Why I Want A Doctor Who Meets Scratchman Film

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Doctor Who Meets Scratchman was an idea for a Doctor Who movie originally dreamed up by 4th Doctor actor Tom Baker and Ian Marter during the filming of season 12.

Its premise would have seen the 4th Doctor, Harry and Sarah land on an island off the coast of Scotland where they would battle living scarecrows, before discovering that the Scarecrows were minions of Satan himself, called Scratchman!

The Doctor and his companions would then travel to Scratchman’s home dimension, where they would encounter other mythological figures such as the Greek God Pan and the Ferryman of the dead, Charon.

The finale would see the Doctor, Sarah and Harry battle Scratchman inside a giant interdimensional pinball machine!

The film came very close to being made towards the end of the 70s, but sadly a lack of funding and the release of Star Wars eventually brought an end to Baker’s plans to bring the Doctor to the big screen. Over 40 years after it was first conceived, Tom Baker and Ian Marter’s screenplay was finally adapted into a book, written by Tom Baker and James Goss, released in January 2019.

Personally however I still think the idea could work as a film. Scratchman to me is the perfect Doctor Who story. It combines horror, science fiction and surrealism together to create a truly unique adventure.

In this article I will give my opinion of the 2019 novelisation of Tom’s script, run through why I want Scratchman to be adapted, what I would like from said adaptation, and who I would like to play the Doctor, his companions and the titular villain.

Why Scratchman has potential

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Doctor Who Meets Scratchman could still work as a film, even after all this time, as it has a suitably epic story, potentially stunning visuals, and a fascinating, terrifying villain in the form of Scratchman.

Scratchman is an ancient being from another universe who feeds on psychic energy. His hunger is so great that he eventually consumes each universe he visits.

Scratchman is a sadistic monster that enjoys reshaping each universe he overruns into a hideous hell dimension. He twists aliens into his Demonic servants, and torments them until he gets bored and moves on.

This disturbing scene from the 2019 novelisation where Scratchman forces several of his minions to kill themselves by throwing themselves into a firey pit, shows the full extent of the torment he inflicts on his minions.

“You’re one of the new arrivals aren’t you? You’ve caused so much damage. You have cost the lives of so many of us.’ ‘I’m dreadfully sorry about that’, said Harry sincerely. ‘Don’t feel too bad, the creature said,’ but clearly didn’t mean it. ‘We are just memories of life, twisted into something to amuse our master. You’re thinking of fighting back, of escaping-but really, you’ll just cost more lives and you’ll end up like one of us- sooner or later. Sooner in your case.’ ‘Thank you,’ said Harry. ‘And then nothing awaits you but milleia of service as one of us, and finally, as fuel for him.’ ‘Fuel?’ ‘We must keep his dreams aloft.’ The creature nodded miserably. ‘If I were you I’d save myself the torment and jump now.’ ‘Will it be quick?’ Asked Harry? ‘No,’ the creature said, ‘but it will at least be over.’ And it launched itself into the air, dived down into the sulphurous pit, gave a single cry, and burst into flame.”

The current universe Scratchman inhabits resembles hell from various religions, with figures such as Charon existing. However the creatures are given somewhat modern and humorous twists, with Charon now being a down on his luck cabbie who drives people to their final destination, and Scratchman’s chief torturer being a lazy giant lizard.

Scratchman has destroyed billions of universe throughout all of time, but now he sets his sights on our reality. He has been attempting to enter our universe for centuries, and has been able to project his thoughts into our universe for centuries too, influencing humanity, and giving rise to myths and legends about the devil. Scratchman has also been able to pull the minds of people from our universe into his own to torture them, giving rise to myths about Charon and the afterlife.

The whole point of doing a film version of a long running television series is to do something that you couldn’t do on tv. Scratchman still fits that criteria. Even with the improved effects of New Who, the visuals of the Underworld would be too grand to do on the tv shows budget. Also the images of people being tortured and damned in hell would perhaps be too frightening and violent for the tv audience. Scratchman could up the horror ante from even the Hinchcliff era.

A problem I have had with the 21st century version of Doctor Who is that overall it’s somewhat more toothless than the original. The 1963-1989 classic era of Doctor Who regularly pushed the boundaries in terms of its violent content and provoked extreme controversy. At times the original Doctor Who was almost a horror series as much as a sci fi show.

Doctor Who Meets Scratchman, which has the potential for some really terrifying ideas and set pieces could help restore Doctor Who’s reputation as a horror series.  Indeed Doctor Who Meets Scratchman is arguably one of the darkest Doctor Who stories ever made.

Though the Doctor does defeat Scratchman, he fails to save the entire universe that Scratchman took over. The Third Doctor story Inferno was always one of the most terrifying stories for me as a child because the Doctor failed to save the earth. It was an evil, alternate version of the earth, but still seeing an entire world actually burn on screen was utterly horrifying.

Now imagine seeing the Doctor fail to save an entire universe!

Worse than that however, the universe Scratchman has taken over has been ravaged by him to such an extent, that he is the only thing that is holding it together. Therefore in order to save his universe, the Doctor has to sacrifice another!

Scratchman is even by Doctor Who standards a huge threat. He is an individual villain that can consume entire universes, and has slaughtered more people than the Daleks, the Master, and the Cybermen combined.

The story also pushes Doctor Who to its limits in terms of how surreal it is. A story with living scarecrows, the Devil, Greek Gods, and giant pin ball machines, even by Doctor Who standards is somewhat unusual.

Nevertheless it still stays within the limits of what Doctor Who can be. Scratchman is not actually a supernatural creature. He is still an alien, and the world he lives in is not actually the afterlife, just another universe.

Also whilst its true that the idea of the Doctor fighting the Devil has been explored in the television story The Satan Pit/The Beast Below, a lot of other ideas in Scratchman are still new territory for Doctor Who, such as the concept of hell. The finale featuring the Doctor and his companions being trapped in a giant pinball machine would still make an absolutely spectacular and surreal sequence too.

With a decent budget I think Scratchman could still be a unique, imaginative, and scary Doctor Who story that truly goes beyond what the tv series would be capable of.

My Opinion Of The 2019 Scratchman

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Personally I wasn’t that keen on the recent adaptation of Scratchman. The first half of the book, which stays closest to Tom and Ian’s original script is fantastic. There are some genuinely chilling moments, and the story plays out like a classic Phillip Hinchcliff era gothic story.

Sadly its from the second part on that the book starts to lose it. I suspect in this part of the book, co-author James Goss’ input became greater, as it doesn’t seem to match Tom’s style.

The second section of the book is done more in the style of New Who. Leaving aside the fact that I am not a big fan of the 21st century version of Doctor Who (certainly not compared to the original.) The new style also does not fit Tom’s Doctor at all.

Rather than be just a bumbling traveller with great improvisational skills like in the original series, the Doctor is rewritten in the book to being an angry lonely god. The way the Doctor defeats Scratchman by creating illusions of all the monsters he has faced on his travels is exactly the type of thing I’d expect to see in a Moffat script.

Its an attempt to big up the Doctor (with Scratchman commenting that no one could stand against all of the creatures culled from the Doctors mind) that goes against the logic of the story. Scratchman is a creature that has eaten entire universes! How on earth could the Doctor, who has only explored part of one universe, have possibly have seen anything that could shock Scratchman?

Scratchman 2019 also plays on the idea of all the Doctors being different people, and the Doctor never wanting to change. This is again something that New Who pioneered during the Tennant era. In the classic series the Doctor was never scared of regeneration. Troughton’s Doctor does protest, but once they tell him that he can choose what his next face looks like, he says “that’s not so bad”, showing that they are all meant to be the same man underneath. Making all of the Doctors into different people, destroys the Doctor as a character overall, as it now essentially turns him into a title passed onto 13 different characters.

Scratchman 2019 also features pointless cameos from other Doctors, which I feel drags the story down into fan fiction territory.

Something as large as the first 4 Doctors meeting (even if it is only scarecrow copies of the first three) should not be crowbarred into a story that is not about that, and was never intended to be about that.

Worst of all however is the fact that Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor appears. Now I freely admit that I despise Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor. Everything about her from the reason she was cast, to her voice, to her annoying scrunch habit, to her attitude to her critics, to her costume is awful.

Still sticking such a controversial version of the Doctor into a story that she was never intended to be in, seems like a nasty, spiteful, mean spirited taunt to Jodie’s critics on behalf of the co-author, James Goss. (I very much doubt that it was Tom’s idea to include Jodie. Remember Tom is a man who refused to be in The Five Doctors as he didn’t want to appear with any other Doctors, and who always jokingly responds “OTHER DOCTOR” when fans ask him who his favourite other Doctor was. I very much doubt with this in mind that he would go out of his way to include other Doctors in a story that was only ever intended to feature his Doctor.)

Fair enough not everybody hates Jodie, though I think its fair to say that she is not one of the most popular incarnations of the Time Lord to say the least.

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Still this is not like someone having a line up of all the Doctors and Jodie’s critics getting angry at her being included at all.

This book was a chance for old school fans to enjoy a new story from the most popular Doctor of the original series, that Jodie was never a part of at all. James Goss however wouldn’t even let us have that. He has such contempt for classic era fans that he had to force the revival into it, and the most controversial, hated aspect of the revival too, regardless of how out of place it seemed. It sullied the entire book for me.

Its a shame as well as the second section of the book contains the most wild and imaginative aspects of the story, but Goss’ tampering with Tom and Ian’s ideas lets it, and consequently the entire story overall down.

The subsequent film adaptation would in my opinion have to leave out cameos from all the former and future Doctors, focus on the other universe and its history, how it tried to fight and ultimately fell to Scratchman, the Doctors dilemma in having to destroy another universe to save his own, Scratchman’s influence on human history, and the various monsters in his universe. All of these ideas are only touched upon in the 2019 version, as the story seems to be more concerned with focusing on analysing the Doctors character instead.

Who Would I Cast

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For a hypothetical film version of Scratchman I would like to see Julian Richings as the Doctor, and Dana Delorenzo and Colin O’Donaghue as his two companions.

I have mentioned all 3 of these actors before as being my ideal Tardis team. I think Julian would be perfect as an old school, alien, distant, no nonsense Doctor, based on his stellar performance as Death in Supernatural.

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Dana Delorenzo and Colin O’Donaghue meanwhile are both actors with prior genre experience, (Delorenzo was one of the stars in the cult series Ash Vs Evil Dead) whilst Colin starred as Captain Hook on Once Upon A Time for 6 years.

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Colin and Dana would both be very physical companions who would make a great contrast with the more cerebral, cold and elderly Doctor.

All 3 actors together would bring a very different dynamic to the story than Tom, Sarah and Harry would have done, but that’s okay. You could never replicate the chemistry those three characters had, so it would make sense to try something new.

Julian’s more serious Doctor could help play up some of the horror aspects, whilst Dana and Colin could at the same time allow a chance for there to be greater action in the film.

I have mentioned in the past that I would prefer to see an alternate sequel to Classic Who that ignores New Who, and a Scratchman film could serve as quite a good pilot to this hypothetical sequel.

Personally I think it would be for the best if they ditched Jodie’s era which is already failing hard next year, gave the show a rest for a few years, and then produced Doctor Who Meets Scratchman with Julian, Dana and Colin in 2023 for the 60th anniversary, followed by a new series with that cast.

As for Scratchman personally I would like to see Bruce Campbell play the role. Bruce Campbell is a horror icon best known for playing Ash Williams in The Evil Dead franchise. He has played a few villains in his long career such as Assault on Dome 4, as an evil Witchfinder in Charmed, and as Ash’s evil counterpart in both Army of Darkness and Ash vs Evil Dead.

In my opinion Campbell would be the best choice for Scratchman as he would be able to inject enough humour into the role. Part of what makes Scratchman such an effective villain is his twisted sense of humour. Campbell has a real talent for being able to blend overt horror and comedy together almost like no other angle.

When he wants too Campbell can be menacing as seen in Ash Vs Evil Dead when his evil counterpart brutally murders and taunts Amanda Fisher, or in Army of Darkness where the evil version of Ash rapes Shelia! (Which may be the most disturbing moment in any of the Evil Dead movies.)

Also its known that Tom Baker wanted Vincent Price to play the original Scratchman. Price even expressed interest in the role. Thus it would make sense to get another legendary horror actor to play it today.

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I would also have Scratchman survive the Doctors attempts on his life (as was planned in the original script by Tom and Ian) so that he could then recur in the series as another major enemy of the Doctor. I think there is enough in the Scratchman character to bring him back for later stories. (If he were to be played by Bruce Campbell then that would just be all the more reason to bring him back! Its a scientific fact that you can increase the enjoyment of something by the inclusion of Bruce Campbell.)

For the role of Charon, I think Mark Hamill would be an excellent choice. Hamill’s talent as a voice actor could allow him to come up with a suitably unique and creepy voice for the ferryman, or cabbie of the dead.

For the role of Mr Tembel, the Lizard who attempts to torture the Doctor by boring him to death, I think David Warner would be an excellent choice. Aside from being an all around excellent actor, Warner’s role as the inept, useless torturer would be a nice contrast to one of his most famous roles as the Cardassian torturer in Star Trek The Next Generation. It would also give him a chance to show off a more comedic side as well.

Finally as for the role of Mrs Tulloch, the mean spirited woman in the village, I would cast Lucy Lawless. Lucy Lawless who is best known as Xena is excellent at playing villains. In this hypothetical film version you would have to expand Tulloch’s role of course, so as not to waste Lucy. I would have her rather than simply be killed, be turned into a Demon by Scratchman and be one of his main servants in hell chasing the Doctor and his companions.

Lucy would make an amazing Doctor Who monster. She’s already proven she can play really horrific, vicious monstrous characters as seen with Ruby in Ash vs Evil Dead, and the various times Xena was turned into a Demon, Vampire etc.

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My Own Version Of Scratchman

Regardless of whether or not we will ever see a version of Scratchman on the big screen, I will be doing my own adaptation of the story as part of my own alternate sequel series. I wanted Scratchman to be canon to my series that ignores New Who, as I wanted to use the character of Scratchman as a recurring foe for the Doctor, but sadly I can’t use the 2019 version due to the inclusion of Jodie’s Doctor.

So instead I will be doing my own version. (I will not be using Tom’s Doctor as I obviously could never hope to write his Doctor as well as he could.)

My version will be released in weekly instalments over the Chirstmas period in 2019. Think of it as being this years Doctor Who Christmas Special.

Big Finish’s Scratchman

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Finally regardless of whether we ever get a film version, I think that Big Finish should adapt Scratchman as an audio story. I’d love to see Tom and Lalla Ward appear in it. As for who could play the audio Scratchman, personally I’d love to see William Shatner play the villain. I realise that casting would probably never happen, but still imagine how sensational it would be to see Tom Baker’s Doctor fight the Devil played by Shatner himself!

With Lucy Lawless as a Demonic Mrs Tulloch to complete the cast, Scratcman could be the best Big Finish audio story yet. Please if you’re reading this Nicholas Briggs, make it happen!

(Though please for the love of god keep Jodie out of the audio version. No more Stalinist revisions of the shows history. I’m just saying trying to crowbar the most hated version of the Doctor into every aspect of Doctor Who history, isn’t going to make us love her.)

Thanks for reading and let me know if you think Scratchman could ever work as a film, and what you thought of the recent adaptation.

 

 

Professor Fang: The Living Spaceship: Part 3: The Forgotten Heroes

 

“I still don’t trust you Vampire”, the old man from the future said with anger and revulsion to the Professor.

“I don’t care. The fact is you need to stay in here until we have repaired the vessel.”

The Professor and Lindsey had taken the humans Gyster had kidnapped to the emergency room of the ship. It could only be accessed with a specific spell that the Professor knew.

He felt that it was the only place they would be safe, as there was always the possibility the Zombies could get into Fang’s vessel now that they were both docked.

“You’ll be perfectly safe in here” Lindsey said more softly.

After the two left the former hostages went frantic. The confederate soldier and the old man started to hit on the walls desperately. There were no doors in the room as it could only be accessed by magic.

Kirsteen meanwhile simply sat at the back, absorbed in her thoughts. She stared at the table of drinks ahead of her. Even in these circumstances she didn’t want to undo all of the great work she had done in conquering her addictions.

“I’m still waiting to wake up” she thought to herself. “Vampires, aliens, Zombies, time travel. I could maybe take one, if I was pissed, but all of them. The girl seem’s nice but that guy? God I’ve never wanted a drink more than now” she thought as she flicked her way through the books on a nearby shelf, looking for something to kill what might be her last few hours. “It’d have to be a good book to take my mind off of the fact that I might be eaten by spaces Zombies in a few minutes” she thought.

The young girl who had recognised her from earlier, Jenna, sat beside Kirsteen, eager to strike up a conversation.

“Sorry I was just wondering, are you really Kirsteen Williamson?” she said nervously.

“Yes” Kirsteen said as she flicked through her book, hoping Jenna would go away.

“Unbelievable. I’m sorry to bother you, but I love your music.”

It had been a long while since Kirsteen had heard anything positive about her music.

“Thanks that’s rare to hear someone say that, though not as rare as it is to hear someone play one of my songs.”

“Nonsense. I grew up listening to you non stop. My parents were huge fans of yours. You were my main inspiration. I started my band because of you.”

Kirsteen put her book down.

“Really? Well thank you my dear, you know that’s always the nicest thing to hear. Tell me what year are you from.”

“2023”

Kirsteen could barely contain her joy. She couldn’t believe people would still be listening to, never mind getting inspired by her music 40 years on.

“I’ve been in a band for a couple of years now. Sadly we haven’t really gotten anywhere. I was wondering if you could maybe give me any advice.”

“I’d love to darling, but I’m not sure if even I know how I made it. Also I’d imagine the music scene’s probably changed a bit in the 5 decades between us.”

Kirsteen could see her answer had upset Jenna a little bit.

“Come tell me about yourself.” Kirsteen said.

“Me?”

“Yes, my life’s been rather boring of late” Kirsteen said. “I’d like to know what the future is like, though please don’t let me know what happens to me. If I die horribly I’d rather not know. As long as people still listen to me I’m happy”.

“Oh trust me they do.”

The Professor and Lindsey opened the hatch to Gyster. There was a long seemingly empty corridor ahead. Once they entered it they heard Gyster’s voice booming.

“About damn time” the living ship complained. “What took you so long.”

“Well you know how it is, trying to fix a broken down living spaceship, I just need the right tools.” The Professor said sarcastically.

The Professor had a large staff that ended in a green glow. It was a powerful magical healing device. The Professor hoped it could at least eleviate some of the symptoms as he fixed Gysters core engine with enchantments.

“I just hope we don’t run into any of your friends” Lindsey said. “I’ve always hated Zombies, but if I die don’t you dare turn me into one of of your little pets.”

“You’ve not earned that privilege” Gyster said, which made Lindsey wince in disgust.

“There is one that you should be scared of. My former favourite, Jiazan.” Gyster continued.

“Who?”

“He was once the greatest of all my warriors. He was a beautiful, kind and generous soul. He was killed by Vampires, monsters like you Professor on a mission to save the planet of Amercos.” Gyster said with anger.

“When I brought him back I thought he would be happy to help me again. Instead he tried to kill my latest friends. He ate them. This was years before you crashed into me. I laid him to rest again. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. Just before I killed him a second time, he told me that he couldn’t bare the fact that I had replaced him. Now he is killing everyone on board and not just killing them. He crushes them into nothing. He wants to be the only one here forever. If you see him run.”

“Yes thank you for the warning. I already had a couple of nasty little encounters with your former friend.” The Professor said. “In fact I was barely able to rescue your last hostage from him. Please though whatever you do, don’t ever consider me and Lindsey your friends. It seems they suffer more than your enemies.” The Professor said mockingly.

“If only you could know the great things my crew have done over the years. The worlds we saved. I elevated them to heroes. Heroes whose story will vanish unless you save me.”

Gyster continued to bore The Professor and Lindsey with tales of his former crews heroics and tedious small talk, as they ventured through the large catacomb of tunnels and corridors.

“I”m not normally quite so dark and dank you know” Gyster said.

“Please we have to concentrate. There could be Zombies round any corner.” The Professor snapped.

“I was just trying to make conversation. Anything to avoid thinking about my impending death.”

“Well no offence intended, but being eaten by Zombies, is really not much worse than having a conversation with you” The Professor said.

“You’re a miserable old git aren’t you. I can’t believe my fate rests in the hands of someone so mean!”

“I’m mean” the Professor gasped. “I don’t turn people into monsters.”

Lindsey rolled her eyes. “To be fair” she thought. “The Professor is quite rude at times.”

Suddenly a Zombie came peering round one of the corridors. It was a young woman. She appeared to have died only recently. She was carrying a large blunt instrument and hissing at the two time travellers. The Professor fired his healing ray at the Zombie. It confused and disoriented the monster for a short while and some of its scars began to heal, but the creature was too far gone for the spell to revive it completely.

It tried to attack the Professor in rage, but Lindsey managed to kick the monster’s weapon out of its hand, which she then picked up and used to smash the monsters head in.

She turned to look at the Professor, somewhat annoyed. “What the hell were you doing?”

“I just wanted to know if I could heal a Zombie. Since I first got this little contraption a few months ago, I’ve been wondering if it can actually raise the dead.”

“You know only the most advanced magics can do that. Everything else, even if it patches up the body, always leaves something out.”

Suddenly their discussion was interrupted by several more groaning sounds coming from down the corridor. There were dozens more Zombies, coming their way.

As the two time travellers turned to flee they saw Zombies coming back down the other way too.

They were completely trapped. The Professor might be able to fight through that many Zombies, but there was no way he could protect Lindsey at the same time. She was a highly skilled fighter, but that many Zombies would be too much for any normal human.

“Do something” The Professor said in panic.

“Oh so now you want my help?” Gyster said indignantly.

“Fine we’ll die painfully, and you’ll die painfully.”

Just then a red light appeared, followed by the sound of Gyster gasping in pain.

“Get in, now!” Gyster shouted. Lindsey and the Professor ran through the light, and suddenly found themselves in a large disco.

“Where are we”

“In the disco. The core engine is just right around the corner from here. I teleported you here with my last ounce of strength. I’ve shortened my life however in the process. I have about 10 minutes left. You have to hurry.”

Lindsey and The Professor ran through the large empty Disco, but as they reached the end of the room, they were suddenly distracted by a most peculiar sight.

Two Zombies were dancing with one another near the only door. Their faces were both decaying. The male Zombies face had rotted to the point where it was almost unrecognisable.

Both Lindsey and the Professor stared in amazement at the creatures for a few seconds, before Gyster started to groan in pain. Unfortunately this alerted the two Zombies who suddenly noticed the Professor and Lindsey at the other end of the room.

“Please don’t hurt us” the female Zombie said.

“Don’t hurt you?” Lindsey said in response, completely puzzled.

“Please we don’t know how much longer we have left. We just want to spend it together.”

The male Zombie spoke up.

“We were picked by Gyster thousands of years ago. We first met each other on this very floor at a party Gyster held to welcome his new friends.”

“Prisoners more like” Lindsey said under her breath.

“We were from two different worlds and two different eras, but we fell in love. For years we journeyed the universe together, fighting evil, slaying monsters, saving planets. Unfortunately Gyster never let us have children. He wanted to be the only one who decided who got to live here.

“The more and more I hear about Gyster the more I like him.” The Professor said sarcastically.

“We both understood. We were not angry with him. Had it not been for Gyster we would never have met and never done all the great things we did. Sadly however our time would come to an end. Slakia was killed defending a group of children from a Marishu beast. Nasty creatures. When she died I did too.” The male Zombie said as he clutched her hand. “I’d spent the rest of my life on Gyster, never bothering to visit another world, and constantly waiting for that wonderful day when we would be reunited again. Now it has finally come. For just a few hours we can be together again. Its a miracle.”

“Miracle? You’re missing half of your face!” The Professor said in shock.

“Leave us alone you heartless bastard” Slakia shrieked. Just then the whole ship began to shriek and a large blue light came bursting through the floor, narrowly missing Lindsey and the Professor. It burned a hole right through the roof. Slakia and the male Zombie huddled together in fear.

The blast was followed by an ear piercing scream from Gyster. “Please I’m dying!” He screamed.

The Professor and Lindsey ran past the two love zombies and down the corridor outside of the disco which ended in a T junction.

“Which corridor Gyster. Gyster!” The Professor shouted, but all he heard were groans of pain. Just then the Professor noticed a large flash of blue light coming from down the left corridor.

“Well I guess we don’t go down that way then” Lindsey said. The Professor however had the opposite reaction.

“No I think its this way” The old man ran down the corridor, much to Lindsey’s annoyance.

The Professor felt that the flash’s of blue light, in reality magic, were the ships blood, and the closer they got to the light, the closer they got to Gysters “heart”.

When they reached the  light however they had to stop. It was burning to the touch and would have incinerated them both within seconds. The Professor however was able to make it disappear by using his magical healing staff to close the “wound” the light was emerging from, allowing he and Lindsey to cross.

Just ahead was a room with a massive oval shaped, metallic, floating object above.

“The core engine that radiates magic throughout the entire ship and gives Gyster life. I reckon I have about 15 minutes before it explodes.” Said the Professor.

The Professor got to work with his staff, trying to ease some of the more unstable areas of the “heart”.

Unfortunately both he and Lindsey were too distracted by the heart to notice the lumbering, Zombie giant, Jiazan slowly sneaking up on Lindsey. The monster had also made its way to Gysters heart, hoping that it could control it and make Gyster its puppet to go exploring the universe with.

Before she could even react, the monster grabbed Lindsey from behind and started to throttle her.

The Professor quickly jumped up and started to grapple with Jiazan. Unfortunately the monsters strength was far too great and it batted the Professor across the room easily.

Sensing that he was the greater threat, the monster tossed Lindsey aside and picked the Professor up. It dragged the Vampire across the room to the unstable “heart” of the ship. Just touching it would be enough to vaporise the Professor.

Fang struggled in the monsters grip, but it was no use. Lindsey also attempted to help by hitting the monster repeatedly, but it quickly knocked her out with one punch.

The Zombie then lifted the Professor up over its head and prepared to throw him into the ships heart.

 

 

 

 

 

Doctor Who: The New Universe: Part 3

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The monsters started to circle Dana who stumbled over a corpse, or rather what was left of one. With no weapons or way of even defending herself, Dana grabbed the nearest thing she could. The severed arm of one of the previous monsters victims which she used to hit the first creature that tried to attack her right in the face.

Dana then jumped to her feet and started swinging the arm around blindly. The monsters however kept phasing through each of her attacks. Still as long they were phasing then they couldn’t harm her either.

One of the monsters soon managed to land a lucky strike on Dana’s back. It phased its hand through her spine, and slowly began to make its hand materialise.

Dana fell to her knees in agony, dropping the arm. As Dana lay on the floor, temporarily unable to move from the pain in her back, the monsters gathered over her. Some of them were fighting over which one would be the first to disembowel her.

Fortunately before the monsters could do anything, the roof exploded and they were forced to scatter as bits of rubble fell from the ceiling. Dana wasn’t able to get up however from the pain in her back, but she managed to roll onto her side, narrowly avoiding a large sharpened rock from the ceiling.

After the smoke cleared the Doctor came jumping down from the hole in the ceiling and grabbed one of the monsters from behind. He struck it over the back of its head before throwing it into two others. Another monster tried to attack the Doctor and though he was able to dodge its attacks, any time he tried to punch it the beast phased into nothing.

“That’s cheating” the Doctor said in anger. Whilst he was distracted with this monster, another one of the abominations picked up a large shard of rubble the ceiling and tried to strike the Doctor from behind. The Time Lord however was able to dodge its attack, causing the creature to impale its comrade by mistake. Whilst it was in shock at what it had done, the Doctor, wasting no time, knocked the monster out with a quick strike to its neck, and pulled the blood stained piece of rubble from the other beast’s chest, which he then used to hold off the others who started to circle him.

Whilst the Doctor was fighting the monsters off, Reosa and Sleera quickly jumped down and helped Dana to her feet. She was still in tremendous pain, but she was able to walk again. Reosa didn’t have a weapon on her. The Doctor had used it to blow the hole in the floor. Laragesh warned the Doctor that they couldn’t take the lift as the monsters had blocked the passage way to it below with rubble. They had turned the floor below into the perfect trap for their victims where they couldn’t escape.

Just as he had done with other two weapons before, the Doctor turned Reosa’s gun into a bomb. Reosa protested, but the Doctor didn’t listen. He simply snatched the gun from her hands and before she could try and stop him he had already adjusted it to explode.

Reosa was furious at the Doctor for leaving them defenceless, but she didn’t have time to argue about that now. Reosa struck one of the monsters from behind with a large piece of rubble and quickly knocked another out that turned to face her. Dana and Sleera meanwhile also started to pelt the monsters causing them to phase into nothing.

The Doctor quickly ran past the beasts whilst they were distracted and started to climb up the mass of rubble that led to the hole in the roof.

“Well don’t just stand there come on!” He shouted to the others who quickly followed him. As they made their way up the rubble, the Doctor who was the first to get up, continued to throw pieces of rubble at the monsters who attempted to follow to hold them back.

Once they reached the floor above, the foursome quickly made their way to the elevator, but once again one of the creatures below emerged in front of the elevator just as they were about to enter it.

This time however Reosa stabbed the monster through the chest with a piece of shard she had picked up below, managing to catch it before it could phase.

The Doctor, Dana, Sleera, and Reosa then quickly pushed past the dying monster, as more of its kind began to emerge through the floor behind them and made their way into the lift.

The lift took them all the way back up to the first floor which the Doctor knew was empty. The four took a minute to get their breath back before Reosa hit the Doctor.

“You fool, you wasted our last weapon, we’re completely defenceless now.”

“If I hadn’t acted right away those things would have torn Dana apart!” The Doctor protested. “Besides those weapons were useless anyway.”

Reosa slammed the Doctor against a wall.

“You stupid, arrogant fool. How can you be so dismissive.” Dana quickly interrupted Reosa and pulled her away from the Doctor.

“Now look, I’d much rather he didn’t risk his or anyone’s lives just to save mine, but he was just trying to help me, and I’d have done the same thing for him as I’m sure you would for someone you care about.”

Reosa let the Doctor go and said “if we all get killed I’m blaming you no matter what” to the Doctor in an aggressive, bitter tone.

Sleera meanwhile was trying to signal Laragesh on the radio through the commotion

“Hello Sleera can you hear me” the tinny voice came crackling through.

“Finally, please Laragesh did you find out where the cure is?”

“Yes, I managed to access the records and its on the 3 floor, but you need to be careful. One of the monsters is down there. Its very large, fast and dangerous and its right by the lift.”

“We don’t have any guns left. The Doctor destroyed the last one.”

There was a pause for minute or so.

“I’m sorry Sleera, that creature has built its nest by the lift. There’s no way you can get down there without a weapon. Even with a weapon I’m not sure you could get past that thing. I don’t know what to do.”

“Its okay Laragesh, its not your fault” Sleera said softly.

Even the Doctor was stumped for a minute or too, before it hit him. “Of course the ventilation system. If I can crawl down there to the 3rd floor, there’s a chance I could make it past that thing. Is there an opening in the room with the cure.”

Laragesh checked the monitors. “There’s one outside it Doctor, but that thing’s children will be crawling all over the place. If one of them sees you”.

“Well we always knew there would be risks. Its our only chance, and I’m not feeling any better.”

“Okay fine, take the communicator and I’ll let you know if the creatures are on the other side of the vent.”

Laragesh didn’t fancy the Doctors chances. She’d seen these monsters tear her team mates to pieces. There was no way the Doctor could outrun them, and he certainly couldn’t outfight them if he was cornered.

On the floor of the shelter Taresk started to wake up.

“What’s going on why am I tied up? That scruffy guy in the fancy coat. Where is he I’ll.”

“Oh shut up Taresk, I have important things to do. If I don’t help the Doctor he could die.”

“The Doctor? You mean you’re going to actually help that lunatic get out of here? Even at the risk of letting those things get in here?”

“Look around commander” she said mockingly. “He already got out of here when you were out cold. He’s on the first floor. You were wrong Taresk. The Doctor is our only hope of getting off this planet. He has a ship that can take us to safety and you would have let him die in here, just because you were afraid.”

“Now wait a minute, you can’t talk to your”

“Save it, you know its true. Its okay though, I was afraid too. We all are. None of us have seen anything like these creatures before. To be honest I don’t even think the Doctor can help us out here, but still if there’s a sliver of a chance, we have to take it.”

Back on the first floor, the Doctor and Dana prepared to go down the ventilation system together. The Doctor as per usual didn’t want her risking his life, but he realised it was pointless to try and convince Dana not to come.

The Doctor told Sleera and Reosa to search the bodies to try and find any spare weapons just before he left.

Sleera kept in contact with Laragesh, who kept him updated on the Doctor.

It took the Doctor and Dana about 10 minutes to reach the third floor. The Doctor went ahead first. When he reached the grill, he could see the corridor ahead was covered in green slime. There were also 5 eggs littered up and down the corridor, each about 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

The Doctor unscrewed the grill with his sonic screwdriver and slowly jumped onto the floor. Unfortunately however the slime covered every inch of the floor, and the Doctor slipped and fell on his back as soon as he landed.

“Oh damn it, I love this coat” the Doctor groaned as he stood up, covered in a foul smelling goo.

“Shhhh” Dana whispered in frustration.

“What, oh right yes the monsters” the Doctor said as he tried to rub the goo off.

Dana gave him another glare and the Doctor knew he had to be quiet.

Unfortunately however the Doctor moaning about his coat had seemingly alerted one of the creatures. He could hear a scuttling sound coming from down the other end of the corridor. Unfortunately it was the end the room with the cure was in. They had to get there quickly. The Doctor tried to help Dana out of the vent, but as he pulled her back he slipped backwards again and Dana fell face first into the slime.

Dana peeled herself up from the slime and wiped it off her face.

“As I said earlier I need to take about a million showers when I get back to the TARDIS. Slime and blood isn’t the best combination to smeared in!”

The Doctor and Dana quickly hurried into the room at the end of the corridor, after which the Doctor sealed the door with his sonic screwdriver, for all the good it would do.

The Doctor and Dana hid behind a desk in the room and waited for a few minutes. They heard what sounded like a truly immense creature pass by. Fortunately it didn’t seem to notice them. It was more focused on its eggs which were about to hatch.

“It’s preoccupied with its children” Laragesh said to them. “But it won’t be distracted for long. If it picks up your scent you’re dead. The cure’s in the cupboard at the far end of the room. The code to open it is”

“Thank you, but it will probably be quicker with this” the Doctor said as he lifted out his sonic screwdriver.

Dana kept a close eye on the door. Every little screech from the monsters outside was enough to terrify her.

Sadly both she and the Doctor failed to notice that one of the monsters twisted offspring was in the room and that it was slowly crawling towards Dana.

The creature had 4 pincer like legs, three tails, and a humanoid upper body with 6 arms, each of which ended in clawed hands and two heads. Its entire body was covered in purple fur. It’s two mouth’s were on the top of its two heads whilst it had three large long, thin eyes in the middle of each head.

The creature scuttled towards Dana quickly and dug its pincers into her leg. Dana screamed in pain and quickly kicked the monster off.

Unfortunately the monsters outside heard Dana’s scream and headed towards the door. The mothers claws came piercing through the door and ripped it off its hinges. The Doctor (who had managed to open the lock to the cupboard and take two samples of the cure) and Dana stood completely frozen in fear. Even Laragesh had no idea what to say to help them.

The creature peered one of its hideous two heads through the door. It must have been over 10 feet tall and 30 feet long.

Whilst Dana and the Doctor were distracted by the creature, its offspring tried to attack Dana again.

This time however Dana was able to overpower it easily. As Dana wrestled with the little monster, the Doctor saw what almost appeared to be a look of concern on the mothers face.

“Don’t” the Doctor shouted as Dana got it in a headlock.

“What do you mean?”

“Look at that thing. It cares about its children. We can use that.”

“I know you can understand me. Let us go or else.” The Doctor said. Dana held the child’s throat tighter and the mother instantly retreated. The two left the room, with Dana holding onto the creature as the Doctor checked ahead.

He could see the mother, a truly immense creature standing in front of the vent. Fortunately they didn’t need to escape up that way again. The Doctor and Dana backed away down the opposite end of the corridor, with the Doctor going ahead to make sure there were no other offspring.

The two managed to make it to the lift, with the mother following them. Once they were in the lift, Dana threw the child back at its mother unharmed. Before the giant could retaliate the lift took the Doctor and Dana to safety and back to the first floor.

On the way there, the both drank the cure.

“Actually that’s not that bad.” The Doctor said. “I might nip down and get another sample. Figure out the recipe” he joked.

“Well I just hope we don’t get eaten now.” Dana said. “It would be annoying after going through all of that for the cure.”

Laragesh couldn’t believe they had actually found the cure. It had all seemed so hopeless. Her joy was short lived however as she and the other soldiers suddenly heard a massive crash coming from outside, followed by the sound of all the horrors above scurrying away.

“Its found us. That giant freak.” Laragesh said with horror. The giant monster that had first attacked the Doctor and Dana when they landed on this godforsaken planet, had come smashing its way from outside, being able to stay clear of the monitors.

“Its okay it can’t get it in here.” Said one of the soldiers at the back.

Just then however the hatch began to shake, and massive claws pierced it, before the hatch was ripped clean out.

“I can’t believe it” Taresk said trembling with fear. “Nothing can get through that  The monster grabbed Taresk first, who was completely unable to defend himself. It crushed him to a pulp and then swallowed him whole. Another soldier tried to run towards the ladder and escape, but the monster caught him and bit him in half.  The other soldiers fired at the beast repeatedly, but it did no good.

They were completely cornered and in desperation Laragesh called for the Doctor and Sleera.

“Please, Doctor, Sleera, Reosa, help us, the giant’s back, its ripped off the hatch.”

The Doctor and Dana had only reached the first floor. They barely had enough time to tell Reosa and Sleera what happened when the hopeless message came crackling through the recorder.

The Doctor, Dana, Sleera and Reosa instantly headed to the 14th level in the elevator. Even though they knew it was pointless and there was no way they could even harm the monster, they still couldn’t just leave Laragesh and the others down there.

As they headed to the 14th floor, they could hear Laragesh scream through the recorded as the monster grabbed her. “PLEASE HELP ME, I DON’T WANT TO DIE!”

When they arrived at the 14th floor, they saw the giant, crouched over the pit holding the broken, crumpled body of one of the soldiers.

“The giant noticed the four new arrivals and smiled, revealing its blood stained teeth, that still had bits and pieces of the soldiers caught between them.

Thinking fast the Doctor ran to the other end of the room.

“What are you doing? Reosa shouted.

“Get the survivors out of the pit, I’ll draw him over here.”

The monster followed the Doctor allowing Reosa, Dana and Sleera to make their way to the pit.

Unfortunately when they got there, they saw much to their horror that the monster had eaten all of the soldiers, including Laragesh. All that was left were a few bits and pieces scattered about the room, and the corpse of Reosa’s son (the monster clearly didn’t like left overs.)

Sleera didn’t believe it at first, and looked around to see if Laragesh was hiding somewhere.

The monster started laughing maniacally. It had clearly been toying with all of them, letting Sleera and Reosa think there was a chance for their friends until the last minute, allowing them to see the gruesome sight below.

The monster then fired two death rays from its eyes at Dana and Reosa who barely managed to escape the blast.

It continued to fire at the three of them. The creature generally didn’t like to use its eye rays on smaller creatures. It preferred to crush and eat them. It was really more toying with them than anything else.

The Doctor meanwhile started to experiment with some of the broken down pieces of machinery. He hoped he could create a bomb out of one of them. He was familiar with most of the pieces of equipment here. It seemed not much had changed in the centuries since he worked at the facility. He knew the technology well enough to make it unstable.

The monster quickly grew tired tired of toying with its victims and snatched Reosa. With no time to try the makeshift weapon from bits and pieces of what he could find, the Doctor threw it at the beast. It created a minor explosion, enough to deter the monster briefly, and cause it to drop Reosa.

The creature now turned its attention to the Doctor and tried to blast him with its eye beams, but the Doctor was able to avoid it.

“Go away now”, the Doctor shouted as he tried to lead the monster to the other end of the room.

Sleera and Reosa didn’t want to leave the Doctor, but they could see there was nothing they could do. The monster was blocking any hope the Doctor had of escape, and they had no weapons, and unlike the Doctor they had no way of using the bits and pieces of tech around. They headed for the elevator. Dana of course stayed as she didn’t want to leave the Doctor, but Reosa and Sleera dragged her away.

“There’s nothing we can do, come on” Reosa said as they pulled Dana to the elevator and took it to the first floor.

Once they were in the elevator, Dana shoved Sleera and Reosa against a wall when they tried to comfort her.

“We shouldn’t have just left him. After all he’s done for me and I couldn’t help him when he needed me.”

“My best friend was just torn to pieces down there by those things. You’re not the only one who lost someone”

“The difference was we didn’t abandon your friend. We rushed down there even when it was hopeless.”

“There was nothing we could have done.” Sleera said bitterly. “If we all die, then our friends died for nothing” he said bitterly, not sure if he even believed it.

Just then the doors opened to the first floor, but this time they were not empty. The corridors were filled with creatures, similar to the blue monster Dana had seen in the caves.

On the 14th floor the Doctor was able to keep avoiding the giant monsters eye beams, but it eventually managed to corner him at the very far edge of the room, against a large broken down machine.

“Wait” the Doctor shouted. I know you are intelligent. You’re not just an animal. I think you’ll be interested to know that this entire area has been infected with a lethal chemical. There is an antidote that I’d be happy to share with you, if you don’t burn me to a crisp, or crush me and eat me that is.” As the Doctor spoke he adjusted the machine from behind. He recognised it as a Rastrix device.

He had worked on them during his time with the facility. They were designed to convert energy into matter in an instant. There was enough power left in this one to create a minor explosion.

The monster paused for a moment at the Doctors words. It really wanted to kill him, but now it wasn’t sure.

“Come I’ll show you the cure” suddenly the Doctor skid right between the monsters legs, as the Restrix machine blew up, temporarily phasing the monster.

The Doctor then ran as fast as he could down the other end of the room with the monster chasing him, firing its rays. The Doctor managed to evade them however and make his way to the lift.

The monster however thrust its hand through the wall. Its fingers blocked the lift going up, and so the Doctor was forced to use his sonic screwdriver to send the lift one floor down to the very bottom floor, before the monster cut the cable.

The Doctor made it to the bottom floor, but now he was trapped.

The bottom floor seemed to be deserted, though like the others it was littered with bodies. The Doctor explored the long corridor and in one of the rooms at the left hand side, he saw the mangled remains of a young woman.

This was unlike the other bodies however. It looked like it had been attacked by several monsters at once. Ahead of the corpse were two open doors leading to a room with a massive, blue glowing sphere.

The Doctor was intrigued to say the least, but as he examined the blue sphere, he suddenly heard the sound of more creatures coming.

“Oh great, any time I find something interesting here, and I have to run.”

As the Doctor prepared to flee, suddenly a hole in the floor opened up below the sphere. A creature identical to the one the Doctor had comforted in its dying moments in the cave, emerged from the hole and told the Doctor to get inside before the creatures come.

With no other options the Doctor agreed and the hole sealed itself up again.

“Thank you eh”

“My name is Exelicos”

“Well its nice to meet a friendly alien on this planet. You know I think you’re the first one that hasn’t tried to kill me, or at least hold a gun to my head?”

Exelicos was busy working on some of the controls to bother. The room was small and surrounded by a control panel, with a large monitor on right side.

“Do you mind telling me what that blue sphere is” The Doctor asked.

“It is where I was born” Exelicos said. “It is where all the monsters that are infesting this facility come from. It is our universe.”

To Be Continued

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Want Tulsi Gabbard For President

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In January of this year, the Democratic representative of Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard announced that she had put herself forward as a candidate for President of the United States in 2020.

Personally I’ve never been more excited about a political candidate than Tulsi. Though I am not an American myself, the influence of American politics goes far beyond just their country. To me the positive impact Tulsi could potentially have on left wing politics on a global scale can not be understated.

In this article I am going to run through the reasons as to why Tulsi in my opinion would be the best US President of the last 50 years, and is the Democrats only choice to wrestle power back from the Republicans. As always the opinions expressed here are solely my own.

Tulsi is the perfect candidate for me first and foremost because she is anti regime change.

The main reason I wanted Donald Trump to win over Hillary Clinton was because Trump was at that point opposed to US intervention in other countries such as Syria.

Hillary Clinton was quite possibly the biggest war monger in US politics (and that’s saying a lot.) She voted in favour of the war in Iraq, a potential war in Iran, played key roles in destablising both Honduras and Libya, and wanted to topple President Bashir Al Assad.

This was the main reason Clinton lost to Trump. Idiots like Michael Moore and Stephen King try and paint the rise of Trump as being a modern day rise of the Third Reich, but in truth it was simply because Trump was less dangerous than Hillary.

Many left wing people voted in favour of, or expressed support for Trump solely based on his stance on foreign policy, such as Susan Sarandon, a famous left wing actress, and George Galloway, a left wing MP.

See here.

George Galloway: Trump is Better Than Clinton

Susan Sarandon: America Would Be At War If Clinton Had Won

John Pilger meanwhile, arguably the most prominent left wing journalist of the entire 20th century, also voiced his support for Trump in 2016.

Pilger has done more to expose the true horrors of American interventionism in other countries than anyone else, having produced extensive documentary’s on countries the US has devastated such as Vietnam, Iraq, Chile, and Cambodia.

Yet he of all people urged Americans to vote for Trump because of his stance on foreign intervention.

Its also worth noting that a lot of Trump’s right wing supporters such as Info Wars pushed Hillary Clinton’s atrocious war record as the main reason not to vote for her too. Its not often that you see the likes of Alex Jones and John Pilger, or Paul Joseph Watson and Abby Martin saying the exact same things!

Face facts, Americans are fed up of money, resources and countless young men’s lives being wasted on pointless wars that are designed to benefit only those at the very top. They are fed up of more time being spent dismantling other countries governments, whilst America itself is an absolute shithole.

Quality of life for Americans in the 21st century.

Poverty in America

Extreme Poverty in America

Poverty in America: Greater Than Expected

Most Americans Away From Financial Disaster

1 out of 3 Americans are one paycheck away from poverty

Meanwhile over 2 trillion dollars has been wasted in the war in Iraq alone.

Americans are also fed up of the disgusting hypocrisy of their leaders, telling their people that their country has a moral right to dispose of the likes of Gaddaffi and Assad, whilst sucking up to the likes of Saudi Arabia, the vilest country on earth.

Trump’s Hypocrisy On Saudi Arabia Is Part Of US Tradition

Americans (and the rest of the world) are also fed up of constantly living in fear of a full scale conflict with Russia.

Nuclear Close Calls A Timeline

Finally most Americans are also fed up of their country being hated by the rest of the world. They’re government has invaded over 30 countries since the end of World War 2, is in bed with the most twisted nation on earth, and is generally seen as an evil, imperialistic force in the world.

Trump who promised to put America first, improve relations with Russia and pull out of the middle east was clearly the better option than a woman who represented the epitome of American imperialism.

Sadly Trump has gone back on his promises. He has improved relations with Russia to some extent, as seen here.

Putin Thanks Trump For Foiling Terrorist Attack

However Trump has also launched two illegal strikes on Syria, and is now planning to overthrow a democratically elected leader in Venezuela, and install a puppet leader of his own.

He has also stepped up the use of drone strikes and has continued to, in Tulsi herself’s own words “been Saudi’s bitch.”

Overall I still think he was the better choice than Hillary. The problem with Trump, for all his base love to call him an alpha male, is that he is actually quite weak and easily manipulated. I feel he has been pushed into a lot of his worst foreign policy blunders by the war hawks around him. I also think that he is desperate to win favour with the mainstream media, (who have in all fairness put far more pressure on Trump than practically all Presidents of the past 50 years combined!)

Still Trump has not honoured his non interventionist promises and so in 2020, Tulsi who is very anti regime change is now the better candidate.

Tulsi is a long standing critic of US foreign policy in countries such as Iraq, Libya and Syria, and unlike Trump she is firmly against regime change in both Syria and Venezuela.

Bashir Al Assad is a brutal dictator, but toppling him at this stage is the worst option. It would throw Syria into absolute chaos, and allow Islamic extremists who are on the verge of defeat the perfect opportunity to gain a footing again.

Tulsi Gabbard Blasts Trump

Tulsi Gabbard Is More Of An Anti War Candidate Than Bernie Sanders

From a purely practical point of view, the Democrats could steal a lot of support from Trump with Tulsi as their candidate, as now ironically the Trump of 2020 is closer to Hillary, with his attempts to overthrow democratically elected leaders in other countries, and illegal strikes on Syria.

In addition to her stance on foreign policy, Tulsi I also feel could bring credibility back to left wing politics.

I myself would by and large identify as left wing. I hate labels of any kind, but I think I would in all fairness tend to fall on the left side for many key issues. I support socialised healthcare and welfare and re-nationalising the roads, railways and gas and electricity, as well as gay marriage.

However that said I would never wish to associate myself with the modern left for various reasons.

The modern left by and large are extremely bigoted towards white men, are fascistic and try to shut down contrary opinions, and also focus on laughable, petty concerns, whilst shutting down any legitimate criticism of the bigotry caused by Islam as “racist.”

Just a few examples of the lefts disgusting bigotry towards white men, and its contempt for freedom of speech.

As a result of the left’s actions, more and more people are turning against left wing politics. The next generation after millennials, Generation Z are said to be the most conservative since World War 2.

Why Democrats Should Be Losing Sleep Over Generation Z

Its great that young people are waking up to how toxic the regressive left is, but sadly I feel that the next generation, (if the polls are to be believed,) may very well end up going too much the other way.

I can easily see right wing identity politics taking the place of current left wing tribalism. In 20 years time anyone who doesn’t have an Ayn Rand style opinion of the poor being entitled, lazy bastards who deserve to be at the bottom of society, could end up being labelled as a Stalinist, the same way anyone with any criticism of Islam or feminism is labelled as a Nazi today.

Tulsi however could change that. Tulsi unlike Trump supports genuine left wing ideals. She supports universal health care, increasing the hourly minimum wage, and making community college tuition free for all Americans.

At the same time however Tulsi is a critic of identity politics and is not afraid to call out the genuine problems there are with Islamic extremism too.

Tulsi’s criticism of Islam is fair and measured. She has not tarred all Muslims as evil, despite the mainstream medias attempts to smear her as a bigot.

Tulsi Gabbard is Not Bigoted Against Muslims

Tulsi could show the next generation that left wing politics does not have to be associated with the revolting misandry and fascism of the regressive left. If she is elected President then America could very well have universal health care, which would set a good example to other western countries.

Finally Tulsi’s election much like Trump’s is also a blow to the biased and crooked mainstream media. Much like with Trump, the media attempts to slime her as a bigot and a Russian stooge, simply because of her anti war stance.

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Mainstream Medias Smearing of Tulsi

The only one of the mainstream media’s complaints against Tulsi that holds any water is her record on LGBT issues. Until 2012, Tulsi was opposed to gay marriage, but she has since changed her stance, and has even apologised to the LGBT community for her previous views. The same was true of Hillary Clinton as well who was opposed to gay marriage for many years too, though oddly enough the regressive left didn’t see that as an issue in Hillary’s case.

Ultimately Tulsi Gabbard for me would be the best choice for President as she would do all of the things Trump promised to do, like focus on America first, stop the American government from launching illegal invasions of other countries on flimsy moral reasons, whilst sucking up to Saudi Arabia, and give the mainstream media another kicking. At the same time, however unlike Trump, Tulsi would also support genuinely left wing ideas like Universal healthcare and bring some much needed credibility back to left wing politics, after the cancerous regressive left’s influence.

To be fair to Trump, given how corrupt the system is, Tulsi could always end up being pressured into going back on her promises too. I don’t think she would, but ultimately you can never say for sure.

Still in the here and now, just as Trump was the better candidate than Hillary in 2016, then Tulsi for me is the best Presidential candidate in 2019, and I will do everything I can to promote and support her campaign, and you should too.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

The Circus Master: The Book of the Vampires: Part 3: The Satanic Mills

Kelly couldn’t take another second. She had been on her feet non stop for about 6 hours, and she still had another 6 to go. Kelly had worked in this rotten flower mill for the past 8 years. She had the scars, as well as a few missing fingers to prove it.

Things had become a lot harder for Kelly in the last year however as her husband, Christopher had tragically been killed in accident in this very mill. The two working together barely scraped enough money for their three children, two girls and a boy, all under about 6. Kelly and Christopher were almost like strangers to their children they got to spend so little time with them.

Kelly hated the mill more than any of the other poor souls who were forced to work there. Every day she would come in and be forced to stare at the machine that tore the man she loved to pieces. Sadly she couldn’t leave however as work was scarce elsewhere. At certain points she even contemplated forcing her children to work in the mill she was so desperate. Ultimately however she always thought better of it. Kelly had been forced to work by her own father since she was 4 years old. She’d never really had time to figure out who she was, or what she wanted in life. Almost all of her days had been spent in a noisy, hot, dangerous factory of some kind, with only a few hours of comfort sprinkled in between. She was determined that her children were going to have more of a chance than she ever did.

Still now that Christopher was no longer there, she was having to work twice as hard, and she felt like throwing in the towel at some point during every long, grinding day.

“I just hope that rotten Ferguson doesn’t stiff me with some truck wages again” Kelly said bitterly as she took her five minute break to have a smoke.

She had to go outside the factory to smoke. Heaven forbid my smoking should pollute the already poison air we breath in here she thought to herself, but still she had to obey the rules. The higher ups would take any excuse to fine her.

Kelly wasn’t in the best of health, and the 18 cigarettes a day certainly hadn’t helped her. Still it not only got her out of the factory for a short while, but it was the only way she could cope with the stress. If she knew she could get a fag at the end of a 6 hour shift, it was something to strive for.

This time however would be different. For once Kelly would actually regret coming outside.

As she stood by the wall near the door, taking in the fresh air, before inhaling nicotine into her lungs, she suddenly felt a drip on her shoulder. “Oh great its going to rain” she thought. “I’ll have to trundle home in the most miserable weather.” She had about an hours walk to get to work.

As she went to wipe it off her shoulder however she saw that the “rain” was red. She dropped her fag and screamed only to see there was more blood on the floor next to her.

“Some poor soul must have had an accident” she thought, but then as she slowly looked up, following a trail of blood up the wall, she saw a flayed, mutilated body, hammered to the top of the building. Kelly wasn’t the squeamish type. This was a woman who had seen people, including her husband suffer fatal accidents her entire life. She saw her own father get his hand caught in a machine when she was just 9 years old, which he then had to have amputated! Still this was enough to make her sick on the pavement.

After puking her lungs out, Kelly got a better look at the body. She could see that it was her former miserly employer, John Ferguson! She could tell because of how fat the corpse was more than anything else. Even then however most of his guts had been torn out, along with both of his legs.

Kelly ran back into the factory, coughing and spluttering as she did.

“Someone call the police” she shouted through coughs to her co-workers. Most of them didn’t take notice however as the noise of the machines drowned her out.

As she frantically ran around trying to get their attention, suddenly she noticed a tall, hideous looking figure standing by the front door.

The creature had white skin, long pointed features, thinning, scraggily hair, and when it smiled, it revealed a mouth full of razor sharp, blood stained teeth.

The monsters chest and hands were completely covered in blood. Kelly was so scared at the sight of the creature she was frozen, but the beast got everyone’s attention soon enough when it let out a roar. All of the workers had the same reaction as Kelly. They all stood in silence at the sight of this unholy monster as it relished in the terror it was provoking.

“Don’t worry” it said. “I am here to elevate some of you from this life of drudgery and pain. Others meanwhile, you will finally be getting what you deserve.”

“I don’t see why we have to wait here” moaned Ashlei.

“I’m sorry darling but its for your own good. You’re just children, there’s no way you can face those monsters.” Carlene responded as she prepared to leave the children in her mansion to rejoin the Circus Folk. After her meeting with them, Carlene agreed that the 4 children should be kept at her mansion whilst they hunted for the Vampires. Ashlei wasn’t exactly eager to meet any more of those disgusting creatures either. Still she was used to being in charge and being the protector of her two little boys. She didn’t like just being pushed to the side. Fortunately however Ashlei’s pride didn’t overrule her common sense. She might have moaned about it, but she knew Carlene was right.

Besides after having spent so long in the gutter, the 4 children almost couldn’t believe that they’d get to spend a day indoors, and in a place like this! Tom could barely contain his excitement, though Brian however seemed a little deadpan, which was most unlike him.

Carlene assured the children she would be back soon as she packed her anti Vampire weapons into her hair and headed off to the Circus.

They still had a couple of hours of daylight left. Hopefully enough to find at least one of the new Vampire breeds and find out who was creating them from it.

As Carlene made her way through the streets of London, with almost everybody staring at her as usual she thought about whether or not she wanted to go back to her home time.

There was no one waiting for her back in her own time, but still she did miss the anonymity that she had in the 21st century. Also she thought about the children. She couldn’t possibly send them back onto the street, but she didn’t want to adopt them either.

She had grown quite fond of them, and she had always wanted children but she knew it wouldn’t be safe for them to stay around her. She hoped that the time travellers would take her with them and that she could then leave the mansion to the three children. Even then however she wondered if doing so would change history. As horrible as it may seem, maybe the children were destined to die on the streets? Maybe she was destined to never get home and die at some point in the 19th century. The fact that The Circus Master seemed to know who she was troubled Carlene somewhat too.

Suddenly the Vampire was interrupted from her anxious thoughts by the scent of blood. It was unmistakble for a Vampire. She could pin point it almost exactly. It was down a nearby alley. The perfect place for a Vampire to pick off some unsuspecting poor soul. Carlene followed the scent down the alley, being sure to pull a stake from her hair first. Little did Carlene know however a young couple, named Martin and Claire had begun to follow her. After she had been spotted with the children earlier at the circus, there was an outrage within the local community that several children were in the care of a Vampire. Martin and Claire just couldn’t take the police’s protection of this apparent beehive topped monster anymore and were resolved to do something about it. They decided to follow Carlene to see if they could catch her out on anything.

When Carlene made her way down the alley she found a young woman lying in a heap on the floor, covered in her own blood, cuts and weeping. Carlene approached her slowly so as not to startle the poor woman.

“Don’t be scared darling I’m here to help” Carlene said as she reached out to help the woman up.

The woman tried to run away but Carlene held her back. As they struggled Carlene saw Martin and Claire behind her. They had tried to hide, but the Vampire was too quick for them.

“What are you two wankers doing here? I don’t have time for this crap, please bugger off.”

“Why so you can kill her like you did those two children.” Martin said whilst shaking with fear.

“I didn’t kill anyone, and if you actually thought I did, two bergs like you wouldn’t be following me. You’re just wanting to look brave and cool to your posh little friends, well fuck off.” Carlene said as she restrained the young woman.

“P-please I have to get out of here, those things, they’re, they’re coming.” The woman said she she tried to pull free.

“It’s all right love, I’m not going to hurt you, but I need to know more about these things okay.”

“N-no, you’ll die, just like they did”

“Who?”

“I’ll’ I’ll show you shall I?”

Just then the woman’s skin turned completely white, her finger nails grew into long black talons, he teeth grew into razor sharp fangs and her thick, dark hair turned into thinning grey strips.

She slashed Carlene across the face and punched her into the nearby wall. This Vampire’s strength already dwarfed that of Carlene’s breed considerably.

Before Carlene could even reach into her hair the Vampire girl grabbed Carlene by the back of the head and started to smash her face into the wall several times over.

Martin and Claire both screamed in terror and ran in the opposite direction. Martin however in his haste tripped and fell. Claire didn’t even notice he wasn’t behind her until it was too late.

When she turned round she saw the Vampire lady holding Martin above her head with both arms. Quick as a flash she brought him down on her knee and not only snapped his spine, but broke him in half completely off of her knee!

Claire was violently sick and began to faint at the gruesome sight, but the monster quickly turned its attention to her. It grabbed her by the throat and slammed Claire into a wall.

Claire kicked as hard as she could but it was hopeless. She screamed out for help. In her desperation she even called out to Carlene, who tried to stake the Vampire from behind, only for the monster to shove the stake into Carlene’s stomach before striking the beehive topped Vampire in the face, sending her crashing to the ground.

When Carlene got back up just a few seconds later she saw that the Vampire had already ripped Claire’s spine out and was licking the blood off of it. Carlene tried to pull another weapon from her beehive, but the Vampire lady rammed Claire’s spine right through Carlene’s stomach and pinned her to the wall. She then pulled it up through Carlene, ripping a hole in her right from her stomach, through her shoulder. The Vampire girl then started to beat Carlene to the floor with Claire’s spine.

The Vampire girl screamed in frustration as Carlene still didn’t die and she stabbed Claire’s spine into Carlene’s head and pinned her to the ground with it!

She then started stabbing Carlene in her chest over and over screaming each time it failed to kill Carlene.

Carlene meanwhile reached into her beehive and pulled out a silver knife which she stabbed into the Vampire girls shoulder.

Her flesh began to sizzle and boil. Clearly silver was a weakness. This wasn’t just a random guess on Carlene’s part. This was clearly a new breed of Vampire, but it looked similar to other breeds who were vulnerable to silver. It was a good guess that this type would also be weak to silver too.

The Vampire girl staggered back with the knife still in her shoulder whilst Carlene scrambled to her feet. Carlene’s Vampiric healing powers allowed her to patch up her wounds in a relatively short space of time.

The Vampire girl pulled the silver knife from her shoulder, with the wound having turned green, and her arm underneath having turned completely limp.

Both Vampires bared their fangs as they screamed in rage at the other. Both were in tremendous pain, but that just pushed them even further.

The Vampire swung at Carlene with her own silver knife. She was able to match Carlene’s speed and slice her several times across her chest and stomach.

Carlene wasn’t deterred however as silver was not a weakness for her breed. Carlene managed to kick the blade out of the Vampire girls hand. They both went to reach it, but the Vampire girl got there first. Carlene jumped on her back however and bit into her hand. Carlene bit so hard she cut through the Vampire girls bone and nearly took her hand clean off!

Though the Vampire girl managed to knock her off, Carlene grabbed the knife first. She slashed her Vampiric enemy several times across the face, throat and stomach. Unlike with Carlene however, these wounds had a devastating effect on the Vampire girl. They all sizzled and boiled and turned green, weakening her to the point where she collapsed backwards onto the floor. Carlene quickly pinned the weakened monster to the floor.

“Please don’t kill me” the Vampire, now too weak to fight back pleaded pathetically.

“I’ll help you if you tell me what I want to know” Carlene said holding the knife to the monsters throat.

“Who made you? Where did you come from?”

“Ferguson’s flour mill”. The Vampire lady replied, struggling through the pain. “A man came in, he, he used to work there, but he had become a, a monster. He turned several of us. Said he was elevating us. He sent a few out into London, I was told to find you, the creepy lady.”

Carlene heard all she needed to know and raised her silver knife.

“You said you’d spare me” the Vampire lady said in terror.

“No I said I’d help you, and trust me I am” Carlene replied coldly, as she finished the monster by plunging her silver knife through its heart. The Vampire instantly crumbled into nothing but a pile of green dust on the floor.

Carlene took a rest for a few minutes to heal her wounds. “That was a tough bitch” she thought as the bones and muscles in her shoulder nitted together.

As she popped her knife back into her beehive Carlene looked around at what was left of the poor sods who’d followed her down the alley. As much as she hated herself for it, the sight of their blood was making her hungry.

As she prepared to leave, suddenly Carlene noticed someone else had followed her down the alley. It was a young urchin, ironically the one who Carlene had bought the ticket for the Circus from yesterday. He had seemingly followed Carlene solely in the hopes of making another sale.

“No darling listen to me, see that little green pile of dust there, well” the boy didn’t listen however. He was so scared he ran back down the alley screaming for help.

“Please someone, that creepy lady’s gone beserk. She’s killed two people! Tore em up.”

Carlene managed to catch up to the boy, but as she tried to hold him still and explain, the boy dug his finger into one of her stab wounds that hadn’t closed over yet causing her to let him go.

The boy managed to make it to the end of the alley, and though Carlene caught up with him again, this time his screams alerted people outside. A crowd soon gathered around Carlene and the boy.

“Oh fuck, you know this really isn’t a good time.” She said somewhat nervously, but the little boy spoke up.

“She’s a monster, she tore two people up back there, ripped one in half and tore another’s spine out. Kill her”

Carlene tried to cover his mouth but it was no use. The crowd didn’t need a reason to want to see Carlene dead so they naturally believed the young boy without any proof.

“I really don’t have time for this” Carlene thought. “The police will clear it up. They need me” She let go of the boy and scaled the nearest building in a matter of seconds. The angry crowd tried to follow her on the streets below, but the Vampire was too fast for them. Within a matter of minutes Carlene managed to jump across various buildings and out of sight thanks to her Vampiric speed.

Little did the crowd really know the boy had in fact deliberately set Carlene up. He too was a Vampire of the same breed as the one that Carlene had just fought with. The poor  boy had managed to secure a job in the mill, on the night he had managed to sell his last ticket to Carlene. He was among the first Richards had turned into a Vampire, as Richards felt that a child would be able to pass undetected more successfully. This breed like many species of Vampires had the power to assume human form. Carlene should have noticed the boy was a Vampire, but she was too distracted on trying to stop him from shouting, as well as weak from her wounds that she had sadly slipped up this time.

Still she didn’t care. For now she had a bigger concern, to make her way to the Circus and tell them about the Mill..  When Carlene arrived at the Time vessel, the Circus folk were already to go.

“Another minute and we’d have left without you” Denika snapped.

“Yeah sorry about the hold up, I had to you know face a new breed of Vampire, watch it kill two people, get stabbed in the stomach and in the head by one of its victims spine’s, and then get blamed for the murders and chased across London. Other than that though I did manage to find out where one of the new Alpha Vampires is. Its turning people in Ferguson’s Mill.”

“Ferguson’s Mill?” Florence said with a shocked expression? “I know him. I remember from my youth he disappeared one day. God if the Vampires have turned him then I shudder to think what he’s like now.”

“She said it was one of his employees. He’s promised to elevate them from their, humble little existence.”

“Is that how he describes it” Keptis said with disgust. “Well we need to get there now. Keptis was holding a most unusual weapon, clearly from the far future. It was a chainsaw that’s saw was made of fire! Keptis had picked it up on the Circus folk’s previous adventure to the magical world of Kastericia. He couldn’t wait to test it out on some Vampires.

The others meanwhile were carrying more conventional weapons, save for the Circus Master who carried nothing but a cane, the bottom of which seemed to glow red.

“I’m afraid I’m going to need to ask some of you to help me check on my mansion. I left the children there, but there’s probably an angry crowd outside.” Carlene said with regret.

I’ll go with you.” Florence replied. “The rest of you get to that flower mill now.”

Carlene and Florence quickly made their way to the mansion, jumping back across the rooftops, and generally keeping out of sight, whilst the others made their way to the Mill. (Florence knew the way to the Mill and told the Circus Master.)

When they arrived outside the house, there was a massive crowd descending outside, carrying torches and pitchforks, screaming for Carlene to show herself. A local police officer tried to diffuse the situation, but it was no use. From the crowd’s perspective they were finally going to rid themselves of the monster that had terrorised their local community, and nothing was going to stop them. Carlene could see Ashlei peering out of the window from the rooftop they had both perched on behind the crowd. Ashlei looked scared, but she was confident that the crowd wouldn’t hurt her and the boys at least.

Florence started singing and within seconds the entire crowd began to calm down. They all slowly turned to face Florence, utterly mesmerised by her voice. All except for one that is, the little street urchin.

Confused as to why everyone had suddenly stopped, he ran in front of the crowd and started screaming.

“What’s the matter with you? The creepy lady lives in there. Lets get her.”

“Bloodthirsty little maniac aren’t you?” Carlene said as she descended from the roof, getting the boys attention. “I wonder why you’re the only one not affected? Maybe you’re more of a rock and roll kind of a boy. It won’t be invented for another 70 years or so, but still.”

Carlene could see the boy wasn’t human now, and felt like kicking herself for not noticing it.

“I didn’t kill those two in the alley, it was a monster just like this boy here” Carlene shouted to the crowd.

Realising his ruse was up, the boy quickly morphed into his Vampire form and killed a young woman standing at the front of the crowd. He stuck his hand right through her stomach and pulled her long intestine out. He then used it as a lasso to trip Carlene up when she ran to stop him.

The crowd started to scatter. The Siren’s hold over them was very weak. If just one of the crowd was hurt then the illusion would be broken. Older and more powerful Sirens could influence people to kill others, or hurt themselves, and even walk over a cliff if they wanted. Florence’s power in comparison however was very basic.

As the crowd ran, the boy killed the police officer who bravely attempted to restrain him. He tore the officers arm off and impaled him with it! He then attacked another older woman. He jumped on her back, and grabbed her head by either side and pulled until he tore her head in half. He then pounced on another young, teenage girl who was fleeing in the crowd and pinned her to the ground. The girls mother tried to pull him off, but the boy slashed her across the throat with his talons, killing her instantly, before sinking his fangs into the girls neck.

This time Carlene was able to grab the boy and hoist him in the air. The boy however despite his size, was still several times stronger than either Carlene or Florence and managed to escape Carlene by head butting her. He then sunk his fangs into her arm, and bit right through her bone! Carlene screamed in pain as she tried to shake him off.

Florence tried to pulled the boy off Carlene’s arm, but his grip was too tight,. Still Florence didn’t give up and the boy in response slashed her across the face, knocking the Siren off her feet.

Whilst Florence was on the ground, the boy quickly jumped on top of her and stuck his hand in her mouth.

“Lets see how well ya sing without one of these ya bitch.” He cackled as he tried to pull her tongue out. Florence bit down on the Vampires hand to try and deter it, but the boy just smiled as it dug its claws harder into Florence’s tongue.

Whilst the boy was distracted with Florence, Carlene reached into her beehive for a bottle of holy water. She threw it on the boy. It didn’t hurt him as much as it had the Vampires in the underground, but it still produced minor burns and smoke. Enough for Florence to push the Demonic child off.

The boy crawled along the floor to get away from the two women. (By this stage the entire crowd had fled the area in panic.) Carlene lifted out a silver blade from her hair, and prepared to stab the monster through the heart. Just as she raised the knife however, the boy morphed back into his human form.

Carlene hesitated for a moment. She knew it wasn’t a child at all. It was a Demon wearing the corpse of an innocent child. Still she couldn’t help but see it as a boy, and as she tried to work up the courage, the monster seized its chance and jumped up, sticking its claws right through her stomach. It pulled Carlene’s intestines and guts out, and smeared them in her face.

By the time Carlene had already pulled her guts away from her face, the monster child had scaled a nearby building and made its way across several roofs.

Florence helped Carlene up.

“Man those things are vicious” Carlene said as she threw her old guts to the ground.

“I’ll follow him. He can’t have gone too far. You need to get to the factory.” Florence said as she wiped her blood from her mouth.

“We need to stay together, that thing is one vicious little bastard, and he could have made more like him for all you know”. Carlene protested.

“I can handle it. You need to help the others at the Mill. If I run into the the locals again, I can always use my voice. Now go”.

Carlene saw that she was right and headed off to the factory. She was relieved somewhat. She didn’t want to have to stake the child Vampire. “Poor blighter” she thought as she made her way across the rooftops. “I’ll find what ever turned that boy into a monster and make the bugger wish he’d stayed dead.”

“Just when you think Vampires can’t repulse you anymore” Denika said as she stared up at what was left of the mangled and flayed corpse of John Ferguson.

Even with everything they had seen, Keptis, Denika, and the Circus Master struggled to look at the body.

“Well I guess this is the right place at least” Keptis said as he fired up his flaming chainsaw.

“Remember, we have to take the leader alive. He knows where these new Vampires are being created.” The Circus Master said as the 4 time travellers entered the Satanic Mill.

There were bits and pieces of people scattered all over the dank Mill, and the walls were literally dripping with blood. The Circus Master used his stick to light the way ahead.

Many of the victims had clearly not even been killed for their blood. Denika could see the top half of a young man, no older than 18 stuffed into it a large machine. His face was twisted into an expression of the most unbelievable agony. At the back of the room meanwhile was another victim, nailed to the wall, with long strips of skin having been ripped off, and his guts splattered about in front of him.

In one of the corners, Denika could also see the body of a young girl, no older than 13 or 14 with her jugular torn out. It was too much, even for someone like Denika who had seen her home world invaded and she had to take a minute to regain her composure. Much like Carlene, Denika had a real love for children.

Unfortunately however little did Denika know, the young girl was not dead. None of the Circus Folk noticed the girl slowly rise from the blood and entrail stained floor.

The Circus Master was too busy investigating another body that he suspected may rise soon, whilst both Keptis and the Strange Boy had gone on ahead.

As Denika tried to take in what she had seen, the monster slowly crept towards her, with Denika only noticing when it was too late.

The beast knocked Denika to the floor, laughing at Denika’s apparent helplessness. The Circus Master turned around, but as he did, the body he had been investigating quickly rose and grabbed him from behind.

The monster threw the Circus Master onto one of the large machines, similar to a threshing machine on a farm. and quickly jumped on top of him. The Circus Master’s strength was no match for this brute either.

As the teenager held Denika down, and prepared to strike, Denika started to chant a basic deflector spell. It was all she would have time for. She just had to hope that this particular breed of Vampire was more vulnerable to magics than others.

The magic threw the Vampire about 4 feet through the air. If it had been an ordinary human it would have not only thrown them farther, but also through any nearby solid object and rendered them helpless for a few minutes.

The Vampire however instantly got up and hissed in rage at Denika. Denika however this time was able to conjure up more powerful magics.

Denika’s hands and her eyes both started to glow bright blue. The Vampire was curious for a few moments, before lunging at her anyway. Denika fired a blue beam from her hands, which cut a hole straight through the Vampire. Sadly it did little to deter it. Denika was able to evade the monster by floating about 10 feet in the air, when it came at her however.

Denika would then attempt to fire another energy beam at the monster, this time aiming for its neck, but the Vampire was too quick. It not only dodged her attack but jumped ten feet in the air and managed to grab onto Denika.

Denika tried to knock the Vampire off using the deflector spell, but the Vampire dug its claws deep into her shoulder and held on. As the Vampire made its way for Denika’s throat, Denika used her powers to fly head first into one of the large machines below. Once again this did little to hurt the Vampire, but the jolt was enough to distract it long enough for Denika to get out of its grip.

Denika then using her magic lifted up a massive pole with her mind and impaled the Vampire with it through the chest into the machine.

The Vampire however grabbed the pole and tried to pull it out. Denika however tried to stop the Vampire with her mental powers, but the Vampire’s strength was too great and it managed to rip the pole out which it then used to beat Denika. It struck her in the face, the stomach and her right leg. In the process it broke her jaw, her ribs and her leg, before it stabbed the pole right through her left hand.

The Vampire cackled like a hyena at Denika’s pain and after it pulled the pole out of her hand it started to lick her blood off of it with a perverse ecstasy.

Denika felt like blacking out from the pain, but she didn’t give up. Using her magics she made the pole fly out of the Vampires hands and go right through its foot. Whilst the Vampire was distracted Denika hobbled to safety and quickly performed a healing spell which fixed her broken leg, ribs and jaw instantly and repaired her hand.

Now a good distance away from the Vampire, Denika fired more magical blasts from her hands, but the Vampire was quick enough to dodge them again. The Vampire moved so fast her magical blasts constantly missed. The monster taunted Denika, but it had unknowingly stood in front of a broken down machine, which Denika noticed.

Denika fired her magical blast at the Vampire, and it dodged her again, but this time her magic hit the machine and triggered an explosion which threw the Vampire across the room.

Whilst it was vulnerable Denika fired her magical rays at the monsters legs and arms, severing them. Now unable to defend itself, Denika finished the monster off with a silver sharp through its heart.

The Circus Master meanwhile was still wrestling with his Vampire. It tried to shove his head into the gears of machine below, but the Circus Master was able to use the claws on his right hand to disembowel the Vampire. It did little to deter it, with the Vampire even laughing at the Vandals attempts to hurt it at first, but the Circus Master thinking quickly, grabbed one of the monsters intestines and threw it into the gears of the machine which pulled the Vampire into it. The Vampire clogged the machine and started to tear it apart from the inside.

Whilst it made its way through the machine, it lost its arm in the process, and its face and body were badly mangled too.

The monster roared in anger at the Circus Master, who tipped his hat in a mocking way before the Vampire tried to attack him again.

The Circus Master dodged its attacks and quickly went for his cane which he used to set fire to the Vampire. Denika hovered near to the Circus Master. “That beehived Vampire was right when she said these guys were tough.”

“Her name is Carlene, Denika. But you’re right, lets find the others.”

Keptis and the Strange Boy meanwhile had made their way to the other end of the factory. They had been following the sound of screaming. Along the way they had encountered more bits and pieces of other unfortunate workers, as well as smashed machinery.

At the far end of the room, Keptis saw 4 Vampires bending down over a young girl, covered in blood and cuts, screaming in agony. He and the Special Boy ran to aid her, but unfortunately they weren’t fast enough.

Two of the Vampires grabbed her legs, whilst another two grabbed her arms. They both pulled at either end until they ripped her in two. Keptis froze for a second at the gruesome sight before him. “Denika’s right just when you think you freaks can’t repulse me anymore.”

The Special Boy jumped through the air, managing to land right on the nearest Vampire by the woman’s severed legs, and knocking it into the other. The Special Boy was actually stronger than this breed of Vampire, with the Jiang Shi being among the strongest of all Vampires. He was able to hold the monster he landed on to the ground. The other Vampire quickly grabbed The Special Boy however and hoisted him in the air. The Special Boy however flipped backwards out of the Vampires grasp and landed on its upper back. He then grabbed hold of its head from either side and pulled so hard he ripped it clean off and threw it at the other Vampire, before pouncing on him.

This Vampire however managed to swat The Special Boy backwards through a nearby window and out onto the streets.

Keptis meanwhile attacked the other two Vampires with his chainsaw. He managed to saw one of the Vampires arms off as it raised it to strike him, whilst the other jumped onto a nearby wall and scaled it in a matter of seconds onto the ceiling.

Keptis quickly decapitated the Vampire whose arm he had sliced off, but the Vampire on the ceiling was able to jump him from behind and knock the chainsaw out of his hand.

Keptis tried to struggle free from the Vampires grip but it was no use. The monster would then start bashing Keptis’ face off of a nearby cotton machine, breaking his nose in the process.

Through the pain, Keptis was able to pull a knife that’s blade was made from lightening out of a holster in his shin and stabbed it into the Vampires kneecap. The Vampire was jolted by the brief flash of pain enough for Keptis to get free from its grasp. Keptis then instantly reached for his flaming chainsaw.

As he tried to strike however the Vampire managed to pull the knife from its knee and used it to deflect the chainsaw’s flaming blade.

The Vampire who was considerably faster than Keptis, was able to slash the martians arm causing him to drop the saw. Before Keptis could even make a move for the saw, the other Vampire that had knocked The Special Boy out of the window grabbed Keptis from behind and held him in place.

“Flay him” the Vampire said as it dug its claws into Keptis’ arms. Just then however a blue light suddenly severed the Vampire holding the knife’s arm. Keptis looked up to see Denika hovering in the sky, her hands and eyes shinning blue, and below her the Circus Master whose bright, garish clothes pierced the darkness of the factory just as much as the flame the fired from his cane and burnt the Vampire that had been holding the knife to a crisp.

Seizing his chance, Keptis headbutted the Vampire from behind and got free. Quickly grabbing his chainsaw from the floor, he took both of the monsters arms off before slicing its head clean off its shoulders.

Carlene and the Special boy came bursting in through a window a few seconds later, with Carlene brandishing a long silver blade. Carlene had seen the Boy outside and helped him back up,

Carlene looked around to see the last Vampire’s corpse slowly melt away into nothing.

“Well I guess I came in the nick of time” Carlene said jokingly to the others.

“It seems you did. I’m glad I don’t have to track down all my major enemies. Now I can kill them all in one place.” A voice from the distance said.

Carlene and the rest of the Circus Folk turned round to see a large figure emerge from the shadows. It was Richards, the Alpha Vampire of this breed.

“You killed some of my children. It doesn’t matter though. More of my children are already loose in this miserable city. They will make more and more and soon London will belong to us.”

The Circus Master didn’t even let him finish his rant. He fired his cane at the monster, but this time the cane didn’t shoot fire, but instead a large beam of electricity that wrapped itself around the Vampire. Richards simply grabbed hold of the electrical beam undeterred however and used it to pull the Circus Master about ten feet towards him, before breaking through the beam and punching the Circus Master in the face.

Denika responded by flying into the air and shooting at Richards. Richards however much to her surprise was able to block her beams with the palm of his hands, before blasting them back at her, which sent Denika flying outside of a nearby window.

Carlene quickly jumped through the air to try and catch Denika before she fell outside.

Whilst Richards was distracted by Denika, Keptis rammed his chainsaw into the monsters chest, but Richards simply smiled at the Martian and said, mockingly “Is that supposed to hurt.”

He grabbed the chainsaw with both hands and not only pulled it out of his chest, but hit Keptis in the face with the butt of the weapon. The Circus Master then tried to fire his cane at the monster, but Richards dodged the blast and sliced The Circus Masters cane in half using Keptis’ flaming chainsaw.

He then tried to attack the Circus Master with the weapon, but the Circus Master was able to dodge Richard’s attacks, though he wasn’t able to offer any counter attacks of his own.

Denika (who had been prevented from falling by Carlene) was able to blast the chainsaw out of Richards hands and get a second hit as he turned around, knocking him a few feet across the room. Carlene then threw a silver knife from her hair into Richards leg as he tried to get up.

The silver didn’t hurt Richard as much as it had his children, but Carlene could see that it had caused him pain, and the wound hadn’t instantly healed, unlike those made by the chainsaw.

The Circus Master started to strike Richards repeatedly with his claws, whilst The Strange Boy sneaked up on Richards and jumped on his back. Whilst Richards struggled to throw the little Vampire off, The Circus Master pulled Carlene’s knife from his leg and slashed Richard across the chest several times before stabbing him in the stomach with it.

In pain and desperation, Richards was able to throw the Special Boy off his back and into the Circus Master. Carlene however was next to join the fight with another silver knife she had pulled out of her hair. She slashed at the monster and managed to hit Richards a few more times in his face, but Richards now overcome with rage managed to hit the weapon out of Carlene’s hand, and land another hit in her stomach. He then grabbed Carlene by the throat and lifted her above the air.

“I always hated you, you creepy bitch” Richard spat as he prepared to tear her head off. Fortunately the Circus Master jumped Richards from behind causing him drop Carlene. The Circus Master was able to stab Richard two more times with Carlene’s knife, including in his spine, before Richards shook him off. Whilst Richards was distracted by the Circus Master, the Strange Boy grabbed Richards by the back leg and pulled him down to the ground.

Carlene and the Circus Master jumped on Richard’s back, holding him down before he could get up. Keptis meanwhile using his flaming chainsaw sliced both of Richards legs off.

Denika who had been hovering in the air, waiting for a moment to strike arrived in front of Richards and began to chant in a strange language. Richards became more desperate and tried to push the two time travellers off, but the Strange Boy quickly jumped onto his back as well, firmly holding him in place.

Eventually Denika’s magic took effect on the monster and Richards passed out.

“Its a sleeping spell. It’ll only work on him for a bit. but we got him” Denika said whilst panting. It had taken quite a lot out of her just to put the Vampire out for that short a space of time.

“Now we can find out who is creating these monsters” The Circus Master said as he hoisted Richards unconscious body over his shoulders.

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Fang: The Living Spaceship: Part 2: The Chosen Few

 

The old man and Kirsteen were trapped in a sea of hideous rotting corpses all reaching out and trying claw at them.

The largest Zombie at the back however to the old man’s surprise started to attack the other creatures. It pulled a short female Zombie up off the ground by her hair and then placed its hand on her shoulder and pushed down hard, effectively tearing her head off.

Two of the other Zombies turned their attention to the giant, but they too were quickly torn to pieces by the larger creature. The other Zombies started to run alongside the Professor and Kirsteen.

The larger Zombie seemed to go to for the other members of its kind, allowing Kirsteen and the old man to escape back down another corridor.

At the end of that corridor was a dead end. “No it can’t be” The old man screamed in frustration.

Kirsteen saw that the larger Zombie was coming their, holding the severed head of one of its victims in one hand. It moved a lot faster than its large size would suggest. Kirsteen prepared to try and run past the monster, but the old man held her back.

“Trust me you wouldn’t make it, get behind me”, he said as he raised his cane in defence.

Just then a blue circle started to appear at the end of the corridor. “Quick get in” the old man shouted as he pulled Kirsteen into the circle.

The larger Zombie suddenly ran at its two intended victims with a look of panic on its face, but before he could reach them, the old man and Kirsteen vanished in a blue light.

Kirsteen suddenly found herself in a large, brightly lit room with a massive book case behind her, and a massive 20 inch screen tv and some recliner chairs in front of her. At the very centre of the room hung a massive gold chandelier.

On the left hand side of room were two huge wooden doors, whilst on the right hand side was a large dining area, fit with a huge 20 foot long table, and a small kitchen behind it.  There were several, scared looking people huddled together over the table. There were about 7 people in total. One of them, an old man was constantly downing several shots of whisky.  They all looked as though they had come from different eras. One, the youngest boy at the back looked like a little street urchin, whilst another appeared to be dressed in a confederate uniform from the wars of independence. At the back of the table was a young, attractive woman with long dark hair who appeared to be separate from the others. She looked less confused and disoriented and was holding a strange device. The woman rushed towards the old man as soon as he arrived.

“I’m so sorry Professor. I had to temporarily get rid of the portal when that creature discovered it. He would have used it to come here and.”

“That’s quite alright Lindsey I understand, the important thing is that we got the last survivor, now we can get out of here.”

“Excuse me” Kirsteen shouted. “Can someone please tell me what the fuck is going on here? Am I on drugs again? Are you lot hallucinations.”

Lindsey approached Kirsteen. “Relax don’t worry, we’re here to help you. You’ve been abducted by aliens. That ship my friend here, Professor Fang rescued you from, it collided with ours. We’re not sure who created it yet, but it appears to run on magic.”

“Magic!” Kirsteen shrieked in surprise. “Aliens is one thing, but magic?”

One of the people at the back suddenly piped up, a young woman in her 20s named Jenna. “Hang on a minute she looks like Kirsteen Williamson.”

“She could very well be”. Professor Fang said as he tinkered with some device by the wall.

“But that’s impossible, she died about 30 years ago!”

“So?” the Professor said. “I told you I haven’t had time to check what era we’re in, but we could very well be 30 years in your past, or 1000, or we could be in another universe altogether. Most of you are from different times. Still if you’ll give me a few minutes though we can find out where we are.” He said somewhat impatiently.

Kirsteen was deeply disturbed by this conversation and begged Lindsey to let her go. There was something about Lindsey that seemed non malicious. Even in this strange environment, Kirsteen didn’t feel threatened by her. Professor Fang however was a different story. Even though he had saved her life, there was something off putting about Fang. She couldn’t quite put her finger on it.

“Please we don’t really know what’s going on here either, but we’re doing the best we can. Just trust us, you’re safe in here.” Lindsey assured Kirsteen.

The others started to protest, but Fang quickly shut them down by slamming his stick on the table.

“I don’t like any of you being here either. This is my home, and I’m normally very picky about who I let stay here. Still we all have to stick together for the time being. Not all of you were lucky enough to get this far, or need I remind you.”

A deathly silence fell over the room.

“Exactly, now please give us some peace while we try and get us all out of this situation.”

After Fang and Lindsey left the room, Kirsteen went over to the table. The people almost didn’t pay attention to her they were so wrapped up in their own problems.

“So” Kirsteen said somewhat awkwardly. “Any chance any of you could tell me who, or rather what took us here.”

Only one of them answered Kirsteen, the old man that had been drinking the whisky, who was dressed in somewhat tattered clothes. ”

“None of us do. We’re all from different times it would seem. I’m from the year 3892. There I was, in the middle of the fight of my life with the Vampire scum, Felesca, and his pet Tyrannosaurus when suddenly I was in a tiny little room, with several rotting corpses pounding on my door.

“I’m sorry did you say Vampire?”

“Yes. I can only assume you come from a time before their filth covers our entire world? I’m convinced the man who brought us here is one of them.

“A Vampire?”

“Yes, I know one when I see it. I’ve spent years running away from them to know one when I see it. Still I don’t think he’s behind the ship. Him and that girl, they’ve got something else in mind for us. If they try anything though don’t worry. I’ve killed more than my fair share of those bloodsucking monsters.”

Meanwhile the Professor and Lindsey had made their way to the control room. It had been somewhat damaged in the crash, but fortunately not only could the Professor repair it in no time, but the ship had a sort of magical healing factor that would repair any damage automatically anyway.

“Honestly you’d think they’d be grateful we pulled them out of that nightmare” The Professor said to Lindsey as he adjusted the controls.

“To be fair Professor, we may have been the ones who got them into this awful mess.”

“Nonsense my dear. You heard them. They were prisoners on board that ship before I eh crashed into it. Its strange that we didn’t find any pilots when we were searching for the survivors.”

“Apart from those horrors. God do I hate Zombies. I’ve never met one I liked you know. Even Vampires and Demons can be pleasant, but Zombies? They’re always bad company.”

“I quite agree my dear, but still there is no way those brutes could build a craft like that. No this is something else. Once we’ve gotten those people back to their own time, then I intend to investigate.”

The Professor attempted to start the ship, but nothing happened. He heard a strange whirring sound for a few seconds afterwards, before trying the controls again. This time however there was a crashing sound and the whole ship began to shake violently for a few minutes.

“I don’t understand, it should have repaired itself by now” The Professor said as he opened up the controls.

“No everything is in place, I don’t know why it won’t take us out of here.”

Just then a strange noise, like someone groaning in pain began to echo through the ship.

“I don’t like the sound of this” Lindsey said as she began to check the communication device. “According to this there’s nothing coming through.”

“Of course not. This noise is poking its way into our very minds Lindsey.” The Professor said in a worried tone.

The voice began to speak.

“Please help me, you, you are the only ones who can. I was too weak to contact you again.”

“Who are you?” The Professor said defiantly.

“I am Gyster, I am the vessel you clumsily crashed into with that bat shaped excuse for a vehicle.”

“Gyster? Of course I should have known. I’d heard stories about you. A lot of people dismissed you as a legend, but I have a slightly more open minded than most.” The Professor said which made Lindsey roll her eyes somewhat.

“Who is Gyster” Lindsey asked trying to get the conversation back on track.

“Gyster is a time and space ship made from magic. It was constructed by the Frexeia civilisation. They built it to explore all of time and space. The magic used to build it however caused the ship to develop sentience as you can see for yourself.

The ship loved its crew however. They were its friends, they all enjoyed travelling through time and space together. When the crew died, according to the legends Gyster would begin abducting other beings from all of time and space to be his new crew. ” The Professor said.

Lindsey had sudden realisation. “Oh my god. Those Zombies, they were his previous crew members.”

“I didn’t kill them!” The voice protested.

“They died themselves of old age. Most of them were not happy at being taken at first, but in time most of them came to appreciate the lives I gave them. When they died I kept their corpses preserved in magic as a sign of respect.”

“There’s a huge but isn’t there”. Lindsey said.

“If my ship was ever breached by an outside menace, then I would bring them back as Zombies to protect my current crew.”

Both Lindsey and the Professor felt sick at the revelation.

“I was honouring them!” The voice protested. “I was giving them a chance to be heroes again after their passing. I was allowing them to save the next generation.”

“The ones I met didn’t seem to see it that way Gyster” The Professor said with disdain. “Why were they trying to kill your current crew?”

“That is on your head Vampire. When our vessels collided in the vortex, you ruptured my engine. The magic from my core seeped out and revived the Zombies. They’re crazed, feral, but they are the least of my problems. In a few hours the rupture will become so great that I will explode.”

Lindsey could see that the vessel’s words had affected Fang. “Well you could have looked where you were going too.” She snapped.

“Neither of you are leaving until you repair my core. Your vessel is caught in a trap of my creation. Its draining the energy from your core. It’ll put off my death by a couple of more hours. After that, I’ll die, but your vessel will be trapped here, powerless unable to move, and you’ll be caught in the blast.”

“I don’t intend to help you carry on taking people and defile their corpses. You’re a monster” Lindsey protested.

“Sadly we don’t have a choice I’m afraid. He holds all the cards for now. We need to fix that engine, for those people out there. We’ll talk about his poor lifestyle choices later” The Professor said in a grim tone.

“You will not take my new friends” The voice boomed! “This is the best collection I’ve ever assembled. Heroes, artists. They’re mine!”

“Like I said we’ll discuss that later. First let us teleport back to your ship.”

“I’m afraid not. If I let you have enough power to teleport then you would have enough power to break free. I docked my vessel beside yours.

“If you think that I’m going to make my way through those Zombies.” The Professor protested.

“Like you said. I hold all the cards.”

 

Doctor Who: The New Universe: Part 2

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The Doctor struggled with all his might to pull free from the beasts iron grip but it was no use.

“Go all of you, you’ll be killed if you don’t. No point in all of us being eaten by that thing.” The others refused to leave. In Dana’s case it was out of loyalty to her friend, in Sleera and Laragesh’s case it was out of fear. Whilst he may not want to admit it, Sleera knew that the Doctor was his best bet of making it through this nightmare alive. The Time Lord had already demonstrated incredible skill and cunning which seemingly surpassed all of his team mates. Though even with the Doctors help, Sleera knew their odds weren’t good.

The monster was clearly toying with its prey like a cat would a mouse. It was strong enough to pull the Doctor out in seconds, but it wanted to extend his torment for as long as it could.

Eventually even Laragesh and Sleera realised it was hopeless and ran. Sleera tried to pull Dana away, but she didn’t give up for a second and still pulled on the Doctor with all her strength.

Just as all seemed lost suddenly a barrage of lasers struck the monsters face causing it to let go of the Doctor. As the Time Lord sprung back to his feet he saw 15 more people standing beside Laragesh and Sleera.

They were all wielding weapons much larger than either Laragesh or Sleera’s weapons.

“Well don’t just stand there run you fool.” One of them who was clearly the leader shouted as he and the rest ran back towards the elevator. The monster however having recovered from the pain reached its massive clawed hand into the room again. This time the Doctor and Dana managed to dodge it (barely.) Sadly one of the team a young woman, was not as lucky. The monster managed to wrap its grotesque fingers around her. In contrast to how it slowly pulled the Doctor out, the monster, overcome with rage, wasted no time and crushed the poor woman to death in an instant. Whilst it was busy gnawing on her crushed corpse the others hurried back to the lift.

Once there the leader of the team pointed his gun at the Doctor and Dana. “Who are you? I didn’t see either of you on the database? You’re not dressed like scientists? What are you doing here.”

The Doctor sighed. “Oh look not this again, if I was really in league with those this, would, would” the Doctor suddenly felt a bit faint. He stumbled about a bit before the leader of the team pushed him against the wall.

“I don’t care if you’re in league with those things or not, you’re still trespassing. Tell me why are you here.”

The Doctor regaining his composure shoved the solder back.

“Now look” the Time Lord said in a firm tone. “I thank you for saving my life, but I will not be treated like a common criminal. Fact is you should be damn grateful I happened to stop by as I’m you’re only chance off this.”

Just then the room began to shake. The giant monster hadn’t given up on its prey just yet and was now tearing through the side of the facility to try and get them. It could smell its intended victims from miles away. The monster was not just pursuing the Doctor. It had caught scent of the team and had attacked them earlier too, managing to catch three at once when it struck its hand through a window. The rest of the team had only managed to escape the beast because it became distracted after picking up the Doctors scent.

“Can we please just get out of her before that thing eats us!” Dana screamed more out of frustration than fear.

“I quite agree” the Doctor said as he used his sonic screwdriver to open the lift doors. They all barely managed to squeeze into the lift just as the wall began to break down. They were all desperate not to be the last one left!

The leader of the team sent the lift to the 14th level almost at the very bottom of the facility.

The 14th level was a massive hangar, littered with more mangled corpses and smashed equipment. At the centre of the room was a large red hatch. “We need to get there to regroup NOW” the leader shouted in panic as he pushed past the others.

The hatch was so massive, the leader needed a few others help to open it. As soon as it opened however a massive spiked tail cut clean through the leaders chest and pulled him below.

As the others backed away from the hatch suddenly they all noticed several hideous creatures emerging from the shadows and climbing down the walls from around them.

These creatures were again different to any of the others the Doctor and Dana had encountered. They had short squat, dark blue bodies, goblin like faces with pig snouts, bright red eyes, and tails about three times longer than their bodies, each of which ended in a spike. They all had massive hard shell shells on their backs.

The monsters scuttled down the wall and the floors like crabs at a tremendous speed. The team opened fire on the beasts, but it was no use as their lasers simply bounced off of their shells. There were about 100 or so of the abominations in the room.

“They laid a trap for us. They knew we would come here” the Doctor said to himself.

The creatures used their tails, which could move at a lightening fast speed to strike at their enemies. Two of the team were disarmed whilst a third had his throat cut open. Dana tended to the wounded man, but it was hopeless. He was dead before he hit the floor. Dana picked up his weapon and started firing at the monsters, but not being trained how to use the weapon, her fire was more scattershot. Still Dana accidentally struck one of the broken down pieces of equipment causing a mini explosion, powerful enough to send several of the monsters flying and scatter some of the others.

The monsters completely surrounded their prey from all angles, seemingly cutting off all hope of escape. One member of the the team named Clavetch, in sheer desperation tried to run through the monsters. At first he managed to catch a few by surprise and knock them off balance, but one of the monsters quickly wrapped its tail around him, and hoisted the poor soul into the air. He screamed at the rest of the team to help him, but there was nothing they could do. Apart from Sleera they didn’t even notice he was gone as they were too busy trying to hold off the monsters themselves.

The creature repeatedly slammed Clavetch against the wall, face first. It broke his nose and several of his teeth before throwing him violently to the floor. As Clavetch desperately tried to crawl to safety, the monster brought its tail down through both of his hands, one after another, breaking them both, before repeatedly slashing his back.

It then impaled him through his right leg. The monster finally hoisted Clavetch through the air a second time and dangled him over more of its kind who started to claw and bite at his face and torso. One of the monsters stuck its hand through Clavetch’s chest and started to pull. A tug of war with Clavetch’s mangled body ensued which resulted in the soldiers body being pulled into two pieces.

Three more of the soldiers had tried to escape down the hatch, firing down the hole at the monster in there, but its tail simply batted the guns out of their hands, and wrapped itself around the neck of the man nearest to the hatch, that it then snapped.

Whilst the tail was distracted by the other two hapless soldiers, the Doctor seized his chance. Thinking quickly he started to push the hatch back down from the other side on the monsters tail. He needed help to move it however, and so he shouted out to Dana who helped him close it on the monsters tail.

The monster let out an ear piercing scream and tried to push the hatch back up, but fortunately the other two soldiers jumped on top of the hatch alongside the Doctor and Dana, which caused it close completely and sever the monsters tail.

The Doctor then started to pull the hatch open, though again he had to have help from Dana and the others.

“Get in now” the Doctor shouted to the others who were still pointlessly trying to fight off the hordes of monsters around them. They all dived down the hole, though one of the team was impaled by one of the monsters tails as she tried to flee.

The Doctor was the last to go down, though as usual Dana wanted to the be the last, still the Doctor forced her to go down ahead of him.

The Doctor and Dana started to close the hatch once they were inside, but two tails from the monsters above soon swung down and started to attack them. The monsters couldn’t quite see where they were going however, as they were still a few feet away from the hatch.

The Doctor and Dana pulled as hard as they could at the hatch to come down on top of the two tails. In desperation one of the tails did manage to slash Dana across the arm but it was only a minor wound, and she didn’t let the pain deter her. The monsters quickly pulled their tails from the hatch, not wanting to lose them like the earlier beast had, and the Doctor and Dana were able to close and seal the hatch shut.

Meanwhile below, the other members of the team alongside Sleera and Laragesh were distracted by the monster whose tail the Doctor had taken off.

Without its tail it was considerably less dangerous, but the thick armour on the abominations back still protected it from their weapons.

The monster ran at the team who scattered, but it managed to pursue one of them to the end of the room. The others kept firing at the monster, but it did no good. Once it had cornered its prey, it stood back on its hind legs and pinned its victim against the wall.

“Stop that won’t do any good” the Doctor said to the team who ceased their fire as they saw their team mate was already dead.

“Dana, follow my lead” the Doctor said as he ran at the monster and grabbed one arm from behind. Dana grabbed the other arm, but despite pulling with all of their strength they weren’t able to tear the beast off of the lifeless carcass it was devouring. The monster threw the body on top of Dana and turned to face the Doctor. The Doctor managed to dodge the monsters attacks and again went round the monsters back. This time however he stepped on what was left of its tail. The monster had kept the tiny half of its ripped tail stuffed under its shell before, but after the Doctor and Dana had distracted it, it let its tail down.

Whilst the monster was briefly overcome with the pain in its tail the Doctor grabbed it from behind by both of its arms, and spun the monster round to face the team.

“Quick shoot it now” the Doctor said as he briefly held the monster in place. The team were only too happy to oblige and opened fire on the beasts soft stomach under its shell. Its orange blood and guts splattered all over the floor as the lasers cut through its flesh. The Doctor then kicked the monster face down to the floor where it writhed for a few seconds, spitting out more blood and groaning, before finally breathing its last.

The Doctor helped Dana up. The body the monster had thrown at her’s guts and throat had both been torn out and she was now covered in them.

“Remind me to take 58 showers when we get back to the TARDIS.” She said as she tried to wipe the blood and entrails off.

In the background were the sounds of the monsters from above clawing, banging on the hatch and screaming in frustration.

“Don’t worry” said one of the team to the Doctor and Dana. “They’ll never get inside. The hatch is made from the strongest material in this galaxy.”

Another one of the soldiers, a young woman knelt over the body of the man the beast had killed, weeping.

“I’m sorry” Dana said as she tried to comfort the woman who shoved her away.

The surviving members of the team meanwhile began to search the room for supplies as well as check the computer screens by the wall.

“Do you mind telling me where we are” the Doctor said, somewhat stumbling over his words as a great fatigue suddenly came over the Time Lord.

“This is a shelter” one of the soldiers, who had clearly taken over as the new leader of the team said.

“It was built in the case of emergencies. The hatch, the walls and the floors are made from Ratiam, the strongest metal in this entire galaxy. We can also monitor most of the other rooms in the facility from in here too.”

The Doctor was skeptical. “If nothing can get in why didn’t any of the scientists hide in here.”

“It appears that when the first wave of those creatures appeared in the facility, they teleported in instantly. The poor souls didn’t have time to run or flee.”

“Then what killed the monsters?”

“A security system. It releases a toxic chemical that is designed to attack any creature that is not a native of this galaxy. The chemical is alive, to some extent, and its programmed to recognise any hostile alien intruder. There are many other forms of security in here of course, but it appears these creatures were able to disarm them all except for the poison.”

The Doctor and Dana both looked somewhat worried. “A bit careless of you don’t you think? What if there is just a friendly alien passing by.”

“Trust us, no friendly alien is able to just pass by this facility. There’s too much at stake here. For many centuries we were under attack from creatures beyond our galaxy who wanted to gain access to our technology. This was the best way of protecting it. Of course there is a different security system to take care of intruders from this galaxy. You can never be too careful.”

“Well” the Doctor said as he started to feel a pain in his chest. “I think you need a new system. Those monsters have still managed to overrun you facility, and me and Dana are both dying.”

“What do you mean”, the new team leader asked?

“We’re aliens. We’ve both started to feel a bit faint since we got here. At first I thought it was just you know, because we’d been chased, beaten and almost devoured by heinous monsters, but it turns out we’ve been poisoned too.”

The soldiers all pointed their weapons at the Doctor and Dana. (Save for Laragesh and Sleera who just sighed at having to go through this again.)

“Where are you from? Who sent you?” the new leader barked.

“I’m Doctor and I’m from Gallifrey and this is Dana, she’s from earth. Though if I said I’m from Telos and she’s from Skaro would it have made a difference.”

Dana sighed at the Doctors attempts at to diffuse the situation with humour. “I think he forgets that I can’t regenerate too when he keeps insulting people with guns.” She thought to herself.

“These people may be aliens, but trust me, they’re here to help us. I don’t know how or why but you can trust them” Laragesh said as she tried to lower the leaders weapon.

Sleera interjected “He also has the only way off this planet.”

“What do you mean?”

“Well as I said before I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that giant creature we faced on the upper level destroyed your ship. I don’t think there were any survivors. I’m sorry.” The Doctor said a little bit more gently than before.

The soldiers were shocked. The team had all worked together for many years. They had been hailed as heroes of the galaxy. It had been a long while since they had dealt with something that could even threaten them. To be placed in this situation felt like a terrible nightmare.

Laragesh spoke. “I didn’t want to believe it either. My little brother was on the vessel. We all knew the risks when we signed up, but still I can’t accept it.” She started to cry. Dana was the first to comfort her. The soldiers weren’t used to seeing their team mates break down like this. They weren’t sure how to react.

The Doctor spoke to the others. “I’m sorry for all your losses, but right now if you don’t want to die at the hands of those, things, up there you’ll need to help us find a cure for the poison.”

The leader wasn’t convinced. “Why? We could just wait for the poison to kill the monsters above and then call for a rescue ship.”

“We helped you escape up there and you’d just let us slowly die” Dana said angrily.

“You were just helping yourself out. Besides it would be suicide to try and escape through that sea of creatures up there.”

“What if those creatures find a way to cure your plague? The first batch didn’t, but maybe this group have learned their lesson. Also what if they send a third group? You don’t know where they came from or just how many there are? What if they get hold of a weapon in the facility that could harm the other worlds in the galaxy? You can’t just sit in here and hope for the best.” The Doctor said angrily.

“Those creatures are animals” the Leader protested.

“You know that’s not true. They’ve already outwitted us. Your previous leader already paid a heavy price for underestimating those monsters. They’re intelligent. I don’t know to what extent, but they are most certainly not animals. Savage yes, but for all we know they could be smarter than you or me. ”

The leader was visibly scared. “Even if what you say is true, how do you expect me to help you get through that lot out there.”

“Well I have a plan, but I need to know if there is a cure for this bacteria or if at least one of the labs still has functioning equipment. Failing that we could always get back to the TARDIS and go somewhere else. Our odds aren’t great but we have to try.”

“There is a cure. The researchers here don’t like to take a life unless they absolutely have too. In the lower levels there is a cure for the bacteria, a shot that kills the bacteria cells, but again you’ll have to get through those horrors outside.”

“No problem” the Doctor said as took the previous leaders gun which caused the others to point theirs at him

“Don’t worry. I’m not going to hurt you. These rifles. I have a way of turning them into bombs. We can use it to scatter those things above. Though after that I must admit we’d be on our own with no weapons unless one of you heroes comes with us?”

The Doctor was met with a silence. “Fine I’ll go on my own, but I hope that at least one of you will show me the exact level.”

“I’m afraid not, Doctor.” The leader said pointing his gun at the Time Lord. “You opening that hatch is a risk to all of us. No one is leaving here.”

“So what? You’re just going to sit back and watch us die?”

“Why should I care about either of you? You still haven’t told me how you got in here. As far as I’m concerned you’re enemy spies. I can put you both out of your misery right now if you want. Other than a few twinges in your chest though, the poison isn’t a painful death. Its designed to sneak up on you.”

“Well I’m not going to just sit back and take it” the Doctor protested which caused the leader to fire at him. Though the Doctor managed to dodge the blast the other soldiers were shocked.

Laragesh got in the way of the Doctor and Dana. “Taresk what on earth are you doing? You can’t just shoot this man”

Taresk then fired just beside her.”I mean it. I am not going back out there. Look at what those things did to us. We are going to wait here for the poison to take effect on those monsters. Anyone tries to open that hatch I’ll kill them.

Just then the Doctor kicked the gun out of Taresk’s hands and quickly knocked him out with a bit of Venusian karate.

“He’ll be out for a while. Thank you Laragesh.” The Doctor said.

“I didn’t agree with his methods Doctor, but I’m afraid I’m not sure any of us will be willing to help you either.”

“In that case you might as well have just let him shoot us” Dana said bitterly.

“She’s right you know. You were sent here as a rescue team, yet you’re just going to leave two people to die. Besides I’m not asking you to help me anyway, but please let us leave. I have to do everything I can to try and help Dana, I brought her here.”

“You didn’t bring me anywhere Doctor, I came here on my own accord. I’d do the same again. You’re not to blame at all.” Dana reassured the Doctor. “However” she joked “Having said that, it wouldn’t hurt to get the TARDIS fixed if we make it out of this.”

“Well at any rate we should be going now, please just give us two guns and we won’t trouble you any more.”

The soldiers looked ashamed of themselves. They felt like miserable cowards, though to be fair to them, these creatures were unlike anything they had ever faced before. Even the Doctor himself didn’t think much of his or Dana’s chances against the creatures, which was why he wasn’t really pushing for any of the soldiers to help him, just to let him leave the shelter.

Sleera however to the Doctors surprise would be the first to offer his help. Sleera’s offer wasn’t so much out of nobility however. The Doctors warnings had gotten through to him. He was particularly worried about what the Doctor said about the monsters gaining access to the secrets of this facility. For all he knew they were using them to attack the empire. There may not even be anywhere for him to escape too. This Doctor guy seemed to know what he was talking about, Sleera thought to himself. He might be a conceited, condescending know it all, but still he was probably their best bet of escape.

After Sleera offered to help, the woman who until now had simply sat over the corpse of the fallen soldier offered to help too. Her name was Reosa. She was the oldest member of the team, being well over 600 years old. The fallen soldier was in fact her son. She had begged him not to join the team. Unlike the others, who she regarded as being nothing more than glory hounds and show offs who had never faced real danger, she always was wary of a real threat emerging in the galaxy. Despite her age she was not the team leader, simply because she refused the offer.

Reosa did not like to be in charge of other people. She actually preferred to work on her own, but was willing to put up with others if they didn’t get in her way.

Reosa was willing to help the Doctor and Dana, not simply for altruistic reasons either, but because after what had happened to her son, she didn’t care anymore.

“Well I can hardly let Sleera go without me” Laragesh said as she went to join the Doctor and the others. The Doctor however, much to Laragesh’s surprise, stopped her.

“No” the Time Lord said firmly. “As much as I hate to admit it, you’re commander was right. This is the safest place, and some of you need to stay here in case I don’t make it back. Besides we’ll need someone here to check the monitors for us. It can be very frustrating to turn a corner and not know if there’s a giant monster waiting to eat you. You lot can at least give us a heads up.”

“Okay fine” Laragesh sulked. She and Sleera had always had the closest bond of anyone in the team outside of her and her little brother. She couldn’t bare the thought of him going out alone. Still she could see that the Doctor was right. She could be more help to him in here. She didn’t even say anything to Sleera. The team never liked to show any weakness, but he knew how much she cared for him, as he did for her.

The Doctor went to fetch Reosa’s son’s weapon. Dana could see that Reosa was upset by the Doctors somewhat callous nature, and put her hand on Reosa’s shoulder to comfort her. Reosa was a little unsure of this gesture at first, but this time she didn’t rebuff Dana’s attempts to comfort her.

After adjusting the weapon weapon the Doctor shared his plan with Dana, Reosa and Sleera.

“I’m going to open the hatch. Reosa, Sleera, I’ll need you to fire on the monsters at first before I can get a good distance out.  Aim for the tails. They’re a quick target, but they’re the monsters weak point. ”

Dana, Reosa and Sleera helped the Doctor to open the hatch from below. The Doctor and Dana managed to push it backwards onto two of the monsters behind the hatch, crushing them, whilst Reosa and Sleera started firing on the monsters from the front, aiming for their tails.

Reosa managed to sever two of the beasts tails which briefly sent some of the others scurrying in panic.

The Doctor and Dana each held one of the guns the Doctor had turned into bombs. Dana was the first to use hers. She threw her bomb in front of her, at a massive machine, about ten feet away, and behind the sea of monsters.

Having remembered how unstable the equipment was when she shot it earlier and hoped to provoke a larger explosion. She knew it was dangerous, but there was so many of the monsters, seemingly more than from before and they were closing in fast, with no way of escape (the hatch had been closed behind them.)

Sure enough the bomb created a massive blast, so big it even knocked the Doctor, Dana, Reosa and Sleera off of their feet.

All of the monsters next to the machine were killed instantly whilst those on the periphery were still knocked out, or thrown several feet across the room. Even those on the outskirts began to flee back up the walls.

The Doctor was the first to get up and quickly roused Dana who had been knocked out by her own bomb. Sleera was more badly hurt. His arm had been fractured in the blast, but he managed to fight through the pain and still fired his weapon at the monsters as they started to come back. Reosa meanwhile being the farthest away from the blast was mostly okay. Her weapon had been knocked out of her hand however, and when she tried to reach for it, one of the monsters quickly batted it away with its tail and nearly struck Reosa, who was only able to barely get out of its way.

“Sorry Doctor, there was just so many I, I can’t believe I was so reckless” Dana said as she struggled to get herself back up.

“No time for that now Dana, come on while they’re still scattered.”

Dana’s blast had managed to kill most of the monsters blocking the way to the elevator, but there were still more and more crawling down from the walls on either side. The Doctor, Sleera, Dana, and Reosa ran as fast as they could towards the elevator, dodging the monsters tails, with Sleera also firing indiscriminately at the creatures.

They managed to make it to the elevator, with hordes of the monsters in pursuit. The Doctor however was able to scatter them again by throwing his bomb right into the centre of the crowd of beasts. This time the creatures attempted to flee, and most of them managed to escape the blast. The Doctor’s bomb only managed to get about 4 or 5 of the creatures, though it still did knock a few more off of their feet at least.

Whilst the Doctor and the others were distracted however, one of the monsters managed to crawl down the wall just above the elevator and wrapped its tail around Sleera, causing him to drop his gun.

Sleera screamed in pain, but by the time the Doctor, Dana and Reosa had turned round, the monster had already hoisted him about ten feet in the air. Dana who was the closest to the gun Sleera had dropped, picked it up and fired at the monster. She didn’t have a perfect aim, but she still managed to hit its tail and wound the creature enough to drop Sleera, who fell on his fractured arm.

Reosa helped Sleera up whilst the Doctor started to operate the elevator.

The monster that had grabbed Sleera quickly descended from the wall beside the Doctor, but both Sleera and Reosa grabbed it from behind before it could pounce on the Time Lord. They struggled against the monsters strength, but Dana managed to shoot it in the tail, severing it this time. Whilst the monster was distracted from the pain, Sleera and Reosa managed to pull it on its back, allowing Dana to open fire on the beasts stomach, killing it.

“Come on” the Doctor shouted as the elevator doors swung open. The foursome managed to make it in just in time as the hordes of ravenous monsters descended on the elevator doors. With no time to spare the Doctor sent the lift to a higher level. At random, he picked the 4th floor.

“We made it, I can’t believe it” Dana said through heavy gasps. Sleera meanwhile tried frantically to get through to Laragesh on his communicator, but there was no response.

The doors suddenly swung open to reveal a long black corridor.

The Doctor was the first to explore, as always. There were a few remains of scientists scattered throughout the 4th floor. One of them, a soldier at the very end looked embedded in the floor up to his chest.

“Come in, come in” Sleera shouted. “Don’t let me down now.” He said as he started to worry if something had gone wrong in the shelter.

Reosa meanwhile spoke with the Doctor. “This isn’t the right level for the cure, we need to head to the 6th floor”.

The Doctor at first didn’t answer. He was too distracted by the figure stuck in the floor. Suddenly however the entire team were distracted by the sound of something huge lumbering outside.”

“He’s back” the Doctor uttered quietly in fear. “We need to get to the lift now.”

“Yes, like I said the cure is on the 6th floor Doctor.” Reosa said sharply.

“Right sorry about that, I was a bit distracted by the dead body welded to the floor.”

The room started to shake and the four started to run. Just as they did however, Sleera suddenly heard a noise coming from his communicator.

“Sleera, come in Sleera!”

He quickly responded.

“Get out of there now. Its coming your way.”

“Yes thank you for your timely interruption, we are fleeing from that giant freak.”

“Its not the giant, its coming from beneath you. Stay away from the lift!”

Suddenly a hand came bursting out of the floor, right in front of the lift, Stopping the Doctor, Dana, Reosa and Sleera in their tracks. The hand was black and ended in long, thin claws. Interestingly enough however, the hand did not actually break the floor. It seemed to phase through it.

A creature, standing over 7 feet tall, and completely black and featureless, except for a mouth filled with 3 sets of long, blood stained teeth stood in front of them.

Reosa, (who had taken the weapon off of Dana in the elevator.) Tried to shoot the beast, but its body became transparrant, causing the laser to fire through it. The monster then briefly became flesh before grabbing Dana, after which they both vanished through the floor in a flash.

Below Dana fell roughly 10 feet, but before she hit the hard metal floor, a similar creature caught her in its arms.

It lowered her slowly to the ground, allowing her to see ten more similar creatures behind it. The room was covered in blood and the mangled remains of various soldiers who had been pulled under to the same gruesome fate. Dana backed away slowly, absolutely terrified.

To be continued.