Word Count: 19,599
Author's Summary: When a warehouse burns to the ground for no apparent reason - and the only living witness claims to have seen fire-breathing demons - the Doctor and Jo become embroiled in a deadly confrontation against an opponent who knows them only too well.
Characters/Pairings: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Jo Grant, Mike Yates, Sergeant Benton, Third Doctor
Recced because: It's really difficult to find good, long UNIT era stories, but this one is a shining example of how awesome they can be if done right. The premise is basic enough: a fire draws the attention of UNIT to a possible alien connection. The story's much more than that, though. The plot is intriguing and tightly woven, keeping the reader thinking until the end, and it provides a wonderful look at the relationships between the various characters. It reminds me very much of an actual old school serial, which is always a good thing in my book.
[The Doctor] bent down to examine the wall of the building, frowning. "What do you think's happened?" she said.
As though he hadn't noticed her presence until now, he glanced up. "Look, Jo, why don't you go back to the perimeter, see if you can help calm people down."
She ignored him and bent down beside him, scrutinizing the piece of wall he'd singled out. "Is that-" She pointed to a faint line in the cement that went round in a circle about three feet across. "Someone's broken through here, haven't they?"
"And sealed up the cement behind them?" the Doctor said, sitting back on the pavement and squinting at the wall.
"Well, stranger things have happened," she said, and he glanced at her with a startled grin.
"That's an excellent point, Jo," he said, and leaned forward to hold his hand just above the surface of the wall. "Doesn't feel too hot," he said, and touched it tentatively. "No, just a little warm."
Jo raised her hand to touch the wall as well, and suddenly there was a quiet creaking and groaning, and the patch of wall swung inwards with a tortuous screech. They both jumped.
"Well," the Doctor said, and they grinned ruefully at each other. "I think we may have found our means of entry."
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