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Who Goes There? Part 6
By Diane Maher
In the Rani's TARDIS, the Doctor finally managed to cut a hole through the cell wall. He held his sonic screwdriver through it and activated it. There was a high-pitched whine followed by the crackling of the circuitry as it burst into flames. Carter was leaning on the wall facing into the center of the room and he suddenly fell to the floor.
"Ouch!" Carter exclaimed.
"Quiet, Carter!" Hogan ordered.
The Doctor followed them out of the cell, looked at his watch and asked, "What time is your next roll call?"
Hogan pushed back his sleeve, looked at his watch and replied, "It should be starting in ten minutes."
"Let's get back to the camp," the Doctor said.
As they approached Stalag 13 fifteen minutes later, Hogan wondered why there were no more guards than normal patrolling the area.
"What's wrong?" the Doctor asked.
"I find it strange that the woods aren't full of guards and dogs looking for Carter and me," Hogan said.
"I for one am glad that they aren't looking for you. I would be rather difficult to explain," the Doctor replied.
They arrived at the tree stump and Carter lifted the lid and went down, closing the lid after him. Hogan and the Doctor followed as soon as the guards walking by were away from the area.
Jo and the Brigadier were down in the tunnel with Kinch who was monitoring the phone for any further activity with regards to where in camp the demonstration by the Gestapo Major would be.
"Jo! Brigadier!" the Doctor called out as they entered the room.
"Doctor!" Jo exclaimed, relieved. "Where have you been?"
"Held prisoner by another Time Lord in her TARDIS," Hogan replied. "Kinch, what's been going on here? Why didn't Klink have guards crawling through the woods looking for us?"
Kinch looked up, saw Hogan, grinned and pulled off his headphones. "Colonel, what happened to you guys?"
"It's a long story that can wait until later," Hogan replied. "I'd like to get some shuteye."
"Yeah, me too," Carter added.
Hogan looked at the Brigadier, chuckled and asked, "What happened to you?"
"Aside from making me wear this antiquated uniform, they shaved off my mustache!" the Brigadier said indignantly. He folded his arms across his chest, turned away, and added, "I look absolutely ridiculous!"
Hogan asked, "Who made you shave off your mustache?"
Blackman came up behind him and replied, "I gave the order to remove the Brigadier's mustache."
"Why?" Hogan asked.
"I decided that it would be best to try and bluff the Jerry by dressing up the Brigadier as you and Miss Grant as Carter. I pulled rank on the Brigadier," Blackman replied with a grin.
"Good work, Clive." Hogan looked at the Brigadier and grinned. "Brigadier, you look better without the cheesy mustache."
"Cheesy? How dare you!" the Brigadier sputtered.
"That was for the 'antiquated uniform' comment," Hogan said with a sly smirk.
Jo and the Doctor chuckled at Hogan's comment. "What are you two laughing about?" the Brigadier demanded.
"Nothing, Brigadier," the Doctor replied.
Kinch went to stand next to Hogan and said, "I did some fast talking with Schultz and convinced him to accept Jo and the Brigadier in place of you and Carter. I told Schultz that I hoped he was packed for the Russian front when he threatened to report the discrepancy to Klink."
Hogan said, "Good job, Kinch."
"Thanks. We have bigger problems though. A female Gestapo Major came to camp and Klink is making arrangements for her to conduct a demonstration of some instrument for Hitler."
Hogan's brow furrowed. "This experiment didn't involve something called cloning, did it?"
"The Major did use that word, but when Klink asked about the demonstration, she described the machine as a duplicating machine for humans," Kinch said.
"That's the Rani then. We have to stop her at any cost," Hogan said.
"Who is she?" Kinch asked.
Hogan replied, "She's a Time Lord, like the Doctor."
Kinch asked, "Why is she here?"
"From what she told us while we were her captives, the Rani wants revenge on her people, the Time Lords, so she's decided to wreak havoc here," Hogan replied.
"That doesn't make sense," Kinch said.
"Does anything we've seen in the last couple of days make sense?" Hogan asked.
A wry grin came over Kinch's face. "No, I suppose not. If something else happens, I'll let you know."
"Good. See you later," Hogan said.
LeBeau came down the ladder and said, "Colonel, Schultz is looking for you."
"Thanks Louis," Hogan replied. Shrugging, he added, "No sleep for me."
Hogan climbed the ladder, went outside the barracks and saw Schultz walking across the compound. He ducked through the volleyball game going on in front of the barracks and called, "Schultz!"
Schultz paused and turned towards him. "Colonel Hogan, the Kommandant needs Barracks 12 cleaned out for a VIP."
"Did he say why?" Hogan asked.
"I know noth-ing," Schultz replied.
As the day progressed, Hogan watched as Schultz had the prisoners clean out Barracks 12.
"What's Klink up to?" Hogan asked.
"I know no-thing, Colonel Hogan," Schultz replied.
"Come on, Schultz," Hogan said.
"The Kommandant didn't tell me anything except to get this barracks cleaned out for some VIP," Schultz replied.
"Uh huh. How long do you expect the men to work on this? I mean, Klink chose the messiest barracks in camp!" Hogan protested.
"It is not up to you which barracks is to be given to this VIP, Colonel Hogan. As long as your men have made good progress, they can stop for today and eat dinner."
After dinner, down in the tunnel, Kinch was monitoring Klink's phone line. The Kommandant wanted to get in touch with Berlin and Kinch told him that it would be half an hour before the phone lines were repaired.
Hogan came down, with Newkirk following. "You wanted to see me, Kinch?"
"Yeah, Klink is trying to get in touch with General Bornemann," Kinch replied.
"We need to find out the details of this demonstration. Newkirk, I want you to take Klink's call and find out exactly when Klink expects Hitler to show up here," Hogan said.
"Yes, sir," Newkirk replied.
Klink sat to his desk, picked up the phone and said, "Get me General Bornemann."
Down in the tunnel, Newkirk saw the flashing light on the panel, plugged in his headset, and listened to Corporal Langenscheidt who was serving as Klink's secretary after hours.
"This is General Bornemann speaking," Newkirk said.
"Colonel Klink wishes to speak to you on a matter of utmost importance," Langenscheidt said.
"Put him through, I don't have all night!" Newkirk replied. A moment later, there was a click on the line as the connection to Klink was made.
"General Bornemann, this is Colonel Klink speaking. I have been asked by a Gestapo Major to arrange a demonstration of a highly secret project for the Führer here at Luft Stalag 13 outside of Hammelburg," Klink said.
"Let me check the Führer's schedule. What day did you say?" Newkirk asked.
"The day after tomorrow at 2000 hours. The Major is to set up here tomorrow and has assured me she will be ready on time."
"The Führer will arrive at Stalag 13 the day of the demonstration," Newkirk said.
"Thank you, sir!" Klink said. "Heil Hitler." He then hung up.
Newkirk turned to Hogan who stood behind him and said, "Hitler is scheduled to arrive at Stalag 13 the day after tomorrow."
"Good, monitor the lines just in case Klink decides to call back and double check," Hogan ordered.
"Yes sir," Newkirk replied.
"Colonel Hogan, would you mind telling me how you expect to get Hitler here the day after tomorrow?" the Brigadier asked.
"Carter, show him," Hogan said.
Carter pulled a comb from his pocket, pulled off his cap, combed a bit of his hair down over his forehead and put the comb above his lips.
"Good grief, do you really expect them to fall for this fake Hitler?" the Brigadier asked, incredulous.
"They've fallen for him twice in person and several other times on the phone," Hogan said. "Carter does a great acting job."
Carter's face lit up. "Thank you, Colonel!"
"The fate of Earth's future is at stake! Are you certain this will work, Hogan?" the Brigadier asked.
"Have faith, Brigadier," Jo said. "I'm sure that Carter will do fine. I have confidence in him." She gave Carter's arm a gentle squeeze.
Carter shuffled his feet, blushed and mumbled, "Aw shucks."
When the Doctor was working on his console alone in the control room later that night after everyone else was asleep, his monitor lit up and it was the Rani.
"What do you want?" the Doctor asked wearily as he put down the circuit board and his jeweler's magnifier.
"I want your help," the Rani replied.
"I already said no. Now let me get back to what I was doing," the Doctor replied, turning away.
There was a pause before the Rani said, "I can help you escape from Earth."
That got the Doctor's attention. Turning back, he asked, "How could you do that?"
"I can bypass the Time Lords' control of your TARDIS," the Rani replied.
"Why should I help you?" the Doctor asked.
"Because if you don't, I'll see to it that the Germans find you and your friends," the Rani threatened.
"You don't know where we are!" the Doctor said. He paused, thought for a moment and then exclaimed, "No! You can't betray us!"
The Rani grinned knowingly. "You know the price of my silence. Make up your mind and contact me in my TARDIS with your decision before dawn."
The screen went blank and the Doctor stared in shock at it for a moment before trying to continue his task. A few minutes later, he gave up; his mind was too distracted by the Rani.
As the Doctor left the TARDIS an hour before dawn, he wondered for a brief moment whether he was doing the right thing. He looked toward the lighted area of the tunnel, and then turned away and headed to the tree stump exit. A few minutes later, the Doctor was on his way into town to see the Rani.