Doctor Who and the Witches
The Tardis arrives in, what the Doctor believes to be, the east of England, but he is unable to determine when thanks to a fault on the vessel's chronometer. Seeing that the outside appears to be safe, Ian, Barbara and Susan decide to go exploring, leaving the Doctor to carry out repairs.
But the three stray too far and run into a group of men on horseback, led by Matthew Hopkins, the self-titled 'Witch Finder General' who, upon seeing their modern attire, becomes suspicious of them and quickly declares them to be sorcerers. They are taken to a village that Hopkins intends to 'cleanse' of the witches he believes to be there. Ian manages to escape, but when he goes back to the village to rescue Barbara and Susan he sees that Hopkins has convinced the men of the village to turn on the women, rounding them up so that he can determine who faces death as a witch. Barbara and Susan must galvanise the other imprisoned women to form a plan of escape before Hopkins can carry out his 'trials'.
Meanwhile, the Doctor fixes the broken instrument and soon learns that they've landed in 1646, in a part of England notorious for its vicious witch hunts. He heads off to find his grand-daughter and companions, but with a village turned against itself, taken over by a man obsessed, can the Doctor hope to rid the place of something more terrifying than any imagined witchcraft?
Back in the olden days of Who, they could actually do stories that were purely historical- no sci fi...well, outside of an alien and his grand-daughter and his space/time machine, so this was my idea for one.
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