|Main setting:||The Internet|
|Part of:||Short Trips: Transmissions|
|Short Trips short stories|
|Generation Gap||Blue Road Dance|
In an Internet chat room, people gather to discuss their loneliness. A user named Iaml insists that the others keep on typing. As they do so, they discover that their whole bodies slowly vanish into the cyberspace of the chat room.
A user called "johnsmith8" logs in and explains that Iaml is an artificial intelligence who survived the Doctor destroying her ship when it tried to invade Earth. Iaml was the AI instructed to take care of the crew and it needed care to survive. It escaped into the Internet to find it.
The Doctor tricks the Iaml into letting him leave the chat room. He quickly shuts down the chat room, allowing the victims to escape while Iaml is deleted, along with the chat room.
- The Doctor says that he can never be lonely because he always surrounds himself with friends.
- Shirley1968 found the chat room by searching on Google.
- This story was reprinted in Short Trips: Re:Collections.
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