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Every school day, Tommy and Mary walked to school with their cousin, Ralph Baker, and several other children. They found the walk to school far more interesting than school itself, and Tommy and Ralph were well-known to skip school on occasion.
One day in 1928, they encountered the Eighth Doctor, who was running away from Mr Wesley of the mill. The Doctor was looking for a crash-landed alien, a Velderon, and Tommy and Ralph decided to help him. Tommy had read The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells so he was unfazed when he learned that the Doctor was an alien.
They found one alien, and rescued it from its craft in the bog. The Doctor explained that there was another alien somewhere, and that the Velderons reacted badly to water. When it started to rain, the Doctor and Tommy left Ralph to care for the injured Velderon while they searched for the other.
They found the injured alien, just as it started to rain. The Doctor tried to calm the Velderon, but it was frightened and fell down a well and died. The Doctor and Tommy went to find Ralph.
The Doctor had Tommy and Ralph take the injured Velderon to the TARDIS in the mill, while the Doctor distracted Mr Wesley. After the Doctor and the Velderon left, Tommy and Ralph went home, as it was too late to go to school. Clara tried to scold them, but when they told her their story she could only smile. (PROSE: Far from Home)