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Autaia Pipipi Pia
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Sarah
Main setting: New Zealand, December 1980
Key crew
Writer: Beverley Allen
Release details
Printed in: Short Trips: Christmas Around the World
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Autaia Pipipi Pia was the tenth short story in the Short Trips anthology Short Trips: Christmas Around the World. It was written by Beverley Allen. It featured the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith.

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The Doctor and Sarah land in Napier at Christmas, and the Doctor decides they need to make a Christmas cake. He tears the recipe in half and the two split up to shop.

As Sarah shops in one of the local stores, she notices other shoppers acting suspicious of each other. She asks someone in line what's wrong, and she is informed that there are no turkeys available. Anywhere.

When a tannoy voice announces the arrival of a small consignment of turkeys, there is a mad rush in which Sarah gets caught up. Suddenly, turkeys, shoppers and Sarah are pulled into the sky.

The Doctor, while shopping, realises there is a Hazoodian spaceship orbiting Earth. He goes to the store in which Sarah was shopping — there is a hole in the roof and Sarah's winter coat is on the floor.

Sarah and the shoppers find themselves in a slightly sloping room, along with the turkeys. A hole opens up at the low end, and the turkeys are pulled into the hole. One woman, however, refuses to let go of a turkey and is dragged through the hole as well. Sarah realises that someone is cooking the turkeys (and the woman). She expects the Doctor to arrive soon to rescue her.

After a short time, the hole opens again and drags a man down through it. Sarah and a few others try to stop him, but they are fighting against some kind of invisible force.

The Doctor boards the ship and encounters the chief brewer, who has found some new ingredients for the Gathering Ale: turkeys and humans. The Doctor tries to talk him out of using humans, informing him that they are sentient. The brewer, drunk on his own ale, passes out, and the Doctor fiddles with the controls of the vat. Another Hazoodian arrives and takes him to the captain.

When the Doctor can't convince the captain and his fellow drinkers to stop using humans in their ale, he tells them that he adjusted the controls of the vat and now their ale is full of bacteria. He rescues Sarah and the shoppers (who have blocked the hole with shopping trolleys and are ready to fight) and sends the Hazoodians on their way.

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