Name: The Sontaran Games
Writer: Jacqueline Rayner
Fanhome: Doctor Who
Characters: 10th Doctor
The room was briefly lit up as the Doctor left the TARDIS. Then he
Shut the doors of his time machine behind him, and the room
Became dark again.
The Doctor started to walk forward, but stumbled. He pulled a
Torch out of his pocket and switched it on. Pointing the beam at his
Feet, he looked to see what had tripped him up. There on the ground
Was a pair of thick rubber boots and what looked like a toolbox.
He raised the torch, and a pale face screamed out of the blackness
The Doctor barked in surprise, sounding like a startled seal. The
Torch beam wobbled for a moment as he stepped backwards. Then he
Laughed in relief, as he saw that this was no deadly alien – it was just a
Young woman. She was wearing a swimming costume, which
Seemed strange to the Doctor, as it was obviously the middle of the
Night. But then perhaps on this planet his blue suit, brown coat and
Trainers would look odd.
‘Where did you come from?’ he asked the young woman. ‘There
Was no one here a minute ago!’ Then he remembered his manners,
And added, ‘I’m sorry I scared you.’
She didn’t answer, just asked him the same question. ‘Where did
You come from?’
‘Just now? Oh, the planet Pootle,’ the Doctor replied. He waved his
Hand in the air to indicate somewhere a long way off. The light from
The torch bounced around the room as he did so. ‘Ever been there?’
She stared at him for a moment and finally said, ‘No.’
‘Lovely beaches, but the sharks are deadly. As in, three metres tall
With guns. So I made a quick getaway and ended up here, in your
Lovely, er, house.’
‘You mean BASE,’
the girl said.
‘Base? Like an army base? Base camp?’
‘No, this is BASE. The British Academy of Sporting Excellence.’
The Doctor screwed up his face. ‘British? So, I’m on Earth?’
‘Yes,’ she replied, earning a giant grin from the Doctor.
‘Great! I love Earth!’
‘Mm. Me too,’ said the young woman. She was giving the Doctor
An odd look. There again, he thought, it might just be an effect of the
From somewhere to the left of the Doctor came the sound of a
Door opening. He swung the torch round, making the young man
Who’d entered fling up a hand to shield his eyes. The youth blinked a
Few times, then squinted ahead. ‘Oh, it’s you, Emma,’ he said,
Sounding annoyed. ‘What was all that yelling and screaming about?
After what happened to Laura and the others…’
‘I can look after myself, Sid,’ the girl replied. ‘Nothing’s going to
Happen to me.’
‘I don’t expect Laura thought anything was going to happen to her
Either,’ the young man began. He stopped speaking when, with a
Pop, a light came on. A soft yellow glow from an overhead bulb
Suddenly bathed the room.
‘Oh, well done,’ said Sid, turning to the Doctor. ‘You’ve sorted it!’
The Doctor glanced over his shoulder, just in case the young man
Was speaking to someone else. He shrugged as he put the torch back
In his pocket. ‘It wasn’t me,’ he said.
‘You’re not an electrician?’ Sid looked at the toolbox by the
‘Nope.’ The Doctor grinned. ‘I’m the Doctor, you’re Sid and I take
It this is Emma.’ He turned to the girl. ‘And I would really like to
Know what happened to Laura and the others…’
Sid led the way out of the room. The Doctor had dodged questions
About the large blue box that was now standing there. He didn’t want
To waste time trying to explain that the box was really his spaceship.
He just wanted to hear Sid and Emma’s tale.