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It’s Day 18 of ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2017.
The story continues with the Tenth Doctor and Donna in ‘The Five Doctors At Christmas’ with ‘Part Eighteen’. In this instalment of ‘The Tenth Doctor’s Story’, the TARDIS has landed in a suburban house for Christmas and the Doctor and Donna meet little boy Simon. Will they discover the truth?
‘The Tenth Doctor’s Story’ of ‘The Five Doctors At Christmas’ is set after ‘The Vexo Knights Experience’.
At the dinner table, the Doctor and Donna sat with little Simon. They were waiting for the dinner to be brought in by Simon’s parents. However, Simon’s parents were actually dancing in the living room. They were dancing to Glenn Miller music as it was playing in the background. The current track on the CD player was ‘In The Mood’.
Whilst Simon’s parents danced in the living room, the Doctor addressed the little boy firmly.
“You know who I am, Simon,” the Doctor said to him. “You’ve met me before.”
Simon was silent for a moment. “Yes,” he then said quietly. “I met you before when you were on the train, in the English village, in New York and on that spaceship.”
“What?!” Donna said, bemused.
“It’s a long story, Donna,” the Doctor told her. The Doctor then addressed Simon again, “Tell me, Simon! Why did you bring the TARDIS here? Why did you bring Donna and me here?”
Simon looked curiously at the Doctor for a moment. “You asked me to tell you who I was, what I was doing here and why you keep bumping into me. I made a promise. I’m keeping it and telling you here.”
The Doctor was amazed that Simon had kept his promise. It had been a long time for him. He was a Time Lord and a lot of things had happened to him since then.
“Okay then Simon,” the Doctor said. “Last time I saw you, you told me why you were doing this. Why you were helping in this endeavour to capture five versions of me. You said it was because of Christmas.”
Simon nodded his head, seemingly ashamed. The Doctor had seen him like this before.
“Why, Simon?” the Doctor asked. “Why is all this in aid of Christmas?”
Simon didn’t say anything for a moment. He then looked up at the Doctor and Donna each in turn and said, “I want to go home for Christmas,” he said. “I want to be with my family.”
Donna was bemused as ever. “What are you on about, Simon?” she asked. “Your family’s here! Your parents! They’re dancing in the living room to Glenn Miller music, aren’t they?”
Simon shook his head. “They’re not my real parents,” he told them. “I don’t like them! The bad man gave them to me!”
“The bad man?” the Doctor asked, intrigued. “Who’s the bad man, Simon? Is he a man of disguise? Has he been keeping you here?”
Simon nodded his head and said, “Yes!”
The Doctor and Donna looked at each other for a moment, concerned about what was going on here with Simon. The Doctor then asked Simon again, “Do you know why he’s been keeping you here, Simon?” He then paused for a moment to think. “What planet are we on, Simon? Do you know?”
“We’re on Earth,” Donna said to the Doctor. “Duh! That’s obvious!”
“No, Donna,” the Doctor said to her. “It can’t be Earth! Not really! There’s a connection with my five meetings with this little boy and it’s something to do with where we are!”
The Doctor then addressed Simon again. “Well, Simon? Do you know the name of the planet we’re on?”
Simon seemed reluctant to give an answer. He then said, “I’m afraid to tell. The bad man will get me!”
“We won’t let the bad man get you, Simon,” the Doctor told Simon reassuringly.
“We’ll look after you,” Donna said reassuringly to Simon. “You can trust us.”
Again, Simon seemed reluctant to answer the Doctor and Donna about anything. Eventually however, he then said, “The planet we’re on. It’s called Christmas!”
The Doctor and Donna were now even more puzzled. They weren’t expecting this kind of an answer from a little boy.
“The planet’s called Christmas?” Donna asked, intrigued. “Simon, what do you mean?”
But at that moment, they were interrupted. Just as Simon’s parents…or fake parents as the Doctor and Donna were told to believe…were dancing on their dance floor in the living room…they were instantly exterminated. Mr. and Mrs. Brooker cried out in agony as they crumbled to the floor.
The Doctor and Donna stood up as they saw the Daleks trundle into the living room out of nowhere. Simon became terrified and went over to the Doctor and Donna to be protected by them. Donna held onto Simon as she cradled him in her arms.
The Daleks advanced forward. “Stay where you are,” the Dalek leader said. “You Doctor and your female companion are prisoners of the Daleks! You will come with us! Resist…and you will be exterminated!”
“Daleks,” the Doctor said bitterly through his teeth.
“What do we do, Doctor?” Donna said, terrified. “Where do we go from here?”
“Quickly, Donna,” the Doctor said urgently. “We run! Take Simon with us too!”
The Doctor and Donna took Simon with them as they attempted to make a run for it. The Daleks opened fire with their ray guns at the Doctor, Donna and little Simon but missed.
Just as the Doctor and Donna with little Simon were about to exit from the living room, the French windows were smashed and torn apart. The Doctor and Donna looked to see Cybermen smashing their way through the French windows and marching in. They stomped on the ground as they entered the room.
“Oh no!” the Doctor said, annoyed. “I’d rather have just the Daleks than add you lot!”
“Cybermen,” Simon said squealing.
The Cybermen marched in, stomping, before the Cyber Leader spoke out and said, “You are our prisoners! Resistance is futile! Comply or you will be deleted!”
“These are the guys you were talking about who invaded Canary Wharf,” Donna asked, finding it rather improper to ask that question at this time.
“Yes,” the Doctor replied. “I’m afraid so.”
“How are we going to escape from this?!” Donna asked afraid.
The Doctor and Donna with Simon found themselves being confronted by terrifying monsters all around. The Daleks advanced onto them from their left; the Cybermen advanced onto them from their right.
“Exterminate! Exterminate!” the Daleks chanted. “EXTERMINATE!” they said for a third time.
The Cybermen meanwhile stated, “You will become like us! Resist and you will be deleted!”
There seemed like no chance of escape for the three of them as they were surrounded by Cybermen and Daleks all around.
Just then, Simon stamped his foot onto the floor and shouted, “Doctor; Donna! Hold on!”
Suddenly, the Doctor and Donna found themselves dropping with little Simon as they fell through a trapdoor in the living room of the house…
TO BE CONTINUED…
© Tim Bradley, 2017