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Old soldiers, comrades in arms – the Brigadier saw many fall during his years with UNIT, but perhaps none more tragically than those at Kreigskind. Called to help when a friend falls ill, how can Lethbridge-Stewart fight an enemy that can breach every defence?
Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart pours himself a drink and recalls something his father told him on the day he said he was going to join the army – “In life, as on the fields of battle, there are old soldiers and there are bold soldiers, but there are very few old, bold soldiers“. He didn’t know what his father meant at the time, but he does now. The job they do takes its toll on those left behind. He knew a couple of fellows who were willing to risk their lives for their friends and for the greater good, and he‘d take a bullet for both of them. One of them is dead now, but the other he’s sure he’ll see again one day, when he least expects it. He makes a toast to absent friends, comrades in arms and old soldiers…
Kriegeskind Castle wasn’t a warm or welcoming place and the rain didn‘t help much. It had been a fortress for hundreds of years, either for the Nazis, the Medieval lords, the Romans or the nomadic tribes before them. It was in a remote part of the German countryside and was easily defensible. The Brigadier hadn’t been inside since UNIT first took over the place years ago. It was one of dozens of secure UNIT facilities across the world, watching for signs of invasion, paranormal events or unexplained anomalies.
- Old Soldiers was the seventh release in the Companion Chronicles audio range.
The Brigadier mentions his recent falling out with The Doctorover the Silurian incident. (Doctor Who and the Silurians)