It was a missing mini-adventure between The Ice Warriors and The Enemy of the World.
That was my official conclusion at the time and has been canonized by Big Finish.
What's that? Terrance Dicks' World Game is rendered even more worthless than already is?
Aw. Quelle domage, Davros *fires lasers from his eyes*
And in other news, some GB praise for my off-the-back-of-my-harddrive entry into the Land of Fiction Halloween special story competition. Came second, 6/14 people voted for it, and I probably would have won if I had properly found-and-replaced all the clues I was reprinting my old Enemy Within script.
I liked this one it was really quite atmospheric and scary. It took me a
sec to gauge it was Six. The “eight oh oh” let me hone in on the Doctor
though. I thought it might be Seven at some points but then you started
really cracking into the sixth Doctors voice and making some great
lines that sounded just like him. It took me a while to work out who
Peri was, I thought it might have been her but I didn’t know for
definite until you said. Mind you, I don’t think there was any definite
on the Doctor either. I liked it though I thought the good
characterisation clearer it up later.
It brings up the interesting idea that the Doctor could land in the
middle of something non-supernatural or alien yet sadistic like that.
Which is quite scary.
And another hanging mystery! Very nice. I want to know what happens again.
Nic Ford says:
Now, this is interesting. I absolutely loved the fact that it was
completely unclear who the Doctor and companion were, and the reader
could impose their own pairing. I thought that was brilliantly done. Personally, I had Clara and 12 – although I quite successfully had Donna
and 10 perform it in my head (well, it was a bit acerbic for 10 but it
could be made to work) and I am pretty sure Amy and 11 could have done
it too. Right up to page 7, where you say 'Peri'.
Personally, I'd suggest you remove that single word, and work on
what is a very effective – and I honestly mean this as a compliment –
generic Doctor style. It's actually quite hard to achieve – I've tried,
and always end up being obviously one Doc or another.
With regard to the story: suitably scary and macabre for Hallowe'en.
However, it felt a bit like it ended before it had finished, if you
know what I mean – I'd like to understand the denoument the author meant
for it, rather than my own interpretation of 'well, they were stranded
and got hanged'.
'It wasn't sort of all white and embryonic, was it?' Hah! That was great. Yes, pull in his past experiences and knowledge. I love that.
"if there are demons, monsters, goblins, ghosts, ghouls, werewolves, mad
axe men, and all other sorts of ferocious phantasmagoria..." Great
line. Just like the Doctor to make things worse before he makes it
better. I can just hear Clara thinking "You had to bring that up."
Peri? I was thinking it was 12 and Clara. Actually 6 and Peri puts a whole different slant on things. I like it!
"Maybe your latent telepathic powers are picking something up?" YES! I
always loved that aspect of Peri, that she was just a bit more than she
seemed on the outside.
'As you say.' I could definitely hear that in 6's voice.
'That does it,' he says firmly. I've lost enough hearts' beats tonight
and those are all I intend to lose!' YES! Indomitable 6. You've scared
his Companion and you're pissing him off. He's not going to take that.
Yes! I like 6. For all the guff he gets he's still fun. His love of
language and absolute moral outrage. And how he's really just a big
teddy bear underneath, even if he doesn't want you to know it. You've
captured that very well.
Oh, you WOULD have to end it right there. Now I need a sofa to hide behind.
Well done. Wonderfully creepy story. But perhaps more Doctor Who for
grown-ups than for kids. Sort of Doctor Who meets the Blaire Witch