|Food for Thought
Writer: Nick Briggs Artist: Colin Andrew
The Doctor, Ben and Polly materialize on Apresar IV, where they find
giant slugs roaming a deserted city. One such slug consumes the TARDIS,
and while hiding from it Ben falls through a panel into the city's control
network. There, he is pursued by robot service units who are feeding the
cryogenically frozen Apresarians to the slugs' young. A spaceship lands
on the planet to investigate the lack of response from the surface; Captain
Galloran is returning terraformer Ellis Melthorpe following a survey of the
outlying planets. They are attacked by a slug which the nervous, terrified
Ellis identifies as a Mollusi, and Ellis flees as the Doctor is consumed by
the Mollusi. Polly accompanies Galloran and his crew to planetary control,
where they find Ellis and Ben. Ellis accuses Ben and Polly of killing his
people, but before Galloran can execute them the Doctor arrives with a vat
of larval Mollusi which he found in Ellis' quarters on Galloran's ship.
Ellis admits that he was consumed by a Mollusi on his last expedition and
gave in to its will in order to survive; upon returning to Apresar IV, he
initiated the Apresarian emergency control procedures, placing the entire
population of the planet into cryogenic stasis and programming the robot
service units to harvest them as food for the Mollusi. The Doctor has
used his own willpower to turn the Mollusi which attempted to consume him
against its fellows, and he now instigates a security shut-down procedure
which deactivates the service units. The Mollusi young break out of the
cryogenic chambers and attack them, but Ellis, blaming himself for the
deaths, flings himself at a Mollusi which consumes him. The Mollusi then
becomes overwhelmed by Ellis' suicidal self-loathing and despair, and
turns on the other Mollusi, killing them all.
Time Placement: Between The Smugglers and The Tenth Planet since Ben is still wearing is sailor outfit.
Writer: Gareth Roberts Artist: Martin Geraghty
Susan is listening to beat poetry at a milk bar when a man suddenly
stumbles into the bar and explodes into a mass of protoplasm while babbling
about King's Cross. She returns to the TARDIS to tell the Doctor, who goes
to King's Cross station to investigate and locates a secret entrance to a
government installation. There, he is captured by the alien being Raldonn
who runs Operation Proteus for the British government. Some time ago his
spaceship crashed on Earth, killing his co-pilot, without whom he cannot
generate enough psychic power to depart from Earth. The British government
"asked" for his help in their weapons research projects, and, concluding
that he was on a planet of savages, Raldonn easily twisted the project to
his own ends. He intends to mutate a human being into one of his own kind
to provide himself with a new co-pilot, but his current serum is unstable
and will convert only one out of a million humans. Therefore he had a group
of college students brought to the installation on the pretense that they
were testing medical vaccines; in fact, he injected them with the serum and
released one to carry the toxin to the surface. Soon, everyone in the world
will be infected, and at least one of the victims will be close enough to
Raldonn's true species to provide him with the psychic energy he needs to
escape from Earth. But as the virus spreads, Raldonn's previous failed
experiments are driven mad by its effects, and attack and him. The Doctor
uses Raldonn's equipment to develop a genetic stabiliser and releases it
into King's Cross station. The stabiliser spreads through the Underground
system and blankets the city, returning everything to normal. The Doctor
and Susan then return to the TARDIS, but the Doctor is unaware that while
waiting for him earlier, Susan was removed and then returned by someone --
Time Placement: The Doctor is in London prior to An Unearthly Child, likely working on The Hand of Omega.
Susan's adventure is told in the 7th Doctor comic strip Ground Zero.
|Are You Listening? / Younger and Wiser
Writer: Warwick Gray Artist: Colin Andrew
The First Doctor, Steven and Vicki materialize in a computer-city
named Xenith, which is delighted to see visitors and sends a translation
drone to greet them. But the approaching robot startles Vicki, and the
frightened travellers rapidly retreat to the TARDIS and depart, leaving
Xenith alone again. The Seventh Doctor, however, returns to Xenith with
Benny, to make amends for his previous incarnation's mistake. Xenith
reveals that he is dying, and Benny convinces the Doctor to trust to the
city's good intentions. The Doctor repairs the damage, restoring Xenith
to full life again, and making a new friend.
Time Placement: Vicki and Steven are wearing their outfits from The Time Meddler.
Note: Are You Listening? is a 1st Doctor story, while Younger and Wiser features the 7th Doctor.
|A Religious Experience
Writer: Warwick Gray Artist: Colin Andrew
Taking a break from their travels, the time travellers find themselves on the planet Seetar. The Doctor and Ian talk as they wander along the moonlit beach and soon find themselves surrounded by savages. A giant worm-like creature emerges from the sand and the savages fall to their knees in worship. Ian first distracts the creature with a torch then blinds it by throwing a cricket ball at its eyestalk. As the creature retreats back into the sand, the savages begin to worship the time travellers instead. Ian and the Doctor are offered fruits and made the centrepiece of a great celebration that ends when the savages prepare to sacrifice a young girl. Ian stops them and he and the Doctor return to the TARDIS where Barbara meets them. They leave the planet unaware of what they have done. Years later, the seventh Doctor returns to the planet to stop a second sacrifice being made to giant rock carvings of his former self and his former travelling companion.
Time Placement: There are references to the Saracens and the Daleks, so this is likely set at some point during The Chase since Ian and Barbara are leaving the TARDIS at the end of this story.