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Come Friendly Bombs... (short story)

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Come Friendly Bombs...
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companion(s): Jo
Main setting: Aldermaston and London, 1960
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Writer: Dave Owen
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Part of: Short Trips: Past Tense
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Come Friendly Bombs... was the seventh short story in the Short Trips anthology Short Trips: Past Tense. It was written by Dave Owen. It featured the Third Doctor and Jo Grant.

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Now that the Doctor has control of his TARDIS, Jo can go wherever she chooses. She opts to attend the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament march in 1960, having heard many stories about it from her father.

The march starts in Aldermaston, the site of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, and will end in London. It will take them four days.

Jo is taking this very seriously, and as they march, she worries that the Doctor will say or do something to embarrass her. She is delighted when he befriends Bernard Helmann, a philosophy tutor who is hoping for some lively debate. She leaves the Doctor with his new friend.

Jo meets Joan, a veteran of these marches and the leader of one of the local groups. When they stop for the night at a church, she meets the rest of Joan's people, including a Frenchman named Didier. They discuss the horrors of the hydrogen bomb.

The next day, Jo seeks out the Doctor and tries to convince him to travel back in time to stop the invention of the bomb. He seems uncomfortable and returns his attention to Bernard.

On the third day, Jo and the Doctor have a serious conversation. He helps her to see that it's not that the atomic bomb is good or bad; it's the use of it that is good or bad. Jo finally understands and has found peace with the answer.

On the final day, the marchers reach London, all one hundred thousand of them.

Seventeen years earlier, the Doctor slips into the office of Niels Bohr. He corrects some of Bohr's handwritten notes, ensuring that the atomic bomb project will not be a failure.

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