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It’s Day 7 of ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2017’.
It’s time to venture into ‘Part Seven’ of this latest ‘Doctor Who’ Short Trip by me as we continue ‘The Fourth Doctor’s Story’ in ‘The Five Doctors At Christmas’. Last time, the Fourth Doctor, Romana and K-9 meet Dr. Sretsam in the English village. That was before the village gets attacked by Cybermen! 🙂
‘The Fourth Doctor’s Story’ of ‘The Five Doctors At Christmas’ is set after ‘Foundations of Life’.
The Cybermen marched forward, stomping into the English village with everyone scattering and running away from them.
“Do not resist!” the Cyber Leader announced to everyone. “Resistance is futile. We are the Cybermen. You will become like us. Upgrading is compulsory!”
The Doctor noticed how different these Cybermen were. They weren’t the same ones when he had encountered them last time in their attempts to destroy the planet Voga, the planet of gold. They had deeper robotic voices and rather than carrying guns in their heads, they had guns on their arms.
The Cybermen open fired as they shot down many of the scattering people within the village. They also electrocuted people by hand when one of the villagers came into contact with Cybermen. The Cybermen were ruthless as they marched on through the snowy village.
“Doctor,” Romana said urgently. “We have to get undercover!”
“What are they doing here?” the Doctor wanted to know. “Why come to an English village of all places?! And why come at Christmas?!”
“Doctor,” Romana tugged at the Doctor’s arm. “Come on! There’s a house over there we can hide behind it.” Romana pointed to show the Doctor what she meant.
The Doctor saw it and goggle-eyed he exclaimed, “Yes! Yes of course! Let’s get undercover, shall we!” He turned to K-9, “Come on, K-9! Heel!”
“Coming, Master,” K-9 piped up, as he did his best to follow the Doctor and Romana, trundling on the ground.
Impatiently, the Doctor picked up K-9 from the ground and carried the robot dog with him as he and Romana made their escape towards the house in the village before them and hide behind it. Fortunately, their escape was unnoticed by the Cybermen attacking the village.
Romana and the Doctor with K-9 made their way behind the house, out of sight from the Cybermen. The Doctor placed K-9 on the ground before he and Romana kept quiet whilst the Cybermen attack went on in the distance. They peeked out from behind the house to see what was going on. Most of the villagers had scattered and some were dead as a result of the Cybermen attacking them. The Cybermen regrouped as they were about to take their next orders from their leader.
“Hopefully most of the people in the village escaped with their lives from the Cybermen,” Romana stated.
“Yes,” the Doctor replied. “I wonder what became of Dr. Sretam,” he then pondered. “We didn’t see him when we escaped from the Cybermen.”
“No we didn’t,” Romana concurred. “He seemed to vanish as soon as the Cybermen attacked.” She then turned to K-9. “K-9, did you see Dr. Sretam escape?”
K-9 waggled his ears, as he computed all the data available to him on what he saw. After a few moments he said, “Negative, Mistress. No record was kept of Dr. Sretam escaping.”
“Typical computer,” the Doctor scoffed.
Just then, the Doctor, Romana and K-9 heard the sound of crying nearby. They turned to look and saw a small clearing in the house wall behind them. The Doctor and Romana investigated, as they found it was dark inside. But there was just enough light for the Doctor and Romana to see who it was that was crying.
It was a little boy, huddled in the clearing. The boy looked up to see the Doctor and Romana before him. His eyes were red from crying.
“Hello,” the Doctor said cheerfully to the boy, before he fumbled in his coat pockets. He then took out a few jelly babies. “Would you like a jelly baby?” he asked.
The little boy however turned away, seemingly scared and unable to take the jelly baby from the Doctor.
Romana helped. “It’s alright,” she said to the boy. “They’re only sweets. Things you eat.”
“That’s right,” the Doctor said. “Look!”
He passed one to Romana and she took a yellow jelly baby from the Doctor’s hands. Romana popped the jelly baby into her mouth and chewed on it gingerly. The Doctor then offered the jelly babies out to the little boy again.
“Here you go,” the Doctor said. “Go on. Have one.”
The little boy seemed unsure at first. Eventually however, the little boy took one of the jelly babies – a red one – and popped it into his mouth. The little boy munched at the jelly baby, before smiling happily at the Doctor and Romana.
“That’s better,” the Doctor said, pleased. “Now,” he began, “tell me! What’s going on here?”
“Who are you?” the little boy asked.
“Well I’m the Doctor,” the Doctor replied. “This is Romana and this K-9, my two best friends.”
“Hello,” Romana said cheerfully.
“Greetings,” K-9 trundled in.
The little boy was surprised to see K-9.
“What’s your name then?” the Doctor asked the little boy.
The little boy seemed hesitant at first. “Simon,” he said.
“Pleasure to meet you, Simon,” the Doctor declared. Just then, the Doctor seemed to notice something peculiar about the little boy. “Haven’t we met somewhere before?” he asked.
Simon looked confused before shaking his head, saying, “No.”
“Ah,” the Doctor uttered. “Sorry. It’s just that you reminded me of someone.”
Romana then took over as she asked, “What’s happening here, Simon? There are Cybermen attacking the village? Do you know that?”
Simon shook his head and then started crying again. He somehow managed to speak again after he stopped crying for a moment. “They’ve been attacking our village for some time,” he said. “Every time we have a Christmas party, the Cybermen come and attack us and take some of us away to their horrible home of horrors.”
“Yes,” the Doctor concurred. “I can imagine what goes on in there.”
“Do you know where they came from?” Romana asked little Simon. “How they came here?”
Simon nodded and said, “I can take you to the Cybermen’s base if you wish me to take you.”
“Simon,” the Doctor began, “That would be a great help. Then we can save you; your friends and family in time for Christmas.” The Doctor grinned to reassure Simon of this.
Simon grinned, liking the Doctor already and said, “Come! Follow me!”
With that, the TARDIS travellers followed little Simon to find the Cybermen’s base…
TO BE CONTINUED…
© Tim Bradley, 2017