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Father Figure
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Victoria
Main setting: London, 1969
Key crew
Writer: Steve Lyons
Release details
Part of: Short Trips: Farewells
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Father Figure was the second short story in the Short Trips anthology Short Trips: Farewells. It was written by Steve Lyons. It featured the Second Doctor and Victoria Waterfield.

Summary Edit

Victoria wakes from a dream of her father. She goes to the console room, where the Doctor is working. He says they haven't left London yet. Victoria needs some fresh air, and the Doctor tells her not to wander too far.

Meanwhile, in a cemetery, a robot waits to fulfill its programming. Three children approach, and it kills to preserve itself.

Victoria takes a bus to the cemetery where her mother is buried. She stumbles across a dead child, and sees the robot. Although it has been damaged from years of exposure to weather, she recognises its face as that of her father's.

The robot recognises Victoria's face and starts to fulfill its basic program: to kill her. It corners her, but before it can kill her, the Doctor has appeared and jabs the sonic screwdriver into its eye socket.

The Doctor apologises to Victoria for not seeing that she needed to say goodbye to her father. Back in the TARDIS, Victoria realises that, for now, this is her home.

Characters Edit

References Edit

  • The Daleks programmed the robot to wait for Victoria.
  • During this adventure, Jamie is asleep in the TARDIS.
  • Victoria finds London at this time almost as alien as Telos.

Notes Edit

to be added

Continuity Edit

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