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The Monsters from Earth
Series: Doctor Who Annual
Doctor: First Doctor
Companions: Tony and Amy Barker & their dog
Setting: Sense Sphere
Published In: Doctor Who Annual 1966 (p. 54-66)
Previous Story: The Lost Ones
Following Story: Peril in Mechanistria

Two children playing hide-and-go-seek use the TARDIS as a hiding place and, while exploring, accidently become stowaways on the ship.



Amy Barker and her brother, Tony, are playing hide-and-go-seek when Amy and their dog, Butch, use the police telephone-box as their hiding place. While Amy believes that the fantastic box is a some sort of space ship and begins to explore, Tony is more wary of going to far but eventually follows after his sister. When his elbow hits the door it swings closed and the children are locked into the TARDIS.

Soon after The Doctor returns, unhappy that he had landed on Earth in 1966 instead of some far away world. He quickly dematerializes the TARDIS and leaves for another world and time. When the TARDIS materializes, the Doctor realizes that the TARDIS is not on firm ground and he grabs a flashlight to go out into the dark to investigate. After opening the door, the TARDIS lurches and throws the Doctor out. After a short fall, the Doctor switches on his light and sees that the TARDIS has landed upon a giant web, a web which also snaged him, saving him from a great fall. The Doctor surmises that the darkness and the web mean that he is in a great cavern. When he looks toward the TARDIS, the lights shining through the open door illuminates a giant spider, consideably larger than a full grown man. The Doctor finds that the spider cowers when the directed light from his flashlight is shined upon him, so the Doctor uses his new found knowledge to make his way from strand to strand and back to the TARDIS.

The Doctor prepares a syringe of poison to kill the spider, and when he sprays it at the spider, both it and the TARDIS fall to the floor of the cavern. As he again steps out of the TARDIS, the Doctor notices a perfectly round hole covered by a door. When the door swung open, bright light filled the cavern and the Doctor climbed through.

The Doctor finds himself in a cage being viewed by humanoid creatures with gray skin and no clothing known as Sensorites. When the Doctor demands to be realeased the Sensorites shrink back, fearful of him because he came out of the spider's lair alive. While some wish to destroy him, others are intrigued and reach through the bars to touch him, and he places the remaining poison within the syringe safely out of reach. He quickly finds that the spiders, known as Zilgans, are used by the Sensorites to punish their criminals. They take the Doctor prisoner for killing the Zilgan.

Amy and Tony find the Doctor
Tony and Amy wake up under a bench where they hid when they found they were locked in the TARDIS. Tony remembers seeing an old man working controls before falling asleep, but doesn't know where he has gone. Seeing the door open, they prepare to venture outside just as the ship begins its fall to the cavern floor. Having been shaken during the fall, the children finally exit the Tardis and see the porthole and giant spider. Tony quickly realizes that they must not be on Earth anymore. Exiting through the porthole Tony sees the planet's two suns. Amy and butch soon join him and they set off to explore.

The children happen upon a large amphitheater and see the old man strapped to a circular dias in the middle. Butch scampers up to the dias and begins licking the Doctor. Seeing the dog and children the Doctor at first believes he is halucinating before Tony explains how they had accidentally travelled with the Doctor.

The Doctor coordinates with the children to plan an escape. Knowing the Sensorites fear the dark and can not handle loud noises, he has the children enter a small underground passage they had found and tells them to begin making loud noises as soon as he is unbound.

As the Doctor waits he begins to grow more dehydrated from the exposure to the dual suns. After what seems like hours, the Sensorites finally return and the Doctor finds that he is condemned to death for the killing of a sacred Zilgan. But instead of being sent back into the cavern to be eaten, the Sensorites are determined to find a different method of destroying him.

As the bonds are removed so the Doctor can be transported to his execution, he lets out his loudedst yell and the children and their dog join in. The Sensorites, fleeing the sound, allow the children to come to the Doctor's aid and assist him in escaping.

The three make there way back to the porthole and return to the cavern and the TARDIS.



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Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

  • The Doctor is referred to throughout the story as Dr. Who.


  • Because the Doctor does not recognize the Sensorites and because the Sensorites have never heard of Earth, it can be surmised that this incident occurs before DW: The Sensorites.


External Links

  • Doctor Who Reference Guide: Synopsis - The Monsters from Earth

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