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It’s Day 22 of ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar 2017.
It’s time for ‘Part Twenty-Two’ of ‘The Five Doctors At Christmas’ with the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh and Tenth Doctors. In this instalment, the five Doctors have all come together to face the Daleks; the Cybermen and the Master. Will the truth be revealed about little boy Simon in this story?
The five Doctors – the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh and Tenth – faced the Daleks and Cybermen before them in their base of operations’ control room. The Master stood there, gloating menacingly at the five incarnations of his old rival. Simon was afraid as he stood by the Tenth Doctor with the other four Doctors in the room.
“So,” the Master gloated. “All five of you are here at last! It’s a shame we couldn’t get all of you Doctors in the same room. But I suppose five is enough!”
“I hope it’s because my latest incarnation was able to outwit you and your Dalek/Cybermen friends,” the Tenth Doctor retorted.
“You know that already don’t you, Doctor,” the Master said spitefully. “Besides it won’t matter. You will all die with the confusion in your timelines now that we’ve placed you here on this planet!”
“Would someone please explain what this is all about!” the Second Doctor demanded.
“Agreed,” the Seventh Doctor added. “I feel apprehensive without knowing what’s going to happen after my involvement with this matter.”
“I suggest we all put our heads together for a conference,” the Fourth Doctor suggested.
“Couldn’t have put it any better myself,” the Fifth Doctor agreed. “I was going to suggest that!”
“So was I,” said the Tenth Doctor.
The five Doctors in the room closed their eyes together with the Second saying “Contact!” then the Fourth: “Contact”, then the Fifth: “Contact!”, then the Seventh: “Contact!” and finally the Tenth: “Contact!”
All five Doctors went through their telepathic conference, as there was much buzzing to and fro with them collating their experiences of the planet Christmas, little boy Simon, the Daleks, the Cybermen and the Master all together.
Finally, they all finished and opened their eyes up to face the Master with the Daleks and the Cybermen in the room.
“Well,” the Second Doctor then said. “That’s put us in the picture very nicely!”
“I’m so pleased you five had your mental conference,” the Master said, not genuine in his statement at all.
“I’m surprised you didn’t stop us when we had our telepathic conference, Master,” the Tenth Doctor pointed out.
“I told you before, Doctors,” the Master said. “It doesn’t matter. You are all to be destroyed by this convolution in your timelines. My plans with the Daleks and the Cybermen will succeed and little boy Simon is the key.”
Simon backed away as the Master gazed menacingly at him.
“You will surrender to the Daleks,” the Dalek leader declared. “You five Doctors will cooperate in our plans for universal domination!”
“And the Cybermen will succeed in the conquest of the universe with the total conversion of all life-forms into us,” the Cyber Leader stated.
“What’s all this got to do with the little boy, Simon?” the Fourth Doctor wanted to know. “Aren’t we entitled to know about that?”
“Well,” the Master replied, “since you so kindly asked. Little boy Simon holds the secret formula of a special weapon used in the Earth Empire of the 26th century!”
“What?!” the Second Doctor said, shocked. “How can a little boy like Simon know of a secret formula to a special weapon?”
“And how come you came to know that Simon had this formula especially at his age,” the Fifth Doctor asked. “Nine years old, I take it.”
“That’s not for you to know about,” the Master retorted. “All that matters is, I want that formula! So do the Daleks and the Cybermen! Thus…we’ve agreed to work together!”
“But why do you need us five?” the Seventh Doctor asked. “We’re not clear as to what our purpose in all of this is?”
“The alcoves,” Simon simply said to them.
The five Doctors looked at Simon in astonishment. It took time for the five Doctors to work out, but very soon they realised.
“Ah,” the Fourth Doctor declared. “Those alcoves provide the sources of power for you to generate a trans-dimensional portal into the 26th century where Dalek and Cybermen forces can initiate their attack on Earth. The people inside those alcoves are cells of powers where their living tissue gets dissolved.”
“That’s vile,” the Fifth Doctor stated, “even for you, Master! Why couldn’t you use your TARDIS to generate the power that you want?”
“He doesn’t have a TARDIS,” the Tenth Doctor announced. “He’s using mine at this point!”
“Top marks, Doctor,” the Master said gleefully. “Top marks!”
“What?!” the Second Doctor said shocked. “The Master stole your TARDIS, Doctor!”
“How come you let this happen?” the Seventh Doctor asked.
“Long story,” the Tenth Doctor said. “You’ll find out soon enough.”
The Dalek leader then interrupted the exchange between the five Doctors and the Master. “You Doctors will monitor the alcoves and sustain their power levels whilst our Dalek forces and the Cybermen achieve their invasion of 26th century Earth!”
“The invasion will be a success,” the Cyber leader stated. “All variables have been accounted for!”
“What makes you think we’re going to help you,” the Seventh Doctor challenged them.
“Because…” the Master began, and he flicked on five monitor switches at this point. “We have your companions exactly at the death points we’ve initiated for them in order for you to co-operate. They’re at the five alcove points where you left them…”
“You mean where you snatched us out,” the Fifth Doctor pointed out.
The Master ignored the Fifth Doctor and continued, “…and the Daleks and Cybermen will have no hesitation in killing your companions if you refuse to cooperate with us!”
“So when Donna was put back where your Daleks and Cybermen found me and her,” the Tenth Doctor began to ask, “it was where the fifth alcove of people were? It was in that foggy street somewhere?”
“Must you state the obvious, Doctor,” the Master said irritably. “Of course it was.”
“We refuse to help you,” the Second Doctor said and the Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Doctors nodded their agreement.
“Refusal is unacceptable,” the Dalek leader stated. “Resist and your companions will die!”
The five Doctors saw their companions on the monitor screens: Jamie, Zoe, Romana, K-9, Nyssa, Billy, Ace and Donna increasingly in trouble by Daleks and Cybermen.
TO BE CONTINUED…
© Tim Bradley, 2017