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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 […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #214: Babylon 5 – Objects at Rest
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 01 Apr 2018 09:16

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, preparing, in front of the penultimate Babylon 5 episode ‘Objects at Rest’, and spout our usual nonsense! Lennier turns his back on Sheridan, Mollari offers his final gift and Garibaldi assembles a group of troublemakers. But enough of their problems, please sit down with […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #285: A Lady, a Panther and Eldrad…
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn discuss Big Finish’s Doctor Who audio plays Eldrad Must Die! and The Lady of Mercia, review the Marvel film Black Panther, play a game, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:31 […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #213: Doctor Who – The Doctor Falls
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, sieged, in front of the 2017 Doctor Who S10 finale, ‘The Doctor Falls’, and spout our usual nonsense! The Doctor needs to carried, Bill has a body image issue and Nardole thinks he’s in the A-Team. But enough of their problems, please sit down […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #284: Staggerers Assembled
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, a miming Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller discuss Big Finish’s UNIT: Assembled boxset and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Season 2, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 02:03 — Welcome! 03:08 – News: […]

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Buccaneer Chronicles

The Buccaneer Chronicles:
Vampire Mutations

By Karen Dunn (Despite Interference by Keith Dunn, Andy Simpkins, Adam J Purcell and Tony Gallichan)


Chapter Fourteen - The Computer

 

“Password”

"I have seen Macfadyan argue with the Ship when it fails to live up to his expectations. I have seen Captain Curtis thump the food machine when it serves him egg salad instead of the requested tea and crumpets. I have seen Blanche glare at the console when it beeps at her and makes her jump. I have seen all these things and heard them all say the same thing with varying degrees of venom but this is the first time I have ever understood what 'bloody machine' means.”

* You are familiar with me - a password is unnecessary. *

“Password”

Cre'at sighed and wasted a valuable second meeting the machine's request.

“Greetings, Cre'at”

* Greetings. I require your assistance. *

“Ready.”

* Three point seven two kilometres to the east is a Ship. You must make contact. *

“Done.”

* Excellent. *

“It is a very rude machine.”

* I am aware of this. *

“Why would a construction of such high quality use a term such as 'butt out'?”

* My apologies - Blanche has become fond of American soap operas and some of the terms have corrupted the Ship's vocal systems *

“You should repair it - it is most unbecoming.”

* I shall endeavour to do so. *

“Acceptable.”

* Are you able to access the Ship's defence systems? *

“A password is required.”

Cre'at sighed: * The password is 'fluffy'. *

“In what way?”

* You misunderstand. The password is 'fluffy'. *

“But...”

* Just tell it 'fluffy'! *

“Access granted. You should also repair the password generator. Such misunderstandings could prove troublesome.”

* I am aware of this, also. I shall suggest changes. *

“Also acceptable. Instructions?”

* A forcefield is required. It must cover the area from the Ship to include the town. It must exceed the height of the trees. Maximum strength. *

“Done.”

* Excellent. Maintain the forcefield until otherwise instructed. *

“Naturally.”

* Bloody machine... *

Leaving the Psych-comp to its task, Cre'at left the house and zipped back through the trees towards the town.

***

The Tower

Vampire Mutations: Chapter Fifteen