Outside the bounds of this world lives Kronos, the Chronivore a mysterious creature that feeds on time itself

. Posing as a Cambridge professor the Master intends to use Kronos in his evil quest for power. To stop him, the Doctor and Jo must journey back in time to Ancient Atlantis and to a terrifying confrontation within the Time Vortex itself. But can even the Doctor save himself from the awesome might of the Time Monster?

DOCTOR WHO THE TIME MONSTER Based on the BBC television series by Robert Sloman by arrangement with the British Broadcasting Corporation TERRANCE DICKS No. 102 in the Doctor Who Library A TARGET BOOK published by the Paperback Division of W. H. ALLEN & Co. PLC

A Target Book Published in 1986 By the Paperback Division of W.H. Allen & Co. PLC 44 Hill Street, London W1X 8LB First Published in Great Britain by W.H. Allen & Co. PLC 1986 Novelisation Copyright © Terrance Dicks, 1985 Original script Copyright © Robert Sloman 1972 Doctor Who series copyright © 1980 by the British Broadcasting Corporation, 1972, 1986 Printed in Great Britain by Anchor Brendon, Tiptree, Essex The BBC Producer of The Time Monster was Barry Letts, the director was Paul Bernard ISBN 0 426 20213 9 This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out or otherwise circulated without 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 condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

CONTENTS 1 The Nightmare 2 The Test 3 The Summoning 4 The Ageing 5 The Legend 6 The Ambush 7 The High Priest 8 The Secret 9 Time Attack 10 Take-Off 11 The Time-Eater 12 Atlantis 13 The Guardian 14 The Captives 15 The Return of Kronos

1 The Nightmare The tall, thin man with the young-old face and the mane of prematurely white hai r was sleeping uneasily. Suddenly he awoke - to a nightmare. He was still on the battered leather chaise-longue upon which he had dropped off to sleep but instead of being in his laboratory he was at the centre of a barren, burning landscape. All around him volcanoes erupted, sending out streams of burning lava. Lurid jet s of flame flared up in smoky dust-laden air. He sat up - and found himself staring at . . . at what? A row of strange symbols, looking rather like double headed axes. Suspended before them was a huge, glowing crystal, pulsing with light, shaped like the hea d of a three-pronged spear, or like Neptune's trident. Suddenly a sinister black-clad figure loomed up before him. 'Welcome! Welcome to your new Master!' Volcanoes rumbled, lightning flashed and the figure gave a peal of mocking, triumphant laughter. More strange and threatening shapes swam up before the dreamer's eyes. Strangely carved statues, demonic face-masks with long, slanting eyes . . . Suddenly everything erupted in flame. Somewhere, someone was calling him. Doctor! Doctor!' The Doctor awoke, really awoke this time, and found himself back in his laborato ry at UNIT HQ. A very small, very pretty fair-haired girl in high boots and a striped woollen mini-dress was shaking his shoulder. For a moment the Doctor stared at his assistant as if he had no idea who she was . Then he said delightedly, 'Jo! Jo Grant!' 'Are you all right, Doctor?' 'Yes, I think so. I must have been having a nightmare.' 'I'll say you were - a real pippin. Here, I've brought you a cup of tea. Do you want it?' The Doctor took the cup and saucer. 'Volcanoes . . . earthquakes. . . ' Suddenly he leaped up. He handed Jo the untouched cup of tea. 'Thank you. I enjoyed that.'

He wandered over to a lab bench, picked up small but complicated piece of electronic circuit and stared absorbedly at it. 'Doctor, have you been working on that thing all night again?' asked Jo accusing ly. 'What is it anyway - a super dematerialisation circuit?' (At this time in his lives, the Doctor, now in third incarnation, had been exile d to Earth by his Time Lord superiors. The TARDIS, his space-ti machine, no longer worked properly. Much of his time was spent in an attempt to get it working again, and resume his wanderings through time and space.) 'No, no, the dematerialisation circuit will have to wait. This is something far more important. It might make all the difference the next time he turns up. 'The next time who turns up?' 'The Master, of course.' The Master, like the Doctor, was a sort of renegade Time Lord, though of a very different kind. The Doctor's wanderings through the cosmos were a result of simp le curiosity. Such interventions as he made in the affairs of the planets he visite d were motivated always by his concern to defeat evil and assist good. The Master, on the other hand, was dedicated to evil; his schemes had always had conquest and self-aggrandisement as their goals. Once good friends, the Doctor and the Master had long been deadly enemies. The Master's sudden arrival on the planet Earth had led to a resumption of the longs tanding feud between them. The Master's desire to defeat and destroy the Doctor, preferably in the most agonising and humiliating fashion possible, was quite as strong as his desire to rule the Universe. And the Master had been part of the Doctor's nightmare . . . Perhaps the Doctor' s subconscious mind, or that now-dormant telepathic facility that was part of his Time Lord make-up, was attempting to deliver some kind of warning. Perhaps he had somehow picked up a hint of the Master's latest, and no doubt diabolical, scheme . . . The Doctor swung round. 'Now Jo, listen carefully. I want you to go and find out , as quickly as you can, if there have been any volcanic eruptions or severe earthqua kes recently - anywhere in the world.' 'You're joking of course!' 'Believe me, Jo, this is no joking matter.' 'But I read it all out to you last night,' said Jo indignantly. 'It just shows, you never listen to a word I say.' She went over to a side table, picked up a folded copy of The

Like the Professor. 'And this crystal is the missing piece of equipment we 've been waiting for?' 'Exactly!' Suddenly the door burst open and a tall. Beside him stood his assistant. she wore a crisp white lab coat. the Profes sor moved through into the main laboratory. compactly but powerful built man. .a simple piece of quart nothing more. in his attic laboratory at the Newton Institute. Ruth Ingram followed him. She looked exasperatedly at her superior.' agreed the Professor. it held an astonishing v ariety of electronic equipment. shaped something l ike a trident . with sallow skin and a neatly-trimmed pointed beard. managing in the process to fall over his own feet. Like the smaller one. . Doctor. There is no for me to prove to you that this crystal is different from any other piece of quartz. 'Observe . somewhere off Greece.' said the Doctor slowly. but please explain. He was a medium-sized. I know I'm exceedingly dim. His dark burning eyes radia ted energy and power.' 'It was in my dream. New eruptions in the Thera group of islands. gangling young man rushed in. divided from the rest of the lab by a protective wall of specially strengthened glass.Times and perched on the edge of the Doctor's desk. 'Does it say anything about a crystal?' 'What crystal? Look.' Carefully he fitted the crystal into the centre of a cabinet packed with electro nic equipment. 'Of course it is. an attractive looking woman with short fair hair and an air of brisk no-nonsense efficiency about her. Slipping off his lab coat to reveal a beautifully tailored dark suit. 'Here we are. 'but that's ridiculous!' 'Of course it is. Doctor Ingram. yet it is unique. He placed a transparent protective cover over the apparatus and stepped back.' Not far away. As you say. Doctor Ruth Ingram. ridiculous!' They were standing in the small inner section of the lab. crammed into what had once been servants' quarters in a great country house. Professor Thascal os held a trident-shape crystal aloft. 'A big crystal. His deep voice had just the faintest tinge of a Greek accent. this Professor Thascalo s. .

' He paused in the doorway. 'It's al l the same really . T here was something endearingly puppyish about Stuart Hyde. . The Professor however was not amused. 'That man! I don't know which infuriates me more. I have been summoned to a meeting with our new Director in exactly two and a half minutes.a bland assumption of male superiority!' . Ruth stood staring furiously at it. now. 'You're quite right. a post graduate student working for a higher degree. 'Oops! Sorry. Just because I'm a woman. my dear. my de ar. 'Now. his dictatorial attitude or that infernal courtesy of his!' She sighed. 'Now.' 'Surely.' 'That's marvellous. 'At we going to have a trial run first?' The experimental apparatus on which they had all been working was due to be demonstrated to one of the Institute's directors that very morning a director wh o also happened to be Chairman of the Grants Committee. 'And there's no ne you to be so insufferably patronising. At the sight of the Professor he skidded to a halt.' said Ruth.intended to make him look more mature . Doctor Ingram.' Stuart sighed. will you be so good as to run those checks?' The door closed behind him. We'll be left there with egg our faces.gave him instead a faintly comic air. for Pete's sake. 'In the dog house again!' The Professor glanced at his watch. Stu. 'We re going to look a right bunch of Charlies if something goes wrong when this fellow from the Grants Committee turn s up. Professor. I shall have to leave the final checks for the demonstration to the pair of you.'I swear I switch that alarm off in my sleep!' He had a shock of untidy brown ha ir and a long straggly moustache . there's no need for you to worry your pretty little head. The Professor shook his head decisively. 'Don't call me Prof!' Stuart groaned. 'Here we go again!' The Professor said instantly. forgiv e me. Professor-' began Ruth. Prof.' Ruth was both astonished and alarmed. 'A trial run? It's not necessary. But she couldn't help smiling. Please. 'Be quiet and listen to me. 'Simmer down.' He could scarcely have said anything calculated to annoy Ruth Ingram more.' said Stuart gloomily. .' Stuart Hyde was the third member of the Professor's little research team.

Mike.Stuart grinned. didn't it?' The Doctor strode over to them.' 'That makes two of us. Captain Yates. Mike Yates spread out the map of the Mediterranean on the Doctor's table and pointed.' Jo gave Mike Yates an apologetic look.' Jo waited expectantly. Jo peered at the map. "Believed by many modern historians to be all that remains of Plato's Metropolis of Atlantis". 'May God bless the good ship Women's Lib and all who sail in her . 'Forget it. come and look !' 'Not now. 'There you are.' He began rolling up the map. 'It says "Santorini" in brackets. 'Mmm. 'What?' 'I was just saying to Mike. 'Doctor. Jo picked up the newspaper. Jo. Must be another name for it.' 'But it's that map you asked for. 'Why Atlantis?' 'Well. . Thera. 'The map. The Professor didn't assume that he was superior just to women. He was superior to everybody. the map!' Hurriedly Mike began unrolling the map again.' A little grumpily the Doctor put down his circuit. the Thera group. I'm busy.' The Doctor swung round. I see!' He wandered over and looked at the map.' . it said so in the paper. 'Not to worry! Better than hanging about the Duty Room. .' Privately however. Jo. 'Doesn't mean a thing to me!' The Doctor returned to his bench. 'Sorry. What about that?' The Doctor was immersed in his work. Stuart was thinking that Ruth had got it wrong. Those little islands there.. 'Oh.' Jo looked up at the Doctor who was busy at his lab bench. I had a nightmare. that's a ll. And here I was thinking we were going off on a trip to Atlantis.' interrupted the Doctor.. Jo.' 'You said Atlantis. If nothing turns up soon I'll go round the twist. 'Here it is.

str oked his neatly-trimmed military moustache. 'You're out of date. Doctor. .you know. . Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart. Alert all your precious UNIT HQs. then handed the phone to the the middle o part of the will you Jo? Doctor. Not that it'll do any go od!' On the other end of the line. Not half an hour ago. now?' 'Yes. And against wha t. 'Atlantis? I thought it was supposed to be in f the Atlantic Ocean? Jo was studying the article. I'll be with you in a jiffy. of course . 'In a dream. 'The Brig? Why the Brig. every section of UNIT now has the search for the Master written into its standing orders. the Minotaur and all that. 'The Brigadier!' The Doctor snatched the receiver.' snapped the Doctor.' 'It's only legends though.' The Brigadier sank down onto a stool.' . 'N ow then.' 'Priority A-1. Apparently it was Minoan civilisation . actually. am I supposed to be warning the world?' 'The Master. In any case. ' Brigadier? Now listen to me! I want you to p ut out a world-wide warning.' :Mike looked puzzled.' A few minutes later. Mike watched her dial. ''Of course. I've just seen him. you said you'd seen the Master? Where? When?' The Doctor looked a little sheepish. the Brigadier was bursting into the Doctor's laboratory. for heaven's sake?' 'Search me!' Jo listened for a second.' 'You've seen him? Where? When?' The Brigadier leaped to his feet. Commanding Officer of the British section of the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce. precisely.The Doctor brooded over the map. 'Get me the Brigadier on the telephone. 'Thank you very much. 'I can hardly put UNIT on full alert on th e strength of your dreams.' 'Priority Z-44. Jo leaped up. Doctor. isn't it?' The Doctor straightened up. now. Stay right where you are Doctor. 'Sorry!' She reached for the phone. I suppose. Doctor. ' 'What. 'Never mind.

' 'A dream! If that got out I'd be the laughing-stock of UNIT. 'I need you here.' 'And it works?' asked Yates incredulously The Brigadier shrugged. you'd better come with me. .' 'Exactly.' Jo turned to the Brigadier. there is grave danger.. 'What's it all about anyway?' 'TOMTIT.' snapped the Doctor. 'Right now.' 'But I told them you'd go. Are you ready. Brilliant idea. Transmission Of Matter Through Interstitial Time. we'd better be on our way to the Newton Institute. I suppose 'Sorry sir. .' The Doctor picked up his circuit and went on with his work. 'But what does it do? Here the Brigadier was on firmer ground.' said the Doctor tetchily. The Doctor spoke without looking up.'I tell you Brigadier. A demonstration of TOMTIT. er.' said Mike a little smugly. Doctor?' 'Certainly not. 'Wel l. I'm far too busy to go anywhere. 'Apparently.. 'But I tell you I saw danger quite cle arly in my dream. that's what it's about. the Brigadier looked round helplessly. 'Certainly not. 'Shall I go?' asked Jo brightly. Brigadier.' . They're expecting two observers from UNIT. into light waves or whatever. and transmit them from one place to another . The Brigadier cleared his throat.' 'Danger of what for heaven's sake?' 'I'm not sure. 'Well.' Jo was none the wiser.' Jo giggled. Yates. someone s got to come with me.' said the Brigadier. 'I'm Duty Officer.' 'TOMTIT? What on earth does that stand asked Mike. 'TOMTIT. Doctor. Miss Grant.' Unable to contravene his own orders. you 'll be consulting the entrails of a sheep next. It can actually break do wn solid. The Brigadier glared reprovingly at her and went on. Really.

before your brief visit to Athens University? How is it that you have published nothing. 'Must believe you. but a colleague and a personal friend of mine.you must believe me. just outside Cambridge . The dark eyes seemed to burn into the Director s brain. 'I can see that you are disturbed but you have nothing to worry about You must believe me. . carrying a weekend bag. Director. 'Yessir. He swayed a little on his feet. staring into the new director's eyes. the deep voice vibrated inside his skull. sir. pray. that the very name of your project is 'arrant nonsense? TOMTIT! What. 'How dare you call me a charlatan. The very man!' Sergeant Benton saw trouble coming. is Interstitial Time?' The one who called himself Professor Thascalos leaned forward. 'Sergeant Benton. Doc tor Perceval!' His dark eyes seemed to blaze with fury. 48 hour pass. 'The what..' 'Ah!' said the Director triumphantly. The portly silver-haired man on the other side of the desk winced before the Professor's fury.' 'Charlatan?' snarled Professor Thascalos. You're quite right of course. 'I must believe you. Doctor Perceval however was a far more sceptical character. that you refuse even to discuss the hypothes is behind your so-called experiments. sir. . 'I was just leavi ng. Research establishment at Wootton. sir?' 'The Newton Institute. You're coming with me on a little trip to the Newto n Institute. and tried vainly to dodge. Sergeant.The door opened and a brawny young man in civvies marched in. 'How is it that I ca n find no trace of your academic career. 'Doctor Cook is not only Chairman of the Grants Committee.' The Brigadier beamed. I can see that I shall have to tell you everything. hands on the desk . but he stood his ground. The mellow voice said soothingly.' said Benton resignedly. Just off. . an easy man to impress and to deceive.' he muttered..' .' 'Oh no you're not. Am I to tell hi m this afternoon that I am as gullible as that drunkard I have replaced?' The Professor smiled grimly and made no reply. 'You're a very clever man. Doctor Perceval's predecessor had indeed been over-fond of the bottle. . I am no Professor.

The deep voice rose to a triumphant crescendo. o me . You will listen t . You will obey me!' I am the Master.and you will obey me.

Stuart's voice came faintly back. Ruth was checking readings on an instrument console. .' 'And that's the lot . 'One point three five nine. . It was very simple. I understand. 'I still think it's just plain stupid not to have a trial run. obey.check.check. check!' 'Oh.check. .' 'Three point zero six two. 'Yes . He came through from the inner laboratory. . She was using an intercom to call the results through to Stuart.' 'Two point zero four five. no reason for concern. Check. Ludicrous!' 'Ludicrous. grow up.check.' 'Fifty nine and steady . check! parroted Stuart. Indeed the very word vibrated inside his brain.' In the laboratory.' 'Two point zero four five .' 'Three point zero six two. .' 'Fifty-nine and steady. . 'And that's the lot.2 The Test Suddenly the Director found that everything had become very clear. There was no problem. 'Now. . 'One point three five nine .' said the Master gently. All he needed to do was to o bey.obey . And remember . Stu!' .' said Ruth disgustedly. . now filled with the high pitched oscillating whine of the TOM TIT apparatus. 'And now we just sit and wait.' Ruth flicked switches and the noise died away. Obey . check. you just sit there quietly and aw ait the arrival of this wretched man from London. who was crouched over a complex piece of apparatus in the inner lab. You understand?' The Director sank slowly back into his chair. 'That's better.' she called.you are perfectly satis fied as to the integrity of my work here and the authenticity of my credentials.

But when you think how much you've put into it.' said Ruth doubtfully.' said Ruth.' There was a moment of gloomy silence.' 'That does it. Stu. I've asked you at least a million times. you don't count!' 'Oh. suppose this thing won't wag its tail when we tell it to?' 'They'd withdraw the grant. 'Men their conceit that bugs me. 'Without .'No. We go ahead..' S he snorted. 'I'm on your side.' protested Stuart. .' 'Hey. perhaps.him?' Why not?' 'Well.' 'Nominally. 'Well . hey. remember?' 'Oh well.' Ruth looked instinctively at the door. . hey. You've as much right to take that sort of decision as he has. it becomes a joint affair. love.. 'He is the boss. . Jo Grant looked furiously at the Doctor who was still hard at work on his comple x piece of circuitry. it's the Professor's project after all. He was fitting it into a carrying case which was shaped rath er like a table tennis bat. 'Let's do it!' 'What?' 'Have a run-through. And bang goes my fellowship. 'you're quite the most annoying pe rson I've ever met. it is ludicrous . Doctor. or I think I'll burst into tears. The rounded end held dials and a little rotating aerial. What is that thing?' . don't I?' 'Don't bully me.' 'As sure as God made little green apples . 'And my scientific reputation for that matter.' 'Bang goes my job. Then Stuart looked up.' 'That's my girl!' Ruth gave him an exasperated look and went over to the controls. . but I mean it. 'Of course.' Ruth was tempted but uncertain.. ' Stuart played his ace. if you feel you need to have a man in charge. 'You know.' said Jo conversationally. Ruth.

Jo.. Jo. I could have sworn I'd told y ou. this is just what you need if you happen to be looking for a TARDIS.' The Doctor gave her an admiring look. . Or any other time-machine for that matter. 'No!' 'Then stop beefing and get on with it!' Fitting the visored helmet over his head. Ruth operated controls and the TOMTIT noise began.. 'Very good. said Ruth briskly. .Bingo!' Stuart was laboriously climbing into an all-enveloping protective suit which mad e him look like a rather comic astronaut. .' 'Very suitable for a keen young man like you.the receiving area. So.The Doctor looked absently at her. rising steadily in pitch and volume .' 'Bingo? 'As you so rightly say. Jo . 'Extraordinary. 'Are you willing to take the risk?' Stuart thought for a moment. . Stuart went through into the inner sec tion of the laboratory . Obviously it detects disturbances in the Time Field . It's a time sensor.' 'I see. . You're learning. 'Come again?' 'Starting at the bottom? Stuart groaned. . Why should there be any radia tion danger at the receiver? We're only going to use about ten degrees. Yes. .' 'Do you? What does it do then?' 'Well. . . if the Master does tu rn up. 'Anyway. it . 'I feel like the back a pantomime horse.' 'It's a TARDIS sniffer-outer!' 'Precisely. it's a . it's all a waste of time.

'Thirty-five . Doctor. 'I say.nil. stable. the aerial spun frantically. 'Interstitial activity . check. With the Doctor's time sensor in her hand. . 'No. He peered curiously at the radiation suited figure in the lab. 'It's working!' said Jo excitedly.' Ruth checked the dial on her console. Jo stood looking apprehensively at th e open door of the TARDIS.' The oscillating whine of TOMTIT rose higher. Increasing p ower. . of course not. 'Of course it is. Stuart's voice came from the intercom. t hen returned to her control panel. The Doctor came marching out.' Stuart's voice came back. It had curved sides and a domed lid. forty . Just keep your eyes on those dials!' Suddenly the dials began flickering wildly. check. forty-fi ve . In the inner lab the crystal began to glow. 'Molecular structure. . groaning sound.' The circular aerial on top of the Doctor's device was revolving wildly. Make a note of the readings will you?' Jo grabbed a note pad and pencil. . . the Institute's regular win dow cleaner was setting his ladder up against the laboratory window.' 'Increasing power . . and looked rather like a giant chess pawn. She put the case on a fiat surface beneath a complex looking focussing device. you're not going to disappear to Venus or somewhere?' The Doctor's voice came through the TARDIS door. and the device gave out a high pitched bleeping sound. took the note pad with the readings from Jo's hand and began studying it absorbedly. then reached for his wash-leather. . which was making a strange wheezing. . It slowe d and stopped as the TARDIS noise died away. Ruth was still calling out the readings.) Ruth went to a shelf and took down marble vase.(Blissfully unaware of all this scientific activity. 'Check. .

Jo jumped. 'It's a bit out on distance though.' said the Doctor solemnly. In the Director's study the Master had installed himself at the Director's desk. . 'Pipe down and concentrate. 'You must have left something switched in the TARDIS. much larger.' 'Unless what?' The Doctor said slowly. nine eight . as if the old clock was some how . 'Look. it's working again.' said the Doctor modestly. . Says the TARDIS is only three feet away. Ruth's calm voice came back. Suddenly the Master frowned and looked up. dragging. Doctor. 'Ten . The Venusians always tripping over themselves. 'That's impossible .' Stuart began the countdown.' 'I most certainly did not. 'Isolate matrix scanner. Stand by. 'Thank you.' The crystal glowed brighter. And the readings are differ ent. . .' The Doctor stared indignantly at the sensor. 'I see. Why?' Jo handed him the sensor. The chiming was slow. Jo.' 'Those are Venusian feet.' said Jo. They're larger than ours?' 'Oh yes. 'Unless someone's operatring another TARDIS.' In the inner laboratory Ruth's voice came to Stuart over the intercom. slurred. 'It's going to work!' shouted Stuart excitedly.' Stuart reached for a control with his gloved hand. The clock of what had once been the old stables began to chime.' Suddenly the time sensor came to life again. Suddenly on that platform there appeared ghostly outline of a vase.the exac t duplicate of the one before Ruth in outer lab. 'Check..unless..' In front of Stuart t here was a square metal platform with a focussing device suspended over it . calmly drafting a proposal to double his own grant for the Director to sign.'Well done. Initiating transfer.

come here. . In the outer lab the vase became transparent. to re-appear. He hurried towards the door that led to the laboratory.' Stuart ran to the console.. two..' The astonished window cleaner was still perched at the top of his ladder. She's overloading!' Pulling off his helmet. . Suddenly a giant surge of power struck him . As he came closer. 'Four. There's a positive feedback. Without looking up she said.. He heard Ruth's voice over the intercom. 'Stuart.running down. It wasn't the clock that was slowing d own .. 'The fools!' he snarled. he leaned forward against the thrust of some invisible resist ance. . three. 'Right. crossing the courtyard observed the phenomenon without surprise. We'v e done it!' He expected the noise of TOMTIT to die away. The Master. then faded slowly away . Rapidly he operated controls. Okay Ruth. starin g at the glowing crystal as if hypnotised. . the calm centre of this localised temporal storm. switch off. and floated rather than felt to the ground bel ow. thin gs seemed normal enough. solid and real on the receiving plate in front of Stuart... He flew backwards off his ladder. But the Master knew better. but it didn't. like a man walking against a high wind. In the laboratory itself. dragging chime. like a push from an invisible hand. 'Transfer stabilising. 'You'll have to bring the surge down as I reduce th e power or she'll blow.it was time itself. Stuart rushed back to the outer lab where he found Ruth busy at her console. The oscilliating whi ne rose higher. and hurried from the room. The stable clock was still giving out its low. one!' chanted Stuart. . .

'OH. we've done it!' The dance stopped abruptly as they waltzed straight into the Master.' 'Not much to go on. 'In any case. you can see it is.' Ruth felt herself quailing beneath the sheer force of his anger. I don't believe it. FOR Pete's sake. you never know. Stuart lifted the vase from its platform. 'You have no right to talk to me li ke that. You bring the map.Ruth and Stuart were in the inner lab examining the vase on its metal platform.' Jo looked hopefully at him. She led the way back into the ma in lab. if we were a bit nearer. Jo. Mr Hyde. Doctor Ingram.. 'Be careful. The crystal was still glowing brightly.' He grabbed her by the shoulders and began waltzing her round the room to a triumphant chant of 'We've done it. Doctor.' He hesitated and then admitted.' 'And in that case Jo. and in Bessie. 'it s as good as new. which made her all the more determined to stand up for herself. you know.' 'Not unless he switches his TARDIS on again. She's the boss.' said Stuart explosively. We've really don e it!' 'It'll have to be checked for any structural changes. 'I'm not my sister's keeper.. He was standing in the doorway.' 'I was in full control the whole time. I was the one who suggested it. we've done it. The Doctor was studying a map. why did you allow this stupidity?' 'Hang about. Anything from fifty to a hundred miles from here. Carefully. 'You are a fool. 'I'd place it in that segment there..' protested Stuart. Professor. 'That is quite irrelevant. 'It looks fine!' Ruth nodded. Bring it through here. Carefully. an angry scowl on his face.' The Master was in a towering rage. 'Come on then.' 'Right. He might.' said Ruth cautiously. let's go.' . 'Well.' said Jo. Stuart stood the vase on a bench. If you have no confidence in me -' The Master cut across her.' 'Be silent! You might have caused irreparable damage..

his voice was once calm and reasonable. You'll pay for this!' Ruth came to the defence of her colleague. 'You know what caused the overload then?' . Professor. After the th ings you've been saying -' 'Please. 'Well. Perhaps we had better go and see the Director and sort all this out before the demonstration.' With a mighty effort the Master controlled himself. 'Of course I need y ou. The Master studied it thoughtfully. It will not be necessary to take this matter any further.' 'How very clever of you.' 'Come off it. When he spoke. 'The matter is closed.' Ruth looked dubiously at him. We had some sort of positive feedback.'But that's impossible. 'Of course it is! I see . and I'm prepare d to justify my action at the highest level. 'That s all very well. you must excuse me. we could n't risk a foul-up this afternoon. .' But now Ruth was angry in her turn.' said Stuart.' She tore off the print-out from the computer and handed it t o him.The Master turned away. There was an overload.' said Ruth a little guiltily.' said the Master smoothly.' said the Master forcefully. Professor. Mr Hyde. it wasn't all plain sail ing. . 'I'm sorry Doctor Ingram.' 'Well. 'Accept my apologies.' said the Master magnanimously. 'He s only climbing down because he needs you fo r the demonstration. The crystal it's still glowing! The Master snapped his fingers.' Stuart couldn't help feeling mollified. 'The decision was entirely mine.' 'See for yourself. Professor. could we?' 'Say no more. You see. not quite. 'I might have known. let's face it. Just like an irresponsible schoolbo y. how foolish of me. both of you.' .' They heard Stuart calling from the inner lab. Hey Ruth. 'I see. Ruth. I take full responsibility for testing the apparatus. . Of course. perhaps it was a bit unethical of me not to have told you. .' Ruth drew a deep breath. 'After all Prof.

Gold letters were painted on the side panel of the jeep.' Ruth studied the diagram.' 'But why don't you want to go suddenly?' The Master's voice was throbbing with sincerity. 'Please bear with me. I suppose. Doctor Ingram. The VIPs are arriving. But won't this take some time to line up? The demonstration is at two. with violence. Happens all the time. 'I assure am perfectly capable of constructing t he circuit 'And I am sure you are equally capable of a eating a tough pheasant on my behalf . of course.' Ruth gave him an offended look. . let me show you. The Master hurried to the window. you'd better get your skates on. An enormous black limousine was gliding up the drive. Professor. Prof.' With amazing speed.' 'Indeed it will . and began drawing on the computer read-out paper. with killing. with an Army landrover clo se behind it. he sketched an elaborate circuit diagram. . escorted by UNIT no less. Leave it to the toiling mass es.' Stuart Hyde was an amiable soul and he was happy that a semblance of good feeling had been restored. it's a sort of paracybernetic control circuit. The Government are the only people with the money for our sort of nonsense these days. 'Yes. I am expected to eat a pretentious lunch .and I'm afraid I must leave the task to you. Doc tor Ingram.. 'UNIT. 'Hey. 'I am a life-long pacifist. You must have been drawing some kind of power from outside time itse lf. I See. The association of the military. 'And of cou rse. 'Military observers.. 'What are they doing here?' Stuart shrugged.' 'I have every confidence in you.' The Master turned away from the window: 'Doctor Ingram I have changed my mind. We must build a time vector filter into the transmitter.' said the Master smoothly.'Of course. in you. Mr Hyde.' muttered the Master. you go off and enjoy your nosh.' Stuart had wandered over to the window.' The Master snatched up a pencil from the bench.and exchange banalities with our guests. I shall stay here and set up the time vector filter myself with the assistance of Mr Hyde.'He shudd ered delicately. 'Don't worry. 'Here. 'You see? In effect.

'We've got a right nutcase on our hands!' .' said Stuart. As he helped her off with her lab coat he whispered. Batman. 'Very well I'll get them to send you some sandwiches across.Ruth thought the Professor made a most unlikely pacifist. but she had no alterna tive but to agree.' 'Good thinking.

I presume. 'Isn't it a doomy day? I mean.' said Cook indifferently. I trust you'll mak e the necessary arrangements to get the man to hospital. leave it to me He raised his voice. jaunt. chairman of the Grants Committee.' .' 'Sorry.' 'Poor fellow. 'It's a miracle he's still alive. Proctor his assistant.' 'Well . who was kneeling beside the body and taking its pulse. ruffled shirt and flowing cloak. He cut a colourful figure in his elegant burgundy smoking j acket. younger. Just look at it!' The Doctor was concentrating on his driving. is he?' asked Doctor Cook nervously. and nervously deferential. Proctor. indeed pompous man in his middle fifties. 'My dear girl. Sergeant Benton. a serious. of course si r. Must have fallen off his ladder. 'Come along. Doctor.who is he?' The Brigadier glanced at the ladder still propped up against the building. 'He's not dead. the Doctor's little yellow roadster. She glanced up at the sky which was dull and overcast. We'r e not out on a pleasure. Brigadier? The Brigadier too knew all about the advantage of delegation. he's still breathing. stop whiffling. 'No. 'A wi ndow cleaner. Beside him sat Jo Grant. The Brigadier stood up. back in uniform and still sighing for his vanished leave.3 The Summoning The occupants of the two vehicles parked outside the Institute were staring in astonishment at what looked like a freak accident. and finally. 'Yes. 'Sergeant Benton! See to it will you?' Bessie. shot along the narrow country lane with the Doctor at the wheel. There were four of them in the group: Doctor Cook. look at the sky.' He studied the unconscious but apparently uninjured form. a map spread out on he r lap. They stood in a little semi-c ircle around the window cleaner who was laying sprawled out and motionless on the gravel drive. the time sensor resting on top of it. She was wearing a warm fluffy coat over he r mini-dress. there was the immaculate figu re of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

was more of a wild goose chase. 'If it is the Master..sixteen point thirt y-nine miles away.What they were out on. 'If the Master's behind that.' Obediently Jo glanced at the sensor on her lap and found to her astonishment tha t its little scanner aerial was whirling frantically.just as the Professor had predicted. covering the general are a from which the mysterious time signal had originated. The plan was to drive about in a more or less random search pattern.here. So y ou just keep your eye on the sensor. . Socially speaking. he was still doing so now as the little group made its way into the TOMTIT laboratory. I think. It had been pheasant ..' He studied the map.' 'Wootton? But that's where the Brigadier and Sergeant Benton went to. we can't run the risk of losing him. it's working again!' The Doctor stopped the car. that's how it is.tough pheasant .' 'TOMTIT!' said the Doctor. 'Which puts it about .. And it's . and flicked the super-drive switch. 'Doctor. Jo?' 'Two o'clock. Charles. Indeed. A village called Wootton. The Doctor said. That'd be seventy-two point seventy-eight miles . 'Well. He had bee n silent and abstracted throughout the meal as if part of his mind wasn't really w ith them at all. What time's the demonstration.' 'We've got to stop it!' The Doctor started the car. .' 'That's Venusian miles. 'Zero seven four. 'What's the bearing? Jo made a rapid calculation. Throughout t he meal... Bessie streaked away at an impossibly high speed. It may seem churlish of me after eating your e xcellent lunch though how the Institute can afford pheasant I really don't know. it had not been the most enjoyable of occasions.' protested the Director feebly.' 'We are in the depths of the country. Doctor Cook had whinged on about the need for stringent economies.. . Ruth Ingram was thoroughly relieved when lunch was over at last. thought Jo.

' said Cook loftily.' 'A series of minute present-moments. according to Professor Thascalos's theory.' . we are responsible for international funds. excellent. and Proctor tittered obsequiously. who shook his head apologetically.doubt very much whether we should allow ourselves the luxury of either pheasants or TOMTITs.' said the Brigadier hurriedly. sir afraid.' said Stuart helpfully.' he said briskly. 'I've never heard of him. 'Oh excellent background. . 'New one on me. Ruth smiled. 'Who is this fellow Thascalos. Where's the Professor?' 'Search me. it would be outside our space-ti me continuum altogether. Now. So. if one could push something through the interstices between them.' 'In words of one syllable. she said awkwardly. suited up except for his helmet. in ordinary terms.' He glanced sharply at his assistant. Ruth nodded. 'How does it work . It's made up of bits. . public money. 'Fearsome looking load of electronic nonsense you've got Doctor Ingram. Ruth looked round the empty laboratory. ' I leave all the rest to Proctor here.' The Brigadier was gazing around the laboratory which was cluttered with equipmen t. Doctor Ingram.' said the Director pettishly. ' The Director seemed to come to life. Ruth greeted him with relief. .' he sa id enthusiastically. t ime isn't smooth. 'I'll do my best. which he carried under arm. 'Well. He was here a couple of minutes ago. 'Surely you've read his paper on the granular structure of tim e?' 'It's all I can do to keep up with my Departmental papers.' He laughed loudly at his o wn laborious joke. so to speak. That's it. 'Well. 'Where would it be. I. Stuart came from the inner laboratory.Cook strode on into the laboratory. anyway?' demanded Cook.' 'You've lost me.' The Brigadier gave her a baffled look. 'There you Stuart. then?' 'Nowhere at all. 'Be that as it may. Temporal atoms. 'the Professo r doesn't seem to be here.' 'Obviously.and what does it do?' Ruth drew a deep breath. please.

Shall we begin?' Jo clutched the edge of her seat as Bessie sped along the lanes at a speed. 'I must apologise for keeping you all waiting. It's not safe to drive so quickly. she was sure. Jo gulped. 'It's up to you!' Checking that the junction was clear. It's beyond me.' said Stuart triumphantly.' They were streaking along a comparatively straight stretch of road when. It's an impossible concept.' A deep. 'Please slow down. They swept up to the junction. to her horror. foreign-accented voice said. and Bessie stopped instantly. And Bessie's no ordinary car. Bessie.including yours. features obscured by the viso red helmet. 'Then you must see for yourselves!' In the doorway stood a figure in a radiation suit.' The Brigadier shook his head. Where was the Doctor when he needed him? 'I give up.'and brought it back in there. 'My reactions are ten time s as fast as yours remember. Doctor. 'It's sta rting again!' Come on. who had been standing silent and a little overawed at the back of the gr oup said unexpectedly. 'We shoved a vase through here -' He indicated the transmission platform. Benton. sir. the Doctor started Bessie up again and sho t off even faster than before.' said the Doctor. the Doctor's foot pressed steadily on the brake. 'Shoved it through where?' asked the Brigadier exasperatedly. 'Never heard such a farrago of unscientific rubbish in my life.' They were moving so fast that the countryside around them was no more than a blur. of several hundred miles an hour. 'It's perfectly safe.' said Humphrey Cook emphatically. .'And me.' And he pointed to the inner laboratory.' shouted the Doctor cheerfully. 'Through the crack between now and now.' Suddenly Jo's attention was caught by the whirring of the time sensor. Jo saw that a main highway was cutting across it at right angles. old girl.' 'But we've done it. 'Why didn't I go through the windscreen?' 'Because Bessie's brakes work by the absorption of inertia .

I may have to join Mr Hyde in the i nner laboratory in a hurry. nil. Ruth's voice was tense. The experiment was about to begin. . the radia tionsuited figure of Stuart Hyde hovering over it. 'Interstitial activity. The oscillating whine of TOMTIT rose higher. enchanted. and was horrified to see that he was actually increasing the power. He looked through the partition and saw the cup and saucer standing on the receiving platform in the inner laboratory. the Master switched on the power. Professor?' asked Ruth. I can't hold it. 'Turn it off!' she shouted. 'A precaution in case of emergency. She checked a dial. Throwing back his head the Master roared.' 'Increasing power.' snapped the Master. 'I'm getting too much power again. 'Initiating transfer!' He threw a switch and to the astonishment of the Brigadier and the other onlooke rs.' 'I know what I'm doing. Switch off!' Ruth turned to the Professor. Professor. Suddenly Stuart's voice crackled frantically from the intercom. the cup and saucer faded slowly away. In the TOMTIT laboratory. 'Molecular structure stable. Surely you don't need to wear radiation gear out here.' said the Brigadier. .Unfortunately it was a case of more haste.' said the Master again. les speed.' The Master spoke more calmly. 'Isolate ma trix scanner. Ruth gave him a worried look.' 'Check' 'Increasing power. my dear. But the figure at the controls seemed rapt. Just beyond the junction w as the notice board signalling the way to the Newton Institute. Come.' He leaned over the intercom.' Ruth was placing a rather handsome cup and saucer on the metal transmitting platform. The Doctor and Jo s hot straight past without even seeing it. Switch off. 'Good heavens. Kronos come! I summon you! . 'But you're into the second quadrant already. 'Report!' Stuart's voice came from the speaker.

if she could . . . For a moment the Doctor thought she must stunned by the speed of the journey. It didn't take the Doctor long to realise that he overshot his destination.4 The Ageing In the inner laboratory the crystal glowed with a fierce. He staggered back. Suddenly the transferred cup and saucer glowed brightly. He staggered back. clawed at his helmet and collapsed. The radiation level in the inner lab was still dangerously high. Beneath the helmet. . she saw that the Professo r had disappeared. He s topped the car. Even through the darkened vision-plate of Stuart's helmet it's intensity was daz zling. . 'Right. A tendril of fire snaked out. The Doctor jumped out of the car. . almost unbearable brig htness. Jo . Minutes later he was streaking up the drive of the Institute and making one of his amazing stops befo re the main door. staring straight ahe ad of her. and ran to the partition door. Someone was interfering with time. groping aimlessly. A winged shape . and his whol e body glowed brightly for a second. Ruth ran back to the main control console. . But Professor Thascalos was already suited up. Oh. . Then he realised that it was something else entirely that happening . studied the map and swung the car in a U-turn. . She swung round and called 'Professor!' To her horror. Ruth saw him fall. then shattered. She was sitting quite still. Stuart would have to wait. It touched Stuart. good grief!' Jo Grant didn't move or speak. In their place Stuart sensed rather than saw something else beginning to form. The essent ial thing now was to turn off the power . . She was about to go to his assistance then stopped herself. . his face began to change . .something that confirmed his worst fears.

the level should be safe now. 'Cut the power!' 'I can't.' . 'Right. Forcing his way through it. and fitted it back into place. . 'The controls won't budge!' The Doctor studied the console. 'Who is this man?' 'Stuart Hyde . . He summed up the situation at a glance. As the Doctor vanished through the door the figure snatched off its helmet.' The Doctor and the Brigadier hurried through into the inner lab. across the courtyard beyond.' shouted Ruth frantically.my assistant. Ruth gave a gasp of horror.As he turned away from the car. flattened a gainst the wall on the other side of the arch. wait. 'Stuart!' The Doctor looked curiously at her. Immediately the whine of the apparatus began dying down. through the white-painted door on the other side. Above it was a shock of snow-white hair. He ran through the archway at the side of the main building. he felt the resistance of the temporal disturban ce. the Master turned and hurried away.' 'But what about that poor cheap in there?' Ruth held up her hand for silence. The Brigadier began moving towards the connecting door. Kneeling by the unconscious body. the Doctor used the resistance as a guide. His face a picture of frustrated evil. the Doctor failed to notice a radiation-suited figure. 'Reverse the polarity'. extracted a circu it. 'No. letting i t lead him to its source. reversed it. studying a rapidly falling dial. In a few moments it had stopped altogether. In his haste. the Doctor lifted the loosened helmet from its head. with the pouched and sagging skin of the very old. 'Is it safe to go !n the re?' Ruth shook her head. 'What?' 'Reverse the temporal polarity!' Ruth snatched an inspection hatch from the top of the console. After climbing endless flights of stairs the Doctor dashed into the attic labora tory. The face beneath the helmet was lined and wrinkled.

'How is he?' asked the Brigadier. it's more than that. Otherwise the shock of the change would have finished him off. remembering Stuart as he used to be. The Doctor studied the thermometer for a moment and handed it back to Ruth. The Doctor was taking his temperature watched by Ruth Ingram. Jo Grant came hurrying in. Even if the metabolic rate had increased a hundredfold.' 'Lucky for him. Jo. The Doctor rubbed his chin. with all the vitality and boun ce of an exuberant puppy. but for the moment he just needs rest. not seconds.' The Brigadier gave up.'Your assistant.' The Doctor raised an eyebrow. there's only one thing I know that makes people gr ow old. 'He was.' 'He will be all right. won't he?' asked Jo The Doctor nodded.' 'Like that?' said Ruth unhappily.' 'A change in the metabolism?' suggested Jo.' Ruth sighed.at his age?' 'Stuart's only twenty-five!' 'And this man's eighty or more. Jo Grant and the Brigadier. He must ha ve been a pretty tough youngster.' The Doctor stared thoughtfully at the ancient f ace. 'He'll survive. 'What 's happening. the change in him would have taken seven or eight months. 'That's more like it. 'Bu t what caused it? Some sort of radioactivity?' 'No. released from her strange paralysis in the car. but it still can't be the whol e answer. 'We must get him to hospital soon. 'Well. It was some time later and Stuart Hyde was resting uneasily in his own little be droom in the Institute s residential wing. 'Yes?' . 'And for how long? He's an old man!' As usual the Brigadier was still struggling to understand what was going on. I think we were just in time. Doctor? Were we too late?' 'On the contrary.

'What Professor?' 'Professor Thascalos. leaning over Stuart 'Speak up. Doctor. the crystal. 'I do wish you wouldn't speak in riddles. 'Congratulations.' said the Doctor impressively. Stu. 'The poor boy's delirious..' 'Help.' muttered Stuart.' 'A more classical education might have helped.. 'That's the answer. What did you see?' He leaned over t he terrified old man.' said Jo soothingly. Ruth leaned over him. 'Help me. Ruth tried to push the Doctor aside. "Thascalos" is a Greek word -' 'I get it. Brigadier..' The old man glared wildly at her. . But why? How did it happen?' Ruth shrugged. 'Safe? No-one's safe. You ve provided the explanation.' 'We all know that.' interrupted Jo. Stuart Hyde's own personal time was speeded up so enormously that his whole physiological life passed by in a moment. he's her e. 'Answer me!" 'Danger!' muttered Stuart. Er . The passing of time. Just rest.' she sa id. He's here . ' 'Glad to be of service.. TOMTIT's his baby. The only possible answ er.'Anno Domini. But he seems to have disappeared..' Ruth tried to settle him back on his pillows.' 'It's all right. man! What was it you saw ?' . .. 'You're safe now.' said Ruth impatiently. 'He's coming round. 'You must stop this!' 'The Doctor ignored her. I saw him. 'The Professor might know. But the Doctor said. Brigadier.' 'What?' yelled the Doctor indignantly. 'The crystal .what did I say?' 'Time.' Stuart moaned and stirred. 'The arrogance of that man is beyond beli ef!' 'Whose arrogance?' asked the Brigadier wearily.' Jo looked puzzled. Doctor. Doctor.' snapped the Doctor. 'I bet "Thascalos" is the Greek for "Master". wait. 'Don't try to speak.' No. 'Let him talk.' His body arched and he flung his head from side to side.

' said the Brigadier. and shove a couple of anti-tank guns in the boot. Unfortunately. Over. I feel as naked as a baby in its bath. Mike Yates flicked the switch. Light and heavy machine gu ns .' The Brigadier was standing by his land rover which was still parked outside the Newton Institute. you know!' In the duty room at UNIT HQ Captain Yates was noting his superior's requirements on a message pad. answer me! What was it?' Suddenly Stuart sat bolt upright. you'd better stay here with this poor fellow. sir. Brigadier. sir?' 'You never know. 'Be quiet all of you. 'I said. sir. He raised his voice. Captain Yates. Miss Grant. 'Say again. If he starts talking again. 'Newton Institute.' Although the Brigadier d idn't really know what he was up against. steady on.' The Doctor headed for the door and with a helpless look at the others. And when. sir? I mean how soon? ' . 'You've got tanks there. Mike Yates said.. sir. oh. I want you to com e with me.'I say. The Doctor paused. got that.' said the Brigadier ominously. Doctor. But the Doctor was not to be distracted.' pleaded Jo. bring some men down with you. Wootton. 'Kronos!' h screamed hoarsely.' He leaned over S tuart. Yes sir. please. Maybe something heavier would do t he trick. 'I should have known!' said the Doctor softly. 'Better lock the door behind us. will you?' Mike's voice was puzzled. he did know that the average alien menace seemed distressingly immune to rifle bullets. c all me at once. Over.. 'Don't hang about. 'Doctor.' The Brigadier's voice crackled from the RT.' 'Shall I come too?' asked Jo. 'Over. advised the Brigadier. there was rather more crackle than message. 'It was Kronos! ' He fell back unconscious. You must tell me everything you know about Professor Thascalos and about thi s machine of his. 'No. I've got a job for you too. Ru th followed him. I've got all that. 'Stuart. 'Right. I didn't q uite get that. 'Doctor Ingram.

He turned back to the Brigadier. 'The whole thing smells of bad fish. 'Oh.' 'Oh. 'Humphrey. be quiet. Charles. You' ll be well out of it.' 'I beg your pardon.. Charles. 'I'm sorry.' 'You have no right. 'But I would stake my reputation on integrity of Professor Thascalos. Charles.' 'Right. sir. 'About ten minutes ago! Oh. but Humphrey Cook snapped. ' Proctor opened his mouth to protest. sir.' Cook was saying.' 'I'm sorry. sir. 'Either of you. 'Forgive me. . One can only h ope we shan t have to parade our dirty linen at Westminster. . if I remember rightly.' 'Well?' 'This affair is no longer in your hands. Mr Cook. Paragraph twenty-four G.' The Brigadier turned as he heard voices behind him. 'You can't possibly have grounds for s uch high-handed -' . It is now a security matter and I have taken over. actually. Over.' I m sorry.' said the Brigadier calmly. A foolish gamble at very long odds.' 'Doctor Cook. Proctor. Brigadier. the Doctor wants you to bring his TARDIS with you. I have every right.'Oh.' 'Over and out. bearing in mind the Official Secrets Act. Over and out. It is scarcely surprising that you lost. Humphrey Cook and his assistant Proctor were marching out of the Institute.' 'You already have. I see no alternative to a Whitehall enquiry.' said Cook completely deflated. 'So. the usual. Doctor Cook. followed by a protesting Director. Subsection three of the preamble to the seventh enabling act. The Brigadier stepped forward.' He glared fiercely at Proctor. please. you will please say nothing to an yone about today s events.' The Director seemed compelled to argue a hopeless case. and Capt ain Yates. I couldn't help over-hearing what you were sayi ng.

almost blank. I meant the Professor of course. come along. . then paused.' They both got into the car. 'Doctor Perceval!' Slowly the Director turned. but I cannot be responsi ble for the consequences unless you do what I ask.was still reeling under the shock. 'I can hardly think.' The limousine swept away down the drive and disappeared from view.' interrupted the Brigadier. The poor old boy . What did you want?' 'I should like this place evacuated of all but essential personnel at once. . sir?' 'What? Yes. Doctor Perceval. and Cook leaned out of the window to fire a parting shot at the Director. 'I'm sorry. almost stumbling steps. Sufficient grounds. Proctor. Brigadier.' He turne d to go. thought the Brigadier.' The Director attempted a last protest. 'By three o'clock please. of course I am.'This man Thascalos is known to me. sir. 'By the way. Don't stand about. but -' The Brigadier said crisply.' 'Who?' The Brigadier smiled wryly. 'You will be hearing from me. I think?' Cook rounded on the defenceless Proctor. 'Oh. The Brigadier watched it go with the satisfaction of one who has thoroughly rout ed the enemy. 'Brigadier. who was walking back into the main building with slow. There are projects in train here whi ch -' 'I'm sorry. Charles. but it's absolutely necessary.' spluttered Perceval. 'Excuse me.' 'But that's nonsense. 'Are you feeling quit e well. that you have the remotest idea what you are asking. He turned back to the Director. The Director looked worried. 'But surely he ll be miles away by now?' . his expression vague. 'He is a dangero us criminal and an escaped prisoner. don't try to hol d him. if the Master should contact you. sir!' The Director didn't seem to hear him. you may enjoy playing soldier s. Just let me know at once. Sergeant Benton is keeping an ey e on that infernal machine of yours until the troops arrive. This whole matter has been a great shock of course . Profess or Thascalos.

Why should he have any idea that we're on to him? Believe me. he'll be back .'I doubt it.

Then I am right..or perhaps into space-time.luckily you're at least familiar with the idea of stepping outside space -time.' Ruth led the way to the inner lab and lifted off the transparent cover. 'Kronos? That's what Stuart said. Please explain. 'And I've lived with it for . Doctor?' asked Ruth. 'There. no-one had tried to run away with it.' Ruth frowned.for many long years.5 The Legend Sergeant Benton sat in the inner lab. admitting Ruth Ingram and the Doctor. and a strange place it is too. 'Any trouble?' 'I've been a bit lonely. I'v e been there. So far.that's if you really do know what it's all about. 'But why won't you explain. He stared thoughtfully at the TOMTIT machine. that's all. ' 'Try me. There was a tap on the outer door. Doctor . 'Who is it?' 'Me! Ruth Ingram. good. creatures beyond your imagination. who looked quizzically at him. The Doctor's with me. where creatures live. where's this crystal?' 'Through here. Now. Chronivore s - . revealin g the crystal socketted into its place in the machine. I warn you.' He paused staring thoughtfully into space .' Benton got up went through the outer lab and opened the door. 'A place that is no place. 'Because I have to be sure that I'm right. staring unblinkingly at the TOMTIT machine . 'The Crystal of Kronos.' 'I've lived with the concept for months.' The Doctor said solemnly.' 'You'll find some of it difficult to accept. obviously continuing an unfini shed conversation.' 'Well .' 'Good.' The Doctor stared at the crystal in fascination.' said the Doctor absently.

he found the Master sitting in the big armchair beside his desk. Doctor. The most fearsome of the lot. but to the entire created Universe. Why should they look in here? Now calm down and tell me what's been happening .' When the Director finally reached his office. even more extraordinary than their cousins in Athens. Kronos was just a Greek legend. using that crystal. Extraordinary people the Atlanteans.' 'And this Kronos is one of these creatures?' 'That's right. one of the children in the legend was Poseidon.' 'Exactly.' 'And that's what you meant when you talked of the most terrible danger just now? ' 'Do you mean danger to us?' asked Benton. 'But surely. yes and no. or even ou r galaxy. 'What are you doing here?' 'Don't panic.' 'Like the legend of Kronos?' 'Exactly! Kronos. the G od of Atlantis.who can swallow a life as a boa constrictor can swallow a rabbit. Close the door and come here. wasn't he ? He was the Titan who ate his children. And what's more.' 'You mean that crystal is the original? The actual crystal from Atlantis?' 'It is.to capture the Chronivore. drinking his brandy and smoking one of his best cigars . 'Or to the world?' The Doctor said gravely.' 'Are you trying to tell me that the classical gods were real?' 'Well.and don't fidget. fur and all. 'The danger is not just to us. they w ould invent a legend to tame it. And your friend the Professor is trying 'to use the crystal exactly as i t was used four thousand years ago .time-eaters .' . 'You!' gasped the Director. you know. please!' Ruth Ingram said. If reality became unbearable.' 'But they'll find you!' Not if you keep your head. or our world. a living creature. was drawn into time by the priests of Atlan tis.

'Closer.. 'What is it. o bey .' ordered the Master. .' The Doctor began wandering about the lab. 'And now here you are.' Ruth pointed out. the Director sat down at his desk and began a series of telephone calls.' 'Indeed it does. 'the time sensor picks up all time field disturbances. . the Doctor was examining the TOMTIT apparatus with the sceptical expression of a garage mechanic checking over very old car. The time sensor in his hand.' said the Director dully. ' 'That's better. ' The Master took pad and pencil from a table beside the armchair and began a seri es of complex and abstruse calculations. This Sergeant Benton. 'There are two things I don't understand. 'Now. look into my eyes. and let m e get on with my sums. 'Suppose somebody should walk in here now and find me talking to you?' The Master sighed. One the unexplained power build-up you had.Puffing peacefully on his cigar.' Calmed and reassured. . it's some time since I found such a good subject for hypnosis as you've turned out to be. . It's quite li ke old times. aren't you? Come here. 'Ah a!' Benton came over to him. the Master listened to the Director's stammered tale of recent events..' Suddenly the Doctor stopped in f ront of a tall green computer cabinet the needle on the sensor flickering wildly.' Reluctantly the Director obeyed. you are a worrier. and everything will be all right.' 'You said yourself. is the Master' s TARDIS!' . me!' 'Obey. 'But the signal was far too strong for a crude apparatus such as this. 'My word. The other is the strength of the signal I picked up on my sensor. . Just obey me and everything will be all right . 'I must obey. Nothing. Doctor?' 'I knew it had to be around here somewhere. There is nothing to worry about.' moaned the Director. . 'You know Director. Now go and arrange for the evacuation like a good boy. Just .

Benton was looking through the open door to the inner laboratory. it just shouldn't happen.what. ' . but you must leave.' The Master fr owned. The machine began its low whine. Doctor. 'What?' The Master looked up. now. It ma kes the experiment uncontrollable. Go in there and pick up that crystal. sure. logically there's only one thing to do.not cubed.' Ruth Ingram drew in a deep breath.' gasped Ruth. 'E equals mc squared .' Ruth pointed out. Wouldn't you agree.' said the Doctor.' 'Squared. 'It's reading ten already. . surely?'. Sergeant?' 'Oh yes. The Doctor studied a dial. At once. So. it just shouldn't happen. for instance?' 'Switch on the power and see for ourselves. 'Right!' She switched on the power. You're an interfering dolt. What are you doing?' 'Trying to find the reason for that massive power build-up we experienced. He heard the Master muttering. Even the filter didn't prevent it.' 'If you say so. Doctor. 'Doctor! Docto r. the crystal's glowing!' The Doctor came to join him. .' 'Not in the extra-temporal physics of the time said the Master irritably. . 'Sergeant Benton.' 'Logically.'I'm sorry.' 'After what happened to that chap Stuart?' 'It's perfectly safe at this low level. 'It did indeed. Perceval.' 'I'm sorry. Er . please.' said the Director and put down the phone. 'But it did. if E equals mc cubed . 'Logically. you're a strong man. . 'Now y ou've made me lose my place.' .' 'That's impossible.

. a look of fascinated inter est on his darkly handsome face..' Ruth gave him a baffled look. 'It's Miss Grant. The terrified neophyte threw himself to the ground at Krasis's feet. and Benton snatched it up. a neophyte shuddered with fear. 'you can see it isn't. It made the jump through interstitial time.. 'Then where is the original crystal?' 'Where do you think? In Atlantis. 'I can't shift it.' he grunted. one of the High Council of Atlantis.. He had long been fascinated by anything to do with Kronos. In the Temple. come quickly. It was glowing fiercely. Miss Grant. I see. the High Priest. 'At last. hello. Oh.because it isn't really here at all. you know.' said the Doctor. of course you can't .. Kronos.' Benton heaved until his muscles cracked. 'Sergeant Benton . The gods were abroad tonight.. It must still be linked to the original crystal all those tho usands of years ago. She says Stuart Hyde is coming round. The Crystal is afire.' Lightning streaked across the night sky of Atlantis.' Tall and gaunt. of course. at last! The time is come. and I await your call. he ran to where Kras is.' He turned to the Doctor. Krasis lifted his hands in a gesture of worship. a prie st's servant and apprentice. stood watching the lightning flare across the night sky. He went to the crystal and tried to lift it from its resting place.. . followed by a great rumble of thunder. It refused to budge. olive skinned and curly haired. he's here. Yes.' . 'Holiness! Holiness. He was little more than a child. His name was Hippias. The phone in the TOMTIT lab rang.' From behind a pillar a tall young man stood watching. 'It's fastened down. Krasis strode across the temple to where the crystal rested upon the altar. an impressive figure in his priestly robes. hang on.' 'No.Sergeant Benton's faith in the Doctor was limitless. He's in a bit of a state it seems. He glanced at the glowing crystal on sacred altar and br aced himself to do his duty. Yes. 'It isn't. His bare feet pattering on the marble floors of the temple.

Where's my shaving mirror?' 'There isn't one.' She heard a groan from the bed. 'Tell her I'm on my way. 'Yes. of course I'm coming. she hurried back to the bed. you're safe now. No. no . I'm burning.. 'Kronos. where Stuart Hyde was writhing uneasily... . 'It's difficult to explain. 'I felt him coming back!' 'Kronos!' He clutched her arm. 'I'll get you one later. Sergeant. 'Are you all right?' Suddenly he opened his eyes and stared wildly at her. Before Jo could stop him he lunged for it. 'Who are you?' 'Jo . . . .Jo Grant. . you know. Now. I' m all right. honestly it is. I'm burni ng. ..the wrinkled hands of very old man. In the sick bay..' said Jo soothingly.. A mirror. not scared exactly. It' s all right. honestly.' he groaned. Doctor Ingram?' 'Ruth will do. 'Don't let him touch me. Tossing the mirror aside. .' 'Give me a mirror.and gazed in the mirror at his own eighty -year old face. 'It's all right. . 'I've got the granddaddy of all hangovers. he buried his face in his hands. You'd better stay here on guard. Ruth. . churned up. 'My hands.' Stuart stared at her as if seeing her for the first time. 'Oh lor. Yes. And a merry Michaelmas to you too. snatched it up .The Doctor was already heading for the door. Jo was still chatting to Sergeant Benton on the phone. The fire ..' 'Where am I?' 'You're in your own room. .' He rubbed his forehe ad and suddenly caught sight of his hands . Coming. . just lie d own. well.' But Stuart had spotted his shaving mirror on the bed-side table.' said Jo desperately. I'm neglecting my patient!' Putting down the phone. 'No . What's happened to my hands?' 'It's all right. just a bit .' They hurried from the room.' he muttered..' 'Jo pushed him gently back on the pillows.' Stuart groaned. 'Kronos!' Jo leaned over him.

' explained the Doctor. was trying to give some account of what had happene d to him.' His voice broke and faded away. it's back to the lab. 'We all have them. what else?' . 'Go on. at last. . do you?' 'A Sergeant Benton. 'It was like a tongue of flame. was being sucked out of me. 'You've finished?' 'Yes.' said the Doctor encouragingly. I suppose they have.' 'A race memory.' 'Yes. .' 'But how did you know?' asked Ruth. a little calmer now. 'Why did you say Kronos ? 'Because that's who it was.' said the Master thoughtfully. All my life. 'Go on. So. 'It was just after the cup and saucer appeared. that's all. . happened. Jo. Stuart. I think. later. old chap.' With an effort. Like all my bo dy was on fire. 'I see.' 'But they've got someone on guard.' 'What is Kronos?' asked Jo. my energy. Well.' The Doctor leaned forward.' By now the Doctor and Ruth Ingram had arrived. I think I know how to deal with him.I was about to switch of f when it . . . You don't happen to who it is.' The Master smiled.6 The Ambush 'Point zero zero three five seven. 'Or should I say who?' 'Later.' 'You mean you heard a voice or something?' 'No. . Stuart continued.' The Doctor turned back to Stuart. 'Good!' The Director asked timidly. You re doing fine. 'I just knew. I just knew.

That you.' 'I don't know. Yes. 'Is that Sergeant Benton?' 'Yes. 'I think you can get him on five-three-four .' 'I'm not surprised. Those were his very words. Doctor Perceval. I've seldom heard a more inept performance. am I really an old man now? Is there anything you can do . 'Oh.' 'This is the Director. that is correct. Back at the house?' 'At once. Tell him to ring the Brigadier for confirmation.or am I stuck like this? ' The Doctor hesitated.here.' The Director took his hand from the mouthpiece. The Director swallowed. 'Sergeant Benton? I suggest you check with the Brigadier personally. Sergeant.' He paused. you want his number?' The Director looked helplessly at the Master who pointed wearily to the other teleph one on the desk. 'But I don't get it. Goodbye.'Nothing else.' 'But that means leaving the lab unguarded. 'What's the matter?' The Director said. 'Hold the line a moment please. 'not in his own voice but that of the Brigadier. hoping it would news of his relief. 'I don't know.' There was anguish in Stuart's voice . To the Director's amazement the Master pick ed it up and spoke. 'Doc.. . back at the main house. ' In the Director's study the Master hissed. well. 'I don't think he believes me. He'll have my stripes if I don't. 'You put me in a bit of a spot. But I promise you . The Brig told me to stay here. Sergeant Benton snatched it up. Benton?' . .we'll do everything we can.' said Benton worriedly.' and put his hand o ver the mouthpiece. 'Lethbridge-St ewart.. he said to be sure to lock up.' A minute later the other phone rang.till I woke up like this. 'Hullo?' He heard the quavering tones of the Director.' The phone rang in the TOMTIT laboratory. The Brigadier wants you to meet him at once .' 'But you can't -' 'Do as I tell you. no matter what.' 'Ah.

Back in the lab he closed the window and stood just to one side of it. The Director stood staring anxiously out of his study window while the Master st ood idly leafing through a sheaf of calculations.' Then the Master. Right away. loc king it behind him.' said the Master sharply: 'Now see if the corridor's clear . Sergeant Benton meanwhile was clambering across the roof of an outbuilding just beneath the laboratory. 'Well?' The Director shook his head. you irritate me. my dear fellow.' Tucking his notebook in his pocket.' said Benton woodenly. Benton duc ked out of sight behind the TOMTIT machine and waited. 'Time? Soon I shall have all the time in the world .' 'Yessir. Before long he heard a key turn in the lock . He heard voices. Without looking up the Master said. you haven't much time.' said voice. He climbed a fire escape ladder bolted to wall. 'Perfectly simple. Be quiet! I tell you. Do you really think he'll . 'I quite understand sir. 'Not a soul. 'Yes sir. I ne ed you over here at the gate house.literally! ' 'In an hour or so the place will be swarming with soldiers. the Director would have keys.and the lab door opened.' He put down the phone and stood considering for a moment. he thought . A few minutes later he saw the Master and the Director come out of a side door a nd hurry across the courtyard towards him. There he is!' The tall figure of Sergeant Benton came through the arch and rounded the corner of the gate 'It worked! It really worked!' 'Of course it worked.naturally. Drawing his service revolver. .' . He went to the window and opened it wide from the bottom and left the laboratory by the main door. Professor.In the lab Benton said.' The Director went to the study door and peered out. . On the double. the Master led the way from the room. ju st a moment. swung ag ilely across to nearby drainpipe and climbed through the window that he had left open.' 'Nothing peculiar about it. I've just had rather a peculiar phone call.Ah. nothing and nobody can stop me now. 'But Professor. 'Perceval. 'No sign of him. looking o ut. the Director.

' 'Ah.' sneered the Master.' 'I underestimated you. mate. Sergeant. did you? It's the oldest trick in the book.you watch that crysta l! . The Brigadier's not in the habit of calling Sergeants "my dear fellow".. You see.. Sergeant Benton. 'Now. well. How did you know?' 'Simple.aren't you?' The Master came forward.. The resourceful Sergeant Benton.' The Master stopped his advance.slowly!' The Master swung round. the whole point is . 'You must let me explain. How could you understand? Only one thing stands between me and total power over the Earth . 'You were wrong. wrenched the gun from his hand an d threw against the wall with such force that he slid to the ground. you're still in t he soup without a ladle . 'Doctor. 'I find it diffic ult to identify with such primitive absurdities. an expression of sheer astonishment on his face. He rose slowly from behind his hiding place. That is oldest trick in the book! ' Turning away.' Benton raised the revolver. well. 'Well. 'Of course. 'Primitive or not. The Master sprang forward with tigerish speed.' 'You didn't really think you could fool me with a fake telephone call. 'Keep back. Wit hout it I am helpless..' 'I don't understand. of course. The Master lo oked down at him. . turn round . . the Master hurried to the TOMTIT apparatus and switched it on.over the Universe itself. both of you.' The two men obeyed. but it was enough. Sergeant. what a very timely arrival? Benton's eyes only flickered for a fraction second.' Benton grinned with savage enjoyment.' Suddenly his eyes widened as he looked over Benton's shoulder.Sergeant Benton couldn't help feeling that this was his cue. Now . 'Put your hands in the air. He who I a m calling here will show me how to harness that power. the tribal taboos of Army etiquette. hands raised. 'I am going to bring someone here who will help me to find the power I need.' 'Of course you don't understand. 'What are you doing?' quavered the Director. revolver levelled.

a shape was beginning to form . The crystal glowed brighter and brighter. Sergeant Benton. in the centre of that radiance. opened his eyes and found himself staring straight into the glowing heart of the crystal. . . And there. till the whole room was filled with its blazing light. .The whine of the apparatus rose to a sort of triumphant howl. slowly recovering consciousness.

a tall gaunt old man. A gold medallion hung about his neck. High Priest of Atlantis. 'Welc ome! Welcome!' The old man drew himself up proudly. His l ong grey hair was bound with a circlet of silver and his haggard.7 The High Priest Benton's unbelieving astonishment the shape grew larger. lined face was fil led with power and authority. Krasis had kept ceaseless vig il by the altar. the myster y no man dare speak. He was Krasis. B enton ran for the main door. Sergeant Benton wasn't too astonished to gather his strength and choose his moment. At last the summons had come. 'I am Krasis. The Master strode into the inner lab and spread out his hands in greeting. Scrambling to his feet. The Master. but Benton was already disappearing through the door. became solid and real. in flowing white robes. a short red cloak and a jewelled breastplate. The fire of the crystal had reached out. he can do us no harm now. enveloped him. Suddenly an extraordinary figure was standing beside the crystal .with your help. and transported him to this strange place. purifying himself by prayer and fasting. 'Oh.' The Master turned to Krasis. Since the crystal in the temple had begun to glow. 'Of Poseidon? Surely Kronos is your Lord?' 'You would dare to profane with your impious tongue the great secret. Lord of Time. High Priest of the Temple of Poseidon in Atlantis. ' Astonished as he was by these strange events. 'I am t he Master.' 'You lie! No-one rules Kronos!' 'I shall . The Director saw him go and called.' said the Master all arrogantly. 'Professor! The Master swung round. the Directo r and the strange new arrival were all in the inner lab. and Ruler of Kronos. 'Together we shall b ecome Masters of the Universe. let him go. 'Come with me!' . Who are you?' The Master's eloquence was more than a match for that of the old priest.

He led him through to the main laboratory. Kronos is in my power at last!' Stuart Hyde had been carefully loaded into a wheelchair. Doctor! The Master's in the lab!' .' Detatching i t from its chain. 'You'd better find out about m y old age pension. but surely Kronos obeyed the Priest of Poseidon as a pet dog obeys his master?' His voice hardened.' 'Try not to be too bitter. The Master took it and studied it eagerly. escort ed by Jo Grant. and Ruth Ingram. 'For five centuries it has been lost to Atlanti s. But with you to assist me. Krasis gazed about him in wonder. Understandably. was wheeling him out of the front doo r of the Institute towards a waiting ambulance.' 'Then you must have the formula .' said Ruth gently.' grumbled Stuart.and the seal of the High Priest. Stuart wasn't in the best of moods.' 'It is lost. From this se al I can learn the correct mathematical constants. Stu. 'So it is written. that's what you need.' said Krasis sadly. I shall bring him here. 'The truth now. 'Is this the abode of Lord Kronos?' 'No.' said the Doctor rather more cheerfully than was re ally tactful.' A charming prospect I must say. After all.rest until your body recovers from the shock. 'Rest. the Doctor and the Brigadier. I'll be twenty-six in seven weeks time. 'But that's it. The Master studied them eagerly.' Krasis fixed him with a reproving glare. 'I exist only to do the will of Kronos .' 'Ah. That's all you can do at the moment .' 'And was nothing handed down?' 'Nothing save the Great Crystal .the secret how to control him.and he is not to be commanded. Krasis!' Reluctantly Krasis said. Suddenly Sergeant Benton came pounding towards them. The flat golden disc was carved with elaborate symbols. Krasis held out the gold medallion. Ruth.

'He just appeared from nowhere. said the Master confidently. The Doctor studied the phenomenon thoughtfully. The Doctor frowned. . The Master star ed into the heart of the fiery glow. Miss Grant?' The Brigadier dashed off towards the laboratory. The Director watch him in puzzlement. 'But how can Atlantean symbols mean anything to you?' Comparative ratios remain constant throughout time. the Director. Females under cover indeed!' She ran afte r Benton and the Brigadier. Jo. Grey hair turned to brown . the eyes clear and bright . looked on in horrified fascination.we switch on! He turned on the power. 'If you have nothing intelligent to say.The Master was carefully transcribing the mathematical symbols carved into the great seal. 'A massive feedback of time . wait? shouted the Doctor. Kro nos. He was only interested in the Ma ster. raising his arms in a gesture of welcome. Sergeant Benton . . Benton at his heels. the High Priest.' The Brigadier wasn't interested in apparitions. blazing with light. stared enraptured at the crystal. Come. come!' Krasis. Krasis raised his arms in worship. Jo felt suddenly strange and shivery. Kronos is coming!' In the laboratory the crystal was pulsating. We re too late. Sergeant Benton meanwhile was concluding what he himself felt was an extremely unlikely story. . 'And now . Perceval. 'Brigadier. look? Stuart Hyde was recovering his youth at amazing speed.' said Benton simply. the skin became firm and youthful. and the rising whine of the apparatus filled the room. 'And wait for me!' called Ruth Ingram.Doctor! Female s stay under cover. what are we waiting for? On the double. 'Are you sure he said he was from Atlantis?' 'Yes. Doctor. 'Right. keep quiet!' He punched a complic ated set of co-ordinates into the TOMTIT console. In the inner lab the crystal began to glow. all right. Doctor Perceval.and suddenly ther e was a puzzled-looking twenty-six year old Stuart sitting in the wheelchair. She heard a strangled cry from behind her and turned.

In the heart of the crystal a shape was beginning to appear. Perceval peered int o the fiery glow, trying to make it out. At first it seemed like a giant bird, then li ke a man, finally more like a man with wings, though the head was still birdlike... He hea rd the steady beat of mighty wings. The winged shape grew bigger and bigger emerging from the crystal until it was somehow there in .the laboratory, a shape of white light thrashing about in the confined space like some great eagle in a too small cage. Krasis prostrated himself in worship, but the terrified Director screamed and tu rned to run. The noise and movement seemed to attract the winged attention, and it swooped down on him like a great bird of prey. Fiery wings enfolded him, swallow ed him up and Humphrey Perceval ceased to exist, his very being absorbed by Kronos, so that an atom of him remained. As the Director disappeared, Kronos resumed the terrifying swirl of activity. Th e fiery wings thrashed frantically, sending whole shelves of equipment smashing to the ground. The Master was beginning to fear that he had a monster he could not control. 'Kronos! Be at peace!' he roared. 'I am your friend.' Krasis raised his head, gazing worshippingly at the restless fiery form. 'You wi ll never control Kronos. He is the ruler of time. He is the destroyer. We are doomed! Rubbish! said the Master. A sudden idea came to him and he snatched up the Great Seal of Atlantis and held it out before him. 'Kronos, hear me! I order you to be at peace and obey!' Kronos recoiled, and the beating of the wings lessened in intensity. The Master laughed. 'Well, well, well! So, the pet dog does obey his Master!' He advanced upon Kronos, driving the fiery being back into inner lab and slamming t he door. 'Now, stay in your kennel till I have need of you!' The Doctor and Jo watched as the retreating figures of the Brigadier, Sergeant Benton and Ruth suddenly ceased to retreat and became motionless. Still striving to move forward, their bodies were frozen, like running figures w hen the film is stopped. 'What's the matter with them?' asked Jo The Doctor said, 'You stay back.' He began running towards Ruth Ingram, the nearest of the group. As he approached he felt the resistance of the temporal distortion. Forcing his way through it, t he Doctor grabbed Ruth's arm and yanked her back towards Jo. As he retreated,

movement became easier. By the time they reached Jo, Ruth was back to normal. She blinked and around. 'What happened?' 'That's it,' said the Doctor. 'She's outside the limit of the effect now.' He ran forward and repeated the rescue Operation with Benton. Ruth looked on in astonishment. 'What happened to me? What's going on.?' 'Don't worry,' said Jo reassuringly. 'The Doctor will explain - I hope!' While Kronos thrashed about the inner lab like an angry eagle, the Master was working busily at the TOMTIT controls. 'What are you doing?' asked Krasis. 'Reducing the interstitial flow rate. Now don't interrupt me, I must concentrate .' 'You do not have the power to control him,' screamed Krasis. 'I shall have, never fear. Just give me time!' He made a final adjustment. 'Now - I must put him back where he belongs!' The hum of power rose higher and, as it did so, Kronos began to dwindle and fade . The Doctor led the astonished Brigadier back to the others. Since the Brigadier' s own subjective time had been slowed down, it seemed to him as if he had been running normally when the Doctor appeared from nowhere, and hustled him back to his starting point at impossible speed. Not unnaturally the Brigadier was both astonished and indignant. 'Doctor! Will you kindly explain...' 'There's no time to explain now. Benton, take the everybody inside, quickly!' Th e Brigadier was still spluttering. 'What? What?' 'Come along, man,' said the Doctor impatiently, and bustled everybody away. Kronos seemed to be rushing away, becoming both fainter and smaller at the same time. Finally the winged shape seemed to disappear into the heart of the crystal . The Master mopped his brow, and said sarcastically, It s safe to go in now, most noble High Priest. Thank you for your help.' Krasis followed him into the inner lab. I am no slave that I should serve you, I serve only the gods.

'You will serve me, Krasis, and like it!' 'You dare to mock the High Priest?' The Master stretched out a hand to the controls. 'Take care, Krasis! I can alway s bring Kronos back! Instinctively Krasis recoiled. 'No! No, you... I beseech you . . .What is your w ill?' 'Knowledge!' said the Master simply. Your knowledge of the ancient mysteries.' Hi s voice rose in anger. 'Why could I not control him?' Krasis said scornfully, 'For all your sorcery, you are as a child trying to cont rol a wild elephant. A puny child!' 'But I have the crystal!' 'That crystal is but a part of the true Crystal of Kronos. ' The Master was furious. 'A part!' 'Only a small fraction,' said Krasis loftily. 'A fraction - and the rest is in Atlantis? 'Deep in the vaults of the Temple of Poseidon. Guarded night and day from such thieves as you. You may command the slave but never shall you control the Mighty One himself!' The Master had already recovered from his setback, and his deep voice was filled with confidence. 'You think not? We shall see.' He reached out and grasped the crystal.

the crystal is gone!' Beside him. 'You are young Hippias. 'The years of Kronos were the great years of Atlantis~ Perhaps some day he will return to us. exceptionally handsome young man with glossy black hair that fell to his shoulders in shining ringlets in the Atl antean style.' 'Yes.like smoke! What does it mean. 'How great?' Hippias hesitated. Just a little old man with long flowing white hair and a jutting beard. and down endless winding stairways. he said. most venerable King . 'Krasis and the Crystal together . What do you know of Kronos?' Hippias gasped. 'Four score years more perhaps.' said Dalios solemnly. the calm and wisdom that come only with age.' 'That is my fear.' said Hippias simply. Hippias held high a blazing torch and pointed dramatically at the empty altar.' said Hippias respectfully. at the sound of a name almost too holy to speak. 'I saw the thunderstorm myself.8 The Secret In the Great Temple of Atlantis. As if reciting some lesson learned by heart... yes. yes. King Dalios was.' H e led the young man through a secret door. 'You see. Lord Dalios. As they descended the final flight Dalios turned and glanced over his shoulder a t the young councillor.' ..' said Dalios impatiently. And yet there was something impressive about Dalios. at first sight. almost comically unimpressive. he was a noble and impressive figu re. He looked thoughtfully at his excited councillor. 'I was there. Wearing only the brief Atlantean kilt. Lord Dalios? Are the gods angry? Has the time come at last?' Dalios looked pityingly at him. O King! The sky opened an d a spear of fire was hurled by the hand of Zeus. What n ext?' 'They disappeared. He was a tall. 'Our world is in great danger. boy?' 'A great age. 'And Krasi s?' Hippias spoke in a deep thrilling voice. 'How old would you think me. as young in years as in the Sacred Mysteries. clutching his n ight-robe around him. Come.. until they were deep in the heart of the catacombs beneath the Temple.

'I shall. 'A thing. The stairs led to a short passage.' said Dalios quietly. Poseidon himself. the veritable mystery. Hippias. 'Five hundred and thirty seven. Hippias looked at Dalios in alarm. 'You said that no othe r person shares the mystery. books a nd records everywhere. Now that Krasis has gone no-one but you shares that secret. his hands over his eyes. what next? Having picked us up by the scruff of the neck and bundled us in here.' said Dalios sadly. would you have me believe that y ou are of such age?' 'I am.' Stuart Hyde's wing room was a sprawling untidy sort of place.if you can!' The Brigadier was still in a state of some indignation. A row of home-made shelves divided the living from the kitchen area and there were clothes. 'Return to your rest.it must have been five hundred years ago. half-beast. Dalios. opened the door and gestured everyone inside. A fierce white light blazed fo rth from the doorway.. I was a witness to the enthronement of the image of the great god.' 'But that was . 'What is the light?' 'It is the true Crystal of Kronos..Dalios smiled a little sadly. Doctor. wh en these eyes were clear like yours. a creature to o horrible to imagine. At the end of it there was a great bronze doo r set into a wall of solid rock. No. 'Who was it?' whispered Hippias. Hippias staggered back. half-man. my Lord.' 'The Guardian is a person no longer. what do yo u propose to do with us?' . 'It is the Guardian. 'Lord Dalios. Y ou must guard it with your life!' Hippias bowed his head. ' The bellowing died away. I saw the building of the Temple. It is I.' said Dalios solemnly. and after a moment the door creaked open. Hippias gazed wonderingly at him. and led the way on down the stairway. It was as if he had opened the door to a furnace. 'This is the great sec ret. 'All right.' Dalios nodded. 'A stripling of eighty summers .' ~d the old man calmly. 'Make yourself comfortable . who now seemed fully recovered from his sudden rejuvenation. Come.' He called through the doorway. Stuart. 'Do not fear.' Suddenly a shattering bellow came from the doorway. Dalios produced a massive key.

Doctor?' 'A great deal. One moment you're talking about th e entire Universe blowing up and the next you're going on about tea. The Doctor patted him on the back. 'But why weren't we affected ourselves. 'I saw it.' said the Doctor cheerfully. 'This isn't a picnic.' 'Nothing of the sort. collecting odds and ends. you were caught in a hiatus in time.' 'I'd love one. Ruth? How about a sandwich anyone? Only marmalade. Bei ng without becoming. For instance. you wouldn't be aware of it. 'I'd love a nice cup of tea. H ow about it. So we're bound to experience all sorts of freak side-effects. You and Benton and Doctor Ingram were stuck.' 'Speaking personally. 'Exactly.' The Doctor began wandering round the room.' said Benton unwisely. 'Oh. didn't it?' Jo blinked. Stuart? 'I'll put the kettle on.' 'I don't understand a word you're saying!' 'It's true. even leaving Kronos and the crystal right out of it?' said Ruth.'Nothing at all.' 'And all this is because of that TOMTIT gadget? asked Benton. 'So it would seem. very well put.' 'You mean. an ontological absurdity. 'I seem to have heard that before.' said Stuart amiably. 'A what?' The Brigadier said wearily.' the Doctor went on calmly. comi ng out of the kitchen section. What's happening.' Jo giggled. Brigadier. After all it did make a crack in time.' said the Doctor.' . will you. 'Your time had slowed to a standstill too. 'Marmalade sandwich?' 'Correct. as Sergean t Benton would no doubt put it. Get the mugs out. 'There's nothing to be done at the moment except wait.' exploded the Brigadier.' 'Oh. a "gap between the now and the now". Miss Grant.' Benton looked embarrassed. She looked puzzled. when we were working on the thing? We didn't get slowed down.' said Jo. I'm afraid.

of course? The Doctor was still gathering up his collection of odds and ends.' said the Brigadier.. 'The Mighty One.' 'We? Where are we going?' The Master looked surprised. switched on and stepped back. what are you doing?' 'Me?' said the Doctor blandly. He may return.' said Krasis nervously. for instance?' Stuart fished a bottle from underneath the be d. of course. 'No. 'Fortunate Atlantis to be blessed with such a courageous Hig h Priest.' Th e Doctor peered round the room. I'm dashed if I do. With each pulsa tion the intensity of light seemed to fade a little. some kitchen weights and the top p art of a broken coffee maker. A wine bottle would do. She didn't.' 'How about this?' Stuart held up a milk bottle.' said the Brigadier hopefully.' said Ruth. but it seemed to be all the answer sh e was going to get. no..' 'But the crystal. Never fear.' The Master laughed. In the inner lab the crystal began pulsing with light once more. Master. one with a narrow neck. Why don't we get on with it?' 'Because without the TARDIS we can't even begin to find out what he's up to. 'He must be stopped!' 'Fair enough. 'I need a bottle. Kronos will only return if I desire it. 'Where? ' Atlantis.' 'But. He noticed the Doctor's strange activity. 'Doctor. Otherwise we could scarcely tak e it with us. 'Right! Now we shall soon be ready to move. do you?' 'I see. As he continued his prowling round the room the Doctor muttered.' 'Moroccan Burgundy. what are you doing?' 'I am draining the time energy from the crystal. . 'Well. a set of keys. 'Collecting!' The Master completed the last of a long series of adjustments to the TOMTIT apparatus. By now he had accumulate a wire coat hanger. The Master rubbed his hands.'If you stand right under a fountain you don't necessarily get wet.

You are indeed the Mas ter.' With that the Doctor set to work.' she said loyally. the Doctor was happily fitting his strange assortme nt of oddments into a sort of ramshackle structure.' 'Well done!' The Doctor sat down at Stuart's battered table and began sorting through his str ange assortment of objects. 'Fruit-cake standard!' Jo overheard them. Stuart leaned over to Ruth and whispered. one on each side. 'Will this do. He took two forks and fixed them by the spikes into the upper cor k so they projected like arms. the cork s still on the corkscrew. Doc. Krasis gave the Master a look of awe..what are you up to?' 'Delaying tactics. until at last it died away..' .'Yes. 'Another nutcase!' She nodded and whispered. 'No. fixed a needle into the half-cor k and fixed the other half of the cork on the other end of the needle thus creating a sort of pivot or axis. and the Master switched off the apparatus. 'The fire is dying. Ruth came out of the kitchen. There y ou are. 'Doctor. 'Remarkable efficiency.. that'll do nicely. The Brigadier was losing patience.' Krasis shrank back. The glow of the crystal became fainter and fainter still. And the cork?' Stuart scratched his head. it is finished. Krasis. Brigadier! A small fly in the Master's methaphorical ointment . The crystal was completely inert now. As far as the Brigadier could make out some sort of a tower. 'You've got me there.. I dare not.' Working in absorbed silence. But even Jo was beginning to wonder exactly what the Doctor was up to this time. You must help me to carry the crystal. no. Stu? Stuart grinned. 'There. I must insist . jammed one half back in the neck of the bottle. 'You just wait and see. Jo and the others watched in fascination as he the sliced the cork neatly in hal f.

'Here. The rickety structure started toppling and the Doctor corrected its balance. my dear. 'Of course it is. 'But what is it meant to be?' asked the Brigadier irritably.' the Brigadier said determinedly. You ought to have seen that at a glance! The Doctor went on making adjustments to the nonsensical tower. patience!' He tapped one projecting forks and the whole contraption began revolving like some lunatic roundabout. but by some miracle it didn't collapse. . he began balancing the empty mug on the top of his tower. Doctor!' Stuart handed the Doctor a mug. Patience. the Doctor clearly wasn't satisfied. the whole thing resembled a kind of mobile. It wobbled alarmingly. The Doctor laughed. the Doctor succeeded in balancing the top of the coffee maker on top of the cork.' The Brigadier sighed. please stop this silly game at once! The Doctor was infuriatingly calm. I beseech you. Ruth. 'Doctor. Howev er. With the two forks projecting like out-stretche d arms.' said the Brigadier acidly. It isn't meant to be anythi ng it just is. no. 'It doesn't work!' You astound me. heaven knows how. have a cuppa and drow n your sorrows!' 'A cup of tea!' said the Doctor joyfully. 'Of Tea leaves!' Swigging down the tea in one long swallow.' said the Master impatiently.' 'You mean it's just a ridiculous piece of modern art?' asked Ruth. Brigadier.' Somehow. Doctor Ingram?' 'None whatsoever!' 'I thought as much. Brigadier. 'The relationshi ps between the different molecular bonds form a crystalline structure of ratios. 'Does that make any sort of sense. The Doctor looked hurt.' Krasis gave him a look of sheer terror. 'Do not compel me. or one of those balancing toys which can be bought in novelty shops. it s a Time Flow Analogue. 'No. 'Bad luck. 'I hope. 'You're a Philistine.'There is nothing to fear.' Stuart gave her a reproachful glance. You will do as I tell yo u. Oh dear!' 'What's up?' asked Jo.

until suddenly it was glowing with a weird unearthly lig ht. . .' said the Doctor.The Master was still trying to calm Krasis's fears. 'I don't believe it. and the Doctor's contraption exploded with a bang and a shower of sparks. glowing ever more brightly.. Jo. I promise you. 'Right. . . ' The Master adjusted controls in rapid succession. 'Ah well! It was fun whi le it lasted!' . 'Here we go!' He tapped the projecting fork again. The Great One comes again!' 'The meddling fool!' snarled the Master. 'T he crystal is afire. . 'But what does it do. 'It looks. Doctor? I mean.. Krasis. It spun faster.dead . 'I give you my solemn pledge .' Ruth stared at the strange contraption which continued to glow and revolve in defiance of all the laws of physics. I just don t believe it. We used to make them at school to sp oil each other s time experiments. how does it affect the Master's plans?' 'It's just like jamming a radio signal.' Cautiously Krasis stretched out his hand towards the crystal. The whole contraption began to revolve. faster. .' 'Of course it is. faster. The crystal was glowing too and Krasis snatched his hand with a yell of fear. . and rushed to the control console. Doctor's strange contraption was spinning faster i and faster. The Doctor stared philosophically at the smoking ruins.' Krasis stared fearfully at the inert crystal. slammed home the power switch. the crystal is still totally inactive. . Jo stared at it as if hypnotised. .

'Th is is Greyhound Three Over. He shook his head in wonderment. this is indeed a time of wonders. completely empty. Wilco. Captain Yates? Over. crackled through the lab.' Mike Yates was at the wheel of the land rover.' The Master replaced the crystal and its TOMTIT mounting. behind it a canvas-hooded army lorry filled with troops. in the back of which was a blue police bo x.' 'Won't be long now. . To Krasis' s astonishment the little screen now showed the UNIT convoy going on its way. . lance le velled. We're about ten miles away. it wasn't empty any longer. The Master was carrying the crystal. . all at once. and behind that an open truck. I n the lead was a UNIT land rover. wagons with no oxen to draw them . Still s tudying the screen he began operating controls with his other hand. Master . sir. 'Images that move and speak. Out.' The Brigadier's voice came in reply. and studied a watchsize d mini-screen strapped to his wrist. And where have you been. still mounted in a section of TOMTIT equipment. A knight in full armour.' 'I will show you greater wonders than either. . He had left the audio-scanner switched to the UNIT frequency and now the vision scanner had homed in on the signal. Then.A UNIT convoy was speeding through country lanes towards the Newton Institute. you are not bringing the Migh ty One here once more?' 'Certainly not. . . Krasis looked on fearfully. 'This is Greyhound. They w ere on a long straight stretch of road. . Out. get your skates on will you? We need the Doctor's TARDIS here double quic k.' 'Well. It was a considerable task and since Kra sis was now too terrified to touch the crystal. Just a little demonstration of my power over time. was galloping towards them. towards the laboratory door. Suddenly the static-distorted voice of Mike Yates.' 'Greyhound Three. Lord . leading the little convoy. Greyhound Three.' said the Master savagely. Over. Watch careful ly. he had to perform it alone.

but I could do with one. 'Greyhound? This is Greyhound Three. 'This character in armour just galloped straight at us. the King Arthur bit. you have been drinking!' In the lab. lads. 'Are you suffering from hallucinations. The two vehicles behind him swerved off to left and right in turn and the armour ed knight clattered through the gap and galloped on down the road. Roundheads! . Captain Yates. grouped around a cannon. and opened his eyes in astonishment. They wore old fashioned doublets and breastplates and round helmets. the Brigadier stared disbelievingly at his R T. the TOMTIT apparatus recreated the powers of the legendary Timescoop of the Time Lords. We re stuck in the mud. Mike jumped out of the land rover. Over. I think. out of the lorry and get these vehicles out of the mud. Mike Yates whirled round. forbidden by Rassilon in the Dark Time.9 Time Attack 'Look out. was just a sample. and something spanged off the side of the land rover.' 'No sir. On a little hill not far away a handful of men had appeared from nowhere.' yelled Mike and swerved off the road to his right.. He busied himself at the controls. I don t mind telling you.' On the other end of the radio link. and they carried long muskets. Amongst its other functions.. I want to get out of here. Captain Yates? Or have you been drinking? Ove r. Forced off the road by some goon in fancy dress.' There was a flat crack. jamming on the br akes. I suppose. the Master looked at the stranded convoy on his mini-screen and smil ed evilly. 'Righto. Captain Yates raised his voice and bellowed.' said Mike Yates frank ly. You know sir.' came the Brigadier's sarcastic voice. 'And that. Yates. now slewed off the road at an angle and snatc hed up his RT. Get a move on. And then he vanished 'In a puff of blue smoke. 'Rea lly. The Master was enjoying this opportunity to try it out.

Jo. attacking us with ball ammunition . I m listening. The cannon boomed and a cannon ball whistled overhead.the Master's using that crys tal to bring them forward in time. right? . Th is is deadly serious.' The Brigadier shook his head. 'Over. 'All right. if this is some sort of joke The Doctor interrupted him. Captain Yates.' 'Captain Yates. 'They mean it!' Yates and his men peered from behind the flimsy shelter of their vehicles. this is no kind of a joke. Both of you. 'Sorry.'Take cover!' yelled Yates . 'Come along. in fact. . 'Keep down.' 'Another hallucination. You're the only ones who can handle that infernal machine apart from the Doctor.' shouted Yates. as a ragged volley of musket balls hu mmed overhead like angry bees. what do you think you're up to?' he yelled indignantly. Doctor.' said the Doctor cheerfully.' Benton was determined that the Master wouldn't escape him a second tim e. 'We'd better go and fetch it then. you'd better stay here with the Sergeant. Coming. 'Can I come?' asked Ruth. 'Believe me Brigadier.' ordered the Brigadier. I must ask you to place yourself under Sergeant Benton's command. and t he Captain reached his RT. 'And me?' said Stuart hopefully.just in time. . 'It would be suicide without the protection of the TARDIS. Roundhead troops.' 'So why don't we get over there and stop him. 'Hey.' 'Yessir. Over. 'I've always fancied myself as a cavalier. sir.' said the Brigadier impassively. Brigadier? 'Benton.' 'Which is stuck in the mud being battered by roundheads. you tell me what's going on. you stay here.roundheads . 'Don't you see? A horseman in armour . If the Master pokes his nose out you know what to do. Heaven knows what the Brigadier was going to make of thi s one . Cannon balls.' said Sergeant Benton.

a powerful new model of which he was ve ry proud. The roundheads' weapons some time to reload. 'But I intend go to Atlantis and I don't w ant my enemy to follow me. Lethbridge-Stewart. 'But why? Why do you do all this? Do you fear this TARDIS so much?' 'I fear nothing. just after bo th roundheads and cannon disappeared Mike Yates raised his head and saw to his astonishment that his attackers had completely vanished. The Doctor grinned wickedly at Jo and started the engine. sprinted forwards to a point of vantage. . So far Mike Yates had ordered his men to fire over attackers' heads. better go under my own steam. The grenade arced through the air and exploded .' snapped the Master. . . Do buck up. isn't he?' said Ruth resignedly.'Full of old world charm. were still deadly. dropping to the gro und as he did so. Krasis stared at him. She reached for her lukewarm tea. matter of some urgency. The Brigadier wasn't yet fully aware of the latest modifications to Bessie. he reached for the controls. Get in!' The Brigadier headed for his land rover. Doctor. Bessie flashed him effortlessly and vanished into the distance . pulled the pin and hurled the grenade in the classic overarm throw. He took a grenade from the arms locker in his land rover. The Master and Krasis were watching the battle on the Master's mini-screen. Sorry. you useless seventeenth-century poltroons!' Shaking head. although primitive.. He w as considerably surprised when just as he was gathering speed on a straight stretch of road.' He glared at the screen. The Master grimaced in frustration. Mike Yates decided that enough was enough.' He got behind the wheel. Try not to be too far behind!' The Brigadier started the engine and roared away.' urged the Doctor. It was still inconclusive. and flicked the Superd rive switch. But the roundhead muskets. and thei r fire was far from accurate.. . 'Get on with it. . The Doctor and Jo were already sitting in Bessie when the Brigadier hurried out of the building. and when another of hi s men fell wounded.

'It can't be!' 'Oh yes it can. 1. 'Displaced in time.. 'What's that?' Stuart shrugged. . It means the bomb is on its way down!' Jo pointed off into the distance. . here comes the grand fi nale. 'Something wrong with the engine.' The Doctor made one of his astonishingly smooth stops. 'Now.' 'What did they do?' 'Blew up sizeable chunks of London. 'It seems to be coming from the sky.. But it's not t he engine.' H e adjusted the controls yet again.' said the Doctor. The Brigadier screeched to a halt beside them. 'If that engine sound c uts out. 'It's coming from over there. 'Look. Captain Yates.The Master laughed. Ruth Ingram cocked her head at the strange putt-putting noise.. but real enough. 'A buzz-bomb.a flying bomb! The Germans used them against England at the end of the Hitler war.' said the Brigadier. The Brigadier listened to the strange putt-putting sound from overhead and looke d unbelievingly at the Doctor. It's a V. 'Never! Why?' 'I can hear a funny noise. 'Sounds like a motor-bike Sergeant Benton was peering out of the window. fall flat on your face.' The picture on the Master's mini-screen changed. A doodlebug. 'What's up?' 'Listen!' ordered the Doctor.' 'A what?' asked Jo. A kind of robot plane . there's the convoy! . Now it showed a tiny stubbywing ed plane droning across the sky . stand by to duck. Doctor? shouted Jo.' The Doctor and Jo were zooming towards the ambush site in Bessie..' Jo listened. 'I could have told you that wouldn't work. 'So can I.

. 'All out. O ver. It's a bomb. . . . that thing is a flying bomb. The Brigadier grabbed his RT.' (The Master made a final adjustment and waited. smiling. . Greyhound Three. Yates's voice came back. Greyhound Three . . cannot r ead you . just disappearing into a little wood that spanned the road som e way ahead. 'Must be . As the echoes of the explosion died away. . Get down!' The Brigadier was still yelling into the RT. leaving a sinister silence. .' 'Yates. . again . 'Yates? Captain Yates? Can you hear me?' There was no reply. . it s a bomb! It's a bomb! Get out of it. ' crackled the voice. 'Out of the car.) The puttering of the engine stopped. Over!' 'Say . and it's headed your way. la ds. . . . badly distorted.And there it was. Dive for cover!' There was an ear-splitting crash and a column of flame and smoke shot up from inside the wood. Over. The Doctor grab bed Jo's arm. only just . Yates!' To his relief he heard Mike Yates's voice coming back over the air. can you hear me Yates? Over. Brigadier tried the RT again. . 'Greyhound Three. . 'Yates. trees .

I thoroughly enjoyed that.' 'You have destroyed this TARDIS?' asked Krasis in awe. 'Brigadier. and those who had escaped unhurt were caring for the wounded and checking the damage to the vehicles.Captain Yat es.' said the labourer simply. 'It's no good. Benton gave the others a stunned look. come in . Sev eral of the trees had caught fire and there was smoke and flame everywhere.' By the time the Doctor. and the TARDIS lay on its side in a little hollow. UNIT discipline was assert ing itself and things were sorting themselves out. I can't raise them. The UNIT sergeant had taken command. sir?' Silence. 'What happened then?' A dazed UNIT sergeant was staggering to his feet. He pushed his cap to the back of his head. 'Funny that! It were just about here one of them doodlebugs come down. ' The Master flicked off his mini-screen. I heard it. . The other vehicles were slewed at an angle amongst the trees. A solitary farm labourer rumbled up on his tractor and stared at the chaotic sce ne in amazement. The truck containing th e Doctor's TARDIS been blown clear off the road. Dunno. Greyhound Three.anyon e on the RT. 'You know. Bac k in 1944 that was . They m ust have copped it. come in please. . Jo and the Brigadier arrived. can you hear me. Some sort of explosion.' 'I know. They found Mike Yates leaning against a scorched land rover. . 'Unfortunately it cannot be destroyed.10 Take-Off In Stuart's room Sergeant Benton was trying frantically to raise someone .' Inside the little wood there was a scene of devastation. . We'll have no more troubl e from them for a while. his clothes were charred and he was bleeding from an ugly scalp wound . . His face was blackened. But people can.

'So you're suggesting w e just sit here and let the Master treat us like a load of twits?' . 'Now. 'And supposing the time field is still working?' 'We shan't know that till we try. The Doctor drew Jo aside.' Stuart was saying. J. Stu. sir.' The UNIT soldiers had fixed their ropes to the labourer's tractor. 'Very good sir. 'Is this a private fight. took the time sensor from Bessie and handed it to her. As soon as you see the slightes t reaction. At a signal f rom the sergeant. Much to his relief. Doctor. We really thought you'd copped it! Benton out. and take it easy. or can an yone join in?' Stuart turned to him as an ally. shall we?' said Ruth crisply. Sergeant Benton had finally managed to raise the Brigadier o n his RT.'Now you keep still. The Master's escape was still very fresh in Benton s mind.' Already a team of UNIT soldiers with ropes was busily hauling the TARDIS into an upright position. Mike. said the Brigadier. 'Sorry about the TARDIS. who appeared to be in the middle of a blazing row. To Stuart's horror. I'll stand by. he began driving forwards. 'I've had one basinful. We'll soon have her on her feet again.' 'Don't worry. I don't fe el much like another. Right then. Mike. what are we waiting f or?' You re worse than she is!' moaned Stuart. Glad you're all okay.' 'For a member of the so-called dominant sex. I want you to keep a close eye on this. you re being remarkably feeble. 'You've finished work for the day.' He put down the RT and turned to Ruth and Stuart. "It's a daft idea anyway. Doctor. You heard what the Doctor said. With the unwieldy dignity a drunken dowager . 'Boadicea here only wants to creep over to the lab and nobble the Master. Benton headed for the door. the TARDIS was straightened into an upright position.' Mike managed a feeble grin.' Benton looked amusedly at their angry faces.' Right. you let me know.

'My power is greater than your imagination can encompass. 'Don't look at me like that! For Pete's sake! . 'I knew wouldn't let us down. He studied the instruments and in satisfaction.' said Benton solemnly.' 'Thanks.' His hands moved o ver the controls.' 'Well. she said indignantly. Stu. An altar perhaps. 'And don't you start! You d be the first-to clobber me if I mucked it up.' Oh.' said Stuart wearily. we have work to do. what are we waiting for?' The Master opened the front of the tall green computer cabinet like a door. come on then.' Stuart grunted. 'Oh. Stu!' said Ruth reproachfully. 'Do not let it concern you. registered card-carrying fully paid-up coward!' Benton and Ruth didn't answer. He looked about him in awe.' said Krasis wonderingly. you're paid to play James Bond games. He swung round on her. 'Come. that s all. . 'Just give me time.in the centre st ood a complex many-sided shape. He was astonished to find himself in a large well-lit chamber . heav ed up the section of TOMTIT equipment in which the crystal was set and led the way inside. 'Oh. I m Stuart Hyde. I'm not men. Krasis.Look mate.' He grabbed a giant spanner from a shelf by and waved it martially. 'So vast a space inside so small a box. You just remember that. They just looked at him. why are men so spineless? 'Look lovey. you could at least have a go. A few more minutes and we shall be ready to leave!' By now the Doctor's TARDIS was standing upright again.' The console of the Master's TARD IS began throbbing with power. I'm a scientist. Krasis. 'Well. 'I'll come. 'Goo d. thought Krasis. 'First I must test the power levels.' Nervously Krasis followed. Still no-one spoke. The Master seized his opportunity to keep Krasis thoroughly overawed. what is this place? Is it a temple?' The Master put down the equipment and the crystal on a specially prepared table next to the control console. all right . Your only interest at the moment is to realise that Atlantis awaits us. 'Master.

Jo came running up to the Doctor who was standing at the roadside supervising preparations to get his TARDIS back on the road. the TARDIS looks different. Doctor. 'We. 'Oh. the Doctor alte red some detail of the TARDIS interior. Sergeant. It isn't. thought Jo. Jo? 'We!' 'Nothing I can say will dissuade you?' 'No. 'Brigadier. the power drain woul d have been enormous. something about the circular configuration of the walls. get the Doctor's machine loade d up!' There s no time for that! I'll have to take-off from down there. 'Well. Then wherever he goes I'll go with him. She looked around her. the Doctor said seriously. He paused by the TARDIS door. More often than not he decided he didn't lik e what he'd done and reverted to the original. 'Doctor. Dismissing the subject.' He raised his voice. The Doctor raised his eyebrows. and put my TARDIS inside his. 'Jo. It s very low. I intend to use the time sensor as a homing device. .' The Doctor made his way down to the TARDIS with Jo and the Brigadier close behind him. Even when you knew the TARDIS was bigger on the inside than on the outside. . 'Right. not properly. Lethbridge-Stewart. Something had altered. 'We'll make contact as soon as possible. just a spot of re-decoration.' The Brigadier came hurrying up. He must be testing before take-off. the actual experience still continued to be something of a shock.' 'Oh! Well. . I' ll make contact as soon as possible. quickly! I'm getting a reading!' He took the time sensor from her and studied it. 'And it's fading again. that's all. goodbye. you do realise that what I'm about to do is appallingly dangerou s?' 'I've been in the TARDIS with you before.' muttered the Docto r. and then onto the now-repaired truck.' I thought your TARDIS still wasn't working?' said Jo. From time to time. the Master's on the move ag ain. corrected Jo. you'd better come along then! The Doctor went inside the TARDIS and Jo followed.

The Doctor slapped his hands together. . Miss Grant. Jo gave him a mock salute. 'Well. we'll miss entirely and go whis tling off to Heaven-knows-where. The TARDIS console began humming gently. 'Mmm. Stuart and Ruth worked their way round the building. yes . and the TARDIS vanished with its usual wheezing. . Benton. the farm worker watched it dispassionately. You've been warned.'Very well. 'If it's infinitesimally low. remember?' 'Glad to have you aboard. the centre column of the control console was rising and falling steadily. a nd made a number of minute adjustments to the controls. so good !' 'How long will it take us to get there?' asked Jo. . So. . Now for the tricky part . by even the tiniest fraction of a moment . Utter annihilation. Taking a circuitous route through the shrubbery. and the Doctor straightened up. groaning sound. 'The two TARDISes are now operating on the same frequency. If it's too high. Doctor! The Doctor grinned and operated the controls. In the TARDIS. This is the time setting. . Still want to come?' 'It's my job. . .' Jo watched while the Doctor studied the still faintly registering time sensor. what do you think would happen? 'Whoomph?' 'Exactly. 'Glad to be aboard. Do you see?' 'No.' But that's impossible!' 'Of course it is. Extinction. . At the wheel of his tractor. ' said the Doctor thoughtfully. Whoomph! Time Ram! The atoms making up this TARDIS would occupy precisely the same space and time of those of the Master's TARDIS.' The Doctor sighed.' said the Doctor solemnly. 'Londoners!' he muttered disapprovingly. . so far. It s critical to the billionth part of a nanosecond. and then dashed through the arch that led to the Master's lab .

.' The Doctor led the way across the strange control room and out of the door on th e other side. 'That's strange . But. come out here a moment will you?' Jo followed him. doesn t it? Take old Bessie. and yet curi ously unlike. Jo. Wait there.' The Doctor switched on the scanner and found himself gazing into the swirling patterns of the time vortex.' The Doctor strode determinedly through the TARDIS door. of course. ' The centre column began slowing perceptibly. really. for instance . the Doctor's own. .The Doctor rubbed his chin. Suddenly Jo realised what had happened. that s the thing. and found herself standing in a control room like. I suppose. it was always on the cards. and the Doctor broke off. 'We're coming in to land already Jo. the TARDIS's. groaning sound filled the air . The Master's TARDIS is inside ours. it always seems to take a certain amount of time. your mood?' No. Jo found herself back in the more familiar control room of the Doctor's TARDISwith the computer cabinet that disguised the Master's TARDIS behind her I still don't get it!' .and a la rge compute cabinet appeared on the other side of the control The Doctor stared at it in dismay.' Suddenly a curiously familiar wheezing. 'What.' 'You talk as if she was alive. 'Oh dear. instead of way round!' 'Quite! Very curious effect. Doctor!' 'Depends what you mean by alive. 'Well. We re outside time. . No time at all. We re seeing through the TOMTIT gap into the time vortex. I suppose. 'I don't get it!' 'Don't you? Follow me. . of course. oh dear! Well. Depends on the mood. 'Jo. that. After a moment Jo heard him exclaim. Oh no. I don t understand how it happened. She glanced over her shoulder there was the square blue shape of the TARDIS she just left. Good grief!' Then he called.

. 'Right first time. . The Brigadier was leading the convoy in his land rover. 'Master. My TARDIS is inside the Master's.. a nd be quick about it!' Reluctantly Krasis obeyed. 'Right. 'I'll soon deal with them .'Oh really. 'Where?' The Master flung open the front of the computer cabinet. brandishing his enormous spanner. At the double no-oo-oo.' 'So what can we do now?' The Doctor smiled. . The Master made a last adjustment to the TOMTIT console. I should have expected that. He hurried back to the controls. as the time field took effect. 'That'll keep them nicely unoccupied for the time being. Coming up the drive of the Institute was the U NIT convoy. B squad round the back. it's quite simple..' The Master and Krasis were back in the laboratory and the Master was making a fe w final adjustments to the main TOMTIT controls. 'They won't stop me now! The lab door was flung open and Ruth Ingram appeared.' Jo pretended to consider. Krasis and the Master saw the Brigadier and his men freeze like sta tues.' 'But his is inside yours!' Exactly! They're both inside each other. Professor. Krasis! Krasis recoiled. A squad here. The Brigadier leaped over the side of the land rover and began barking orders. To the Brigadier. 'Into my TARDIS. look! Men in wagons!' The Master hurried to the window. I II give you three guesses. that's where you re wrong!' Behind her was Stuart Hyde. Keep your eyes open. 'Wait?' The Doctor snapped his fingers. Jo. 'Sorry. He came to a halt and th e other vehicles drew up in line behind him. man. Krasis was looking out of the window. In you go.' Time suddenly slowed. everything felt normal but. arriving at last.

' 'You'll never get another one.and made the elementary mistake of coming between the Master and Benton's gun. Then he dashed into his TARDIS. Krasis was pointing to a square blue shape by the far wa ll. 'I should have finished you off when I had the chance.' Stuart moved to search the Master .The Master. but for the Maste r it was long enough. well. 'Oh. From behind him Benton's voice said. no. Take a look behind you. For all his moderate size he was enormously strong. he sent Stuart spinning across the room. 'Good! Now I ve really got him really trapped!' . well. Your enemy is here!' The Master gave an exultant laugh. look! The other one. closing the door in Ruth's face as she tried follow h im. my devoted assistants! And are you going to stop me?' 'Not by ourselves. see if he s got a gun. took a step forward. Stuart. .' The Master's lip curled in scorn. Slowly the Master raised his hands. It was only for a second. Benton had just finished clambering through the window covering him with the big service revolver. Suit yourself mate. With one savage sweep of his arm. really! You don't expect me to believe . the computer cabinet disappeared before her astonished eyes. and he knew full well that he could brush these two aside like cobwebs. But you'd better get tho se hands up! The Master whirled round. . In the Master's TARDIS. 'Well.' said Ruth steadily. 'Master. Seconds later.

' Benton disagreed. 'I don't think we should touch it.and that thing's some sort of timemachi ne.' Suddenly the TARDIS seemed to settle down a little. but these little things are sent to try us. She has a very nasty temper when she's roused. 'I'm sorry about your coccyx too. . that's why. 'The two TARDISes are operating out of phase. the Doctor was being pitched about like a passenger in a smal l boat on a stormy sea. Miss. 'That's better.' 'I never know if you're joking or not. Doctor what's happening?' 'We're on our way.' The Master's face had appeared in the scanner screen set into the TARDIS wall.' rubbing an ache at the base of her spine . I've bruised my tailbone. She picked her self up and clung to the console. 'There.11 The Time-Eater Inside his TARDIS.' 'My what?' 'Your coccyx . isn't it?' 'So? So we'd better leave well alone.your tailbone!' Another voice said. Jo. Miss Grant.' gasped the Doctor.' 'Why ever not?' 'The Doctor was going after his TARDIS .' 'I'm sorry about your coccyx Jo. Jo was sent flying across the control room. I ve managed to calm her down. The Master's taken off for Atlantis!' 'But the TARDIS has never behaved like this before!' The Doctor was struggling frantically with the controls.' Benton couldn't help feeling that interfe ring with TOMTIT might somehow foul things up for the Doctor. 'How very sociable of you both to drop in!' Ruth Ingram was staring at the still gently throbbing TOMTIT apparatus. 'I think we ought to turn it off.

'Old women?' Look. ' Stu had wandered over to the window during this little speech. it isn't the end of the world after all. it's not exactly your fault.' 'Don't look at me. 'You can't say I didn't warn you. Ruth said. 'Exactly the same as before.' They joined him at the window and looked at the Brigadier and his men. Isn't it? The Doctor seemed to think it might be. 'Do you realise this means we're trapped?' 'Now will you let me turn off the transmitter? They wrangled for a few minutes longer but at last Benton said 'All right. so the Master's gone off somewhere. That was the nearest I ll ever come to capturing th e Master.well. I mean it. You're in command. 'Turn it off!' . you two make me sick. At this point he turned and said. And whether he's gone into the future or the past . Okay. Stu. The TOMTIT noise began to die 'Go on then. frankly I don't know and I don't care. that was. The point is.' said Benton wonderingly. 'Honestly.' 'Oh. a man of decision!' Ruth hurried to the controls.'Very well.' Benton looked alarmed.' 'But how can it be the same as before. Ruth. 'It's the Brig. 'now that the crystal's gon e?' 'Don't you remember? The Doctor said TOMTIT works quite independently.' Stuart was indignant. Come on. now can you. No telling where the Master is by now . even without the crystal. we re still here and the first thing we've got to do is to define the problem.' 'Ah. Come and look.' said Stuart. come on. Sergeant 'And a right muck-up I've made of it. You can stop right here. turn it off.or when he is for that matter!' Ruth gave a sigh of exasperation.' said Stuart hurriedly. Sergeant?' 'I'll listen to you next time. still fro zen in their temporal stasis. Standing abou t moaning like a couple of old women.' said Benton bitterly.' said Benton. the problem is defined.

he is safe in there? . You cannot leave unless I lift it. I thought we might have a little chat. ? They still think they're stuck. that I've put a time lock on your TARDIS.' 'Do you really think I care what happens to me the moment? Don't you realise tha t your plans could bring disaster to the entire Universe?' The Master yawned and flicked a switch on his console. do be very careful. The Doctor's voice faded. 'An excellent brain. leaving his silent mouthing face on the screen. You can' t even open your door unless I wish it. you d better go and explain it to them.' 'Do you think I haven't thought of that too? You're as trapped as I am. But don't worry. Why not join me out here? ' 'Because one step outside my TARDIS and that would be the end of me!' The Master looked hurt. The Master turned to Krasis. have you? Well. 'You have a very low opinion of me!' 'You've noticed that. I can deal with him.' 'But .' What an excellent idea.' 'And we're still trapped. if a little pede strian. apparently. 'I very much doubt if you could do that to me. I could fling you out into the time vortex. the Master continued. I must admit. 'Or is your visi t purely social? 'Oh. But what a bore the fellow is!' 'Is he dangerous?' 'Dangerous enough. of course.'I have. Doctor.' 'In there?' asked Krasis. love .they're still stuck!' 'That's impossible!' Stuart turned from the window.' said Benton. 'Surely. well. what can I do for you?' said the Master smoothly. 'In here! 'Now. So. well!' 'It may interest you to know. Doctor. 'Well.' 'Alternatively.

'What's a Thraskin?' The Doctor was dismantling the assembled circuits.' 'And how are you going to do that?' asked Stuart. Doctor was on about. but it looks as if TOMTIT has made a permanent gap in the structure of time.' He glanced the at the scanner and saw the Doctor suddenly stop his face indignant. I m turning the circuits upside down. It's our only chance of stopping him!' 'You're not thinking of going out there. he'll be out in a flash. the Brig and Co." Old Venusian prover b. as usual. I just told you.' The Doctor reached into a storage locker beneath the console and pulled out a tangle d mass of circuitry. The modern equivalent is Plinge. It s a bit empirical. He cannot bear not to have the last word!' The Doctor saw the Master wave mockingly and turn away from the screen.' . the slow-witted. 'Oh for heaven's sake. N ow you watch. that's not very nice!' 'I've got to make him listen. wondering. he's realised at last. 'But why?' Benton was asking.' 'And what does Plinge mean?' The Doctor was busily reassembling the circuits in a different sequence. 'Ah!' said Jo.' Ruth Ingram meanwhile was carrying out a very similar operation on the inner circuitry of the TOMTIT machine. are you? 'Not if I can possibly help it!' 'What are you going to do then?' 'He's turned off his sound receiver. That took a long time. so I must make myself heard without it. when you turned it off. 'Archaic word. It means Thraskin. I'm not sure. so to speak. Jo. but you neve r know. seldom used since the twenty-fifth dynasty. Our only hope is to close it up again.' he said absen tly.The Master chuckled As soon as he realises he's talking to himself. 'Ah. 'I mean. Jo. should have speeded up again. Why didn't they? 'Well. 'He's not even listening. "If the Thraskin puts his fingers in his ears it's polite to shout. He's turned down the sound!' 'Well.

' Check! Four. you monitor interstitial activity.' Benton felt a strange tingle running through him. Isolate matrix scanner.. 'Five five. four zero. 'What's the upper limit?' 'If it goes over seventy. 'Empirical?' 'That. nil. stable. Interstitial activity. seven zero. Hows the time wedge?' Steady on zero zero four. means I haven't a clue what I'm doing.' 'Join the club.' Interstitial activity?' Stuart's voice was tense..' said Stuart cheerfully.. say a prayer and duck. five zero. five zero.' 'What do I do?' asked Benton. Without realising it. . six five. He tried to snatch his hand aw ay and found couldn't move. Right. Four zero. . It's running away again. . it's just trial and error? Have a go and see wha t happens?' 'More or less!' She fitted the circuitry back into TOMTIT and switched on.' Ruth worked frantically at the controls. 'Shooting up. and the TOMTIT sound began.. Increasing power.. 'Righ t. Stu. are you happy?' Ecstatic. 'Just stay out of the way and look pretty. he was resting one hand on the transmission plat form..' Right.. five. 'Three five. three five.' Benton was leaning forward over the console trying to make sense of what was going on. Molecular structure. 'Decreasing power. six zero. 'Seven five.. 'Then let's have a stab at it. 'So.' She switched on. Sergeant Benton.' Stuart began calling out readings. three zero.' reported Stuart. four five. Stu.Benton looked baffled. Five five. si x zero. If it goes over sixty.' Stuart's voice went on in a kind of chant. give us a shout. Benton scratched his head.

There was a strange wailing cry. 'Testing. 'Okay. Stuart was staring in astonishment at the side of the console. 'Exactly what I would do in his position. but in opposite chronological direction. that's enough. 'Nothing? Come an d see!' Ruth came over to look.' Stuart turned back to the console.' 'And what is that?' 'Wait and see. The Doctor settled down to lecture the Master on the evil of his ways. 'Obviously you've not been able bring Kronos thr ough . showing the Doctor's face. 'There we were the skin of a gnat's whisker f rom the big bang and 'Nothing happened at all. 'It 's made no difference. Doctor? Have I really?' The Master's hands flicked over the controls.' concluded Ruth. Benton. wait and see!' Suddenly the screen lit up. what is he doing?' asked Krasis. 'Master. three. The Brigadier and his men were still frozen in time.. testing! two. eyes fixed on his monitor screen. had been a victim of the TOMTIT's temporal interference. can you? You've got to listen to me!' 'Have I.Suddenly he felt himself dwindling. 'You can't turn me off now.' announced the Docto r. Krasis. 'I thought as much!' 'I've boosted my audio and over-ridden your sound circuits. The Doctor's voice rang l oud and clear through Master's control room. like Stuart before him. Despairingly Ruth said. five!' The Master laughed. cheerfully. On the floor a baby was squalling indignantly as it tried to free itself from a tangle of army uniform.. She hurried to window and Stuart joined her. four. They're still stuck. Sergeant Benton was now just over one year old The Master waited patiently. She switched and the power hum faded away.' said Ruth. testing.

Backwards! He's picking up my words even before I say them. 'I've got to risk it.' said the Doctor indignantly. 'Did you say the TARDISes were telepathic? 'Of course.' said the Doctor matter-of-factly. Of all the low underhand tricks!' 'What happened? What language was that? 'English... In his TARDIS. As soon. or you wouldn't be going to Atlantis. What was that again?' The Doctor glared indignantly at him and shouted. I have no choice. He's got to be stopped. 'I'm so sorry.' .. Now listen Jo. What he had actually was'Surely you must see the dangers you risk?' But somehow what came out was. the Doctor listened in amazement to the sound of his own voice. 'Illursh ooee tsum uth serjnade eeoo ksirr?' On the screen the Master leaned forward. but that's no reason to put yo u into any danger.' 'But then you'll be shut out. ooee tsum ees uth serjnade eeoo ksirr. so that they come out backwards.. 'How else do you suppose they wou ld communicate? Well. garbled . that settles it. Doctor. 'Eea dess.yet. surely you must see the dangers you risk?' But what he heard himself saying was. as I go through that door you must close it after me. so there may yet be time to make real ise your folly.' Jo realised that the Master was reversing not the letters but the actual syllabl es of the Doctor s words It was exactly like hearing a tape played backwards but at norm al speed. Jo.' Suddenly the Doctor's words became twisted. and feeding them back to me through the TARDISes' telepathic circuits. when I go o ut there -' 'You're not going out there!' 'What else can I do?' 'You said yourself it would be suicide to go out there without the protection of the TARDlS.' Angrily the Doctor switched off the scanner. I said.

'I won't. The Master smiled triumphantly as the door of the police box opened and the Doct or emerged.' 'Of course!' said the Master arrogantly.' said the Master. And you mustn t open up to anybody or anyone until I say. 'I am Krasis. Jo. 'There. that's all. . 'You ll do as you're told. I most certainly have!' 'The usual song of death and disaster? I do wish you'd learn a new tune. Krasis. who said proudly. if anything happens to you'I know. It's your job. Doctor. High Priest of the Temple of Poseidon.literally! What a glo rious alternative!' 'You're mad! Paranoid! 'Of course. 'Now.' 'Greetings to you. go and open that door. The crystal began to glow.' said the Master wearily. Goodbye. Krasis! What did I tell you?' 'Won't you introduce me?' said the Doctor. remember' 'But Doctor.' 'Oh come. ' The Doctor drew a deep breath. 'Must we play games? I take it you h ave something to say to me before I destroy you?' 'Yes. Doctor. Doctor. 'Who isn't? I m just a little more honest th an the rest. you risk total destruction of the entire cosmos. The Master nodded to Krasis. no!' shrieked Krasis. 'No. just you listen to me for once.' said the Doctor politely. Now. If you try to take control of the Universe through Kronos. I know.' The Master threw the switch on the TOMTIT machine.' sobbed Jo. 'Any friend of the Master' s is an enemy of mine.' Gently the Doctor touched her cheek.' 'I won't do it. Doctor. 'All or nothing . Master.'And you'll be safely shut in. Jo.

A Time Lord! Devour him! Devour him!' Kronos swooped down. the Master shouted.But it was too late. a rare. Kronos. Jo Grant had seen everything on the scanner. wrapped his fiery wings about the Doctor and engulfed him. Holding up the Seal of Atlantis for protection. The winged form of Kronos was emerging from the fiery heart of the glowing crystal. and the beating of his mighty wings filled the Master's con trol room. In the Doctor's TARDIS. . Behold . She gave an anguished cry of 'Doctor!' and fainted dead away. a delicate feast for you.

he's beyond my help. 'You see. it engulf ed him. holding up the Great Seal of Atlantis. in an eternity of nothingness.really swallowed him up? Now that s a nice point. and she was desperate to discover the Doctor's fate.. filling the air with the terrifying beating of his wings.just ge t it over with! . Krasis? Kronos is my slave!' Suddenly Jo's face appeared on the scanner. modestly accepting what he saw as a compliment. Miss Grant? You're an embarrassment to me. The Master laughed exultantly..' said the Master judicially.' 'Thank you. be at peace . Kronos bore down on the Master and Krasis.' said the Master. 'Kronos.and no! Yes.that creature . with astonishing suddenness. 'I don't really care any more. Kronos began to shrink.' T he Master chuckled. Now about you. vanished leaving no trace behind. but the Master stood his ground.I command you! Be at peace!' For a moment nothing happened.12 Atlantis When Kronos unfolded his wings the Doctor was gone. my dear. His appetite unsated. 'Yes . 'Miss Grant?' 'What's happened to the Doctor? You must help him! 'Ah. the most wicked thing I ever heard. no it didn't actually eat him up.' Jo was close to tears. To coin a phrase a living death!' 'That's the most cruel. He's beyond anybody s help!' 'That thing . Her faint had lasted only a few moments. 'Then he is alive?' 'Well. Alive forever. Do what you like . He's out there in the time vortex. as indeed is that antiquated piece of junk of the Doctor's. Then. The Master looked up. if you can call it that. and th ere he's going to stay. Krasis cowered away with a scream of terror. to dwindle and vanished into the heart of the glowing crystal. my dear.

The Master touched another control and the picture on the screen showed the TARDIS spinning away into the infinite nothingness of the vortex. What do you . an d the TARDIS. whirling acceleration caused Jo to lose consciousness yet again. She awoke stretched out on the control room floor.I mean. and the picture of Jo on the scanner began to rock and spin as she. 'Yes. The TARDIS is relaying my thoughts to you. Jo. 'D octor where are you?' I'm nowhere. Dozens of voices were whispering gently in her ear. 'Goodbye. what does she want me to do?' ' Go to control panel number three. That's why she's put us in touch. were hurled out into the time vortex.' said the Master courteously. . . at rest. 'Right. Jo! 'Doctor! It is you!' She sat up. 'Doctor?' she said feebly. I shouldn't listen too hard if I were you I'm not all that proud of some of them. Jo . Th e TARDIS seemed to be poised. . 'I st ill don't understand. Jo . looked round. . and found she was still alone. His hands moved over the controls. Miss Grant!' The sudden. Still in the time vortex. Resisting the temptation to eavesdrop on the Doctor s subconscious.' Then pull it! Jo grabbed the handle and tugged hard. .' There s a red handle inside. Thank heavens you're alive.'Your wish is my command. . Somehow one voice seemed to dominate the rest.but luckily the TARDIS can. you must be somewhere. 'What are all those other voices I can hear?' Those are my subconscious thoughts. Okay. with a strange sense of peace. Now what? Lift the little lid marked Extreme Emergency. Tell me how I can get you back.' You can't Jo . Jo said. Jo obeyed. Jo. . Got it? Jo lifted the lid and saw the handle beneath.

Crito. This was Galleia. Most Venerable Priest of Poseidon. Queen of Atlantis.' Hippias bowed again. I hear you. his ornate robes contrasting with his impressive stature. but very much alive. the Elder of the Council rapped on the marble floor with his staff of off ice. Speak as a friend should speak. yes. she looked every inch the queen that she was. 'Your Holiness . The woman who came behind him. The assembled Councillors bowed their heads and once again Crito rapped on the marble floor with his staff. the High Council of Atlantis. friend Hippias. borne in a litter by four giant Nubian slaves. mo re than made up for Dalios's unimpressive appearance. 'Peace my brothers! His Holines s. dominated at one end by the huge statue of the god Poseidon.' . filed into the temple. taking their places before the dais. Immediately a richly-dressed procession of priests and nobles. He leaned forward. may I speak plainly? It would grieve me to think you would ever speak otherwise. In front of the statue was a raised stone dais upon which were set two carved thrones. In the lead was King Dalios.until a voice behind her said quietly. yes. a little dishevelled. Tall and imposing. cutting off the string of complimentary ti tles. red-haired and voluptuously beautiful. The trumpeters at the great main doors raised their long curved horns and blew a fanfare. slaves and temple guards flanked the royal couple as they took their pl aces on the twin thrones. 'Open the doors! The doors to the inner temple opened and a smaller procession appeared. His voice rang clearly through the temple. Jo. In the outer hall of the Great Temple of Poseidon. the Most Venerable Priest of Poseidon. a royal council was about to begin. King of the Ten Kings will hear his Council. gorgeously robed and with an elaborate jewelled head dress.Nothing happened . Priests. 'My Lord. The chamber was enormous. 'Hello. Nearly five hundred years of public life had made King Dalios somewhat impatient of official ceremony. 'Doctor!' she cried joyfully and ran to hug hi m. She spun round and saw the Doctor sitting cross-legged on the floor. the hadsome figure of young Hippias stepped forward and bowed low. . 'Yes. . . Consort of King Dalios.' Before anyone else could move.

' But Hippias was not to be deterred. . Hippias. 'Your words are plain indeed.' You know not what you ask. smack in the middle of the temple of course!' It took the intervention of King Dalios himself to quell the near-riot. Dalios. stretching out his hands. and called out. Dalios. Indeed. stepped forward. and that I am bringing Kronos back them. Be silent!' And all at once there was silence. A care for the peace of Atlantis . I say. and the people love you. Then Dalios spoke. His eloquent words rang like a trumpet-call through the temple.' Myseus. This was close to treason. his voice surprisingly deep and strong for suc h a frail old man. peace. I ask for the blessi ngs our forefathers once enjoyed. looking sinisterl y elegant in a black high-collared coat.' said Dalios wearily. 'My dear Krasis.Hippias tossed back his long coiled ringlets in an orator s gesture. Your people must realise immediately that I am the Master. I shall have a care. 'He speaks the truth. He rose from the throne. I ask for the divine Power to be given back to the lan d from which it was so cruelly stolen!' Now Hippias was adding blasphemy to treason.' 'Where in Atlantis will you arrive?' The Master gave him a look of surprise. that I come from the gods. I would!' Have a care. 'Master. What would you have me do? Would you have me order the rain to fall?' Yes. another young Councillor. Krasis re-appeared as the Master returned to the control room. 'I know quite well. 'Brothers. Will their love fill their bellies in winter wh en the granaries are empty?' There was a shocked silence. Why. an d the temple exploded in uproar. old wives' tales. Must I be plainer still?' cried Hippias. why are we not yet in Atlantis?' The Master was busy at the console. 'You are popu lar. Hippias. I must work out the landing coordinates as accurately as possible. and the fear of old men shall not prevent our caring for them as our rank demands. Many think as we do. peace. A care that foolish superstition. Lord Ki ng.

You ask for the blessings of the Golden Years. banished him and renounced them. 'I seen a temple. Hippias. Hippias! The King speaks!' Sulkily Hippias subsided and Dalios went on. drunken. Dalios sat brooding on his throne for a moment. Wh at would you have. twice the size of this in which we stand. the earthquakes. Shocked. He knew. the gifts of Kronos were a c urse. a land laid waste by fire. Dalios raised his voice. ringing the box with the ir three-pronged spears. in fact. an ocean of wine? Then take the barren soil as well. 'Listen . Hippias? Doomed. The voice of Queen Galleia broke in on his thoughts. the fires. The overawed Atlanteans drew back. 'Be silent. There it is once more. an idle. thought better of it and turned angrily away. the co mputer cabinet from the TOMTIT laboratory. That is why we. 'A surfeit of fishes. You hear me.perhaps more. I tell you plainly. It was.a tall green box. I tell you plainly Atlantis would be doomed. I h ave seen a city drowned. Far worse was the moral and spiritual corruption brough t by too much ease and wealth. never to rise again!' Hippias seemed about to reply.' An unearthly sound shattered the silence of the temple.. even for the king. if you were Master of Kronos. that interference with the true course of time produced short term benefits and eventual disasters. 'Guards!' Nervous but determined. there came a time when Atlantis grew to hate them. of our own choice. To speak the name of Kronos was near-blasphemy. . 'Would you have ten crops in one season?' Dalios went on. There had bee n as many Atlanteans shouting in support of Hippias as against him .. in his haste the Master had forgotten to reprogram his chameleon circuit. If K ronos should come again.Dalios spoke again. 'I shall speak plainly too. cruel people. The physical catastrophes were bad enough.' 'But Dalios -' protested Hippias.I heard strange m usic. And he was not alone. Crito intervened. because he had seen it. Now Hippias was clamouring for their return. Th ey had come very near to destroying Atlantis. Ruler of Time?' There was a shocked murmur. I tell you plainly.. the stinking piles of rotting meat. the floods. destroyed. and a strange shape appeared in the centre of the temple . The gifts of Kronos had been given up just in time. The door opened and a black-bearded. the temple guards came forward. fall through a crack into the fiery bedrock of the earth. So listen to an old man's fears. black-clad man stepped out.

Dalios stepped forward to confront him.' said Dalios. 'You have seen Kronos?' Krasis nodded eagerly. O Master. 'An emissary of the gods. Come.' Dalios lowered his voice. Lady. 'Krasis? The eyes of the High Priest glittered fanatically. realising that here was no primitive to be impressed with tricks and mystic talk.' 'He appeared from the heavens. 'Brothers.' said Dalios dismissively. Even Dalios was shaken. I have seen . The newcomer's voice was deep and compelling and there was a murmur of awe from the crowd. 'He has the very bearing of a god himself. 'I know of many such tricks. The King de parts. 'We must speak privately. 'Krasis! The Master said. 'Indeed? Any god in particular?' The Master studied Dalios for a moment. The secrets of the mighty Kronos.' Crito rapped on the floor with his staff. 'To speak of the ancient mysteries. . the Council is at an end.' There was a terrified gasp from the crowd 'You are brave indeed.'Most Venerable. 'Now do you believe me? 'What do you want?' whispered Dalios. like Zeus.' said Dalios.him. 'The Council is at an end. Why should you trust me? ' He snapped his fingers and Krasis appeared from the doorway behind him. the crowd was more over-awed than ever.Finding a razor-sharp trident inches from his face. 'Who are you?' 'I am the Master. .' He rai sed his voice.' muttered Myseus. . . Dalios however was not so easily impressed. 'Crito. 'Of course . should I listen to this man?' Queen Galleia had been staring in fascination at the newcomer since his arrival. the Master brushed it casual ly aside. I am an emissary from the gods. Sound trumpets!' The fanfare rang through the temple and the King and his entourage moved towards the inner door. Since everyone knew that Krasis had been snatched up by the gods on the night of the great storm.

and stood staring angrily after her. not this time. both awaiting the result of the Master's audience with the K ing. and Galleia stood staring after him. slay them! ' . isn't it?' Krasis stared unbelievingly at him.' she said. eyes fixed on the Master. But Hippias heard. We'll soon find out! He operated the landing controls. The Doctor beamed amiably at Krasis. In his gaze there was al l the bitterness of an established favourite who has been suddenly replaced. He inclined his head. almost to herself.' Krasis soon recovered from his astonishment. Krasis and Hippias. On our way to Atlantis. but as a greeti ng between equals. The Doctor and Jo stepped out. 'The bearing of a god. his dark eyes burning into her own. with its great statue. well. The Master went on his way. The Doctor finished his calculations and looked up. very slightly. small world. have you? Or have you?' 'Not entirely. Jo. But not for long! Guards.Galleia rose to follow and stood for a moment.' admitted the Doctor. I'm relying on the time sensor to lead us t o the Master's TARDIS.' 'But I thought you couldn't just take the TARDIS where you wanted to. I mean you haven't managed to fix it yet. the robed priests and Councillors and the Greek-looking guards. 'You are still alive!' 'So it would seem. not in the salute of a courtier to a queen. as a tall blue box appeared beside the Master's TARDIS. well. he paused. and moved away. There we are. Jo looked round in astonishment at the massive temple. 'But not inside it?' 'I hope not. Well. found themselves confronted by a second miracle. As he moved past her.

the Master's voice was deep and compelling.' In the King's simply furnished private chambers. saw him dominated by me. Dalios was proving difficult to impress. with Krasis.' His voice deepened. The Master leaned forward. amused curiosity.' he said. 'But if you wilt only see. staring deep into his eyes. 'Maybe. Galleia stood quietly by the do or.' said dismissively. 'Guards. I am too old a fish . his voice deep and soothing. then naturally you will obey me. th at I am the Master.' 'But you saw me descend from the skies! protested the Master. 'You will regret this interference. staring hard at the unimpressive little figure seated before him. close to Dalios. 'If the High P riest saw fit to break a sacred trust. saw Kronos himself. 'Not a t all.' Dalios looked at him. Krasis knows that I am the Master of Kronos. with a mild.' 'Krasis is but a slave at heart. Dalios shook head and laughed. You will obey me!' To the Master's astonished fury. who stood dominating the seated figure of the King. is that good reason for the King to follow him? ' Once more.and therefore the enemies of our people and our land. 'We have come to warn you -' 'Silence!' screamed Krasis.13 The Guardian Hippias stepped forward. raising his hand. a silent witness to the interview between the Master and her husband. became urgent. 'No! I forbid it!' He turned to Krasi s. But despite appearances. 'You will obey me. Lord Hippias!' Hippias ignored him. 'You seek to make me fear y ou?' The Master sat on the couch. .' The Doctor said. You are no messenger from the gods. 'A very elementa ry technique of fascination. But Krasis has learned that it is well to obey me. 'Krasis saw the crystal i n my hand. take them to the King.to be caught in such a net. 'Are you mad? Who are these strangers? Why should they be slain on sight?' 'They are the enemies of the Master.too old in years and in the sacr ed mysteries . Her eyes nev er left the Master.

You pull a string and wish to see me dance.' said Hippias. he met the Doctor and Jo Grant. It seemed wrong to her that the fascinating stranger had been sent away. "Curses. 'You shall not have the Great Crystal!' The Master rose with as much dignity as he could muster. and led them into the royal chamber. Astounded the Master stared at them. I suppose! And what of Zeus and Hera? Tell me the latest gossip from Olympus.' Once again Dalios laughed at him. 'The King is old in wisdom. being escorted by Hippias to an audience with the King. King Dalios rose courteously to greet them.Dalios chuckled. Dalios.though not this day. it seems. It was a situation that could be remedied.' . The Master turned and stalked away furiously. Kronos is no god. your Majesty. bu t he controlled his anger. Do tell me!' It was a new experience for the Master to be mocked and not one he cared for. is Jo Jo Grant. Outside. and so do you.' 'I am no child to play with such painted dolls.' Even now Dalios had the last word. 'Can't think of a thing to say?' asked the Doctor. Dalios . 'I underestimated you. ' The Master bowed his head. unhappy an d rejected. 'Strangers are uncommon in our land . foiled again"?' suggested Jo helpfully. How very embarrassing!' 'How about. Jo and the Doctor were shown in. 'I shall go now. 'Tell me then. There was worse to come. no Titan. When you fi nd the true word to speak. 'This. I kn ow that. I shall listen!' Humiliated and dismissed.' Dalios's voice hardened. Who are you ?' The Doctor bowed. As they entered. 'Now you try to flatter me. 'You have said nothing to me yet. She had listened angrily to the debate between the Master and the King . the Master left the chamber. what of great Poseidon? What did he have for breakfast? Fish. Queen Galleia slipped away by the door that led to her own quarters. I have nothing more to say to you. literally speechless with fury. 'Come.

Lakis was an unobtrusively pretty brown-haired girl. 'Of course you're not.' Dalios chuckled.' said Jo hurriedly. Jo followed Hippias from the room. why ha ve you come to Atlantis?' In her private chamber.' . Jojogrant' said the King solemnly. He smiled reassuringly. 'Forgive the roughness of your welcome. 'Tell me.' asked Galleia. . . her favourite slave girl. 'Hippias has all the delicac y of a red-necked fisherman. 'Surely. I fear I'm sadly out of practice. said Dalios. 'You'll b e all right. Quee n Galleia sat nibbling grapes while Lakis. the Doctor and Dalios stood silent for a moment. Just as he had sensed evil in the Master. a room rich with tapestries and jewelled ornaments. 'what did you think of the Master. honestly I'm not.' said Dalios. Lady. as in ancient times.' 'Nevertheless. summing each other up. he did save our lives. he saw the goodness of the Doctor and the honesty of his intentions. looking worriedly at the Doctor. Left alone. my child. 'With this learned man.' said Hippias. a goddess has descended from Olympus!' Jo was taken aback. He had the ability to see the nature of a man. Hippias!' 'My Lord?' 'Take the Lady Jojogrant to the Queen while I talk with.'Welcome. 'This way. this is the Doctor.' said Dalios thoughtfully. 'He kept that to himself! Now Doctor. quite eclipsed by the more flamboyant beauty of her mistress.' 'Oh. dressed her h air. Jo hesitated. as he had demonstrated to the Master. Lakis?' 'He had the bearing of a god. Dalios was a priest as well as a King. Lady. Forgive the clumsy gallantry o f an old man.' 'Indeed. Jo. an adept in ancient knowledge. 'But I'm not a goddess.

'Greetings Lady.' She laughed. Lakis. She held out her hand then hurriedly withdrew it under Galleia's icy stare.' Then give me your message. 'Foolish. This Ma ster would not cloy the tongue.' 'I like the Lord Hippias better. In fact my very words. I hardly think you would. no doubt.' 'A day of wonders. come back. as Hippias does!' Lakis bowed her head. The Lord Hippias is not staying.' said Hippias from the doorway. 'The Lord Hippias would not be here at all but that he has been s ent on an errand by the King. Lakis? Would you dare? No. Are you mocking me.' Galleia stared into the distance.' 'How do you do?' said Jo. The King would you treat her as an honoured guest. then? I shall not be ang ered by your reply if it is an honest one. Lakis. Galleia rose angrily. 'A sweetmeat! A confection for a child's taste. Hippias said curtly. A man with such a face would dare to risk a w orld to win his desire. 'No.' She looked at Jo's striped mini-dre ss and fluffy coat. 'You come from a far land?' 'Couldn't be much farther. may I present to you the Lady Jojogrant. Galleia inclined her head. Are you frightened.' whispered Lakis shyly Galleia tossed her head. Hippias is but a petulant boy.' She turned to Lakis who was fleeing from the room. Greetings!' This seemed to go down rather better. 'You can say that again. 'Handsome? Aye. to trust a queen. 'Lady!' Jo Grant came into the room. Jo did a sort of improvised curtsey and said. 'Lady Galleia.' said Galleia. he looked well enough. With vague memories of old historical movies. to think himself man enough to love o ne. certainly.' 'She fell from the skies.' 'And a foolish one. 'He is very handsome. But it was a face of power.'My very thought.' said Hippias. 'Why should I wish to? Lakis. I suppo se.and go!' Hippias turned and called. take the Lady Jojogrant -' .' Hippias bowed. 'Like the Master. boy .' Galleia looked at her in surprise.

I am the last alive who knows. Lady.. Lady. I knew a Galleia o nce. come here at once. a token of love for some lordling of the Court? But no. 'Kronos .' 'You are impertinent.' Galleia bit her lip in anger..' He strode from the room just as Lakis reappeared.' Lakis led Jo from the room. Lady?' 'Kronos. Go to him quietly when no-one is near and say to him one word . I took you for another. who remembers with a fear to twist the guts. Remember. 'Lakis..' 'Lady?' 'Go to the Master. ' 'Kronos!' said Dalios unhappily. Please. I took you for her. Have a care!' Hippias bowed his head.' 'What word. 'But why didn't you destroy the Crystal?' 'We tried. 'Are there no errands for me to run? A flower. Hippias.' The Doctor said.' 'Yes. 'We merely split the smaller crystal from it. a woman not the Queen. it would be dead before it was delivered. 'Yes. 'Your pardon.. Kronos . Hippias bowed. do forgive me. A sweet and loving lady.' . Hippias said mockingly. Take the Lady Jo to my maids and see that she is given attire more fitting for a lady of the court.. 'Yo u may leave me now. 'And hurry back. Galleia summoned her. 'I thank you. I am Galleia.' interrupted Jo. Queen of Atlantis. It cannot be destroyed. daught er of Kings wife to King Dalios. you see. then turned and sat down.' said Lakis obediently.. Kronos . I have an errand for you. And these fools would ha ve me bring him back. her back to Hippias. Lady. Lakis. perhaps.' said Dalios sadly. 'Your pardon. Come closer.'It's just Jo actually.

and certainly more sophisticated. They speak of the sacred mysteries. 'Mum? Do you mean Queen Galleia?' 'That's right. a simple Grecian-style gown. She put down the cat. Lord. O Queen!' Galicia purred. serv e wine for this Lord . 'You are beautiful. He looked up. wide-eyed stare of the cat in her arms. 'Wow.' pleaded Dalios. She looked at the Master with the sleepy. and sat on the couch. I shall return when t he Queen is ready to speak to me.' Galleia appeared in the inner doorway.' The Master marched arrogantly into the Queen's chamber and stared about him. than usual. 'Help me to find a way to stop this evil man. The Master sat on the couch. Jo look ed even more attractive. Lakis held her back.'Of course. 'The Great Crystal has its being outside time.and then go. I am. Doctor. Lakis reached the next room just as Jo appeared in her new court dress. 'Lakis. 'No.' With trembling hands.' 'Kronos and all that?' 'It is forbidden -' began Lakis. With her hair redressed in Atlantean-style ringlets. and gazed in her eyes.' If wisdom is to seek the truth.' she said calmly. Help me to save Atlantis from destruction. like one of her own cats. Lakis poured wine and hurried thankfully away. 'The Master waits for no-one. 'Where is she?' 'If you will please wait. .' 'You are a philosopher. She does not wish to be disturbed. close to the Queen. friend Doctor.' begged Lakis. 'Please stay. See to the needs of our other guest. Only its appearance is here. mellow voice he said. She surveyed herself in the mirror with approval. Let's go and give her a preview. what a fantastic dress! Do you reckon it ll get mum's approval?' Lakis stared at her. just like the TARDIS. which strolled lazily from the room. I'm sorry.' muttered the Doctor. The Lord Master is with her.' 'Then help me. He was already turning away. In his deep.

'You want the Crystal. and stood listening the low voices that came from th e couch in the centre of the room. 'For the sake of Atlantis. 'I'll be as quiet as an Atlantean mouse!' Gently she opened the door. 'And takes it. Yet I am confident that you will give it. Lady. to dominate her by the sheer power of his personality. 'I'll be as quiet as . But somehow it was more amusing. 'Of course not. and headed for the connecting door.' Right. Already under his influence she would have shown none of the resistance of Dalio s.'But that is what they're on about?' 'Yes.' In her way she loved the old man. 'Why should it? He will reign for many long years. 'You are a man who knows what he wants. 'No! You mustn't go in. 'Why should I help you?' asked Galleia.' 'Not without my consent. the beloved ruler of a happy and prosperous people. Lord Master. said Jo determinedly. more satisfying to his enormous vanity. powerful. You mustn't !' 'Listen.' said Jo reassuringly.' There was an edge to Galleia's voice. though more as a father than a husband. The Master said smoothly.' It would have been simple enough for the Master to hypnotise Queen Galleia. mighty amongst the nations of the world? Who would not wish to b e ruler of such a mighty country?' Galleia considered this alluring prospect and went straight to the point.' .you have mice here?' Lakis nodded. Again Lakis stopped her. Would you not see her restored to her former gl ory rich. The Master and Queen Galleia were rapidly coming an understanding. 'No ha rm must come to Dalios.' said the Master arrogantly.' 'And I am going to have it.

Dalios has a key . ' I'm sorry. Crystal shall be yours. the strength of the bull.such as yours. even to try. when the end comes for Lord Dalios. Lady Queen. a fellow Councillor.' she breathed . The reins o f power should be in stronger hands . and a long life in which to use it.' 'But what is the danger?' 'The Guardian!' 'Yes. The Minotaur. .. but not so quietly that the listening Jo didn t hear. But in his sport. She strained her ears to catch the Master s next words. Once he was my good friend. King Dalios sighed. but who is this Guardian?' asked the Doctor.' Again the Master sighed The conquest of Galleia was complete. 'And Kronos granted his wish. It is certain death. she covered hand with her other one.'And you-' The Master sighed theatrically. 'A beast. as it must come for all men. Even to try is certain death!' . you may take your choice. . as he grante d mine. 'Purely because of Lord Dalios's great age. No-one can get near. go on!' 'There is little more to tell. Kronos gave my friend not only the strength but the head of a bull. Until the last day of his life. save Dalios himself. . He was a great athlete. a man. course.. it m ight be well if he were relieved of the more onerous burdens of kingship.' he whispered.' said Dalios sadly. No-one can approach it. and just as I longed f or the wisdom the years alone can bring. he craved great strength. .. for which he longs so ardently. He determined that no-one else should suffer as h e has suffered.. past five hundred years and more. then perhaps. I would have thought! 'And so should I. beneath the temple. After a moment. . And so he has remained. 'And where is the Great Crystal?' 'Deep in the earth.' He placed a black gloved hand over jewelled fingers. 'And yours?' 'It would be my pleasure to serve you .' 'A harmless enough ambition. he wil l guard the Crystal.and so has Krasis.' 'Then Krasis shall take me there!' 'I wish it were as simple as that.' The Doctor recognised the origin of an old legend.

Lord no!' sobbed Krasis.' 'Oh. 'Be careful .the Lord Crito is no friend to Hippias.' Jo. One who longs with all his heart to seize the Crystal . Who.Well.' protested Jo. she thought.' They slipped away.and whose death would be of little account. heard a horrified gasp from behind her and slipped back into the anteroom. the Chief Councillor. 'What can we do? What can we do?' 'Tell the Doctor. Lady?' asked Krasis. stepped from the shadows 'The King is not to be disturbed. Crito. when Lakis pulled her aside. . Krasis. Krasis. Lakis was frantic with fear. 'One who will listen to you. 'Then perhaps we should send someone down who is skilled with the sword.' 'But it's a matter of life and death. These palace politics were a great nuisance. Crito smiled. 'Halt!' 'Take us to the King. 'Would like to volunteer?' 'No. Lady Jo. for Pete's sake. who was still eavesdropping on the conversation. 'Quickly then. He had been summoned by the Queen for an urgent conference.' said Jo impatiently. Lakis led Jo down endless corridors until they came to the entrance to the King' s quarters. Take me to the King!' 'I dare not. Suddenly Lakis pulled her deeper into the shadows.' said the Master mockingly. A trident-bearing guard barred their way. The Lord Hippias of course.' 'Would you rather let this Hippias face the creature?' Lakis shook her head. Queen Galleia said thoughtfully. 'It could be indeed . that's what.' demanded Jo.yours!' Jo was about to argue further.

until the two men rounded a bend and disappeared from view. The body was that of a huge. immensely muscular man. rounded the bend herself. dimly lit by a flickering torch set i nto a wall bracket. She found herself in a great stone cavern. slamming it closed behind her. Hippias was nowhere in si ght.' she screamed.Hippias and Krasis were coming along corridor. Jo hurried away. although his abandoned sword lay close to the door. She turned back and hammered on the door. Krasis appeared from the shadows and thrust her through the still-open door. She rushed down the steps to call him back. The creature threw back its head. 'Let me out. 'Let me out!' A shattering roar came from behind her. Hippias was carrying a sword. Hippias!' called Jo. 'I'll follow them.' whispered Jo. She followed the two men along the gloomy torchlit corridors of the palace. She heard an angry bellow. . Jo turned and saw a terrifying creature stalking towards her out of the shadows. The winding steps and tunnels led lower. You try t o get in to tell the Doctor and the King what's happening. She followed them through the secret door behind the altar of Poseidon. and across to the adjoining temple. its roof supported by many huge pillars. wearing a leather loin-cloth. lower. and found herself at the top of a steep flight of steps. gave a savage roar.' Gathering up her long skirts. and charged towards her. But as she reached the bottom. Jo hurried on. sword in hand. 'No. The head was that of a bull. and through the maze of tunnels below the temple. deep in conversation. At the bottom she saw Hippias. stepping through a door set into the rock wall. 'They must be going for the Crystal.

Maintaining his grip with one hand. Unfortunately the space before the door was clear. Dalios was still talking to the tall white-haired stranger. Jo prepared for another spring . but it was relatively clumsy. looking for her.. The guard raised his trident-spear. The Minotaur however. Wrenching the spear from the guard's grip he swung it round horizontally and thr ust it forward under the chins of both Krasis and the guard. Waiting for a moment when Crito was talking to the guards. gasping for breath.' screamed Krasis.14 The Captives Lakis was by nature a timid girl. The two men looked u p surprised as she skidded to a halt. Time after time it was left baffled. and the smaller Jo was muc h more agile. but in this emergency she found unexpected reserves of courage.. the Doctor snatc hed the key from Krasis's belt with the other.' The Doctor leaped to his feet. .and found his way barred by Krasis and a temple guard. the creature charged with a savage roar. . followed by the Lady Jo. Even if the door hadn't been locked. Jo flattened herself behind a pillar. but the Doctor was in no mood for interrupti ons. forgive me! Lord Hippias and the High Priest have gone to the lair of the Guardian. The Minotaur moved quickly. The Doctor came haring into the temple . As the snuffling of it s breath came closer. And if Jo once started to slow down . She was getting very t ired. It was searching behind the pillars now. seemed as fresh as ever. swinging its great head to and fro as Jo ducked into hiding behind a pi llar. Time after time. she dodged around them and dashed into the royal chamber.and wondered how many more she could manage . 'Lord King. . there was no chance of reaching it without being seen. tell me how to reach them!' The many pillars supporting the chamber roof were what saved Jo's life. 'Seize this intruder. 'What? Lord King. so that they were held back against the wall on tiptoe.

Faced by the terrifying sight of the Minotaur when he had first come through the door. . All the time she could hear the bellow ing of the Minotaur as it pounded after her. The Minotaur lowered its head and bellowed. Suddenly Hippias appeared behind the Minotaur. into a network of tunnels and passages on the far side of the hall. Jo awaited her fate. Now. 'Jo. Hippias's nerve had broken. Reaching up and seizing him in its great hands.'Sorry to hold you up like this. leaping upon its back in a vain att empt to throttle it. 'Jo!' he called. she realised . he had fled into the darkness of the maze. where are you?' From the far side of the hall he heard a faint cry of. but I need that key!' Snapping the trident across his knee the Doctor disappeared through the secret door. Hippias hurled it at the creature's head . . ready to charge. The Minotaur's plan had succeeded at last. Hippias dodged behind the monster. It stalked towards the cowering Jo at the end cul-de-sac and hur led the struggling body of Hippias at her. The creature was hunting her. Snatching a blazing torch from its bracket on the wall. Scrambling t o his feet. Hippias crashed into the . Somehow Jo had been driven away from the main door. 'The Doctor came through the door and looked around the underground hall. seeing Jo in danger. Throwing down his sword. driving her towards the heart of its maze. Krasis. the Minotaur held Hippias high above its head. leaving Krasis and the guard gasping for breath behind him. Jo was trapped in a blind alley at the end of which was a shining mirror set int o the wall. The crushing force of the Minotaur's charge sent him to the ground. Exhausted. Jo leaped aside.and missed. 'Stay back!' he shouted. 'Doctor!' It was followed by a distant bellow The Doctor began running towards the sound. his courage returned. He had been lost in the maze all this time. tracking Jo and the Minotaur by the sound of the creature s bellowing. The creature whirled round.

Now we've got the Crystal. 'Are you all right. and later they were standing before a circular stone alter on top of which reposed a huge glowing crystal. The Doctor turned and ran to Jo. Jo. the Minotaur prepared to charge again . He had slipped off his cloak and now he was holding it so the red silk lining faced the Minotaur. The Minotaur slammed into the stone wall with such incredible force that it smas hed a hole in the wall's centre section. The Doctor pointed.when there came another distraction. that s what all the fuss is about.but at the same time it's horrible. It s the Crystal Jo. the Master's little game is at an end. Once again the Doctor flicked the cape.' said a voice behind them. 'Not quite. Jo. As quick as any fighting bull in the arena.' 'It's beautiful . Jo? 'Just about! Are you all -' Jo broke off to shout a warning: 'Look out. pressed against a stone wall. shattering it into fragments and exposing the wall beyond. Toro!' It was the Doctor. There was a rumble of falling stone and the monster vanished beneath a pile of shattered masonry. The Doctor leaped aside. bringing down not only the wall but part of the ceiling as well. a larger version of the one used in the TOMTIT machine. The Doctor flicked the cape aside and the Minotaur shot pa st. Swinging round on Jo. taking Jo with him. . 'There you are. Doctor!' The Minotaur had lumbered to its feet and was charging straight towards him. the Minotaur spun round and charged again. 'I m afraid he s dead. Toro!' The Minotaur charged. who was watching terrified.' The Doctor saw a gleam of light beyond the shattered wall and peered into the chamber beyond.mirror. Doctor. It shook its head and bellowed dismally . Jo.' 'Cheer up. It gives me a funny feelin g. The Minotaur stumbled and fell to its knees. Jo turned and saw the shattered body of Hippias. and he was giving the traditional cry of the Spa nish bullfighter: 'Toro! Hey. and this time as the creature cha rged past he dealt it a savage chopping blow with his fist on the back of its bull-ne ck. The Crystal of Kronos!' They clambered through the gap. He saved my life. This time it was a shout of 'Toro! Ah. missing him by inches. He fell to th e ground and lay still.' The Doctor made a quick examination.

Krasis. nothing. But I am the King. They must have reached the chamber by its proper entrance.' Queen Galleia entered. 'A pity that you will no t live to see the end.' said the Master. 'Alive and treated honourably. the K ing is still the King. The Master snapped his fingers. 'You don't mean to say you still intend to go ahead with this stupid plan?' 'I most certainly do. 'Does he really?' The Master settled himself comfortably in Dalio s chair.' The Master gestured towards the Doctor and Jo. Doctor . 'The game is just beginning. 'And if you valu e your own life you will take me to see the King!' The Doctor stared indignantly at the black clad figure in Dalios's chair.' 'What's happened to King Dalios?' 'Why. Doctor. Take them away! . And tomorrow. 'So Dalios is still alive?' 'Of course. our Krasis. Miss Grant. He loves a joke!' The Doctor glared at Krasis's malignant face. our little palace revolution. 'A complete success.' said the Doctor angrily.' said Krasis triumphantly. The Master rose and' bowed. Didn't Krasis tell you? A jolly fellow.' 'That's where you're mistaken. 'And now it seems I must thank yo u both!' 'What for?' asked Jo.They turned and saw Krasis and several guards.' The Doctor glared indignantly at him. Doctor. thought the Doctor. 'I ask ed to see the King! The Master smiled and spread his hands.' said the Doctor firmly. 'Even though Dalios is an old man.for all pract ical purposes.' Galleia came majestically towards them. 'Why for giving me the Great Crystal. The Doctor gave her a quick glance. you will both receive a suitable rew ard an introduction to the mighty Kronosl This time there will be no mistakes!' 'I wouldn't count on that.

' Galleia's eyes blazed angrily.The Doctor and Jo were led away. since he had left his sonic screwdriver in the laboratory.' 'It makes everything seem so . To do my will. It s no good. 'They didn't include Atlantean chains in my UNIT escapology lessons. She shook her head. Moreover. Jo. 'Or like a servant girl? You must learn.' 'You must learn to obey. he was in a strangely philosophical mood. A strange feeling for someone chained to a dungeon wall condemned to annihilation . 'Doctor.' said th e Doctor thoughtfully.pointless. 'You seem discontented.' She strode disdainfully away. The Master stroked his beard and sighed. 'If the Master opens the floodgates of Kronos s power. To carry out my commands like a soldier. what are we going to do?' 'We'll just have to play it by ear. It depends what you mean to do. You would questio n my decision?' 'Perhaps. It looked as if their association was t o be a short-lived one after all. all or der and all structure will be swept away and nothing will be left but chaos. there was nothing to be done. Jo.' 'What will happen if the Master wins?' 'The whole of creation is very delicately balanced in cosmic terms. my love. .' The Doctor nodded consolingly.' . 'Any luck?' asked the Doctor. my love. The Master turned to Galicia. meanwhile was wrestling frantically with her chains. The Doctor and Jo were both chained to the wall in the same bare stone cell. He had their given their chains a thorough inspection on their a and decided that. Jo felt no such optimism. that Galleia is a Queen. my love. The Doctor was leaning against the wall in the most comfortable position he coul d manage which wasn't very comfortable at all. The y were reacting to imprisonment very differently. . as if he had only to bide hi s time and somehow things would work out.

It was just grey.' Jo looked curiously at him. I went and asked him to help me. And those pathetic little patches of sludgy snow were shining white in the sunlight!' . I looked at it for a moment.he was as brittle and as dry as a leaf in the Autumn. It was simply glowing with life like a perfectly cut jewel.' 'What do you mean?' His eyes gazing into the past. and the old man himself. when I was young. it was also my best. It was the daisiest daisy I'd ever seen. so they said. They were red and brown and purp le and gold. So. It was very seldom that the Doctor embarked upon any kind of personal reminiscence. 'Yes. I'll never forget what it was like up t here. I laughed too! Later.. the Doctor began to speak.' 'And that was the secret of life? A daisy?' She laughed. I remember. and had learnt the secret of life. grey. Just like a dais y it was. while I poured out my troubles. 'Honestly. I'll tell you about it one day. It was the b lackest day of my life. He just sat there. Wh en I'd finished. Jo. Doctor!' The Doctor smiled. th at day was not only my blackest.' 'But what did he say?' 'Nothing. 'When I was a little b oy we used to live in a house that was perched halfway up the top of a mountain. 'A flower. 'Why was that?' 'Ah well. Do you know what he poin ted at?' Jo shook her head. He'd lived under this tree for half his lifetime. a monk. The tree the old man sat under was ancient and twisted. and suddenly I saw it through his eyes. expressionles s. in my own time. what was it?' 'I'm coming to that. All bleak and cold. he lifted a skeleton hand and he pointed.The Doctor smiled at her. A hermit. grey .' 'And he told you the secret?' The Doctor nodded.. just a few bare rocks with some weeds sprouting from them and some pathetic little patches of sludgy snow. 'One of those little weeds. 'I felt like that once. Grey. 'Well. and the colours were deeper and ri cher than you could possibly imagine.. The point is..' said the Doctor softly.' said the Doctor simply. I was too unhappy even for tears.. I got up and ran down that mounta in and I found that the rocks weren't grey at all. there sat under a tree an old man. when my black day came.. Above our house near the mountain peak. 'Not a word. that's another story.

' He tried to thrust the guard aside.' said the Doctor quietly.my sweet Queen. almost by reflex.' 'You'll do as you're told. and you are the one to save it. The world must be saved . . . 'How dare you lay your hands on me? I shall see the Queen. Dalios staggered back beneath the blow and collapsed close to the Doctor and Jo. Dalios. ... But it is no matter.. . Come closer . The guard's blow was the last of many.The Doctor was silent for a moment or two. By stretching their chains. and his eyes closed. Dalios's voice was faint. I tell you the vision of a dying man. swung the b utt of his trident. I have so little time . 'Atlantis is doomed. The guard moved away. Dalios was outraged. 'Dalios!' The old man had been badly beaten. His eyes fluttered.. 'Who would have thought it . and the guard. 'Don't worry.' said the Doctor fiercely. He sought to bend me to his will.' 'Is the Master responsible for this?' 'Aye. . You are a true philosopher. 'In side. .' Dalios's head fell back. slave. Suddenly the cell door crashed open and a guard thrust Dalios into the cell. The Docto r lifted the old man's head. But Dalios could no longer hear him.' 'I'm not. We shan't fail you. 'I demand to be taken to the Queen. Then he said.' Dalios made a quavering attempt to assert his dignity.' 'I'm sorry I brought you here. friend Doctor.' 'Thank you. shoving him back. the Doctor and Jo could just reach Dalios. . slamming and locking the cell door. Out of my way. old man. 'Are you still frighten ed. Jo?' 'Not as much as I was.' said the guard indifferently.' 'What is it?' asked the Doctor gently.

15 The Return of Kronos Once again the Council of Atlantis was assembled in the great hall of the temple . 'Brethren of the Council . 'Greetings to you. 'What's happened to the rest of the Council? Are th ey alive?' The Master looked down. No longer shall we fret beneath an o ld. Crito rapped on the floor with his staff of office. and Krasis standing guard over h er. one was Queen Galleia. 'Gettin g a bit above yourself. The Doctor raised his voice.that you. Everything w as prepared. the High Priest. my brothers. The Master began to speak. Yes I rejoice .my faithful few. unbound. The Doctor looked up at the Master. 'Krasis. I present to you his Holiness. b eware!' Krasis went to the TOMTIT consote and operated the few simple controls that the Master had shown him the night before. But this time. the Most Venerable Lord Master. Once again. Queen of Atlantis. looking about him with arrogant self-satisfaction. this time with the large crystal attached. speaks!' Galleia rose. Doctor. In front of his own TARDIS stood the TOMTIT apparatus on a specially prepared altar.) In a ringing voic e she continued: 'Our troubles are now at an end. Nearby sat the Doctor. will assist me. aren't you?' 'Silence!' screamed Krasis. defeated King. the other was the Master. The Lady Galicia.' The Master rose. 'The point is academic. Krasis. 'Silence. the few who put me here have come to claim your just reward.' There was a murmur of awe from the little crowd. two figures sat on the throne-like seats on the raised stone. Kronos the Most Terrible. standing on the dais beside Galleia. There was a hum of power and the crowd drew back. with Jo at his side. a bound and guarded prisoner. You shall see the Mighty One himself.' (This was a reference to the fact that over half the council had mysteriously disappeared. I grieve to see the Council so small. Just a s before. In another minute or so it will be of no further interest to you.' . The Master held up his hand.

a fact that the Master failed to realise. 'You promised he should not be harmed.' shouted the Doctor.' he bellowed. the Master.' Galicia was not listening.and stubborn.' Kronos began swirling to and fro.' said Jo. . the Doctor saw that in this manifestation Kronos was larger and m ore uncontrollable than ever . Pow er to realise your most ambitious dreams. but he swept her hand aside and she fel l back. She turned to the temple guards. the King. 'Seize this man!' As the guards began closing in on the Master. Galleia rose and approached him. . no longer alive? Answer me!' 'He is dead. 'The King is dead. 'It's true.' said the Master impatiently.' Galleia stared at her.like King Dalios?' 'Dalios is unharmed. . Are they indeed alive? Or are they dead .' said Galleia quickly. 'He was an old man . filling the temple with the beat of his mighty wings. But it was too late. 'I. swinging back and forth across the temple.' said the Master indifferently. 'Is this true?' The Master made no answer. Krasis threw the power switch and the Crystal blazed into fiery life. 'And you shall have it. 'We were there in the cell with him when he died.' Galicia aimed a savage blow at his face. 'But you promised me .'Satisfy my curiosity then. Madam. 'I bid you to do my will.' said the Doctor. Galicia looked accusingly at the Master. The towering winged figure of Kronos seemed to burst from the heart of the Great Crystal.' The Master shrugged. 'Is this true? Is the Lord Dalios. To his horror. he called out: 'Krasis! The switch !' 'No! Stop him!' shouted the Doctor. 'You were there? You saw him die?' She turned to the Mast er. sending the crowd fleeing in terror. 'You were responsible for his death. welcome you Kronos.' 'I promised you power.

The Doctor sprinted to his TARDIS and vanished inside. reaching him j ust as the Crystal came free.which promptly dematerialised. great stone block s falling from the walls and ceiling.' she sobbed. 'Don't you understand what you've do ne? He's uncontrollable. another place.' he muttered. and carrying Jo Grant. 'He'll never obey you. Queen Galleia stood alone in the centre of the temple. who hung on like a child playing piggy-back. Moments later. The Master ran for his TARDIS clutching the Cry stal.' shouted the Doctor. 'I was wrong. .' No-one but Jo Grant. in an orgy of destruction. He pointed to the Doctor. Already the temple was beginning to shake. 'You and Dalios were right.'Do you hear me. The Doctor called to Galleia. To the Doctor's dismay. 'Your Majesty set me free!' Galleia snatched a sword from the body of a fallen guard and began severing the Doctor's bonds. Darting from her place at the Doctor's side Jo ran to the Master. bringing down the roof and walls with his fiery passage. It had not the slightest effect. The destruction would not come to an end until the entire city of Atlantis had b een destroyed. Jo. In a desperate attempt to slow the Master down.in another time. G o quickly! It is too late now to save my people. 'Stop him. The air was filled with dust and the screams of the wounded and dying. 'He mustn't get away!' But no-one dared approach the Master or the Crystal.' He ran to the TOMTIT apparatus and wrenched free the Great Crystal. the Master and the Crystal all disappeared inside th e Master's TARDIS . ' All the power in the Universe is waiting for me . Above her Kronos roared t o and fro.' Even now the Master refused to admit defeat. she leape d upon his back. There would be death and destruction in plenty in Atlantis th at day. Kronos?' shouted the Master. but it would be at the whim of Kronos alone.' shouted the Doctor. the TARDIS too disappeared. 'I command you to destroy that man! Kronos ignored him. Doctor. 'I need more power.

Buried for all ti me under the ruins of Atlantis.' said Jo scornfully.The Master was handcuffing Jo to the console of his TARDIS. slightly bitterly this time.' said Jo. and our controls are locked together. Worthy of the late lamented Doctor hims elf.' 'You're the one who's finished.' said Jo stubbornly.' He laughed exultantly. (Just like the Maste r to have built-in fittings for prisoners. I'm going to miss him!' 'He's not finished. Jo. 'I know it. He came at my call.' 'Nonsense. Of course he is. I think we've seen the last of the Doctor. I can stop you whenever I please. See for yourself. Absolu te power forever. 'Nicely put. I have Kronos. which rested on a table by the console. Docto r. The Master smiled. then he laughed. Dominion over all time and all space. I could kick myself for not having polished hi m off long ago. and I have Miss Gran t. 'You couldn't do it in that pathetic old c rock of yours. 'Doctor!' The Master laughed.' 'And why should I do that? I have my TARDIS. 'Do you really think that . and no Doctor to ruin things for me.' said the Doctor's cheerful voice. my dear. you must be as indestructible as that wretched TARDIS of yours! And how exactly do you propose to sort me out?' 'By making you see reason . 'Really. 'Just think of the future.' He strolled over to the Great Crystal.' 'Like a tiger comes when it hears a lamb bleating.thing out there will ever let you control it?' 'I do so already. You know.' Am I? What about Time Ram?' 'Time Ram.) 'There. The two TARDISes are operating on the same frequency.' said the Master uneasily. 'You know. Doctor. thought Jo.' For a moment the Master looked worried.' 'I've already done it.' 'Don't worry. You saw that for yourself. 'You're bluffing. Miss Grant. 'I'll soon sort him out for you.' 'But there's one you've forgotten.' said the Doctor calmly.' . Now. my dear. You'd never be able to lock on to my TARDIS. my reason tells me that I hold all the cards. 'I hold the trump ca rd.and by making you destroy that Crystal.' Jo looked up and saw the Doctor's face beaming at her from the scanner screen.

'The two TARDISes will occupy precisely the same sp ace and the same time and that means -' The Master slammed a fist down on the console. 'You know what'll happen if that control goes over the safety limit. But Kronos will be free again. It's that fa tal weakness of yours. Jo. Doctor. 'Why should I dance to the Doctor's tune like a performing poodle. Time Ram!' 'You don't mean it. don't you? Tell him. Go ahead.' shouted the Master. Doctor. Doctor. the TARDIS. Do it. If you want t o stop me. 'There may be another way. You can't bring yourself to destroy Miss Grant. Doctor. quickly!' The Doctor hesitated. 'I know what it means!'' 'Do you?' said the Doctor remorselessly. Doctor. Compassion. It w as hovering on the edge of it when it quivered and stopped.To his horror the Master saw the needle on a particular dial creeping remorseles sly towards the danger zone. Jo. The word seemed forced from the Master's lips. why have you stopped?' 'To give you one last chance. Admit it. Doctor.' said the Doctor quietly.' The needle on the Master's dial crept closer and closer to the danger zone.' 'Don't think about me.' 'And for you and your TARDIS and Miss Grant. 'Of course.' 'Goodbye.' A little unsteadily Jo said. 'The way to unimaginable glory. The 'Master looked up at the screen.' 'Rubbish.' .' snarled the Master. For you. Pity. and the Universe saved.' whispered Jo.' said the Doctor. 'Well.' 'Of course there is.' The Master pronounced the words like curses. The millions who will never be born.' 'Top of the class. th e Crystal. 'Very well. Doctor .try!' 'Very well.' called Jo. 'Utter destruction. 'Goodbye.' Defiantly the Master straightened up. Jo. 'Think about the millions who will di e. 'For a moment. you almost had me believing you. 'Oblivion.

gesturing around the vast nothingness. You're dead too . she had been freed from her handcuffs.' said the Doctor dryly. 'Fantastic. The needle slipped into the red zone.just nothingness. 'Must be. Jo? You're no more dead than I am. 'Goodbye. and stepped out into the void.' 'Yes. matter of factly. walked carefully across to the police box and went inside.' 'And I suppose we're in Heaven?' Jo shrugged. The Doctor lay unconscious on the floor of the control room.Jo saw that she could just reach the control on the Master's console . Jo awoke to find herself. was the Doctor's TARDIS. but that's it. Jo knelt beside him and shook him gently. of course. If she pulled that lever. And for Jo Grant everything vanished in a ball of fiery white light. Come and. I mean. Or somewhere. quite close. 'Doctor.She turned to him. where are we then?' .~ have a look. Jo stepped out into the void. lying on the floor of the Master's TARDIS. isn't it?' 'Fascinating. She opened it upon nothingness.and so's the Master. Doctor!' She lunged forward and pulled the lever.' 'Well. that's what I mean. 'What on Earth are you talking about. stretched out unconscious. 'Though somehow I don't think we're in Heaven. Jo cautiously got to her feet. Not land or sea or space . Tm dead.' The Doctor got up. Mysteriousl y.' She led the way to the still open door. but I'm all right. 'Jo! Are you all right?' 'Oh yes. Somewhere in space-time two TARDISes merged and disappeared. and made for the door. Wake up!' He opened his eyes and blinked at her. Cautiousl y the Doctor followed. Suspended in the nothingness. Close by was the Master.the equiv alent control to the one the Doctor was using on his own.' said Jo. it would mean Time Ram. Suddenly Jo Grant saw that she had to make the sacrifice that the Doctor would never make himself.

'I don't know myself. and took you here. It was a female face. 'I see. a healer.'That's just it. 'An evil destroyer. You shouldn't have put us into Time Ram.' admitted the Doctor. I am b eyond good and evil as you know it.' 'Really?' 'Now look here.' said the face.' 'Do please forgive me.' 'In the TARDIS.' 'With the Time Ram?' 'At the moment of impact I was released. a creator..' . That saved you.' said the voice. 'But .' persisted Jo. 'A destroyer. Jo -' He broke off. to the threshold of being.' he said calmly. 'You shall.' 'Where exactly are we?' asked the Doctor. The face spoke in a clear bell-like voice that reverberated everywhere.. so large that they co uld have crawled upon the shapely nose like flies.' The Doctor nodded. Besides. I was just on the point of doing it myself. and smiled ruefully. not really. 'Your courtesy is always so punctilious. What would you wish?' It was Jo who answered. 'You!' said Jo in amazement. You brought yourselves here. The Doctor was in a state where he felt nothing could surprise him. 'Greetings.' 'I am Kronos. So what happens now?' 'I owe you a debt of gratitude that nothing could repay.you're a girl.' A sort of vast throat-clearing took place behind them and they turned to see a colossal face. 'No.' 'But you were a raging monster before.' 'Shapes mean nothing. 'To go back home. but I can't seem to place you. Jo.' 'I can be all things. 'On the boundary of your reality and mine. Doctor!' 'You know me?' 'Of old. beautiful and exotic.' added the Doctor.

' coaxed Stuart. 'You asked for him to be given his freedom. I can't bear it. spun round and vanished inside his own TARDIS. 'The pain he has given so freely shall be retu rned to him in full. please!' The Doctor turned back to the great face. 'No!' 'Come on. Doctor. 'No. 'I know. 'Yes. 'He will stay here. The Master walked slowly forward. I ask one more favou r of you.' 'The Master's freedom. The Master's TARDIS promptly dematerialised. 'You're coming back to Earth with u s.' he screame d.' he whispered. 'Name it. She followed the Doctor into his TARDIS. Doctor.' 'He made a prisoner of me!' said the voice angrily. 'He has it !' 'Here we go again.'What about the Master?' asked Jo curiously. 'Thank you. 'Stop him.' said the voice amusedly. ' 'Don't thank me. Stuart Hyde held out a spoonful of mush to the baby on the laboratory floor. The Doctor stepped back and motioned the Master to enter the TARDIS. 'Come on. But will you allow us to deal with him in our way?' 'I do not understand-you. clearly a broken man. 'O mighty Kronos.' The Master rose from his knees and stood facing the Doctor. but it was too late.' yelled the Doctor.' said Jo.' said the face sweetly. Please. get it down you!' .' said the Doctor brusquely. It stared disapprovingly at the spoon and said distinctly. Baby Benton.' The Master staggered out from his TARDIS and fell to his knees. But if that is your desire. 'Please Doctor. of course.' The Master bowed his head.' 'What will happen to him?' 'Torment. so let it be. gave the Doctor a shove that sent him staggering against Jo. help me.' he said humbly.

Jo . Th at all happened three thousand five hundred years ago.' She made a last adjustment. four zero. 'Now concentrate.' said Jo suddenly. 'All those people.' Once again Stuart was calling out the readings.' 'See if it's working. 'but why.' 'Increasing power. I thin k I'm nearly there. I suppose I wouldn't. if I'm on the beam. seven zero..' 'Well.even the Master?' 'No. Doctor? Why did you even ask?' The Doctor adjusted the controls. 'Jo. 'Three five.' 'Check!' He returned to the power readings. 'Suffering monkeys!' said Stuart faintly.' said the Doctor gently. six five. The Doctor and Jo Grant stepped out. 'we're about to land in England .' 'Okay!' Putting down his saucer of improvised baby food. switch on. neither would I . Stuart switched on. and a blue police box appeared in a corner of the lab.' said Ruth.even if he was responsible for the destruction of Atlan tis.' 'What are you trying to do?' 'Well..' 'Well. Ruth was too absorbed in her experiment to notice. 'Six zero. 'Right. Stu!' ... Suddenly another sound drowned out the TOMTIT noise. 'What are you feeding him on now?' 'The remains of my lunchtime sandwiches. Stu!' she called. Stu. 'Isolate matrix scanner. mashed up with some cold tea. 'Would you condemn anybody to an eternity of torment. and studied the rise and fall of the central c olumn..Ruth looked up from her work at the console.' The central column was slowing its rise and fall.. I should be able to close up the gap in time for good . Inside 'the TARDIS.in your time... stop playing mothers and fathers and come and give me a hand here.' 'It's terrible when you think of it. Jo was saying.

the Brigadier burst into the room. 'Miss Grant. and he was wearing nothing but a very inadequate improvis ed nappy. 'It's going to go up!' They all took cover as the TOMTIT console over-loaded and blew up. 'Ah. 'Stand still everyone. Brigadier. revolver i n hand. glad to see you're back. 'Er . the was nothing more serious than a loud bang. 'Everything's back to normal. it is! 'Good!' The Doctor studied the power readings.' said the Doctor.' 'It's running away. and an embarrassed smile. Ruth got to her feet and studied the shattered console.' 'Well. 'And where.' As if to prove the Doctor's point. what are you doing in that extraordinary get-up?' Without waiting for a the Brigadier went on . 'Everybody get down!' shouted Stu. He looked around the circle of smiling faces.where's the Master?' 'A very good question. was a very good question! . He could hear the Brigadier shouting orders. Doctor. not without the Professor. 'Would someo ne please tell me exactly what's been happening around here?' And that too. 'Yes. And Miss Grant. thanks to you. is Sergeant Benton?' Stuart clutched Ruth's arm.Stuart ran to the window and Saw that the Brigadier and his men were back to normal. 'I couldn't. staring round the somewhat unexpected grou p. thought the Doctor.' The Brigadier suddenly registered Jo's Atlantean costume. 'It to be working a bit too well. Stuart turned back from the window. and said plaintively.' shouted Ruth. He had been restored to his full age and size.. a shower of sparks and a lot of smoke.' He broke off.' said Jo Ruth shook her head.' said the Doctor. for heaven s sake. 'You'll have to start all over again. In the absence of the crystal however. Just as well I supp ose. it's done its job.. 'The baby! We forgot the baby!' Sergeant Benton arose from behind the TOMTIT console.

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