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The Key of Vaga (short story)

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The Key of Vaga
The Key of Vaga title
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Adric
Main enemy: Pyrons
Main setting: Vaga, Magna system
Key crew
Release details
Printed in: Doctor Who Annual 1982
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The Key of Vaga was the fifth story in the Doctor Who Annual 1982. It was the first short story to feature the Fifth Doctor. It takes places in an unidentified gap when the Doctor travels only with Adric. It recognised that the Doctor can build inter-dimensional craft.

Summary Edit

The Planet Vaga faces its darkest hour. The only hope for its people lies with a boy called Adric and his friend, the Doctor...

Plot Edit

The TARDIS lands on Vaga and the Doctor has to hurry to delay the landing of an inter-dimensional craft possessed by Vagans. He does so, but then a Pyron space-shark arrives and begins bombarding them. While Adric creates a distraction, the Doctor runs for the TARDIS.

The Vagan craft arrives and uses a beta-force field to prematurely detonate the Pyron ship's warheads, destroying it. Valtar, a Vagan the Doctor met on a previous visit, appears to the Doctor and Adric.

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Notes Edit

  • The unidentified gap in which the Fifth Doctor travels only with Adric would appear to be at some point between Castrovalva and Four to Doomsday, bearing in mind the tight continuity between other stories in season 19, while Nyssa and Tegan are presumably having a break from the TARDIS.

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