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Lonely
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Main enemy: IamI
Main setting: #areyoulonely, cyberspace
Key crew
Writer: Richard Wright
Release details
Part of: Short Trips: Transmissions
Release date: 1 July 2008
Reprinted in: Short Trips: Re:Collections
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Lonely was the sixth short story in the Short Trips anthology Short Trips: Transmissions. It was written by Richard Wright. It featured the Eighth Doctor.

Summary Edit

In the Internet chat room #areyoulonely, people gather to discuss their loneliness. A user named IamI 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 "Jsmith8" logs in and explains that IamI is an artificial intelligence who survived the Doctor destroying her ship when it tried to invade Earth. IamI 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 IamI into giving him admin powers. He quickly takes away IamI's powers, and takes control, returning IamI's victims to their bodies, and deleting IamI itself, before closing the chat room.

Characters Edit

References Edit

  • DrLuvin promises not to tell the police if they give him his body back.

Technology Edit

The TARDIS Edit

  • The Doctor mentions that his TARDIS could hold Iaml, but that there's already more intelligences in there than he's comfortable with.

The Doctor Edit

  • The Doctor says that "A death ago, I used to fantasise about changing reality with a well-turned phrase."
  • The Doctor says he rarely travels alone. He's surrounded by voices.
  • The Doctor corrects IamI, saying he has two hearts.

Culture Edit

  • The Doctor quotes Spock: "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." He says he's met him—Nimoy, that is, not Spock.

Notes Edit

Continuity Edit


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