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Staggering Stories Commentary #202: Babylon 5 – Phoenix Rising
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, roasted, in front of the Season 5 Babylon 5 episode ‘Phoenix Rising’, and spout our usual nonsense! Byron is losing control of more than his flowing locks, Garibaldi has a word with Bester and the rogue telepaths are burning bright. But enough of their […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #273: Captain Ace and a Bout of ST:D
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 08 Oct 2017 08:50

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller review Big Finish’s Doctor Who: Earth Aid audio play, discuss the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 02:01 — Welcome! 02:53 – […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #201: Doctor Who – Extremis
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 01 Oct 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, simulated, in front of the 2017 Doctor Who S10 episode, ‘Extremis’, and spout our usual nonsense! The Doctor is doing his Daredevil impersonation, Bill has an unreal feeling and the Monks are definitely meddling. But enough of their problems, please sit down with us […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #272: Doctor Who and those Effing Nanites
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller compare TV’s Doctor Who: Dalek and Big Finish’s Doctor Who: Jubilee, play a game, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:10 — Welcome! 02:38 – News: 02:48 […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #200: Babylon 5 – In the Kingdom of the Blind
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 17 Sep 2017 12:24

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, blackmailed, in front of the Season 5 Babylon 5 episode ‘In the Kingdom of the Blind’, and spout our usual nonsense! Byron and his flowing locks are attempting some dirty blackmail, the Centauri Regent has taken to drink and Londo Mollari needs to watch […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #271: That Derby Aroma
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller recount their time at the recent Whooverville 9 Doctor Who convention, talk about media we’ve been consuming, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:30 — Welcome! 03:26 – News: 03:34 — […]

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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.