The Seventh Doctor, tired of trying drinks from the food replicator with his companion all night, steps outside the TARDIS into a village in Ancient Greece. He talks to a young girl who tells him that she is to become the handmaiden of a priestess because her family do not have enough money. After being given a glass of water by the girl's mother, he gifts the family a gold coin in exchange, that will allow them to buy enough food to last them a year. As he leaves, he asks the girl her name, and she tells him that it is Katarina. The Doctor realises that he has, again, failed to save the life of somebody who trusted him.
- The Doctor mentions that his companion is hungover after a night testing drinks from the TARDIS replicator.
- The Doctor gives the family a gold coin in exchange for his drink of water.
- This story was the winner of the all-age category in a 1991 DWM competition to write a story for the Brief Encounter series.
- The Doctor recalls meeting the older Katarina in Troy (TV: The Myth Makers) and her death in 4000. (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan)