Short Trips: Repercussions
Short Trips: Repercussions is the eighth Short Trips anthology published by Big Finish Productions. The story Repercussions... is a framing story in which Charley Pollard meets a number of people who have been removed from the universe in order to preserve the web of time. Each story tells the tale of one of these people.
Continuity: Charley has only been travelling with the Doctor for a few days. She ran away from school in order to stow away on the R101 (Storm Warning). Her parents live in Hampshire. Her middle name is Elspeth and she was born on the day the RMS Titanic sank.
The people incarcerated in the airship by the Doctor include a old lady with bright red skin and horns who tried to patent atomic energy years before her people should have discovered it; a Centaur who used a time machine to cheat at games; Tianna (The Time Lord's Story); the ghost flower containing the spirit of the dead girl from The Ghost's Story; the Rag and Bone man (The Rag and Bone Man's Story); Professor Katsuodos (The Seismologist's Story); Jake Morgan ([/BFST]The Dead Man's Story[/BFST]); the Basprali Inquisitor (The Inquisitor's Story); the Lightning (The Gangster's Story); Lillian and Erin (The Bushranger's Story); Bobby Zierath (The Schoolboy's Story); the juror from The Juror's Story; Thomas Watson (The Farmer's Story); William Rokeby and his daughter Polly-Anne (The Republican's Story); Heathcliffe Bower (The Assassin's Story); and Ormsin Ives (The Diplomat's Story). He takes Nehra to fill the role of Steward, looking after the other passengers and collecting new ones from throughout history (The Steward's Story) and the tramp to assist him (The Tramp's Story.
The TARDIS contains a Louis XIV chair and a copy of Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the Stars. T'rss is a Martian spirit.
Location: An airship at the heart of the Space-Time Vortex.
Future History: Had the Doctor not removed the Rag and Bone Man from history, the capital that he made thanks to the Blessing Star would have allowed his son to develop a biological weapon that would have altered the time line (The Rag and Bone Man's Story).
At some point, humans go to war against the Hufko, causing many colonies to unite against the common foe. Because Ormsin Ives' diplomacy allows peace between the two species, the Doctor is forced to remove her from history to protect the web of time (The Diplomat's Story).
The Time Lord's Story
Roots: There are references to Good King Wenceslas and Scooby Doo.
Continuity: The Doctor's pockets contain a yo-yo, a broken circuit from the TARDIS's navigation unit, the heating element from an electric kettle, and a bag of jelly babies.
K9 Mark II has been fitted with a water-tight inner seal.
The Capitol was built on top of the old city back in Rassilon's time. Cleanliness in the Capitol is maintained by cleaning 'bots. Gallifreyan flora includes hefzi moss. Tianna has been reading files on the Master and the Rani.
The Ghost's Story
Roots: The Doctor plays "My Old Man's a Dustman" and "Rock Around the Clock" on the spoons.
Continuity: The unnamed planet has a blue sun and two moons. The lichen's spores allow its memories to live on and manifest themselves as ghosts, including the memories of those it has devoured. It is possible that it is the TARDIS that permits a physical manifestation of these memories.
Ace wears Doc Martens.
Location: An unnamed planet, date unknown [the future].
Future History: The planet is an Earth colony. The lichen killed the colonists and their crops.
The Rag and Bone Man's Story
Roots: There are references to the Jules Rimet Trophy, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, and both the 1962 and 1966 World Cups. The father and son rag and bone men set-up in the first couple of pages is probably inspired by Steptoe and Son.
Goofs: In this story the Totters Land junkyard is cleared out a month after the Doctor leaves, and turned into a building site by 1966. This directly contradicts Revelation of the Daleks, where the site is still Foreman's junkyard in the 1980s.
Continuity: The Blessing Star is an alien crystal containing a microscopic creature. The creature is an empath, responding to desires and creating a field of positivity to whoever holds the crystal (and thus, in effect, acting as a good luck charm). The Doctor claims that it manipulates multi-dimensional mathematics and later reality. Susan hid the Blessing Star behind in the junkyard on Totters Lane (An Unearthly Child), believing it to be a danger to the TARDIS. The Doctor believed that Susan still had it when she left him.
The TARDIS disguised itself as a large tree on the world of the Tacunda People. The Doctor's attempt to use the Blessing Star to steer the TARDIS causes the damage to the chameleon circuit amongst other things and forces the Doctor to remain on Earth until he has repaired his ship. Following Susan's departure, the Doctor has spent many hours in the Zero Room contemplating his decision to leave her behind (Castrovalva). Following the defeat of WOTAN (The War Machines) the Doctor checked to see if the Hand of Omega had been buried as he had arranged and discovered that it had gone (Remembrance of the Daleks).
Susan's maths teacher at Coal Hill School is called Mr. Cooper. One of her fellow pupils is named Christopher. When Ian and Barbara were on board the TARDIS, she slept in a communal room in order to be sociable (The Edge of Destruction), although she did have her own private room.
The owner of the junkyard at Totter's Lane is named Hawkins (An Unearthly Child). The Doctor rented it under the alias Doctor John Smith and remained there for nine months. By 1966, building work is under way at the yard [this is presumably abandoned at some point - see Attack of the Cybermen]. There is something about Earth which always cheers the Doctor up.
Location: London, December 1962 to 1966.
Unrecorded Adventures: The Doctor and Susan visited the Tacunda People, from whose altar the Doctor stole the Blessing Star. The Doctor has met Arthur C. Clarke (see also Cold Fusion).
The Seismologist's Story
Dialogue Disasters: "Nikos, I could listen to you talk about persistent minor seismicity all day!"
Continuity: Odobenidans have grey skin, a powerful curved mandible, and tiny eyes located high on the sides of their heads.
The Master uses the alias Senator Szef. He apparently made a deal with the Odobenidans to help them invade Earth, but accidentally trapped both them and himself in a time loop whilst undertaking some temporal mechanics on their behalf. He has been trapped in the time loop beneath Greece for months, although as a Time Lord he is at least able to move around inside it without repeating his actions over and over again. The Doctor claims that Katsuodas would be free of the Master's hypnotic control within the neutral time of a TARDIS.
The Time Lords send the TARDIS to Greece so that the Doctor will deal with the time loop. The Doctor has reprogrammed the TARDIS so that it won't materialize on the edge of cliffs, following the events of The Curse of Peladon. In certain dangerous situations the TARDIS is programmed to dematerialise as soon as the pilot steps aboard. The Doctor carries a box of matches.
Jo likes ouzo. She tries to pass the Doctor off as her uncle.
Location: Greece, the 1950s.
Unrecorded Adventures: The Doctor has met Sir Walter Raleigh.
The Dead Man's Story
Roots: There are references to Pepsi and Marcel Theroux.
Continuity: Jeremy's interference in the TARDIS releases a beam of temporal energy that traps passer-by Jake Morgan in a dimensional bubble, making him invisible and intangible. The Doctor is unable to "burst" the bubble and restore him, although he does manage to build small silver devices worn in the ear that allow the wearer to see the reality bubble.
Location: Hammersmith, London [c2004].
The Inquisitor's Story
Dialogue Triumphs: "I did what I did because it was the right thing to do. Because at that moment, that child wasn't a killer, or a murdering mass dictator foisting terrible war and ethnic cleansing upon your people. He was only a boy."
Continuity: Some Basprali women possess the gift and future insight and join the Seers Union.
The Doctor is given drugs whilst under interrogation that react with his metabolism and send him into shock (see The Mind of Evil).
Location: Baspral [the reference to the Earth Alliance and the Daleks suggests that this story takes place during the 2500s].
Future History: On his previous visit to Baspral, the Doctor prevented a Seer from drowning a young boy; the boy grew up to be a ruthless dictator, responsible for the Great Cleansing in which millions of people died. After the wars were over, Basprali joined the Earth Alliance in fighting the Daleks, the military prowess that they had developed under the dictator contributing to the Dalek defeat.
Unrecorded Adventures: The Doctor has visited Baspral twice before, once with a companion to visit the famous Gardens of Baspral.
The Gangster's Story
Roots: Various gangster stories.
Continuity: The "lightning" is a sentient alien material that was a gangster on its homeworld. It crash-landed on Earth hundreds of years earlier, and became separated from its travel capsule. Whenever it was used to attack somebody, contact with a human increased its sentience, allowing it to gain awareness of where the capsule might be.
Location: London, the late twentieth century.
Unrecorded Adventures: The Doctor first encountered the alien material in India, but lost track of it.
The Bushranger's Story
Roots: There is a reference to Hannibal.
Continuity: The Doctor is trying to take Leela to see the Fiji Mermaid at P. T. Barnum's Circus. He carries a telescope and a form of medicine containing nanotechnology.
The Wolf-People are a dying race belonging to a mythical time of faeries and unicorns. There are symbiotic creatures consisting of a wolf and a person living together as one being. The Doctor's interference inadvertently gives them a chance for survival, forcing him to remove Lillian and Erin from history.
Location: New South Wales, near Bathurst Town, Australia, 1876.
The Schoolboy's Story
Roots: There are references to Pokemon and Nostradamus. The Most High is Beep the Meep, from the Doctor Who Monthly comic strip, "Doctor Who and the Star Beast".
Continuity: Following his encounter with the Monk, the Doctor has installed a device in the TARDIS that can detect disturbances in history (The Time Meddler). He invites the young Bobby Zierath aboard the TARDIS and travels with him for some time, before returning him to the moment after they left his home; Bobby's tales of his travels lead people to believe that he has been abused and he is placed in care. Bobby's decision to use his foreknowledge of history to predict the future forces the Doctor to remove him from history.
Vicki has been reading about the history and culture of "Ancient America" in the TARDIS library. She tries a CaraMelocha Cha-Cha Chiller whilst in America. She studied time paradoxes at school.
Steven gives Hi-Fi to Bobby Zierath (The Chase).
Location: Indiana, the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century.
Future History: Three years after the First Doctor, Steven and Vicki are reunited with the adult Bobby Zierath, the Troxleks invade Earth. Political tensions rock Asia thirty years later.
Unrecorded Adventures: Whilst Bobby is aboard the TARDIS, the Doctor, Steven and Vicki encounter robots that look like drills named Conidrons, the Zaksi, and a being called the Most High who kidnaps Vicki when she calls him a cuddly-wuddly.
The Juror's Story
Roots: The plot has noticeably similarities to Continuity Errors.
There are references to the Beatles and Karl Popper.
Goofs: The eighth Doctor asks the third Doctor how he knows what bullets are made of and he doesn't. The answer simply explains how the third Doctor knows, but not why the eighth has forgotten, leaving us none the wiser. [We can probably blame one of the eighth Doctor's bouts of amnesia.]
Continuity: At some point prior to An Unearthly Child the First Doctor and Susan encounter a werewolf, which the Doctor kills using a silver bullet; he is placed on trial, but is found not guilty by the jury which consists partly of his future selves. The First Doctor uses the alias Foreman whilst on trial.
The Fifth Doctor uses the alias Doctor Smith, claims to be a doctor of history, and wears an ill-fitting grey suit.
The Third Doctor uses the alias Doctor Noble, claiming to be a doctor of physics, and - unusually - wears a tie. He has a learnt a great deal about bullets from UNIT, despite not really wanting to.
The Eighth Doctor uses the alias Doctor Bowman claiming to be a doctor of philosophy.
The Second Doctor uses the alias Doctor Mason, and claims to be a doctor of psychiatry. He wears a shabby suit [possibly his normal clothes] and likes cheesecake. He is a member of some kind of gentleman's club.
Location: London, 1963.
Unrecorded Adventures: It's possible that some or all of the fifth Doctor's list of possible werewolf sightings are past adventures. They include A spate of unsolved and brutal murders in Budapest in 1898; an apparent case of cannibalism in Tennessee where the culprit claimed to be unable to remember their crimes; A woman in 1840s Stirling whose bones had thickened and teeth had lengthened for no apparent reason; and an unidentifiable creature found dead in West Germany five years ago.
The Republican's Story
Continuity: Sarah's time is dated to 1976 (it is said to be three hundred and ten years after 1666). She dresses here in men's clothing, wearing blue breeches and a waistcoat with puffed sleeves. She contracts the Black Death, but is cured by a tetracycline antibiotic that the Doctor keeps in the TARDIS.
Location: London, 1666.
Unrecorded Adventures: The Doctor met King Charles II before he became the monarch; Charles was on the run from the Roundheads and the Doctor helped him to hide in an oak tree. He may be a friend of Samuel Pepys.
The Assassin's Story
Roots: There are references to the Evening Standard, the Times, Jodie Foster, John Hinckley Jr.'s attempt to assassinate Ronald Reagan, Arthur Scargill, Norman Tebbit, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, and Terry Wogan.
Continuity: Heathcliffe Bower has had roles in John Delaney's An Angry Taste Of Chips, the Nedwell/O'Sullivan sitcom Are We Nearly There Yet?, and The Lubricious Popinjay. He assassinates Margaret Thatcher in 1984 during the miners' strike. Bower snatches the Doctor's celery from his lapel and uses it to stir his Bloody Mary. The Doctor breaks the older Bower out of prison in the alternate timeline and takes him back in time to persuade his younger self not to assassinate Thatcher, thus causing a paradox.
Location: London, 1979, and 1984 in an alternate timeline.
The Diplomat's Story
Roots: There are references to Homer.
Continuity: The Hufko resemble antelope with two arms in addition to their four legs. They are strict vegetarians. Their society is matriarchal. They are possibly nomadic.
The Doctor builds a translator to allow the humans and Hufko to communicate.
Fee root beverage is the colony's alternative to coffee.
Location: Teuba, date unknown [the future].
Future History: The Earth colony on Teuba is nearly engulfed by war when the colonists mistake the Hufko colonists for game animals. Daginate Mining bids for rights to mine on Teuba but are refused; Obsidian Reaches, a company that builds leisure resorts, is given permission to build a ski resort in the mountains, with facilities for humans and Hufko.
The Steward's Story
Roots: The Arabian Nights' Entertainments.
Goofs: The Doctor is very lucky that Vishathra severs his own timeline before anyone else's.
Continuity: Vishathra is a demon, capable of severing timelines. He accidentally severs his own timeline, since he doesn't realize that he has traveled through time simply be existing within time.
Location: India, date unknown [the past].
Unrecorded Adventures: The Doctor has met Einstein.
The Tramp's Story
Roots: There are references to Sainsbury's, The Big Issue, Challenger, John Lennon, Neighbours, the Oklahoma bombing, Jill Dando, EastEnders, Chris Rea's "Driving Home For Christmas", Smirnoff Ice, Strongbow, Jamie Bulger, Prince Andrew and Fergie.
Location: England, c2004; Salzburg, [Mozart's birth]; the Great Auctor's planet, date unknown.
Unrecorded Adventures: Whilst the tramp is travelling with the Doctor, they defeat Mortimus' plan to take Salieri back in time and kill Mozart as a baby (No Future). They defeat a psychic creature called the Great Auctor, which resembles a giant foetus in a jar within a diamond-studded cave; the Auctor controls the minds of everyone on the planet.