Iris Wildthyme recounts her first meeting with El Jefe, a refugee from a powerful race of time-travelling aliens.
- Jeff claims he was involved in the crisis "when the Monkey God threatened to bring anti-matter through into our Universe."
- Iris pretends to have met El Jefe in revolutionary Paris. In The Scarlet Empress she claims to have have met the First Doctor in revolutionary Paris.
- First Meetings was reprinted in Obverse Books' charity anthology A Second Target for Tommy as When Iris Met Billy. In this reprinting, several phrases were replaced with more Doctor Who-familiar terms: "El Jefe" became "the Doctor" or "Billy"; "Alison" became "Susan"; "the Clockworks" became "Gallifrey"; "Wordships" became "timeships"; and "The Maelstrom" became "the Vortex".
- The mysterious people of the Clockworks originated in the previous universe, but crossed the rapids so they could tend their Tale Without Meaning. (PROSE: Christmas on a Rational Planet, The Book of the War)