Doctor Who RPG: Season 1

Episode 3: The Eye of Artemis

Platform 113, The Hadron Cluster, Artemis Sector…2184

An undisclosed officer opens up a communications line to his associate. He wants to know if the merchandise provided to him is of sufficient quality. His associate who appears cloaked as a black obelisk with multiple lights around him assures him that the merchandise is of sufficient quality and is untraceable. He asks only that the man completes his mission so that the The Sons of Earth will get their reward and so will he.

The man returns to his station in the command deck. The crew report that a ship is requesting activation of the Eye of Artemis, a huge wormhole in space that allows interstellar travel (and which Platform 113 regulates). They soon discover that the ship is actually Air Force One and is carrying the current President of the The Central Earth Government (C.E.G.) Muhammad Rashiq. Clearance is given but not everything is going to plan because warning claxons and lights begin to flash everywhere. Something is wrong with the controls and if they don’t fix it the President’s ship will smash against the wormhole and be destroyed!

Cue Theme Music

The Doctor is teaching Terrance how to fly the TARDIS and tells him to spin the yellow wibbly thing on the console. As he does, the ship is thrown about violently. As the TARDIS begins to shake uncontrollably, the groups voices begin to go out of sink with their mouths and terrible G-forces tear at them. The Doctor realises that the TARDIS is being affected by some kind of force that can manipulate time and space. He summarises that the best way to not be torn apart is to simply ride the force to wherever it’s going as the TARDIS is effectively in a flat spin. Strenuously reaching to keep the controls level, Terrence and the Doctor manage to arrive with a final harsh crash. Slowly, the group pick themselves up as the Doctor explains that they were caught in some kind of time corridor.

Platform 113, Main Corridor

Emerging from the TARDIS, the Doctor, Terrence and Arty find themselves on some kind of space station which is orbiting an immense wormhole that is swirling outside. Jaw wide open, Terrence stares at this most awesome sight before being brought back to the here and now by the sound of alarms and flashing warning lights that are ringing out across the station.

Jovially, the Doctor ushers his companions forth to find the source of both the time corridor and the emergency gripping the station.

Command Deck

Taking an anti-grav lift, the group enter a chaotic command deck that is looking out onto the wormhole. There are staff in white uniforms on the command deck in total panic moving from console to console whilst a captain in white military uniform stares out of the viewport.

The Doctor and Terrence quickly take control of the situation and ascertain that the President of the Central Earth Government (C.E.G.) is on his way to the wormhole known as the Eye of Artemis, but the station (which is responsible for opening the Eye) is not performing its duty. If something isn’t done then the President’s ship will smash into the Eye!

Examining the situation carefully, the Doctor stated that there was enough power in the platform to open the eye up, it’s just that there is a problem with the relaying of that power. It needed the gravity drive being taken off line momentarily so that someone could take a look at them. With only minutes remaining, the Doctor left Terrence on the command deck whilst he went down to Engineering.

The Captain, thankful that someone had finally taken action and seemingly knew what they were doing, watched eagerly.

Engineering

Going down to engineering, the Doctor found the generators firmly sealed with blast doors and a nearby computer flashing warnings that the reactors core temperature was critical. Quick as a flash the Doctor unlocked the huge blast doors with the aid of his Sonic Screwdriver and entered the Engineering room where he found destroyed machinery and two dead engineers. The destroyed machinery was what was stopping the power getting through so he speedily constructed a Harmonic Particle Array to solve the problem.

Powering down the Gravity Drive with the help of Terrence, the Doctor quickly replaced the Array and switched the power on once more but there wasn’t enough power. As the seconds to the Presidents impact ticked rapidly by, the Doctor boosted the power with the aid of his Sonic Screwdriver (shorting it out completely for a while) and allowed the Presidents ship to just career through at the last second!

The explorers were thanked and taken to the docking bay to meet the President who stated that he thought it was sabotage and would like the groups help in finding the culprit (he only trusted them because if they wanted him dead, then they could have just left him). He also invited the group to have dinner with him later on.

Eagerly, the group took up the challenge in the hope of also discovering the source of the time corridor.

Security Station

The group began by searching the Engineering room where they found a bottle of brandy popular in the 21st century (but with the label in perfect condition) and an account card. They also discovered the smell of cordite and a security camera which led them to the security station.

At the security station they noticed a guy looking suspicious and handing the engineer the bottle of brandy before leaving. The screen also fuzzed out showing pictures from the 1950’s TV shows. Checking the account card revealed a guy called Jassik Yung.

After searching for a while, the group agreed to go to the Mess Hall to tell the President what they had found so far.

Mess Hall

Arriving at the mess hall, the Doctor related to the President his suspicion of Jassik Yung whom suspiciously entered as a waiter and served the President a glass of champagne. The Doctor quietly told the President not to drink the substance and call in his personal guard. Unfortunately, as the guards entered, Jassik realized that he had been discovered and began to run. The Doctor and Terrence gave chase, but Jassik was destined to escape as the Doctor managed to trip over a table and get his foot stuck in a pan whilst they careered through the kitchen!

After locking down the station and running a quick GPS search, the group found Jassik in the communications room.

Communications Room

Entering the Comms Room, they found Jassik trying to communicate with the black obelisk with multiple lights around it. A tussle ensued, during which Terrence managed to successfully decode the signal to reveal The DALEK EMPEROR!

Astounded, the Doctor quizzed the Emperor about his survival and plans. The Emperor told the Doctor that he used Jasik and gave him the equipment via the time corridor to sow confusion and conflict between the C.E.G. and the Sons of Earth so he could conquer the galaxy easier (because they would be too busy infighting to prepare). Now his plan had failed, the Emperor intended to bring his Dalek force through the Eye of Artemis and conquer the galaxy. Defiantly the Doctor vowed to stop them and cut off the communications.

Defeating the Daleks

With little time to spare, the Doctor, Terrence and Arty began to think of a plan. They realized that through their time travelling escapades; the Daleks (like the group) all had Huon particles surrounding their body which is what the Doctor affectionately termed “void stuff”. He once before used a temporal rift to send the Daleks careering into the void and surmised that if he could modify the platform, he could do it again as when they open the Eye to come through, they would instead open a passage to the void and be sucked in.

Frantically the Doctor set about modifying the station whilst Arty and Terrence helped build barricades and defenses for the Platform. The Captain vowed that his men were military officers and would face the Daleks even though they only had a handful of energy guns. This was to be the last defence of Platform 113!

The Eye of Artemis

In a race against time, the Doctor began making the final modifications to the Platform as the first Daleks activated the Eye of Artemis and began moving through. Between the two companions, Terrence and Arty, they managed to delay the force and shut down the Eye via removing the Harmonic Particle Array, allowing only three Daleks to make it to the other end. Still a tremendous threat, the Daleks began to breach the hull and fight their way to the Doctor.

Triumphantly as the crew radioed in screaming that they couldn’t affect the Daleks (before being exterminated) the Dalek Emperor communicated with the Doctor once more and offered him a chance to join the Daleks. After the Doctor refused and stated that he had just finished the modifcations to stop them, the Emperor announced that he would destroy them all. At that point a Dalek entered the Command Deck and demanded their surrender. When the Doctor refused, the Dalek shouted “Exterminate” and was about to open fire on the group when it began to swirl around stating it was out of control.

In the climax, the Eye of Artemis opened up it’s maw and the Emperors Command Saucer moved through it with the Doctor valiantly pressing the switch to send the Daleks back into the void… BUT… with triumphant elation the Emperor shouted “activate the Neutron Arc” and with that, the plans of the Doctor failed, allowing not only the Emperors Command Saucer and attack force through the Eye, but also a fleet of other Dalek ships that poured through from the void!

The Emperor declares triumphantly that the Doctor was a pawn all along, they brought him here via the time corridor and knew he would investigate. They also wanted him to activate the Eye so that the force would come through. Now begins a new Empire of Daleks.

As the ships begin their deadly descent towards the Platform a manical laughter rings through the communications channel….. the laughter of DAVROS!!!

TO BE CONTINUED…

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Episode 2: The Mines of Terror

Hampton, Yorkshire… 1908

The episode began with a group of miners going down into the mines for another hard shift at work. They were explaining how hard done by they were by their boss Mr Donaldson and were stating that some of their friends had met with accidents in recent months, especially since Donaldson had opened up a new seam and closed the old one off. As they were approaching the coal face, the miners heard a faint call for help coming from a tunnel that led to the old coal seam. As they moved closer, they saw one of their old friends with a strange green luminescent mist wisping around him as he turned a corner at the far end of the tunnel. Concerned, the miners went forward to investigate and found their old friend (who had been reported killed in a mining accident about a month ago) stood still with his hands stretched by his sides and his head down. He didn’t respond to the miners attempts to communicate with him but instead started to eminate more of the green mist. Slowly, the dead miner turned to reveal his glowing green eyes and screamed at the terrified bunch of men; finally emmiting a skeletal ghost covered in green mist. Stood still and terrified the miners looked onwards as the ghostly figure shot towards them…

Cue Theme Music

The Doctor continued his journey with the peculiar robotic life form known as The Artificer or Arty for short. In addition, he had also picked up a new companion, a young geeky looking boy with an amazing knack for empathy. His name was Terrence Phillips or Terry for short. The Doctor explained of the exciting places he would take them on their adventures and landed the TARDIS. After a small amount of banter, the group decided to find out where they were.

Hampton, Yorkshire….1908

The group found themselves on a village green in a picturesque Yorkshire Village. The Doctor excitedly hurried off to mingle with the locals, Arty engaged his camoflague unit so that he looked like a working class woman of the period and hurried after him. Terry stared in disbelief that he was in a really boring place! It wasn’t long before the group managed to talk to the locals including a post office worker, a pub owner and a local Police Officer who was scratching his head at the sudden appearence of a Police Public Call Box on the middle of the village green! The locals all expressed their distrust of the group, believing they were sent by Mr Donaldson. It was during these conversations that an old mining cart came careering down the hill with an unconscious miner on board and was heading straight towards a small boy in the middle of the road. Leaping into action, the Doctor called for Terry to save the young boy whilst he and Arty stooped the horse. The excitement of it all caught Terry flat footed and he didn’t manage to save the young boy but all was not lost as Arty and the Doctor managed to grab onto the cart and pull it away, ending up back on the village green and thrown off the cart onto the floor as it came to a stop. The group helped bring the unconscious miner to his local house.

Miners House

When the group return to the miners home, he recovered and explained his encounter with the ghosts in the mine that started attacking and possessing his friends. The community began to call for strikes and the group decided to pay a visit to Mr Donaldson the leader of the pit.

Hampton Colliery

The Doctor and his companions enter the compound of the pit where they find Donaldson in an unusually middle class home. After passing themselves off as inspectors, the group questioned Donaldson about the unusual encounters. Donaldson gave little away but professed innocence and stated that they were more than welcome to go down the pit and see for themselves.

The Doctor agreed but whilst being lowered down the shaft, the cage / basket stopped and they could see faint wisps of green mist at the top of the shaft. Then the thick ropes that held the cage began to be cut through. Just before the cage plummeted to the bottom of the shaft, the group managed to find a tunnel into which they jumped. Unfortunately, this left them in the eerie mine alone and with no source of light.

Hampton Mine Shaft

The group explored the mine and found a bloody skeleton with exploded body parts around it. The body had a strong presence of Hydrogen. At that point the companions heard a faint call for help and upon investigating, found the stationary form of a miner with his hands outstreatched to the side, his back to them. He emitted the green mist and the ghosts came after them, attempting to possess them. Luckily after a brief struggle the group managed to find a strange pipe on the shafts ceiling that was pumping water into the mine. Using this pipe they managed to fend off the ghosts for a while but eventually, the sheer number of their attackers that continued to appear caused the group to retreat back down the tunnel. Making twists and turns down the old shafts, the team eventually came into a long tunnel that led to a strange metal airlock to which the group narrowly avoided capture and managed to seal themselves within.

Ssazik Ship

Finding themselves in this strange airlock, the group soon discovered that they were in an ancient spaceship filled with dust. Whilst examining their surroundings they discovered that the ghosts could obviously control the ships systems and came over the intercom demanding the Doctor and his companions surrender. They then began pumping Hydrogen into the area. Trying to find a way out, the group discovered a couple of clues including a mummified alien body in a space suit which contained an old celluloid note entitled “The Doctor” and a series of numbers, and also a ships log that noted the ghosts as the Plactoras. The Plactoras were described as a viral life form that possessed beings and scoured the galaxy. They were hunted to almost extinction until presumably they crashed on Earth.

As the Hydrogen levels rose, the group deduced that the string of numbers were for a teleport base code and found a Transmat terminal which they used to escape after rigging the ships engines to self destruct.

Water House

The Doctor and his companions found themselves in a water house based on a river just outside Hampton that contained a large hydroelectric generator and had various pipes that carried both current and water (in seperate pipes of course) underground. This was in no doubt beyond early 20th Century design. The Doctor reasoned that these were the pipes they used to help hold off the attacking Plactoras. The group began making their way back to Hampton.

Hampton Colliery

When they got back to the village, the group immediately went up the hill to confront Mr Donaldson about what they had found. Donaldson and his servant made no attempt to hide their involvement with alien beings and held the group at gunpoint demanding that they surrender. The Doctor was defiant and Arty decided to drop his camoflague suit which shocked the two men into firing upon the robot, badly disabling it. with further violence deterred by the Doctors surrender, Donaldson decided to take the group to the Hydrogen Chamber and leave the destroyed robot on his study floor. Without further delay, he revealed another transmat terminal in his study and the group departed.

Hydrogen Chamber

The Doctor and Terry found themselves in an underground chamber with a big glass domed device in the centre. The various pipes from the water house led to the device and carbon rods were lowered into water bowsers. Donaldson revealed that the Plactoras were hydrogen based life forms and multiplied in the hosts bodies, bursting forth when they had replicated enough. Although they could possess individuals at will, to reproduce they needed strong levels of Hydrogen present. For this they used the Chamber that used electrolosis of the water to break it up into its components and thus pump Hydrogen into the chamber.

As the Doctor was placed into the chamber at gunpoint by Donaldson, Arty’s voice came over the communications array. Luckily he had not died and when Donaldson left him for dead, he had gone over to the Transmat terminal and teleported back to the Ssazik ship, then re-engaging the engines to self destruct. Despite warnings, the Plactoras did not surrender and Arty was forced to detonate the engines, causing panic amongst the green misted ghosts. In the confusion, Terry and the Doctor managed to escape before the shaft was destroyed and Donaldson was burried amongst his dreams of power with the Plactoras.

Epilogue

The group returned to the TARDIS on the village green and said their goodbyes to the village folk including the confused Police Officer. Just before they left, three remaining plactoras emerged and denounced the Doctors actions, telling him that because of what the group did, they had committed genocide and there was no longer reason for the Plactoras to continue on as he had sealed their fate. With that they screamed and disipated into thin air, presumably demised.

Slowly the Doctor, Terry and the Artificer once again entered the TARDIS.

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Episode 1: The Tides of Earth

Antarctic….2008

The adventure began with a group of scientists taking samples from the antarctic ice. As they anxiously await the drill rising, it suddenly stops and a shadowy form is seen passing by the camera shortly before the image turns to static. Going to investigate, the scientists discover that the camera has been damaged and as they inspect the drill head, a freen scaly hand grabs one of the scientists.

Cue Theme Music

The Doctor was travelling through space with his newfound companion, an artificially intelligent construct named “The Artificer” (Arty for short). As they were disucssiing which planet to visit next, the Doctor noticed a small bleeping noise coming from his pocket. After searching through his many possessions he found a distress beacon that was emitting from Planet Earth. The Doctor knew the signal was coming from his old scientist friend Dr …. With that, Arty and the Doctor set off for Earth.

Antarctic….2008

The TARDIS arrived on a Royal Navy Destroyer that was in Antarctic waters. After a few bungled explanations as to why they were on the ship, both Time Travellers were taken to the Captain. As they were explaining themselves, the ship began to creak and groan as if hit from below. The seamen called out that they had seen something in the water but it was too late, the ship began to capsise. All crew put on life preservers and went overboard including Arty (who had disguised himself as a human) and the Doctor. Whilst in the water, the crew began to be dragged under by green scaly hands. Through quick thinking, Arty produced a small tablet that when activated froze liquid (used to stop oil leaks on machines). He froze part of the water and allowed some members of the crew to escape.

Once safe, talking to the crew revealed that they were on their way to an antarctic research station because about 6 months previous scientists detected unusually fast errosion of the ice caps and a team was sent out to investigate it. The Team managed to send out a brief Mayday before going silent. The ship was to investigate why. With that the Doctor, Arty and the survivors went to find the base.

Hawlins Base

Once the companions got to the base, they encountered the remaining scientists (including his old friend who had summoned them there). They found the reason that the scientists lost contact was that the radio equipment had been trashed by one of their fellow men. He went crazy in the night and trashed most of the ice samples that the team had gathered. examining the samples revealed that there were perfect holes in the ice around 5m in diamiter. The ice seemed to have been fused. At that point there was a commotion in the room where the scientist was confined. The group ran to the room only to find him being taken away by two Sea Devils. Fortunately, the reptiles stated that they “only wanted him”. and so despite having a bit of a struggle, nobody was injured and the rogue scientist was taken away.

Once recovered, the Doctor and Arty investigated the data, finding the rough location of the reported increased errosion. Previously some of the scientists had gone out there to look but never returned. The Doctor and Arty ventured out into the area using a miniature submarine.

underneath the Antarctic

In the submarine the group found a bunch of Sea Devils transporting a huge platform with a huge metal clyinder on board that began to superheat and shoot into the ice, thus melting it. A chase ensued and the submarine lost power, resulting in the Doctor and Arty being captured and being taken to the Sea Devils underwater base.

City of the Sea Devils

Once inside, the Doctor was greeted by the leader of the Sea Devils. He explained that their race had awoken in the antarctic ice from their hibernation and found their world taken over by men. They decided to melt the polar ice caps and thus flood the world, making it less habitable for humans but perfect for the Sea Devils. Then the human scientist who had broken the radio came forward. It turned out that he was in league with the reptiles as he had secretly found them and been promised life in the new world and power. The rogue scientist had issued a broadcast to all the worlds governments asking for their unconditional surrender.

The Doctor and Arty were then imprisoned alongside the other scientists who had ventured out in the other submarine, and the survivors from the Royal Navy ship sinking. Eventually the Doctor and Arty escaped, freeing the other prisoners and holding off the Sea Devils. They managed to fight their way back to the control room and drive the leader away, who along with the rogue scientist eventually escaped.

Once in the control room, the group found that Korea, had launched nuclear weapons against the location of the transmittion (the underwater base), but haven’t realised that the base is defended by a powerful forcefield. Luckily, the Doctor, Arty and the prisoners managed to escape the city just in time before it had been destroyed.

Epilogue

UNIT forces move in and receive a debrief from the Doctor. They explain that they managed to recover the TARDIS and rescu The Doctor’s old scientist friend thanked him for all his help and received a new SOS card. With that, the Doctor and Arty enter the TARDIS ready for their next adventure.

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