Private Investigations was the fourth short story in the Short Trips anthology Short Trips: Dalek Empire. It was written by Ian Farrington. It featured the Seventh Doctor and Ace.


Dr Colem Litchen of the Landaluze Corporation is giving a presentation at a university, asking for funds to help him continue his research on the Dalek invasion of Malite. He gives the audience a brief summary of what the researchers think happened on Malite, hoping to interest them enough that they will fund his research.

Records that survived the invasion show that prior to the Dalek arrival, the Doctor and Ace arrived on Malite to warn them of the impending invasion. Premier Yellesh Mercado and his government officials heeded the Doctor's warning and prepared their planet, allowing them to resist the Dalek invasion far longer than any other planet had.

However, Mercado soon had the Doctor arrested as a traitor, and Mercado himself was apparently killed. As Dr Litchen tells his audience, however, it seems unlikely that the Doctor was a traitor, especially as his friend Ace helped to spearhead a resistance movement after the Dalek occupation. Records that he has studied indicate that it was Mercado who was the traitor, having the Doctor falsely arrested and faking his own death as part of his deal with the Daleks.

Dr Litchen hopes that his presentation has made a difference.




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