Reviewed By: Kamelion
Review Date: 3/18/19 2:49 pm
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In a story of accidental time meddling -one of my favorite topics- a student in a high school science fair is visited by the second Doctor and Victoria. The story is focused on the views of the student in how the science fair seems to be rigged where the same high school wins 1st through 3rd place every year. While he is aiming for a simple 2nd place win that too seems unlikely because one of the judges is a graduate of the same suspect school where he believes that the winners are already determined in advance so to speak.
The students project is on time travel and he seems well studied and confident in his calculations. The Doctor takes out a felt pen and corrects his calculations for him. And the kid destroys time with it. The Doctor and Victoria end up running through a field where time is imploding with them running through a burning forest for a moment and being under water the next. They make it back to the TARDIS only to find that they are exactly nowhere. With a quick TARDIS jump they find the kid crying in a room with dozens of himself at different ages and he admits to the Doctor "I think I broke it." It, being time.
The Doctor does in fact fix the problem for the kid and assures him that he is going to win the science fair. This story would have done quite well to have just a few extra minutes for a nice closure of just that.
Considering the extremely low grade borderline Doctor Who story that David Troughton, son of Patrick Troughton "A Stain of Red in the Sand" was handed down as the second story in Short Trips Volume 1, it was a great relief to see that this year he had a nice story actually about time travel, to contribute to with his excellent reading.