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|The Feast of the Stone|
|Doctor:||Ninth Doctor (Scream of the Shalka)|
|Scream of the Shalka|
The Feast of the Stone was a short story featuring the version of the Doctor who had been introduced in the 2003 animated webcast adventure Scream of the Shalka. This marked the character's only official appearance outside the original webcast before the so-called "Shalka Doctor" was removed from continuity and replaced by the official television Ninth Doctor. It also marks the only official appearances of companion Alison Cheney and the android version of the Master as featured in the animated serial.
This was the first piece of officially licensed original Doctor Who literature to be made available exclusively on the Internet.
The TARDIS materialises in a dank cavern. When the Doctor and Alison emerge, they immediately fall victim to a force which causes them to relive old memories with strong emotional resonance. The Master, realising what’s happening, opens up the doors and calls out to the Doctor, who fights free of the illusions and returns to the TARDIS.
The cave is the home of an intangible force like a psychic vampire. It is still feeding off Alison’s emotions. The Doctor taps into the psionic resonance of the cavern. He finds Alison is somehow reliving some of the Master’s memories and realises that the dormant vampire was woken by the Master's arrival; his mind holds memories of evil greater than anything the vampire had encountered before.
The Doctor switches off the Master, but this only causes the vampire to redouble its efforts to drain Alison's life. The Doctor connects the Master’s android body to the TARDIS’ telepathic circuits, feeding the vampire such a surge of hatred and evil that the entity explodes into nothingness. Alison is saved, but realises the Doctor did not hesitate to switch off the Master when he felt it necessary. What shall he do to Alison if he believes it’s necessary?
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- Discounting several occasions on which the BBC published "e-book" online versions of previously published novels, this was the first original Doctor Who short story to be published exclusively online. The next exclusive-to-Internet Doctor Who short story would not appear until WC: 42 Prologue in May 2007.
- The story appeared in a special webpage devoted to "Cult Vampires" by BBC Online. As of early 2011, the webpage has been archived by the BBC and it, and the story, remain accessible.