a real world point of view
|Main setting:||unnamed planet|
|Printed in:||Doctor Who Magazine 211|
|Release date:||13 April 1994|
|Format:||Comic - 1 part|
|DWM comic stories|
In celebration of another successful "game" with the lesser beings of the universe, a small group of Eternals gather for a grand ball. One of the artefacts peppering the ballroom is a clock, frozen at the moment of the death of the world it was taken from.
Sitting, with a mocking look on his face, at the head of the table is the Doctor.
Quickly identified as a Time Lord, the Doctor calmly tells the gathered Eternals of the impact of their "games". He outlines the sad history of the world they just played with, how it ended in terror and atomic fire. Although he's dismissed by the chief Eternal, the Doctor states that he's brought a gift in celebration of their deeds: a crystalised fragment of the Time Vortex. He drops it casually and stands unfazed at the heart of the storm which the crystal's shattering creates. The ballroom in tatters, the Doctor walks off, commenting that his gift is a life: a single, mortal life.
As he departs, the clock starts ticking, ticking away the moments of the now mortal lives of the former Eternals.
- Seventh Doctor
- Treats the Eternals, despite their obvious powers, with disrespect and mockery.
- Carries a crystalised fragment of the Time Vortex.
- Is immune to the storm the crystal created (presumably because he's already bound to the Time Vortex and mortal).
- Avenges the deaths of millions in an atomic war the Eternals instigated for fun.
- Lord Prospero
- The Doctor is either travelling alone, or has left his companions in the TARDIS. Given the short amount of time this story takes (virtually occurring in "real time" or the amount of time it takes to read the story) either option is a possibility.
- This is the last regular story to feature the "current" Doctor, in this case the seventh, until Ground Zero, which itself is a segue to the Eighth Doctor series that ran until the Ninth Doctor series started in 2005.
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