Fandom

TARDIS Index File

Katarina in the Underworld (short story)

56,426articles in progress
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

RealWorld
Katarina in the Underworld
Doctor: First Doctor
Main character(s): Katarina
Main setting: Hades
Key crew
Writer: Steve Lyons
Release details
Part of: Short Trips: The Muses
Navigation
←Previous Next→
Short Trips short stories
The Astronomer's Apprentice The Glass Princess

Katarina in the Underworld was the eighth short story in the Short Trips anthology Short Trips: The Muses. It was written by Steve Lyons. It featured Katarina and the First Doctor.

Summary Edit

Katarina is wandering in the Underworld, barely remembering who she is. An old woman talks with her, helping her to remember who she is. Katarina is humble, accepting that she is not worthy of the Elysian Fields, but the woman thinks she is, and arranges for the Doctor to help Katarina. Katarina is shocked, realising who the woman is.

The Doctor appears and realises where he is. Katarina explains that she needs a coin for Charon so that he will ferry her across the river to the Plain of Judgement. The Doctor has no money, and his pleas to Charon fail. The Doctor, finally, offers his signet ring as a fare. Charon agrees, but only one may cross. However, he refuses to carry Katarina, as she is unclean.

The Doctor once again appeals to Charon, gripping his arms. Charon turns away, but realises that the Doctor has taken his gold. The Doctor scatters the coins, and when Charon scurries to pick them up, the Doctor and Katarina escape in Charon's boat.

After some difficulties, they reach the opposite shore, where Cerberus awaits. Whenever they try to pass, the three-headed dog awakes and bars their passage. The Doctor fashions a dog-whistle and contrives a device allowing the whistle to sound continuously. While the music keeps the dog occupied, he and Katarina make their way past it.

Further down the path is the dividing road, where the Judges of the Dead await. They weigh Katarina's deeds in life with pebbles on a scale. Finally their judgement is revealed — she is neither good nor evil and will spend eternity wandering the fields with the others who have sinned. The Doctor refuses to accept this decision. He goes to the highest authority — Hades.

Hades angrily refuses to overthrow his judges' decision. He orders them to bow before him, but the Doctor refuses. Katarina expects to feel Hades' wrath, but his wife Persephone approaches. She was the old woman that brought the Doctor to the Underworld to help Katarina. She pleads Katarina's case and convinces Hades that Katarina was misjudged.

Hades relents, and Katarina is allowed to enter the Elysian Fields. She bids a final farewell to the Doctor, and he disappears.

Characters Edit

References Edit

Notes Edit

Continuity Edit

  • Katarina is considered "unclean" because she took her own life. (TV: "The Traitors")

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki