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Issue Details: First known date: 2003... 2003 Midrash
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'Anson sends for a Special Investigator, Ash Madai, to question Braxiatel and find out where his time machine is hidden. It's said that Ash can simply look at a person and know everything there is to know about them. After touring the Collection, Ash visits Braxiatel, who has been expecting his arrival and knows that Ash is in fact looking for something entirely different. Braxiatel has spent the last two days putting up barriers, and Ash finds that he can't read Braxiatel's future -- but this is why he toured the Collection first. He has read its future, and knows how the Fifth Axis will be defeated -- and unless Braxiatel gives him what he wants, he'll tell the Fifth Axis what he knows. Braxiatel's control slips just enough for Ash to learn that Benny is holding the object that he's looking for. He thus visits Benny, who has conducted some research and learned that "Ashmadai" was the King of the Demons who was forced by King Solomon to help build his temple. The ring Braxiatel told her to safeguard is the key with which Solomon bound Ashmadai to his service, and he needs the ring to escape this form. Whether a demon or alien, he does have extraordinary powers -- and he tells Benny that if she doesn't give him the ring, he'll tell the Fifth Axis where to find Peter. Realising that he's not bluffing, Benny hands over the ring, and Ashmadai vanishes, leaving the Axis to the mercy of the future.'

Source: ( Sighted: 19/5/11


  • Doctor Who spin-off work. The Doctor is not a character.

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    y separately published work icon Life During Wartime : A Short-Story Anthology Paul Cornell (editor), Maidenhead : Big Finish Productions , 2003 Z1780188 2003 anthology short story science fiction

    'The Braxiatel Collection has been occupied by the Fifth Axis. This shouldn't have happened: Brax picked this place to be safe, and surely he knows the history of time and space?

    Bernice and her friends find themselves living under a military government. Bev joins the resistance. Adrian is thrown into a prison camp for aliens. Jason finds a comfortable little niche for himself in the new administration. Bernice's half-human son, Peter, is now under threat every minute of every day.

    Bernice finds herself caught in the middle of the occupation, her old friends, and her desperate need to protect her child.'

    Source: Big Finish website ( Sighted: 19/5/11

    Maidenhead : Big Finish Productions , 2003
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