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Wedding Gold (1) Edit
In the TARDIS, Susan is writing a letter to Barbara, to be opened only if she died or left the TARDIS. If one of those things should happen, she asks her and Ian to look after her grandfather: she worries about what the Doctor would do without her. She says that, even though he told Barbara they can't change history, this is not exactly true: every action has consequences, every person can change the present and the future of everyone. There was a time, she says, she was tempted to do so. It happened before they came aboard, when the Doctor was looking for a place where he could hide a mysterious casket he was carrying with him.
One time, Susan and the Doctor landed in Berlin, Germany, in November 1932, during the rise of the Nazi party. The Doctor was exstatic: as he explained to Susan, on this time on Earth many great scientific minds could be found on Earth. He studied the map of a nearby railway station and worked out a route to the other side of the city to see them; however, Susan pointed out that they had no money to pay for the railway. The Doctor then came back to the TARDIS and took out some golden coins they took from ancient Rome, meaning to exchange them for money.
After some searching, the Doctor and Susan entered a jewellery to exchange the money. The jeweller, Herr Stritmacher inquired about what they were doing in Berlin as he valued the money, and they told him they were here to visit some scientists. The jeweller assessed that the coins were in perfect state, "almost as new"; he then offered them a ride himself to the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute (home of a renowned scientific circle) in the taxi of a friend of his. Ignoring Susan's concerns, the Doctor accepted the offer. As they rode to the Institute, Stritmacher expressed his opinion on the current political and economical situation: great poverty, two elections in five months with no satisfying results, no effective action from police, and the "brown shirts" (the SA, Hitler's men) as the only ones to act about it.
The doormen at the Institute's entrance refused to let the Doctor and Susan in. The Doctor then resorted to a trick: he wrote some scientific formulas on the back of one the notes Stritmacher gave him, and told to a doorman to bring it to the director, Fritz Haber. Minutes later, Haber reached them outside, amazed at the formulae the Doctor wrote, and led him and Susan into the Institute. As the Doctor wandered around, Susan had to fend off the unwanted attention of some youngsters, and finally exited the building with the excuse of getting some air. Some kids surrounded her, offering to do anything for money, and she asked them the direction for a cafe.
As she was sitting there enjoying the view, Susan was approached by a young English man, Pollitt, who started a conversation with her. Susan told him she and her grandfather were here for scientific interest and the Doctor was visiting Haber. Suddenly, Susan she felt weak, her head spinning. Pollitt led her outside the cafe, where the boys of before surrounded her, asking whether she was alright. Susan, accompanied by Pollitt, came back to the Institute, where she saw the Doctor and Haber being taken away from some security men in a car. Susan tried to follow the car, but she was too weak, and fell into Pollitt's arms.
Pollitt told her they had probably come for Haber and the Doctor was just dragged into it, and insisted she would come with him: she needed to rest, and he had some friends who could help her trace her grandfather. Susan however refused, and Pollitt left, giving her the card of a club where she could find him if she needed him. As he was gone, one of the boys suggested Susan to ask the help of the SA to find the Doctor.
Dahlem Lead (2) Edit
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- While landing, the TARDIS takes the form of an advertisement pillar, but without a clear poster on it.
- The Doctor carries gold coins that he acquired from "the time of Augustus." Susan mentions that gold is useful for fighting "certain things."
- Susan and the Doctor became entangled in the Blitz in 1941.
- The shop clerk compares the Doctor to Caligari from the 1919 film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and the literary character Doctor Mabuse.
- Susan notices a poster for a Conrad Veidt film, The Black Hussar.
- Susan recalls the events of this story in the form of a letter to Barbara and Ian, to be opened in the event that she dies or leaves the TARDIS. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth)
- She recalls their meeting with Marco Polo in 1289, and says he would not have become famous if they didn't save his life. (TV: Marco Polo)
- Susan has an excellent knowledge of chemistry. (TV: An Unearthly Child)
- Susan considers that she has the power to alter events to prevent the outbreak of the Second World War. However, the Doctor argues it would unpick the fabric of reality. Susan later concedes that had she altered history, the versions of Ian and Barbara that she came to know would never have existed. She also remembers the Doctor telling Barbara they couldn't change history. (TV: The Aztecs)
- The Doctor says he must show Susan the latter half of the 20th century eventually. (PROSE: Time and Relative)
- The Doctor is said to have a "packing case" in the TARDIS which he wants to leave on 20th century Earth. It is implied that this is in fact the Hand of Omega. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)
- Susan refers to having observed a Zeppelin attack during World War I. (TV: Planet of Giants)
- Susan mentions Adolf Hitler's rise to power as Chancellor of Germany on 30 January 1933. (AUDIO: Neverland)