The Prodigal Sun was the tenth short story in the Short Trips anthology Short Trips: The History of Christmas. It was written by Matthew Griffiths. It featured the Fourth Doctor and Leela.


A boy named Calagundus follows his clan's druid, Cunovellasus, who is preparing for the winter solstice at the temple. Cunovellasus tells the boy about the clan's deity, a sun god, which was stolen by the Romans.

The Doctor and Leela arrive in the temple in the TARDIS, but the temple's main support collapses and the TARDIS is buried. As they exit the temple, the "sun" appears in the sky, even though it is still night, and a shadow army approaches, burning everything in their path. The Doctor explains that the army is searching for a relic that is inside his blue temple. Only Calagundus is small enough to climb through the debris of the temple to retrieve it. Once he does so, the "sun" and the army disappear.

Cunovellasus invites the Doctor and Leela to celebrate the solstice with their clan, and offers help in digging the TARDIS out of the rubble.



  • The Doctor ties his scarf to Calagundus so he can crawl safely through the rubble.


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