Tales of Trenzalore
“Here for centuries, and not a moment’s peace and quiet…”
As it had been foretold, the armies of the universe gathered at Trenzalore. Only one thing stood between the planet and destruction – The Doctor. For nine hundred years, he defended the planet, and the tiny town of Christmas, against the forces that would destroy it.
He never knew how long he could keep the peace. He never knew what creatures would emerge from the snowy night to threaten him next. He knew only that at the end he would die on Trenzalore.
Some of what happened during those terrible years is well-documented. But most of it remains shrouded in mystery and darkness.
This is a glimpse of just some of the terrors the people faced, the monstrous threats The Doctor defeated. These are the tales of the monsters who found themselves afraid – and of the one man who was not.
Read by David Troughton
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- The first letters of the four story titles spell out the word LAST. It is unclear whether this is intentional.
- Stories are Let it Snow by Justin Richards, An Apple a Day by George Mann, Strangers in the Outland by Paul Finch and The Dreaming by Mark Morris
- The Doctor tells Handles that he used to know a dog who had the same conversational skills.
- The Doctor tells Vida that the Dæmons, the Osirans, the Carrionites, and the Hervoken have all used science disguised as magic.
- In his old age, The Doctor referred to Aliganza Torp as “Barnable the 43rd,” Mellandine Eggleton as “Amelia,” and Taskia as “Clara.”
- The Mara is a gestalt entity that has many forms and also none. It uses a human skeleton as framework to take on physical form, essentially making a human-Mara hybrid.
- The Doctor lost his leg due to a Tsunami Snake.
- The Doctor wore a Stetson while performing his duties as sheriff. (The Impossible Astronaut, The Wedding of River Song, A Town Called Mercy)
- The Doctor tells the Mara that “Only people with something to live for feel fear.” His successor would share a similar sentiment with the Fisher King when facing a death he had been given foreknowledge of. (Before the Flood)
- The Mara may have tried to use Tegan’s body to manifest itself, as it merged with her temporarily before once again being defeated. Additionally, the Mara may need to convert a body into its own, so when Aris was pulled from the circle of mirrors, it had no one to attach to. (Kinda, Snakedance)
- The Doctor has encountered corpses and skulls used by aliens before. (Pyramids of Mars, Image of the Fendahl, The Dark Flame)