Life in Stalin’s Russia is hard as the Doctor discovers when the TARDIS takes him and Antoine to an industrial town intent on doing all they can to meet their targets. But they soon get swept up in history, falling in with politicians and workers all trying to survive the harsh realities of their lives.
While Antoine goes underground and experiences the claustrophobic horrors of a cramped mineshaft, the Doctor witnesses firsthand the paranoia and fear rife throughtout the country. It’s the time of the Purges and nobody is safe.
But who is hiding in the warehouse on the outskirts of the city? Why are they mining for minerals nobody has ever heard of? What are the creatures that scurry around just out of sight? And who is responsible for the hole in the time vortex?
Sometimes, being forced to work until you drop dead isn’t the worst thing that could happen to you.
“We turn what scares us into stories. All those terrible supernatural creatures can’t harm us when they’re fictional.”
Or so the Doctor thinks. When the TARDIS takes him to Lower Saxony in 1284, he is surprised when he comes face to face with a strange plague afflicting the young of Hamelin. Though what he initially thinks is a terrible illness turns out to be something much worse. As he faces the superstitious beliefs of the people of the town, the Doctor must turn to two men he is reluctant to trust if he is to have any chance of saving the day. But when one is a mysterious stowaway who offers more questions than answers and the other is the Pied Piper himself – a figure of folklore that the Doctor had always assumed was fictional – he knows he’s in for a tough day.
And that’s before the Untimely Red step out of the shadows. That’s before the truth about the Somgalese is revealed. That’s before he finds out what the plague really is.
Desperate to save the children, the Doctor will go to any length to secure a happy ending for these people. But this isn’t a fairytale. Real life has a tendency to be a lot harder.
Written by Julio Angel Ortiz and Robin-Mary Manseth. And Thomas Himinez and Dusty McRee. And David Segal, Charles Danbee, and Steve Boyer. What? there’s more? Sheryl Mckinley, Belinda Montero, Stanley Rankins…I think they’re just making this stuff up now. Sharon Littlefield & Velma Strother. Alan Meadows, Jeffrey Sartin. I’m not getting paid by the word you know! Jodi Donahue, Dianne Luke, Beverly Howarth… Aw nuts to this. And a whole lot of other people!
The Doctor is faced with a wrenching choice, the outcome of which will decide the fate not only of himself, but of his companion as well.
A Doctor Who April Fool
Running time 5 days, 17 hours, 36 minutes, and 18 seconds. That’s just a rough estimate. It may be a smidge shorter than that.
Every harvest, bandits raid a tiny village in medieval japan. But this time it’ll be different. This year the village elders have recruited a group of samurai to defend their crops. This year, they make a stand.
But with ever increasing odds, how long can the small band of samurai hold out? What’s behind the strange voices a little girl can hear in her head? Who is this mysterious foreigner the Doctor, and why does he seem to know what’s about to happen?
As reality proves wierder than they can ever expect, the samurai soon find that there are worse things than bandits. Things that the universe thought forgotten. Things that are writing themselves back into our world.
Manchester, 1969. A mind-altering drug is starting to sweep across the nation. The police are on the case, but with limited success. Camille doesn’t want to get involved, but the Doctor’s curiosity has already got the better of him. Teaming up with DCI Rhodes and his assistant Giovanna Everglade, the Doctor does what he can.
The Harbinger had the best interests of the whole universe at heart, but the Doctor was not interested in saving those innocents trapped in the era where entropy won. The Doctor tricked the Harbinger, imprisoning him and leaving him for dead. However, a twist of fate has given the Harbinger another chance to fulfill his promise to those dying civilizations screaming into the night as the last stars go out.
Karly is caught in a trap. The TARDIS has been stolen and someone has interfered with her memory. Now she wander the corridors of an old people’s home, looking for a way out. Karly knows she’ll escape someday. If only she could remember the code for the door…
And there are other games afoot. What’s for lunch? Will PC Brown ever complete his crossword in time? And just what does the mysterious James Stoker have hidden in the basement?