Doctor Who Drabble (yes, another one)

Here’s a Drabble previously published in the October 2020 issue of the Gallifrey Guardian.

1814

“Goodbye, Tiny.”

“Where will she go, Doctor?

“Somewhere cold, I imagine.”

Tiny glided past, sank out of sight, and headed north. She made a brief stop in Scotland, where she met a distant relative inaccurately named “Nessie.” Their joy at having found another of their kind led to a union blessed by several offspring.

The children scattered around the globe, sometimes achieving legendary status of their own. Coastal dwellers from Maine to Japan, San Francisco, Victoria, Nova Scotia, and the Cape of Good Hope have tales of local sea serpents. (Natives of St. Simons Island, Georgia, call theirs Altamaha-ha.)

A Word About Drabbles:  Drabbles are short (100 words or less) stories; those you read on this blog are all set in the Doctor Who universe.

The 4-part Drabble I posted December 20th through 23rd, 2020 was obviously inspired by The Doctor’s farewell remark to Rose in Doomsday, showing it had been simmering in my mind for quite a while. Nergal, mentioned in part 2, was an ancient god of Mesopotamia. The inspiration for Part 4, which tied it all together, was an article carried in a local newspaper about Victor Buso, an amateur astronomer who did witness the birth of a supernova.

Likewise, my Drabble “1814” was based on Thin Ice, but was inspired by information I came across about a ‘sea serpent’ while researching St. Simons Island, Georgia prior to a visit there. All of the locations mentioned at the end of that drabble do have their own sea serpent legends.

My point being, inspiration is out there! Below are more headlines that could inspire a Doctor Who Drabble.

  • Science reveals the answer to the Yeti mystery: Bears
  • NASA: Cause of ISS mystery hole will be determined
  • Tiny mystery skeleton was human girl
  • Temperate planet (Ross 128 b) could meet requirements for habitability
  • Saturn moon rings with possibilities of life
  • Mysterious asteroid the size of a dwarf planet is lurking in our solar system
  • Radio signals detected from the direction of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to our own sun
  • Astronomers see possible hints of life above Venus

That last article has already been refuted, but it did include a phrase that left me smiling: “After three astronomers met in a bar in Hawaii…” Doesn’t it just beg for a punch line? “Three astronomers walk into a bar…” Can you finish the joke?

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