|Part of:||Short Trips: Monsters|
|Short Trips short stories|
|Best Seller||Last Rites|
The entity explains that, in his first experience with intelligent life, he was unable to establish contact, and the life eventually devolved into a primitive state, later followed by their sun's implosion.
When he next encountered intelligent life, he was able to establish contact, but once again the civilisation decayed and the sun imploded. He concluded that some kind of infection was at work.
The entity next contacted the Iarcho. He tried to warn them of the infection, but they didn't take notice. He killed several of them as a warning, but still their society decayed; the entity destroyed their sun.
He admits his guilt to the Doctor and hopes for redemption.
Time for him eventually progresses to the beginning of the universe, which is his end. Instead of nothingness, however, he experiences a new universe.
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- The Doctor's incarnation is not clearly specified in this story. The only clues given are the Entity's description of the Doctor: "harshly, angular face" and "thumb-tucked arrogance".
- A version of the story was self-published by the author in the anthologies The Book of Shadows and The Sun in the Bone House.
- The Doctor would later meet another entity which experiences time in reverse in COMIC: Room with a Deja View. The Doctor, along with his grandchildren, would experience time in reverse himself in COMIC: Time in Reverse.
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