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Lily was the twenty-first short story in the Short Trips anthology Short Trips: A Christmas Treasury. It was written by Jackie Marshall. It featured the Fifth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith.

Most notably, the story is the first in any medium to offer an account of Sarah having a family of her own, revealing her to have had both a daughter and even a granddaughter after leaving the Doctor, an account that would subsequently go ignored after Sarah's return to televised Doctor Who and, particularly, after the release of The Sarah Jane Adventures.


The Doctor is visiting Sarah at Christmas. She is currently taking care of her granddaughter Lily. Lily has Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and it is all Sarah can do to keep Lily happy enough to keep her out of trouble.

The three attend the church service, during which the congregation sings Christmas carols. Lily loves music, and sits still to listen. When the singing is over, she runs for the door instead of heading for the refreshments, and the Doctor and Sarah follow her.

Outside, it has begun to snow. Sarah is worried because Lily loves to play in the snow so much that she doesn't notice when she's too cold, but she will scream if someone tries to bring her in. The Doctor suggests walking home through the forest so Lily can enjoy the snow.

By the end of the walk, the Doctor has convinced Sarah that she is doing her best for Lily, and that she is making a difference in Lily's life.


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  • Sarah jokes about the Doctor's cricket outfit.
  • The Doctor and Sarah dance a waltz in the snow.


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