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Staggering Stories Podcast #411: Slasher Sylvester
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 22 Jan 2023 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn review the 2020 Sylvester McCoy film ‘The Owners’ and the 2022 Discworld film ‘The Amazing Maurice’, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:33 — Welcome! 02:32- News: 02:38 — Wednesday: More […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #410: Great Balls of Crystal
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 08 Jan 2023 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare discuss the Doctor Who Christmas and New Year specials, play a game, come up with our Predictions, Hopes and Dreams, and Fears for 2023, see how wrong we were about our Predictions for 2022, find some general news, and a […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #409: Festive Muppetry
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 25 Dec 2022 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review Doctor Who: Blood on Santa’s Claw (Big Finish) and the 1992 film The Muppet Christmas Carol, find some general news, play a game, pull some crackers and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #408: Bacon and Kroll Sandwich
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 11 Dec 2022 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review Doctor Who: The Power of Kroll and the 2022 Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:08 — Welcome! 04:40- News: […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #407: Victorian Mysteries
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 27 Nov 2022 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review Big Finish’s The Paternoster Gang: Heritage 2 and the 2022 film Enola Holmes 2, play a Doctor Who game, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:11 — Welcome! 01:52- News: […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #249: Doctor Who – The Power of the Doctor
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 20 Nov 2022 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, regenerated, in front of 2022 Doctor Who story ‘The Power of the Doctor’, and spout our usual nonsense! The Master is splitting his time, Dan gets it in the face and the Doctor is seeing some old faces. But enough of their problems, please […]

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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.