|Part of:||Short Trips: A Day in the Life|
|Short Trips short stories|
|Sold Out||The Five O'Clock Shadow|
They are startled to hear knocking on the TARDIS door, as they are travelling in the Vortex. Thinking it might be the Doctor, they use the TARDIS force field to protect themselves and open the door. It is not the Doctor, but a stranger. They bring him inside.
Zoe trusts him, but Jamie is suspicious that Vorac appeared just as the Doctor disappeared. Jamie attacks Vorac, but stops before killing him. Vorac is getting weaker the longer he is away from the Vortex.
Jamie slowly begins to trust Vorac, and Vorac asks for their help getting him back where he belongs. Jamie comes up with a plan.
Jamie and Vorac don spacesuits and go outside. They tie heavy ropes around the TARDIS and ride the time winds while Zoe flies the TARDIS, attempting to find Vorac's people. Jamie loses hold of the ropes but is rescued by Vorac.
They find Vorac's people and he goes to them, thanking Jamie and Zoe. Inside the TARDIS, Jamie and Zoe watch as the Doctor slowly appears out of nowhere. Jamie and Zoe, relieved to see their friend again, don't tell him about their adventure. The Doctor, meanwhile, doesn't tell them where he's been — the code of the Time Riders requires that when one of them is lost, there must be an exchange until he is returned.
- Zoe reads the TARDIS manual.
- Zoe attempts a time ram between the TARDIS and the Vortex.
- The Doctor remembers learning about the Time Riders at the Academy[which?].
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