Doctor Who: Kingdom of The Moon

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Title: Kingdom of The Moon
Author: Matt Bjorkman
Date Written: 08/23/15
Continuity SSEU Earth 1337-A
Time Placement 8104 B.C
Synopsis Landing on The Moon, The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan soon discover an entire civilization living in constant tension between themeslves and the people of Earth. While The Doctor tries to discover the source of these issues and Susan befriends the young princess, Ian and Barbara soon learn that there may be more to all this then they suspect!
Rating PG
Additional Notes The first story of the Doctor Who Suburban Senshi crossover; Takes place between The Reign of Terror and Planet of Giants.


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Episode 1
The White Castle

In a grand city, dominated by a large white castle, a party is taking place. The queen is entertaining her guests, while her daughter, the princess sits across the way, surrounded by her bodyguards, a group of girls dressed in sailor fuku. One of the bodyguards, a girl with long blond hair tied in a ribbon, asks if the princess is alright and why she isn’t dancing with the other guests. Another with a ponytail answers that it is “probably because of him” but before she can finish, she is silenced by another of the girls, this one with long blackish purple hair, who tells her fellows they are on high alert and to speak of such things is dangerous, even if the princess pines for such company. The princess for her part simply sighs and watches the goings on, while her mother looks back at her greatly concerned.

On one of the balconies of the castle, a guard watches as a shooting star arcs across the sky. His thoughts are soon interrupted, however, when he hears a strange noise emanating from the city. Alarmed, he rushes back in to report what he suspects to be an attack and get help from his fellow officers.

In a courtyard in the middle of the city, a tall blue box stands, the light on top of it flashing off and on. Inside, The Doctor is looking over the controls of the console and muttering how even though they had just left Paris, they seem to still be within the Solar System. Barbara wonders if they’ve arrived in the past or the future, but The Doctor explains that the time-space coordinate reader doesn’t seem to be working properly, so he cannot be absolutely certain where or when they are. When Ian suggest going out, The Doctor briskly reminds him that they aren’t sure it’s safe outside and that it is better they take a look at the scanner to get an idea of where they have landed. Turning on the scanner, they see a magnificent city, as well as a gigantic castle made of white stone. Susan finds the view amazing, especally the sight of shooting star in the sky, while Barbara wonders if they have arrived in the past or the present. Ian, however, feels uneasy, as if something is not right. Barbara tells Ian that he’s beginning to sound like her, while The Doctor decides that it seems to look safe enough and besides, he wishes to see the castle for himself. Opening the door, the four travelers step outside.

Looking about, they find the city even more spectacular then it seemed in the TARDIS. Susan spots the castle almost immediately, with The Doctor thinking it will simply take a few minutes’ walk to arrive. Barbara remarks that they must have arrived in the past, given the architecture, mentioning how they might be in Byzantium. Ian tells them all to be quiet, a suggestion which offends The Doctor greatly. However, Susan agrees and realizes how silent it is around them. Ian suggests that perhaps they should speak to a local and find out where they have arrived. The Doctor retorts that Ian is being far too paranoid and cautious. Ian replies that it may be true but he would rather be safe than sorry. The group is unaware that not far away from where they are standing, they are being observed by a guard who quickly sends a message via a device on his wrist.

Back at the party, the queen is interrupted by her captain of the guard, a man named Laocoon, who reports the sighting of the strangers in the city. Not wanting to alarm her guests, the queen follows the captain to one of the balconies to speak. Laocoon tells her that four unknown individuals seem to have been seen walking through the city and suggests that it may be tied to the sound that one of his guards reported earlier during the party. They may even be tied to the incident which occurred the previous week. Before the queen can answer this remark, the two are interrupted by the girl with the long black hair, who reveals that she had overheard the conversation and quickly volunteers to lead the guards in capturing these intruders. After a moment of consideration, the queen agrees, though warns her of getting overly zealous in her duties. Walking past her fellow bodyguards, the girl with the ponytail asks the long haired girl what she was talking about with the queen. When the long haired girl reveals it was about arresting a group of intruders, the princess becomes visibly agitated, worried that it may be related to “him”. The long haired girl comments that she will do her duty in protecting this world and the princess, and then walks off before any of her fellows can stop her.

Stopping in front of what seems to be a small shop, Ian waits until the others finally catch up to him, The Doctor especially complaining about the constant movement. Barbara wonders how it could be possible for such a large city to be nearly deserted, while Susan suggests maybe some sort of holiday is occurring. The Doctor continues to argue that they are simply overreacting and that it would be best if they made their way to the castle. At that moment, Ian spots someone hurrying into a nearby building and runs over, stopping the young woman from leaving. Obviously frightened, she asks Ian to let her move inside. When Susan asks her what’s wrong, she reveals that guards from the palace are coming to search for four suspects, this news especially troubling The Doctor.

In a darken room, several figures talk about the intruders and how they must be found and stopped. However, one of the figures overrule them, stating that they can use these travelers and soon, with their help, their plans will be complete.

The Doctor, having changed his tune, decides at that moment it’s best to make their way back to the TARDIS, something which greatly distresses Susan, who had hoped to see the rest of the city. Ian agrees with The Doctor and is about to leave with Barbara, when they hear an order for them to stop. The girl who Ian was talking to gasps in shock, muttering the word “Sailor Guardian” before quickly running into her home. The time travelers find themselves facing the young woman with the long black hair, who seems to be leading an entire battalion of guards. She pronounces them criminals and traitors, something which The Doctor vermently denies. Ian spots a means of escape and tries to get The Doctor to follow, but The Doctor refuses to take a chance. Before Ian can take a chance, the girl points a finger at the area in front of Ian, Barbara and Susan, causing it to burst into flame. Sarcastically suggesting that they best not try to escape, she orders the guards to take the four into custody. As they are lead away, Ian asks The Doctor in astonishment where on Earth he’s taken them, a place where people can just cause objects to burst into flame and dress in that manner. The Doctor confesses he has no idea but that they have to leave as soon as they can. Susan realizes Barbara has been very quiet this entire time and seems to be staring at the sky. When she asks Barbara what’s wrong, she tells the girl that she hadn’t noticed before because they had been so fixated on the city and the castle. When Susan presses for answers, Barbara simply points upward. The other three travelers look, with Susan gasping in surprise, Ian muttering that it’s impossible and The Doctor looking somewhat concerned. He tells Ian that there is the answer of the question, for they aren’t on Earth at all. Ian agrees that they aren’t on Earth. Rather, they’re on the moon, as they all stare at the large familiar blue and green planet hanging in the night sky.

Episode 2
The Silver Millennium

As they are lead away, Ian asks The Doctor in astonishment where on Earth he’s taken them, a place where people can just cause objects to burst into flame and dress in that manner. The Doctor confesses he has no idea but that they have to leave as soon as they can. Susan realizes Barbara has been very quiet this entire time and seems to be staring at the sky. When she asks Barbara what’s wrong, she tells the girl that she hadn’t noticed before because they had been so fixated on the city and the castle. When Susan presses for answers, Barbara simply points upward. The other three travelers look, with Susan gasping in surprise, Ian muttering that it’s impossible and The Doctor looking somewhat concerned. He tells Ian that there is the answer of the question, for they aren’t on Earth at all. Ian agrees that they aren’t on Earth. Rather, they’re on the moon, as they all stare at the large familiar blue and green planet hanging in the night sky.

The four are soon led through the main entrance of the castle. When a girl with short blond hair asks the long haired girl if these are the suspects who were reported, the long haired girl tells the other to hurry and tell the Queen they had been found. The Doctor, hearing this, is certain they can explain their presence satisfactory to the monarch. Ian cuts in that if they’re all like this, it might be better to keep their mouth shut then the bother with explanations. The long haired girl takes offense at this and is about to warn him off when she is interrupted by Laocoon and the blond haired girl, the captain of the guards reporting that the queen will see them now. The Doctor coolly thanks him for this chance, though the man says nothing, simply looking over them. As they are lead down the hall, a man rushes past, bumping into Barbara. When she tries to help him up, he simply presses something into her hand and rushes off before she can ask him anything. When Susan tries to ask Barbara what she was given, the long haired girl announces that they have arrived. Pushing a large pair of doors open, the group is lead through.

Down the hall, the man pauses beside a large window. He whispers that he has done what he was asked and asks if there is anything else he must do. He is told to simply return to the location agreed upon and wait for further instructions. Agreeing to this, he silently runs off.

Finding themselves in a large throne room, the travelers are introduced to Queen Serenity of the Silver Millenium, her daughter Princess Serenity and their guardians, the ladies of Mercury, Mars, Venus and Jupiter. The Doctor is about to step forward to address the queen, something which Mars protests. However, the queen overrules her wishes and listens as The Doctor explains that they are simply travelers who arrived and lost their way and that they mean no indiscretion. Mars asks, tensely, if they are from Earth, something Ian also tensely confirms. Satisfied, she tries to convince the queen not to trust them, as they may be here to do further damage. However, the queen asks Laocoon his thoughts in the matter, as he himself is a recent arrival to their capitol. Laocoon agrees with Mars that there is a chance the four might be trouble but thinks that from everything he has heard, they seem to be innocent enough, something which causes Mars to start arguing him over the possible dangers.

During this, Barbara looks at the object she was given and finds that it’s a folded piece of paper. Noticing this, Ian asks what it is and she explains how the man shoved it in her hand. Before they can examine it, however, the queen quickly tells the court to be silent.

She has decided to trust the strangers for the time being but that if at any time they betray this trust, they will be dealt with in the harshest manner. The Doctor agrees to this and then requests to know if there is any place of learning, as he is interested to know more about this world, its people and culture. Mercury reveals that there is a library and would be happy to show The Doctor the research she has been compiling if he is interested. The queen then requests that Venus accompanies them to act as security for the two, something which bristles The Doctor a bit but he quickly controls himself and agrees to. Before he leaves, he walks over to his companions, suggesting that there might be more to this then they all realize and to be on their guard. As The Doctor, Mercury and Venus leave, the princess requests that she be allowed to show Susan the gardens, something which the queen gladly agrees to and something which Ian and Barbara encourage. Laocoon is about to ask Barbara if she would like to accompany him to see the city when Ian intercedes, telling the captain that they will manage by themselves very nicely, before leading Barbara away, something which seems to amuse the man. Watching this, Mars retreats from the throne room, her exit being noticed by Jupiter, who follows after her.

Leaving the palace, Barbara asks Ian why he pulled her away like that. Ian explains that something didn’t feel right about Laocoon and besides, after what had happened with Leon, he wants to be careful. Seeing that these words have slightly upset Barbara, he asks her about the note she was given. Looking it over, they find that it simply says “The Blue Moon”. Confused by this for a moment, Barbara suddenly realizes that when they passed through the city the first time, they went past a building with the symbol of a moon painted blue on it. Ian is eager to check on this hint but Barbara isn’t certain. She wonders if it might be some sort of trap. Ian says it’s a good point along with the fact that Susan is still in the palace grounds, as Barbara also points out. However, Ian decides it’s their best chance to find out what’s going on and so convinces her to head out into the city.

In another room, Mars speaks into a small communicator, telling someone on the other end to be prepared. Jupiter enters, asking Mars why she is so focused on these strangers. After all, she suggests, they may be exactly what they claim to be. Mars isn’t so certain and asks Jupiter if she is willing to chance possible danger to their kingdom. When Jupiter asks Mars what she is planning to do, Mars simply responds that everything is prepared.

Walking through the now much more busy streets of the city, Ian comments on how amazing this “silver millennium” truly is. Barbara quickly spots the Blue Moon building and tells Ian to hurry up. Ian is about to follow her, when he notices someone ducking into a nearby alleyway. Shouting to get Barbara’s attention, Ian decides to follow the stranger. As soon as he steps into the alley, however, he is quickly knocked out by a guard, who then orders his fellow soldiers to take him to the Lady Mars.

Meanwhile, Barbara has already arrived at the building and realizing Ian has vanished on her, is calling out to him. As she looks around in concern, she is suddenly grabbed from behind by a man who puts a strange looking blade to her throat. The man warns her not to scream and if she screams, she will die!

Episode 3
Traitors from Earth

Barbara has already arrived at the blue moon building and realizing Ian has vanished on her, is calling out to him. As she looks around in concern, she is suddenly grabbed from behind by a man who puts a strange looking blade to her throat. The man warns her not to scream and if she screams, she will die!

In one of the gardens, Susan is looking over a strange alien flower, completely captivated by it’s beauty. When she turns back to show it to the princess, she finds the royal strangely distant and looking extremely worried. Asking her if there is something wrong, at first the princess denies this but then confesses that something is troubling her. She has fallen in love with the prince of the Earth and fears now that with tensions so high, that she may never be able to see him again. When Susan asks her if there is a way for her to keep in communication, the princess confesses that there is a way and that she has been relying on another to help her get messages through the ban on communications between the two worlds. When Susan presses for more information, Serenity reveals that she is about to go meet her contact. Though uncertain about this, Susan agrees to accompany the princess, at least as long as it’s to help her out.

In a darkened room, Ian slowly comes to, still a bit groggy from the attack. When he tries to stand, however, he finds himself bound to a wooden chair, metal latches over his wrists and ankles, presided by a group of guards. When he demands to know where is and what they’ve done to Barbara, Lady Mars walks in and tells him to be silent. She then asks him to confess to being a spy from Earth, something which Ian denies know anything about. Mars for her part simply presses a finger to one of the latches binding Ian’s wrist and causing it to heat up slightly, resulting in the man writhing slightly in pain. Mars tells Ian that he will tell her the truth and will tell her about his part in the incident.

Barbara tells her captors, who are standing around her brandishing weapons, that she has no idea what they’re talking about, especially anything about the incident, whatever it might be. One of them, a young woman, asks Barbara how she knew to come here then, if she wasn’t some sort of spy for the Moon Kingdom. When Barbara shows them the piece of paper and describes the man who gave it to her, she learns from another young man that the description matches one of their members, named Aella, their leader. Barbara presses them for details, managing to convince them that she really is an innocent traveler; otherwise he would not have given her the paper in the first place. Willing to give her their trust for the time being, the woman named Aoide, reveals that the group is made up of those who are Earth born as well as those who seek peace between the Earth and Moon against that “tyrant”, Queen Serenity. If Aella trusted her enough to give her that letter, then it must mean that Barbara can somehow help them with their goal. When Barbara inquires about this, Aoide reveals that they plan to remove Serenity and that she will help them do it, much to her surprise and horror!

Susan finds herself taken to a separate part of the garden, dominated by a large worn and partially cracked wall. Serenity moves towards the edge of the wall and presses her ear against it, as if listening to something. Susan asks her what she is doing but the princess quickly quiets her. After a rather long moment, Serenity suddenly seems to get excited and runs over to a larger crack in the wall. Susan follows, only to find the princess seemingly talking to someone. The princess asks the person if there have been any messages for her from “the prince”. The individual says he has better news, that the prince has found a way to make it through the blockades surrounding the world and is now waiting to meet with her on the edge of the city. The princess is excited and happy but Susan quickly tells her that it might be better if they waited for Ian and Barbara to return, just to be on the safe side. When the princess asks her why she is suddenly acting so uncertain, Susan replies that she isn’t sure, only that they shouldn’t go out. When the voice tells the princess that the prince will only be able to stay for a few moments, Serenity’s mind is made up and she tells Susan that she will go, even if it means without her. Not willing to let her leave on her own, Susan agrees if only to keep an eye on the princess. With that, the two head away from the gardens.

Barbara refuses to help them, as she could not possibly take down a government like that. This answer seems to turn most of the members of the group against her slightly and seeing this, Barbara decides to change tactics and asks more about the “incident”. This question seems to surprise the group into silence, forcing Barbara to repeat the question. Aoide suddenly realizes that Barbara might indeed be who she says she is, much to one of the other member’s amusement. Aoide quickly tells him to be quiet and turns to Barbara. She starts to explain it began several weeks back, just after the shooting stars were seen in the sky. Barbara quietly starts to wonder something about the stars.

Out near the edge of the city, Serenity running along a rocky path wrapped up in a cloak. Susan is trying to keep up and telling the princess to slow down. Serenity finally stops, telling her this is the place they were to meet. Susan looks around, commenting on how there is nobody there. A voice comes from behind them telling them that is not exactly true. Turning around, Serenity is revealed, saying that she is happy that he gave her the message but wonders where the prince is like he had promised her. Susan can only stare at this person in surprise.

Ian winces as Mars again heats up the bindings around his wrists. Ian finally agrees to confess, something which pleases Mars. Ian then states that it’s true…that he has no idea what she’s talking about. Mars frowns and states that he’s not making any of this easier. Ian says that if he doesn’t believe him she should just talk to The Doctor about it and let him show her his ship, though Mars points out he is just as much under suspicion. Just as Mars is about to continue the interrogation, she is interrupted by one of the guards, who tells her Lady Jupiter wishes to speak to her. Telling Ian she will be back to finish this, she leaves the room. Ian uses this time to try and free himself but finds that the bonds are far too tight. Before he can do anything else, Mars returns, angrier than ever and demands to know from Ian where is she. Ian is confused, tired and a bit offended and repeats he has no idea what she’s talking about. Mars repeats that she wants to know where is she. Ian asks her who she’s talking about and Mars reveals that Susan and the Princess have gone missing. They’ve been taken! Ian can only look at Mars with concern.

Episode 4
Kidnapped

Mars demands to know from Ian where she is. Ian is confused, tired and a bit offended and repeats he has no idea what she’s talking about. Mars repeats that she wants to know where she is. Ian asks her who she’s talking about and Mars reveals that Susan and the Princess have gone missing. They’ve been taken! Ian can only look at Mars with concern.

Mars tells Ian that her patience has finally come to an end and that if there is nothing left for him to tell her, she will take matters into her own hands. Jupiter argues that she cannot do this without the queen’s permission, while Mars wonders if Jupiter has forgotten that they have a duty to the princess’s safety. Jupiter tells her it will do them no good if their one suspect is dead. While the two argue, Ian realizes that his metal bonds have softened due to the constant application of heat and waiting for just the right moment, bursts out of his chair, knocking Mars over in the process and racing out of the room. Mars angrily orders the guards to go after him! He is their one chance to find the princess!

Susan and Serenity slowly come to, finding themselves inside what seems to be some sort of cell, obviously of an alien and high tech nature. Susan quickly tries the door but finds it locked much to her frustration. Turning back, she finds that Serenity is crying, feeling that she had been foolish to fall for the trap but that she was desperate to see her prince. Going over to comfort her new friend, she tells Serenity that it isn’t her fault and that they’ll get out of this somehow. Susan looks over at the door and admits that she just isn’t sure how.

Barbara learns that soon after the sighting, that’s when there were reports of sabotage in parts of the city, culminating with an arson attempt near the library. Many of those in the city grew hostile and they were forced into hiding places, while the guards still hunt for them. It was then that they made contact with Aella, who promised to help them in removing the dictatorial ruler. Barbara backs away slowly towards a nearby table while listening to this, feeling around till she find what seems to be a piece of heavy wood. Now, Aoide exclaims, with her help, they are sure to succeed in their plan.

Ian rushes down the hall, then quickly ducks behind a column. Mars, not seeing him hide, quickly rushes past followed by several other guards. Ian relaxes for the moment before he suddenly remembers Barbara. Rubbing the back of his head, Ian quickly starts to make his way towards the exit of the castle.

Mars frowns as she demands that the guards search again. Jupiter arrives to speak to Mars, but she states that she’s in no mood for another argument. Jupiter tells her that it’s urgent, to which Mars responds that it cannot be as important as finding the prisoner. Jupiter reminds Mars that Ian has not been proven to be the culprit and until then must be considered innocent. Mars explains that he is human and does not deserve the same rights and besides, if this is so important, why doesn’t she call the captain of the guards. Jupiter tells her Laocoon hasn’t been answering calls and that she was told he is out on patrol and besides, she explains, the queen wishes to speak to her. Mars looks at Jupiter with dread.

Ian manages to make it into the city but spots the man from before in the castle walking down the street, a box under his arm. Ducking around a corner, Ian watches as the man pauses and then heads directly for the building with the blue moon. Ian remembers the symbol as the one mentioned in the note and quickly follows after him.

Aella enters the room and spots Barbara almost immediately. His pleased expression turns serious, however, when he realizes Barbara has a far more concerned look on her face, as if she knows something. Aoide is pleased to see her and asks her if that’s the item that was promised to them. Aella tells her it is and that they only need to place it and they will change things on this planet forever. Barbara quickly realizes what the object is and tries to tell them that they don’t have to do things this way. The others in the group seem rather surprised to hear Barbara talking that way and Aoide seems especially stunned to see the woman that they were trusting suddenly speak out about their plans. Aoide asks Aella if this is not the woman who he gave the note to. Aella looks at Barbara, who clutches the piece of wood behind her back. Aella smiles then tells Aoide that no, he has never met her before and when Aoide asks about the piece of paper Barbara has, he states that it is probably a forgery and that she is a spy for the queen. This seems to turn the rest of the group against the woman, who then tells the group the fact the shooting stars happened just as the incident began cannot be a coincidence and that the fact that Aella showed up just after that proves there must be more to him then they realize. The group stops and the words seem to reach them somehow. However, Aoide manages to bring them back by reminding them everything Aella has done for them and how this is their chance to finally get everything they wanted accomplished. This seems to bring the resolve back to the group, who approach Barbara, a few of which grab onto some makeshift weapons. Barbara pulls out the piece of wood she had been holding onto, warning them not to come any closer. Aella doesn’t seem to be too alarmed and orders them to take her. Before they can do anything, Ian bursts through the door, causing the group to begin to scatter in panic. Aella orders Aoide to follow him and the two, along with most of the underground, escapes through a hidden door. Barbara is relieved to see Ian, who is glad to see that she’s alright. Barbara quickly tells Ian that they have to follow them, while Ian wonders if they might be the ones responsible for kidnapping Susan and Serenity, a fact that shocks Barbara. However, just as the two start to leave, they are forced to stop in their tracks, stunned to find a large number of guards in front of them!

Susan continues to try and find a way out of the cell, while Serenity tells her that it’s impossible. Susan is not about to give up and is sure her grandfather will figure out a way to find them. Just then, the door slides open as Laocoon walks in. Serenity is relieved and warns him that some of his guards are traitors. However, Susan quickly realizes that Laocoon is also involved in all this, a fact which horrifies and pains Serenity. Laocoon tells them it won’t take long and that by the time anyone does find them, the Earth and the Moon will have gone to war. Serenity refuses to believe he would be so inhuman and Laocoon agrees with her, at least in the fact that he isn’t human. Slowly, the man removes the mask which was his face, causing Susan to gasp in shock and Serenity to scream in horror. The face underneath the mask is almost completely smooth with the exception of a pair of large bulging eyes!

Episode 5
The Scavengers

Laocoon tells them it won’t take long and that by the time anyone does find them, the Earth and the Moon will have gone to war. Serenity refuses to believe he would be so inhuman and Laocoon agrees with her, at least in the fact that he isn’t human. Slowly, the man removes the mask which was his face, causing Susan to gasp in shock and Serenity scream in horror. The face underneath the mask is almost complete smooth with the exception of a pair of large bulging eyes!

Ian gets in front of Barbara protectively, who is still gripping the piece of wood she had used to hold off her attackers before. Ian warns them to stay back when he hears a familiar voice giving a snort of derision and wondering if “Chedderton” is overreacting as usual. Much to their astonishment, Ian and Barbara find The Doctor standing among the guards alongside Lady Mercury and Venus. Both are happy to see them, while The Doctor himself reveals that with the help of Mercury, he has discovered some information which might shed some light on what has been happening. However, before he can get any further, he is interrupted by Ian, who reveals that Susan had been kidnapped along with the princess. This news shocks Mercury and Venus, while The Doctor grows angry with his two companions, demanding to know why she was allowed to go with the princess and that they should not have left her alone to get involved. After a moment, he calms down and demands they go and find her. Barbara is about to tell The Doctor something important when they’re interrupted by Venus, who reveals that she has received a message from the queen: They are all to return to the palace as the monarch plans to declare war against the Earth.

Serenity demands to know why he is doing this, after all her mother had done for him. Laocoon reveals that it had all been part of the greater plan. That the societies of Earth and The Moon have become unstable due to tensions between the two and that once they have successfully caused the relationships between the two to collapse fully and destroy each other, their fleets shall arrive to take whatever remains. Susan calls them nothing more than scavengers, something that Laocoon does not deny. Just then, Laocoon’s comm goes off, the voice on the other end requesting his presence at the palace. He is about to answer when Susan leaps at him, trying to grab the comm away. The man simply bats her away and responds that he shall return shortly. Putting his mask back on, Laocoon tells them that it will not be long before they will be freed but by that point, they will find they have little reason for wanting freedom. After he leaves the cell, Serenity tells Susan that at least she tried to escape but is surprised to find her fellow prisoner not upset but looking rather triumphant.

At the palace, Queen Serenity, sitting on her throne and petting a black cat looks over The Doctor and his companions. She bades Venus to go and prepare the soldiers, then turns to her audience. She asks them why she should not tell her troops to arm themselves, after all her daughter, the one joy in her life, has been taken from her. Given that his granddaughter too has been kidnapped, she would think The Doctor would agree. The Doctor admits that he sympathizes with her loss but that he cannot let her begin a war which may cost hundreds of lives. Mars disagrees and tells the queen they have waited too long to stop the humans from threatening their people. The Doctor tells her that while he may respect her strength of conviction, he requests that she kindly “be quiet”. Mars seethes at this, but before she can act, Barbara steps forward and suggests that if The Doctor has an alternative then perhaps it would be best to follow his advice, as there is still a chance of getting Serenity and Susan back safely. Before she can go on, however, Laocoon enters bowing and asking what he can do to serve her.

Down one of the hallways, a guard walks past one of the doors leading to the lower levels of the palace. Unknown to him, Aella and Aoide silently move into the room, hiding behind a pillar. Aoide nods to Aella, who picks up a small pebble and throws it to the side. The sound causes the guard to become distracted but just as the two are about to move for the door, he turns, spotting them both. The guard is about to call the alarm when Aella rushes over, knocking him to the ground hard. Aoide is taken aback by his vicious attack for a moment but snaps out of it when she is told to hurry by Aella, as they don’t have much time left before they’re discovered. Grabbing the body, Aella follows Aoide down the stairs.

Laocoon calmly suggests that if the humans are behind this, then perhaps it would be in their best interest to allow his guards to eliminate the rebels. Ian wonders if that isn’t a bit bloodthirsty of him, which Laocoon answers that he simply has the best interests at heart and besides, Ian already has lost one of their fellow travelers and if that’s an example of their abilities, then they have much to learn. Ian has had enough of this and goes to attack him but is held back by The Doctor, who tells Ian that they still need the backing of the queen. As Laocoon turns to address the queen once more, Barbara notices an item pinned to the back of his uniform: a piece of clothe off Susan’s dress. She quickly realizes this means he must be involved in the kidnapping. Ian suggests they confront him about this, but The Doctor points out that they are still strangers and against their words, Laocoon has the obvious advantage. They must play for time in order to find the two. The Doctor steps forward once more and suggest that perhaps there is still a chance for them to rescue the girls and it would, of course, be far more preferable to end this peacefully without having to resort to bloodshed. The queen sees the wisdom of his words and gives him a chance to try and end this conflict the way he wishes, much to Laocoon’s displeasure. However, she will only give him three hours to do so. The Doctor agrees with the deal and ushers Ian, Barbara and Mercury out.

Not far away, Laocoon gets on his comm, speaking to a familiar voice on the other end. He demands to know if they are prepared for their part of the plan, which the voice confirms. He tells his partner that The Doctor is far too clever and should be eliminated. His partner assures him that at this point in the plan, there is little he can do to stop what they have begun, something which makes Laocoon smile.

The Doctor tells Mercury to try and pinpoint the location the shooting stars were headed when they were sighted in the sky and to return with the data as soon as possible. He is certain they are the key to finding where Susan and Serenity are. Ian tells him that with three hours, they should have no problem rescuing them. Barbara, finally getting the chance to speak, tells them that they may not have that much time. When The Doctor presses for details, she relates what she saw with the rebel group and that she thinks they plan use some sort of bomb to kill the queen. Ian realizes that even if they found the two, then, as The Doctor interjects in saying, the death of the monarch would certainly cause war to happen. They have no choice but to try and find the bomb before it goes off!

In the basement of the palace, Aella places the final adjustments on the device. Aoide wonders if this is the right thing to do, but Aella tells her it is the only way to prevent further deaths. He tells her it’s time to go and with a last look at their work, she follows him out. As they leave, the small box begins to tick, the light on top of it slowly flashing!


Episode 6
Countdown to Danger

In the basement of the palace, Aella places the final adjustments on the device. Aoide wonders if this is the right thing to do, but Aella tells her it is the only way to prevent further deaths. He tells her it’s time to go and with a last look at their work, she follows him out. As they leave, the small box begins to tick, the light on top of it slowly flashing!

In another room, The Doctor and Lady Mercury are looking over a map, tracing lines across a specific path. Mars impatiently walks around the room as Ian asks The Doctor, why, if moments ago he said that they had to find the bomb, he’s now sitting down and working with the maps. The Doctor answers that patience is the key, that if they don’t discover where the vessel is (as he is certain that it is a vessel that is the cause of the stars), then they have no chance of finding the two kidnapped youths. Barbara points out that even if they find such a ship, it would obviously be well guarded and that they would need more than just themselves to take it on. Jupiter points out they would be coming with alongside the guards, but The Doctor interrupts her, asking her how many of their men does she think would willingly go against their commanding officer. Barbara thinks for a moment, and then as everyone is busy, slips out of the room. At that moment, another guard comes in and reports they have finished their search and found nothing. Mars is angered by this answer; while Ian asks the guard if there is anywhere they might have forgotten. The guard says they checked everywhere, apart from one of the storage basements. Mars is furious that it had been overlooked and Ian resolves to go and find the weapon. Mars, however, demands to come with him, as it is her duty to protect the planet. With some trepidation, Ian agrees and the two leave, while The Doctor and Mercury continue to work on their calculations.

In the control room of the ship, Laocoon watches on a screen as a countdown commences. He smiles to himself that it won’t be long until chaos descends upon the Moon and Earth. He turns to one of his fellow Scavengers and tells him to prepare a call to the fleet. He glances back at the closed cell door and tells the man to eliminate the captives once this is done. Ian and Mars walk through the dark basement, the woman lighting the way with a flame. Ian comments on how useful her powers are, while Mars stays somewhat silent before managing to apologize to Ian for her behavior, stating that she may have gone too far in her duties. Ian isn’t sure what to say but simply tells her to help him look for the bomb. After a moment moving through the dark space, he spots the box in a corner near a pillar, the light beginning to flash brighter.

In the building of the Blue Moon, Aella argues with Aoide in front of the rest of their group, saying it’s the only way and asks her if she has lost her drive in this war. Aoide admits she has and that she did not want war, simply peace. Aella tells her that it is too late to back out and that she will get exactly what she wanted. The argument is interrupted by Barbara, whose appearance shocks the group and who tells Aoide that Aella is simply using her and that his plans are already falling apart. Aella calls her a liar but she reveals the bomb has probably already been dismantled and thus his plot has failed. Aella goes to attack her, but Aoide jumps in the way and with the help of the other members, knocks him out, in the process his mask falling off and revealing his true features. With the truth revealed, Barbara convinces Aoide and the rest to help her in stopping them from causing further conflict, something which the rebels agree to, only asking what they must do.

In the study room, The Doctor trumpthly declares that he has found the location of the space ship: just outside an area known as the “wastes”. Just then, Ian and Mars return with the bomb, with Ian revealing that he isn’t sure how they can disarm the device and after a quick look over, The Doctor reveals it may not be one which can be stopped. Ian looks around and suddenly notices that Barbara is gone. Just as he is about to go and search for her, she walks in along with Aoide and her rebels. Venus entering with a few guards, makes a move to arrest them but is stopped by The Doctor, who asks if they are here to help. They admit they are and ask what the plan is. The Doctor chuckles slightly and turns to Venus, asking her for a slight favor, much to her confusion.

In the spaceship, Laocoon is soon alerted by one of his subordinates that a group is heading for their vessel. Shocked that someone had discovered them, he asks for a visual and then is stunned to find Princess Serenity at the head of the group alongside The Doctor. The Doctor addresses the craft, stating that they had fallen for their trick and the princess that he has is simply a double used for her protection. Angered by this possibility, he orders Susan and Serenity to be brought outside with an armed guard, while he sees the truth for himself.

Ian and Barbara watch as the ship opens up, with Ian hoping that this works. Aoide in the meantime holds onto the bomb which they had brought with them from the palace. Laocoon walks out with his hostages, both of whom are covered by a group of Scavengers. Susan tries to run to her grandfather but is held back. Upon seeing the mass of guards from the palace, Laocoon laughs, declaring that it had been a wasted journey for them and that they dare not attack the man who they have pledged loyalty. He then demands that The Doctor hand over the princess otherwise he will have his two captives executed and to make his point, he pulls out a gun, pointing it directly at Susan. The Doctor calmly and tensely agrees to the exchange. Just as the princess starts to walk towards the ship, however, Aoide’s group rushes out of the crowd of guards and begins to attack the scavengers standing around the ship. When Laocoon tries to fire at Susan, the other Serenity, who is in fact Venus, uses a whip to disarm the man. Ian rushes forward and pulls the two to safety while Laocoon tries to retreat into his ship. Spotting this, Aoide runs towards the hatch and with all her might, throws the bomb into the vessel. Seeing their leader retreat causes the rest of the invaders to quickly get back on the craft, which closes and begins to rise back into the air. Ian tells everyone to quickly move back to a safe place.

In the ship, Laocoon orders his men to get their vessel back to the fleet so that they can regroup. Just then, he suddenly hears the sound of a loud beeping and noticing the bomb perched on the other end of the room, tries to tell the others to toss it overboard. However, it is far too late and the weapon goes off, the craft exploding spectacularly.

Outside the TARDIS, Susan carefully scratches the head of a white cat being held by Venus, while Princess Serenity asks if they really must go. Queen Serenity requests that they stay as they owe them so much but The Doctor tells her that they have many more things to do and further to explore and Ian and Barbara admit they are still trying to find their way home. The four travelers bid them farewell and walk into the police box.

Inside, Ian wonders aloud, hoping that they had made a difference in the end. The Doctor, however, is somewhat pessimistic and fears that they may have simply delayed the inevitable but that perhaps they had at the very least made things a little bit better at that moment.

As the queen, princess and their guardians watch, the Police Box slowly fades from view, leaving the moon kingdom and its white castle behind.

The TARDIS slowly begins to land as The Doctor looks over the console, telling Susan that he will need to do some work on the vessel soon, otherwise they may run into serious trouble in the near future. Ian and Barbara walk in, asking if they had finally arrived and that perhaps they have made it back to Earth. The Doctor tells them not to rush him and quickly turns on the scanner. The screen shows what looks like an almost idyllic landscape of hills, forests and a magnificent ocean. Barbara and Ian are captivated by the sight. The Doctor states that perhaps in this place, they can all finally have some sort of rest.


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The Fragile Yellow Arc of Fragrance