Day 12 – ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2017

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Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

It’s Day 12 of ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2017.

6. The Five Doctors At Christmas

“Happy Birthday Sarah!”

Yes! It’s Sarah Sutton’s birthday today! And what better way to remember Sarah by finishing off ‘The Fifth Doctor’s Story’ with the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Billy in ‘The Five Doctors At Christmas’. Today, it’s ‘Part Twelve’ and the TARDIS trio are in trouble when the Daleks are about. Can little Simon help?

‘The Fifth Doctor’s Story’ of ‘The Five Doctors At Christmas’ is set after ‘Chieftain’s Caves’.


Check out what my Day 12 of my ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar for 2015 and 2016 were about!

Tim. 🙂

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Part Twelve

In the holding cell allocated for them, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy were trapped. They seemed to have no avenue for escape. The cell doors were sealed tight. Even if they could find a way to insulate a Dalek’s casing when it was inside the cell with them, they wouldn’t get far. They were certain the Daleks would sound the alarm sensors all around the base.

“I could strip off my shirt, place it on the floor and let you Nyssa and the Doctor try to distract the Dalek in order to get it onto the shirt” Billy suggested.

“No Billy,” Nyssa said. “I wouldn’t want to see you exterminated by a Dalek bare-chested.”

“I’m not afraid to die,” Billy said bravely.

Nyssa could see Billy’s lips tremble as he said those words. She held his hand gently, stroking it. “I know you aren’t,” she said and kissed him.

Nyssa and Billy hugged each other whilst they were in the prison cell. The Doctor however was deep in thought as he sat on the bench beside his companions.

“The Daleks with the Cybermen must be using advanced scientific technology to achieve what they’re doing,” Nyssa remarked. “To acquire five versions of the Doctor as well as creating scenarios to trap the relative groups of Doctors and companions like us.”

“You’re saying it could be the Master?” Billy asked carefully.

Nyssa looked up at Billy and nodded her head. Billy knew how sensitive Nyssa was about the loss of her home planet and family.

“Time Lord technology!” Nyssa declared. “That’s it isn’t it, Doctor?”

Nyssa and Billy turned back to look at the Doctor. He was still deep in thought.

“Doctor?” Nyssa knelt down beside the Doctor to ask him again.

Eventually, he turned to address Nyssa and Billy. When he did, his tone became serious.

“I recollect something like this happening before,” the Doctor remarked. “Where there were two instances of a Dalek and a Cyberman encounter. And it was from my past!”

“So you’ve experienced this twice before,” Nyssa remarked. “That means you must be the third Doctor that the Daleks, the Cybermen and…the Master have acquired.”

“We can’t be certain it is the Master,” the Doctor told Nyssa. “The message I had said that it was a man of disguise. It can’t be the Master as we know him.”

“Wait a minute,” Billy interrupted. “You said you had a message. Who was it from?”

“Did you recognise the person, Doctor?” Nyssa asked. “Was it a ‘he’ or a ‘she’?”

“It was a ‘he’,” the Doctor replied. “It was me! At least, it was another ‘me’ from the future!”

“One of your future selves,” Nyssa remarked.

“Yes!” the Doctor stated. “And I’ve met him before! When my TARDIS time-crashed into his!”

At that moment, the cell door opened. The TARDIS trio looked up, waiting expectantly to see who it was. No one came to the door. Billy was puzzled. Nyssa was worried.

The Doctor stood up from his bench and stepped forward slowly to take a look. “Hello,” the Doctor called out, “Anyone there?”

There was still no response. Nyssa and Billy became worried as they held onto each other.

The Doctor tried a different tactic. “There’s no need to be shy,” he said cheerfully.

They waited for a moment. It seemed like there was nobody there outside the holding cell.

Eventually, someone did appear before the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy. It was a little boy. Nyssa and Billy were surprised to see him. The Doctor looked curiously at the boy.

“Ssh,” said little Simon to the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy. “Please be quiet. They’ll hear you! Those nasty Dalek things will hear you! I’ve come to take you away! Follow me! Quick!”

With that, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy followed little Simon out of their holding cell.

Eventually they came to a large room. The Doctor, Nyssa and Billy had followed Simon down a long corridor once they had escaped from their holding cell. As they entered, they saw a large alcove full of people. Some of them, the Doctor, Nyssa and Billy recognised. They were the New Yorkers they had seen when they had arrived in the city.

“What are all these people doing here?” said Nyssa aghast. “There’s so many of them!”

“And they’ve all got tubes and wires connected inside their bodies,” Billy noticed.

This was true. All the people in the alcove were connected by tubes and wires. There was also a green light glowing from the alcove. Nyssa went forward to examine the New York victims. She recognised the readings on one of the computer terminal outlays.

“These people’s life-signs are minimal,” she said. “They seem to be in a comatose state. But they’re not dead, that’s for certain.”

“Well that’s a relief,” Billy said.

The Doctor spun round as he had a ‘eureka’ moment when he addressed Nyssa and Billy.

“I remember,” the Doctor declared.

“What?” Nyssa asked. “What do you remember, Doctor?”

“I recall the connection between the two instances where my companions and I faced Daleks and Cybermen,” the Doctor said. He compiled his thoughts together for a moment. Then he said. “They both occurred at Christmas time! And they involve a little boy called Simon! Simon is the key! Isn’t that right, Simon?”

The Doctor turned to face Simon. But he then realised that Simon had gone. Vanished in fact! The TARDIS trio were startled by this.

“Where’s he gone?” Billy asked. “Where did that little boy go? Simon you called him, Doctor?”

“I don’t know where he’s gone,” the Doctor said. “But I have a nasty feeling that I…”

Suddenly, the Doctor vanished too as he was snatched away from Nyssa and Billy via a teleport beam.

“Doctor,” Nyssa called out.

But it was no use. The Doctor had gone.

Suddenly, Daleks entered the large room and they began to surround Nyssa and Billy, pointing their gun-sticks at them.

Nyssa and Billy held onto each other as the Daleks chanted, “Exterminate! Exterminate!”

Holding tight to each other and realising they were in trouble, Billy said to his girlfriend, “Nyssa dear?”

“Yes Billy?” Nyssa replied.

“I wish we had our cuddly toy dog Cuddles with us.” Billy said.

Nyssa smiled weakly at Billy, as she held his hand whilst they were about to face ‘extermination’ by the Daleks…


© Tim Bradley, 2017

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