Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars by Terrance Dicks

By Terrance Dicks

For lots of millions of years the Suthekh had waited, trapped within the center of an Egyptian Pyramid. Now finally the instant of unencumber, whilst the entire strength of his pent-up malice will be unleashed upon the realm, had come. The TARDIS lands at the website of Unit headquarters within the yr 1911, and the general practitioner and Sarah emerge to struggle a terrifying and lethal conflict.

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If he can't come home, one bit of home—me—can come to him! It was all a matter of persuading Peter that it wasn't in his best interest to have Ender come back to Earth—without letting Peter know that she was trying to manipulate him. It just made her tired, because Peter wasn't easy to manipulate. He saw through everything. So she had to be quite forthright and honest about what she was doing—but do it with such subtle overtones of humility and earnestness and dispassion and whatever that Peter could get past his own condescension toward everything she said and decide that he had thought that way all along and .

I'm not sending anybody," said Ender. " "You've got to do something with your life," said Mazer. And there it was: The tacit recognition that Ender wasn't going home. That he was never going to lead a normal life on Earth. * * * * * One by one the other kids got their orders, each saying good-bye before they left. It was increasingly awkward with each one, because Ender was more and more a stranger to them. He didn't hang out with them. If he happened to join in a conversation, he didn't stay long and never really engaged.

Why couldn't they have tried to communicate with us? Made some sort of settlement with us, just as they had done with each other? Divided the galaxy between us? Live and let live? In any of these battles, Ender knew that if he had seen a sign of an effort to communicate, he would have known instantly that it wasn't a game—there would have been no reason for the teachers to simulate any attempt to parley. They didn't regard that as Ender's business—they wouldn't train him for it. If some effort at communication had really happened, surely the adults would have stopped Ender at once, pretended that the "exercise" was over, and tried to deal with it on their own.

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