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It’s Day 19 of ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2017’.
Here is the third episode of ‘The Tenth Doctor’s Story’ of ‘The Five Doctors At Christmas’. This is ‘Part Nineteen’! Last time, the Tenth Doctor and Donna were getting more answers from Simon about who he is and what was going on. It wasn’t long before the Daleks and the Cybermen came to attack…
‘The Tenth Doctor’s Story’ of ‘The Five Doctors At Christmas’ is set after ‘The Vexo Knights Experience’.
The Doctor and Donna soon found themselves running with Simon through a dark tunnel underneath the house. They could hear the Daleks chanting “Exterminate!” and the Cybermen chanting “Delete!” as they were being chased by them in the tunnel. Somehow, they managed to get down into the tunnel once the Doctor and Donna with Simon started running. They weren’t sure whether it was done by teleport or some other method.
“The Daleks and Cybermen sound like they’re getting close,” Donna remarked.
“We’ll have to keep going until we get to the end of this tunnel,” the Doctor said simply.
“Oh shame,” Donna scoffed airily. “We could have done with some scooters down here!”
“Simon,” the Doctor began to ask the little boy. “Do you know your way down this tunnel?”
“Yes,” the little boy said softly. “I’ve been down here a number of times in my own dream house for Christmas. I’ve been able to avoid getting captured by the bad man so far.”
“The bad man?” Donna asked.
“Yes,” Simon said. “The bad man always caught me whenever I was trying to show you other Doctors to the alcoves where they were keeping the people.”
“Ah,” the Doctor realised. “That explains why you disappeared when you did on those previous four occasions – on the train; in the village; in New York and on the spaceship. You didn’t choose to leave. Someone chose for you.”
“That’s right,” said the little boy Simon. “But I’ve been able to get away from him this time.”
“Wait a minute,” Donna interrupted. “You said alcoves where they were keeping the people!”
“Yes Simon,” the Doctor interjected at this point. “What were those people in the alcoves for? Why were they there?”
Simon seemed reluctant to answer for a moment. But then he said, “I don’t know really.” He paused for a moment. “But I think they’re to do with me.”
“With you?” said Donna aghast.
“Yes,” the little boy replied. “The bad man…”
“The man of disguise?” the Doctor wanted to confirm.
“That’s him,” said little Simon. “He said they were a power source…for me.” He paused again for a moment. “He said I…was a powerful weapon for him.”
Donna was troubled by this as she looked to the Doctor whilst they ran down the tunnel.
“What does it all mean, Doctor?” Donna asked. “Is Simon a victim of something?”
“I’m not sure,” the Doctor told her. “But I’ve got a feeling behind the back of my teeth!”
“You and me both,” said Donna.
Just then, the Daleks and Cybermen were coming up behind them. They had somehow managed to catch up. The Doctor and Donna thought they’d been slowing down whilst they were having their conversation.
“You cannot escape, Doctor,” the Dalek leader gloated at him. “You and your companions will surrender to the Daleks!”
“And to the Cybermen,” the Cyber Leader added.
“How come you lot are working together?” the Doctor asked. “Daleks and Cybermen in alliance? Last time I saw you two, you were at loggerheads with each other at Canary Wharf in London, Earth.”
The answer the Doctor got was shots fired by the Daleks and the Cybermen from their own weapons. The Doctor and Donna with Simon managed to dodge the shots fired by the Daleks and Cybermen as they ran.
“There’s no need to be like that,” the Doctor said, slightly annoyed. “I only asked.”
“Doctor,” Donna said to him. “We must keep going! We mustn’t dillydally like we are now!”
“Right you are, Donna,” the Doctor said. “Come on!”
“It’s alright,” Simon told them. “We’re nearly there! We’re nearly at the end of the tunnel!”
“Really?” Donna asked. “How do you know that, Simon?”
“Oh Donna, keep up!” the Doctor told her. “Simon knows the way, remember?”
Eventually, the Doctor, Donna and Simon found themselves running into the street of where Simon’s dream home is. They managed to get out by climbing up out of the hole in the ground with the use of a ladder at the end of their tunnel.
The street they were in was deserted. It was a fairly ordinary suburban street. Except, it was foggy and not snowy as the Doctor, Donna and Simon would have expected at Christmas time. This made it more disturbing for the Doctor and Donna in the situation they were in.
“Blimey!” the Doctor exclaimed. “This place is a real pea-souper, isn’t it?!”
“We can’t let fog get in our way,” said Donna forthrightly. “We must keep going! Those Daleks and Cybermen will be onto us any minute!”
At that moment, they heard Daleks and Cybermen behind them. The Daleks chanted “Exterminate!” and the Cybermen chanted “Delete!” as they came up behind them in the fog.
“How is that even possible?!” Donna said, aghast. “We’ve only just got out of the underground tunnel itself and they’re still chasing us!”
“No time to ponder on that now,” the Doctor said. “Come on! Let’s do as you say and run!”
The Doctor and Donna were about to run forward, taking Simon with them.
But just as they ran forward, they saw Daleks and Cybermen appear right in front of them as they came out of the fog. The Doctor and Donna with Simon stopped in their tracks as they saw the foreboding presence of the Daleks and Cybermen before them. They turned back to see Daleks and Cybermen behind them. They were being surrounded. The Doctor, Donna and Simon had never been so terrified in their lives.
“Doctor,” Donna said afraid. “What are we going to do? How do we get out of this one?”
The Doctor struggled to think, as the Daleks and Cybermen with their chants of “Exterminate!” and “Delete!” became increasingly intimidating for him.
“I don’t know,” the Doctor said. “I honestly don’t know.”
Just then, a voice interrupted the Daleks and Cybermen saying, “Silence!”
The Daleks and Cybermen stopped chanting their war-cries, as they allowed a man in a dark, smart business suit to pass and approach the Doctor, Donna and Simon.
“It’s no use trying to escape, Doctor,” the man said. “You have lost this time!”
The man let out an evil laugh. Simon, Donna and the Doctor saw the man clearly now. Simon recognised him well and was afraid. Donna recognised him and thought he was that Prime Minister candidate…Harold Saxon whatever his name is. But the Doctor knew this man well, as he revealed himself to be…the Master!
TO BE CONTINUED…
© Tim Bradley, 2017