This article is written from
a real world point of view
{{#set:Has image=File: }}
Special Occasions: 4. Playing with Toys
Doctor: doctor::Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Romana II
Main setting: the Doctor's TARDIS, outside the Universe
Key crew __NOFACTBOX__
Writer: David Agnew
Release details
Part of: Short Trips and Side Steps
←Previous Next→
Short Trips short stories
Storm in a Tikka Vrs

Playing with Toys was the twentieth short story in the Short Trips anthology Short Trips and Side Steps. It was written by David Agnew. It featured the Fourth Doctor and Romana II.

Summary Edit

Relaxing in the TARDIS after their strenuous but enjoyable day, the Doctor and Romana muse that it's not so bad where they are. They have fun every day. The details of what they do may change from day to day, but perhaps it doesn't matter.

Romana drifts off to sleep on a chaise longue whilst the Doctor explores a mysterious toybox. He muses on the nature of toys, the adults who bought them and the children who played with them for a while, caring for them and enjoying them, until the games changed and it became time to put them away. He finds an especially interesting doll resembling a Chinese mandarin. A projector somewhere in the shadows begins showing a flickering movie, but when the Doctor tries to tell Romana about it, he discovers that he has been turned into a toy himself, a puppet hanging silently by marionette strings. Unable to move, the Doctor watches the film and drifts off to sleep himself.

Characters Edit

References Edit

  • The Doctor has turned the safe which once held the segments of the Key to Time into a refrigerator.
  • Romana relaxes in the TARDIS on a Louis Quinze chaise longue.

Notes Edit

Continuity Edit

External links Edit

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.