a real world point of view
|A Time & a Place|
|Main setting:||London, the 22nd century|
|Printed in:||DWM 197|
|The Stranger, The Writer, His Wife and the Mixed Metaphor||Three Steps to the Left|
This is one of the few Brief Encounter stories to have an element, in this case Barbara Campbell, that is remembered by later writers. Barbara's story would be greatly expanded in PROSE: Legacy of the Daleks.
When the Seventh Doctor travels to Earth, he believes he is somehow seeing his own granddaughter as a child. Instead, he's found Barbara Campbell, Susan Foreman's daughter. They have a brief conversation in which he asks after her mother. The Doctor learns that Barbara's mother has lost her taste for travel and has settled down to her "niche in life". Pleased he had known his granddaughter so well all those years ago when he forced her out of the TARDIS, (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth) he turns his attention to his ostensible great-grandchild. She shows every sign of being a traveller. He briefly considers taking her with him, but then thinks better of the notion. The Doctor departs, secure in the knowledge that Barbara will find her own path in life.
- Barbara tells the Doctor that her parents are away in the North looking for supplies, leaving her to run the farm where they live.
- The Doctor leaves behind with Barbara a parcel for Susan, containing a newly-mended shoe. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth)
- DWM 197's table of contents clearly calls this story Time and Time Again. The illustration has it A Time & a Place. It's unclear which is a mistake. This wiki assigns this article to the name seen on the story itself.
- This is the first piece of published Doctor Who fiction written by Una McCormack, but her second would not be published until 2008, fifteen years later.
- No reference is made here to Barbara Campbell being adopted. This detail would be added later, in PROSE: Legacy of the Daleks.
- For the Doctor, who is travelling alone, this story appears to take place during the epilogue of PROSE: Love and War.