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The Doctor's First XI was the sixteenth Subscriber Short Trips audio story. It was written by Ian Atkins and featured the Fourth Doctor and Romana I. It was released as a subscriber-only download, available to subscribers who purchased The Architects of History.


Answering a distress call, the Doctor and Romana land on a planet devastated by an orbital bombardment; they meet the surviving members of a human colony, and help out at a hospital. Later, when they return to the TARDIS, the Doctor and Romana are prevented from leaving by a crowd of belligerent colonists; when the Doctor refuses to take the traumatized humans away in the TARDIS, he and Romana are split up and ordered to continue their hospital duties in different parts of the city.

The Doctor convinces the distrusting leader and his people into playing a game of cricket, with him as one captain and Romana as the other; the game proves popular, and becomes an annual event. As the years pass, new leaders come and go; each generation of colonists is taught to keep the Doctor and Romana imprisoned in their city, only allowed to meet each other once a year over the traditional game of cricket.



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