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The End of Now (short story)

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The End of Now
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Romana
Main setting: Prague, 30th century
Key crew
Writer: Chris Roberson
Release details
Part of: Short Trips: Destination Prague
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The End of Now was the twelfth short story in the Short Trips anthology Short Trips: Destination Prague. It was written by Chris Roberson. It featured the Fourth Doctor and Romana.

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The Doctor and Romana visit Prague in the 30th century because a man named Kaj Jepperson has invented a time machine. He barely listens to them, complaining that his assistants, Frantiek Hrabal and Emilie Smetana, have been murdered so he has no time to answer questions. When they learn he is using zygma energy, they unsuccessfully try to talk him out of completing it.

As they explore the city looking for something to eat, they are accosted by a strange warped figure. They realise it is a future version of Jepperson. He was thrown backwards in time and has been waiting fourteen centuries for this moment — the moment that he remembers the Doctor and Romana visiting him. This Jepperson is the one that killed Hrabal and Smetana while trying to dissuade them from continuing their work with the younger Jepperson.

At Jepperson's lab, the older Jepperson tries to stop the machine but it is too late. The younger Jepperson realises what is happening and is dragged into the machine. The older Jepperson fades away while the younger one is sent back fourteen centuries into the past.

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