One Christmas a tramp saves up enough money to buy himself a bottle of champagne. A passerby knocks it out of his hand before he can drink it. He wishes to end his life and stands in the middle of the road to be hit by a bus. He is saved by the Seventh Doctor, who claims to be trying to get one over on his enemy, Death.
The tramp later encountered the Auctor, who told him if the bus had hit the tramp, then Rita, the bus driver, would have blamed herself for his death and committed suicide. The Auctor informed the tramp that his life being saved disrupted the Web of Time.
- The Doctor and the Tramp once stopped Antonio Salieri, taken back in time by Mortimus from killing the infant Mozart in Salzburg. Since Salieri planned to kill Mozart before he started speaking and since Mozart was born in 1756 (AUDIO: Weapon of Choice), this happened in the second half of the 1750s.
- Each story in Short Trips: Repercussions includes a character or characters being taken out of their time by the Doctor to avoid harm to the Web of Time. In this story, it is the tramp.
- The Doctor thinks back to how he recently failed to save a boy and his parents on a burning world, (AUDIO: Excelis Decays) a young soldier who pushed him to safety as a building exploded (AUDIO: Project: Lazarus) and his "oldest friend", trapped in "a thousand lifetimes of darkness". (AUDIO: Master)