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It’s Day 16 of ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2017’.
This is where we say goodbye to the Seventh Doctor and Ace for now as we come to the end of ‘The Seventh Doctor’s Story’ in ‘The Five Doctors At Christmas’! Last time, the Doctor and Ace discovered Cybermen in sick bay aboard the spaceship. The duo were soon rescued by little Simon as Superman. 🙂
‘The Seventh Doctor’s Story’ of ‘The Five Doctors At Christmas’ is set after ‘The Space Car’.
In the corridor away from sick bay, the Doctor and Ace ran with their rescuer, Simon as Superman. The Cybermen chased after them, stomping down the corridor. The Doctor and Ace managed to get a few metres distance away from the Cybermen as they turned around the corner. Simon tugged at the Doctor and Ace to follow him inside a gap in one of the corridors they had entered.
“In here,” Simon said. “The Cybermen won’t find us in here!”
The Doctor and Ace did as Simon had said as they joined him inside the gap in the corridor. There was enough room for all three of them thankfully, but it was still a tight squeeze. The Cybermen came marching down the corridor and stomped past the Doctor, Ace and Simon’s hiding place. The trio held their breath as the Cybermen marched past their place. They were almost out of danger, before the Cybermen stopped marching in the corridor.
One of the Cybermen addressed the leader. “They have disappeared, Leader,” the Cybermen said in its deep electronic voice.
“We will divide our forces,” the Cyber Leader boomed. It addressed the Cyberman, who was presumably its lieutenant. “Take half of the patrol with you to main bridge. I will continue with the rest of the patrol down this corridor.”
“Understood,” the Cyber Lieutenant replied.
Eventually, the Cyber patrol split up with the Cyber Lieutenant leading one half to the main bridge whilst the Cyber Leader led the rest down the corridor. They all stomped off. The Doctor, Ace and Simon remained in the gap in the wall, until the Cybermen had gone.
Thankfully, the Cybermen were gone. The Doctor, Ace and Simon breathed a sigh of relief as they were thankful they were out of danger for now.
“So, what do we do now Professor?” Ace asked. “Where do we go from here with those Cybermen hunting us down?”
But the Doctor didn’t answer Ace as he addressed Simon very seriously before him. “Where did you come from, Simon?” the Doctor asked him. “I’ve met you three times before now. Who are you and why are you here?”
“There’s no time,” the little boy in the Superman costume said. “I’ve got to take you two to engineering. You need to see what’s down there!”
“Why are you dressed up in a Superman costume,” Ace asked him. “Where are your mum and dad? Are they here aboard this spaceship?”
“Please,” Simon begged. “I need to take you two to engineering! You need to see this!”
“No Simon,” the Doctor insisted. “We’re not going anywhere until you tell us who you are; what you’re doing here and why I keep bumping into you? You know who I am, don’t you?”
“I promise,” Simon told them. “I’ll explain everything when we get down to engineering. You must see what’s there please!”
The Doctor was beginning to lose patience with the boy, but Ace gently touched his shoulder and said, “It can’t do us any harm, hey Professor? Besides, the little squirt knows his way about the spaceship. Perhaps he can help us with dodging those Cybermen once we’re down there in engineering.”
After a few moments, the Doctor considered. He didn’t know why, but he seemed to trust the little boy Simon. After all, if his previous Fifth self said that little boy Simon was the key to all that’s been going on, perhaps he could help. It wasn’t certain, but he had little else to go on.
“Alright Simon,” the Doctor said to him. “You take us to engineering!”
Simon smiled happily, as he guided Ace and the Doctor out of the gap in the corridor. Simon ran off and the Doctor and Ace chased after him to get down to engineering.
Eventually, they entered engineering on the lower levels. What the Doctor and Ace saw took them by surprise and they were shocked. There was a little alcove before them. The Doctor had seen something like this before. The alcove had people inside. They were connected by tubes and wires and there was a green light glowing from the alcove.
Ace and the Doctor were disturbed as they went over to examine the people inside.
“This is sick,” Ace said, disgusted with what she saw. “This is real sick! How could Cybermen keep these people as zombies alive in this…monstrosity? Like a bad horror house movie!”
Ace saw that the people in the alcove wore uniforms. She presumed they must be the remaining crewmembers aboard the spaceship.
“They’re not dead,” the Doctor said to Ace, although he was keeping his eyes on Simon. “Not yet,” he added.
The Doctor had been keeping his eyes on little Simon the whole time. Simon looked up, seeing the penetrating stare the Doctor made at him.
Eventually, the Doctor knelt down to address Simon. “You know what’s going on here, don’t you?” the Doctor said to little Simon. “You’re a part of this, aren’t you?”
Little Simon shook his head. He seemed to be ashamed and a little sorry for himself, as he sniffed away. “Yes,” he said, sniffing away and clearing a tear from his eyes.
The Doctor took in Simon in every detail, as he questioned the little boy’s presence and purpose with them at this moment. “Why are you doing this?” the Doctor asked Simon. “Why are you helping in this endeavour to capture five versions of myself? Why?”
Simon eventually stopped sniffing as he looked up at the Doctor. He answered, but it wasn’t the answer the Doctor was expected. “Because it’s Christmas,” he said. Then he vanished.
The Doctor and Ace were startled by Simon’s disappearance. They were lost for words.
“Professor!” Ace exclaimed. “That little boy Simon! He just…”
“I know, Ace,” the Doctor replied. “I saw him. Just like before. Only I saw him disappear this time. I made sure to see him go.”
Just then, the Cybermen entered. They stomped in, making their way towards the Doctor and Ace in engineering.
“Cybermen,” the Doctor declared. “They’re coming for us!”
“What do we do?” Ace asked, beginning to panic. “We won’t be able to make a run for it so easily out of this place? What do we do?”
But Ace didn’t get an answer. She turned round and realised that the Doctor had also gone. He had vanished. But she hadn’t been able to see him go.
“Doctor!” Ace cried. “Doctor!”
Still, Ace didn’t get an answer. She turned round and saw the Cybermen advancing on her.
The Cyber Leader reached out an arm to her and said, “You will be taken for processing! Do not resist! You will become like us!”
Ace was in trouble and she had no idea how to get out of this one. She didn’t have enough time to set off a can of Nitro-9 onto the metal zombies. Where was the Doctor when she needed him? There seemed no way out…
TO BE CONTINUED…
© Tim Bradley, 2017