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Issue Details: First known date: 2007... 2007 Midnight in the Café of the Black Madonna
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'The Doctor awakens surrounded by the Crei, aliens that look like elephants. The Doctor discovers that he is on one of their ships and that they have trapped him there thanks to a temporal trap and that has taken the city of Prague from the twenty-fourth century in the hopes of finding a device that would help them win the war. The Doctor is forced to help them in order to get the TARDIS back. He takes them through the city, stopping at different places that the device, the Tipping Device, might be. The Doctor gets a clue from the Crei that the device might be at the Old Clock Tower that is in the centre of Prague. The Crei had stopped time to help find the device and they restore it in order to get the clock working. The Doctor and Kandula, the Crei helping the Doctor, race back towards the TARDIS. The commander attacks them as they flee as he realizes that he was tricked. The Doctor and Kandula escape, but Kandula is badly wounded and dies. The Doctor actually had the device all this time as Kandula slipped it into one of his pockets. Prague is returned safely to Earth.

Years pass and the Crei ship is left in ruins floating in space. People come and dump the junk on the remains. And one lone Crei figure remains clutching a small device, thought to be the Tipping Device.'

[The Doctor is the Third Doctor.]

Source: ( Sighted 20/5/11

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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Destination Prague : A Short-Story Anthology Steven Savile (editor), Maidenhead : Big Finish Productions , 2007 Z1780591 2007 anthology short story science fiction

    'Prague has its demons - a city saved from the ravages of war and the Third Reich because of its beauty, it is home to Rabi Loew's Golem, Rudolph II's obsession with finding the elixir of youth, scientific genius in the form of Kepler and Tycho Brahe, and the alchemical obsessions of Magister Kelly.

    It is believed that there are magnetic energies whose lines intersect in Prague at several spots. Astronomy, astrology, numerology and magnetic forces have all played a role in building the city - but how will they influence its future?

    This is the city rich in history, and full of potential - how will it adapt over the centuries to come? Will it have a glamorous rebirth or wallow in a dystopic nightmare? And what will be the role of the old superstitions in the new world?

    For the Doctor and his companions, the answers to these questions are only just the start of further mysteries...'

    Source: ( Sighted: 20/5/11

    Maidenhead : Big Finish Productions , 2007
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Re-Collections : The Best of Short Trips Xanna Eve Chown (editor), Maidenhead : Big Finish Productions , 2009 Z1780598 2009 anthology short story science fiction

    This is the final anthology in the Short Trips series, and contains one work from each of Big Finish's preceding twenty-eight Short Trips anthologies. Unlike the other anthologies, it does not have a unified theme.

    Maidenhead : Big Finish Productions , 2009
Last amended 4 Aug 2011 14:47:35
  • Prague,
    Czech Republic,
    Eastern Europe, Europe,
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