- You may be looking for The Meeting (comic story).
|Main setting:||Auberge du Pont Romain, October|
|Illustrator:||Colin Howard (Doctor Who Magazine 167),|
Paul Vyse (Doctor Who Yearbook 1992)
|Printed in:||DWM 167|
|Brief Encounter 1st printing|
|none||An Incident Concerning the Continual Bombardment of the Phobos Colony|
|Brief Encounter 2nd printing|
|Fond Memories||Future Imperfect|
|Doctor Who Yearbook|
The Meeting was the first short story of the Brief Encounter series in Doctor Who Magazine. It was not titled on its first publication in Doctor Who Magazine 167, but was given one for its reprint in Doctor Who Yearbook 1992. It was notable for writer John Lucarotti turning himself into a character in the Doctor Who universe.
Tucked into the Parisian inn known as the L'Auberge du Pont Romain, John Lucarotti hopes for a glass of Medoc and a chance to soak up the inn's historic atmosphere. As he leans in to order his wine, he hears the voice of the First Doctor behind him. The Doctor reminds Lucarotti of the times they have shared together over glasses of wine. Lucarotti briefly indulges the Doctor before coming to his senses. He insists that the Doctor is fictional. The Doctor humours him by suggesting that the inn they are in is also fictional and mysteriously suggests that he can go wherever Lucarotti has been; maybe Lucarotti wants to go to Samarkand.
Lucarotti defers a decision on Samarkand to a later date, then closes his eyes. When he opens them, the Doctor has vanished. He tries to shake off the whole encounter as a figment of his imagination, then calls to the waiter for his bill. The waiter insists that the wine has been paid for by "the little old man with the long grey hair who just left". On hearing this, Lucarotti resolves to go to Samarkand and starts planning his trip.
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- John Lucarotti starts the story by mentioning that he lives in France. This was true at the time.
- This was Lucarotti's final completed work.
- The Doctor discusses the events of TV: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve with John Lucarotti, who had written that story.
- The Auberge du Pont Romain originates from TV: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve.
- Lucarotti tells the Doctor that "the Time Lords retired you ages ago". This retirement is seen in the prologue and epilogue of PROSE: The Massacre.
- The Doctor visited Samarkand in TV: Marco Polo.