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It’s Day 13 of ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2017.
Today, we start the fourth segment of ‘The Five Doctors At Christmas’! This is ‘The Seventh Doctor’s Story’ with the Seventh Doctor and Ace, as we venture into ‘Part Thirteen’. Find out what happens when the Doctor and Ace visit an abandoned spaceship. Will they be closer to the truth in all of this?
‘The Seventh Doctor’s Story’ of ‘The Five Doctors At Christmas’ is set after ‘The Space Car’.
The TARDIS materialised inside a spaceship. It was in the cargo bay of that spaceship.
The door opened and the Doctor and Ace stepped out. The Doctor had his question mark umbrella whilst Ace carried her rucksack with Nitro-9 on her back.
“Here we are, Ace,” the Doctor said to her. “We’re in a different place for a change…Whoa!”
The Doctor and Ace let out startled gasps as they found themselves floating in the air in the cargo bay. They held onto each other as they floated in the air.
“Whoa, Professor!” Ace exclaimed. “Please tell me you didn’t put anything in that fizzy drink you gave me once we came out here.”
“It’s nothing to do with the drink,” the Doctor said. He knew, because he didn’t have a fizzy drink himself. “We’re in a zero-gravity environment!”
“What?!” Ace asked, perplexed.
“We’re floating without gravity,” the Doctor said, gritting his teeth. “Somebody forgot to switch on the artificial gravity inducers aboard this spaceship.”
“Is that where we are?” Ace asked. “We’re on a spaceship.”
“Of course we are,” the Doctor told her. “Didn’t you notice the bulkheads as we came in as well as the windows showing outer space?”
Ace looked about her. Indeed the Doctor was right. There were windows showing outer space and you could see that the bulkheads above her head had an artificial design to them.
“Wicked!” Ace exclaimed, happily.
“We must be in the cargo bay,” the Doctor remarked. “I wonder what cargo this spaceship’s carrying. Hopefully it’s nothing illegal. Medical supplies I shouldn’t wonder.”
“Yeah,” Ace interrupted his train of thought. “Nice thoughts, Professor. But shouldn’t we be thinking of getting back down on the ground and not floating in the air? How do we sort out this zero-gravity problem we’re having?”
“No need to worry, Ace,” the Doctor told her. “I see the gravity control panel with us. Right next to the cargo bay exit! Just bear with me, Ace. This shouldn’t take long to restore the gravity of this room.”
“Huh,” Ace remarked. “Very conveniently placed that gravity control panel, isn’t it?”
“Just be thankful it’s here with us, Ace,” the Doctor said. “Hold on to me while I get to the control panel.”
Ace held onto the Doctor, as they floated their way over to the control panel in the room on the wall close to the cargo bay exit. They eventually reached the control panel and the Doctor set about to restoring the gravity as he examined the controls.
“Hmm,” the Doctor mumbled to himself. “Density meter here…Plating inducers there…and err…” He laughed at this point. “Of course, the field generator is here.”
“Doctor, come on,” Ace told him. “Hurry up! I want to get back down on the ground now!”
“Ah!” the Doctor exclaimed. “Yes! Here’s the switch! There!”
The Doctor pulled the switch he was looking at and very soon…both he and Ace dropped to the floor with a bump. Ace and the Doctor let out groans of pain, as they struggled to sit up on the floor, feeling disorientated and dizzy.
“Thanks Professor,” Ace said, annoyed. “You could have given me a warning!”
“Sorry Ace,” the Doctor said. “Just be thankful you can walk on the floor and not be floating in the air.”
Eventually, the Doctor got up on his feet. Ace checked to see that her Nitro-9 in her rucksack was unbroken before she too got up onto her feet.
The TARDIS duo went over to inspect the cargo to examine what was inside it. The cargo hadn’t been floating in the air like the Doctor and Ace had been. It had remained on the ground all the time with magnetic clamps attached.
“Fascinating,” the Doctor stated. “I wonder what was inside these cargo containers to prevent them floating in the air. It must be very valuable indeed.”
“Let’s find out, shall we?” Ace suggested.
“No, no, Ace,” the Doctor said. “I don’t want you using that Nitro-9 you’re ‘not’ carrying to blow off the magnetic clamps without knowing what’s inside the containers.”
“I wasn’t going to,” Ace protested. “Besides you’ve got that sonic screwdriver with you, haven’t you? Use it to unlock the magnetic clamps then open the containers.”
The Doctor chuckled at that. “Oh yes, of course. Good thinking, Ace.”
With that, the Doctor took out his sonic screwdriver and placed it over the magnetic clamps to unlock the cargo containers. The sonic screwdriver buzzed away as the Doctor switched it on. Eventually, the magnetic clamps unlocked. The Doctor and Ace took the magnetic clamps off and began to open one of the cargo containers.
“That was easily done,” the Doctor remarked. “Now, let’s see what’s inside.”
What they found inside the cargo container took them completely by surprise. The Doctor looked puzzled whilst Ace was delighted.
“Oh,” the Doctor said. “Not what I was expecting.”
“Pizza!” Ace exclaimed. “These cargo containers have frozen pizzas in them! Yummy!”
Ace began to take one of the frozen pizzas out of the cargo containers, before the Doctor slapped her hand and stopped her taking one.
“Don’t take one, Ace,” the Doctor told her.
“Hey,” Ace said annoyed. “Why not? I’m hungry!”
“You’ve already eaten,” said the Doctor. “And besides these pizzas aren’t for us. They belong to somebody else.”
“Oh come off it, Professor,” Ace said. “There’s nobody about. We haven’t seen any of the crew since we arrived.”
Ace was about to take one of the frozen pizzas before the Doctor slapped her hand again.
“Be that as it may,” the Doctor said. “No!”
The Doctor then spotted a piece of card on top of one of the pizzas inside the cargo container. He picked it up and turned it over to see some writing on it. Both he and Ace read the writing, as it said very clearly in red cheerful letters:
“MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THE CHILDREN OF SNOWTOWN. ENJOY YOUR PIZZA FOR THE DAY!”
At that, the Doctor and Ace realised who the pizzas were for and what ship they were on. They were on a spaceship delivering pizzas for some needy children on a remote planet. Ace realised she couldn’t have one of the pizzas, thinking of the children that needed them.
The question still remained though. Where was the crew of the spaceship? There weren’t any to be seen…
TO BE CONTINUED…
© Tim Bradley, 2017