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The Nine-Day Queen (short story)

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The Nine-Day Queen
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Barbara, Ian
Main enemy: The Vrij
Main setting: Bradgate and Islington, London, 1553 and 1554
Key crew
Writer: Matthew Jones
Release details
Part of: Decalog 2: Lost Property
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The Nine-Day Queen was the sixth story in the anthology Decalog 2: Lost Property. It was written by Matthew Jones. It featured the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, and Barbara Wright.

Summary Edit

The Doctor and his friends find themselves in Bradgate after a harrowing experience in the TARDIS in which Barbara was possessed by a Vrij and tried to strangle Ian. The Vrij escaped and brought the TARDIS to the 16th century.

Barbara is nearly attacked by a wolf that is possessed by the Vrij, with Ian unable to help, but at the last minute the wolf is killed by a young girl. The man who accompanies her, the Duke of Northumberland, points out her kill to the other men with them, then threatens Ian and Barbara with death if they cannot account for their presence here. They are too shaken with fear to answer, but the Doctor arrives just in time. He examines the wolf, noting that the Vrij has escaped. When the duke threatens him, the girl pretends the Doctor is the tutor she has been expecting. The duke, her uncle, escorts the trio back to the girl's home.

As the Doctor teaches the girl, he realises she is Jane Grey, who is destined to become queen soon. He asks her why she helped him, and she states that she will help him and his friends leave, on one condition — they take her with them. Her parents want her to marry against her will.

As the Doctor works on a device to capture the Vrij, Barbara approaches him with concern about Jane, but as before, he reminds her that they cannot change history.

The wedding takes place, with the Doctor and his friends in attendance. The Doctor's tracer detects the presence of the Vrij in the church, and Barbara sees a shadow fall over Jane. They believe that the Vrij has now possessed Jane.

Once Jane is married, the Doctor is dismissed as her tutor. They are given a house in Islington, where the Doctor continues work on his device.

Prior to Jane's coronation, strange things begin to happen, such as ghosts and stillborn children. The Doctor believes this is a result of the Vrij stirring itself.

The Doctor and his friends attend the coronation. Later, the Doctor tries to get close to Jane, and he overhears her conversation with her uncle. He wants her to make her husband, his son Guildford, king, which she cannot by law do. The Doctor believes the Vrij is possessing the duke and confronts it, and it attacks him. Barbara finds him apparently dead, but the duke has left. Barbara attempts first aid, but the Doctor wakes on his own and scolds her, saying he was in a restorative coma. Jane is frightened but relieved that the Doctor is alive.

The Vrij has altered history. The duke has been able to raise an army of thousands against Mary's attempts to take the throne from Jane. He and his friends hide in the Duke's room with the finished device, which will suck the Vrij into a dimensional trap. When the duke arrives, the Doctor taunts the Vrij until it attacks him and is trapped.

The Doctor and his friends prepare to leave the 16th century. Meanwhile, Jane steps down from the throne and is imprisoned. A year later, she is executed.

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Notes Edit

  • The stories in Decalog 2 have a common theme of homes owned or acquired by the Doctor. The home in this story is the house in Islington given to the Doctor by the Duke.

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