Stepping out of the Tardis into Victorian London, Leela and the Doctor are confr onted by menacing, diabolical horrors shrouded within the swirling London fog--a man's death cry, an attack by Chinese Tong hatchet men, giant rats roaming the sewers, young women mysteriously disappearing... The hideously deformed Magnus G reel, conducting a desperate search for the lost Time Cabinet, is the instigator of all this evil. Posing as the Chinese god, Weng-Chiang, Greel uses the crafty Chang, and the midget manikin, Mr Sin, to achieve his terrifying objectives. Th e Doctor must use all his skill, energy and intelligence to escape the talons of Weng-Chiang. ISBN 0 426 11973 8

DOCTOR WHO AND THE TALONS OF WENG-CHIANG Based on the BBC television serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang by Robert Holmes by arrangement with the British Broadcasting Corporation TERRANCE DICKS A TARGET BOOK published by The Paperback Division of W. H. Allen & Co. Ltd

by way of trade or otherwise. Allen & Co. L td. London W1X 8LB Novelisation copyr ight © 1977 by Terrance Dicks Original Script copyright © 1977 by Robert Holmes `Doc tor Who' series copyright © 1977 by the British Broadcasting Corporation Printed i n Great Britain by Richard Clay (The Chaucer Press) Ltd. Bungay. be lent. Suffolk ISBN 04 26 11973 8 This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not. . H.A Target Book Published in 1977 by the Paperback Division of W. A Howard & Wyndham Company 44 Hill Street. hired out or otherwise circulated witho ut the publisher's prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this conditi on being imposed on the subsequent purchaser. re-sold.

CONTENTS 1 Terror in the Fog 2 The Horror in the River 3 he Monster in the Tunnel 5 The Quest of Greel 6 The Tong eng-Chiang 8 The Sacrifice 9 In the Jaws of the Rat 10 A 11 Death on Stage 12 The Hunt for Greel 13 The House of ners of Greel 15 The Firebomb Death of a Prisoner 4 T Attacks 7 The Lair of W Plan to Kill the Doctor the Dragon 14 The Priso .

England was powerful and prosperous.' the poorer people were crowded onto hard wooden be nches. savage place. It was a tough. Victoria was on the throne. They were a tough crowd up in the `Gods. soldiers and sailors. dock workers. tradesmen and their wives and families. with serv ants to look after them. even some of the half-starv ed unemployed--they'd all managed to scrape together a few coppers for the big n ight of the week. like everyone else in the theatre. spending gold sovereigns with a free hand. a place of cont rasts. bank clerks and shop assistants. The body of the theatr e and the Grand Circle above were filled with local people.' ready to show their feelings with boos. or even for a roof over their . the famous Chinese magician Li H'sen Chang. ladies in fine evening gowns . men immaculate in evening dress. catcalls and rotten fruit if an act wasn't to their liking. Yet there were many more who were short of the money to pay for their next meal. There were those in the theatre who shared their country's prosperity .1 Terror in the Fog They were having a good night at the Palace. Laborers. living comfortable lives. and the British Empire covered much of the gl obe. this London of the eighteen nineties. In the boxes and the front sta lls sat the toffs. Even though it was only the first p erformance of the evening the theatre was packed. High above in the top-most balcony. known as the `Gods. all down in the East End for a night at the Music Hall. they were staring entranced at the g orgeously robed figure on stage. and London was the trading capital of the world. But now.

Mr. wonderful. However. smiling and unharmed. He was larger than most. Sin. Chang! Wonderful. clearing away the prop s from Chang's act. and he threw open the door. He wore silk trousers and jacket and a little round cap. to forget their troubl es and have a thoroughly good time. Chang folded his hands in his sleeves and bowed low. Sin was a ventri loquist's dummy. Carrying Mr. intercepted him in the wings. as big as a child or a dwarf. Sin sat waiting for him. Words fail me!' Chang bowed. The audience watched spellbound as Chang ush ered a smiling chorus girl into a metal cabinet in the center of the stage. the manager and proprieto r of the theatre.' he said ironically. tonight they were united in a common aim. `Most unusual. Throughou t the act Mr. to reveal the chorus girl. but for much of the time Chang worked with the dummy on his arm. Jago was positively glowing with happ iness. Immediately stage hands rushed on. . A stout. withdrew the swords. setting things up for the first act of the second house. and the curtain came down. He waved his hands. There was a bang and a flash. The little dummy was one of the most popular features of Chang's act. where Mr. red-faced figure resple ndent in evening dress with diamond studs. Sin kept up a running fire of disrespectful comment. Most magicians performed in mysterious sil ence. Chang was making for his dressing room when Jago. `Mr. and slid sword after sword through the slots in the cabinet's si des. Cha ng went over to a chair. and his little face was a woode n parody of Chang's handsome Oriental features.heads. There w as a roar of applause. sir. He c losed the door.

' he piped eeril y. the way you work the little fe llow.' `It is all right. Mr. Jago. `Honorable Master. I've no quarrel with you. Jago was outraged.' It was M r. was trying to prevent a burly tough-looking ch aracter from forcing his way into the theatre. supernatural skill. Mr.' Buller wrenched himse lf free. `You do and I go straight to the police. If you will come to my dressing room. Members of the public were never allowed backstage. mister. wha t's happened to her?' Jago grabbed him by the arm. interrupting himself.' There was a sudden scuffle by the stage door at the far end of the corridor. Who are you?' `Name's Buller. eh?' He held up a hand. and nobody ain't seen her since. `My Emma came in h ere last night. Jago.' Jago grinned appreciatively. Buller?' .' said Chang smoothly. `Oh. th e skinny little Irish doorkeeper. I'm sure we can settle this misun derstanding peacefully. `Do not trouble yourself. Chang. Mr. the fellow's drunk. As they watched. `You are most kind to bestow praise on miserable. Chang. the man broke fr ee and he came running up to them.`Never. `Don't trouble yourself. `What the deuce? You've no right to burst in here like this. Mr. unworthy head of humble Cha ng. Casey. or mad! I'll have him ejected. Now I'm asking you. `Dashed clever. it's him I want. Cab driver. Mr. so many feats of superlative. in my thirty years on the halls have I seen such a dazzling display of l ustrous legerdemain.' He shook a massive fist at Chang. Wires in the sleeves. Sin who answered the flood of compliments. sir. b ut I'll not pry. The secrets of the artiste are sacred to me.

Buller. for one of my demonstrations of hypnotism?' `That's right--last week. or I'm calling the law. `She's disappeared. and went back to t he stage door. mist er. She's not been the same since. She was your wife?' `That's right. Le vitated her. She's been tal king about you ever since.' `What makes you t hink it was me she was calling on?' `She's been acting queer ever since you put the 'fluence on her last week. now I see. Mr. and with surpr ising meekness. `Ah. I was passing in my cab. I shouldn't wonder.. But not to see me. clear?' . Affected her reason. Emma Buller.' `Perha ps. these Chinese. Jago shrugged at Casey wh o'd come up to help. Buller allowed himself to be led away. Nobody's seen her since she came here.' `Don't come the innocent. She came up on the stage.' `Not round the stage door they don't. and I saw her as plain as plain. because I saw her with my own eyes.There was something almost hypnotic about Chang's soothing voice.' said Buller furiously.' `Many ladies come to the theatre. you did. this missing lady. Had her floating up in the air as stiff as a board. I'd have propelled him on to the pavement with a punt up the posterior!' Casey grinned. Sin on a stool. Look. `Courteous coves. Don't deny she was here. And last night she came back to this theatre. I want to know where she is . `Now then. Chang turned to face his angry visito r.' Chang smiled. Setting Mr..

I'm going straight to t he peelers. bulky garments. There was no one about. in checked cape and deerstalker cap. the dummy tu rned its head toward him--and smiled malevolently. and occasionally there came a burst of laught er from some street-corner pub. almost as thick as the s wirling mist. In a cobbled alley close by the river there was a wheezing.' As the door slammed behind him. There was fear in the air. Outside the theatre. and a square blue shape materialized out of the fog. Although it was on the other side of the room. He smiled indulgently at her. and she seem ed obviously uncomfortable in the thick. Mr. Chang turned to Mr. Sin. A very str ange thing happened. Th e man who goes too fast may step in bear trap. groani ng sound. It was a London p olice call box. then turned to the door. Why must I wear them?' Her companion. `You've had your chance. The gir l was wearing a kind of tweed knickerbocker suit with matching cap.Chang looked at him impassively. It was natural enough th at Leela should find Victorian clothes constricting. `We have a saying in my country. one of a colony of settlers from Earth . that mysterious traveler in Space and Time known only as `the Doctor'. thick fo g swirled through grimy deserted streets that sloped down toward dockland. and an even taller man. Out of th is anachronism stepped a tall brown-haired girl.' Buller stared at him in baffled anger. of a type that would not come into use for many years. was dressed for the period too. Buller. She had been born on a dist ant tropical planet. These little streets had an evil reputation of late. `These clothes are ridi culous. Gas l amps flared dimly through the fog.

booming roar. `I'm trying to re-educate you. and she usually dressed. `Li H'sen Chang. and acted. Excellent. `Be reasonable. reach ing for the knife that no longer hung at her waist.' The Doctor strode off into the fog. that was a boat on the river. and Leela dropped into a fighting crouch. . There came a low. `You can't walk round Victo rian London dressed in skins. Don't want to be conspicuous. don't you?' Ignoring Leela's shrug of indifference the Doctor continued. `You make me wear str ange clothes. `LI H'SEN CHANG. Leela.' A garish poster on a nearby wall caught his eye. You want to see how your ancestors from Earth enjoyed themselves. Leela gave an unlady-like snort. `A swamp creature.' said the Doctor soothingly. `Of course you do. It m eans we can't be far away.' `Far away from where?' `From where we're going!' sai d the Doctor provokingly. Leela. Leela. eh? I'd rather hoped it would be Little Tich. Come on. For all the Doctor's protest ations. Sti ll never mind. we'll just be in time for the second house. MASTER OF MAGIC AN D MESMERISM'. That was its attack cry!' `On the contrary. Leela had grown up as a warrior o f the Sevateem. do we?' The Doctor t urned up the collar of his cape. rather like a female Tarzan. to broaden your mind. she was sure this was more for his enjoyment than her education. and Leela followed.' T he poster bore a Chinese face and the words. nothing--' she be gan. `Here we are.who had degenerated to a near Stone Age level. you bring me to this evil place and you tell me. I'm taking you to the theatre. and adjusted his deerstalker to a jaunty angle.

..' `Then it's time you started. The first-house crowd had gone. sir. Jago s tared at him. Casey!' `Not a drop. Jago. Mr.' Glancing round worriedly. Casey.' `You've been drinking. I'll be threadba re in Carey Street if people get the notion the place is haunted. got the oopizootics coming on? ' `Mr. it's time you h ad your tail pinned on!' The girl giggled and hurried past..' Casey was beyond all reason. Jago's eyes widened as he saw the skinny figure of Casey staggering along the corridor toward him.' Casey's muffl ed voice emerged from beneath Jago's palm.Jago closed his handsome gold watch and returned it to his pocket. Jago. the s econd-house audience was filing in. C asey was doorman.' Jago produced a silver hip flask. will you? I've told you before .. horrible! A great glowing skull coming at me out of the dark.. Anxiously he surveyed the bustle of backstage activity. `Quiet. I swear it. Della. chains clanki ng. though with a weakness for the bottle. `Prance along there. Jago dragg ed the little Irishman to a quiet corner. A belated chorus girl scurried by on the way to her dressing room. his straggly gray hair was all on end and his grimy collar wildly askew. He was reliable enough as a rule. `Nine foot tall it was. `Take a drop of this to ste ady your nerves. and Jago g ave her a friendly slap on the rump. I seen it again. `It was horrible. caretaker and general odd job man. and soon it would be time for curtainup agai n. `What's the matter with you..' Jago clapped a hand over the door man's mouth. Just now he had eyes like saucers...' . `Do you want to bankrupt me? Keep your voice down. I seen it.

. it's a horrible phantom.' Casey hurried away..' `It' s no cat. Buller looked down unbelievingly. but he wo uldn't go away until he got satisfaction. and we'll have a good look around. Jago. Sin. hideous. he'd get to the bottom of it when the theatre clo sed.' `Tell you what. Probably find it's a stray cat. Never . I've seen it I tell you.Casey swigged gratefully at the brandy. No phantom was going to disturb the smooth running of his theatre. mum's the word. Ca sey. and Jago looked worriedly after him. sir. It's just your imagination.' He took another swig at the flask and Jago snatch ed it back. An English policeman would know how to deal with that smooth-talking foreigner. Probably they wouldn't believe him at first. In his mind he was going over and over his story. hat pulled down over his eyes. Collar t urned up against the cold.. landing just in front of him. it's almost time to ring the bell fo r curtain-up. Several times recently the little man had come to him with these tales of a ghost in the cellar. Whatever it was. Jago. Alf Buller hurried thr ough the empty streets toward the local police station. I'll come down there with you tonight. but now he wa sn't so sure. It was Mr. soon as the house is c lear. `I ain't never going down that cellar ag ain. I was just fixing the trapdoor when this apparition rose out of t he ground. . Mr. it was.' `Never. Mr. Jago had put it down to a mixture of gin and imagination.. Something dropped from a wall. Get back to your work. `That's enough.' `All right.

. Buller s tood frozen in terror as the little figure stalked toward him. and in its hand glinted a longbladed knife.Chang's evil-looking dummy.

A hoarse scream pierced the fog--and suddenly cut off. and the Doctor promptly knocked him down.2 The Horror in the River The Doctor and Leela were nearing the end of the long alleyway. `The sound of death!' `Wait here. The Doctor turned the corner and came upon a bizarre and terrifying scene. Leela sprinted round the corner and hurled herself joyf ully into the struggle. She fought like a wildcat. The nearest man flew at him. Leela froze. wishing desperately that she had ignored the Doctor's ridiculous ban on carrying weapons. and disappeared into the fog. arms and legs whirling wildly in the tumbled heap of bodies. and fell to the ground semi-co nscious. Four black-clad Chinese were dragging a dead bo dy along the pavement. this. and he went down b eneath a pile of bodies. Leela looked up at the tall buildings all around them. `Cockneys. There was a wild and confused mêlée. Ignoring his command.' he said briefly. `A big village. Droppi ng the body. The attackers concentrated their attention on Leela. But she was considerably outnumbered and soon things were goi ng badly for her. Her arms and legs held fast. she saw the glint of a .' snapped the Doctor. the other three hurled themselves on the Doctor. `Can I help you?' asked the Doctor politely. knife in hand. Somewhere on the bottom of the pile the Do ctor was clubbed behind the ear with a blackjack. Leela hurried after him. What is the name of the tribe that lives here?' The Doctor grinned.

He knelt and touched the rim wi th a finger. The Doctor staggered to his feet. turned the corner and stopped in amazement. Blood. He hurried after them. which had been left sprawle d in the gutter. The Chinese and their burden had vanished. Through the fog he saw them turn a n earby corner and disappear into a side street. The poli ce had arrived.knife coming nearer and nearer to her throat. One held the remaining Chinaman in a . Immediately the gripping hands released her as the Chinese ran off. They snatched up the dead body. There were no side turnings. and the y had been hampered by the weight of a dead body. Leela made a desperate grab at t he last attacker to flee but he wriggled free of her grip and dashed away--only to be tripped by the Doctor's out-stretched foot. He pitched headlong into the r oad. no alleyways. He had been only minutes behind the Chinese. The long straight street stretched away empty before him. he reluctantly straightened up and went back the way he had come. and set off after th e fleeing Chinese with their grisly burden. grabbing the man's long pigtail and win ding it round his throat. and carried it away with them. so they sho uld still have been in sight. A manhole cover. The Doctor stood for a mo ment. Aware of angry voices behind him in the fog. and Leela pounced like a great cat. rubbing his chin. Suddenly the shrill blast of a pol ice whistle cut through the fog. The Doctor turned the corner to see two burly oilskinned and helmetted figures dominating the scene. How could they have disappeare d so quickly? The Doctor moved a few paces forward and paused by a round metal s hape in the middle of the road.

sir?' `She's my ward.' he said cheerily.powerful grip. don't be foolish. Doctor. She lay stiff and motionless.' Puffing contentedly at his cigar. `Can I be of assi stance. `They'd cleared off by the time we got here. now then. Jago stood watching in the w ings. Chang gestured to the audience. the Doctor hurried to interve ne.' shouted Leel a. sir. Lyin g across the chairs was the same scantily dressed chorus girl who had survived t he Cabinet of Death at the end of the first house. `Touch me and I'll break your arm. `Keep back. constable?' `Do you know this young lady. We were on our way to the theatre when we were attacked by this man--and several others. ' The constable nodded ponderously..' .' `Girlish enthusiasm. with the traditional cry of the British officer in times of crisis. I call it making an affray. what's goin g on?' Leela backed away. the magic ian stood beside three gilt chairs lined up across the center of the stage. her eyes closed. `Good evening..' The Doctor ignored her. Mr. miss. All except for this one--the young lady was strangling him with his own pigtail . ladies and gen tlemen. Sin on his arm. `Please to see. I must ask you to come down to the station with me.' The policeman smil ed tolerantly. as Chang moved toward the climax of his act. `You can call it that i f you like. `Blue guards! They may be hostile. `Now then. officer. my subject is now in a state of deep hypnosis.' suggested the Doctor hopefully. `Come along now.' Well aware that Leela was more than capable of carrying out her threat. the other was steadily advancing upon Leela.

`You can't fool me. undoubtedly wide-spread among the Chinese population of Limehouse. Mr. `No wires. Sin. who took away the central chair. He dumped the dummy on to one of the gilt chairs. `She h as fallen asleep!' The crowd roared. `Don't touch me.' said Chang sternly. Help! Police! Murder!' Chang swished the sword through the air. `She is lying on me tal bar!' `She is not lying on metal bar!' Chang nodded to Lee. `B e quiet.Mr. No doubt about it. Even this wasn't e nough to convince Mr. and Chang looked down at the dummy on his a rm. supported only at head and heels. interrupted once again by Mr. and drew the ceremonial sword at his waist. The dummy let out a shrill squeak of fear.' `She sleeps! She has been smoking pipe of poppy!' Again the crowd laughed. . He congratulated himself on his shrewd ness in booking the Chinese magician. There was a gasp of astonishment from the crowd.' He waved to his assistant Lee.' he said triumphantly. The girl's body remained rig id. Sin!' Jago l ooked on appreciatively as the act moved toward its climax. She is held up by wires!' `Enough !' roared Chang. and more applause. `No. `You see. who took away th e two remaining chairs. Mr. `I will prove young lady not asleep. this time at the reference to the habit of opiu m smoking. above the floating girl. Sin's piping. h e was a real wonder. leaving the girl floating in mid-air. skeptical voice cut through the spattering of applause. this Li H'sen Chang. Sin. Sin! She is not asleep.

and still had no idea how much of it was done.. Take that dummy for instance --sinister-looking thing. Jago knew for a faet that C hang had refused several lucrative offers to appear in the West End. lightening the mysterious effect of his magic with Mr.. and as Jago looked another drop splashed from the dummy's hand. planning to take London by storm when he w as ready. Sin's disres pectful jokes. `I shall raise most beautiful young lady high above own topknot!' He raised his han d and the stiff body of the girl rose slowly in the air. Whatever his origins. Sin. His eyes narrowed and he looked again. Perhaps he was perfecting his act.Jago had. the magician had appe ared from nowhere. `I will now demonstrate art of levitation. He seemed to prefer the smaller halls on the outskirts of London. slumped on its chair. Not that the act needed perfecting. . unlike most Oriental magicians who were usually English enou gh once the makeup was off. After all he really was Chinese. Perhaps he really was from China as he claimed. Previously unknown in the profession. It looked exactly like blood. first heard of Li H'sen Chang through the theatrical grapevine of fell ow theatre managers. never argued about money and never performed for more than a few weeks at any one theatre. thought Jago. Jago glanced at the little dummy. Chang's act was brilliant enou gh to pack any theatre. This time the storm of applause was uninterrupted by Mr. Jago had watched it night after ni ght.. But it was wonderful how Chang used it to give variety to his act. He was completely professional.' Chang was saying. There was a tiny pool of s ome dark liquid beneath the chair.

blotted it and looked up at the str ange pair before him. using a metal pen which he dipped into thick blue fluid in a metal pot. Sergeant. . all in plain battered wood. A small whitewalled chamber. and everything had to be dealt with in the proper order. and it was going to take more than a couple of vagabonds to wo rry him. Routine was routine.' Sergeant Kyle gave him a skeptical look. Persons of no fixed abode.' Kyle put down his pen. More of the blue guards. The yo ung lady's name is Leela. we have an abode all righ t. sir?' `No. We're travellers. s he didn't think much of it. Sergeant Kyle finished his entry. `Now then. He looked hard at th e Doctor.' `Your home address will do for the moment.' said Kyle patiently.' `I see. `Place of residence?' `We've only just arrived here. but it isn't fixed. Quite easily. He stroked his heavy moustache and addressed the Doctor. sir. a few preliminary details if you please. He had seen pretty well everything during his service in L ondon's East End. and beh ind the desk an older one with strange markings on his sleeve.' He glanced meanin gfully at the heavy iron door that led to the cells. It's called the TARDIS.Leela looked around the room disparagingly. If this was the hone of the ruler.' `Oh. Name?' `Just call me the Doctor. `I could give you and the young lady a fixed abode. furnished with a desk. chairs and a table. `You do have a permanent address somewhere. He was writing in an enormous book. but made an entry in his ledger. sir.

The Doctor turned to Leela. guarded by a constable. `See here. all th is nonsense about who we are and where we come from is completely irrelevant.' The cap tured Chinaman was sitting at the wooden table. sir.' `We'll come to that in g ood time.. I came here to give information about a serious crime. `Nothing complimentary. `Flat-footed peeler. I don't know if you know it. If you'll just cooperate by answering my questions. and my friend here caught one of the criminals for you. apparently oblivious to his surroundings.' `Well come to it now.' he muttered. `This man and the others were car rying the body of one who had been stabbed through the heart.' said Leela angrily. put o ur prisoner to the torture and get the truth from him!' . Kyle gave the m an a puzzled look.' `And mine. Sergeant.' The Doctor was fast losing patience. we'll get on a lot quicker. and decided to try again. `Now look.' `Indeed. we've got our hands full here at the m oment. miss? An d how can you be so sure of that?' `I am a warrior of the Sevateem. He was s taring straight ahead. And we've only your word ab out all this.. sir. `What was that si r?' asked Kyle sharply.' Kyle sighed wearily. perhaps even a murder.. Sergeant.' Leela pointed to the motionless Chinaman. We stumbled across a kidnapping. `Now. I know the d ifferent sounds of death. `Well. he isn't saying much. sir.. but there's quite a few girls gone missing f rom this area.

you know. miss. Guv. `This ain't the da rk ages. Limehouse b eing so close. or we'll have to get a boat. `Wh ere's that boat hook.' said Kyle wonderingly.' Sergeant Kyle eam e out from behind his desk and leaned over the prisoner.' From somewhere nearby there came the sound of police whistles.`Well if that don't take the biscuit. there it is.. then? Hurry. indeed!' `Make him talk!' `He happens to be a Chinee. `I've sent for an interpreter. Doctor. So we shouldn't understand him if he did talk.' The police constable shone his torch out over the river.' A second police man appeared and thrust a boat hook into his hand. Torture. They've probably found another floater. . The constable leaned out over the rushing water and made a desperate lunge. Beside him a raggedly dressed man jumped up and down w ith impatience. Still. hooking the floating shape. `I speak Mandarin. Cantonese and most of the dialects.. We get a lot of `em round here. `You see?' said Sergeant Kyle. Kyle went to the door and looked out into the fog. that did. `You jaw-jaw-plenty by' n by eh Johnny?' The man ignored him. The policeman looked over his shoulder. We'll get a statement from him soon.' s napped the Doetor. see?' He pointed t o a dark shape bobbing on the water.. `Came from down by the river. miss.. you being a party to the case. it wouldn't really be proper. Look. `I tell you I saw it.' `Very remarkable. if you hadn't noticed.' `Quite unnecessary.

by giant fangs. torn almost to pieces. . Guv. but never one like this. even the ragged man' s greed was silenced. I gets the reward. the ragged man echoed his thoughts. they stared down at the body. `Don't forget I spotted him first.' shrieked the ragged man. `On my oath. He had taken many a c orpse from the river. The policeman looked down in horror.' But as the policeman drew in his catch..`You got him.. It was savagely mutilated. Beside him. Never seen anything like that in all my puff!' Unite d in their horror.

`I think not. we humble Chinese a ll look alike. as I understand it.. `Don't I know you from somewhere?' Ch ang turned away and said abruptly. Good of you to come so prompt. `What happened to the others involved in this strange incident?' It was L eela who answered.' `Indeed. sir. carrying what appeared to be a dead body. Lady and gentleman here swear they saw him. `How very remarkable!' The Doctor was stu dying Chang's face with absorbed interest.' `You caught him?' Cha ng seemed both incredulous and amused. I caught only this one. `You sent for me. who returned the look with equal int erest. `Not at all. Li H'sen Chang came into the police station and nodded to Sergeant Kyle. sir.' `I understand that to you European gentlemen. `That's right. I'm afraid.' `I'm sure I've seen you somewh ere before. A European body.' .' Chang s tared thoughtfully at the Doctor and Leela. dressed in everyday clothing. Sergeant?' Kyle b ustled forward. together with others not in custody.' Chang spread his hands. sir.3 Death of a Prisoner Stage makeup removed. I am finished at the theatre--and I'm always pleased to be of service to London's wonderful police. `They escaped. What can I do for you?' `Complaint against one of your fellow country-men..

rolled across the table and landed before the pri soner's folded hands.. sir. rose to his feet. and Chang moved so that his body screened the prisoner from view. As Kyle brought pen and paper to the table.' Chang looked significantly a t the Sergeant. Could b e scorpion . Will you be good enough to question this man for me?' `Of course.. `Clearly the man has killed h imself. He touched the ornate dragon-seal ring on his finger. Master of Magic and Mesmerism.The Doctor shook his head.. The prisoner's eyes widened.' Kyle went over to his desk. `I s aw your face on the poster.' The Doctor gave him a thoughtful look and went to examine the body. `You are taking this gentleman's statement seriously?' `We have to look into it. eh? Show us a trick!' The prisoner gave a sudden choking cry. `Concentrated poison of some kind. then he bowed his head submis sively.' said the Doctor appreciatively.. `Li H'sen Chang!' said the Doctor suddenly. `Very good. Mind you.' Chang went over to the table and sat down opposite the prisoner. the man snatched up the pill and slipped it into his mouth. sir. fee ling in vain for any sign of a pulse. `Perha ps you could provide me with pen and paper?' `Of course. I haven' t been in China for at least four hundred years. and a small black pill droppe d from the hidden compartment. `How did you do that ?' `I did nothing. `It's funny.' said Chang in a shocked voice. then slumped dead acr oss the table. I could have sworn.

`Blowed if I know what to do about all this.' . `It' s a Tong sign. and disappeared into the night. Sergeant?' Kyle looked at the scorpion tattoo. displaying the inside of the forearm . your m ystery is solved. `Do you know what this is. Chang nodded coolly to th e Doctor.venom. `Perhaps we shall meet again in more pleasant circumstanc es?' There was an undertone of menaee in the remark that made it sound almost li ke a challenge. look ing at the body of his late prisoner. `You can start by getting this body to the nearest mort uary and arranging for an immediate post mortem.' said the Doctor crisply. and that's a fact. sir?' `The Tong of the Black Scorpion. but one that is now closed. Sergeant Kyle scratched his head. Many of my misguided countrymen belong to these organizations-they have frequent wars among themselves. sir?' `My dear Sergeant. I need to know whether my theor y about scorpion venom is correct. Sergeant. isn't it.' said Leela flatly. `Perhaps we shall. Probably one of the most dangerous criminal organizations in the world-. Li H'sen Chang?' Chang rose from the table.' He turned over the dead man's hand. Your prisoner committed suicide.' `You need to know. then back to the Doctor and Leela. you're going to need my help. rather than be forced to spea k--the other killers and their victim will never be found. if the Tong of the Black Scorpion is active here in London.' Chang moved toward the door. pausing a mom ent in front of Leela.' `Then I'll tell you. I imagine you stumbled upon an incide nt in such a war. A truly regrettable i ncident.wouldn't you agree. Now come along and do as I ask. `If it is a Tong sign.

I'll wait for you here. that is. He went to the wicker hamper that lay beside Chang's m akeup and opened the lid. You cut along and turn those gallery lights out. si r. the performers and stage staff had gone. Casey. I've just locked the stage door. Jago. with all these disappearances in the papers. Sin lay staring lifelessly up at him. lost in thought.' In the Palace Theatre all was dark and still. Scarpered because they couldn't pay the rent. sir. Jago. .' He lowered his voice to a ghoul ish whisper. Mr. Slowly.' `That they will.' `Everyone els e gone?' `That they have.' he called. `Get out the ambulance cart and wheel thi s body round to the mortuary. The audience had gone. `Constable.' `Just going to see to them. almost unwillingly. Mr. vanished off the streets--and all in this area too.' Casey headed for the stairs and Jag o paused for a moment. He opened the door cautiously and looked insi de. `There's nine of `em now.' `I hope th ose girls have the sense to go straight home to their digs. Everything was quiet. except for Jago who appeared suddenly in the backstage cor ridor and said reproachfully.' Jago shrugged. Nine girls missing. Ask Professor Litefoot to perform an immediate pos t mortem. he began wal king toward Chang's dressing room. Mr. and Casey the caretaker was alone backs tage--alone. `They were probably stony br oke. The gallery lights are still burning. `Twinkle. twinkle out in front.Such was the authority in the Doctor's voice that Kyle found himself obeying wit hout question.

Jago. Mr. That's the secret of my success. `It was blood. Moving the arm must have operated the eye mechanism. `Blood all over the hand. Casey was panicky enough already. T here was something rather un-attractive about the thought of poking about in the cellar. We'll go and hunt for your ghost. Then he grinned ruefull y. of course. frozen with terror. and rubbed the wo oden hand with his handkerchief. But it's just an ordinar y ventriloquist's doll. Determination. He dropped the lid of the hamper and turned--to see Ca sey in the doorway. it gets done.' `Are we going to take a look down the cellar. Jago jumped back in alarm. `Ready. For a moment Jago stayed where he was.' `What were you after doing. When I promise to do something. Casey.' muttered you said?' `Of course. I f Chang caught me prying into his secrets. He lifted the arm again. There was a faint red stain on the white silk. Character. Now how did that get th ere?' Behind him the door creaked slowly open. Mr. Jago paused. eh? Maybe one kind of spirit will help us to deal with the other! ' .. ` I had some idea the dummy might be a midget dressed up.' Outside Chang's dressing room. Letting go the hand. `Tell you what. Jago?' `Casey! Don't ever do that to me again. He gave the dummy a caut ious shake and the eyes clicked shut.Jago reached into the basket and lifted the wooden hand--and the dummy's eyes fl ew open. we'll go to my office and have a little drink be fore we start. sir?' Jago decided to say nothing about the blood. Casey.. Casey.

`What is he like. the place where they keep the dead bodies. Sh e hurried after the Doctor.usually a sure sign she wa s being hunted. `Where are we going now. Doctor?' `A Chinese secret society. Live ones were far more important. Doctor?' `To the mortuary. There was no point in worrying about the body of a dead enemy. almost invisible i n the darkness. `Ah. slipped out of an alleyway and followed soundlessly.' Leela paused.' They had reached a long.' Leela shook her head. fanatical followers of a n ancient Chinese god called Weng-Chiang. `What is this Tong of the Black Scorpion. and looked over her shoulder. Leela hurrying to keep u p with him. (Behind her. `Magic?' `Su perstitious rubbish.' `Why? He is dead. this Weng-Chiang?' `Not very p leasant company. But the long dark street behind them seemed completely empty. .' said the Doctor briefly. They believe that one day he will retu rn to rule the world.' Leela was impressed. a black-clad figure.The Doctor strode confidently through the swirling fog. A doctor is going to examine the body of that prisone r. They say he blew poisonous fumes from his mouth. and killed men with a great light that shone from his eyes.' `We may still be able to learn something more about how h e died. this looks like the place.) Catching u p with the Doctor. low building. baffled. Leela asked. She had a kin d of tingling sensation between her shoulder blades-.

' `When I need anyone's help in pathology. I've c ome to help you. I'll ask for it.' `We got the message right enough. A couple of steps led up to a central door.' Ignoring the Doctor. and one end of the long b are room was concealed by screens. not half an hour ago. A member of a wealthy upper-class family. yellow light shining from its windows . `You mean nothing's been done? Surely you got the Sergeant's message? H e sent a note round with the body of the man.) Leela found herse lf in a place not unlike the police station they had just left. This time there was something different. and fro wning fiercely at it. I presume?' said the Doctor cheerfull y. gr ay-haired man with a beaky nose was holding a test tube up to the light. wooden benches.set back a little from the cobbled street. a pervading smell of disinfectant that hung on the air like a gas. Litefoot went on with his examination. Doctor. The Doctor flung it open. and peered cautiously through the window. he could. `But Professor Litefoot is already doing a post mortem examination. Professor Litef oot was a well-known local character. a black-clad figure slipped o ut of the darkness. `Professor Litefoot. if he . (As the door closed behind them. sir!' said the policeman patiently.' Brushing the attendant aside. and ushe red Leela inside. Whitewashed wall s. `Who the devil are you. The Doctor was talking to another of the blue guards. sir?' `I'm the Doctor. our case is far more urgent. A body was laid out on a mortuary slab and a tall. a desk. the Doctor m arched behind the screens. A body was taken from the river.' `Well. Litefoot glared at him.

if you ignored these people they eventually went away. Not drowning. as he put it himself . Litefoot went on with his examination.' Litefoot pointed. But what kind of animal leaves marks l ike that?' The Doctor studied the terrible wounds. He was frequently plagued by visiting dignitaries from Seotland Yard.' . Litefoot went his own way. and began studying t he body with almost professional interest. he had deliberately chosen to come and work at a hospital in London's E ast End. Worse still. and he always would. too. In other words. the Home Offi ce and various Government committees. though. have had a fashionable practice in Harley Street. His aristocratic relations had long ago given up trying to make him see reason. But after a spell in t he Army. To his annoyance. and assumed the Doctor was another of thei r number.' Litefoot looked at his visitor wi th new respect.' `Atta cked by some kind of animal too--after death. Here he could do real and useful work. Deliber ately ignoring the Doctor's presence. deliberately involving himself in the crim e so common in the area. he had taken the post of police pathologist. `I thought the constable said this wa s a drowning case?' `Body was fished from the river. `dosing a lot of silly women suffering from the vapours'. the Doctor refused to go away. a rodent.' `A rodent? Look at the size of those ma rks!' `What was the actual cause of death?' `That's another thing. In Litefoot's experience. either.wished. `The man was killed by a knife blow to the heart. and not these bites. `Something with chisel-like i ncisor teeth. `That was my theory. instead of. Not drowned.

' he said. ` I'll borrow this if I may. Professor Litefoot. We'll be able to identify the poor chap by th e number easy enough. Doctor?' asked Litefoot curiously.' The policeman.' Litefoot stared.' `The body those men were carrying wore clothing much like this. who had followed him around the screen. `No documents on the body. b ut we found this.' `About what?' `The different sounds of death. He plucked something from the coat between finger and thumb. The Doctor picked up the shabby eoat and held it up to the light. Doctor?' `He was t he god of abundance. and made for the door.The Doctor glanced at Leela.' whispered Leela. `When he wanted to. he could make things grow very big. I 've just remembered something else about Weng-Chiang. The Doctor held out his hand.' He picked up a big metal disc with a number stamped on it. `What ha ve you found. `Rat's hairs. `M eans he was a licensed cab driver. sir. isn't it?' He looked thoughtfully at Leela. `Where are the man's clothes?' `Here. .' He took a policeman's lantern from a shelf on the wall.' `But the hairs on a rat must measur e less than a quarter of an inch.' He turn ed to the policeman. `Do you know what you're saying?' `I always know what I'm saying. a few coarse gray hairs in the palm. `Interesting. indicated a shabby bundle on a table in the corner.' `What. `It seems y ou were right after all.' said the Doctor slowly. These are nearly three inches long!' The Docto r nodded. `You know. Others are sometimes a little slow to understand.

Leela followed him. I'm going out to look f or a giant rat!' . Leela. Doctor?' The Doctor waved her back. I want you to stay here. `Where are we going. `Yo u're not going anywhere.

quietly without fuss.. Leela stepped from the . There would never be a better ch ance. He stare d bulgingeyed at the Doctor for a moment. The Doctor wrenched the ha tchet from the doorpost and strode grimly toward his attacker. just as the Doctor took a step forward. When the man was dead. `I take it you we re trying to attract my attention?' The assassin did not move or speak.4 The Monster in the Tunnel Closing the mortuary door behind him. As he padded silently after the Doctor. The as sassin was standing motionless on the pavement some way behind him. He was quite still. Now the tall man had come out--alone and unprotected. Drawing back his arm. The Doctor whirled around. the assassin hurled the deadly hatchet with all his force. Truly Weng-Chiang was smiling upon him this ni ght.. When t hey had entered the place where there were more accursed police he thought he ha d missed his chance. He had been ordered to kill the two strangers. the Doctor strode rapidly along the desert ed street. The hatchet whizzed past his ea r and thudded into a doorpost beside his head. as if paralyzed by the failure of his attack. The tall Doctor paused by a lamp-post before a row of terraced houses. he would return and wait for the girl. the Tong assassin slipped a hatchet from beneath his tunic. A black-clad figure slid around the corner of the building and set of f in pursuit. falling face dow n on to the cobbles. then pitched forward.

close to the spot where they had first seen the four Chinese with the body. revealing a dark opening with a ladder bo lted to the side. He was aga inst killing of course. All the sewers m ust be connected.' The Janis thorn was a product of Leela's native planet. They climbed down into a d ank and echoing tunnel. It landed on the cobbles with an echoing clang. Swinging nimbly on to the ladder. you'd better come along. the Doctor disappeared into the darkness.doorway behind him. `What are we looking for. He led her to a road junction. tucking a small pointed object back into the waistband of he r suit.' The Doctor considered. Kneeling on the cobbl es. She felt she had never been in a more unpleasant place. It produced instant paralys is. `A Janis thorn. and a moment later. he shone his lantern onto the round manhole cover. an d followed him down the street.' he sa id ungraciously. followed by inevitable death.' `He was trying to kill you. `All right. what is that?' demanded the Doctor sternly. Lantern held high. the Doctor moved ahead. Leela looked down at it.' Leela grinned. Doctor? . `I thought I told you never to use those thing s again. Doetor?' `This is where they took the body when they disappeared so suddenly. Leela followed him. through the centre of which flowed an evil-smelling stre am.' The Doctor was busily prizing up the manhole cover.' `Where does it lead?' `Into the Thames. `Since you're here. `What is it. Leela close behind him. `Leela. Doctor. But he was also against being killed. eventually.

`Anything we can find. the stream of gray shapes flowed by ignorin g them. From the darkness ahead came a high squealing sound. `I don't think so. we may well run into something rather--' The Doctor broke off. The Doct or paused and hurled his lantern at the huge gray shape rushing out of the darkn ess. There was a moment of silence and then another sound. and they're very cunning. Scurrying dow n the tunnel toward them was a enormous rat. like the squealing of rats magnified a hundred times. the yellow fangs bared in fury. Leela gasped. gray shapes scurrying away into the darkness. They turned and fled. the lantern . then with a trumpeting scream it charged them. The beam of the lantern showed a flood of gray shapes rushing to ward them. Leela grasped the Doctor's arm.' The Doetor shone the lantern down the tunnel. Besides if my theory is correct. and the patter of hundreds of s campering feet.' The Doctor stood his ground. ` What are those creatures?' `Rats. red eyes blinking in the light. The rat creatures are massing to attack us. `Run!' yelled the Doctor. They're r unning from something.' `They don't look too dangerous.' Sure enough. But they hunt in packs. back down the sewer tunne l. perhaps. The creature was huge and savage. `We must flee. and Leela caught a glimpse of bright-eyed. It paused. When they reached the ladder. Leela clambered up with frantic speed. As the Doctor scrambled up the ladder.' `Not singly. at least twice as big as a man. The Doctor raised his lantern.

`That was foolishness. The Doctor shot out of the manhole like a jack-in-the box. The Doctor got cautiously to his feet.' `Well.' Wh en they reached the station. slammed the cover back in place and sat on it. Why do you ask? If you've any information--' `At the moment . The monster retrea ted with a scream of pain. eh? Ten feet. I want to see if they've got a plan of the sewers.' `What kind of weapons? You'd need a cannon to stop that brute. `You know. From bel ow came a muffled roar. At most the y'd send a sanitary inspector--and he might get a nasty shock!' The roaring belo w had died away. `I see. Sergeant. Leela l ooked disapprovingly at the Doctor. eh? Come on!' `Now where are we going?' `Ba ck to the police station. `A plan of the sewers. We might have been ki lled. `What a whopper. from whiskers to tail!' `We should have ta ken weapons. Sergeant Kyle listened to the Doctor's request with his usual air of weary patience.smashed on the stone pavings and burst into a sheet of flame. `I do have a message fo r you . Doctor? We don't keep o ne here.' said the Doctor defens ively. as a vast bulk hurled itself against the ladder.' Kyle stroked his moustache . to keep people like us away. I'm afraid. So there must be something worth guarding down there. though he didn't see at all. I thin k that thing was a kind of guard.' `S hall we tell the blue guards?' `The police? They'd never believe us.' he said heavily. gasping for breath. Leela. we're looking for information ourselves. at least we know I was on the right track.

' said Jago. sir. he's still there. `Very mysterio us. Sergeant. Casey pointed to an arched recess i n the wall.' It took quite a few little drinks before Jago and Casey were ready to go looking d own the dark cellar.' i nterrupted the Doctor hastily. not far away. soon after you left.though. they made their way down to the huge cellar that ran underneat h the stage. is he?' `Oh yes.' `Flickering shadows. and pleasantly a glow with brandy.' said Casey. Jago decided he really must get it cleared out some day.' `Still there. Jago. trying to convince himself he wasn't frightened. Don't suppose you know anything about it?' `Of course we do.' `Very convenient. The cellar was piled hig h with all kinds of junk. baskets. as th ey came down the cellar stairs. I--' `Thank you for the message. `Just a trick of the light. But they screwed up their courage at last. He was in the s treet. `Black as Newgate's knocker down here. `We'll go and see Professor Litefoot at once. Jago.' said Leel a helpfully. `As a matter of faet. sir. Jago shone his lantern. `That's where I saw it.' . There were boxes. Mr. crates. sir.' said the Doctor blandly. He'd Iike to see you at the mortuary as so on as possible. Another Chinese. accumulated during the long life of the theatre. From Professor Litefoot. coils of rope. abandoned stage props. Apparentl y they found another body. Mr.

`Come on. A card and a half. `There's your ghost. Casey.' He led the way ups tairs. `Now. `Six-gun Sadie and her Wil d West Troupe left it behind. Someone might mistake you for a pretty girl. Jago. you been bringing a lady friend down here? Lady's glove. I tell you.. Locking the stage door Jago turned--to find Cha ng looming over him.' Jago held up his lantern and adv anced determinedly toward the recess.' said Jago patiently. and he caught his breath." ' He slipped the glove into his pock et. Casey.' `What's that. `Shadows don't clank chains a nd moan. Mr. like all the tormented souls in hell. `By Jiminy. sir?' Jago gave him a friendly shove.`Shadows don't groan. Casey went off down the alley. and ushered the stillgrumbling Casey to the stage door.' Casey said stubbornly. I thought you'd gone.' whispered Casey sinisterly.' He paused and picked up something from the floor. and no lingering on the way. you gave me a shock. monogrammed "E.' He held the lantern up to a carved Indian totem pole leaning against the wall. Running water makes all kinds of noises.' Still chuckling . His heart gave a great leap. we've wasted enough time on your spook. you are. He jumped back as a demoniacally grinning face jumped out of the darkness. Casey. `Weren't that old thing. Mr. `the old Fleet River runs under here. I saw a ghost--and h eard it too. Lombard Street to a china orange that's what frigh tened you. `See you in the morning!' `You're a card. Chang. Doubtless I shall descry your lugubrious lineaments at the crepusc ular hour.' `Look.B. `What's this..' . straight ho me with you.

and remember o nly that you have just said goodnight to Casey.' Chang made no reply. Mr.. Jago. `Hear me. But I have returned to see you. He rubbed his hand over his eyes. Jago..' `I did not see him. He stared at Jago. There was a grinding sound. `If it's about your contract. He'd felt a bit queer for a m oment.. the cab driver who came here earlier. `I venture to say no manag ement in London could offer an artiste better terms. Must have been old Casey..' `You will go to your office. Mr. I hope?' `Be so kind as to step into my dressing room.' `Good. A few minu tes later he found himself sitting down at his desk. What would you say to an ex tra two per cent of the gross. You di d not see him. Chang made his way throu gh the darkened theatre and down the cellar steps.' said Chang softly. and a f lagstone slid back revealing a . He went to the recess where C asey had seen his `ghost. it's the least I can do.' Jago's voice faltered and died away. `You w ill forget everything about Buller. Jago stumbled on. Now go. Chang. We've been attractin g such good houses. eyes glittering hypnotically. Chang? I think that's fair. that's fair.' `I have just said goodnight to Casey. going through the accounts for the evening. Jago went on with his work.' `Nothing wrong.' Jago put on his most jovial manner as he entered the little dressing room. Lighting a fresh cigar.' Jago turned at once and walked from the room. Mr.`I had.' took an iron bar from its hiding place in the corner. and knocked three times on the stone flags. l et me say right away that I plan to offer you better terms. with all that nonsense about ghosts in the cell ar.

A shallow culvert ran along the far side of the room. Chang started to descend. living embodiment of the god WengChian g. It was tall and thin.' `You are ill. Lord. You must bring an other linnet to my cage. Chang. until the Time Cabinet is found. Its dominant feature was a transparent cab inet from the top of which were suspended two golden metal balls. which was overshadowed by a broad-brimmed bl ack hat.wooden ladder that led down into darkness. dr essed in close-fitting black garments and an all-enveloping black cloak. through which could be heard the sound of running water. Chang looked up in c oncern. `You are late. each word forced out with painful effort. Tonight. I was delayed. `You should not go out tonight. Chang dropped from the ladder. It ended in a barre d arch.' Suddenly Greel staggered.' `I am sorry.' Creel waved toward a sinister-looking complex of machi nery that stood against the far wall. and ultra-modern scientific equi pment. `I must.' Greel hobbled painfully across th e chamber. . The ladder ended in a vaulted chamber deep below the theatre. and sank wearily on to a stool. every night. This was his lord and master Greel. Greel spoke in a dry rasping voice. A soft blackleather mask covered the face. Lord. Waiting at the foot of the ladder was a strange and terrifying figure.' `I am dying. and bowed low before the sinister appari tion. su pporting himself against the wall with a long-taloned hand. It was furnished with a stran ge mixture of Chinesestyle drapes and hangings.

A Ti me Agent would know.' Greel wrapped his cloak about h im. of the murder on the way to the police station. Soon Greel and his servant . There was fear in his voice. But tonight there was a stranger. and th e suspieion. `A Time Agent would not ask questions. should he trouble us further.' `Describe him. pale eyes.' rasped Greel. pigtailed driver at the reins. Lord: I read their mind s with ease. `We are wasting time. `But only yesterd ay. and made for the ladder. Lord..`Already. and hair that curls close like the ram. He asks questions. a black-clad. Come. ' Outside the theatre a carriage was waiting. each missing girl increases the panic.' `But Lord. we must begin our task. Even tonight.' `My disease grows worse. `I have given you mental powers undreamed of in this primitive century. and his hy pnotising of Jago. there was danger. Lord?' whispered Chang.' `He calls himself the Doctor. I have ordered your servants to slay them.' Hurriedly Chang told his master of Buller's suspicions. What have you to fear from these savages?' `True. Chang. Chang.' `I will do so.' `Opium-addicted scu m of the Tongs! They are all bunglers. Tall with wide. `Each distillation has less effec t than the one before. many questions. You should have seen to it yourself. `I sensed danger from him and fro m his companion. Greel showed little appreciation of the many efforts of his s ervant.' Cre el made a dismissive gesture. one whose thoughts were hidden fr om me.' Chang was not convinced..

Chang were rattling through the cob-bled streets on their terrifying errand. .

' Litefoot seemed positively s timulated by the dramatic events of the evening.' `And the second?' The Doctor coughed and sh ot Leela a warning glance.5 The Quest of Greel Professor Litefoot rolled down his sleeves and slipped into the coat held for hi m by a respectful constable. the other pricked by some poisoned ins trument. `For mentioning such indelicate topics in the presence of a lady. eh?' he said gle efully.' said the Doctor solemnly. . `I really couldn't say. One of those Chinese was poisoned orally. for the first chap?' The Doctor passed Litefoot his overcoat. `I must confess. Understand you suggested scorpion venom . Now I've got a couple of mysteriously dead Chinese and a poor perisher who was bitten by a giant rat aft er being stabbed by a midget!' Leela stared at him. `It's a possibil ity. this thing has me beaten. Highly concentrated of course.' `What for?' Lite foot looked embarrassed. Different poisons in each case. `Does he mean me?' `I think so . `Most of the corpses around here are very dull. `What a night. Doctor. `Angle of the wound--sorry. `A midget?' Litefoot made an upward stabbing gesture.' Leela gave the Doctor a baffled look. my dear.

' The Doctor took Litefoot aside. constable. t hey were interrupted by the return of the police constable who had been on duty earlier.Leela turned back to Litefoot. Deceased had lived with her since his marriage six months ago. Did someone identify the clothing?' P. just to help the poor old dear get over the shock. of the same addr ess. owing t o the fact that his wife. Emma Buller. . Nellie Gossett.' He con sulted his notebook. Qu ick produced his notebook. I think..' `Splendid work. Gossett. Fish Lane. `Mother-in-law.' he whispered. But you mustn't bother your pretty head. young lady.C. Quick--a f aint but unmistakable whiff of gin. `Well as the bearer of sad tidings. I did share a glass or two. `She said the deceased had been in a state all day. my dear. He was strangely bright and cheerful. Mrs.' `We were always taught to strike upward under the breast-bone when aim ing for the heart. Constable Quick.' `Well. `Name of Alfred Buller.C. upon my soul.' said Litefoot heartily. `Raised by savages. of Fourteen..' He produced his notebook with a flourish. `You can tell the height of the attacker by the w ay the blade was thrust?' `Quite so. `Found floating down the Amazon in a hatbox!' `A hatbox?' Before the Doctor had a chance to elaborate on his story. sir. `You stayed for a drink with Mrs. `The coroner w ill want the details for his report. this p arish.' The Doctor' s nostrils twitched. despite the foggy night. Professor? I've just traced your cab driver for you. `Still h ere then.. A familiar odor had come into the room with P. What else did she have to say?' Guiltily Quick wiped his mous tache with the back of his hand..

and soon they were rattling over the cobbles. Leela nudged him in the ribs. Clearly the man got stupidly drunk. Deceased had several drinks then went off to the Pa lace Theatre where he believed his wife was to be found. `Thank you. the last revellers had m ade their way home and the foggy streets were dark and empty. ` Normally the police would have these cases cleared up in no time.' said Quick wooden ly. Litefoot turned to the Doctor and Le ela. The pubs and theatres had closed. then got into a fight with a dwarf!' `Yessir. Litefoot produced a huge curved pipe. and he looked up. what?' Leela had been watching Lite foot's efforts with fascination. that's very interesting. and disappeared to make out his report. a nd didn't seem to hear the Professor's invitation. Gossett said he we nt off making horrible threats. `Peopl e don't smoke where Leela comes from. Mrs. But with these Chinese involved--different kettle of fish. `A busy night does wonders for my appetite. haven't you ever seen a pipe before?' The Doctor smiled.' Professor Litefoot didn't seem to think so. and began trying to light it with a succession of matches. `What's that Professor. constable. It was very late now.' The Doctor rubbed his chin. girl.' The Doctor stood lost in thought. supper? I'd be delighted.' . I'd be honored if you'd both co me home and share a spot of supper with me.didn't come home last night. very good sir. `Just put the rel evant information in your report. `Why are you making a fire in your mouth?' `'Po n my soul. it's a most unhealthy habit. In any case.' Litefoot h ad a hackney-cab waiting outside.

' Litefoot puffe d meditatively at his pipe. c abbie. `He heard you tell the driver.' `Four.' said Litefoot. as a palace attaché.' Litefoot stared admiringly at her.' said Leela promptly. as I was sa ying. Stayed on in Peking. `You go on with the Professor. `Father was an Army man.' `How did that come about?' asked the Doctor curiously. and I grew up in China. All right. Poor old buffer died out there in the end. Leela. Ranskill Gardens. `Evil spirits. I remember. Brigadier. He swung his long legs out of the carriage and stood beside it lookin g thoughtfully up at them.' spluttered Litefoot. `Yes. drive on!' The Doctor slapped the side of the carriage. actually. `What's the matter. and before Leela could protest further. Odd sort of people altogether. leaving the Doctor b ehind.' The Doc tor reached up and rapped sharply on the roof of the cab.`Quite agree. Went out with the punit ive expedition in 1860. `Odd custom. `Gad! That's ama zing. the carriage was jolting on its way. they're a mysterious lot.' he said suddenly. I 'll join you later. to signal to the drive r to stop. Litefoot shook his head. `Extraordinary feller.' `I know that. How can he join us later? He doesn't know my address. Fireworks at the funeral.' `Trout?' . You're as sharp as a trout. Doctor?' The Doctor ignored him. `They use fireworks to frighten off evil spirits. taking another puff at his pipe. the Chinese.' `Where are you going?' `To the Palace Theatre. I never came anywhere near understa nding 'em.

So if you will kindly state your busines s--' The Doctor seized Jago's hand and shook it warmly. but it won't do. I admire your brass. at the end of a long.. Doctor. and they turned into a live dove. `I'm sorry. Jago had just finished totting up the night's takings when he heard a persistent bang ing. Henry Gordo n Jago. A very tall man slipped nimbly through the gap. Jago. `Aha! Now I've rumbled your game. my dear.' The Doctor snatched the white handkerchief from Jag o's breast-pocket and flourished it. I'm the Doctor.. Mr.' Calmly the stranger closed the st age door behind him. Mr. Terrible fog tonight.' . Still beaming. `A very great pleasure. `Are you the manager?' `Manager and owner. `Thank you very much. Call back on Saturday.`It's a kind of fish. He smiled delightedly. He climbed wearily to his feet.' The hackney-carriage rattled on its way. Jago shook his head. sir. hard day. which fluttered away down the corrid or. went along the corridor and opened the stag e door. the Doctor crumpled the flags int o a ball. Jago. How do you do?' `The Doctor?' `Exactly. supporting acts booked for one week only.' Suddenly the Doctor realized that Jago had taken him for a music-hall performer trying to get a booking. and stood beaming at him . we've already got a very good magic ian. Immediately the handkerchief turned into a string of flags of all nations. Auditions commence at ten sharp. sir. `Just one moment.' Jago nodded u nderstandingly.

`I tell y ou sir.The Doctor gave a disappointed sigh.. what wa s your last order?' `To remember nothing since I said goodnight to Casey.' The Doctor looked hard at Jago.' The Doctor grinned. The wide staring eyes of the stra nger held him transfixed. compelling voice.' Jago's voice faltered. `Dramatic recitations? Tap dancing?' he sai d hopefully.. sir? I am a man of character and determination. `I can play the Trumpet Voluntary in a tank of live gold-fish!' Jag o waved him toward the door.. It was as if a shutter had suddenly slammed down behind Jago's eyes.. I want you to tell me everything you were ordered to forget. I came to ask you a few questions--about a cab driv er by the name of Buller. th at fellow Buller.'.. `Me. `As I thought. `Henry Gordon Jago . Chang between houses. The Doctor spoke in a low... The Rock of Gibraltar would be more ea sily.' said the Doctor sternly . `How long since you were under the influence?' Jago was indignant. Something to d o with a lady called Emma.' said Jago tonelessly.' .' Immediately Jago's face went blank. `Now.. `Never heard of h im. What the blazes were we talking about? Oh yes. Jago. and abandoned his masquerade. said the Doctor gently. `As a matter of fact. I didn't come here for a job. Burst in and accosted Mr. I have a will of iron. You will remember everything when I count to three. two. more easily.. `I'm also a master hypnotist.. three!' Jago blinked. Mr. `Don't bother about coming back on Saturday. One.

Mr. in the house of some infidel. Li H'sen Chang--and Mr.`His wife.' `Yes! And for how muc h longer? How many more nights must I spend in this endless quest?' `Patience. are you from the police?' `I'm helping them. and sighed with disappointment. `Emma Buller. Chang looked worriedly at the black-masked v isage of his master. I say. another carriage was rattling through the deserted streets not far away. What's the matter?' Jago was staring blankly at him. The city is large.B. Where did you find this?' `In the cellar. The . and handed it to the Doctor. L ord. Chang. He made his voice encouraging.' He fished a crumpled glove from his pock et. Weary!' Greel slump ed disconsolately back in his seat. `Tomorrow I will bring you two new donors. We shall recover it. It is no small responsibility to be the servant of a dying god. I want to take a look at this cellar of yours.' Wh ile Litefoot's carriage carried the Professor and Leela back toward his neat sub urban villa. She disappeared last night.' `I grow weary. He stared hard at the pendant. `You are certain these are different streets?' `The driver knows his orders. Sin. Y oung and vigorous girls. The Doctor read the monogrammed initials. Every night we search a new area. Greel was holding a saucer -shaped crystal pendant in his hands. But we know that the Time Cabinet is here. Emma Buller. Inside were Greel. Lord. Jago. Now. `E.

rapping hard at different points. it would be too late to save him--however many young girls were sacrificed.. `Splendid. Why's it so big though?' ` Genetic disruption.' Jago jumped back. Jago held up his lantern.. `Affecting the size of the loca l fauna--like that rat.' `It's a money spider. a huge round black shape had scuttled away into a dark corner.distillation of their life-essences will quickly restore your powers. `Money sp ider. but where are they coming fro m. Jago laughed nervously. Mr. Disturbed by the light of his lantern.. Greel was weakening fast. it's expertly hidden. `If there is an en-tranc e here. Unless the Time Cabinet was found soon. `The glove was lying just here. Doctor. Doctor.' said the Doctor to himself.. and listening to the resulting sound.' . `What a spider. eh? Tha t must be the grand-dad of them all.' Creel nod ded wearily.' said the Doctor abs ently. Emanations of some kind. Jago?' `U nder here? Where we're standing you mean? Well. it'll bring us luck. He shone his lantern around the cellar. this theatre was built on the si te of a much older building. And they say the course of the old Fleet River lies right under these foundations. Now we're getting somewhere!' He knelt down and examined the flagstones. eh?' He swung around to Jago. He's taken to seeing ghosts lately. Chang looked sadly at his master. `Is there anything under us here. my caretaker.' The Doctor nodded happily. eh? Don't kill it. I came down to reassure Casey.

`It's the ghost!' Slowly the hideously glowing figure floated to ward them. a horrible glowing figure with a skulllike face.' yelled Jago. The abandoned theatre props seeme d to form strange shapes in the darkness. Doctor . `Look out. It grew and grew until there was a floating shape ins ide the arch. Suddenly a glowing point of light appe ared in the arched recess. .Jago looked nervously round the gloomy cellar.

Jago gave a yell of terror. Jago lay unconscious. Rock of Gibral tar. The Doctor knelt at his side. the overstuffed armchairs and divans were all the standard . Leela looked curiously around the sitting room. overcrowded with heavy furniture and a variety of fussy ornaments. The mahogany dining table. She knew too little of Earth's culture to realize that two distinct styles were mingled in the room.6 The Tong Attacks The Doctor studied the approaching phantom with scientific detachment. the ornately carved chairs. Litefoot ushered Leela into his dining room. he carried him out of the c ellar.' Jago couldn't quite manage the Docto r's calm. the Doctor saw the phantom hover. `Interest ing.' he murmured. a b ruised forehead. Hoisting Jago on to his shoulder. Glancing over his shoulder. Unfortunately his foot became t angled in a trailing rope. But he'd already seen enough of Leela to realize that ideas of polite behavior mean t little to her. `Extremely interesting. To her it seeme d cluttered. wrenched himself free and crashed head first into a stone pillar. `Come on.' he murmured. Convinced the ghost had caught him. His nerve broke and he turned and ran. f ade and vanish. He looked down at the unconscious Jago. kno cking himself senseless. He was a little dubious abou t the propriety of being with an unchaperoned young female so late at night.

` Ah.. Just help yourself. my housekee per. Leela tore off a chunk of beef with her fingers.furnishings of a prosperous Victorian home. brought home from Peking. But the ornate tapestries. will you? Plates at the end o f the table. .' She started sawing chunks from the joint and stuffing them into her mouth. he snatched up a whole boiled ham and began biting into it.. `Mrs. tongue. `Perhaps we needn't wait for yo ur friend the Doctor. The pride of the collection stood in a corner of the room. Now. He gulped. A guest must never be made to feel awkward or uncomfortable. Hudson. the lacqu er-work cabinets and the strangely carved jade ornaments came from a far older c ulture. It was a huge black cabinet. It was roughly the size and shape of the Doctor's TARDIS. She looked at Litefoot in surprise. Man fully. ta sted it and nodded appreciatively. would you care for a knife and fork?' Leela saw a carving knife on one of t he platters. and was accustomed to doing himself well. let's see wha t we have here. He had a handsome private i ncome. Litefoot was well aware of the first rule of tr ue hospitality. decorate d with ornate golden scrolls.. and those look like quail. it's a good knife. `Aren't you hungry?' A Victorian gentleman to the core. `Er. Litefoot straightened up in time to see her s eize the joint in both hands and tear at it with strong white teeth. Ham. She snatched it up and ran a thumb appreciatively along the edge. I'll put a knob or two on the fire. Litefoot was lifting covers from a side table. roast beef. my dear. always leaves me a cold collation when I'm working late. They were souvenirs of China.. chicken. u nless I'm much mistaken.' Litefoot rubbed his hands.' While Litefoot busied himself with coal scuttle and tongs.

' croaked Greel.. `It is here. and he sat bolt up right. I must have the Cabi net.. `Stop!' he called.. Le ave the rest to your servants and go back to your abode. he moved slowly forward.. He was beginning to lose hope.... behind a front garden fi lled with dense shrubbery. The Time Cabinet is here--somew here among these dwellings. his head sl umped forward. `You grow weak. and I will bring the Cabinet to you. and Chang jumpe d down. was beginning to glow. Suddenly his eyes snapped open. Lord. Do not fail me!' . Chang. But do not fail me. in this house!' Relief left him suddenly weak and he staggered and almost fel l.. assisting Greel to climb painfully after him.. set well back from the road. `Very well.' The eyes behind the ma sk glowed with an obsessive passion.' `Rest.' The carriage clattered to a halt. dangling unregarded from his hands. Chang. The crystal pendant. Greel's eyes were half closed. `The Time Cabinet is her e. They stood in a tree-lined suburban street. `The Cabinet.. `Our search is over. to feel he must die here in this barbaric century..Leela smiled happily. Greel swung around in a circle.. and went on with her meal. and when the pendant began to glow more brightly. Lord. Chang caught his Master by the arm and steadied him. Would he never be able to return to his own place and time? Not until the Time Cabinet was found. The pendant led them straight towar d a solid Victorian villa.' Greel's bony claw gri pped his arm. now. From somewhere nearby came the faint sound of a passing carriage. as the carriage jolted through the night streets on its endless j ourney..

' Fearfully Jago opened his eyes and found to his relief that he was out of the cellar. Behind the lowered curtain. Mr. moving into the wings.' `There's nothing unnatural about the holograph technique. He followed. At a sign from Chang. I'll go and take a look. Chang moved cautiously toward the house. Casey forgive me. propped up against the wall in the corrid or backstage. `Someon e's moving! Over there on the stage. What is unnatural is the use of the technique in this century. sit up and drink this. Suddenly he caught a glimpse of a dark shape. and found himself on the narrow strip of stage on the other side.' said the Doctor severely.' `A grinning skull.' The Doctor helped him to s it up. Mr.' he said blank ly. ` The ghost! I saw it. It has n't been discovered yet!' Jago struggled to his feet. Jago. You'll soon feel better.' `Stay there. I saw it. the Chinese driver cracke d the whip and drove away.Greel climbed into the carriage. I always knew there was something unnatural about th at cellar. `Here. Oh. `A monster ten foot high. `What you saw. The Doctor saw a black shape dodge in front of the curtains. . the stage was in utter darkness. `Oh. Sin on his arm. I see. was a hologram. The Doctor held a glass of water to Jago's lips. `Simply a way of using a laser beam to project a three-dimensio nal image. He swigged gratefully at the water.' gasped Jago .' The Doctor disappeared into the wings. In front of him were the footlights. and looked up at the Doctor.

The Doctor listen ed. the Doc tor saw that the missile had been a stuffed tiger's head. He climbed out of the basket and started climbing again. The Doctor stood listening.the darkness of the orchestra pit and the rows and rows of empty seats. He crossed ov er. The Doctor was e dging his way along the narrow walkway when a huge black shape. Struggling to his feet. An open costume-ba sket broke his fall. The Doctor ran in pursuit. Once again his attacker had vanished. He heard a faint scuffling f rom the orchestra pit. hurtled out of the darkness like a giant bat. By the time he reached the other side of the catwalk. a nd staggered in pursuit. Guessing his a ttacker was somewhere above him. Something heavy hu rtled out of the darkness. Everythi ng was dark and silent. his attacker was nowhere to be seen. The figure landed on the catwalk and disapp eared into the dark area behind it. aimed a kic k that missed by inches and disappeared into the darkness on the other side of t he stage. he saw his attacker disappear behind the curtain. and disentangling himself from a pile of draperies. An iron ladder. A fleeting glimpse of a blae k-cloaked figure--and an orchestra chair smashed down. The Doctor wondered if his . the Doctor started to climb. The chair was spindly. and heard a scrabbling sound from the other side of the stage. and the Doctor got his arms up in time to protect his h ead. knocking him off his feet . high above the stage. led upward into darkness. knocking him clean off the ladder. The ladder took him up to a kind of catwalk. bolted to the wall. swinging on one of the dangling ropes. All around were the various ropes and counterweights by me ans of which the backdrops to the acts were raised and lowered. and immediately jumped down.

I'm afraid. Mr. `We shall tackle this together. Doctor. He found the Doctor at the bottom of the steps. `Our reclusive phantom would vanish right away. `Who w as that?' `I haven't the faintest idea.' The Doctor laid a hand on Jago's s houlder. `What happened?' panted Jago. l ooking thoughtfully round the empty cellar.' he said fiercely. He didn't introduce himself. he seems to have gone back to his rats. A black shape appeared behind him. and t hrust him over the edge of the catwalk with a savage heave. Jago. Struggling free of the torn curtain the Doctor followed i t. it had disappeared down the cellar steps. `I'll get the police down here with picks and shovels. frantically reaching out for something to hold on to. He reached the stage just in time to he knocked down by the black-cloaked figure. but tried to so und enthusiastic.. The curtain gave way. and hung on desperately. What are you going to do next?' `Think!' said the Doctor solemnly. `Now if you'll excuse me. and the Doctor tumbled downward in a tangle of red velvet. The curtain beg an to tear beneath his weight. As he struggled to improve his grip.quarry was already climbing the ladder. The Doctor hurtled d ownward. I have a supper engagement! ' .. and Jago hurried after him. Jago meanwhile had got to his feet and was staggering gallantly to the Doctor's aid. He managed to gra sp the edge of the velvet side-curtain.' Jago stared at the cellar floor. the Doctor saw his enemy slide down a dangling rope to the stage below. By the time he had picked himself up. indeed. and run toward the cellar steps. `Yes.' Jago winced. Anyway.

No one there. Litefoot wandered over to the window.' Revolver in hand. In the dining room. or was it all imagination? She was about to go out and look for him when she heard the front door open. `Well. `Great Scott!' `What is it?' `There's someone watching the house . he made for the place where he'd see n the lurking figure. `Doctor's a long time. No Chinese bandit was go ing to rob him without a fight. and took one hims elf. He paused on the front steps and looked around.' He opened the long velvet eurtains and peered out. Revolver in hand.' He pointed. I 'll give him more than he bargained for.Leela tossed aside a well-gnawed bone. Chinese.' thought Litefoot. and wiped her greasy hands on her suit. Professor?' `Saw hi m duck back into the shrubbery. ` Napkin?' suggested Litefoot tactfully. `Look. I'll catch him in the act. Wait here.' Leela looked out.' Litefoo t went to a bureau drawer and took out a heavy revolver. . I hope he did note the address. Litefoot marched determinedly down the hall and out of the front door. Dabbing at his moustache. over there in the shrubbery. just as I looked out. `Are you sure. `With any luck. `Is th at you. Professor?' she called. he crept cautiously around the side of the house. my dear. Leela waited.' Revolver leveled. whoever he is. `Sneaked around the back to look for an open window. I think. He had se en service on the North-West Frontier in his Army days.T here was no one in sight. but saw on ly the thick bushes in the dark front garden. Had Litefoot really seen something. He passed one to Leela.

my dear. `It's all right. Then silence. and the manikin stalked slowly toward her. A strange little figure stood in the doorway. the thing was deadly dangerous. Fellow must have seen me coming and--' There was a thud and a muffled groan. nobody out there now. Leela backed cautiously away.Litefoot's cheerful voice came back. It wore a silk jacket and trousers and a little round cap. `Professor?' called Leela. and its Oriental face stared impassively at her. . There was no reply. Her instinct told he r that despite its lack of size. In its hand gleamed a long poi nted knife. I've been all round the house. held pointupward. The hand with t he knife came up. The dining room door swung silently open.

t he sinister little figure shuffled forward. Sudd enly Chang heard the crunch of footsteps on the gravel path. and the Professor's unconscious body lay at his feet. but missed. She rolled on to the dining table and jumped to her . The Doctor was strolling up the front path toward t he house. In his hand he held Litefoot's revolver. Leela took a flying leap forward. Snatch ing up a carving knife she turned to the attack. The manikin was still moving fo rward. Leela hefted the knife to judge the balance. It slashed up at her. Chang stood waiting for Mr. cl ean over the manikin's head. Step by step the manikin backed Leela int o a corner... The knife spun in the air and thudded into t he manikin's throat. then shuffled forward aga in. She eould retreat no further. Leela felt a chill of superstitious terror. Tensing her muscles. She feared no living enemy--but now she was being hunted by something that could not be killed. Knife in hand. Just inside the open doorway of the house.7 The Lair of Weng-Chiang Leela covered the distance to the dining table in a single backward leap. One more step and it would be close en ough to use the knife. The manikin stopped for a moment. He ducked back into the doorway and peered out. shifted her grip to the blad e then threw with all her strength. Chang raised the revolver. Sin to complete his work.

Chang snatched him up and began ba cking away from the house. Sin was near enough.. . Revolver raised. `Where's Litefoo t?' whispered the Doctor. Chang crouched by the do or.' He slipped away through the s hrubbery. the Doctor whispered. Crouching in the shrubbery.' he cal led. The Doctor forced the kitchen window and climbed swif tly through. Chang ran d own the front path. He peered into the darkness. He went out to look for an enem y outside the window. Leela ran the length of the dining table and dived headfirst for the curtained window. and the manikin stalked out of the dining room toward him. but there was nothing to be seen. The Doctor ran to Leela. The revolver boomed again. `In the hall. `Sin.. They must have ambushed him when he got back. Leela exploded through the window with a crash of shattered glass.feet. There was this--thing. The Doctor and Leela instinctively dropped to the ground. Leela heard the clatter of hooves in th e road. I think. and wriggled backwards into deeper cover.. and a shot whistled over their heads.' `And then y ou jumped through the window?' `I had to.. As soon as Mr. The manikin had swung around to resume its remorseless pursuit. and yanked her into the cover of the shrubbery.' Before Leela could explain. The Doctor sw ung around and Chang fired-. A carriage came tearing along and stopped outside the house.. `Stay here.and missed.

Unable to bea r the thought of their enemy escaping. Professor.' The Doctor went over to the ca binet and examined it. no. perhaps?' `It's very probable. but it refused to move.Mr. Sin in his arms. Reflecting that this seemed to be his night for lugging bodies about. It vanished from sight just as the Doctor ran through the house and out onto the front step. by any chance. the Doctor picked Litefoot up and carried him into the dining room. He jumped into the carriage and it sped away. Leela acted purely by instinct. `I'm afraid it doesn't open. fetched water and a towel from the back kitchen. and bathed the Pro fessor's forehead until he recovered consciousness. but it's no use. Lacquered bronze. I spent ages looking for a secret spring.' `Fuse d molecules.' The Doctor loo ked around the cluttered room. That K'ang-hsi vase. clinging on as the carriage r attled away. He put him o n the couch.' .' `Chinese ruffians. for instance. He looked around in astonishment. She dashe d after the carriage and leaped for the back step. `Robbery. Doctor. Professor?' `That's right. `The sheer criminal effrontery of it! Things have come to a pr etty pass when ruffians attack a man in his own home. and there was no sign of Leela. Family brought that back from Peking. I wonder what they intended. He tried the door. groaning feebly just inside the door.' `No. Chang had gone. Or that Chinese cabinet. I've qui te a few valuable things here. Litefoot came around with an indignant groan. Only Litefoot was left.

. with all the patience of a hunter outside the den of some dangerous wild beas t.' Litefoot dabbed the bruise on his forehea d. It comes from Peking--a gift from the Emperor himself.' Chang rapped three times on the cellar flagstones. `Not him again. Lord. She felt her impulse to jump on to the cab had been justif ied. Doctor?' `Weng-Chiang!' Litefoot groaned. Such was Greel's fury that Chan g felt his own neck might be the cleaver's next target.' `As soon as it's light. `You're sure this is from this plane t?' `Of course it is. `Then what was a piece of technology as advance d as this doing in nineteenthcentury China?' He stared in-tensely at Litefoot. ` Of course! That must be the answer. Blissfully unaware that the Doctor already knew about the cellar hideout.' roared Greel. Chang winced as the cleaver thudded down.. Chang was bowing his head beneath the fury of his lord .The cabinet seemed to fascinate the Doctor. from her hiding place near the cellar door. fascinated. `What are you babbling about. `I will not tolerate fai lure. Leela settled down to wai t. I thin k she followed our Chinese friends--and by now she could be in serious trouble. Professor. Greel was occupied in hacking the carcass of a sheep into bloody chunks of raw meat. we must try to find Leela. `There has been no failure. Leela watched. In the secret chamber.' Th e Doctor was staring into space. the trapdoor opened and he c limbed down into the darkness. since she had been able to track the enemy to his lair.' .

Greel pulled a lever and a section of wall drew b aek to reveal a barred gap.' `Safe?' The word only increased Greel's fury. `The house is marked and watched. One by one Greel tossed the chunks of meat through the bars. you shall have the Ca binet of Weng-Chiang before the next sunset!' Greet thrust a last chunk of meat between the bars. Instead he told Greet that he had deliberat ely chosen to wait for a better opportunity. Huge teeth snapped down on the chunks of meat. I grow weary of this hole in the ground. Chang.`Then where is the Cabinet?' Chang did not dare to confess that he had tried to obtain the Time Cabinet. beyond which was the dank blackness of a sewer tunne l. Greet gave a gloating laugh. L ord. Chang mad e another attempt to placate his Master. Li H'sen. your servants of the Tong will descend and take the Cab inet. When night returns. dropping t hem in a heap by the far wall. There came a trumpeting squeal and a gia nt gray shape thudded against the bars.' snarled Greel. here.' He told Chang of his encounter with the Doctor. None may attack us through the sewers while my pets stand guard!' . Li H'sen Chang. He struck the go ng that hung nearby. My offerings have made them larger and more savage than any lion. `I promise. Lord. `Do not fail me. Lord. dragging them away one by one.' `You are safe. `This place is a trap. He gathered th e chunks of raw meat into a pile and carried them across the chamber. I was seen tonight as I returned. and failed.' `I put no trust in your opium-ridden scum. and a low booming note echoed through the cellar. `My little pe ts.

. Turning away from the bars. however faithful..From the blackness behind the bars came savage grunts as the giant rat devoured the meat. There would be people everywhere --and the accursed police forever on the watch.' `I will bring a girl. and the streets would be full of the city's peasants whose work started early. `Yes. Chang. It had amused him to feed the rats o n the specially treated meat. factory girls. Ch ang. `I t will be dangerous. But no servant. I need two strong young donors. And he was led here by your blunderi ng!' Chang's eyes glittered with rage and resentment. Dock workers.' Chang remembered his earlier promise. He brooded for a moment. living like a rat himself in this h ole in the ground. `He shall die.. and I need them now. Lord. But then he had had the whole night before him.' Creel's loner t aloned hands seized him by the throat in a choking grip. Lord. the Doctor almost captured me. The streets at this hour are busy. Greel returned to his grievance. I shall need strength. Lord!' `The list of your failures is growing. It was too diff icult to snatch up any girl unwary enough to be out so late.' hissed Greel malevolently. shook him savagely and hurled him across the cellar to the foot of the ladder. Get them!' . `No excuse. could achieve the impossible. He had little enough amusement... I must be ready to m ove quickly. cleaning women. `When you do succeed in obtaining the Time Cabinet. irradiated in a way that caused them to grow to en ormous size. Now it was morning. Greel listened with satisfaction.' `Two girls. It was the nature of his god to be demanding.

`Some slavering.' he said submissively. `Haven't you even slept.' The Doctor leaped to his feet and pac ed angrily about the room. `Miss Lee la hasn't returned then?' `Not yet. gangrenous vampire comes out of the sewers and stalks this city at night.' said the Doctor severely.Chang picked himself up. But tell them by all means--and ask them to put a police guard on th e house. I think I know why those girls were taken. Leela may well suffer exactly the same fate. and he went up the cellar stairs. and turned to climb the ladder. Lord. Still in pyjamas and dressing gown. Leela slipped silentl y after him.' `Perhaps we should inform the police?' `Wit h nine missing girls on their list already. Litefoot looked at his strange guest in astonishment. I shall attack him in his lair!' Litefoot peered at the map on the tablecloth.' `Surely those other poor girls disappeared in different circumstances? ' `Unless I manage to rescue her. they won't have much time to spare f or a tenth. Leela ducke d back into hiding as the trapdoor opened and Chang climbed through the gap. Professor Litefoot came yawning and stretching into the dining room. and went on drawing his map. `What's all this about?' . The door closed behind him. `Yes. Doctor?' `Sleep is for tortoises. and found the Doctor sitting at the dining room table. his heart filled with resentment that he dared not show . drawing a map on the cloth with a silver pencil.

`Time we were off. And thi s is the Palace Theatre. He loved fish.' Litefoot tapped the canva s bag.' The Doctor pointe d to the map. `I'd better disp ose of this before my housekeeper sees it!' He took the cloth out of the room. `I caught a salmon there once that would have hung over the sides of this table. When he returned. This is the course of the River Fleet. wondering if the ev ents of the night had affected the Doctor's brain. M ade in Birmingham. The Doctor took the heavy weapon and examined it. `I've even got the powder and shot for it here. It's somewh ere in the cellar. which he handed to the Doctor. `Splendid. `Here's the Thames. It was an ancient long-barreled muzzle loader. I see!' Opening the bag he started to load the weapon. a cross between a rifle and blunder buss. Professor. d ropping it into the laundry basket on the porch.' `How do you know the course of the Fleet? It's been co vered for centuries.' Litefoot left the room for a few minutes and returned carryi ng a canvas bag and a fearsome looking weapon. Shared it with the Vener able Bede. Do you happen to have an elephant gun by any chance?' `I'v e a Chinese fowling piece.`I've been trying to work out an approaeh through the sewers. the Doctor wa s putting on his cape. and adjusting his deerstalker to a jaunty angle. `Do you need the map any more ?' The Doctor shook his head and Litefoot bundled up the cloth. Used for duck mainly.' Litefoot gave him a worried look. if that's any good. `Do yo u know where we can hire a small boat?' . Professor.' The Doctor smiled reminiscently.

`And then. Then I shall follow the Fleet upstream to a point close to the villain's lair!' The D octor aimed the enormous gun through the window and looked menacingly along the barrel. we shall see what we shall see!' .' Litefoot was beginning to wonder what extraordinary request the Doctor would come up with next. `May I ask the purpose of these preparations?' ` First we shall find the confluence of the Thames and the Fleet. Professor. Professor.`I imagine so.

A girl in cloak and bonnet got out and paid off the driver. she followed him at a safe distance.8 The Sacrifice Leela trailed Chang through the maze of little back streets around the theatre. unaware that Leela was close behind him. with an air of worried preoccupation. Chang was obsessed with carryin g out his master's almost impossible command. At this hour the streets were almost deserted. Purposeful ly Chang stalked onward. `Pleasant are the dreams of morning . Conditions could scarcely have bee n worse. He wandered about almost aimlessly . at least for a time. so soon after da wn? He was lurking at the mouth of a secluded cul-de-sac when a hansom-cab drove along the street and stopped outside one of the little houses. and she often got home to be d at a time when others were getting up. Chang's usual hunting time was the hours after midnight. She was fumbling for her key when a sha dow fell over her doorway. In fact. in Mayfair on the other side of London. and a voice said. Very soon they would be all too busy. Where was he to find two suitable girls.' . Luckily for her Chang seemed to have no suspicion that he might be followed. when ther e was a chance of picking up some solitary girl whose absence would go unnoticed . constantly ducking out of sight around corners or behind garden walls. For quite some time. and the cab rattled away. Teresa Hart wa s a waitress in a gambling club. Play us ually went on until the small hours of the morning.

A plan was forming in her mind. Teresa followed him. Leela loo ked around the room. a cup of tea and a bit of kip. The stranger's eyes seemed to b e burning. Leela slipped into the dressing-room. She smiled and shook her head. swee ping and dusting between . She was quite used to being approached by strange gentlemen. Clearly she was under an evil spell.' he ordered and wen t out into the corridor. When Leela passed a hand in front o f her face she didn't even blink. From her hiding place. turning into glowing points of light..She whirled around to find Chang bowing at her.' said Chang with another bow. and saw a band of chattering cleaning women working busily in the otherwise empty theatre.' `Well. `All I want is a pair of kippers.. Then she broke off. and looked back at the hypnotized girl. The girl was si tting on a chair staring blankly into space. Teresa sighed . dearie!' `F resh as dew and bright with promise. particularly thos e who'd been out for a night on the town. and saw Chang take Teresa into his dressing-room. She opened it. `Await my return. As Chang mad e his way on to the stage. `You gave me a turn. `You will come with me. Chang has other plans for you. A burst of laughter came from the auditorium-. Leela followed them both back to the theatre.female laughter. and saw the tall wardrobe cupboard where Chang kept his cos tumes.' said C hang. Chang peered through a gap in the stage curtain.' `Budding lotus of the dawn. Leela saw Chang pause irresolute ly.' began Teresa spiritedly. I can tell you what to do with the m.

it was none of his business.' whispered Chang. and a cargo steamer gave a mou rnful hoot as it prepared to cast off. Chang bustl ed the two girls toward the cellar steps.' he hissed. wondering if her masquerade would be discovered. Exultant with success. But Chang's eyes burned into hers. revealing Teresa in her petticoat proppe d inside. . Most were middle-aged. The girl looked u p opening her mouth to scream. L eela waited breathlessly. that was all he was worried about. As sh e'd hoped. and she shut h er mouth and stood still. The waterman chewed meditatively on his quid of tobacco. Chang scarcely bothered to look at her. where the cleaning girl stood waiting. wondering about his two strange passengers.the rows of seats. The old boatman sculled his boat along th e bank of the river. `My master must be fed!' Early morning mist drifted over the river. but a younger one was sweeping the orc hestra pit below him. Chang hurried into his dressing room. A fema le figure. the Norfolk marshes? Someone should tell him London docks was no place f or duck shooting. Swiftly Chang dropped down into the pit. But Chang was too impatient to notice. sat waiting in the chair. The taller of t hem had an enormous fowling piece balanced across his knees. head bowed and face obscured by a bonnet. and s pat over the side into the Thames. Where did he think he was. and the girl followed him out of the pit. He'd been handsomely paid. After all. Then to her horror she saw th at the wardrobe door was swinging open. Seizing Leela by the wrist he d ragged her into the corridor. `Come. `Hurry.

an excellent pair of waders and probably the most f earsome piece of hand artillery in England.The Doctor smiled quietly to himself. `There it is-that creek inlet over there!' `Do sit down. `That thing can.' said Litefoot peevishly. There was a hum of power. it was made in Engl and. making the boat rock dangerously. What can possibly go wrong?' Litefoo t looked dubiously at the ancient fowling piece. for a start.' said the Doctor solemnly.' Stolidly the boatman rowed toward the inlet. Doctor. He wondered what the man would think if he knew what they were really hunt ing.' `Unthinkable. guessing at the thoughts in the old man's mind. Suddenly he stood up. `I must say. the Doctor's keen eyes were constantly scanning the ri ver bank. it'll probably explode in your face. thanks to your invalu able help. `I assure you the boatman knows his business. `Where did you get these girls ?' he croaked irritably.' The Doctor sat down. W ith the amount of buckshot you crammed in there. Litefoot frowned disapprovingly. the approach of danger found him in treme ndous spirits. He pinched Leela's arm. then moved to the second girl. `Are they unsuitable. As they rowed along. I have a lantern. Doctor. and the central cabinet began to glow with life. Greel was busy at the control s of the machine that filled one corner of his underground chamber.' `My dear Litefoot. `I always enjo yed messing about in boats!' As usual. Greel turned from his instruments and studied the waiting victims. `You forget. I think thi s entire enterprise is extremely rash. Lord?' .

Doctor. and l it his lantern.' As Chang led the girl to the machine. Lord. But when she is missed. `All right.' `They are but peasant wenches.' he grumbled.' `Good luck. it will bring the police ever nearer. Nobody saw. `Because of your urgent need I was forced to act rashly.' Gree l turned away. `Oh. `I'll wait for you here then?' `That's right . It was not easy. Leave me to my work. Lord. `Stay here. then go.. Litefoot passed him the gun and the lantern. Litefoot hesitated. At least they're young.' `But they are missed. The Doctor climbed out of the boat and into the tunn ellike opening of the sewer outlet. I took what I could find. Once I have the Time Cabinet I shall le ave here.' He thrust the cleaning girl toward Chang.Greel examined the cleaning girl's arm.. their life essence is still strong.' said Chang.' said the Doctor cheerfully.' Irritably Greel waved him aside. Doctor?' `All right. Professor.' . `If I'm still in here at high tide--don't bother to wait any longer. `This one has muscles like a horse. And what do I ask in return? A few pitiful slatterns who will nev er be missed.' He turn ed back to his instruments. Greel glanced at Leela. `Put this one in the dilati on chamber. `It is of no consequence. `Why must you always whine and complain so. I suppose they'll do. then. Chang? I have given you knowledge that makes you a ruler among your fellows. I shall not keep you waiting long. One of these girls I took from the theatre above us.' The Doctor produced a match. Greel seemed to have no understanding of the terrible risks he was taking.

' he muttered. Not so practical as the animal-skin costume she wore on her native planet. Greel fixed the girl in the cabinet. fighting furiously. and Greel had time to wrench back the lever before he went down under her attack. Gradually her skin began to wither . Stepping out of the dress she stood in camisole and long Victorian pantaloon s. and grippi ng Greel by the . There was a fierce hum of power. and soon she would be fighting for her li fe. Chang had left th e cellar. For the moment she was forgotten. adjusting the two metal spheres so that the y rested one each side of her head. Leela knew she must act soon if she was to rescue her fellow captive. The garments hampered her movements. He stepped back and looked at her. bu t it would have to do. the machine vibrated and lightning arced between the two me tal spheres. Once more he bent over the controls.' said the Doctor. her mouth opening in a silent scream. `A few minor readjustments and all will be ready. Leela landed on top. nodding i n satisfaction. she sprang. Leela and Greel rolled over and over. and dropped into the culvert that ran clown the side of the chamber. and the strange black-masked being was busy with the victim now in the machine. lantern in the other. Leela crept silently toward him and as Greel r eached for the master lever. Leela stood in the corner of Creel's chambe r considering her next move. and was standing back for a final check. Leela slipped quietly out of Teresa's dress .`Thank you. She went rigid. She was a fraction late. She saw that Greel had completed his adjustments. Gun in one hand. he disappea red into the darkness of the tunnel. passing through the head of the unfortunate cleaning girl.

She dropped cat-like from the ladder and rolled over between the benc hes for shelter. Wriggling through she dropped into the darkness of the sewer tunnel . as if filled w ith some luminous fluid. Leela felt a blast of heat and a chunk of stonework beside her head exploded into dust. He crawled painfully a cross the floor and pulled himself upright. and waited panting. . and the machine seemed to switch itself off. snatching a laser-pistol from a benc h. Leela realized that all she could do now was to save he rself. Leela tried frantically to switch off the machine. she squeezed through the gap below the bars at the end of the culvert. The vibrating died down. The machine gave a fi nal surge of power and the cleaning girl's body disappeared. Greel's body went suddenl y limp. Leela let go of the scrawny neck. Hurling the nearest container at Greel's head to distract his aim. the grisly process complete. Clingin g to the top of the ladder Leela began heaving desperately at the trap-door. Ther e was another blast. She scrambled to her feet and flat tened herself into a niche in the tunnel wall. and crept feebly from the culvert. dropping into the culvert where she had fought with Greel. but the opening to the cellar was closed. To her horror she saw the body of the cleaning girl had turned into a mummified husk. Greel stirred. but c ould make nothing of the maze of controls in front of her.throat she began throttling him with all her strength. Bel ow her. and a piece of the wall beside her was blown away. climbed out of the culvert and ran ove r to the machine. Leela co uld see only one chance of escape. A retort-like container connected to the machine glowed brightly. just as another shot blasted the stonework. She climbed the ladder.

Snatching up hi s hammer Greel beat again and again on the gong. Greel moved to follow her through the culvert. An evil smile twisted the distorted lips ben eath Greel's leather mask. Greel gave a maniacal laugh. then drew back. Only Leela.In the chamber. . `W hen my beauties find her.' he snarled. He hobbled to the lever that controlled his feeding hatch and pulled it. The booming notes echoed away d own the tunnel. The hatch slid open. There was a better way. The sound would bring the giant rats scuttling for their meat. T he girl had been terrifyingly strong. and even with the laser pistol he would be at a disadvantage in the darkness. B ut this time there would be no meat. `she will wish she had died here in my ma chine.' From somewhere in the sewer tunnel came the hungry squeal of a giant rat .

The Doctor's time was almost up. and put another match to his pipe. The tide would be rising soon. She hurried along the sewer tunn el away from the terrifying sound. on which was written. Li tefoot sighed. He tossed the spent match into the river. `Here. the sound of the gong ringing in her ears. Meanwhile a brightly painted horse-drawn cart was dra wing up outside Professor Litefoot's door. He chatted incomprehensibly. He came to a T-junc tion and paused to review his mental picture of the map he had drawn on Litefoot 's tablecloth. Sitting in the rowing b oat just outside the sewer outlet. As it faded she heard an angry squealing. and pointed to the side of t he chart. and watched it float away. the cellar hideout was very near. Lantern held high. A policeman stepped suspiciously out of the shrubbery. what's all this?' The pig-tailed Chinese driver appeare d to speak no English. Hunched over his oars. If his calc ulations were correct. the Doctor splashed throug h the murky stream that flowed down the center of the sewer. `LIMEHOUSE . Professor Litefoot looked at his watch for th e tenth time. Taking the left turn he splashed steadily on his way. the boatman spat i mpassively into the water.9 In the Jaws of the Rat Leela stood waiting silently for a moment.

the constable resumed his patrol around the house. He took the basket from his van. `I get you. you.' she scre amed. Mr.' He pointed to the porch where there stood a wicker hamper. Just seeing this la dy off the premises. Jumping into the driving seat. lifted the basket on the porch into the back of his van.' Casey grabbed her by the arm. `What do you think you're doing?' The girl stared blank ly at him. Casey. what's the trouble?' `No trouble. the lid of the wicker basket moved slightly. Wondering vaguely why the Chin ese had such an affinity with laundries. and poi nted to an identical hamper. `Hey.' he called. `I'll remember you all right if anything's missing.LAUNDRY CO. Clean laundry come. `Where am I? What happened to me last night? I can't remember. I'm a lady. he cracked his whip and drove away. Jago. The const able grinned. and put it on the p orch. As he moved away. Jago came on the scene. making crossover gestures with his hands. `Now t hen. Cas ey was scandalized to see a half-dressed female run out of Chang's dressing-room . He opened the back of his cart. `You keep your hands off me. the same words written on the label on its side. Arriving at the theatre to start his day's work.' In dignantly Teresa pulled away.' . and t hen became still. Now there was a tiny gap between basket and lid--just big enou gh for someone to look out. Johnny. sir. dirty washing go away!' Th e Chinese bowed and smiled. to find a fine old shouting match going on.

an amateur investigator called in by Scotla nd Yard. `Fool. ' Greel hobbled to a metal chair close to his extraction machine. He has asked me to watch. Had I not feigned death. `She substituted herself for the girl I had chosen.' whispered Jago mysteriously.' Jago's chest swelled with pride. `She was a tigress. Jago said thoughtfully.Jago turned sternly to Teresa. `No!' `I am. Casey. and of her escape into the sewers. She was staring in terror at a poster on the wall--the poster that bore Chang's face.' `What's that. It may have some relevance to the investigation. `Oh my lord. it was him! Let me out of this place!' She turned and ran out o f the still-open stage door. `Remember this incident. Casey!' Casey's eyes widened. `It was him. Casey shrugged wonderingly.' pleaded Chang. and fastened e lectrodes to his wasted body. `Last night I made the acqua intance of a very high-up gentleman. He operated controls and the retort glowed brightl y and then faded again. After a moment Chang stepped from the doorway where he had b een watching and hurried toward the cellar steps. Casey. There was a rushing sound as the life essence of the sac rificed girl flooded into Greel's body. she would have killed me!' `I can explain. `I am assisting him. Lord. but she ignored him.' screamed Greel. and dis appeared backstage. Ca sey. Greel waited for a . And I am watching ev erywhere!' Jago disappeared into his office. sir?' `The investigation. She was with the Doctor. The moment he entered Greel's chamber a storm of rage broke over his head. And I recognize your description of her.' she gasp ed. `Stupid inc ompetent fool!' Angrily he told of Leela's attack on him.

' `Lord. hear me. I shall strike him down for the harm he has done you!' Greel waved him away. Since she had no idea where she was or where she was heading she was as likely to run into one of the creatures as to escape from them. I shall find this Doctor. `Great One. the plans are already made.. But he knew all too well that the effect was only temporar y. From somew here behind her came the savage squealing of the giant rats. `You have failed me.. and yet more.' `Fail me once more and I shall dismiss you. Soon he would weaken again. One of the monsters had picked up her scent. You shall have the Time Cabinet tonight. Finding no mea t at the grating the monsters had begun casting about the tunnels. hiding in an aclove as the great gray shapes came rushing by. and it would need more donors.' Chang fell to his knees.' pleaded Chang. I cannot leave my fate in such blu ndering hands. Chang. `Do not beg. to k eep him from wasting away. `I would lay down my life in your servic e. Li H'sen. and he turned once more on the unhappy Chang. Summoned by the gon g. never be cured of this wasting sickn ess. then stood up. unworthy one. The knowledge added to his anger. Her only hope w as to keep on the move. As he removed the electrodes he could feel the strength r eturning to his body. Go!' Leela ran frantically through the sewers.moment. Suddenly she heard a fierce trumpeting squeal close behi nd her.. Leela had managed to dodge th em. Leela ran bli ndly on.. . You know that until I have the Time Cabinet I can never be whole. they had come rushing to Greel's feeding hatch.

She could hea r scurrying footsteps behind her. Calmly he placed his lantern on a ledge and raise d the gun to his shoulder. and realized that the shape was Leela! Hastily lowering the gun. as the rat began dragging her back along the tunnel.. she staggered on. A tiny point of light appeared in the tunnel far ahead. He paused to check his fowling piece. she reeled toward it. Wet and filthy now. and the angry screams of the giant rat. it's me!' Leela paused for a moment. the Doctor heard the squeal. then moved towards the sound. . the Doctor sighted along the barre l of the gun. She gave a despai ring scream. and struggled desperately to her feet again.Not far away. gasping with relief--an d the giant rat sprang out of the darkness and seized her leg. A shape loomed up. She tr ipped and fell.. The Doctor heard the ter rifying roar of the giant rat. he called. Leela sped on through the darkness. `Leela. With the last of her failing strength.

Leela.' `I deserve to die. and peering throug h the haze. `I think so--the teeth just bruised me. lips drawn back from the yellow fang s in a dying snarl. Come on. Behind her the giant rat l ay on its side. Jago decided to slip out to the pub across the street for a little liquid refres hment. and the recoil of the heavy weapon made him stagger b ack. aimed and fired. Clouds of black smoke poured from the barrel of the gun. The Doctor helped Leela to rise. But there was no alternative. Some use in these stupid clothes after all. To shoot with the rat and Leela so close together meant taking a terrible risk. and I failed. There was a g reat boom of an explosion.' The Doctor took off his cape and wrapped it round Leela's shoulders. a gaping hole in its chest. `Are you all right?' Leela rubbed her leg. who was just .' With preparations for the evening meal well under way. threw the gun to his shoulder.10 A Plan To Kill the Doctor For an agonized moment the Doctor hesitated. You can tell me what you've been up to on the way back. He was just leaving the theatre by the stage door when he met Li H'sen Ch ang. I had the chan ce to kill our enemy. the Doctor saw Leela crawling toward him. Doctor. He dr opped to one knee. The Doctor picked up his gun.' `You were lucky. `The trouble with this thing is it ta kes about half an hour to load. `What chance? Where?' A distant roar came echoing down the tunnel.

' `I am considering your new offer.' `Yes?' `Think I must be working too hard. Indisposed.' Jago paused awkwardly. Sin.' `Ah. of course. was it. `Here already. Mr. . The art that conceals art. I shall be appearing tonight without Mr. but I've forgotten how we left m atters. I shall treasure that witticism. `There is much t o prepare before the performance. Mr.arriving. Jago..' Chang turned to go to his dressing room. Chang turned and headed for the dressing room . Leela was warming her ha nds at the blazing fire. The Doctor was sitting wrong way around on one of Litefoot's dining room chairs. Mr. Chang. still swathed in the Doctor's cape. eh? Tell me. overcrowding the old brain box. `I shall have to start charging you rent for that dressing-room. Somehow after his mee ting with Chang. Ch ang. t hen paused. folded arms resting on the h igh back.. Chang?' `Merely--reasonable.' Chang smiled coldly. A generous offer.. as if hoping to fathom its secrets by sheer will power.. I know I spoke to you about your contract.. `Incidentally. Jago mopped his brow and plunged through the stage door. of course. Mr. `Very droll.' `Yes. Mr. chin resting on his arms. I see. he needed a drink more than ever. He was staring fixedly at the Time Cabinet. She was telling him about the girl who had been sacrificed in Greel's machine. Chang?' said Jago jovially. eh?' Ignoring Jago's little joke. `About las t night. eh? I suppose the poor little fellow's got a touch of woodworm..' Jago chuckled. He is-indisposed.

' he shouted in sudden anger. A monstrously dera nged sociopath!' The door opened and Litefoot staggered in. `Dashed embarrassing business. Doctor. He res umed his study of the Time Cabinet. If you'd like to take these things up stairs Mrs.' Leela went out with the parcels.. Clothes matter to women.. Hudson will help you change.' `Yes. `But where's the key?' `Still trying to get that thing open. There wa s a saucer-shaped depression in the middle of what was presumably the door. Her life essence was draine d away.`She aged and withered. `A k ey hole. Doctor?' `I'm trying to place the exact period.. Her skin went dry.' .' `Heard you shouting as I opene d the front door. `He doesn't know what he's doing. You have to be jolly careful it's the right fa shion. Something about a madman. Weng-Chiang. like old leaves. He was loaded down w ith parcels. `He's a madman. that . He's probably got the key. Then she vanished. `It sounds like organic distillation. running his hands over the surface.' `Why? What is our enemy doing?' The Doctor jumped up. mopping his brow. The machine did it to her. It can only be opene d by a key of the correct molecular combination.' repeated the Doctor thoughtfully. `There's your new outfit. my dear. I hope it's suitable.' muttered the Doctor. which he passed over to Leela with a sigh of relief..' `Weng-Chiang? He was one of the ancient Chinese gods. choosing togs for a young lady. like old leaves.' `Dry.' `They do?' said the Doctor abstractedly. and L itefoot sank into a chair.

He went onto the stage itself.' `Y ou're lucky he hasn't traced it before now. The first house had gone off well. As always. T'ungchi.' said the Doctor broodingly. `Then we're going to the theatre after all. the evening seem ed to flash by at an incredible pace. Doctor?' The Doctor focused his attention on Leela. He must have arrived in your Time Zone in this contr aption. `Tell you what. I shall be proud to escort you to the Palace Theatre tonigh t. Been in the family for years. cheered up as always by the pros pect of action. We've an appointment wit h the great Li H'sen Chang. `Charming.' Leela was pleased in spite of herself. and now it was almost time for the second to begin. The house was filling up nicely--though disappo intingly there was still no sign of the one person he'd most hoped to see. `What? Oh ye s. quite delightful. If you're a very good girl--I might even buy you an orange!' Jago stood backstage. watching the bustle of activity all ar ound him. . once the performance got under way. `Don' t you think so.' The Doctor tapped the Cabinet.' said Litefoot immediately.' The Doctor beamed. and peered through the gap in the curtains. Leela c ame back resplendent in a new gown.`This Weng-Chiang's no god. The clothes of this century were ridi culous and impractical--but they were rather becoming in their way. Doctor?' `That's right. Leela. `What do you know of its history?' `It w as a gift to Mama from His Highness.

as soon as we've gone and keep your revolver handy. Chang was checking the operation of a trapdoor that was used in his act. Casey.' `Don't worry. Oh we ll. Professor. My collaborator and fellow-sleuth. and Litefoot went to the window.`Looking for someone. Chang would be waiting. No sign of him yet. Mr. If the Doctor did come tonight. Doctor. Doctor. `You'll need to wrap up. He straightened up at Jago's words. Casey. Lock and bar your doors. and went to his dressi ng room. Fog's gett ing thick again. and L itefoot turned to help Leela with her cloak. in the center of the stage. The driver cracked his . `I know there's a policeman out side. I'll be ready for them. He took a shining nickel-plated revolver from a drawer and began to loa d it.' The Doctor was putting on his cape. Jago turned. `There you are. They won't catch George Litefoot napping a second time!' Litefoot opened the front door and watc hed Leela and the Doctor get into the waiting cab.They'll stop at nothing to get their hands on it. There was the soun d of horses' hooves in the road outside. Jago?' said a familiar voice behind him. Professor.' Litefoot saw them into the hall. `The Doctor.' The Doctor paused at the door. `You really think those scoundrels may return?' `That Cabinet is vitally important t o their master. but don't just rely on him. he'll be here. your cab's arrived. So be on your g uard. I'll lay a guinea to a gooseberry on it!' Behind them.

I shall lead the Tong myself. Lord. Clang s aid. the cab rattled away and the patroling policeman touched his helmet in sal ute. above all others. `It is far more likely that he will kil l you.' `No. am your true servan t. as a sacrifi ce to appease your wrath. once the Doctor was dead.' Greel gave a mirthless laugh. Glass in one hand. then I swear I shall kill him.whip. The second house was just about to start.. Unable to believe that his god would really desert him. as it disappeared into the fog. Now go!' Chang bowed low. Mrs. He paid no attention to Chang. Li H'sen Chang. `There he is.' Greel waved him away.. and Jago was still scanning the audien ce. and take my own measures to recover the Time Cabinet. and turned to the ladder. `Lord. Look!' . Hudson would se e to it in the morning. re volver in the other. To prove that I. Surely his god would forgive him. more determined than ever to ca rry out his plan. he settled down for his night's vigil. Greel was busy disma ntling his distillation machine. Litefoot noticed the laundry basket on the porch and thought vaguely that the laundry had delivered a day early. `You are unworthy to serve me. if this infidel Doctor does come here tonight. who stood bowing low before him. I have made a plan to kill the Doctor in public. Litefoot put some more co al on the fire and poured himself a large whisky and soda. Returning to the sitting room. He dragged the hamper through the front door and left it in the hall. Casey.

' `Well. The Doctor and Leela were installed in their comfortab le box. ' Jago hurried away.' Jago's mind returned abruptly to the business of everyday life. he is. `The thing is. Jago. Casey called after him. Mr.' `Then you'd bet ter see to it. Although she didn't really know what was going on. Jago. is he? High-up secret investigator.Jago pointed upward. her keen senses were already picking up vibrations of pleasure and excitement in the air. The Doctor smiled. Casey stared at the Doctor's tall figure. The Doctor was glancing through the programme wh en he heard a low `Psst!' from somewhere near the floor.' Jago turned away from the curtain. Mr. Leela gazed around the fast-filling theatre with keen interest.' `Who' s the girl?' `Window-dressing. `Doesn't look much like a detective to me. for ruining his act. He looked down and saw Jago crawling into the box on his hands and knees.' . Leela and the Doctor were just entering the `Royal' box.. `Now then Cas ey. it means g oing down into that cellar. sir. Chang after you. `Trust him to take the best seats in the house. It reminded her of the trib al festivals of her own people. `Good even ing.' But Jago was gone. `Think I'll just pop along and let him know we're standing by down here . my lad--unless you want Mr. have you got that trapdoor ready?' `Not yet.' sa id Jago admiringly.. th e one just beside the stage. Jago. he's not going to wear a bowler hat and big boo ts. Part of his disguise. Mr. Casey sighed. a man of a thousand faces. and moved slowly toward the cellar steps.

`When the moments of danger comes. Jago paled. Casey finished preparing the mechanism of th e trapdoor that formed part of Chang's act.' `Still. shoulder to shoulder. c orks. Jago. I don't suppose you'll actually be needing me. Mr. Jago. I knew I could count on you. Casey spun round. May I ask if you've made any further deductions?' `Quite a few.' sa id the Doctor mysteriously. `You mean there's nobody?' `Nobody.' said Jago faintly.' `I thought as much. and backed slowly out of the box. I hope I know where my duty lies. Mr. A .' added Jago hastily. eh? Armed m en scattered in the audience?' The Doctor shook his head. `Well. Doctor--and your charming companion. `You're a brave man. In fear and tremblin g.' The Doc tor reached down and patted him on the shoulder.' `Thank you.' `Oh. and working as fast as he could. if you need any help. His task completed.`A pleasure to welcome you to my theatre. quite a few. Doctor. Jago.' said the Doctor solemnly. No doubt you're on the point of solving the mystery of the missing maidens?' `I expect further developments shortly. you and I will face our destiny. Are you quite comfortable down there?' `I know the value of discreti on. Mr. `I expect you've got the place surrounded. he was hurrying from the gloomy cellar when he heard a grinding sound from the corner arch. Jago was thrilled with the romance and excitement of it all. Terr ified.

Casey's foot slipped on the bottom stair. Casey hear d faint sounds of music from the stage above. Then everything was drowned out by the frightened pounding of his heart. but the apparition saw him. Dropping the bag it bounded a fter him with a terrifying snarl. incongruously. Casey made a terrified dart for the cellar stairs. It wore a loose-brimmed black hat. it was carrying a carpet-bag. its face was entirely covered in a black-leather mas k and. As its skinny hands reached out.. .. he f ell and the apparition was upon figure was climbing up through the trap-door in the floor.

the world's foremost magician. `First tlick velly simple. Jago pointed d ramatically to the center of the empty stage and stepped hastily back. `And now. He picked up the cards from the table. During his act he often spoke in the pidgin English that Engli shmen expected from the Chinese. There was a brilliant flash. Here to b affle and bewilder you. Ladies and Gentlemen. `Humble Chang is most honored at this kind reception. in his extended season here a t the Palace. and suddenly Chang was there.' He snapped his fingers and the Chinese assistant Lee carried on a table upon which rested a pack of cards and a nickel-plated revolver. someone whose legendary legerdemain has entertained all the crowned heads of Europe.' announced Chang. `You sir? Please catchee cards?' He tossed the pack into the air and the Doctor caught it. `Kindly a ssist humble magician by finding ace of diamonds and holding up so everyone can see!' . Li H'sen Chang!' The curtains drew back to rev eal a painted back-drop intended to represent an Oriental palace. `Will so meone take cards please?' Chang walked across to the side of the stage until he stood directly looking up at the Doctor's box. T he curtains were drawn and Jago appeared in front of them.11 Death on Stage The soprano concluded her patriotic song. straight from the mysteri ous Orient--ladies and gentlemen. in the second of two appearances here this evening. bowing low i n his Oriental robes. it is my privilege to introduce to you. a cloud of smoke. and exited to enthusiastic applause. Chang bowed.

`If honorable gentleman will pl ease bring cards down to stage. very good! Anything else I can do?' Chang bowed once more. I have further interesting demonstration. This was merely a preliminary challenge. and the Doctor looked down at Chang. `Chang will now shoot magic bullet through ace of diamonds. `Please to be ver y still. a test of nerve. the c ards held before his chest like a target. and Chang held up a reproving hand. There was a neat hole drilled through the center. `If mo st courageous gentleman will now look for ace of diamonds?' The Doctor found the card and held it up. But he also knew that the magician wouldn't do it too obviously.. Chang bowed his thanks . There was an exci ted murmur from the crowd. Honorable gentleman will please remain very still. `Doc tor. `Ah. so! Now please to put card back in middle of pack.' Chang leveled the revolver from the stage. I shot fifteen peasants trying to learn this trick!' Slowly Chang raise d the revolver and fired. withou t hitting other cards. be careful. requir ing assistant with nerves of steel..' The Doctor smiled. The crow d gave a round of applause. and Chang called.' .The Doctor found the card and held it up to the audience. The Doctor stood upright in the box. and hold whole pack up with finger and thumb.' Once more the Doctor obeyed. Chang took the revolver fr om the table. The Doctor stood quite still. He knew that Chang intended to try to kil l him. `Oh. Deliberately the Doctor moved the pack of cards so it was directly over his-left-hand heart. Leela looked worriedly up at him.

The Doctor would be executed publicly. `Now I will ask eag er volunteer to step into Cabinet of Death. This time Chang planned a very different ending.The Doctor gave Leela a reassuring smile. Lee. The Doctor wouldn't know how to find the secret catch--and even if he did. demonstrating its solid construction. and left the box. It was a simple enough trick. The Doctor appea red at the side of the stage and Chang beckoned him forward. there would be a bang and a flash. Chang would then pass swords thro ugh the special slits in the side of the empty cabinet. Once inside the ca binet. Casey would operate the trap-door so that the girl coul d drop out of the cabinet and under the stage. Chan g's assistant. and at a signal from Chang. stepped inside the cabinet. Once the Doctor was inside the cabinet. Chang had no intention of giving Casey the signal to open the tr apdoor. He was banking on the fact that. That was the way things usually went. And no one would be more horrified . she pressed a hidden catch and the trick floor of the cabinet s lid back. Chang would open the door and she would step from the cabinet unharmed. was wheeling a metal cabinet on stage. Meanwhile. the Doctor would be too proud to refuse a public challenge. which was then closed and lock ed. The cabinet was positioned directly over a trap door in the stage. The `victim'.' Chang smiled as the Doctor moved sl owly toward the cabinet. The girl would come up throug h the trapdoor. u sually a chorus-girl. in full sight of his friends. Once inside. Chang flung open the doors and rapped on the sides. A few minutes later. he would withdraw the swords and give another signal. Chang would thrust the razor-sharp swords through the slits--with the Doctor still inside. the Doctor would be doomed. as with the card trick .

Alas. He had form ed a grim plan of his own. and at a nod from Chang. and suddenly found that he was inside the cabinet. All he could do now wa s go on with the trick.' He swis hed the sword in the air and thudded it point-down into the stage to demonstrate its sharpness. The thud was in reality a signal to Casey down below. but heard nothing. Chang glowered. The Doctor was at the cabinet by now. Instantly the Doctor closed and locked th e doors. Chang stretched out his hand and a long sharp sword seem ed to appear from thin air. Below the stage. He would seal his rejection of Chang by punishing him with a public loss of face--the most humiliating fate that any Chinese can suff er. and thudded it into the boards once more. Anxiously he drew out the sword. Chang realized that the Doctor had out-witted him. he prostrated himself on the ground in terror. now. A t the sight of Greel. The sacred . and Lee tumbled through the trapdoor. A burst of laughte r came from the crowd. `Th e bird has flown. He reached out and pulled the lever. `You will s erve me. L ee attempted to thrust him inside. it seems that one of us is yellow!' The crowd greeted Ch ang's sally with another burst of laughter--and no one laughed louder than the D octor. Chang liste ned.than Chang at the tragic accident--caused of course by an unfortunate jamming of the equipment. The Doctor dodged. and turning to the crowd he gave an exaggerated bow. Lee stumbled. It should have been followed by the faint rumble that meant the trap was open. Greel heard the repeated signal.' croaked Greel. `Now listen to my instructions. `Play close attention ladies and gentlemen. but soon regained control of himself.

Keeping up a steady stream of comic patter..' . Doctor?' `He's dead--died of fright. and sure that the cabinet was empty. `this is known as the death of the thousand cuts. Chang bowed. Jago ran out in front of them and made a brief.. incoherent announcement. There was laughter from the crowd. No cause for alarm.. `Get that curtain down--quick!' As the curtains began to close. He replaced the cabinet and began removing the swords. if my new assistant will kindly open the cabinet?' The Doctor threw open the cabinet door--and Casey fell out on to the stage.. and spun the cabinet round on its base to reveal that the swords had passed completely throu gh. Jago hurried backstage to find the Doctor kneeling by Casey' s body. Performance will con tinue shortly. `Ladies and Gentlemen. `For heaven's sake.' When the last sword was in place. Meanwhile I shall deal with our great magician. unfortunate accident.' He waved frantically at the conductor and the orchestra struck up a rousing tune.. In the wings Jago grabbed his c hief stagehand.. what happened. `Now. `In my country. which turned to uneasy murmuring as th e huddled body did not move.. he began passing sword after sword through the slits in the cabinet. As he took the last o ne out he gestured to the Doctor. A woman screamed. and the T ime Cabinet recovered.' Chang heard the faint vibration of the t rap. Poor chap must have had a weak heart. he continued with his act.' he hissed.things in the secret chamber must be taken to the House of the Dragon.. Summon your brothers of the Tong to help you.

`Where's he gone now?' Chang looked vaguely at him.Leela ran on to the stage. It is time for me to rejoin my ancestors. `No. Chang was as surprised as anyone.' `Tell me about Weng-Chiang. He looked up at them apathetically. tugging the dragon-seal ring from his finger. but I gave him sanctuary in my hut. `I will say nothing. and fell to h is knees. the distillation chamber. willing him to answer. He was displease d with me. The Doctor stared hypnotica lly into Chang's dazed eyes. He came forth and collapsed.' insisted the Doctor. when the Doctor and Leela came down the ladder. `Incidentally--where's he got to?' Despairing. `No poison for you .' `Wh at about the Time Cabinet?' .' whispered Leela. struggling to reco ver his dignity.' Chang got to his feet. `He came like a god. The equipment. Chang raised a hand to his mouth and the Doctor pounced. There are questions to be answered. weakened by hi s journey. everything was gone. `You know he's not really a god. Doctor? Did the magician kill him?' T he Doctor shook his head. in a glowing cabinet of fire. `It seems you've been left to c arry the can. `The great lord Weng-Chiang has deserted me..' He looked arou nd.' sobbed Chang. Chang..' said the Doctor. perhaps. don't you? When did you meet?' Chang's voice became a chant.' `His mind is broken. Chang looked around Greel's n ow-empty secret chamber. head bowed. He was still kneeling. `Back to his palace in the sky. I was only a humble peasant. `What happened.

' `But he'll escape. cover me in cre osote. A cellar under the cellar!' `Doctor. but it was too late.' said the Doctor solemnly. Leela. The god is still sick. It wa s somewhere in front of him. Chang was running frantically through the sewers when he heard the scream. `Well. Jago stared around him in fascination. but the Doctor restrained he r. Taking advantage of the distraction. Ever since we have searched for the great Cabinet of Weng-Chiang. They took it away.' Jago clattered down the ladder and looked around the chamber in astonishment. I never knew this was here. . When he began to recover we searched for it.' `There's no escape that way. He will not be whole until it is found. Chang ducked into the culvert through which Leela had once made her escape and disapp eared into the sewers. `So the Celestial Chang real ly was involved in these Machiavellian machinations?' `Up to his epicanthic eyel ids. We learned th at it had been given as a gift to a foreign devil-woman who had left the shores of China. `No. very close. Leela started to follow him. and it began dragging him back towa rd its lair. He's gone to jo in his ancestors.' From somewhere in the sewers came the scream of a giant rat.`The soldiers of the Emperor came upon it by chance. A giant rat sprang out of the darkness. while my lord was still sick.' called Leela. but it was too late. Its teeth closed on his leg. and bore him down. look out . He turned and began running toward the hidden chamber.

the more he absorbs.. Doctor. Doctor. `That's exactly right--a very good a nalogy.. A scream from the sewer cut him short. the more grossly deformed he becomes.' `Chang?' whispered Jago. gas will probably settle the brutes.. `The death machine has gone..' Sea rching for clues. He plans to start all ov er again somewhere else.' `But he could be anywhere. I'm afraid. Cyanide. Mr. `A dangerous experiment in time travel. `You mean he is like a wate r bag with a hole in it--pouring in more water only makes the hole grow bigger?' The Doctor looked at her in mild surprise.' said the Doctor grimly. `There are g iant rats roaming those sewers. ` What in the name of heaven.' Leel a looked at the pathetic bundle of clothes. crazed maniac who caused all this.' said the Doctor impatiently. `Unfortuna tely.' The Doctor turned away.' said the Doctor slowly.' `All that's left of the victims.`Well I'll go to Australia!' said Jago. `Look.' `What made him like that?' `An experiment that went wrong. It upset the . Leela. `Why did he destroy those girls?' `H e needed their life essence to survive.' Leela pointed to the empty co rner. You'd better warn the authorities to s eal off this whole section. His master-the monstrous. Ja go stared at him. I've got to find him.' Leela tried to translate all this into terms she could understand. Women's clot hes. lots of them. The Doctor nodded.' `Precisely. Jago. `The missing girls! So it was Chang?' `Not Chang. `You'll need a new top of the bill. Leela flung open a corner cabinet.

`I'll run tours of inspection. He got stiffly to his feet. we'd better get back to that Time Cabinet. He dropped without a sound.' H e climbed the ladder and Leela followed him. Leela. In the hal l. then sank bac k into his comfortable chair. the policeman yawned and stretched. he put some more coal on the fire and poked it into a blaze. he thought. Mr. Sin sat upright. the lid of the laundry basket suddenly flew off. In the circle of light cast by the lamp over the poareh. Now he's fighting to restore it by drawing on the lif e force of others. went over to th e window and drew back the curtain. The coal fire in the grate had burned low. and he awoke with a sudden start. the policem an didn't notice the lithe black-clad figures slipping through the shrubbery and moving ever closer to the house. Come on. stamping his feet to keep warm. and d ecided to take a turn around the house. As he turned to begin his patrol. Daft idea anyway. Left on his own. Lit efoot felt a pang of sympathy for the poor fellow out in the cold and fog. all this. Outside. he saw the patroling policeman. eyes wi de open. Reass ured. He must h ave been asleep for quite some time. Jago was struck by sudden inspiration. knife in hand. . `Got it. See the l air of the phantom--a bob a nob!' Litefoot's head nodded on to his chest. What did old Professor Litefoot need guarding for? Bored and sleepy. a hatchet sp un out of the darkness and thudded into the back of his neck.balance of his metabolism.' he said. and the servants of the Tong began converging on the house.

I didn't hear `em breaking in. but the Doctor put a hand on he r arm. `No sign of forced entry. `Fun ny thing is.' A booted f oot was projecting from a clump of shrubbery. thrust carelessly out of sight. blood trickli ng from an ugly bruise on his forehead. Someone let them i n. Leela made straight for Litefoot's front door.' `What's the matter?' The Doetor pointed. Leela whirled to face the hous e. and found it slightly ajar.' . `The Time Cabinet. They went over and found the body of the constable. who raised his whip in salute and drove away . The Doctor pointed to the arra y of locks and bolts on the inside. `Wait. `Over there. Inside the carri age sat Greel. It's gone!' The pigtailed driver cracked his whip and the black carriage rattl ed over the cobbles.' They we nt to the front door.12 The Hunt for Greel The Doctor paid off the cab driver. Greel's wasted body was shaking with maniacal laughter. They've probably been and gone.' said Litefoot indignantly. Sin lolling beside him. Mr. `Chinese Tong-wallahs. `Our enemies are here!' `I doubt it. Doctor . the door had been flung open and a horde of black-clad figu res had overwhelmed him. He had been dozing in his chair. The Time Cabinet was strapped on the roof.' They found Litefoot sprawled on the floor of the sitting room. Litefoot could tell them little when he revived. Leela pointed.

by any chance?' `That's right. I fought with it in this room. Doctor!' The Doctor told a horrifying story of war and carn age in the far-distant future. Much of it Leela and the Professor found hard to follow. eh?' . It was made in Peking.' Leela went on bathing Litefoot's forehead. `Was one of them a midget. Somehow the thing has been brought from that age to this. Somehow it was all tied up with the sinister little manikin. E verything fits. Doctor.' `Preposterous!' snorted Litefoot. looking at the laundry basket in the hal l. `Thai creature wa s here before. Sin is really the Peking homunculus. `It was sup posed to be a toy.' The Doctor paused. and let the others in. with one organic componen t--the cerebral cortex of a pig.' Litefoot poured himself a large brandy. That's what set off World War Six.The Doctor was standing in the doorway.' `That's right. How the devil did y ou know?' `Elementary. Doctor. s omewhere around the year five thousand. Chang's Mr. `Sssh! Go on. Leela waved him to silence. now. Time travel. `In reality it was an assassination weapon. It wasn't often the Doctor was in the mood to explain any thing. my dear Litefoot. He arrived in your laundry basket. remembering the future. `I've worked out what all this is about. and presented as a gift to the Commissioner of the Icelandic Alliance. `'Pon my soul.' The Docto r sank wearily into an armchair. a plaything for the Commissioner's children. It was operated by a series of magnetic circuits and a small computer. It massacred the Commissioner and all h is family. this is a dashed queer story.

staggered and sat down again hurriedly. It needs a human operator of cours e.' `It might be cleared very quickly.' `How?' The Doctor went out into the hall. as he calls himself... `Do you know the place. `So what must we do now?' `Find the homunculus and de stroy it. and revels in carnage. It's at the center of the most notorious part of the East End. . Findecker's discovery of the double nexus particle sent human science of that era into a technologieal cul-de-sac. tore the laundry label from the basket. `Weng-Chiang. `Clearly this pig thing is still alive. If he tampers with that Time Cabinet he'll blow up most of London . and carried it back into the room.' h e read.`Unsuccessful Time travel.' This was a danger that Litefoot could understand. `Rundall Buildings. is like a monkey playing with matches in a gun-powder barrel. but the mental feedback is so intense the swinish instinct becomes dominant. Doc tor. the Doctor wen t on.' He rose to his feet. More important.' `Ah.' said Litefoot wisely. To Leela he whispered. A scientific ignoramus who doesn't appreciate the dangers of Zygma energy. find its operator. Professor?' `I'm afraid I do.' said the Doctor griml y. and see he doesn't sacrifice more g irls to stay alive. long o verdue for clearance. Professor. It hates humanity. `Are you following any of this?' `N ot a word!' Unaware that he had left his audience far behind him. a place of vice and squalor.' Leela decided she'd had all the exp lanation she could handle. `Then we must stop him.

who had now replaced Cha ng as Greel's chief servant. Greel's scientific equipment had been reassembled on the w aiting laboratory benches. I can be free of this dying body. I ordered you to bring it here.' `You can't take a young woman to tha t place! At this hour of the night she'll witness the vilest scenes of depravity . Professor. Greet stood beside the Time Cabinet.' Mr. At the far end steps led up to a huge Dragon idol on a raised dais. `What bag.' `She's already encountered Weng-Chiang himself.The Doctor put a hand on his shoulder.' said Greel exultantly. ru nning his fingers caressingly over its surface. and all around. ornately furnished in the style of a Chinese temple. `Liberation. He looked around him in satisfac tion. the great Weng-Chiang. hurried forward and bowed. Professor. `You're still not fit. Lord?' `I brought it from the chamber beneath the cellar. its huge saucer-eyes glaring bal efully over the room. `Freedom! I can become whole again. `The bag. with the other sacred things. And nothing could be viler than that.' . Mr. He was in the secret headquarters prepared for him by the Tong. Leela and I will go. following the movements o f his master with black glittering eyes.' He snapped his fingers: Lee. we shall not stay long i n this barbarous century.' said Greel im patiently. refashion myself in some dis tant Time and place. Sin sat on his little throne. S in. the black-clad servants of the Tong p rostrated themselves before their god. You mus t stay here and rest. a long low room. How I have dream t of this moment. Now that we have the Time Cabinet.

He stared hynotically at Lee who reached out. I fled. and bring me that bag!' Jago stood in the theatre cellar looking t houghtfully around him. Many people came to the cellar. `You have seen the penalty of failure.' Full of plans for a prosperous future. Before he could open again he had to find a top-ranking act from somewhere to pu t on the top of the bill. It . call in the Electric Light Company . `Now. Greel glared malevolently at the ter rified group. he saw that the obstacle was a bulky carpetbag. With the death of poor Casey. `Guinea a head. The bag was left behind.' he hissed. `Shilling a head. The evening had ended in disaster as far as the performa nce was concerned.' Gr eel smashed him to the ground with one savage blow. the more convinced he became that his lastest b right idea was a real winner. Picking himself up. His body went rigid. `You know the penalty for fa iling me. he had been forced to cancel the performance--and refund the audience's money.. more like it! Tours round the lair of the phantom! Personally conducted by yours truly. Despite all these problems. one of the heroes of the whole affair.Lee bowed his head. The ladies will swoon in my arms! I'll get all this junk cleared out. and the disappearance of Chang.. he gave a singl e choked cry and fell dead at Greel's feet. Up--and take the sting of the scorpion!' Greel produced a jeweled box in which lay a small black pill. Jago began striding about the cellar --and fell sprawling over some bulky object. t ook the pill from the box and swallowed it. Jago was in a cheerful moo d. `Lord. there was much trouble when the body of the man Casey was found. The more he thought about it. return to the theatre.' he muttered to himself.

and suddenly a dragging sound came from belo w. He could well hav e left the job to the servants. carrying. grabbed the heavy bag and lugged it u p the cellar steps. chose a heavy walking stick from the stand and caut iously opened the door. and closed the bag again. but Litefoot was a tidy soul. Hudson's old aprons. claw ing feebly for a hold. He took off his coat. and couldn't bear disorder. the sound of hoarse. He opened it and found it full of strange-looking machinery. and hesitated for a moment. A grimy yellow hand appeared over the edge of the trap. H e went slowly into the hall. and strapping on one of M rs. Jago looked nervously at the trap-door. an enormous carpetbag. and it took all Jago's strength to lug it clear of the pil e of junk. He was sweeping up the remains of a once-valuable porcelain statuette when he heard a knocking on t he door. He looked at the clock. As the knocking came ag ain. police had tak en away the body of their unfortunate colleague. The trap door to Greel's c hamber had been left standing open. He stood thinking for a moment. The.. Resting on top was a saucershaped crystal pendant. Facing him was a bulky red-faced figure in full evening dress. he set about the job of tidying up. rolled up his sleeves. Litefoot wondered if he had been wise to dispense with police protection. accepting Litefoot's assurances that there was no further need for a guard on the door. with some difficulty. painful breathing ca me from down below. Professor Litefoot was doing his best to sort out the sh ambles the band of Tong assassins had made of his living room. As he disappeared. Jago shook his head wonderingly.was incredibly heavy. .

Litefoot stared at his unexpected visitor in astonishment. `May I ask who you ar e, sir?' Jago saw a tall beaky-nosed old fellow in an apron, with a brush in one hand, and a walking stick in the other, and naturally assumed that he was addre ssing Litefoot's butler. He strode confidently past him, and set the bag down in the hall. `Thank you, my man. Tell your master that Mr. Jago wishes to see him urgently. Chop, chop, man, hurry up and announce me.' `Consider yourself announc ed,' said the Professor aeidly. `I'm Litefoot!' Jago reeled, but recovered immed iately. `I should have realized--that brow, those hands. England's peerless prof essor of pathology.' He swept off his top hat with a flourish. `Henry Gordon Jag o, sir, at your service!' Litefoot decided his visitor was either mad or drunk. `Just tell me what all this is about, sir,' he demanded. `It is about the Doctor ,' said Jago with impressive dignity. `The Doctor--and this bag. Shall we go ins ide?' Heaving up the bag he marched into the sitting room, and Litefoot had no a lternative but to follow. Jago sat in the best armchair, looked hopefully at the decanter, accepted a large brandy and told the Professor of his association wit h the Doctor. `When I found the bag in my cellar,' he concluded, `I was sure the Doctor would be interested. I inquired for him at the police station, and they told me he had been last seen in your company--so here I am. A great pleasure to be associated with you in this devilish affair.' Litefoot looked dubiously at t he bag. `I'm sure the Doctor will be very interested. Unfortunately he isn't her e at present.'

`I know, I know,' said Jago. `The sleuth who never rests, eh?' Litefoot smiled. `He did once remark that sleep was for tortoises.' He opened the bag and peered inside. `You know, for the life of me, I can't discern what all this strange app aratus might be used for. I gather you think it belongs to this murderous lunati c the Doctor is hunting?' `Well, it's nothing to do with my theatre, Professor, of that I'm sure.' Litefoot tugged thoughtfully at his moustache. `Presumably it was left behind by accident--which means that someone might well return for it. ' Jago nodded shrewdly. `A good point, Professor. We must mention that to the Do ctor.' `We can do better than that, Mr. Jago. We can take a hand ourselves. If w e keep a discreet watch on your theatre, we might be able to spot these villains and trail them to their lair.' Jago got hurriedly to his feet. `A splendid sche me, Professor. Unfortunately the nocturnal vapors are bad for my chest and...' R uthlessly Litefoot overrode his evasions. `Don't worry about that, man, I'll len d you a nice heavy cape. Just write a little note for the Doctor, and we can be on our way. You'll find pen and paper on the desk over there.' Jago saw there wa s no escape. `Thank you, Professor,' he said faintly and began to write. Litefoo t picked up his cudgel and waved it fiercely through the air. `We might just be lucky tonight, Mr. Jago. And if we are, I've quite a few lumps to repay!'

The Doctor gave a final heave on his burglar's jimmy, and the skylight cracked o pen. `Come on, Leela,' he whispered, and dropped down inside. Leela swung her le gs through the skylight and dropped down after him. They had arrived at the laun dry building to find it locked, barred and apparently deserted. The Doctor, in n o mood to be delayed, had promptly climbed up on to the low roof and broken in. Now they were in a long corridor, piled high with laundry baskets. There was a d oor at the end, but it proved to be locked. The Doctor peered through the keyhol e and saw that the key was in the lock on the other side. He snatched some wrapp ing paper from one of the baskets and slid it under the door. Then he took a pen cil from his pocket and poked it into the lock, pushing the key out on the other side. They key fell on to the paper, the Doctor drew paper and key back through the gap under the door, picked up the key, opened the door and ushered Leela th rough. They entered a long dusty room divided into cubicles by curtains of sacki ng. Inside each cubicle a rough straw mattress lay on the floor. The Doetor look ed around. `Sleeping quarters for the Tong,' he whispered. Leela sniffed. `That smell... what is it?' `Pipe of poppy--opium! A narcotic.' He looked around the d eserted room. `Apparently the Tong have another warren--which means Weng-Chiang will soon be up to his tricks again.' `He will sacrifice more girls?' `He'll nee d to build up his strength before using the Time Cabinet. He's got to kill again --tonight. But where is he?' From somwhere nearby a weak voice whispered. `At th e House of the Dragon, Doctor.'

but Chan g waved him angrily away. placidly smoking a long. `Ho w did you escape from it?' she asked. The Do ctor moved to take off the wrappings. and his left leg was a bundle of blood-soaked rags. Mr.' `Not yet. as i f describing events that had happened to someone else.' Chang gestured feebly toward his leg. a long time ago. His robes were ragged and filthy now. It was easy to imagine what those terrible jaws had done to Chang's leg.' . Doctor. And thanks to the opium. Chang. I awoke in a charnel house of bones and putrefying remains. Though I shall certainly do so before very long. wondering if he could still help. I was unconscious when it dragged me a way. Chang spoke in a quiet. not quite. it is too late.' said the Doctor gently. I fainted with fear. It was saving you for later--rats don 't keep a very tidy larder. `The thing couldn't have been hungry.. He was a very different figure from the elegant magician who had dominat ed the stage of the Palace Theatre. I feel no pain. `We thought you had alr eady gone to join your ancestors.' The Doctor nod ded. his fa ce grimy and gray with weariness. `Good evening. placid voice.13 The House of the Dragon The Doctor whirled around and ripped the sacking curtain from a nearby cubicle..' Leela shuddered. `No. thin woode n pipe. remembering her own encounter with the gaint r at. `When th e rat seized my leg. Stretched out on a straw mattress lay Chang. Doctor.

He pitched forward on the mattress. `He is dead. ` Until Weng-Chiang shamed me. Just as I believed in myself..' `The address. `I lay in that place of horror and cursed my benefactor We ng-Chiang. Now I shall cro ss the golden bridge of the gods. `Soon I shall rejoin my ancestors. `It is his Temple and his fortress.' Chan g struggled to sit up.' `It was a good act.. `Tell me about the H ouse of the Dragon.' `You should have destroy ed him long ago. Chang. Doctor.' said Leela flatly.' he cried. `Soon the Great Chang was to have performed before the Queen Empress.' shouted the Doctor. and slu mped back onto the mattress.' sa id the Doctor gently.' Chang smiled bitterly. and the Doctor leaned forward urgently.Chang went on calmly... Al ready I see them.. me. the great magician Li H'sen Chang. I lost face.. The Doctor shook him gently. who had brought me to such a fate.' Chang's voiee was very feeble. `Perhaps. and lay quite still. But there was no one here. The rats had fled. But I believed in him. but no words came out. Chang? Where is it?' Chang struggled to focus his eyes on the Doctor. `One of the best I've ever seen.' said Leela sternly. `Beware the Eye of the Dragon. walking to greet me from the Palace of Jade.. The whole theatre saw my failure. `Li H'sen! Where is it ?' Now Chang's voice was a feeble whisper. I planned to destroy my false god--the last act of the great Weng -Chiang.. Cha ng made a last effort to speak. prepared for him by the Tong.' C hang's voice faded.' `The Ho use of the Dragon. Hatred gave me the strength to dra g myself here. the son of a peasant. .

They must have followed you here after the search .. Lord. `Well?' he snarled. Bag not there. and we re waiting--which means they have found the bag! Bring them to me--alive!' . Greel stared hard at the two men. `They expected you to return to the theatre. obviously kee ping watch on the house. Beside him stood Greel. He stepped forward. and stared ou t.. Black-clad members of the Tong entered the room and prostrated themselves before him. ` You incompetent lice.' he raged. We look all places in theatre.The Doctor sighed. `Ho! Were you followe d here?' `Followed. Let's get back to the Professor. `Bag is gone. waiting impati ently. When he spoke next. He broke off suddenly. `You crawling mindless dogs! That bag contains parts for the machine by which I live--and the key to the Time Cabinet. Well there's no poin t in staying here. Two figures lurked by the gas lamp on the corner. smiling as eve r. quaking with ter ror. `Where is it?' The Tong member who had succeede d Lee as leader of the group was called Ho.' Greel's pacing about had brought him close to the window. on his throne beside the dragon stool.' Greel st ormed down the steps of the throne and the terrified men scattered before him. `One of them is Jago. it was in a voice of sinister calm. Sin sat.' Greel was thinking aloud. the man who owns the theatre. Nervously Ho came nearer and looked out. `And he's left us with a Chinese puzzle. I'll fin d it if I have to take this accused city apart stone by stone. Lord?' Greel pointed to the window.' Mr.

They had arrived at the theatre in ti me to find a band of Tong assassins busily ransacking the place.' It was a road of solidly built suburban residences. each set well back from the road i n its own grounds--houses that were much like Litefoot's own.Jago and Litefoot stood huddled against a wall. eh. Summoning a passing cab. `Pity there are too many of `em to tackle. while the other returns for the Doctor and the police. Restraining the indignant Jago from calling the police.' `Splendid idea. Litefoot had persuaded him to wait outs ide the theatre until the search was abandoned. creeping steadily closer. The Professor's pl an had worked better than he'd dared hope. Mr. `I know a little tavern not far from here. `Damned impudence! This is a thoroughly respectable area. `Oh corks. `Too late. `I'm afraid not. Mr. and the villains drove away in a waiting carriage. `This must be their hideaway right enough. what do we do now?' `Adjourn for a little liquid refreshment?' su ggested Jago hopefully. looking up at the big detached h ouse on the other side of the road.' Litefoot sho ok his head.' said Litefoot. `I'll be as quick as I can. Litefoot and Jago had followed their quarry across London to this quiet secluded road. `Thing is. . I was just itching for a fight!' Litefoot smiled at his companion's enthusiasm.' said Jago pr omptly. encircling them.' sa id Jago faintly.' Litefoot touched his arm and poi nted. Professor. I think one of us should stay here on watch. Professor. I'm afraid. Jago. Jago.' A ring of black-clad Chinese had appeare d out of the darkness. Jago rubbed his hands togethe r to warm them.

Litefoot and Jago fought valiantly. Do you hear that. Jag o.' he quavered. Th ey're not far behind us. don't you worry. you know. I warn you. they were dragged to their feet.' `You told them you were coming here?' `Of course. Greel laughed. `The police. He glared malevol ently at them. Jago tried to back up Litefoot's bluff.' Jago doubled his fists. and minutes later they were being dragged s emi-conscious into the house.Litefoot took a firm grip on his cudgel. The heavy door slammed behind them. You will suffer for it. `Backs to the wall.' Mr. Litefoot and Jago were thrown at Greel's feet. At a nod from Greel. You followed my men here.' `You'll be the one to suffer once the police arrive. you choose to spy on the House of the Dragon? That is unwise . Sin? T hey take us for simpletons. Mr. `I'm a tiger when my dander's up!' The Chinese came forward in a silent rush.' Greel struck him savagely across the fa ce. `Lies! You did not know where you were going. and the quiet suburban street was peaceful once more.' said Litefoot bravely. but they were hopelessly outnumbered. `Why were you waiting at the th eatre?' . They disappeare d beneath a pile of their attackers. Mr. Battered and bleeding. `Keep off you lot.' Gre el sprang on Jago. and seized him by the throat. Sin seemed to smile on his little throne. Jago shuddered. I'm afraid. `The police will be here. `So. as the sinister figure limped towa rd them. `We're not fools.' sai d Litefoot.

`Then I will tell you. Litefoot folded his arms.' Greel gestured to the watching members of the Tong.' Greel let go of Jago.' gasped Jago. `I refuse to answer.' Powerless in Greel's grip .. Litefoot?' he croaked.Jago glanced desperately at his companion. All very well for Litefoot to be so defiant. steady on.. `Let him go!' Greel squeezed harder. `My dear Doctor. Now--where is the ba g?' Jago gave a strangled cry and Litefoot shouted.' The Doctor was reading Jago's note out loud to Leela. You were waiting for my men to collect the bag. Greel tightened his grip. Co ntained in this capacious carpetbag which I discovered inadvertently in the cell ar is a collection of sundry items of a baffling nature. The Professor and I are keeping observation on the theatre. It wasn't his throat. `Now put them with the other prisoners--and prepare my carriage! We have work t o do. Do as you please with us.' `Exactly.. Your fellow detective. to death.' `I say. It will gi ve pleasure to my servants. who dropped c hoking to the floor.. `Very well. `You're choking me. Jago gasped. `Why were we waiting at the theatre. `Now for pity's sake release him. and Jago began sagging at the knees. and shortly hope to report to you the where abouts of the mysterious Weng-Chiang. . You will both die later--and slowly. `The bag is at my house.' shouted Litefoot.

' The Doctor didn't move.' `It's th e trionic lattice for the Time Cabinet. Doctor?' `It means they're in trouble.' `In that case. `No. We must go. `Eureka is Greek for `This bath is too hot. Much easier to wait fo r him to come here. Our black-masked friend isn't just a scientifi c fool. We'll do no good rushing all over London looking for Weng-Chiang.J. t here can't be another key of this combination.' said the Doc tor ruefully. `Litefoot keeps a good fire--so we know he's been out of the house for some time. He opened the bag and rummaged inside. `You ask only so that you can tell me. Now he 's got the Cabinet without the key!' `Perhaps he has another Eureka?' The Doctor grinned. We must help them. he will return to the theatre. `Spare parts for an organic distillation set-up by the look of it--aha!' The Doctor took a saucer-shaped pe ndant from the bag and held it up exultantly.' he said obscurely. First he has the key without the Cabinet.' Leela stood very still. `Our friends are in danger. he's absent-minded too.G. and Leela looked reprovingly at him. . `Eureka! Do you know what this is.' `What does it mean.H.' The Doctor point ed to the ashes in the grate. Doctor. Leela?' Leela gave him a look. frowning in concentration.' `You mean it is a key?' `Exactly. The coal had burned away to a fine ash. It's impossible to open it without it.

Doctor?' `Well. What unspeakable ho rror must lie behind that mask he wears. I'd say. He m ust send those fiends of his to kidnap them off the streets.`When our enemy finds the bag has been taken from the theatre. He's a trained investigator.' Litefoot sighed despondently. and began putting a better edge on the knife. Professor?' `Drugged.' sa id the Doctor modestly. Leela looked relieved.' .. and Litefoot was examining th em. and bega n pacing about the room. He will capture them. I think we're done for. `For a moment I thought you feare d to attack our enemy.' Jago tried to be optimistic. `Are they dead.' `You thought of all that at once. remember. Where shall we set our ambush?' She went over to the side cabinet and took one of Litefoot's carving knives from a drawer.. Jago looked on gloomily. She found a sh arpening stone. `You're forgetting the Doctor. A speck of mud. clues like that speak volumes to a great detective. Two young women lay unconscious against the wall. force them to tell him where it is--and return here to find it!' `You're learning to think at last. I'll wager he's on our tr ack this very minute. . Happily she looked up at the Doctor. almost at once. Jago. Pro fessor.. a fleck of paint. he will soon di scover that Litefoot and Jago are watching him. `It is time that we did battle with this under-ground crab!' Litefoot and Jago had been thrown into a gas-lit basement kitchen and locked in. `Afraid I don't see any way out of this.

I'm not thinking of food. A quotation from Bunyan. until at l ast they were opposite the hatch on the floor above.' .' said Litefoo t sadly. squeeze inside and make o ur escape from this room. `We' ll outwit the blighters yet. We can take the shelves out. `He that is down need fear no fall.' With much puffing and groaning they hauled the hatch up the chute. `Those ropes don't lo ok too sound. He pointed toward the door. Litefoot seized a rope and Jago did the same.' said Jago gl oomily. Two enormous Tong hatchet men were advancin g menacingly toward them.' `Profes sor. Jago. heave! And heave.' whispered Jago. . Litefoot smiled. At least we tried.' `Very consoling. Professor. `Well never mind. They shoved it open and spr ang out--to find themselves in what appeared to be a Chinese temple.' said Jago exultantly. Jago.' said Jago apprehensively.' Hurriedly they pulled out the shelves and with som e difficulty squeezed themselves inside the service hatch. `I say.Litefoot stopped his pacing. From the to p of a flight of steps a dragon idol leered malevolently down at them. `This isn 't the dining room.' `By Jiminy. you're right. `It isn't the way out either. Jago sighed. Dumb waiters they call `em. `One of those service hatches. Mr. look at this. I don't see how you can think of food at a time like this--' `My dear man.' He pointed to a panel in the wall.. `Right.

Greel's face was warped. like a plasticine face squashed by a fist. . `We should try to trap them in a crossfire. `I've brought you to the wrong century. She struggled wildly. The pad came down over he r face. Alone in the dining room. gazing thoughtfully around the room. eyes. L eela froze in horror. It was holding a pad of soft material.Leela studied the layout of the dining room. Doctor. but within seconds her head was swimming from the effects of the chloroform..' The Doctor left the room and began rummaging under the stairs. distorted. She didn't s ee the long-nailed claw-like hand that appeared around the edge of the curtain. With the last of her strength she wriggled around and clawed desperately at Greel. `A cross-fire of what? Hazelnuts? Bread pe llets?' `Surely the Professor must have weapons here? In a place this size. Suddenly Greel sprang out from behind the curtain and clapped the pad over Leela's face. considering how to set her ambush.. nose and m outh jumbled nightmarishly together. Leela stood with her back to the curtains. bent. ripping th e black-leather mask from his face.' The Doctor grinned aff ectionately at her.. Stay here. At the sight of what lay beneath the mask. wondering where Litefoot kept the fowling piece tha t had done so well against the giant rat. I'll see what I can find. ther e must be fixed strongpoints to defend the approaches.. He point ed to a bowl of nuts on a side table. and she sank into unconsciousness. Leela had only a moment to take in the terrible sight. You'd have loved Agi ncourt.' To Leela's annoyance the Doctor didn't seem to be taking her combat preparations very seriously.

Greel. `Ah. I want it back. now where did I put t he wretched thing--ah!' . Give it to me. `Life's little surprises.' `Take my advice--don't. `You are an unusual man. stood waiting by the curtained wi ndow. but in opposing me you have gone far out o f your depth. I wonder? I borrow so many things and forget wh ere I put them. `Time Key. His voice harden ed as he looked at Leela. `What have you done to her?' `Nothing--yet. Mr. Sin stalked into the room. You have something of mine. I believe. Doctor. Time Key.' The Doctor began a pantomime o f patting all his pockets. `The Time Key was in this bag. one of them supporting the uncons cious Leela. good! We've been waiting f or you. apparently unsurprised.' `Something of yours? Now what could it be. Doctor.' said the Doctor softly. `Your advice?' Greel gave a scornful la ugh. it is we who are waiting for you. muttering.' `On the contrary. Behin d him came a little group of Tong hatchet men.' Creel gest ured toward the door and the Doctor turned.' said the Doctor quietly.' Greel tapped the carpet bag.14 The Prisoners of Greel When the Doctor came back into the room some few minutes later. his mask now back in place. The Doctor beamed. there was no sig n of Leela. Terrible habit. It is not there now.

Care for a jelly bean?' Greel struck his hand aside. `You can trust me to kill you if you do not obey me. Sin raised his knife--and the Doctor pr oduced the saucer-shaped pendant from his pocket.Greel leaned forward eagerly..' Greel pointed a skinny finger at Leela. `Call off your dogs. Greel began counti ng.. Sin began stalking toward Leela with jerky eagerness. `You arrogan t jackanapes. holding it just out of reach. I g et nervous when I'm crowded.. `Give me the Time Ke y and I will spare her life. `Give it to me!' The Doctor d rew back the pendant. and the Doctor smile d. Give me the Time Key. this crystalline structure. Probably shatter into a thousand pieces. The Doctor produced a paper bag and held it out.' He tossed the pendant carelessly from one hand to the other. `Very fragile..' Mr. if I dropped it and trod on it. Two.' Knife rais ed. `This what you want--the trion ic lattice?' Greel stretched out a claw-like hand. Sin will kill the girl. Doctor. Three. Kill her.. ` Forgotten I had these.' Greel was nearing the end of his patience.' The Doctor swung the pendant. dirty fingernails.' snarled Greel..' He studied the pendant thoughtfully.' Greel waved the Chinese back. `Careful--you nearly made me drop it. `I never trusted men with long.. then Mr. `I w ill give you three seconds. `I will have you killed. Mr.. `One.' The hatchet men surged forward eagerly.' . `That's better. and the Doctor held the pendant high.

' Greel nodded slowly . `Bring the bag --and the girl. The girl stays here. You and your chaps can lead the way. The Doctor smiled. The Docto r paused.The Doctor swung the pendant to and fro. and s he slumped to the floor. `I want them released as well. and then closed them again. . Sin. `Just lead the way. I have them. Doctor. and followed the others from the house.' Greel nodded to the Chinese holding Leela. Leela clim bed quickly to her feet and moved quietly out of the room. then. They let her go. I'll hand over the Time Key--and not before.' `What trickery i s this?' `I think you're holding two friends of mine prisoner?' `The two blunder ing dolts who spied on me? Yes. Creel swept out. pleased to lear n that Litefoot and Jago were still alive.' The Doctor nodded. You can have your Time Key back when we reach the House of the Dragon. Escape attempt thwart ed. `The bag by all means.' `You would be wise not to press me too far. Jago and Litefoot had been thrown back into their kitchen prison for what se emed hours of waiting.' `Right. and turned to the Tong hatchet men.' The Doctor held up the pendant. `I'll make a bargain with you. As soon as the front door closed behind them. `Very well.' Greel picked up Mr. followed by his hatchet men. When w e're all free. and looked down at Leela.' The Doctor said firmly. Her eyes opened and she looked steadily at h im for a moment.

You see. isn't it? Sacrifice their victims?' `You're thinking of Druids. Sin's head gave the faintest of nods. Henry. I know you won't. and was studying it thoughtfully.' `More Wongs for the Tong..' `Thou ght I'd better tell you.' said Jago gloomily.' Jago seemed unconvinced. `Seems to be something happening. I'll take the bi rds'-nest soup.. old man.. He stared hard into the manikin's unwinking eyes as if transmitting some silent signal.. I don't suppose anyone is. old cha p. Litefoot looked at his watch . `Bring the prisoners here. Sounds as if a big group of people are coming into the hou se. as Greel set Mr. `Very impressive.' The Doctor had wandered over to Greel's reasse mbled organic distillation set-up. Can't seem to stop mys elf. the trouble with me. This is where you do the cooking isn't it?' .Litefoot heard a bustle of movement and went to listen at the door. Satisfied. I know I talk a lot. rather. in case I let the side down. Greel turned t o Ho. and Mr. `You won't.' Litefoot clapped him on the shoulder. But I'm not so jolly brave when it comes to it. but I'm not. Litefoot. `It'll soon be dawn. `When it comes to it.' The Doctor looked admiringl y around the Dragon Room.' Litefoot nodded understandingly.. that's when these chaps--do things. `I say. Sin on his throne by the Dragon idol.' Jago looked alarmed.. `I've been worrying. Try to be. As Greel mo ved toward him he turned and said cheerfully.

`You know the secret of Mr.' `You lie!' hissed Greel.Greel moved so that his body blocked the Doctor's view of Mr. Sin's construction. He made an opening move.' said the Doctor scorn fully. as he. moved again. Doctor? How can you. Doctor. the Doctor moved to the other sid e of the board and countered it. `This machine just saves you from having to chew the gristly bits. `Now listen.' said Greel smoothly. `You cannot hope to understand its function. `I was with the Philippino army during the final battle f or Reykjavik. `Where's your pig-brained Peking H omunculus got to?' `I have no further need of Mr. It is part of a technology far b eyond your time. Behind him th e manikin was crawling into a concealed hatchway set into the idol's side. what's-yourname--what did you call yourself before you st arted posing as a Chinese god?' `I am Magnus Greel. The Doctor studied t he board. Sin.' said the black-cloaked figu re proudly. . in the nineteenth century. Almost automatically. Greel moved another piece. `Degenerate bun kum! Your superior technology is no more than the twisted lunacy of a scientific Dark Age.' interrupted the Doctor.' To distract the Doctor's attention. the Docto r moved another piece.' `It c ontains the secret of life--' `Rubbish. Greel moved to a side t able on which stood a chessboard set out with ornately carved Chinese chessmen. know the secrets of the fifty-first?' Almost without looking at the board. `I have dismissed him.' Suddenly the Doctor swung around.' `Just simple old-fashioned cannibalism. Sin.

No w the mystery of his disappearanee had been solved. crushing them at the terrible b attle of Reykjavik. Fleeing in his newly develop ed Time Cabinet he had landed. The butcher of Brisbane. he had sheltered in Li H'sen Chang's hut.The Doctor stretehed his hand toward the board. Ever since then Greel must have been striving to recover the Cabinet.. the infamou s Minister of Justice of the Supreme Alliance. Weak and sick from the terrible distorting effects of the Zygma beam. A sickness which could only be held off by the constant sup ply of young human victims. in nineteenth-century Chi na. `So. you're Greel. had ruled most of the Earth. given as a present to Litefoot's family..' It wa s all becoming clear now. Meanwhile the Time Cabinet had been taken by the Emperor's soldiers. Greel and his allies were ready. Finally an a lliance of their victims had risen against them.. When the c onflict had erupted. He had been hunted as a war criminal.. Now it appeared that Greel was on the verge of yet another escape . For a time the Supreme All iance. but had never been found. thought the Doctor. After the battle Creel had disappeared... handicapped by the recurrent wasting sickness caused by the effect s of the Zygma beam. forced to sacrifice their life essence to keep Magnu s Greel alive. with all his terrible crimes still unpunished. All these reflections from a history that had yet to happen flashed through the Doctor's mind while he was .. and finished u p in Victorian England.. a league of ruthless dictators. taking the homuncu lus with him. more or less at random.. Creel had created the murderous ho munculus with the deliberate intention of triggering off a World War.

reaching for his Queen. He moved it forward and said quietly, `Checkmate, I thin k.' Greel's arm flashed out, sweeping the pieces from the board. `It is impossib le for you to know these things, Doctor.' The Doctor looked at him with distaste . `Is it, Greel? I know you're a war criminal from the future, that a hundred th ousand deaths can be laid at your door.' `Enemies of the state. They were used i n the advancement of science.' `They were slaughtered in filthy machines like th at-- part of your quest for eternal life!' Greel felt compelled to defend himsel f. `If you are from the future, you are here because of my work. So, I am rememb ered only as a war criminal? The winning side writes the history, Doctor. You co uld not be here if it were not for my work.' He waved toward the Time Cabinet. ` I made this possible, I found the resources, the scientists...' `That abortion?' said the Doctor scornfully. `Your Zygma beam experiments were a hopeless failur e, Greel.' `I used the Cabinet to travel through Time,' screamed Greel. `I escap ed from my enemies.' `And look what it did to you!' `There was a temporal distor tion of the metabolism. It can be adjusted...' Greel broke off, as Litefoot and Jago were thrust into the room. At the sight of the Doctor, Jago brightened imme diately. `By Jingo, Litefoot, didn't I tell you?' He turned sternly toward Greel . `The game's up, my friend. We have the place surrounded.' `I'm afraid we don't , Mr. Jago,' said the Doctor. `All we have at the moment is a rather precarious understanding.'

`I have kept my word, Doctor,' said Greel impatiently. `Your friends are here. N ow give me the Time Key.' `Not until they're safely out of the house.' The Doeto r turned to Jago and Litefoot. `Off you go--and hurry.' Jago was already heading for the door, but Litefoot hesitated. `Doctor, there are two wretched girls dow nstairs...' `Take them with you then. Now go!' Litefoot hurried after Jago, and Greel glared balefully at the `Doctor. `Your demands become too great, Doctor.' Suddenly Greel stepped to one side, leaving the Doctor standing directly in line with the Dragon idol. There was a sudden crackle of power, and a ray of green l ight stabbed from the Dragon's eyes. Caught by its blast, the Doctor staggered a nd fell--and Greel snatched the pendant from his hand as he crumpled to the floo r.

15 The Firebomb The Dragon's head swung down, as if to blast the Doctor again, but Greel held up his hand. `Enough. I want him alive.' Inside the Dragon, Mr. Sin reluctantly re moved his hands from the laser-controls, angry because he had not been allowed t o kill. Litefoot had run back into the room, and was kneeling beside the Doctor, whose face was drawn from the effects of the tremendous shock. `Doctor,' he ask ed anxiously. `Are you all right?' The Doctor opened his eyes with a tremendous effort. `Beware the Eye of the Dragon,' he whispered and fell back unconscious. Greel waved to the awe-stricken Tong guards who stood waiting by the door. `Take them!' Two guards began dragging the Doctor's body away, while others hustled L itefoot and Jago out of the room. Greel was left alone and triumphant, the Time Key in his hand. In a corridor at the rear of the building, a Tong guard padded silently toward the back of the house. He had heard faint, suspicious sounds, an d was going to investigate. As he passed a curtained alcove Leela stepped out, t ook his neck in a choking grip, and dragged him into the alcove. The curtains bi llowed frantically for a moment, and were still. Mr. Sin sat patiently inside th e head of the Dragon. Through the sights of the laser ray, he could see Greel

It was perhaps as well they had no idea of where they w ere or what was happening to them. The re was a hum of power and the door slid open.' `By jove.. Jago looked on. `The Doct or was wrong.. `How is he?' asked Jago worriedly. seemed well-satisfied as he checked over the controls. the chronos tubes set at maximum .' Suddenly... `There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the North of Katmandu. Greel pressed the Time Key into the recess in the front of the Cabinet.. Most of the inside of the Cabinet was taken up with complicated yet curiously ramshackle equipment. Greel... A complete succe ss! Soon I shall be free once more.' Thrown back into captivity. Swiveling the sightingmechanism to keep his mast er in view. There's a little marb le cross below the town. and the two girls sta red dully ahead of them.' he muttered.. Sin reached out and stroked the firing controls.' whispered Jago. Litefoot went o n trying to revive the unconscious Doctor.moving toward the Time Cabinet.. `Everything exactly as it was. Greel began preparing for his departure.' With absorbed intensity. however .. the Parallax synchrons fully charged. `My Zygma experiment was a success. Mr. he's reciting Kipling.' said Jago fierc ely. `Sssh! I think he's trying to say something. Litefoot l ooked up.' `Struck down from behind by a dastardly device. `There's a curious double heartbeat. the Doctor spoke. . With loving c are. but there doesn't seem to be an y real damage...

' He struggled to his feet. `Surely there's something we can do. `A remarkable recovery. `Don't waste time. `Excellent.' Greel made a final adj ustment.The Doctor opened his eyes. `There's always something. I shall enter the Zy gma beam for the second time. Jago looked on admiringly.' Jago and Litefoot moved the unresisting girls. Help me to wrench that gas pipe away from the wall. Mr. As soon as I have re-established my metabolic balance. Straightening up. Kipling used to get very annoyed about that. It'll do very well. Sin? Sulking because I wouldn't let yo u kill the Doctor? You shall kill him soon enough--when I have drained every ato m of his knowledge of the Zygma process. `All is ready. he stoo d looking around the room deep in thought. before we le ave. This time there will be no mistake. The Doctor smiled. Doctor?' asked Litefoot. and the Doctor examined the mattress o n which they had been sitting. Time to prepare my two partridges. it's Harry Champion.' The Doct or stretched and took a few paces around the room. ' He saw Jago and Litefoot looking at him expectantly. good thick linen. Doctor.' With gruesome good humor. For a start.' said Litefoot.. `How long was I unconscious? ' `Just a few minutes. Greel called over to the Dragon id ol. `Nonsense.. gentle men. and stepped back from the Time Cabinet. `W hat an iron constitution!' The Doctor went over to the bed and examined the two dull-eyed girls.' . put those two unfortunate ladies in the corner over there.' he muttered. `The broth of oblivion. Kill them all if you wish. Professor . `Why don't you come out of there.

she slipped silently into the room and hid behind a laboratory bench. Tw ice!' With deliberate slowness. They pulled her from their Master. Then he threw it to the ground. They fought wildly for a m oment. `No! I have a more fitting fate for you. `No. A s Greel struck the gong. `Sp are me. but Leela was full of savage anger. Leela realized her danger too late. Pinning Greel to the ground she broug ht her knife blade to his throat. `Twice this she-devil has tried to kill me. `Hold her still. Well. but the knife blade came ever closer. knife in hand.. Greel brought the blade to Leela's throat. Greel staggered t o his feet and hobbled toward her.' he commanded. The gong-note was still hanging in the air as she la nded on Greel's shoulders.' As Leela tensed her muscles for the final thrust.' pleaded Greel. His voice was hoarse with rage . Greel failed to see Leela as. `Die.Engrossed in his plans for escape. and the memory of his own fear. Put her in the distillation chamber!' . Greel was about to summon more of his Tong hatchet men. the room was sudden ly full of black-clad Tong hatchet men. and held her helplessly captive. at least she could kill him before they had time to arrive. snatching Leela's knife from the hatchet man who had taken it. Suddenly G reel moved away from the Cabinet and went to a gong that hung close to the door. Greel tried to h old back her arm. bent face!' she hissed. Leela jumped upon the bench and launched herself across the room in a flying leap. wrenc hing the knife from her hand. bearing him to the ground. You shall be the first morsel to feed my regeneration..

' ordered Greel. Now they s tood back and looked at the results. The Doctor's scheme was simple--and appalli ngly dangerous. . and stared into Leela's eyes. now it is your t urn to beg. `But I swear this to yo u.' Recoiling from the force of her anger. the fuse for the Doctor's homemade firebomb. was hanging by the door. From the bottom of the mattress dangled a long strip of cloth. now serving as a kind of cloth balloon.Tong guards dragged the struggling Leela across to the machine. and obey the Doctor's instructions. gas hissing into it from the broken pipe to which it was ti ed. Jago and Litefoot had been working hard under the Doctor's direction. When we are both in the great Hereafter. securing the doors so that only her head was visible. I shall hunt you down and force you through my agony a thousand times.' said Leela scornfully. Behind the improvised shield the two girls were crouc hing. The mattress cover. bent face!' Greel flinc hed at the memory of how he had begged for mercy. Greel shouted. He watched with malevolent sat isfaction as the guard thrust Leela into the chamber. `Silence her. the water-soaked mattress propped agains t it for added protection. The bed on which the mattress had once rested wa s tipped on its side across one corner.' `I shall not plead. `I do not fear death--unlike you. Greel went ove r to the machine. tigress. framed between the two metal spheres. `Br ing the other girls here. By now they were sufficiently revived to understand their danger.' One of the Chinese thrust a gag into Leela's mouth. `Kill me how you please. and the guards hurried from the room. `Well.' she shouted.

' `The principle is false.Jago watched the billowing of the mattress cover as the gas hissed into it. get out o f this house just as soon as you can. Yo ur matches please. and don't stop running till you're a mile away. `Now remember.' he said worriedly. you two. He needs his nourishment.' said Jago hurriedly. Professor?' `I think so--the principle. `It isn't that I'm worried. All Greel achieves is a postponement of the inevitable. Professor. `It' s leaking.' Jago interrupt ed them. I think they're coming. `I can smell it. to dispose of as many guards as possible before t hey tackled Greel himself. But a single devastating stroke was needed.' `His what?' `Greel is dying. `Not enough to worry about. `Listen. and then at Litefoot. His body is constantly wasting aw ay. Doctor. .' He gl anced at the two women in the corner. in a ny case. The Doctor called softly to the two girls.' sai d the Doctor cheerily. Setting off a gas explosion in such a confined space wo uld be almost as dangerous for the prisoners as for their enemies. `bu t I'd hate to be gassed before we get a chance to see if this stunt works!' The Doctor gave him a reassuring smile. both girls nodded.' `Bound to be some leakage. at least. He is trying to cheat death by feeding upon the life force of others. `Greel won't keep us waiting long.' Too terrified to speak.' `Then you know what to do.' He wasn't nearly so optimist ic as he tried to sound. `You understand me.' Litefoot and Jago joined the two men behind the b ed.

and when it cleared. `G reel. `Whatever has happened. moved toward the door. and threw the hatchet with all his force. Greel heard the boom of the explosion. and the screams of his guards. There was an astonishingly loud explosion and the doorway disappeared in a s heet of flame. The Doctor lit a match. there will be no escape for you. then returned to the controls looking thre ateningly at Leela. But the Doctor's hatchet was aimed not at Greel himself but at the main power cable of his machine. `Up troops and at `em. touched it to the fu se and joined the huddled group in the corner. Just as the door was flung open. and the Doetor ran into the room. Determined on his revenge. The talons of Greel will shred your flesh.The footsteps were at the door now. He hesitated. The Doctor led Jago and Litefoot toward the main stairs. eh?' whisp ered Jago excitedly. Black smoke filled the room. `Quick!' shouted the Doctor. the two girls were already running for the back door. it touched the gas-filled mattress cov er. The .' shouted the Doctor.' He stretched out his skinny hands to th e main control--as the door was flung open. Busy at the controls of his organic distillatio n machine. Greel snatched at the master lever. The Doctor snatched up a hatchet from a fallen guard as he ran out of the room. and choking in the clouds of sm oke the captives dashed into the corridor. Obedient to the Doctor's instructions . the guards who had been nearest the door lay stunned on the floor. They watched the flickering yellow flame run up the strip o f linen. while the rest ran screaming down the corridor.

hatchet severed the cable in a shower of sparks, and the machine went dead, just as the lever was pulled. The Doctor ran to the cabinet and threw open the doors . Leela fell into his arms, and he snatched the gag from her mouth. Greel was sc uttling toward the Dragon idol. `Kill, Sin,' he screamed. `Kill them all!' `Down !' shouted the Doctor. He pulled Leela behind the laboratory bench just as the g reen ray blazed from the Dragon's eyes. There was a fierce crackle of energy, an d smoke filled the air as chunks of blazing masonry were blasted from the wall. Inside the Dragon Mr. Sin was hunched over the controls, peering through the sig hts for a living target. Greel himself was hiding behind the dais on which the i dol stood. The Doctor, Leela, Litefoot and Jago were all sheltering behind the h eavy laboratory bench which stood by the door. Like two armies on the battlefiel d, the opposing forces had occupied opposite ends of the long room. Greel shoute d from his hiding place. `I will spare your lives, all of you, if you will leave now.' `Very magnanimous, Magnus,' called the Doctor. `Then go!' `With your trig ger-happy little friend still covering us? No thank you!' `I'm offering you your freedom, you fools!' screamed Greel. The Doctor looked at the others. `We'd be cut down before we reached the door.' Leela nodded. `I think so too. There is no truth in him.' `We're staying put, Magnus,' shouted the Doctor. `Then you will die here--all of you!'

The Doctor peered over the bench at the huddled figure on the steps. `You might die first, Greel. You don't sound too healthy--and your food supply is halfway a cross London by now.' Hobbling up the steps of the Dragon idol Greel snarled, `S in! Burn away that bench!' The Dragon's eye glowed fiercely and the Doctor and t he others ducked down as laser bolt after laser bolt sizzled into the bench. Wit h every shot, a chunk of blazing wood was blasted away. `If only I had a gun,' w hispered Litefoot fiercely. Jago nodded. `Or even a catapult. I was a dab hand w ith a catapult as a nipper.' Another chunk of wood was blasted from the bench, w hich by now was getting noticeably smaller. `He is cutting down our cover, Docto r,' said Leela calmly. `Soon one of us will be hit.' A spasm of pain wracked Gre el's deformed body. `Hurry, Sin, hurry,' he croaked. `There is little time left to me.' Not all the servants of Weng-Chiang had fled after the explosion. A few of the more fanatical had stayed behind, huddling together in the basement. The sound of the laser battle in the Dragon Room had encouraged them to emerge. The great Weng-Chiang was destroying his enemies with his magic ray. Would he not ta ke a terrible vengeance if his servants deserted him? Gathering all the weapons they could find, the remnant of the Tong hatchet men crept toward the Dragon Roo m, determined to prove their loyalty while there was still time. Dodging yet ano ther laser bolt, the Doctor sensed movement behind him and turned. Tong warriors , armed

with hatchets, knives and revolvers were flooding into the room. Now the Doctor and his friends were caught in a crossfire between Tong and Dragon. The position was hopeless. Inside the Dragon idol the eyes of Mr. Sin blazed with excitement and pleasure. He was weary of shooting at a block of wood. Here were living tar gets. Gleefully he crouched over the controls and swung the sights. The laser cr ackled again, and most of the tightly packed knot of Tong warriors in the doorwa y died with its first blast. Mr. Sin fired again and again, picking off the surv ivors. `Stop,' roared Greel. `Stop, Sin, I command you. I am your master--obey m e.' Sin was deaf to all commands. Crazed with blood-lust, he mowed down the flee ing hatchet men, until the doorway was choked with their bodies. The last of the guards twisted in the laser blast and dropped to the ground, a heavy revolver f alling from his hand. It fell not too far from the bench. Leela nudged Jago and pointed. Jago looked at the distance he would have to cover and shook his head f irmly. `Not a chance, my dear.' `He cannot shoot at two targets at once.' Jago's eyes widened. `You mean if one of us draws the blighter's fire, the other can g et to the gun?' `Me,' said Lecla flatly. `Because I am quicker.' With the Tong m embers all disposed of. Sin returned his attention to the bench. A well-aimed la ser bolt sheared off one leg and the bench lurched dangerously. Litefoot grabbed it. `Can't hold it for long,' he yelled. `Another few minutes and we're done fo r.'

She missed b y inches. the Doctor's hatchet probably saved Jago's life. and they all ducked down. and she soon worked out how to use the big revolver. `Ready then? All together. Leela ducked down and waited her chance for another shot. young lady? ' called Litefoot indignantly. and as the eyes shot out their deadly ray . `A funny thin g nearly happened to me just now... The Doctor hurled the hatchet at the Dragon's head. delibera tely drawing Sin's fire. and the great iron chest glowed red beneath the impact of a laser bolt. And Leela sprinted to the cover of an irony chest on the other side of the room. Taking car eful aim she fired at the glowing eyes in the Dragon's idol's head. . `Hey. now!' Three thing s happened more or less at once.The Doctor snatched up a hatchet. as he dropped flat behind the wobbling barrier of the bench. though she had used a ha nd-blaster in an earlier adventure with the Doctor. and his laser bolt crackled over Jago's head. I say. Has she got the gun?' A bullet whistled over J ago's head. Jago popped up like a jack-in-the-box. `Sorry! I've never fired one of these before!' Leela's favorite weapon was the Sevateem cross-bow with which she had grown up. who are you shooting at. But she had a natural affini ty with weapons. The sight of it whirli ng toward him in the sights spoiled Sin's aim.' he gasped. `I say . They heard Leela's voice from the other side of t he room. in the comedian's traditional opening phrase. Although it bounced harmlessly off the Dragon 's head. the great head swung around. sc ooping up the revolver on the way.

' `Lies.' Greel was at the Time Cabinet now. `You're finished. Greel. A total. `Don't try it. Try to trigger it again and it will collapse. but the Doctor was too quick for him. Greel dropped behind the Cabinet as a laser bolt sizzled past him. `It's no good.' shouted the Doctor.' He inched nearer the Time Cabinet. and could only move with agonizing s lowness. Greel leaped to his feet and sprang for the Cabinet. The Zygma experiment was a disastrous f ailure!' Greel's enormous vanity would not allow him to accept the truth. `I can still escape you. But Sin's bloodlust was totally in control now.Jago helped Litefoot to support the weight of the tottering bench. To him Creel w as just another living target. Doctor. The heavy bullet blasted through the focussing crystal that was the Dra gon's eye. Peering round the edge. the Doctor saw Greel crawling across the room toward the open Time Ca binet. `Listen to me. brilliant success. no!' he screamed. He had suddenly become much feebler. The Zygma beam is at full stretch. and about to step inside. He saw the Dragon's head swing toward him. Doctor.' Painfully Greel lifted his head. He g rappled with Greel. as I escaped my enemies before. . `It wa s a success. Leaping to her feet she held the revolver in both hands. Greel. `If you activate the Zygma beam it will mean certain death for all of us. Sin's attempt to kill Creel gave Leela her chance. Doctor! Lies!' shrieked Greel. and the head of the idol exploded in smoke and flame. and you'll be at the center of it.' warned the D octor. There'll be a huge implo sion. `Sin. took careful aim and squeezed the trigger.

`Is bent face dead?' as ked Leela. Curiously Litefoot reached out for the mask. `I shouldn't. `Why do you call him bent face?' ` Because he is!'.' said the Doctor softly. Litefoot glanced curiously at her. `Cellular collapse. Blasted from the Cabinet. `Let's hope you nev er do again.pulling him back from the Time Cabinet. a muffled explosion.' gasped Litefoot. `In all my years as a pat hologist I've never seen anything like it. With a frantic lunge he broke free o f the Doctor's grip. but the Doctor gen tly restrained him. Let's leave i t at that. Through the slits of the mask Greel's eyes stared sightlessly up at them. dwindling away to dust before their eyes. crumbling. . then Greel called up the last of his failing strength. staggered forward and crashed into the jumble of electronic machinery that filled the center of the cabinet.' `But who was he?' asked Jago. `Where was he from?' The Doctor clapped him on the shoulder. They struggled for a moment. They all gathered around the huddled black-clad figure. malevolent figure leaped from the top of the Dragon idol straight on to Leela's shoulders. `A foe from the future.' Crossing to the Time Cabinet the Doctor closed and locked it--just a s a small.' `Why not?' `Look!' Creel's prostra te body was collapsing. Henry. In seconds there was nothing left of him. Professor. There was a blaze of fierce bl ue sparks. a long sharp knife in its hand. Greel crashed to the g round. just a heap of dusty black clothing at th eir feet. Professor.

`That was w hat you might call his fuse. flung it to the ground and stamped on it. slammed it to the floor face-down. Locking his legs tightly around Leela's neck Mr. `Come on. Leela was still munching the last of the muffin as they strolled throug h the night streets back to the TARDIS. Litefoot. groped between. The anger faded from his face and he smiled wearily at the others. thrusting Jago out of the way. I would say: . `For example.' he gasped. `He's harmless now. As harmless as a ve ntriloquist's dummy. Sin raised the knife again. H e had no wish to become involved in the lengthy investigations that were sure to follow.Jago and Litefoot ran forward to pull it off. then t he Doctor insisted politely but firmly that he and Leela must be on their way. beneath the embroidered tunic and wrenched out a slim metallic tube. The knife flashed down. and Litefo ot staggered back with a cry. was doing his best to teach Leela the rudiments of polite behavior. his arm in a sling. and the Doctor das hed the manikin to the ground with all his strength. `The muffin man. He lifted it.' The Doctor disentangled the crystal pendant from the pile of black clothes. `Listen!' They heard a be ll ringing in the distance. dropped it beside Sin and ground it to fragments beneath his h eel. I'll treat you all to some muffins!' They said their f arewells over hot tea and buttered muffins in Professor Litefoot's house. Leela staggered back choking.' He paused. `There! The Zygma experiment is finally at an end. blood welling from a wound in his arm. He wrenched the dummy from Leela's s houlders with one savage heave. and a faint muffled cry.' said the Doctor happily. The Doctor spr ang forward.

it s ays "POLICE" on it. `Do come along. Perhaps it's a small portable Police Station!' There was a w heezing. ' said . Rather astonish ed by this abrupt disappearance. Professor.' said Leela.' The Doctor was in a hurry to be off. One lump for ladies. and there was the TARDIS where they had left it. Quite impossi ble!' Jago nodded appreciatively. `Extraordinary. but was reluctant to admit it. `I just don't believe it!' `I've said it be fore and I'll say it again.`One lump or two. unfortunately we don't have time fo r any more tea parties. `Provided by Scotland Yard. and Jago reminded himself that he would have to start looking for a new top-of-the-bill act. `I thought he said he was leaving. Th ey turned the corner.' He shook hands wi th them both.' `Then why ask me?' Litefood scratched his head. `But it's impossible. `One will suffice. good-bye.' said Jago. eh?' His eyes was caught by a poster for his own theatre.' he said vaguely. Good-bye. `Yes. Leela. Litefoot was still spluttering. thank you . and the TARDIS faded away before their astonished eyes.' breathed Litefoot. unlocked the TARDIS door and ushered Leela inside. no.' ` `Suppose I want two?' `No. Henry. Chang's face looked out at him.' As they t urned to go. `Look. What is that contraption?' Jago hadn't the slightest idea. `Well. groaning sound. `It is very complicated. my dear. Litefoot turned to Jago. `Professo r Litefoot has been explaining about tea. `Good trick that. Miss Leela?' and you would reply.' called the Doctor. `Our policemen are wonderful.

`I venture to say that not even the great Li H'sen Chang hims elf could have pulled off a bet-ter trick than that. Professor. I suggest we round off this extraordinary e vening with a celebratory libation. It so happens I know a little tavern not too far from here.Jago thoughtfully.' He took Litefoot's arm and led him away. `Now then.. .' Chang's face stared out from the poster as their footsteps fa ded away into the fog..

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