Preview – Masquerade

by James Durkin

“Once upon a time, there was a world divided. By day, it was just like your world. The residents woke up, they went to work, their children went to school. They walked the streets and played in the parks, and everyone was safe. But come sundown, they retreated into their homes, and locked their doors, and went to sleep, and tried not to think about the outside world. Because once the sun went down, it belonged to them. They walked the streets and haunted our parks. And their children went to their schools. And when the sun rose again, they retreated below ground, and locked their doors, and went to sleep. And tried not to think about whom they shared their world with.”

“Sounds like a strange place. What was the planet called again, Doctor?”

“It was called Earth, my dear.”

You are cordially invited to the wedding of the Night-King Orlock to Queen Catherine of the Hadaratti. It should be a joyous occasion. But as the hour draws near, darker motives reveal themselves. Why does the King’s brother seem surprised that the wedding is going ahead? Who are the blue-skinned guests with the strange taste in scarfs? And where is Antoine?

As the Doctor and Georgie quickly find themselves in over their heads, secrets will be revealed. And for the crew of the TARDIS nothing will ever be the same again.

Preview – The Empire of Dirt

by Jay Bishop-Thompson

Georgie doesn’t belong in Victorian high society. She doesn’t know how to talk to her new friends and her social graces are slowly turning into barbed comments. But she still takes tea and discusses the neighbours because she has to fit in. The Doctor said so – she’s on an important mission: to infiltrate a select group of friends that are secret occultists who have stumbled onto a deadly entity on the periphery of this dimension.

Antoine doesn’t belong with all of the urchins. He can’t stand their dirtiness and accents. Since he doesn’t fit up the chimneys, he spends his days trying to pick out valuables from the swill left behind. But he has to fit in as well. The Doctor said so – he’s also on an important mission: to track down the horribly mutated creature scavenging the sewers for its next meal.

The Doctor loves it. Ever since the Tardis abandoned them on the outskirts of London in 1867, he has been so very happy tending to a small allotment, growing vegetables in peace. He’s made friends, even has a lady taking interest in him. He’s fitting in. He’s on a mission too: to have fun. Except he soon gets drawn into a murder mystery, people going missing and supposed sabotage on the allotment.

All while the Loringa grows stronger, deep underground. It has created an intricate web underneath the city, one large enough to pull it all down. But with the travellers distracted with smaller issues, will they discover the truth and save London from a premature burial?