- You may be looking for the Short Trips story of the same name.
Publisher's summary Edit
The London Event was only the beginning, or so Colonel Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart believed. Until he was ordered to meet with Air Vice-Marshal Ian Gilmore. It began in 1963 – for Gilmore, at least. But the alien codenamed Cosmic Hobo visited Earth a lot earlier than that.
It's not only Lethbridge-Stewart who wishes to learn the truth of these visits. He is being watched, and soon Lethbridge-Stewart and Gilmore find themselves in the deserted tunnels of the London Underground chased by a familiar furry form...
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- Colonel Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
- Air Vice-Marshal Ian Gilmore
- Leslie Johnston
- Professor Edward Travers
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- This story is set three days after the events of PROSE: Beast of Fang Rock.
- Lethbridge-Stewart is naively surprised that Piccadilly could have so many distinguished establisment clubs and also so much vice trade.
- While Gilmore and Hamilton believe the UK should be sorted out first, Lethbridge-Stewart still believes a global effort is needed to fight aliens.
- Army files assume that the Second Doctor and Seventh Doctor are the same person ("Cosmic Hobo"), based on their descriptions, and (now they know he's a time traveller) that the First Doctor may be an older version of the same man. It's also believed other Doctors are other agents using the same alias (as ws also theorised in PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy).
- Department C19 is given as an example of powerful, dangerous figures who have a vested interest in aliens remaining secret: hence Hamilton treading carefully.
- Various clandestine agencies have secret research bases under London, similar to the Citadel nuclear bunkers.
- Leslie Johnston says the Vault is working on wireless transmission and enthuses about the possibilities of a global wireless computer network.
- The meeting between Lethbridge-Stewart and Gilmore was first mentioned in PROSE: Downtime and expanded upon in PROSE: The Scales of Injustice.
- The Colonel mentions how he was talked out of going to the United Nations in The Forgotten Son.
- The mention of the Home-Army Operational Corps in PROSE: One Cold Step is fleshed out.
- References are made to the then-recent Counter-Measures audio dramas. This caused a continuity error later, when Clean Sweep and Who Killed Toby Kinsella had Gilmore presumed dead and hiding under a fake identity between 1965 and 1973. The Enfolded Time would later establish that this story simultaneously happened in 1969 and 1975.
- Army files cover the events of TV: The War Machines, The Faceless Ones, Delta and the Bannermen, and Remembrance of the Daleks.
- Gilmore refers to the Vault, the Forge and (not by name) the Torchwood Institute as examples of shadowy groups trying to squirrel away technology without telling the government. The Vault is currently the main problem. Reference is made to "the General", the shadowy boss first mentioned in PROSE: The Schizoid Earth.
- Leslie Johnston, the Brigadier's old Sandhurst friend, was first mentioned in The Forgotten Son.
- The Royal Air Force use 76 Totter's Lane as a field base.
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