‘THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY’
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Little Robert and Christmas with the First Doctor, Steven and Sara
This story is by Eddie Robson and it features the First Doctor, Steven and Sara. This is a terrific tale set during ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’. It predates the timey-wimey stories of the Steven Moffat era and it classes as being a Christmas Special within the Short Trips that’s enjoyable to read and hear. 🙂
There is an audiobook version of this story read by Beth Chalmers, who played Raine Creevy with the Seventh Doctor in the Big Finish audios. The audiobook version of the story was first released in December 2010 to Big Finish subscribers who purchased ‘The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories’.
It was re-released in 2016 as part of the Short Trips Rarities range on the Big Finish website. The audiobook was directed by Nicholas Briggs. I enjoyed Beth Chalmers’ reading of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ and I especially enjoyed her impersonations of the First Doctor, Steven and Sara in the story. 😀
The story focuses on a little boy called Robert who keeps appearing wherever the TARDIS goes after they leave the Hollywood set in ‘The Feast of Steven’. The Doctor, Steven and Sara strangely end up on Christmas Day in different time zones and they wonder why. They learn the answer from Robert.
I like how this short story takes the Doctor, Steven and Sara to various time zones on Earth for many Christmases. The standout scenes are when the TARDIS lands on the World War I battlefield on Christmas Day 1914 where the British and German troops stop the fighting and celebrate Christmas.
I enjoyed it when the Doctor, Steven and Sara gradually realised that Robert is behind all this with them ending up on Christmas Day every time the TARDIS lands. I liked it when Sara encountered Robert in World War I. He’s dressed as a soldier and plays with a toy gun, as he tells Sara she’s dead.
It transpires that Robert is the time machine and it was interesting when it was revealed how he ended up inside the time machine and how the history of his family was unveiled. The story is rather sad to read/listen to, but it ends on a reassuring note with the Doctor giving Robert a brand new life.
‘The Little Drummer Boy’ rating – 9/10
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