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Staggering Stories Podcast #393: Ncuti Gatwa Goes Fourteenth
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 15 May 2022 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn discuss the recent Doctor Who casting of Ncuti Gatwa, review Star Trek: Picard season two, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:23 — Welcome! 02:08 – News: 02:13 — Doctor Who: […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #392: Swashing Sea Demons
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 01 May 2022 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review the Doctor Who 2022 Easter Special – Legend of the Sea Devils, recount their time at Back to the Future: The Musical and Doctor Who: Time Fracture, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #391: Capitol Bubbling
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 17 Apr 2022 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review the 2022 films The Adam Project and The Bubble, recount their time at the recent Capitol 5 Doctor Who convention, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:04 — […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #390: Charley and the Crime Travellers
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 03 Apr 2022 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review Doctor Who: Charlotte Pollard – The Further Adventuress and the 1997 BBC TV series Crime Traveller, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:01 — Welcome! 02:59 – News: […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #389: Covidian Clip Show
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 20 Mar 2022 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn present clips, featuring themselves and Andy Simpkins, Jean Riddler and Scott Fuller, from old podcasts. Whilst we recover from a podcast spread Covid we look at old news for New Mutants and casting reactions for Doctor Who, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #246: Doctor Who – Eve of the Daleks
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Mon, 14 Mar 2022 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, stored, in front of 2022 Doctor Who New Year’s episode ‘Eve of the Daleks’, and spout our usual nonsense! Nick is not a Dalek, Jeff loses his junk, Sarah is definitely being stalked and the Doctor and Yaz have a moment. But enough of […]

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Doctor Who: The Journey Home

By Ian D. McArdell


A brief encounter with the Doctor, after a fashion popular in the early nineties. This sees the erstwhile Timelord tie up a loose end from 'The Curse of Fenric' and nudge a pawn into place for another time, so to speak. Originally appeared (in dead tree format) in Cosmic Masque 21.

 

Hours had passed. The storm raged on and still Kathleen drove. Into the night, into her future.

Her mind could not fully comprehend what had happened at the North Yorkshire Signals base - and she doubted it ever would. She resolved never to tell a soul of the events of those few days. Who would ever believe her?

As Kathleen drove, her baby Audrey slept peacefully by her side, oblivious to it all. Probably the best way to be, Kathleen thought. She stopped the Land Rover, parking awkwardly by the roadside.

"I'm too tired to drive" she declared to the world.

Shivering with the cold, Kathleen looked behind her to see what fate had provided for this journey. A blanket, a tool kit and some emergency rations - for once luck had been on here side. Still, she thought, only a few weeks until Frank would be home on shore leave, things would be better then.

Frank won't be coming home... he's dead.

Kathleen began to cry, bitter tears. For herself and for a daughter who would never know her father. Kathleen prayed for guidance and help. As if in answer to that prayer a man appeared from the shadows, instantly she recognised him as the Doctor, Ace's friend. The girls had said he worked for the War office, rumour had it that the Prime Minister himself had sent him. Hatred welled deep within Kathleen.

"You send men like Frank to their death every day. Don't you care? Fathers, Husbands, Brothers and Sons. Wrecking people's lives."

"Don't you think I know," the Doctor replied, "Every waking moment I am haunted by the deaths I have caused."

"Why carry on, why this continuing battle? The world is falling apart."

"Evil must never triumph, in any form. Have pride in Frank's death - tell the world. Never let them forget the sacrifice he made in the name of liberty."

"How do I go on Doctor. Without him?"

"You'll find a way. I told a friend once that memories aren't always sad. Treasure the time you had together and tell Audrey about him. Frank will always live with you, in your mind."

"Where do I go now? I've nowhere to live."

Kathleen looked at him, her eyes pleading for help. Constrained by time and his knowledge of her future, the Doctor could say very little.

"Follow your destiny and remember what Ace told you..." With that, he turned and disappeared into the night.

Follow your destiny and remember what Ace told you.

Kathleen strained to remember the day's awful events.

"17 Old Terrace... Streatham."

 

After a hard night's drive, Kathleen found the place. 17 Old Terrace, a little back street. She gathered Audrey up in her arms and ran to the house. The door was open, as if someone was expecting her. The house looked deserted and cold. However, for the moment it was home. She curled up in the front room, under the naval blanket and fell asleep.

The worst of the storm was over - time to count the cost.