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Cuckoo-Spit (short story)

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Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companion(s): Rose
Main enemy: Wet Puppies
Main setting: England, June 1975
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Writer: Mark Gatiss
Illustrator: Daryl Joyce
Release details
Printed in: Doctor Who Storybook 2007
Release date: 1 July 2006
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Cuckoo-Spit was a short story featured in the Doctor Who Storybook 2007. It was written by Mark Gatiss and featured the Tenth Doctor and Rose.

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A young teenage boy, Jason, starts the first entry in a diary his granddad bought him for Christmas, stating that he only started it because strange things have been happening lately. A boy in the year above, Chris Rutter, has disappeared.

The next day, Jason befriends a boy at his school called Graham Cook during PE class. That evening, a neighbour informs Jason's mother that Chris Rutter's mother has also disappeared. During history class a week later, Jason sees a man and a boy stood on the street outside. Their faces appear to be muddled up, their eyes glowing ominously. That night, Jason learns that Graham did not come home from school and begins to worry about him.

That weekend, Jason walks to a nearby field, where he notes that the tall grass is covered with cuckoo-spit, a substance created by frog-hopper nymphs as a form of protection and a source of moisture. After hearing a sound like an old car engine, he rushes to another part of the field where he sees a blue hut, out of which steps a thin man in a crumpled suit. A girl then steps from the bushes and summons the thin man to a stream, where a metallic pear-drop shaped object lies. The man notes that the hull must have fractured on impact, meaning that something inside has escaped.

After being spotted, Jason rushes home and goes to bed early, where he sees the same man who was stood outside school a few days before and Graham Cook, their faces both jumbled up and their eyes glowing. The following day, Jason sneaks back to the field and sits by the blue hut, eventually falling asleep. He is woken up when the girl opens the door and steps out. The man follows, and the two of them agree that Jason could be used as bait to help neutralise the creatures they are chasing. That night, he sneaks out of the house and sees Graham stood outside. After Graham takes his hand, Jason is sent to sleep and wakes up in a house full of bodies. Accidentally falling onto one, he causes it to decompose, revealing a small creature resembling a centipede the size of a puppy, with no eyes or mouth.

Graham steps from the kitchen, holding one of the creatures, and approaches Jason, who notices that the substance that the bodies are composed of is like cuckoo-spit. The Doctor then appears, alongside Rose, and sets fire to the house, killing all of the creatures, before taking Jason back home. The following day, a neighbour tells Jason's parents that the police had found a house burned to the ground, with the remains of some bodies. Jason decides not to tell anyone what really happened.

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  • This is the first story to be published in the first of the annual storybooks published by Panini Books.

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