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It’s Day 9 of ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2017’.
We now begin ‘The Fifth Doctor’s Story’ in ‘The Five Doctors At Christmas’, my latest ‘Doctor Who’ Short Trip on ‘Bradley’s Basement’. This segment features the Fifth Doctor with his companions, Nyssa and Billy. In this, the TARDIS lands in New York City during Christmas time in the modern day! 🙂
‘The Fifth Doctor’s Story’ of ‘The Five Doctors At Christmas’ is set after ‘Chieftain’s Caves’.
The TARDIS materialised on 34th street in New York City on a snowy, wintry day.
The door opened and the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy stepped out. They looked around, seeing the sights of New York before them. They could see the Empire State Building from where they were as well as many other tower blocks in the area.
“This is New York, isn’t it?!” Billy said amazed.
“Well spotted, Billy,” the Doctor replied. “Your visual perceptions in time travel are improving greatly indeed!”
“There’s no need to be sarcastic, Doctor,” Nyssa reprimanded him.
“I’ve always wanted to come and see New York,” Billy said excitedly. “I never thought I would actually get the chance to do so. But with you Doctor…anything is possible.”
“I’m not holy and divine,” the Doctor informed Billy teasingly. “So don’t worship me yet!”
Billy smiled. He knew when the Doctor was trying to make a joke out of it. He’d been travelling with the Doctor and Nyssa for quite some time now.
“So, what time period are we in on Earth?” Nyssa asked.
The Doctor checked his watch on his left arm. He then answered, “Not sure of the exact date. The chronometers on my time sensor aren’t accurate, but by the look of things we seem to have come at Christmas time.”
“Works for me,” Billy replied. “I’ve always wanted to see what New York is like at Christmas time. I’m glad I’m not disappointed. It really does snow in New York as is shown in those Hollywood Christmas films at the cinema.”
Nyssa looked puzzled. “Don’t they have snow at Christmas time where you live…Cardiff, Billy?”
“We’re not so lucky in the UK,” Billy replied. “The Americans have the luck with snow. At least North America has. Since…well, they’re close to the north aren’t they?”
“Anyway,” the Doctor interrupted. “Let’s go and have a little ‘explore’. I’m sure there’s a diner where we can have some breakfast or lunch or something to keep our appetites happy.”
“Breakfast at a New York diner,” Billy said happily. “At Christmas time?! I can’t wait for that!”
“Neither can I,” Nyssa added. “I’m most intrigued.”
Billy took Nyssa’s hand and both smiled at each other happily. They had become a couple fairly recently. They walked hand-in-hand as they followed the Doctor further down 34th street.
“34th street!” the Doctor exclaimed. “That’s the name of this street! I recognise it!”
“You know where we are then, Doctor,” Nyssa said reassured.
“Absolutely,” the Doctor replied. “I’ve been to New York many times and know all the ins and outs of this city. 34th street is very famous for the setting of two films under the title: ‘Miracle on 34th street’! Rather appropriate considering what time we’re in.”
At that moment, a man came up to meet the TARDIS trio. The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy were surprised by the man’s appearance. He had just spotted them arriving when they stepped out of the TARDIS. He came into their sights now and was looking at them with utmost amazement and admiration.
“It’s you, isn’t it?!” he spoke in a strong Brooklyn accent. “It really is you three! I can’t believe my own eyes!”
“I’m sorry,” Nyssa enquired. “Can we help you?”
The man they had just met held out his hand to the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy. “Oh I do apologise,” he said. “My name is Marest. Senator Eric Marest.”
The Doctor politely took the man’s hand and shook it gently.
“Nice to meet you, Mr. Marest,” the Doctor said. “You seem to recognise us somehow.”
“Indeed I do,” Mr. Marest replied. “As does every fellow American in New York City! Look about you and see!”
The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy looked about them and saw that everybody in 34th street was staring and pointing at them in amazement. Some were happy and overjoyed to see them as they began gathering around the TARDIS trio.
One of them said, “Doctor! Mr. Doctor! May I have your autograph?”
Another one said, “Miss Nyssa! You make my daughter so happy! She’s so happy that you, the Doctor and your Billy keep New York safe!”
And another one said, “Hey Billy boy! When are you and Nyssa going to get married? We hope you do! It’ll be a match made in heaven!”
The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy were utterly baffled by what was going on.
“Mr. Marest?” the Doctor asked. “What is all this? How come my friends and I are being treated like heroes and celebrities?”
“Because you are heroes and celebrities, Doctor,” Mr. Marest replied. “Look! See for yourselves! You three are on the posters and the billboards in the area!”
Sure enough, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy could see that they were being hailed as heroes on the billboards and posters identified in the 34th street area. One of the posters said: ‘THE TARDIS TRIO, GO!’ Another one said, ‘NEW YORK IS SAFE, WITH TIME-TRAVEL HEORES LIKE THESE!’ And one of the billboards had big letters clear as day saying, ‘THE DOCTOR, NYSSA AND BILLY – THE FUTURE IS SAFE!’
The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy were amazed and aghast by what they saw. They couldn’t believe it. They’d only been in New York for two minutes…and already they were hailed as heroes. It was hard to take in.
“Doctor, what’s going on?” Nyssa asked. “Have we done something to save New York that we’re unaware of?”
“Is this some timey-wimey thing that we three are going to do in the future?” Billy asked.
The Doctor was at a loss for words to understand what was going on. He then turned to Mr. Marest. “Mr. Marest?” he began asking. “Apologies for us being a little out of our depth, but could you tell us what it is we’ve done to save New York and be proclaimed heroes already?”
“You don’t know?” Mr. Marest asked, seemingly surprised.
“Well,” the Doctor began…and he couldn’t think of what else to say next.
“Well,” Mr. Marest then said reassuringly. “It doesn’t matter. All that matters is to get you three to your special apartment arranged for you in New York.”
“Apartment?!” Nyssa asked. “We have an apartment in New York?!”
“On the east side of Manhattan,” Marest added. “Don’t worry! We’ll hail a taxi and have you three taken there directly.” Marest then whistled and raised his hand out to the road. “Taxi,” he cried.
The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy went along with this, but were still puzzled…and a bit curious…
TO BE CONTINUED…
© Tim Bradley, 2017