Mind Control

The First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan, along with Lilith, arrive in the TARDIS on board a spaceship. Their initial concern is for the ship's human crew, who are suffering from telepathic interference from the Sensorites, but eventually it's the travelers who are in danger. A rewrite of the First Doctor story, The Sensorites

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1. Prologue

The TARDIS had materialized as normal, but the Doctor was still frowning at the console.

“Perhaps we've landed on top of something,” Ian said.

“Yes.”

“Or inside something,” suggested Barbara.

The Doctor tapped one of the blinking lights on the console. “This says everything has stopped but the ship.”

“What did you mean, Barbara, inside something?” Susan asked.

“Perhaps that's why we still appear to be moving. Try the scanner, Doctor.”

He pressed a few buttons and they looked at the monitor. Nothing. “Covered with static. Let's try it again, Susan.”

The lights in the TARDIS flickered. When the flickering stopped, a girl with ginger hair had appeared, looking at the console worriedly

“What’s with the shaky welcome, huh Girl?” She frowned. “You’re acting like I’ve never been here before.”

“Who are you?” the Doctor demanded.

The girl cocked her head to the side, then nodded with understanding. “Ah, that would explain it. You must be the first. I’m Lilithanadir Lungbarrow, but I go by Lilith Taylor.”

“Lungbarrow?” Susan repeated. “That’s our surname.”

Lilith smiled. “You must be Susan. Dad, ah, Father said you’d probably be here when I came.”

The Doctor narrowed his eyes at her. “Your father sent you? Who is he?”

“You,” Lilith replied. “Well, a future incarnation of you, but you nonetheless.”

The two humans and the youngest Gallifreyan gaped at the girl. “Absurd,” the Doctor dismissed. “I would never do something so foolish as to send a child back in my personal timeline, let alone my own daughter.”

“Child?” Lilith spluttered. “You’re not even three hundred yet. I’ll have you know that, at this point in your timeline, I’m half your age. Besides, do you think I’m here just for the fun of it? I’ve got a paradox to prevent.”

“If you’re Grandfather’s daughter, does that make you my aunt?” Susan asked, curiously.

“Don’t be ridiculous, Susan. She’s not my daughter.”

Lilith frowned. “I never thought about it like that. I suppose you are.” She shrugged. “Point is, I’m here for a bit. No point in arguing or delaying the fun, right? Why’s the scanner all static?”

Ian shook himself out of the shock caused by Lilith sudden appearance. “That could be caused by an unsuppressed motor.”

“Yes,” the Doctor agreed, “or a magnetic field.”

“Shall we go outside, Grandfather?” Susan asked, excitedly.

“No, I shan't be happy until I've solved this little mystery,” he said.

Lilith rolled her eyes. “What’re you gonna do? Tinker until the Old Girl shocks you? Hit the scanner with a mallet?”

“A mallet?” the Doctor repeated, appalled.

She shrugged. “Sometimes I worry about your mental health in your old age, Father.”

“I don't know why we ever bother to leave the ship,” Barbara sighed.

The Doctor waved it off. “You're still thinking about the experiences you had with the Aztecs.”

Barbara shook her head. “No, I've got over that now.”

“There's one thing about it, Doctor,” Ian said, “We're certainly different from when we started out with you.”

“Traveling with the Doctor changes a person,” Lilith said, quietly.

“And you know this from experience?” Barbara questioned.

“Of course I do,” Lilith defended. “I’m just saying, when you’re in the TARDIS, you have all of time and space at your fingertips. It’s impossible to walk away from that the same as you were going in. Not when you see so many things out there.”

“Yes,” Ian agreed. “We've had some pretty rough times and even that doesn't stop us. It's a wonderful thing, this ship of yours, Doctor. Taken us back to prehistoric times, the Daleks.”

“Marco Polo, Marinus,” Susan supplied.

“Ancient Rome, Midnight,” Lilith whispered to herself.

“And the Aztecs,” added Barbara.

The Doctor chuckled. “Yes, and that extraordinary quarrel I had with that English king, Henry the Eighth. You know, he threw a parson's nose at me.”

“What did you do?”

Lilith snickered. “What else? He threw it back at him. The king demanded he be taken to the Tower of London. That’s why he did it.

“Why?”

“The TARDIS was inside the Tower,” Susan answered.

The Doctor frowned at Lilith. “How do you know about that? That was before Ian and Barbara came to travel with Susan and I.”

“I know because you told me.” She rolled her eyes. “You’re adventures are the bedtime stories from my childhood.”

Susan cocked her head to the side. “Did you not go to the Academy?”

Lilith made a face. “On Gallifrey? Rassilon, no. I was raised on the TARDIS. Mother and Father taught me everything I need to know.”

The Doctor looked at her, suspiciously. “Yes, now, let us get back to this little problem. Open the door, Susan.”

“Have you checked everything, Doctor?” Ian questioned.

“Yes, yes,” he assured the man.

Lilith looked shocked. “You actually check?”

“Of course I do. Simply waltzing out of the TARDIS without knowing the surroundings is irresponsible,” the Doctor sniffed. “There’s plenty of fresh air out there, temperature normal.”

“Oh, just the unknown, then.”

Lilith grinned. “And that, Barbara Wright, is half the fun.”

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