|Main setting:||Unnamed planet|
|Printed in:||Doctor Who Magazine 211|
|Release date:||13 April 1994|
|Format:||Comic - 1 part|
|DWM comic stories|
|DWM's "New Adventures order"|
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 crystallised 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.
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- This was the last regular story to feature the "current" Doctor, in this case the Seventh, until Ground Zero, which itself was a segue into the Eighth Doctor series that ran until the introduction of the Ninth Doctor in 2005.
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