Well, when I was a little boy, we used to live in a house that was perched halfway up the top of a mountain. And behind our house, there sat under a tree an old man, a hermit, a monk. He’d lived under this tree for half his lifetime, so they said, and he’d learned the secret of life. So, when my black day came, I went and asked him to help me.

And he told you the secret? Well, what was it? 

Well, I’m coming to that, Jo, in my own time. Ah, I’ll never forget what it was like up there. All bleak and cold, it was. A few bare rocks with some weeds sprouting from them and some pathetic little patches of sludgy snow. It was just grey. Grey, grey, grey. Well, the tree the old man sat under, that was ancient and twisted and the old man himself was, he was as brittle and as dry as a leaf in the autumn. 

But what did he say?

Nothing, not a word. He just sat there, silently, expressionless, and he listened whilst I poured out my troubles to him. I was too unhappy even for tears, I remember. And when I’d finished, he lifted a skeletal hand and he pointed. Do you know what he pointed at? 


A flower. One of those little weeds. Just like a daisy, it was. Well, I looked at it for a moment and suddenly I saw it through his eyes. It was simply glowing with life, like a perfectly cut jewel. And the colours? Well, the colours were deeper and richer than you could possibly imagine. Yes, that was the daisiest daisy I’d ever seen. 

And that was the secret of life? A daisy? Honestly, Doctor. 

Yes, I laughed too when I first heard it. So, later, I got up and I ran down that mountain and I found that the rocks weren’t grey at all, but they were red, brown and purple and gold. And those pathetic little patches of sludgy snow, they were shining white. Shining white in the sunlight.

I like to think that this sort of thing happened at UNIT hq fairly regularly.And that Benton starts all the pools, on things like “how many flame-proof lab benches the Doctor will manage to ignite this week” and “how many times this month the Doctor will ‘accidentally’ sabotage Jo’s date nights”.

And the Brigadier pretends not to know about them but actually has his secretary go in on them for him.

I love the UNIT family.

"They brought out the Companion Chronicles, which I did two of, but I miss Jon too much. I find it too odd working without him. I can’t do it, it makes me unhappy. I tried, because I’m a great admirer of Big Finish, but it just doesn’t sit right for me because I miss my man."

- Katy Manning, speaking to DigitalSpy in March 2009.

I won’t cry. I won’t cry. I won’t c - 

Oh, who am I kidding?