A faulty circuit causes Donna and the Doctor to grow in size.
The Doctor and Donna are in the TARDIS when a power spike occurs. The TARDIS rerouted the energy to keep the essential systems circuits away from harm, but left the less-important circuits at risk. When of the circuits blows, causing the TARDIS to attempt an emergency landing. It turns out the dimensional interface override, nicknamed the "Alice in Wonderland" Circuit, has been damaged, causing the Doctor and Donna to increase in size to twelve to thirteen feet. (The circuit is designed to regulate the interplay between the real world and the dimensions within the TARDIS.)
The TARDIS lands in "the middle of nowhere" and Donna describes their location as on a mountain, next to a little shack. The Doctor correctly identifies a rather annoyed, old man as Minos. Minos speaks up, only to remember that he was on a seven year vow of silence. The Doctor deduces that the TARDIS landed on the mountain to seek the help of Minos, who owns parts for time machines. Minos had given up trading parts, but had retained anything he had owned for nostalgic purposes. They arrange a trade - Donna in her increased stature will fix Minos' roof in exchange for the needed parts to repair the Dimensional Interface Override. They go through with the trade, and say farewell as the Doctor and Donna depart in the TARDIS.
- The "Alice in Wonderland circuit" is a reference to Alice in Wonderland, and the segment where Alice grows and shrinks in size.
- When Donna squeezes through the Tardis doors in her enlarged state, she likens it to a cat going through a cat flap.
- The DWA comic strip adventures were aimed at a younger audience and the artwork and colours were bold and bright, reflecting the tone of the magazine.
- Self contained, one part stories were the norm in the early issues, later being expanded to two-parters.
Original print details
- Publication with page count and closing captions
- DWA 83 (5 pages)