Seventeen-year-old Sam Jones\'s first trip in the TARDIS is to the Seychelles in the present day - and involves a deadly encounter with alien bounty hunters. Can the Doctor stop them making Earth their battleground?
Read by Paul McGann, with added music and effects, features the Eighth Doctor and Sam.
Originally released on double-cassette, the collection has been re-released in MP3 format as part of the Tales from the TARDIS - Volume Two collection.
The Doctor and Sam are on Silhouette Island in the Seychelles, where the Doctor is trying to decide whether he should take Sam back to London or let her continue travelling with him. Before he can decide, he and Sam encounter a Rhiptogan, a shape-shifting alien fugitive who is searching the beach for missing parts from his damaged spaceship. The fugitive, Lirpa, flees with the TARDIS key, and the Doctor is forced to pursue him -- but he is followed by a Rhiptogan bounty hunter, Ruduse, who kills Lirpa by throwing him into a tidal pool. The seawater melts away Lirpa\'s body, and Ruduse takes his head as a trophy. Meanwhile, Sam locates the fugitives\' ship, where she is captured by the other fugitive, Ladeeth -- and is poisoned by the alien plants growing around the ship\'s entrance. Ruduse arrives and fights Ladeeth, seriously injuring him; but the Doctor then arrives with a bucket of seawater and threatens to kill her unless she lets Sam go. Ruduse, however, realizes from Sam\'s disappointment and the Doctor\'s subsequent reaction that the Doctor is bluffing, and since Sam had mentioned that the Doctor had run away from his own people, Ruduse decides to capture him as well for the bounty. Sam, however, throws the bucket of seawater into the damaged shuttle\'s controls, and Ladeeth uses the last of his strength to hold back Ruduse as the Doctor and Sam escape. Moments later, the alien ship explodes. The Doctor takes Sam back to the TARDIS and cures her, and agrees to let her accompany him on his travels after all.
Time-Placement: The first trip of Sam in the TARDIS, so it’s set right after The Eight Doctors.