"The future isn't all chrome and rocket ships and little blue men coming in peace you know," the Doctor tuts like a weary schoolmarm from inside the time ship. "All too often, the future is more of the same."
Alison Chenney was an ordinary woman in a ordinary part of England leading an ordinary life until it was all rather rudely interrupted by alien invaders. That was when she met the troubled stranger calling himself the Doctor, and his best friends - a sentient police box and the urbane mass murderer trapped inside it. He saved her life, and promised to show her the pyramids.
She didn't expect him to take her to another planet several hundred years in the future to do it. A planet where the appearance of an alien monolith and four simple words accompanying it turns everything on its head. People she'd expect to be on her side are suddenly doing things they shouldn't, and the monsters entering the dreams of this world become her only hope of salvation.
That's when the panic finally kicks in.
This is the first round-robin story featuring the 'Shalka' Doctor, The Master and Alison.
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