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|The Man Who Wouldn't Give Up|
|Main setting:||Wessex, the 9th century; Jerusalem, circa 52|
|Part of:||Short Trips: Past Tense|
|Short Trips short stories|
|Of the Mermaid and Jupiter||One Small Step...|
The Sixth Doctor visits King Alfred, ostensibly to encourage him. Alfred is disguised as a harpist, staying in a swineherd's hut, so that he can spy on the Vikings. He is ready to give up, convinced that his rival, King Guthrun, is a godless heathen with no Christian honour. The Doctor, pretending to be a wizard from the future, convinces Alfred that he will prevail, and that Guthrun will one day kneel and join him in prayer. When the king's back is turned, the Doctor slips out.
The swineherd's wife enters, and not knowing he is the king, scolds him for the missing cakes. He accuses the wizard, but thinks the better of it and admits to letting them burn by accident.
The TARDIS materialises in the middle of a kingly feast. The Doctor exits, and invites himself to the feast.
- At the feast, the Doctor enjoys fish, wine, bread and olives.
- The Doctor claims to be a wizard from the kingdom of Hernia, referencing the king's medical condition.
- Alfred states that he became king after the deaths of "five good men". The Doctor became who he is after the deaths of five good men.