|The True and Indisputable Facts in the Matter of the Ram's Skull|
|Companion(s):||Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright|
|Enemy:||The Demon Ram|
|Setting:||Mr R's House, Baltimore, 1849|
|Written by:||Mark Michalowski|
|Published in:||Short Trips: Zodiac|
|Release Date:||December 2002|
The True and Indisputable Facts in the Matter of the Ram's Skull was the first short story as part of the Short Trips: Zodiac collection. It is currently known as the longest Doctor Who title ever and features the First Doctor with his first companions.
Edgar Allan Poe arrives at Mr R's House where a gathering of a number of people has begun for a dinner party. He identifies and meets all the guests, before they are all guided into a large room, with a wide table in its centre. On the table is the fleshless head of a ram's skull.
Everyone seems flabbergasted by this astonishment including the Doctor, Ian and Barbara. The guests take seats around the table, and listen to Mr R as he explains what they are to do. He speaks in mysterious tones and Edgar watches everyone's reaction as a maid, Abigail, begins a calling of the dead.
The room becomes cold and suddenly the voice of a dead one reaches out to the guests. They are forced to remain in their seats, except for the Doctor who manages to withstand the force and with the help of cognac and Edgar, they set the ram alight, but this also includes Abigail, who quickly burns to a disgusting corpse.
The guests discuss the events of the night and quickly depart from the house, leaving a bewildered Mr R to himself.
Later Edgar feels, as he writes the events of the night in his diary, that the words are conjuring the presence of the dead once again. On the same night he is found dead by locals.
- The Doctor
- Ian Chesterton
- Barbara Wright
- Edgar Allan Poe
- Mr R
- Miss Allardyce
- Colonel Caine
- Unidentified Manservant
- Mrs G
- Even as an old man the the Doctor could withstand paranormal forces considerably.
This story may be short, but it is most definitely not sweet. It has an air of The Clockwise Man in it, many people in the same room and a killer amongst them. One of very few short stories that are not far from perfect. Mark Michalowski has hit the nail on the head this time, and his portrayal of Edgar Allan Poe's writing is almost realists, as if he really did write it and saw the Doctor himself...or did he? 61.80%