Time Shadows

a short-story anthology benefiting CODE

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“The Heart of Inomasp” by Nick Walters

By the iridescent wings of Zbi-Quickity! What can I possibly say about “The Heart of Inomasp”? Loads! But I’m going to say absolutely nothing at all, because it’s the kind of story best approached without any prior knowledge whatsoever. Oh go on then, I’ll say a few things: it’s got lots of Doctors in it, a BRILLIANT “No, not the mind probe” joke (at least, I think it’s brilliant), and a key scene is a complete rip-off, or rather homage to, one of Nick’s favourite films of all time, starring Bob Hoskins as a London gangster. See if you can spot it!

“The Case of the Missing Doctor” by Ian Farrington

Vic Trussell is a hard-bitten private eye working the mean streets of San Francisco, 1948, and he’s on the biggest murder case of his life. A dame’s been killed and he needs to track down the perp before any more harm is done. Vic knows a doctor was to blame, so when he meets a young boy called Adric, will it blow the case wide open?

“The Unkindest Cup” by Roger McCoy

The Third Doctor, trapped in exile on Earth, has put himself at odds with the Brigadier. But now he’s going to need all the help he can get if they’re going to defeat his greatest foe: bureaucracy. Grab a cup of coffee, schedule a meeting, and have your paperwork ready in triplicate, because this tale will leave you seeing red… tape.

“The Smallest War” by Violet Addison & David N. Smith

The Doctor , Bill and Nardole had hoped that their guardianship of “The Vault” would remain undiscovered, but their secret is jeopardized by the unexpected arrival of thousands of unknown lifeforms. As the invading force swarms the university, they must prepare for a conflict on a scale unlike anything they have ever encountered before…

“The Time Orphan” by David Gibbons

Berlin, 1945: The city is ruined and the Nazi army decimated as the Allies push Germany to the brink of surrender. The end of the war is in sight. But something alien is haunting the streets of the capital, something that leaves a trail of death in its wake. The Orphan has come to Earth and it has begun to scream. A single choice will soon be made, one that will alter the universe and change the course of Time itself…

“Time-Crossed” by Daniel Tessier

London, 2012. The First Doctor arrives with Sara and Steven in a city of gleaming spires and holographic newsreels. An alien power is uncovered beneath the surface that threatens to tear apart the city… London, 2012. The Eleventh Doctor drops in to see Amy and Rory in a city of Starbucks and Burger Kings. An alien power is uncovered beneath the surface that threatens to tear apart the city.

“Dr. Who and the Mists of Prevalous” by Jenny Shirt

Old enemies await Dr. Who and his grandchildren John and Gillian when something pulls the TARDIS down onto the surface of a planet shrouded in mist. The way to save the peaceful people who live on Prevalous may lie in the Doctor’s past – and deep below the planet’s surface.

“The Crimean Centaur” by Paul Williams

Two men search for a monster that devours the dead on the battlefields of the Crimean War. Private Gosforth Chambers wants to kill it, but has to escort the spy whose mission is to save it. As the final confrontation looms, the last Centaur plans its revenge.

“Ian Chesterton in an Exciting Adventure with the Martians” by Greg Maughan

Before Skaro. Before the Doctor and the TARDIS. Before Time and Space. Finally, the truth can be revealed about the daring exploits of that fearless paladin of the planets Ian Chesterton! For the first time ever, read about his exciting exploits in an adventure with the Martians!

“Marginalia” by Michael Gilroy-Sinclair

The Ninth Doctor and Rose follow an impossible distress signal to the Northeast of England in 2006, where a fake monk helps to solve a millennia-old mystery and lends a hand to an ancient historian while facing up to an  Viking horde on a mission… All while proving that this Doctor isn’t quite as northern as he likes to think he is.

“Plague Doctors” by Dale Smith

Doctors are the people you turn to when things get bad. The people who make everything better, and set your world to rights again. But sometimes the world won’t go back to right. And that’s when you turn to them again, so that there’s someone to make the impossible decisions, and someone to blame, afterwards.

“In A State of Grace” by Stephen Hatcher

Returning to Victorian England, the Doctor takes the opportunity to catch up with some old friends and to make a new one. A visit to one of the great occasions of the English summer, a Test Match against Australia at Lord’s Cricket Ground presents the Doctor and his new friend a mystery. Why is Australia’s demon-fast bowler behaving in such an odd way – and what is going on beneath the Lord’s pavilion? Soon the Doctor finds himself in a race to avert disaster for London, not to mention doom for the British Empire.

“How to Kill God” by Ian K. Cimm

Alice Haze knows about divinity and time travel. She lives on a planet of gods and works with a team who temporally engineer the crime scenes to make sure nothing out of the usual really happened. (Makes a right mess of your timesheets, I can tell you.) But when a god is slain without reason or witness, she could do with a glimpse into the past. She would pray to a god if they didn’t already have her on speed dial. What she needs is a hero. A time traveller. A Doctor. But what happens when the hero is sick and a doctor is a doctor “No More”?

“The Siege of Orléans” by Stuart S. Roth

The English siege of Orléans has gone on for nearly a year. A French defender known as the Silver Mountain harasses the besiegers wearing armour that burns with the flames of hell. The TARDIS arrives as Joan of Arc steps onto the stage. Jamie believes Joan is on a mission from God, but Zoe is more sceptical. Their game could reveal their nature as time travellers and unravel a key moment in history. Meanwhile, a greater challenge awaits them from the Silver Mountain who holds the potential to destroy all of humanity.

“You Know the Drill” by Anthony Wilson

Once upon a time, a man was exiled by his people to an out-of-the-way blue-green planet, a planet about to undergo a series of invasions. There are, it turns out, some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. These things must be fought. You know the drill. 

“The Planet of the Doctor” by Paul Driscoll

Delta4 is home to one of the most notorious schools in the galaxy. The perfect place for Clara to gain some much needed experience before embarking on her new teaching career. At least that’s what the Doctor thinks. Before long, Clara’s life is placed in grave danger. After a daring joyride to the prison moon Hellborn, a close encounter with its deadly scarf-dragons, and the discovery of a horrifying secret that changes everything, will Clara finally learn before it’s too late just how reckless her faith in the Doctor, his TARDIS, and even herself has been? “The Planet of the Doctor” is set between “The Name of the Doctor” and “The Day of the Doctor”.

“Custodian” by Simon Blake

A near collision, an impossible distress-signal. These events are now old, terribly old. Outside the derelict space freighter, time endlessly repeats. Inside, the custodian waits. Sometimes he forgets, sometimes he remembers. With no stars by which to mark time, he is lost to the thrall of eternity. He even imagines he sees people. A pair of absurdly dressed carnival characters, who seem to need his help. MgGreet’s only hope lies in one curious detail. Systems report a tall blue box on C-Deck. Perhaps an intermittent fault, it appears as if it has sometimes always been there, and occasionally never.

“My Name is Susan” by Joshua Wanisko

I am sick, and there is no name for my disease in any language on Earth. My people possess some sensitivity to psychic phenomenon, and I am sensitive to an unusual degree. At least I was until last month.  Earth is my home now, but they would understand my condition on Gallifrey. There are doctors and specialists who could treat it. It’s hard to be sick. It’s hard to be alone. It’s very hard to be both at once.

“Divergence” by Kate Coleman

When the Doctor and Clara crash into a divergence cannon left over from the Time War, they need to eject it from the TARDIS fast. What they didn’t want was for young Harrison Sadler to find the cannon’s Central Processing Unit, and for his whole life to unravel as a consequence. Clara and the Doctor must retrieve the CPU and stop time splitting before it’s too late for Harrison, and everyone on the planet.

“The Spinning Dancer” by Simon A. Brett

There may have been a time when Gentrus Roman believed in the innate goodness of the human soul, but those days have gone. However, a number of visitors from outside of his perception change all of that. One, young and staggeringly perfect girl may even be special enough to cause him to rethink his entire belief system. Meanwhile, another menacing house guest threatens to shatter his comfortably shaky existence. All he needs now is a friendly interloper to make sense of things and put them back in place. It’s just a shame that person is the Doctor.

“The Doctor’s New Clothes” by Mark McManus

When the Doctor takes Peri on a shopping expedition for some new clothes, they discover a deadly secret on the most stylish planet in the universe. Can the Doctor stop the Chimera before Peri literally becomes a fashion victim?

“Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids” by Paul Sutton

“Tegan, stay here and don’t touch anything!” When Tegan, Turlough and the Doctor arrive at the Walker-McCutcheon Repository for Other-world Antiquities and Curios, its curators are struggling to isolate and locate the artefact in their care that is currently the source of worrying and unidentified emissions. Tegan knows – everybody knows – that you don’t touch the exhibits in a museum. But something is calling her, urging her to reach out… People come here to look into the past. But what happens when the past decides to look back?

“Unexpected Item In Bagging Area” by Grace Haddon

Travelling in the TARDIS, you never know when you’ll next see a supermarket. Ace is happy to stock up on groceries, even if they’ve overshot the eighties by a few decades. But with the Doctor, things never go to plan. Suddenly the building is encased in a time bubble and customers are disappearing – and a confused twelfth century knight is challenging everyone to duels. If they’re going to get out alive (and with their shopping), they’ll need a clever plan, nerves of steel and… avocados.

 


 

Time Shadows: Anniversary Edition

“A Torch in the Darkness I: The Only Warmth in a Cold Universe” by Dale Smith

The last people in the universe sit alone in a room, waiting for the heat to fade away. There is a knock on the door… Who will save them?

“Time’s Shadow” by Simon Blake

Back at the very beginning, the Doctor has crash-landed on 23rd November 1963. After their recent travels, teachers Ian and Barbara finally find themselves back at an old, familiar junkyard. It is an hour before their original departure, only there is one disturbing difference: their original selves are not there.

“Someone Took the Words Away” by Roger McCoy

The near future. Near-earth orbit. The Ninth Doctor. Rose. A terrible secret. An enemy like none they’ve met before. Will the Doctor give up the last vestiges of his home to save his best friend? A story that will leave you speechless.

“Dying Time” by John Peel

Exploring an empty spaceship, the Eighth Doctor discovers an urgent threat to the Time Lords – and an immediate threat to himself.

“Visitor from Space!” by J.R. Loflin

In 1950s rural America, extraterrestrial life exists! Descending from the heavens, it makes itself known to Jed, a typical American farmboy! What is it? What does it want? Most importantly, why will Jed go to any lengths to defend it from the war hero once known as the Doctor!?

“Inertia” by Pete Kempshall

Tasked by UNIT to solve a bizarre murder, the Doctor and Liz learn they’re facing a menace of the Time Lord’s own making. But as they near the source of the trouble, one thing becomes clear: if you stop moving, you’re as good as dead…

“A Torch in the Darkness II: A Legendary Hero”,“A Torch in the Darkness III: Medusa” & “A Torch in the Darkness IV: The End of a Legend” by Violet Addison & David N. Smith

When the First Doctor meets Perseus, the legendary Greek hero, he makes a terrible mistake. It is an error in judgment which his future-self cannot allow. Now, the Twelfth Doctor must embark on a perilous mission back into his own past, to confront and stop his own earlier incarnation…

“The Storm Eaters” by Christopher Olsen

Arriving in Philadelphia, 1752, the Doctor and Rose encounter Benjamin Franklin who is about to conduct his historic kite experiment. However, sinister forces are at work in the house where the three have taken up lodgings and the Doctor soon realises that the next storm could well be the city’s last…

“The People in the Wood” by Stephen Hatcher

The building of the motorway network is transforming Britain, but something lives in the path of the latest road to be built. Can the Doctor, Liz Shaw and UNIT solve the mystery of The People in the Wood?

“The Neither” by Ian Howden

Chowdikar House, the most haunted house in Britain, now owned by famous psychic and medium Justin Becquerel. Sarah Jane Smith is invited to a seance at the house, and brings along a troubled Mike Yates, adrift after leaving UNIT. Will the spirits and Mike finally find peace?

“Iron Joe” by Abel Diaz

The Sixth Doctor and Peri are aboard the recently inaugurated Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. However, the train is soon assailed by bandits, including one whose legend has spread all over the west. An unstoppable man of metal known only as “Iron Joe”.

“The Redemption of Vequazon” by Nick Walters

Over the course of his many lives the Doctor has vanquished many foes. The universe is littered with defeated warlords lusting for brutal revenge. Lord Vequazon, Supreme Commander of the Nixxine Horde, is one such. Imprisoned, he dreams of escape, and of finding and torturing the being who bested him. What are the chances, then…?

“Indigo” by David McLain

The Doctor and Ian are taken back to to the 1920’s, where the encounter a shape shifting alien looking to change the Doctor’s personal history. Can they reverse the changes before the damage is done? Sometimes it’s the smallest trips that have the biggest effects on our lives.

“Close to Home” by R.P. Fox

Two disparate races have existed cooperatively on Metraisos for longer than anyone can remember. One uses the centuries-long arrangement for enrichment – the other for survival. When the Doctor mistakenly arrives, looking for the famed waterfalls of Soltraisos, he discovers a species entrapped by their own biology, and a crisis that could bring down another, millions of miles away.

“Straight on Till Morning” by Chris Heffernan

The Doctor and Mel visit AmazingWorld!, a theme park with sixteen state-of-the-art animatronic theme zones from childrens’ stories such as Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and Groofus the Moofus! But why has the park been shut down?

“After the Ball Was Over” by Christopher Colley

Don’t you hate it when a party goes wrong? A reception aboard the TARDIS turns sour when the Doctor serves up a recipe for disaster. As he and Romana race to save their guests, the Doctor faces the consequences of his actions. The party’s over; the piper must be paid.

“Confirmation Bias” by Andrew Blair

“There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. Things which act against everything we believe in. They must be fought.”

“Circular Logic” by Stuart Roth

The Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara have just begun their adventures together. Trust and companionship are still a long way off for the four travellers. Ian and Barbara decide to explore the TARDIS on their own, and the crusty time traveler intends to teach them a lesson.

“Mixed Signals” by David Black

Sanity is in short supply on the planet Bantrak. Can the Doctor and Nyssa survive a visit without losing theirs?

“They Keep Killing Daniel Harley” by John Anderson

For Daniel Harley, it’s just the end of another day at the office. But Daniel is already dead, killed a thousand light years away on the front line of the Kosnax war. The Doctor and Ace must reconcile these two events and discover why they keep killing Daniel Harley.

“Kingdom of the Blind” by Kevin Mason

The TARDIS materializes on a seemingly derelict ship, tumbling through space and rushing towards oblivion. The Doctor, Steven and Sara must contend with ghosts of the past and portents of the future as they confront the hidden dangers of the craft’s darkened corners.

“A Torch in the Darkness V: Nightlight” by Christopher Colley

The hunt for the Alpha TARDIS careers towards an uncertain end. The Doctor meets the mysterious John Howe while Clara is forced to confront her childhood nightmares. As the friends plunge ever deeper into darkness, they uncover the truth about what lies in the shadows when all the lights go out.