|Printed in:||DWM 195|
|Release date:||24 December 1992|
|Cover date:||20 January 1993|
|Prelude Love and War||Prelude The Highest Science|
An old man is forcibly retired, given a country home and assigned a nurse. He uses a wheelchair, wears an electronic bracelet that monitors his life signs, and suffers from nightmares. A boy wearing a UN uniform begins watching over him. Eventually, the boy helps the old man mount a horse which had also been put out to pasture, and during the ride both the man and the horse die from the exertion. The old man is buried with full military honours.
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- The old man (implicitly Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart)
- The boy (a UN soldier, calls the old man "baba", implicitly Lethbridge-Stewart's grandson)
- General Bambera (implicitly Winifred Bambera)
- Bambera's husband and the horse's owner (implicitly Ancelyn)
- The location is implied to be Geneva, as it is in the mountains and is near a lake.
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- If the old man is in fact the Brigadier, then this story proposes yet another contradictory account of his death, since different fates for him were revealed in PROSE: Happy Endings, The King of Terror and TV: The Wedding of River Song (in which he is de-aged in 2010 and dies in 2050).
- Bambera is informed that a mountain in America had just exploded, implied to be the events of the end of PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Warhead.
- The entire text of the piece at the Doctor Who Reference Guide