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Staggering Stories Podcast #289: Ready Podcast 289
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 20 May 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dun discuss Doctor Who: The Ultimate Foe and Ready Player One, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:27 — Welcome! 03:00 – News: 03:14 — Doctor Who: Eric Roberts to […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #288: When Heroes Assemble
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 06 May 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare discuss Doctor Who: The Three Doctors and Avengers: Infinity War, recall our time at The Capitol 3 Doctor Who convention, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:23 — Welcome! […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #216: Babylon 5 – Sleeping in Light
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 29 Apr 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, mourning, in front of the last ever Babylon 5 episode ‘Sleeping in Light’, and spout our usual nonsense! Sheridan is wanting a last supper, Garibaldi’s nicking bits of B5 and Delenn has a new favourite bench. But enough of their problems, please sit down […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #287: We Have the Stones
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Jean Riddler and Keith Dunn discuss Doctor Who: The Stones of Blood and Nigel Kneale’s The Stone Tape, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:54 — Welcome! 02:07 – News: 02:15 — Gummidge: Back for more. 04:15 — […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #215: Doctor Who – Twice Upon a Time
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, regenerating, in front of the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special, ‘Twice Upon a Time’, and spout our usual nonsense! The Doctor is trying to hold back his explosive energies, another Doctor is also trying to hold it back and pretty much everyone else is […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #286: Encounters with Brian
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 08 Apr 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn discuss Big Finish’s UNIT: Encounters boxset and Monty Python’s Life of Brian, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:27 — Welcome! 02:21 – News: 02:41 — Doctor Who: Lady […]

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Doctor Who: The End of Humanity

By Gareth Agnew


The far, far future. Out of the sky they came. Alien invaders. Evil looking black warships, unleashing death and destruction down onto the earth wherever they went. The devastation was almost absolute. The death toll was incalculable. The horror that this alien race had brought to bear was unbelievable. Practically nothing had survived. The planet was laid waste.

***

The TARDIS materialised in the middle of the ruined street, the door opened with a click, and the Doctor and his companion stepped out. They moved gingerly away from the TARDIS, stepping carefully among the rubble and twisted metal of the destroyed city.

 

"It all looks so eerily familiar," said Jo. "Just destroyed. Completely destroyed. I don't think I care for this future Doctor."

The Doctor stopped, and ran his fingers through his shock of white hair.

"The future is what the future is. I'm sorry Jo. It must be hard seeing what becomes of your own race like this. Do you realize the full potential of time-travel now?"

"Yes Doctor, I'm beginning to." replied Jo.

"Knowing the future. It can be so dangerous in the wrong hands. Like our friend the Master..."

"Or those people who think about going back in time to kill Hitler as a baby."

"Yes Jo."

 

They walked on, picking their way amongst the rubble, down to the river. Astonishingly there was one bridge still standing, and they were able to walk out, and watch the crystal clear river flowing gently beneath them. Two centuries without industrial pollution had seen to that.

 

"Why did they attack Doctor? What was the point?" asked Jo.

"Simple terror and destruction. They have no intention of colonizing the planets they destroy. They are depraved. Utterly heartless."

"I can hardly believe it. How could it have come to this?"

"I don't know Jo. I don't know."

With tears welling in her eyes, Jo followed the Doctor across the rest of the bridge.

 

On the other side, they came across a row of shops, windows gone, a few of the walls caved in, but otherwise remarkably intact. Jo imagined this place on a Sunday afternoon. People walking and chatting their way along the riverbank, ice cream in one hand, child's hand in the other. It would have been such a happy place, but not anymore. She leant across the remains of the wall at the edge of the river.

 

"Tell me its not true Doctor. This can't be what becomes of humanity."

"I'm sorry. I should never have shown you this. I don't come this far into the future very often. It's too depressing. Too disturbing."

Jo looked up to the sky. Dusk was falling and the first stars were coming out.

"Where is it Doctor?" asked Jo.

The Doctor pointed at a dim star, low on the northern horizon. "There."

 

Jo wept uncontrollably. She couldn't take it in. Humans had become the scum of the galaxy. They had become mass murderers and thieves, wiping out civilizations across hundreds of star-systems. Genocide after genocide. Death unbounded. War after bloody war had turned humans into the most evil race in the galaxy. From Centauri III the Sun was just a distant point of light in the night sky, and the Earth an invisible speck....