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1[[quoteright:350:]] 께The Fifth Doctor and Turlough unexpectedly land in late 21st century Moscow after picking up on a serious problem with the Web of Time. Turlough tries to stay behind in the TARDIS until they somehow magically land on the planet of sunny beaches and pretty girls, but the Doctor drags him along nonetheless. Upon exiting, they find that a cult known as the Somnus Foundation has gained serious traction in Russia and set up a massive tower in the middle of Moscow - one with architecture native to the 51st century.께Turlough soon meets his GirlOfTheWeek in the form of a young woman named Lena - and then has to rescue her from a Somnus thug. As it happens, her brother Alexi has just joined the cult, and she clearly doesn't trust the "Sleepers" with his safety; Lena and her best friend Pavel -- a conspiracy geek -- explain that the group promises its members enlightenment and utopian future, but are clearly involved with something unpleasant. After narrowly saving Lena from a psychic assassination attempt via a flock of angry birds, the Doctor decides to investigate further... by simply showing up at the Somnus Tower for a public tour. Unfortunately, Alexi has already been rewarded with a "True Name" and now seems to possess a different personality - one called "Great Seo"; now one of the leaders of the cult, he has no interest in leaving.께Worse still, cult founder Great Qel seems to recognize the Doctor: though she allows him to leave unharmed, she's clearly keeping an eye on him. A Time Lord is exactly what she needs, and she seems to be holding a grudge against this one in particular. Pavel later reveals that Qel used to be a respected scientist by the name of Natalia Pushkin, and the Somnus Foundation was just a research group - up until the day their clinic burned down.께Curious, Team TARDIS, Lena and Pavel head off to ten years before - the day of the fire and the day Natalia renamed herself Qel. Confronted with the idea of time travel, Lena runs off ''really fast'', crying about how she has to get to a hospital to stop her mother from dying - but is eventually talked out of it by Turlough. Meanwhile, Pavel and the Doctor infiltrate the Somnus clinic and find a group of human test subjects linked together via a HiveMind; with a little technical help, the tormented hive mind explains that the alien being known as Qel has taken over the real Natalia Pushkin's body, and is trying to link the entire human race into a psychic [[TitleDrop singularity]]. Thanks to the Doctor's assistance, the experimental hive mind is able to commit suicide, [[YouAlreadyChangedThePast setting fire to the clinic in the process]]. Unfortunately, the Doctor accidentally cuts himself on a broken window while escaping - allowing Qel to get a blood sample and recognize Time Lord interference in her experiments. 께Shortly after Team TARDIS arrive back in the present, Lena has a breakdown over the lack of progress, coming within inches of handing the Doctor and Turlough over to the Sleepers before the Doctor manages to placate her. Eventually, she explains just why she tried to change the past: her mother had been suffering from terminal cancer on the night of the fire, and after witnessing all the suffering she'd been made to endure over the last few months, Lena took action; using the blackout that resulted from the experimental hive mind's suicide as cover, she switched off her mother's life support and "[[MercyKill let her sleep]]." From then on she had to raise her brother on her own, but was so desperate to keep him safe that she ended up smothering him, destroying their relationship and driving Alexi to join the Sleepers. 께Unfortunately, while Lena is busy explaining this to the Doctor, Qel is able to track down the TARDIS via the blood sample she took over a decade ago, and sends out a capture team to retrieve it - abducting both the TARDIS ''and'' Turlough, killing Pavel in the process. As it turns out, the cult leaders and its "enlightened" members are creatures from the far, ''far'' future, who plan to use the bodies of humans as their new host forms in order to escape the Heat Death of the Universe: their regular bodies in the far future are dying and barely kept together with bits of metal and flesh, as Turlough finds out when ''his'' body is stolen and he ends up imprisoned on Ember, the last surviving human outpost at the end of time - alongside earlier victims of the Somnus like the ''real'' Alexi and the ''real'' Natalia.께The next stage of the plan soon becomes apparent when the Somnus are able to extract the power they need by torturing the TARDIS, psychically linking the population of Moscow into another hive mind. After Lena succumbs to DespairEventHorizon and is assimilated into the gestalt, the Doctor is left to confront the cult leaders at the tower alone. There, Qel finally reveals what her race is: the very last humans in the universe. In the future, the Time Lords saw the end of the universe approaching and gathered up all the races they considered worthwhile, before departing for a new dimension; humanity was left behind to die along with the burned-out stars. The Somnus Foundation's true goal is to transmit their brethren into new bodies into the past and escape the end of the universe; they've chosen a time just before human space colonization begins en mass, so it has the largest concentration of humans - allowing them to link enough minds together into a singularity capable of achieving [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence psychic transubstantiation]], a godlike gestalt powerful enough to rewrite history.께Meanwhile, in the future, Turlough is able to rally the transplanted victims enough to lead an attack on the Somnus power source keeping the hive mind stable; in the present, the Doctor uses the confusion that results as a means of playing up the rivalry between Qel and Seo long enough to distract them while he sabotages their machinery. As a result, the singularity breaks down, the Sleepers are evicted from their stolen bodies, and their victims are finally allowed to return home, reuniting Lena and Alexi. However, with the tower exploding around them, Natalia realizes she can't let Qel return to the future or else she'll just start her mind transference experiments all over again; trapping the Somnus founder inside her consciousness, she remains behind to die in the collapsing tower while the Doctor and the others escape.께In the far future, the Doctor visits Seo, the very last human in the entire universe -- not to stop humanity from dying out, but simply to be there when it happens and to pay his respects. 께!Tropes:* AliensSpeakingEnglish: The Doctor and Turlough get confused for Brits, because of the way they talk. The TARDIS' TranslatorMicrobes make everybody else speaking English, though. * AlwaysSaveTheGirl* AndThenWhat* [[spoiler: AssimilationPlot]]* BadassBoast: Turlough gets in a ''magnificent'' one.* [[spoiler: BedlamHouse]].* BizarreAlienBiology: Turlough's body isn't suited at all for the cold. England is bad enough, but being in Moscow is pretty much hell for him. * BreakThemByTalking: See also DividedWeFall.* CallBack: Lena tells Turlough he has [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho020LoupsGaroux something of the wolf in him]]. He tells her she has no idea. ** Turlough thinks the NegativeSpaceWedgie was a [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E4ResurrectionOfTheDaleks Time]] [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho015TheMutantPhase Corridor]], an event he hadn't personally witnessed.** The Doctor reads some future history and reads about "Metal monsters" being defeated and says he doesn't know whether that's supposed to refer to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth the Daleks]] or [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion Cybermen]].* CallForward: Turlough says he's got family out there, but no means of contacting them. The Doctor replies with "Ye of little faith." and the story ends with the two going, by Turlough's wish, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E5PlanetOfFire Somewhere warm]]!"* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Turlough, despite being a perpetual case of TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong, goes out of his way to save a girl being assaulted by a guard. * ColdBloodedTorture: The TARDIS is tortured so hard, Five can feel it. * ComputerVoice* ConquerorFromTheFuture: The Sleepers. * ConspiracyTheorist: Pavel in a nutshell; he's rather bemused to discover that's he's been more or less right, and that he's been working alongside aliens for the last hour or so, but other than that he takes everything in stride.* ContinuityNod: Among the conspiracy nut's photos is a [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear picture]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E2TheAbominableSnowmen of a Yeti]].* CreepyCrows: See also TheSwarm.* DividedWeFall: The Doctor starts sowing seeds of discord as soon as he faces the TheManBehindTheMonsters. To buy him time to [[spoiler: get to the MacGuffin]].* EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: A randomized NegativeSpaceWedgie makes the TARDIS end up on ... Earth.* EternalEnglish: It's implied, but never stated outright, that late 21st century Moscow speaks English with a Russian accent. * EvilTowerOfOminousness: The Somnus Tower, easily the tallest building in all of Moscow.* FantasticRacism: The Time Lords saw the end of the universe coming and took several species [[spoiler: but not humanity.]]* ForDoomTheBellTolls: The Sleepers' mind-transferal experiments cause major distortions in the fabric of space-time, most of which seem cause the bell in the local clock tower to ring repeatedly.* ForInconveniencePressOne: Lena's attempt to betray the Doctor is foiled by the Somnus Foundation's phone service, which doesn't allow her to speak to anyone but an answering machine offering free aura readings and consultations.* GasLeakCoverup: After StuffBlowingUp a Russian NewsReel says a terrorist attack involving hallucinogens caused people to start seeing things.* GoodbyeCruelWorld* GratuitousRussian* HumanoidAlien: When told he looks just like humans, Turlough snaps back humans look like ''him''.** The Doctor, at the end of the story, says there's ''plenty'' of aliens on Earth. Like the tall fellow with the [[GottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]].* HumansArePsychicInTheFuture: The Doctor says this will happen at one point, but in the story it's too early.* LastOfHisKind: [[spoiler: Seo]] gives us a [[TannhauserGate Tannhauser Gate speech]] and pleads the Doctor to SaveTheVillain. But it's too late.* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: MUSIC OFF.* NiceHat: Turlough wears a Usanka at one point in an attempt to disguise himself. It doesn't work.* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Doctor's interference at the clinic gives Qel everything she needs to enact the final stage of her plans.* InternalHomage: Pavel mentions N-Space, in reference to the Radio/ThirdDoctorRadioDramas episode "The Ghosts Of N-Space". * NoodleIncident: The Doctor's not allowed back into the Kremlin. * TheReveal: The citizens of Ember are [[spoiler: the last humans]].* SanDimasTime** With just a slight dash of YearInsideHourOutside. A day equates to several weeks.* [[spoiler: SaveTheVillain]]: The Doctor tries to invoke this to Qel. [[ChaoticEvil It doesn't work out]].* ShoutOut: [[Franchise/StarTrek Rigel VII]] is mentioned as an Earth colony.* TheStarsAreGoingOut* SpotOfTea* TheSwarm: The Doctor, Turlough and Lena are beset upon by a swarm of CreepyCrows. * TalkingYourWayOut: How the Doctor gets Lena out a pickle. [[spoiler: And how he eventually saves the day]].* TitleDrop* WhatHaveIBecome: Alexi and Turlough are ''not'' happy with being trapped in the bodies of the future humans.* WholePlotReference: To ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Plenty of references are made to the "instrumentality of mankind" (which means exactly the same here as it did in the anime series) and to its "death and rebirth".


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