doctor ran over to a drinking fountain.

“Blimey that’s a bit old school,” Conner noticed.
“It’s called retro Conner,” the Doctor said in an exasperated tone. “Don’t they teach you anything at school?”
“Alright…” Conner said, stepping back in a mock scared fashion.
“Anyway, I’ve found the problem,” the Doctor said. “It’s the water. It contains hydroxylax. It’s a regressant. But it’s colourless. No wonder the locals didn’t see it. It’s colourless colour.”
“Huh?” Georgia muttered.
“It regresses adults back into children, mentally,” the Doctor said. “It’s funny, but there was a case of stupidity in 2099…”
“Yeah, it’s called Big Brother,” Georgia laughed. “We have it at home.”
“Do they still have Big Brother now?” Conner wondered. “I preferred the one where they all turned into zombies.”
“Must’ve missed that one,” the Doctor sighed. “And yes, all the way up to 200,100.”
“So how do we fix it?” Georgia asked.
“Simple,” the Doctor said. “I just need a catalyst to revert the water back to normal. I’ll just pop into the TARDIS and fetch it.”

And he ran off. Georgia and Conner were left standing beside the water fountain. Suddenly there was a bang as every door in the street was blown open. The street was filled with a mob of locals.

“I guess they don’t want to grow up,” Georgia said.
“I think the water is like a drug for them,” Conner said. “They don’t want to live without it.”
“Hadn’t we better run?” Georgia asked.
“I’ve got a better idea,” Conner said. “DOCTOR!”

A few feet away, the Doctor poked his head out of the TARDIS.

“Stuff ‘em!” Conner cried. “Let’s go!”

The Doctor surveyed the surrounding mob, and sighed. People didn’t seem to realise when he was helping them.

“Righto!” the Doctor nodded, ducking back inside the TARDIS.
“And you say I’m a bitch,” Georgia mused.

Conner and Georgia grinned, and they ran hand-in-hand back to the TARDIS.

The end

Mini Ep. 4: Jungle Journey

Mini-ep 4

The Doctor
And: Conner
With: Pandit Bartwal, Mrs Heyman, Charlie Gilbert, the monster

“Ow!” Georgia cried as tripped over a tree root and fell on the floor. The Doctor, Georgia, Conner and two other people were being led through the Indian jungle by Pandit Bartwal. Pandit was Indian, but he liked to think he was British, and kept reminding the group that he actually was British in his obviously Indian accent. It was the year 1928 and Georgia was annoyed that there was no spray to kill the numerous insects which seemed to be following them.

“Don’t exclaim in the jungle or the creature will hear you,” Pandit Bartwal said.
“A jungle creature, how exciting,” Mrs Heyman exclaimed in an American accent. Mrs Heyman had come to India with her husband Mr George Heyman who, according to her, mysteriously vanished while on a trip to New Delhi. She had come on the jungle adventure to take her mind of it, apparently. Charlie Gilbert, meanwhile, was English and 22 years of age. He had come to India with his parents, but they decided to go a different route and were going to meet him in the North.

“Be quiet, or the monster will kill us,” Pandit snapped.
“Monster?” the Doctor asked, “Are you sure it’s a monster?”
“Yes, its killed people,” Pandit replied.
“Like someone else around here,” Georgia muttered and Mrs Heyman gave her a threatening look. Charlie Gilbert began to shiver. Conner noticed he was shivering.

“Are you OK?” Conner asked.
“I think something’s following us,” Charlie Gilbert said, “Now and then I hear a twig snap, behind me, and I’m at the back.” Conner and Charlie stopped and Conner heard a twig snap.
“Doctor, something’s following us!” Conner shouted.
“It’s the monster!” Pandit said.
“How terrifyingly obvious,” Mrs Heyman said.
“Terrifyingly isn’t a word in the English dictionary,” Pandit corrected, “I should know, being British and all that”.
“What, you don’t all believe in this monster?” Georgia asked, “I mean it’s probably just a large crocodile who has a craving for human flesh.”
“A crocodile wouldn’t venture so far into the forest,” Pandit pointed out.

“It’s getting closer,” Charlie said.
“Oh my Goodness we’re all going to die!” Mrs Heyman whispered frantically.
“Better to die then live your life in prison,” Georgia muttered.
“Shhh!” the Doctor said, “We need to find out what it is. Pandit, has anyone seen this creature, does anyone know what it looks like?” Pandit thought for a while and then remembered a woman who had run into her village screaming about the monster. She had described it, relatively well.
“The monster is green with yellow spots,” Pandit said, “It has sharp fangs and claws, it swims but it can also walk well on land.”

“Has anyone noticed,” Conner said.
“Noticed what?” Georgia asked.
“What can you hear?” Conner asked.
“I can’t hear anything,” Georgia replied.
“Neither can I,” Charlie added.
“Exactly,” Conner whispered, “The monster’s stopped.”
“But I can’t see it,” Mrs Heyman said and the others looked around them, but they saw nothing. There was suddenly a roar and a monster appeared claws drawn, mouth drooling. Mrs Heyman and Georgia screamed.

“Everybody run!” the Doctor ordered and the others did as they were told. Mrs Heyman wasn’t too good at running so Charlie was helping her along. Mrs Heyman and Charlie were soon far behind and the monster was gaining speed. Georgia turned and saw Charlie helping Mrs Heyman.
“Leave her she’s a murderer! She can fend for herself”, Georgia shrieked as the Doctor streaked past her. Georgia rolled her eyes as the Doctor began helping Mrs Heyman too.

“We must hurry,” Pandit said, “I know the way, follow me.”
“Why weren’t we following him in the first place?” Conner asked.
“Because the Doctor’s been through this jungle several times before,” Georgia replied, “Watch out Doctor!” The monster had caught up with the other three and had knocked all three of them over. Charlie hit a tree and was dazed while the Doctor was tossed into the air and landed with a thump onto the jungle floor. The monster towered over Mrs Heyman, who pulled a dagger from her handbag.

“You were right about me Georgia!” Mrs Heyman snarled, “I am a murderess and as soon as I’ve dealt with this monster, I’ll kill the rest of you!” Mrs Heyman cackled madly.
“Watch out!” Conner shouted as the monster opened its huge mouth and in one bite Mrs Heyman was no more. Georgia ran forward and grabbed a branch which had snapped off a tree. She threw it at the monster and it hit. The monster snarled.

“What are you doing?” Conner asked.
“Giving the Doctor time to get up,” Georgia replied throwing a large stone at the monster, hitting it on the eye. Following Georgia’s example Pandit and Conner joined in, the monster’s arms were flailing madly around its head. The Doctor, meanwhile, got up and ran over to Charlie who was rubbing his head. The Doctor helped Charlie up and they ran off. The monster heard a cracking of twigs and roared when it saw that his two victims had vanished.

“Now what do we do?” Conner asked.
“We run,” Georgia replied.
“This way!” Pandit ordered and ran off, followed by Georgia and Conner and then the monster.
“Great, the monster’s after us,” Conner said sarcastically.
“Conner,” Georgia panted.
“Yes?” Conner asked.
“Shut up and keep running,” Georgia answered snappily. The monster crashed its way through the trees, uprooting one now and then in its rage. Georgia, Pandit and Conner ran into a clearing, the monster following slowly but noisily behind them.

“Where now?” Georgia asked Pandit.
“Well…” Pandit began.
“Don’t tell me we’re lost,” Georgia said.
“I’m British I never get lost,” Pandit replied.
“You aren’t British you’re Indian,” Conner said, “Now which way.”
“I am British,” Pandit said in an Indian accent, obviously offended. Georgia groaned, the monster was almost at the clearing now.
“Well lets go that way then,” Georgia said and ran off, followed by Conner.
“It’s that way,” Pandit shouted after them pointing in the opposite direction. Suddenly, the monster smashed its way into the clearing, blocking the way Pandit was pointing.

“On second thoughts I’ll go your way,” Pandit said and ran after Georgia and Conner. Georgia and Conner ran out of the clearing back into the jungle closely followed by Pandit. There was a thump and a scream as Georgia and Conner ran into the Doctor and Charlie. Pandit appeared and laughed at the four on the floor.
“Pandit, you were going the wrong way,” the Doctor said.
“Yeah, why didn’t we go the right way Georgia?” Conner asked sarcastically, “It wasn’t because of the monster was it?”
“Yes, the monster is that way,” Georgia confirmed, “Blocking the correct path”.

“We’re all gonna die!” Charlie exclaimed.
“We are not going to die!” the Doctor said loudly.
“Well does anyone have a plan?” Charlie asked. There was silence.
“I do,” the Doctor said. Georgia and Conner gave a sigh of relief.
“Then what is it?” Charlie asked.
“That monster is a Tittly-Changua from Yogragriss,” the Doctor explained, “It was probably heading to some sort of alien zoo, but the spaceship carrying it crashed”.
“How can you guess that much?” Georgia asked.
“Well, there’s the ship,” the Doctor said pointing up at the treetops. In the trees was a large silvery object, at the front of it, there was a shield of glass, so you could see inside the control room. Two strange skeletons could be seen in the room and at the back of the ship was a great hole, where the monster probably smashed its way out of the ship.

“That thing didn’t come from Britain,” Pandit said, “I should know, being British.”
“You aren’t British,” Georgia said through gritted teeth.

“Doctor, what do you know about the Tittly-Changua?” Conner asked.
“The Tittly-Changua is ticklish,” the Doctor explained, “That’s one of the only ways to domesticate it. Those idiots locked that creature up, probably without knowing how to make it feel better.”
“So, all we need to do is tickle it,” Charlie said, “But then what?”
“We’ll take it home in the TARDIS,” the Doctor replied.
“The what?” Pandit asked.
“Nothing,” the Doctor replied quickly.
“But how are we going to tickle it?” Georgia asked, “It’ll kill us if we get that close.” There was suddenly a roaring sound and a cracking of twigs. The monster appeared out of nowhere.
“Speak of the devil,” Conner commented.

“Palms!” the Doctor cried, “Everyone grab a palm leave and start tickling!”
“This sounds ridiculous,” Charlie said.
“Just do it!” Georgia ordered, grabbing a palm. Conner, Pandit and Charlie also grabbed palms and began to tickle the monster which start rolling around on the floor. The Doctor patted the monster on the nose and the others stopped tickling it.

“Right then, come with us monster,” the Doctor said. The monster nodded and followed on all fours.

It was about a half hour later, when the TARDIS crew, Charlie, Pandit and the monster arrived at a small village, where the TARDIS was parked.
“Bye then Charlie,” the Doctor said.
“I hope you see your parents soon,” Georgia added and Charlie smiled.
“I’ll belief in many more things now Doctor,” Charlie said, “But I don’t think I’ll ever go into the Indian jungle again.”

“Bye Pandit,” Conner said. Pandit nodded.
“May you show more parties of tourists safely through the jungle for years to come,” the Doctor said.
“I think I’m going to move back to Britain actually,” Pandit replied, “Meet British people, be very British.”
“That sounds lovely,” Georgia said as she got into the TARDIS followed by an exasperated Conner and then the Doctor. The TARDIS began to dematerialise as Pandit began to sing ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ in an Indian accent. There was a muffled ‘SHUT UP!’ from the inside of the TARDIS and soon it had vanished, with the Tittly-Changua sleeping in one of the many bedrooms.


Figure Review NO17: Professor Yana (Requested by Rhianna)

Figure: Professor Yana

Detail: 8/10 (Good)

Articulation: 14 (Good)

Sitting: 7/10

Standing: 9/10

Extras: None

Special Features: None

Comments: This is a good figure, but I have heard that his head will easily fall off. He looks like Derek Jacobi who plays Professor Yana, but does have a funny colour. He was one of the unfortunate ones to come in a wave where they used a different plastic for the heads. Ths only figure which this plastic worked on was the Doctor in Pentallion Spacesuit. The plastic made it look like he was very hot and sweaty, like he was in the episode.

Total: 7/10

This is an OK figure, the special plastic made him look bad, but he has good articulation.

Sets: Professor Yana can be found single carded or in the Utopia set with Martha, the Renerated Master and the Doctor.

Comparing figure to Character:

Remember if you want me to review a figure leave a comment on this post! It can be a fanfic figure or a real figure! You can view all our fanfic figures via links off the Special Features Page, wave 4 and 5 should be out soon!

Figure Review NO16: Sarah Jane Smith (Requested by Will)

Figure: Sarah Jane Smith (From SJA set with the Graske)

Detail: 8/10 (Good)

Articulation: 16 (Very Good)

Sitting: 9/10

Standing: 8/10

Extras: Sarah Jane's alien communicator

Special Features: None

Comments: Sarah Jane has good detail but I don't think she looks much like Elizabeth Sladen.

Total: 8/10

Good articulation, but a few things which could be improved.

Sets: This version of Sarah Jane can only be found with the Graske, but there are several other versions of Sarah Jane that can be found.

Comparing the figure and the character:

Sarah Jane and the Graske figures

Sarah Jane

I hope you enjoy this review, there are still more to come!

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Episode 4: Attack of the Clowns Part 6

“Hello,” Brian smiled.

The door to the shop opened, and Elizabeth and Georgia Bell walked inside. Georgia breathed in the sweet smell of cakes and pastry, and looked Brian up and down. He was tall, had dark hair with a good looking face, and a nice smile. Georgia blushed as her eyes met Brian’s. He looked Georgia up and down. She was quite tall, had long blonde hair, was very pretty, and had a surprisingly nice bum.

“Hi,” Georgia muttered.
“This is my daughter Georgia, Brian,” Elizabeth trilled. “I’m sure you’ll get on very well.”
“And when can she start work?” Brian asked, trying not to directly start looking at Georgia.
“Whenever you like,” Elizabeth smiled.
“Well maybe I could give her a demonstration now, and then she could start on… Tuesday,” Brian decided.

He’d have enough time to perfect his attempts to not blush when he looked at her. Georgia sighed with relief; she’d be able to think of things to say without sounding too stupid by Tuesday. She would have to endure an afternoon of blushing for the moment however.

“Lovely,” Elizabeth said. “Well, I’ve got an appointment at the hairdressers, and then I’ve got to pick up some milk for Mr Perkins at Sainsbury’s. I refuse to shop anywhere except Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, you see. Quality is ever so important these days.”
“Quite right Mrs Bell,” Brian smiled.

Elizabeth left the shop, looking around once slyly to see what Georgia and Brian were doing.

“That’s not the future,” Georgia said back at the séance table.

The Doctor, Bradley and the others looked at her. All except Sybil that was, who was deep in thought, and had been for a while.

“I think maybe we had to see that before we could see the prophecy,” Bradley said. “Here it comes!”

“I’ve always quite liked you,” Lucy admitted sheepishly to Brian.

Brian and Lucy were standing outside the fair, and Brian was walking her to his car.

“I thought so,” Brian smiled back. “I like you too.”
“Seriously?” Lucy asked, blushing.
“Yup,” Brian blushed back.
“What about your friend Georgia? It just looked like you two were tight,” Lucy said, folding her arms.
“She’s got the Doctor. And Conner. And spacemen out there probably,” Brian shrugged.
“Space slag,” Lucy grinned.

Brian chuckled.

“You’d better hope you don’t see her again,” he laughed.
“Nah, I could take her,” Lucy said playfully.
“Anyway,” Brian said. “Home?”
“Home,” Lucy agreed.

She linked her arms inside Brian’s, and the two walked over to the car.

“I suppose this is half mine now,” Lucy said, looking at the car fondly.
“You’ll be lucky,” Brian snorted. “You haven’t even moved your toothbrush in yet.”
“What? Into our bathroom?” Lucy grinned.

Brian sighed.

“Come on,” he said. “Let’s go sit down on our sofa in front of our TV.”
“And let’s watch our East Enders,” Lucy added.
“Actually,” Brian said. “That’s not ours…”

Brian was pensive back at the séance table. Lucy, however, looked pleased. Georgia could only muster a scowl, and Conner a grin.

“It’s not the best start of a relationship,” Brian concluded. “But it could work.”
“Space slag?” Georgia spluttered.
“Spur of the moment,” Lucy explained, looking away.
“It’s my vision next right?” Georgia asked.
“Yeah,” Bradley said. “It’s coming.”
“Is it an I-punch-Lucy-in-the-face-in-a-spur-of-the-moment-thing?” Georgia asked.
“Could be,” Bradley shrugged.

“Look, I want you to help me,” Georgia said.

She was sat with her brother Richard on her bed. But he had died a year ago. April. The Slitheen had gotten to him. Georgia had finished with grieving now, but seeing him still stung.

“Doing what?” Richard asked.
“Filling in my diary. You know I’m rubbish at writing compared to you,” Georgia said.
“Alright,” Richard sighed. “What is the next thing you need in there?”
“Well the Doctor took us to Moon Ctrl,” Georgia began.
“What’s that?” Richard asked.
“I dunno, do I?” Georgia muttered. “Anyway, there was this weird computer thing…”

“…And the Doctor pulled out the plug!” Georgia finished.
“That was…” Richard said, lost for words.
“Amazing, right?” Georgia gushed. “Did you get all the details about the nail varnish and stuff?”
“Yeah, except, what flavour did the Doctor say it tasted like?” Richard asked.

Back at the séance table Georgia looked up at Bradley, who shrugged.

“Conner,” Sybil said. “It’s your turn now…”

Holly turned to the Doctor. They were stood with Georgia in the TimeSpan ship. Georgia had just sent Conner in the time travelling lift to safety.

“I think I’d better go home,” she said.
“Of course,” the Doctor said.
“Conner said I might be able to go in your time machine, but Georgia sent him away,” Holly said, making Georgia blush.
“I didn’t want him to get hurt!” Georgia protested.
“It’s ok, I understand,” the Doctor said.

He pressed the button for the lift next to the one Conner went in. The door opened with a ping, and the Doctor ushered Holly inside.

“It’ll take you home,” the Doctor said. “And, where is home then, Holly Black?”
“London,” Holly replied.
“Well, you might see Conner sometime!” the Doctor grinned.
“Maybe,” Holly said, closing the door. “I’m sorry about Kirsty.”
"Yeah,” the Doctor said.

The lift descended into the darkness. White light shone through. The lift doors opened, and Holly stepped out into her sunlight filled street. Her dad was in the garden.

“Dad!” Holly cried.
“Holly!” Mr Black cried back.

Holly ran over to her dad, and hugged him. She remembered how she had hugged Conner, and it took all of her strength not to cry. Leading his daughter inside, Mr Black smiled.

Conner stepped out into the sunlight. He was in a graveyard. He looked at the names on them sadly, and thought of the Doctor and Georgia out there in space, possibly with Holly. He saw one gravestone with a name he recognised:

Harriet Jones, former Prime Minister and loving daughter. Yes, you knew who she was.

He read another stone. He put his hand to his mouth in shock. It read:

David and Sue Bennet, loving husband and wife, and parents of Conner. They will be sadly missed.

“Sad, isn’t it?” a voice said from behind Conner.

Conner turned around, and was surprised at who he saw.

“You’re me…” Conner said.
“Yep,” Conner said back.

Conner had turned around to see himself.

“I’m from the future. I haven’t got long,” future Conner said.
“How future?” present Conner asked.
“Two days,” future Conner replied. “Here’s a teleport.”

He handed present Conner the teleport, and was careful not to touch him. Present Conner grinned as heard he noise of the TARDIS materialising.

“That’s your lift,” future Conner said.
“They’ve come back for me?” present Conner said, amazed.
“You don’t think they’d leave you, do you?” future Conner grinned.
“I guess not,” present Conner replied.
“Anyway, don’t miss your flight,” future Conner said.

Present Conner turned away, and began walking back to the TARDIS. He looked back at himself one more time. In two days, he would be over there, where the other Conner stood, and another Conner would be here, in his place. The TARDIS doors opened, and Georgia stepped out of them.

“Oh, and Conner,” future Conner said, sounding serious. “Beware of the clowns.”

Present Conner stopped in his tracks. He turned around, but future Conner had gone. Present Conner grinned, and ran all the way to the TARDIS.

“Holly…” Conner said.
“We were gonna tell you,” Georgia said hastily. “After you’d recovered from everything that happened to you…”
“Who’s Holly?” Zac asked.
“Conner met her on the TimeSpan ship,” Georgia explained.
“And you sent her back home,” Conner said. “She was gonna travel with us! Me and her in the TARDIS…”
“I’m sorry,” Georgia said quietly.

She sounded very apologetic. ‘So she should be,’ Conner thought. Holly was special, not like other girls. He was like his outer space Beth. He felt like he could have been with her forever. But Sybil said earlier – the next time he saw her he would die. Conner wondered if Sybil had a specific date in mind. He knew the time would probably come when he needed her more than ever, and he knew that day, that fateful day, would be the one where he died. He remembered it so clearly:

“I see…” Sybil said, concentrating. “Death. Death is very near! Death will come knocking! One… Two… Three… Four… Death will come knocking, at your door.”

The Doctor recoiled slightly. Georgia jumped as Sybil suddenly jerked up.

“How come you sound like you’re from the North?” Sybil asked.
“I don’t…” the Doctor said, before suddenly remembering. “Rose… She said that.”
“She is returning,” Sybil said.
“Rose?” the Doctor asked. “Those parallel worlds are sealed!”
“Not Rose Tyler,” Sybil said. “She.”
“Doctor…” Georgia said, uncertainly.
“You!” Sybil said, looking at Georgia. “Bad wolf!”
“What?” Georgia asked, stepping back.
“Leave her alone,” Conner said.
“And you,” Sybil said, facing Conner. “You will see Holly Black again. The day you die!”

“Did everyone just see that?” Conner asked.
“What?” Georgia asked.
“I was just remembering what Sybil said – you will see Holly Black again, the day you die.”
“She lied,” Georgia said. “But I think you might see her again. There’s always hope.”
“Yeah,” Zac agreed. “I didn’t realise, when you asked about Kaylie… You were still hurt from Holly. I’m sorry, what I said…”
“Forget it,” Conner said. “Now what about the Doctor?”

Everyone turned to face the Doctor. He was still unfamiliar with his features from his ninth incarnation.

“You won’t find anything,” he said in his northern accent.
“What do you mean? Of course I will,” Bradley said.
“You won’t,” the Doctor repeated. “I’ve seen too many terrible, terrible things in my lifetime. I wouldn’t inflict that on any of you. I’ve blocked my mind off.”
“You’re no fun,” Georgia said dryly.
“And now for you,” the Doctor said, turning to Sybil.
“There’s so much of my story to tell,” Sybil said. “I grew up in England, but my real story didn’t start until six weeks ago…”

Sybil looked a lot different six weeks ago. She wasn’t wearing her shawl, she looked younger, and more apparent, she looked happier. She was walking down Helich Way, humming to herself. Bag in hand; Sybil looked up at the empty field on Helich Way. Suddenly a plume of purple light flew down from the sky – and was absorbed by Sybil. She suddenly looked more like her current self.

“Not the best human body, but it’ll do,” she muttered, her tone different.

She looked herself up and down.

“An Earth psychic would be the best guise. A human fair will be the perfect place. It will set it up on the field. As soon as I have stolen enough life force, prophecy, I can dominate this world,” she said.

It was a few months later, and the fair had been set up. It was attracting lots of visitors. The previous fairs that had come here were no match. One day Sybil was confronted by a man in a suit.

“This fair is closing down!” the man hissed.
“Who might you be to decide that?” Sybil asked.
“Harold Griggs, health and safety. All the attractions in this fair are dangerous,” Harold said.
“I can change them,” Sybil said dismissively.
“It’s too late,” Harold spat. “This fair will never reopen!”
“Oh I don’t think you are in a position to stop me,” Sybil said.

She was bluffing. She hoped he wouldn’t guess she was still getting used to her human form, and didn’t have the strength to take this man’s prophecy. He left, leaving Sybil fuming.

“Help me,” she muttered at the sky.

Lifting her hands, Sybil saw the answer. She pulled down space matter, and formed her lovely clowns. They stood there, tall and shining, ready to take her orders, ready to die for her. She hoped it wouldn’t come to that.

“I want that man, that Harold Griggs, killed,” Sybil snarled.

Her clowns were surprisingly effective. He was dead in such a short time. It seemed Sybil had everything – but that was when complications arose. The first was with Abby Stuart. She first visited Sybil when she was stronger, and ready to take her prophecy.

“My name’s Abby,” Abby said. “I don’t normally go for this kind of thing, I don’t really believe in fortune telling, but I’m willing to give it a shot.”
“Well let’s see if we can surprise you dear,” Sybil smiled. “I can see a car. A blue car. Does a member of your family own a blue car?”
“My sister Lucy,” Abby replied. “She’s a menace on the roads.”
“I can see a man in her life. A man who has seen such things… He’s not a threat,” Sybil muttered to herself.
“That’s great, but what can you see about me?” Abby asked.
“You had chips for tea right?” Sybil asked.
“Let me guess, you can smell them?” Abby laughed.
“No, I can see you at the chip shop buying them. There’s a man who works there – Mark Heston – but he doesn’t notice you,” Sybil said.
“Oh my God. How did you know that? That’s weird,” Abby said. “You really can see!”
“I can see something else,” Sybil said. “You will come back here.”

Abby laughed.

“You don’t help yourself to convince me do you?” she chuckled. “But yeah, I think I might come back.”
“But that means… your prophecy… it cannot be mine tonight,” Sybil said.

Why was she letting this one go? Was it because she smiled, or her doubts about her ability? Sybil decided that must be it – she wanted to prove what she could do before she killed this one. Over the next few weeks Abby Stuart saw Sybil more and more.

“What can you see, Sybil?” Abby asked the fortune teller.
“You will meet a man,” Sybil said, smiling encouragingly. “The most amazing man!”
“What else do you see? An engagement?” Abby asked. “Is this man the one for me?”
“No, I’m sorry. He will be much more than that,” Sybil replied. “He is a man of mystery. I cannot see him clearly – he is surrounded by the fog that so often clouds the inner eye.”
“You’re amazing!” Abby smiled. “It’s scary sometimes how accurate you are!”
“You think so, dear?” Sybil asked, smiling. “Well, let’s see if we can see a little more for you.”
“Thanks, Sybil,” Abby grinned.

But things went wrong when Sybil saw that Abby would interfere in her plans, so she warned her away, with a story about some mark of the clowns.

“You will not meet this man,” Sybil foretold. “But I see a letter – an N. No, wait! An M!”
“Mark?” Abby asked. “Will Mark Heston finally notice me?”
“Not a Mark, no. I see, a Mitchell. A Mitchell West,” Sybil said.
“What else do you see about him?” Abby asked.
“He… I’ve met him!” Sybil gasped, withdrawing her hands from Abby. “He came here that night, to see me! I gave him a prophecy that he was to die! My dear, you will go to the flat of a dead man! But, my clowns… My dear, you must go! Now! Do not go to this man’s flat! Please… There are things you cannot know – dark secrets are hidden here, at the fair! Leave now, before it’s too late!”
“What dark secrets, what clowns? And what about Mitchell West?” Abby asked, standing up from her stool.
“My clowns, quick! Leave before they find you! I’m so sorry, my dear, but the mark of the clowns is upon you!” Sybil said, tears pouring down her face.

The next problem was the aforementioned Mitchell West. He had been hanging around the fair, peeking at her clowns. Did he know their secret? He never approached them, so it was certainly possible. Sybil waited until Mitchell came for a sitting, where she would tell him he was going to die, then send one of her clowns around. It happened a few days before Abby came to see her about him.

Mitchell pulled his hands out of the fortune teller’s grasp, and leapt up from his seat. The fortune teller sank further into her seat, her speech rattling.

“I see death! You will die, tonight!” Sybil, said, choking.
“What? How can I die? I’m only 22 years old! I’ve got a whole life ahead of me!” Mitchell cried, stepping away from the fortune teller. “I haven’t even seen the clown show yet!”
“The fair is closed,” Sybil said, gasping for breath. “Leave now!”

Mitchell didn’t need telling twice. He ran from the tent, and didn’t stop until he was home. He unlocked the front door, and entered the dark hallway. Christina was probably still out clubbing; she didn’t understand his fascination with clowns, nobody did. He traipsed upstairs, and went to the bathroom.

“Stupid fortune teller,” Mitchell muttered. “What was she on about? I’m not gonna die tonight!”

He left the bathroom, and walked into his room. Something stepped out into the light. Mitchell grinned as a clown greeted him with open arms.

“Christina! You did this for me! How long have you been planning this then?” Mitchell asked.

The clown didn’t reply. It leered at him, and grinned a grin that for the first time made Mitchell scared of clowns. The clown stepped forward, and raised its arms.

“Thank you and goodnight!” the clown smiled, bringing his hands down on Mitchell.

Mitchell screamed, and he knew, if he lived, which he wouldn’t, he would never talk to a clown again; ever again.

“Well that was interesting,” the Doctor said. “Now what? Do we break the alliance? Cos I was starting to like you. It’ll be a shame to have to stop you. This is one chance, and you’d better take it.”
“I don’t think so. I’ve been plotting all the while you were fascinated by your allies’ visions. You were right – it was useful gleaning information from them. I’ve seen all their weaknesses, and how to stop you,” Sybil said.
“Bring it on,” Georgia and Conner said together.
“Clowns? Activate!”

Ring, ring!

“What was that dear?” Elizabeth asked, annoyed. “That clown is about to kill us, I don’t want to interrupt my death scene.”
“It was a phone,” Colin replied.
“Who’s? Get it turned off dear!” Elizabeth trilled. “Honestly, Colin! What would you do without me?”

His rather rude reply was interrupted by Mrs White, the Vicar, the Vicar’s Wife and Daisy, who emerged in the tent. Colin and Elizabeth noticed that the clown had frozen.

“Need some help?” Daisy asked triumphantly.

Outside the fortune telling tent a coloured swirl appeared in the sky. It was space matter. Thousands upon thousands of clowns were formed. They began to march out of the fair, evil grins leering on their faces.

The Doctor slipped out of his seat and ran out of the tent. He surveyed the mass of clowns, heading into every street and every home.

“They’re all over London!” he exclaimed.

Inside the tent Sybil threw her hands in the air. A stream of space matter entered her body, which glowed with the power of the universe. Catherine, Bradley, Beth, Zac, Kaylie, Alex, Christina, Abby, Lucy, Brian, Georgia and Conner sat in their seats, gazing in fascination. They were really in the quicksand now.

Colin, Elizabeth, Mrs White, Daisy, the Vicar and the Vicar’s Wife rushed out of the tent, only to be swept up in the massive crowd of marching clowns. Elizabeth and Colin became separated.

“Elizabeth!” Colin called, desperately reaching out for his wife.
“Colin! Help me dear!” Elizabeth trilled.

Colin soon lost sight of her in amongst the colour. The Doctor spotted Elizabeth and pulled her out of the crowd. Georgia and Conner came running out of the tent.

“Mum! What are you doing here?” Georgia asked.
“Those awful clowns kidnapped us!” Elizabeth moaned. “Your father’s in there somewhere. I told him to stop being so silly.”
“Is he alright Mrs Bell? There are a lot of clowns,” Conner said.
“Oh, mum, this is Conner Bennet,” Georgia said.
“I’ve heard so much about you,” Elizabeth said. “You’re younger than I imagined…”
“I’m… 16, right, Doctor?” Conner asked.

Elizabeth only thought foreigners didn’t know their birthdays. She frowned slightly.

“You were 15 the last time,” Georgia said. “On the Spidership.”
“What’s the date?” Conner asked.

The Doctor slipped up the sleeve of his leather jacket and looked at his watch.

“25th April 2011,” the Doctor announced in his northern accent.
“Well I’m 16,” Conner smiled. “I missed my bloody birthday didn’t I?”
“Yep,” Georgia said.

Colin felt a pair of hands pull him out of the masses of clowns. It was Daisy. Mrs White stood behind, looking annoyed at the clowns. Nearby the Vicar and the Vicar’s Wife were sat down, panting. Colin hurried over, and helped them up.

“What’s your name again?” Colin asked the Vicar’s Wife. “I always seem to forget, sorry.”
“Violet,” the Vicar’s Wife replied.
“Oh, I thought you were, oh never mind… Who are you then?” Colin asked the Vicar.
“Sheridan,” the Vicar replied, frowning.

Across London the clowns were in every home, and every street. People ran and screamed, and some just laughed. A male reporter was stood in front of some cameras outside Downing Street, which the clowns were stood outside.

“The future of the Human race hangs in the balance. Clowns fill every street, and every home. This could be the end of the Human race,” the reporter said.

In America, Trinity Wells sat in her newsroom for AMNN.

“And in more news, London’s population are trapped in their homes. America is receiving only vague reports, but we believe clowns have captured the population of London,” she said.

“What’s happening?” Brian asked Sybil.
“The Prophecy, its complete!” she gasped. “Clowns, destroy the Earth!”
“Ah, well that might be a problem,” a voice said.

Sybil looked up from the table. The Doctor appeared, grinning. Behind him where Conner, Georgia, Elizabeth, Colin, Mrs White, Daisy, Sheridan and Violet. The Doctor held up a mobile phone. Georgia pulled hers out of her pocket, and Conner did the same.

“Our phones can stop your clowns,” the Doctor said.
“Not on this scale,” Sybil said. “Your phones aren’t nearly enough.”
“What else would we need?” the Doctor asked. “Everyone here has got a phone.”

Brian and the others pulled out their phones.

“See?” the Doctor said. “I told you not to cross me, Sybil.”
“Not nearly enough,” Sybil laughed. “My clowns are beginning to kill people; I can feel their prophecies coming to me! And it makes me stronger!”
“What, so I’d need, say… psychic power?” the Doctor asked.
“Bradders,” Conner muttered.

Bradley dropped onto the floor and crawled over to the Doctor. Alex, noticing his movement, followed. Beth and Catherine stood up and edged away from Sybil. Christina, Abby, Lucy and Brian climbed out of their seats. They all stood behind the Doctor.

“Cos you shouldn’t have enhanced old Bradley’s psychic abilities, should you? And Alex, well he’s always had a gift,” the Doctor said triumphantly.
“You’re bluffing,” Sybil said. “You need three psychics. It’s written in the psychic law.”
“You’ve forgotten me,” the Doctor said. “I spent all that time sat around here tuning myself in. I’m more powerful than all of these minds here.”
“What makes you so sure?” Sybil said, regaining a little confidence.
“Time Lord,” the Doctor said simply. “Now!”
“No,” Sybil cried, faltering. “No, no, no, NO!”
“I’m sorry, so sorry,” the Doctor said. “But it’s over.”

The Doctor took Georgia and Conner’s hands. The others joined in, until they formed a circle. Using the sonic screwdriver, the Doctor called Martha Jones’ old phone in the TARDIS.

“Project your psychic powers,” the Doctor told Bradley and Alex.

They did, and the ringing got louder. The phone rang out all across the world, everyone heard it. The clowns exploded into space matter, and the stars shined a little brighter. Sybil collapsed on the floor, gasping.

“You are not alone,” she said, her words becoming jumbled. “Torchwood, Torchwood, t-t-t-Torchwood. Bad Wolf. Baaaad Wolfie. Wolf. Rack. Aquari. Bad bad bad wolf. Hooowl!”

With a flash, Sybil exploded into a million different fragments.

“I bet she didn’t predict that,” Georgia muttered dryly.

“The fair’s closed down,” Brian said. “It’s gone, forever.”

It was a week later, and Brian and Lucy stood in front of the TARDIS, along with Zac, Kaylie and Beth, who’d insisted that she came along. It was parked outside the fair, and Georgia, the Doctor and Conner stood in front of the TARDIS smiling.

“I looked for Sybil’s technology,” the Doctor informed them. “I destroyed it.”
“Can I ask you something?” Georgia asked.
“Yep, ask away,” the Doctor replied.
“Will you always look like that now?” Georgia asked.
“Until I regenerate, yes,” the Doctor said, somewhat sadly.

There was a sound of footsteps down the street. Catherine, Bradley and Alex clattered down the road.

“Doctor!” Bradley cried. “We saw Sybil in the sky!”
“I should have known she’d never be defeated so easily,” the Doctor muttered.

There was a flash of light and everyone was knocked off their feet. Alex was the only one remaining standing. He glared at the Doctor with purple eyes.

“So you think I could be stopped like that Doctor?” Alex asked.

He had been possessed by Sybil. The Doctor and the others slowly climbed to their feet. The Doctor turned to Conner.

“Get out of here,” he said. “You have that teleport…”
“I’m not leaving!” Conner said.

The Doctor turned to face Alex, and handed Georgia a teleport behind his back. Georgia slipped it on her and Conner. With a crackle of blue light, they disappeared.

“Your companions cannot help you now,” Alex cackled.
“You’d be surprised,” the Doctor said. “And actually I was hoping they’d go to the graveyard. Oh I’ve been stopping you for so long. Conner met himself from now two days ago. He warned him to beware of the clowns. That led us here, to stop you.”
“It’s of no consequence. I cannot be stopped,” Alex said confidently.
“Let me stop you there, hope you don’t mind. Who’s saying that? Cos you’re Alex. Not Sybil.”
“I am Sybil in every manner,” Alex said.
“Not appearance,” the Doctor said.
“I meant mentally,” Alex snapped.
“You are a bit mental, yes,” Zac chipped in.

Georgia was lying face down in the grass. Conner stood up, and bent down over Georgia.

“Oww,” Georgia moaned.
“Come on, get up,” Conner said, grabbing her arm.

They were stood in a cemetery. Conner knew that any minute a past version of himself would appear. He pulled Georgia to her feet.

“You weren’t here last time,” Conner said. “You’d better go hide.”

Georgia nodded, and sure enough, Past Conner soon appeared in the cemetery, looking more than a little confused. He saw one gravestone with a name he recognised:

Harriet Jones, former Prime Minister and loving daughter. Yes, you knew who she was.

He read another stone. He put his hand to his mouth in shock. It read:

David and Sue Bennet, loving husband and wife, and parents of Conner. They will be sadly missed.

“Sad, isn’t it?” a voice said from behind Conner.

Conner turned around, and was surprised at who he saw.

“You’re me…” Conner said.
“Yep,” Conner said back.

“I’m from the future. I haven’t got long,” present Conner said.
“How future?” past Conner asked.
“Two days,” present Conner replied. “Here’s a teleport.”

He handed past Conner the teleport that he had been given himself, but was careful not to touch past Conner. Past Conner grinned as heard he noise of the TARDIS materialising.

“That’s your lift,” present Conner said.
“They’ve come back for me?” past Conner said, amazed.
“You don’t think they’d leave you, do you?” present Conner grinned.
“I guess not,” past Conner replied.
“Anyway, don’t miss your flight,” present Conner said.

Past Conner turned away, and began walking back to the TARDIS. He looked back at himself one more time. The TARDIS doors opened, and Georgia stepped out of them.

“Oh, and Conner,” present Conner said, sounding serious. “Beware of the clowns.”

Past Conner stopped in his tracks. Georgia stepped out from behind a gravestone and placed the teleport the Doctor had given her around their necks. With a flash of blue light, they had vanished. Past Conner turned around, but they had already gone. Grinning, past Conner ran all the way back to the TARDIS.

“Is Alex still in there?” the Doctor asked. “Can you see him? He used to dominate that body.”
“Until you so foolishly informed me of his psychic power,” Alex sneered.
“Foolishly?” the Doctor frowned. “Rather cleverly, I’d say. Cos Alex is strong. He can fight your influence.”

Alex began to speak but stopped, frowning slightly. He remembered what the Doctor said. He was still in there.

“Doctor!” Alex cried. “I’m sorry! Sybil possessed me!”
“I know, I know,” the Doctor said sympathetically.
“We have to stop her,” Alex said.
“That’s my job not yours,” the Doctor said.
“No!” Alex said, raising an arm. “I can do it; I’m strong enough for this.”
“Thank you,” the Doctor said sadly. “Goodbye.”

Zac, Kaylie, Beth, Bradley and Catherine glanced around.

“What are you gonna do Alex?” Catherine asked, scared.
“Finish this,” Alex said.

And he raised his arms. Purple light shot out of his arms. One armful of light hit the Doctor, and he faded back into his normal, brown suited, messy haired, tenth self. The other armful of light had a face in it. It screamed. Alex’s psychic abilities were too strong for Sybil. With a blast of light, Alex and Sybil were gone.

“Doctor!” Kaylie cried. “You’re back!”
“Yes I am!” the Doctor exclaimed.
“Sorry about Alex,” Bradley said. “It should have been me – I have enough power.”
“But we’d miss you!” Beth said. “Not that we won’t miss Alex, but we’ve known you for so long!”
“Well it’s a good thing I’m not going anywhere,” Bradley grinned.

There was another flash as Conner and Georgia appeared.

“You did it!” Georgia cried, hugging the Doctor.
“You’re back!” Conner laughed.
“Georgia,” Brian said. “I’d best be off.”
“Oh right,” Georgia said. “You sure you won’t come with us?”
“I’m sure,” Brian replied.
“Bye Georgia,” Lucy said.
“See you,” Conner grinned.

Grabbing Lucy by the arm, Brian left.

“Bye Conner!” Catherine said.
“Bye!” Bradley grinned. “And thanks. For everything, Doctor.”
“No problem Bradders,” the Doctor grinned.
“I’m just gonna say goodbye,” Beth said. “I’ll catch you up.”
“Yeah, we’d better be going too,” Zac said hastily.
“Bye,” Kaylie said.

Bradley, Catherine, Zac and Kaylie departed.

“So, time and space!” Beth laughed.
“I know! It’s so amazing out there, Beth,” Conner said.

Casually, Georgia pushed the Doctor back inside the TARDIS.

“Do you want to come with me?” Conner asked Beth.
“I think I’d be better at home,” Beth said. “But if you need me, ever, I’ll be there. No matter what.”
“Then stay to watch this,” Conner said. “It’s better on the outside.”

Beth stood back as Conner slipped inside the TARDIS. Beth took a deep breath; she’d only seen this from inside the TARDIS. She gasped as it vanished, leading Conner on to new adventures.

“I’ve always quite liked you,” Lucy admitted sheepishly to Brian.

Brian and Lucy were walking to his car.

“I thought so,” Brian smiled back. “I like you too.”
“Seriously?” Lucy asked, blushing.
“Yup,” Brian blushed back.
“What about your friend Georgia? It just looked like you two were tight,” Lucy said, folding her arms.
“She’s got the Doctor. And Conner. And spacemen out there probably,” Brian shrugged.
“Space slag,” Lucy grinned.

Brian chuckled.

“You’d better hope you don’t see her again,” he laughed.
“Nah, I could take her,” Lucy said playfully.
“Anyway,” Brian said. “Home?”
“Home,” Lucy agreed.

She linked her arms inside Brian’s, and the two walked over to the car.

“I suppose this is half mine now,” Lucy said, looking at the car fondly.
“You’ll be lucky,” Brian snorted. “You haven’t even moved your toothbrush in yet.”
“What? Into our bathroom?” Lucy grinned.

Brian sighed.

“Come on,” he said. “Let’s go sit down on our sofa in front of our TV.”
“And let’s watch our East Enders,” Lucy added.
“Actually,” Brian said. “That’s not ours…”
“Do you think we’ll ever see them again?” Lucy asked thoughtfully.
“Of course,” Brian said confidently. “They’re always out there – flying through stars, saving lives, and making cups of tea. Forever.”
“God that was so cheesy!” Lucy laughed.
“I know!” Brian chuckled.

Lucy screamed with laughter, and so did Brian. They didn’t stop till they reached their house, halfway through East Enders, which definitely wasn’t theirs. The Doctor had brought them together. He did that. And for Brian Mason, life had never been so good.


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