The Doctor has brought seven extremely wealthy citizens to what he calls "Purgatoria". These people are so wealthy that they've become bored with life, and they've come here to experience something out of the ordinary.
One by one, the Doctor brings each person to a separate room where he first brings them to the breaking point, then lets them experience first-hand a story from his own life.
Each of the seven comes out of his or her experience a changed person. The Doctor is confronted by the Overseers, who are angry that he has broken his word to run their storytelling machine. He then tells them, to their shock and disbelief, that he has destroyed their machine. They remind him of their threat to spread misery wherever he goes, but he tells them that the people he has helped today are some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the galaxy, and they are on his side. The Doctor leaves the Overseers, who are powerless to stop him.
The Doctor visits Laurence, making good his promise to fix Laurence's life. He takes Laurence away in the TARDIS.
- Eighth Doctor
- General Candy
- Tabitha Dunhut
- Gilbert Fleshsmith
- The Doctor talks about his fights with Cybermen, Ice Warriors, and the Terrible Zodin.
- The Doctor has picnicked on Mars, swum on Florana, and strolled through the Eye of Orion.
- Tebediatroculozan studied lichen on Verana Delta.
- This story consists of the introduction, afterword, and linking material from Short Trips: Seven Deadly Sins.
- Seven Deadly Sins finishes the story begun in Telling Tales.
- The Doctor refers to Romana being President of Gallifrey and to the Dalek invasion. (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element)
- The Doctor says that he has met Rassilon and Omega. (TV: The Five Doctors, The Three Doctors)
- The Doctor mentions encountering a "bloke made out of sweets" on a world whose namehe couldn't remember, referring to his encounter with the Kandyman on Terra Alpha. (TV: The Happiness Patrol)
- The Doctor mentions that he has been a president of Gallifrey himself. (TV: The Deadly Assassin)
- The Doctor mentions travelling with Bernice Summerfield. (PROSE: Love and War, The Dying Days)
- The Doctor mentions a boy who came from another universe to travel with him, referring to Adric who came from the pocket universe of E-Space. (TV: Full Circle)
- The Doctor recalls the Sontaran invasion of Gallifrey. (TV: The Invasion of Time)
- The Doctor refers to his death fom Spectrox toxaemia, (TV: The Caves of Androzani) falling from a very high gantry, (TV: Logopolis) being shot by a street gang, (TV: Doctor Who) and a burst of deadly radiation. (TV: Planet of the Spiders)
- The Doctor talks about the time he was chosen above all other Time Lords to serve the White Guardian, (TV: The Ribos Operation) and finding enlightenment. (TV: Enlightenment)
- The Doctor's eyes pulse from blue to green, indicating that his biodata has been altered by Faction Paradox. (PROSE: Alien Bodies)