The Eleventh Surgeon is an incarnation of the Time Lord known as The Surgeon, the protagonist of the Surgeon stories.
He is the only incarnation of the Surgeon to appear on this wiki because recollection of other Surgeon incarnations and stories are sketchy. But while some stories such as Dreadnought in Danger are not quite as sketchy, then the plots and titles of others are certainly sketchy.
Like the Doctor, the Surgeon is a Time Lord from Gallifrey who travels in time and space in his time machine frequently with companions. These have included Iranian-Egyptian nurse Ghazal Rashidi and her friend Majid Bashar, the politician Amanda Mycroft and in the Wiltshirean criminal Jenna Lillywhite the former accomplice of scientists Forbflaith Hennessy and Katja Naganowska.
In earlier stories such as Dreadnought in Danger and The Ship Robber, the Surgeon was referred to in first person and was never named but since Strategy of a Surgeon, the character is referred to in third person like other characters who are original characters such as his first companion Ghazal Rashidi or the E.I.N agent and protagonist of the Cold War II series Helga Blankenburg or characters that already exist such as the Daleks or The Rani.
The decision to have the Surgeon be referred to in third person was decided in order to keep a sense of consistency because other stories such as the Cold War II series and the Journey of the Vixen series are written in third person. The only story that is in first person style is A Woman's World.
Following his latest regeneration after a fight with Meglos, the Surgeon transforms into a young man about the age of thirty-three with Arabic looking features. These include very tan skin, brown eyes and black hair but he does have features as shown in his first story that are enough to conclude that whilst he appears to be an Arab, something about him does not quite ring true.
These qualities include his very thick Manchester accent which seems to make him very conspicuous and even more conspicuous when he cannot improvise an Arabic accent and his hair which at first is described as "modern. All sticky-uppy". He later changes his hair to a more smoother appearance in Destroy All Plants and his hair remains smooth from Destroy All Plants onwards.
In his first appearance in Strategy of a Surgeon the Surgeon wears a white hospital gown and later adds a pair of sandals which he changes to black bedroom slippers and a grey dressing gown until he defeats The Master. At the end of the story, he changes into a white shirt, navy-black trousers, a navy blue tie, black dress shoes and a navy-black blazer which he continues to wear until Destroy All Plants.
From Destroy All Plants to Droid of the Outlands the Surgeon wears a white shirt, navy blue trousers, a black and white spotted tie, a navy blue waistcoat, a navy blue blazer and black dress shoes; his attire from Destroy All Plants to Droid of the Outlands is also worn by three other characters: Harrison Chase from the Doctor Who episode The Seeds of Doom, Fox in the Anthro Saga and Harrison, the fox baiter and the main antagonist in Red is the Torch, Blue is the Flame.
From the story Droid of the Outlands onwards, the Surgeon changes his clothing to a more conventional style and the more conventional style adapted by the Ninth Doctor; in this story, he wears black cargo pants, a black T-Shirt and a navy blue jumper but keeps his dress shoes.
As the protagonist of the Surgeon stories, the Surgeon is one of the most developed characters made by the wiki founder. This particular incarnation shares the Doctor's abhorrence of evil and it could be argued that his eleventh incarnation is his most formal but is also his most violent as he is not hesitant to use violence nor has he ever been hesitant though how far he will use violence is the subject to inconsistency.
In Strategy of a Surgeon examples of his violence are shown when he meets Azhar Namin who angers him to the point where the Surgeon beats him viciously with his own staff causing him to regenerate into The Master. Later, he engages in another fight with the Master which "kills" him and also severely injures Asma Benyamina but does not cause her to regenerate just yet.
At one point during the fight, his punch when he hits the Master is enough to cause a chain reaction causing the Master to hit Asma sending her onto a tray of surgical tools causing it to be destroyed and leaving Asma bloodied and bruised, later in another scene where the Surgeon defeats the Master he throws a patient out of bed (the patient is fortunately not connected to an Intravenous drip) and defeats The Master by using the bed to throw him out of the window of the hospital.
However, in Destroy All Plants, violence is shown to be a last resort as he tries to negotiate with a Krynoid not to infect other humans to take over the world to which the Krynoid refuses to accept so he is forced to destroy the Krynoid and the monsters that breeded them. This in turn leaves him devastated.
It could be argued however, that the events of Destroy All Plants make the Surgeon a better man because in his first story he is shown to be remarkably bitter and to have a sense of arrogance about him whilst after the deaths of his companions he becomes a lot more personable but there is still a bitter sense about him.
While the Surgeon abhorrs evil and tries to avoid deaths of those close to him, he does not seem to care for those that die that he is not friendly with as shown in Terror of the Rani:
"As the Surgeon and his companions raced through the streets, Cybermen were killing both civilians and soldiers left, right and centre, but for the Surgeon any death was better than his death."He further does not seem to care for the death of Majid Bashar who was his own companion when he is exterminated by the Daleks. It is also mentioned in Land of the Two Foes that his eleventh incarnation is probably the most amoral incarnation; despite this however, he is more than willing to help the resistance take back the world for humanity because of the fact that The Rani is dead.
Further signs of his personality are shown in The Yeti Factor where he is shown to be a bit like the Irish businessman Michael O'Leary in the sense that he is a hypocrite; he is prone to making promises that he contradicts a lot which is shown prominently towards the end especially when he says he will take Eleanor Davidson out of the Camera Obscura but in fact takes her to the Great Intelligence.
The Surgeon stories
The Eleventh Surgeon first appears in the story Strategy of a Surgeon, the newly regenerated Surgeon crash lands in the Sahara desert where he is later found by two Egyptian archeologists who bring him to Cairo, here the Surgeon is hospitalized at the Demerdash hospital.
As he recovers from his regeneration, the Surgeon gains the attention of nurse Ghazal Rashidi who is later castigated by her superior for wasting his time. He later continues to meet with Ghazal again after which she learns he is a Time Lord and he learns she is originally form Iran, Ghazal promises that she will visit the Surgeon again sometime and she will have more than likely a friend with her.
But when that day comes, the Surgeon is nowhere to be seen resulting in Ghazal's superior telling her that if she is to stay at the hospital then she is to find the Surgeon and he is to be brought back. After a long time of searching, Ghazal and her friend Majid Bashar eventually find the Surgeon at a bazaar only for him to hurry them away when he discovers the Weeping Angels are here. He later shows a video of The Doctor describing the angels which later results in an Angel touching Ghazal and being replaced by politician Asma Benyamina.
The Surgeon takes Majid to the same bazaar where Asma described to him and finds Ghazal in a cage, while Majid tends to her the Surgeon confronts the sorcerer Azhar Namin and beats him after he provokes him. He beats the sorcerer so viciously that it causes him to regenerate into The Master. With his cover blown, the Master further tortures Ghazal by locking her in a hot box with three Weeping Angels all of which are smashed to smithereens by Majid despite the Surgeon's warnings.
Whilst The Master and Asma escape the Surgeon and his companions give chase and eventually stop Asma's broadcast to Egypt and give chase again. In the process, the fight returns to Demerdash hospital where a vicious fight takes place which results in Asma getting kicked unconscious after the start of the fight between The Master and the Surgeon and the Master's death after the Surgeon throws him out of the Demerdash hospital window.
Ghazal and Majid later meet the Surgeon again after Ghazal's superior fires her and bars Majid from the hospital. Here they find the Surgeon changing into his current wardrobe before finally inviting the two Arabs to travel with him to which they accept.
After the events of Strategy of a Surgeon, the Surgeon is first seen in the SIDRAT with his new companions Ghazal and Majid, both of whom ask him even more questions than ever. His answer effectively tells them of the events of The War Games, particularly how he got the SIDRAT as he stole it from Gallifrey, the same way the Doctor stole the TARDIS.
He shortly lands the SIDRAT on a "brave new world": Iran in the 1970s as he discovers largely through Ghazal Rashidi when she tells him of demonstrators chanting:
"DEATH TO THE SHAH! DEATH TO THE SHAH! DEATH TO THE SHAH!"
But they also chant "Allahu Akbar!" with Ghazal herself joining in. He is eventually powerless to stop her from joining a demonstration and further tries to find her as tear gas floods the area and Cybermen invade killing many of the protestors. The Surgeon tries to find Ghazal and Ghazal tries to find him but she is trampled in the crowd and knocked unconscious and captured forcing him to chase after her.
The chase takes The Surgeon and Majid to a prison but by the time they get there, she has escaped as discovered through a prisoner. She has escaped to the Royal Palace where she tries to kill the Shah herself in spite of The Surgeon trying to stop her; both him and Majid eventually succeed and discover the Rani who has the Cybermen attack his friends.
As spirited as the defense is however, the Surgeon and his friends are eventually captured and brought to the Rani who reveals that she intends to change Iran by using the Cybermen to keep the Shah on the throne for a longer period of time (he was originally meant to be deposed in 1979) and once the Shah's use has expired, the Cybermen will kill him so she can take over.
The Surgeon destroys the base but the Rani transmits a signal through Iran paralyzing the country and flees to the Royal Palace intending to finish off her plans. The Surgeon and his friends eventually chase the Rani to the palace. At the palace, the Surgeon and his companions attack The Rani and it takes their combined might to take her down: Once he destroys her weapon that she was going to use to kill the Shah, The Rani unveils a device that she intends to use to activate Cybermen all over Iran.
He orders Majid to keep the Rani on the floor, Ghazal kicks her in the back which causes her to drop the device and when it falls out of her hands, the Surgeon takes the opportunity to destroy the device which destroys the Cybermen. After he defeats the Cybermen, the Surgeon comes under fire from the Shah who demands an explanation and while the Time Lord calls himself Ali he refuses to answer where he is from even under intense scrutiny from the Shah. But in the end, his response is too strong for the Shah who simply gives up.
In Strategy of a Surgeon, the Surgeon stops Ghazal from killing the Rani when she was in the disguise of Asma Benyamina and in Terror of the Rani, he now stops Majid from killing the Rani with the combined efforts of Ghazal; in doing so however, a chase ensures to the streets of Tehran where he loses the Rani except for a note that says "Catch me if you can!" As the story ends, the Surgeon drags his companions into the SIDRAT and it de-materializes.
Following from the events of Terror of the Rani, the Surgeon and his companions are seen in the SIDRAT trying to get a fix on the Rani's location and when the Surgeon gets it, he pilots the machine increasingly erratically through the Time Vortex with enough force to rip the machine apart.
An image on the SIDRAT scanner shows the Surgeon hurtling towards a desert and fearing for the same events from the beginning of his first story, takes emergency action diverting the SIDRAT to a city which ultimately becomes a city in one of the worst countries in the Middle East: Iraq much to the fear of Ghazal.
When the Daleks arrive, the Surgeon orders his companions to follow them but is forced to change his plans when he sees The Rani trying to flee and orders his companions to chase after her. His plans however are foiled by the Mukhabarat forcing him away allowing the Rani to flee as the Daleks attack Iraq.
In the safe house, the Surgeon watches Ghazal and Majid viciously attack the Mukhabarat before stepping in to have his say; An apoplectic Surgeon that berates the Mukhabarat for not letting him deal with the Daleks because unlike the forces of Saddam, he has had experience with the machines because he has fought them time and time again. Eventually, he gets so out of hand that the Mukhabarat give up and instead take him to their leader: Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
When he begins conversation with Saddam owing to him being one of the most feared and reviled men in history, the Surgeon warns himself and is also warned by his companions not to repeat the same apoplectic attitude that he displayed in front of the Mukhabarat for fears that Saddam killed at least 250,000 people and the Surgeon could convince him to kill 250,000 more.
His conversation with Saddam begins with him asking to talk to him about his forces which Saddam takes as a compliment of the Iraqi Army. But what the Surgeon and his friends don't know is that the conversation with Saddam is being recorded by The Rani and the Daleks.
The Surgeon's attempts to negotiate with Saddam Hussein are foiled by the arrival of the Daleks as he is told by Ghazal Rashidi. As she describes one to him, one bursts through the door followed by two others. One of them tries to negotiate with Saddam further and is probably better at negotiating with him than the Surgeon himself.
He is further threatened that if he does not obey the Daleks then his companions will be exterminated and a defeated Surgeon reluctantly throws in the towel. As such, he allows himself to be led away from Saddam's palace as the latter smiles faintly.
While the Rani has never revealed her name or encountered the Surgeon's prior incarnations as prominently as some enemies of the Surgeon such as Meglos or the Daleks , it is said that he has more experience with her than Majid because they are both the same race as shown when they meet each other on the Dalek saucer where the Surgeon and his companions are taken.
While granted, the Surgeon is not restrained like in the case of Jesse Fairchild and his friends who are restrained constantly he is described alongside Majid as being more restrained when he is taken to the Dalek saucer than Ghazal. The Surgeon later stands up to the Daleks when they threaten Ghazal with being exterminated when she demands an explanation to the Rani's appearance in 1990s Iraq and soon comes to learn the terrible truth:
Two years earlier and a year before the Iran-Iraq War was due to end, Saddam had commissioned a supergun by the codename of Project Babylon which was to be based on Project HARP designed by Gerald Bull. But the Daleks and the Rani want to use it to hold the world to ransom unlike Saddam who wants to use it for unknown purposes.
Even if Saddam wants to use the supergun for unknown purposes however, it is likely that he would use the weapon to either launch a satellite into space or blast Israel to kingdom come in order to make way for the state of Palestine.
The Rani soon sees her opportunity for revenge and her revenge comes in the form of creating a rift between the Surgeon, Ghazal and Majid when she questions the latter's potential as a companion of the Surgeon or any Time Lord for that matter and the Surgeon's answer delights her: While the Surgeon acknowledges that Majid has shown a lot more potential than Adam Mitchell with the Ninth Doctor he still does not believe he has shown any potential.
Therefore, the Surgeon has Majid exterminated which makes Ghazal believe that he has turned to the dark side especially as he smiles faintly. It is also this psychopathic nature of the Surgeon that almost turns him against his last remaining companion Ghazal who is shocked to learn that Majid had been exterminated here and now.
While Ghazal believes that it is impossible for someone who is twenty eight years old to die in the 20th Century when he would barely have been born, the Surgeon almost quotes the Ninth Doctor and tells her:
"Time is not a straight line Ghazal, time is like water or an elastic band. It can stretch into any time or any place! He could have been born in the 1980s and died in the 1990s!"It is also this quote that seems to turn the Surgeon and Ghazal against each other but the Rani decides to let the latter live and instead the Surgeon is brought through a transmat with Ghazal to the Iraqi desert...straight to Project Babylon.
While he is interested by the supergun, he is not entirely convinced by the fact that the gun could be one of the most powerful weapons ever made so he demands that the weapon be tested to which one of the Daleks totally agrees and so the Rani replies with "I obey!" which makes his skin crawl as it makes the Surgeon feel like she has been hypnotised by the Daleks or impregnated with a Dalek Factor, the same fate that affects Theodore Maxtible in The Evil of the Daleks which is actually unrelated to the Surgeon stories.
When the Daleks exterminated Majid Bashar, it was the Surgeon who felt psychopathic but this time it is a reversal of fortune because it is now Ghazal who sees an F-15 Eagle fighter jet as a target to be used for the demonstration of the supergun; he tries to persuade her that the craft may be friendly but she refuses to believe it.
After the Rani fires Project Babylon, the Surgeon is finally convinced especially by the sheer power projected by the gun which obliterates its target. But it also gives him a sense of deja vu of his own crash, except this time the pilot of that craft dies.
Once the gun has been tested, The Rani proceeds to do something very strange: She asks the Surgeon to form an alliance with herself and the Daleks which is unusual because the Surgeon has been traveling the universe for centuries and he has never become the subject of an alliance proposal unlike the Doctor and again, the Surgeon is not convinced as to why he should join forces with the Rani. This in turn makes him the second character to be the subject of an alliance proposal with the first being Lady Blue in Duel of the Vixens.
Like before, the Surgeon is unconvinced why he should join forces with the Rani and the Daleks to which she replies with:
"Because just think, with you by my side we could bring the Time Lords back again, imagine the worlds you could save. Just imagine, our own people...reborn."With just one companion left in the form of Ghazal, it is now this one companion who tries to persuade the Surgeon that if he joins forces with the Daleks or the Rani then he will betray his own people. She manages to succeed when the Surgeon gives his response: Seeing a Dalek about to open fire on him, he grabs hold of the Dalek and forces it on the Rani so when it fires the gunstick, it exterminates The Rani.
Once the Rani has been exterminated, the Surgeon tells Ghazal to run for it and while under fire he radios various air forces to attack the Daleks then finally saves Ghazal from the Daleks by sending her through a transmat machine which teleports her to the streets of Iraq. Before the Surgeon also flees from the Daleks, he sabotages the transmat so when he escapes into the portal, it closes behind him leaving the Daleks stranded.
In the streets of Iraq, the Surgeon and Ghazal watch the air forces attack and eventually destroy the Daleks ending the threat of Project Babylon. The fires also incinerate the body of The Rani as he and Ghazal watch the fires and smoke billow from the desert.
When Ghazal asks about The Rani or as she was better known "Asma" thanks to her alias as Asma Benyamina, the Surgeon simply replies that her body has been incinerated by the flames caused by the air raids and apologizes to Ghazal about Majid but she does not care anymore much to his surprise.
As he and Ghazal head back to the SIDRAT, she asks about their next destination to which he replies:
"Out of the past; and into the future."Upon the Rani's death, the Surgeon further expresses relief that the Rani will not be back to harm him anymore and he can hopefully carry on wandering the universe as he did for centuries before his current incarnation. In the SIDRAT, the Surgeon asks Ghazal "Onwards?" to which she replies the same thing and the Surgeon activates the machine causing it to leave Iraq for a new destination.
Just like his previous two stories, the Surgeon is seen at the beginning of The Yeti Factor in the SIDRAT but this time he is seen alone with Ghazal. He tells her that at the end of Land of the Two Foes he told her that he would take them out of the past and into the future and keeps his word, but Ghazal suggests they go to his home planet of Gallifrey.
Despite a pleasant reminiscence about Gallfrey the Surgeon refuses to go back to his home planet and instead takes Ghazal to the United Kingdom which apparently is one of his favorite countries; when he goes to take Ghazal out to explore the future however, she has gone much to his fears outside the SIDRAT...
In fact, Ghazal has gone further into the SIDRAT and has changed her clothing; she keeps her hijab but replaces her clothing with her abaya changed to a light blue dress with a zip on the back with black tights and black Chelsea boots. When she has changed, the Surgeon takes her outside the SIDRAT.
The first destination however, actually appears inside a chapel which upon further exploration turns out to be one of the most haunted locations in Britain: Greyfriar's Kirkyard. Despite this however, the time is definitely right as the SIDRAT has landed in the 23rd Century in the year 2257 according to the Surgeon.
While he shows Ghazal the outside world, she scares him for real this time when she hears the sound of beeping which actually comes from a control sphere used for Robot Yeti which are stationed all over the cemetery and according to the Surgeon will also be found all over Edinburgh. As the Surgeon chases Ghazal to the Covenanters Prison, he warns her of a Yeti attack and she narrowly manages to escape.
Granted, the pair manage to escape from the prison but they don't escape from the cemetery because upon awakening, the Yeti has sent out a signal telling other Yetis to attack and they surround the exit of the cemetery preparing to go in for the kill.
The pair are saved from certain death however by a group of students who arrive with a group of Yeti. The students first open fire on the Yeti and allow the Yetis to come for them and once the pair escape the students unleash their own Yeti into the cemetery as the girls take the Surgeon and Ghazal to Edinburgh castle where they are introduced to their saviours: Abigail Huntsman, Christabel Davenport, Clementine Galbraith, Felicity Barbrige and Hester Cartridge.
Once the girls have been introduced however, the girls take the pair out of Edinburgh castle and to a new location in the city in the form of the Kirk of the Canongate. On the way there, while Ghazal is horrified by Yetis attacking innocent civilians in the streets the Surgeon does not have any kind of emotional reaction thanks to traveling the universe for centuries and having seen death and destruction practically everywhere he went.
Inside the Kirkyard, the Surgeon comes to Ghazal's defense after she is attacked by Felicity and also engages in conflict with her friend Hester Cartridge. The girls are berated by Abigail who threatens to betray them to the Yetis if they come into conflict with anyone else; finally the Surgeon and Ghazal are led into the chapel where he actually comforts Ghazal as the group journey into the chapel.
In the chapel, the Surgeon and Ghazal are introduced to more girls, women and men the latter of which are split into two groups: Those that wear military fatigue and those that wear tight clothing and/or leathers in some cases. It is also at this stage where the Surgeon is forced to prevent more conflict from arising thanks to Abigail's right hand girl Amelia Bedingfield.
He and Ghazal get a huge sense of deja vu when Amelia introduces her own group of girls to the pair, exactly in the same way that Abigail introduced her group: Whenever a girl's name is called out, they step forward and introduce themselves. The Surgeon expresses a further sense of impression at the way the girls are trained with military precision with Abigail and Amelia even dismissing them in the style of Army officers.
As the girls are dismissed, Abigail and Amelia promise to tell the Surgeon and Ghazal everything about the Yeti and the questions that they have. However, they do something very unusual before they do it: Instead of telling them at the Kirk of the Canongate, the girls take the Surgeon and Ghazal back to square one: All the way back to Greyfriar's Kirkyard.
In the chapel, Amelia and Abigail reveal everything and why the world is like it is: The year is 2257 and it is a century since the Daleks invaded Earth and ultimately suffered their defeat at the hands of the First Doctor during the events of The Dalek Invasion of Earth. However, Earth has come under attack again from another hostile alien race which is the Great Intelligence.
While it is mentioned that the Intelligence has conquered the Earth and used the Yeti to destroy all humans left on Earth, only the Surgeon knows about it likely either because of previous adventures or thanks to the Second and Eleventh Doctors. Continuing on from the story, the girls do not mention the Intelligence because two of the students have got close to it and since coming into contact with it, one of the girls has been captured and is trapped in the Outlook Tower.
The Surgeon and Ghazal further get answers about why most of the Yeti attack humanity but other Yeti attack other Yetis: During their fight against the Intelligence, the resistance has captured several Yetis from the Intelligence and has impregnated them with "The Human Factor" which causes them to attack other Yetis. Abigail further adds that the second student to come into contact with the Intelligence now serves the alien because she has been impregnated with "The Yeti Factor" which is the impulse to obey the Intelligence.
Having heard Abigail and Amelia's story, the Surgeon decides to help the resistance take back the planet from the Great Intelligence, the first time he has been able to do such a thing because he has not been able to help anyone thanks to The Rani and what she could have been doing to destroy the world or take it over. He tells the group to go back to the Kirk of the Canongate and along the way, he tells Ghazal that she has to join the resistance while he will bring the students back together again.
At the Kirkyard's chapel, the Surgeon rallies the students and has Ghazal join them before choosing Abigail and Amelia to choose one girl from their groups to accompany him. The girls choose reluctantly but Huntsman eventually chooses Hester Cartridge and Amelia chooses Kierra Hastings; finally, the Surgeon begins his journey.
During the journey, it appears that Hester falls into a trance and begins singing along with the Yeti who she imagines singing a derogatory song intended to discredit the Surgeon and his accomplices. However, for all the discrediting singing the group eventually make it up to the Outlook Tower.
At first, the Surgeon dismisses the girls and allows them to go back to the Kirkyard but they refuse with Kierra especially being defiant. Eventually, the Surgeon reluctantly gives in and allows the girls to accompany him into the Tower.
Inside the Tower is the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and inside the building, the Surgeon and his accomplices search for the students and eventually find Eleanor Davidson tied to a chair and also find Clarissa Wainwright who holds them hostage inside the building.
Unlike Hester Cartridge and Kierra Hastings who are terrified of being held hostage by Clarissa, the Surgeon is also held hostage by Clarissa but he does not seem to care which irritates Kierra who wonders how someone who is being held hostage can be so relaxed.
Clarissa also does not like the fact that the Surgeon is in fact playing with her and before long, he explains everything: Before Clarissa came in, the Surgeon had the girls untie Eleanor instantly but by the time Clarissa came the girls had kept Eleanor tied to the chair but untied her legs which allows Eleanor to kick Clarissa in the stomach sending her off her feet and throwing the gun out of her hands.
With Clarissa on the ground, the Surgeon has Hester and Kierra finish untying Eleanor which they do and once she is freed, Eleanor leaps out of her chair and ties Clarissa's hands behind her back before handing her over to the other students. The Surgeon then orders the girls to take Clarissa back to the Kirkyard while he takes Eleanor out of the Camera Obscura; however, she does not understand how one person can take down an alien race.
The Surgeon however only tells her that all will be revealed sooner or later and Eleanor finds out when the Surgeon takes her to the Great Intelligence; when the Surgeon confronts the Intelligence, he puts up a highly confident defense to the Intelligence and is especially confident by the fact that the resistance will defeat it thanks to impregnating several other Yetis with The Human Factor.
But the Intelligence pulls the trump card and tells the Surgeon that it has actually been waiting for him and claims that the Human Factor is useless because it has shown the Intelligence what its own strength is. It further delivers the final blow by telling the Surgeon that it wants him to take the Yeti Factor and spread it through the entire history of Earth so humanity will obey it.
Once the Intelligence pulls its trump card, the Surgeon brings Eleanor back to his instructions of "When I say run, run" and in doing so he orders her to do just that despite Yeti attempts to stop the pair from escaping. The Surgeon continues to scare Eleanor by telling her to go up to the Outlook Tower where she has been imprisoned by the Great Intelligence which sparks an argument between the pair.
The Surgeon is actually telling her to go the Outlook Tower because there is a telescope there. He then tells her to look in it and when she does, Eleanor finds the resistance marching up to the Camera Obscura with their Yetis ready to do battle with the Great Intelligence. Despite her willingness to escape, the Surgeon orders her to stay where she is and this ultimately pays off because the students come up with Ghazal to claim Eleanor and the Surgeon manages to reclaim Ghazal.
Once he has Ghazal however, the Surgeon does nothing else but run for his life with Ghazal leaving the resistance for the Intelligence which is ultimately destroyed. But even with the destruction of the Intelligence, the Surgeon and Ghazal just keep running away from the building until they finally reach a deserted section of Edinburgh.
In this section of Edinburgh, Ghazal breaks down in tears which makes the Surgeon comfort her and embrace her. After he does, the Surgeon informs Ghazal that on her journeys she has been in the past (Terror of the Rani and Land of the Two Foes) and the future which is the events of this story so asks her if she would like to go back to the present.
A delighted Ghazal replies she would love to go back to the present, but the Surgeon decides not to take her back to the Middle East and instead takes her to a new location. In the SIDRAT, Ghazal stuns the Surgeon when she takes off her hijab, a sign that all the adventures she has been through make her feel as though her Hijab is not necessary anymore.
Since Terror of the Rani, the Surgeon has always appeared in at least Part 1 of a story and Destroy All Plants is no different and once again he is shown in the SIDRAT with Ghazal. He brings her back to his promise that he would take her back to the future but he does not decide to take her back to Egypt because of the fear she will come across the Weeping Angels or any other foe again.
Instead, the Surgeon takes her to a new location but when the SIDRAT lands he does not leave to explore the outside world: Rather, he has gone into the machine to change his attire substituting his suit for a three piece one with very thin pinstripes. But Ghazal has also changed and once they have, they go outside to see where the SIDRAT has landed.
The SIDRAT's destination is thankfully for Ghazal not in Egypt as she learns thanks to the huge change in scenery from sand brown to green and when she asks the Surgeon where they are, the Surgeon replies that he has taken the pair of them to Northern Ireland which he describes in vivid detail including it being separated from the Republic of Ireland since 1921, being the battlefield of The Troubles and still being part of the United Kingdom.
As the Surgeon and Ghazal explore their new surroundings, they inexplicably come across a shaded figure heading for the Stranmillis University College and follow it there. That figure is the scientist Maurice Callaghan and they continue to follow him when they follow him back to Belfast Castle which is his home.
The Surgeon disturbs Maurice from one experiment by entering his house and angrily accusing him of using the plants as some kind of superweapon which can also destroy rogue countries and anyone that dares to question the authority of any dictators around the world but Maurice vigorously denies the allegations and shows one of his experiments which is a genetically altered rose to the Surgeon.
At first, the Surgeon is reluctant to touch it and when he does touch it is left speechless by the fact that Maurice is telling the truth and so is forced off his land. The Surgeon later turns back when he hears the sound of plant pots smashing even though Maurice is convinced that it is the Surgeon who is playing a stupid trick on him and refuses to believe anything wrong with the situation...
That is, until the Surgeon and Ghazal confront Maurice in his greenhouse....and a monster with them which seems to take particular offense to Ghazal who mocks its roar. The monster is actually the rose that Maurice altered and it takes control of more plants and turns them into monsters which ultimately destroy Maurice's home and their creator falls under the Abomination's influence.
Even with Maurice under the influence of the plants, the Surgeon refuses to leave them and for good reason: Because the Surgeon learns that the plants plan to take over the world and their first target is the Queen's University which the Surgeon and Ghazal reach first and in doing so manage to convince the students to rally against the plants. Despite reaching the University first however, there's even worse enemies the Surgeon comes across: Krynoids.
While the staff and students fight probably the most one sided battle in the history of man kind against Biollante, the Plant monsters and the Krynoids, the Surgeon and Ghazal try to contact the Irish Armed Forces to destroy the plants but unfortunately, Maurice gets there first and destroys the phone lines before taking Ghazal prisoner and turning her into a Krynoid. Now with Ghazal turned into a Krynoid, Maurice under the plant's influence and people dying left, right and center and turned into Krynoids the Surgeon must find a way to destroy the plants himself.
The Surgeon tries to negotiate with Maurice but the plants kill him and dissolve his corpse; and things go from bad to worse for the Surgeon: He does not negotiate with Maurice but he does try to negotiate with a Venus Flytrap who decides that humanity has lived on Earth for too long and like the Silurians, claims the plants will claim the Earth for themselves.
This effectively means that there will be the most terrible war in the history of Earth and could even lead to the end of the world but the Flytrap believes that humanity has been used to war because they have fought war, after war, after war, after war and finally the Flytrap gives the Surgeon a put down that destroys him:
"You're a parasite!"It then terminates the negotiation and leaves the Surgeon in an impossible situation: He can either save the Earth like he always has done in his last four adventures but lose Ghazal...or he can let Ghazal live but abandon the world to the plants and ultimately chooses the former despite various attempts to stop him.
At the Irish ministry of defense, the Surgeon tells the government to give the story's titular command: "Destroy All Plants" and it is these three words that echo in all the airfields of Britain as the R.A.F are forced into combat to Destroy All Plants and thanks to Northern Ireland being part of the United Kingdom, arrive almost immediately.
All the Surgeon can do now is watch in horror in what he has done: He has saved the world from the Abomination but has also killed his own companion who was his sole remaining one thanks to the extermination of one by the Daleks; even when he has destroyed the plants, the Surgeon is still horrified at what he has done.
The events of what has happened is enough for the Surgeon to leave Ireland supposedly for good but little does he know that he has come up against one Irish scientist and he will come up against another.
After the events of Destroy All Plants, a now lone Surgeon journeys back to the future when he travels to the year 2117, a hundred and forty years prior to the events of what would become The Yeti Factor (it is important to know that no events in the Surgeon stories have any continuity like the case of Defenders of Earth and The Mammal Wars for instance). But outside, the Surgeon has a very different experience to setting foot out of the SIDRAT:
Once he steps foot out of the SIDRAT, the Surgeon is confronted by the politician Amanda Mycroft, Army sergeant Claribel Bloodworth and her section who point their guns at him but like in The Yeti Factor, the Surgeon does not allow himself to be intimidated but under coercion from Bloodworth holds his hands up and despite assuring the women that he is un-armed, Bloodworth is not convinced.
The Time Lord is then scanned by the sergeant and when the results turn up negative, she orders her section's guns to be released from him before he asks the two women who they are before they take the Surgeon to witness a project that Claribel has been working on: The Super Soldier project. In the room, the Surgeon meets the man at the beginning of the story who introduced the Super Soldiers to a room and Amanda tells the man at the beginning about the Surgeon who then tells the man about the Super Soldiers and expresses some concern.
His concern especially is due to the Doctor's encounter with the Daleks during World War II when they posed as soldiers but ends up being accused of badmouthing the British Army. But one Army general is indifferent to showing him training and so decides to show him the Soldiers in training which they manage to do even if the training is less like the Marines and more like the Spetsnaz.
Even before the soldiers complete the training, the Surgeon is horrified to learn that his accusations were right and the Super Soldiers are in fact the same enemies he faced in Iran: Cybermen. After being shown the tests, the Surgeon undergoes an attempt to try to convince the Army that the "Super Soldiers" are in fact hostile alien cyborgs but his warnings fall on deaf ears and instead he is taken to a laboratory to meet a soldier up close alongside Claribel and Amanda.
At the laboratory, the Surgeon decides that if the Army won't listen to him then he will make them listen to him and he does it in such a fashion that it leaves both Amanda and Claribel speechless as the normally stoic Surgeon who they had met now loses his temper and even attacks one of the soldiers before echoing the words he told The Master in Egypt:
"I am the Surgeon! AND YOU ARE THE CYBERMEN!"Finally, he kicks the soldier which leaves both women in the laboratory shocked and horrified even more. But when he cools down, the pair join his side and watch as the soldier now revealed as a Cyberman gets to its feet and replies that the Surgeon is correct in his assumptions.
The Cyberman transmits a signal to other Cybermen and they attack the Army but the Surgeon flees with Amanda and Claribel before forcing the latter to put her section on the line and help him defeat the Cybermen. However, the Cybermen are impervious to bullets so their wires are ripped out and eventually the Surgeon destroys the Cybermen when he destroys a Cyber planner which had been in charge of the whole operation.
After the destruction of the Cybermen, the Surgeon is accused of making Britain vulnerable to attack because he has forced the Army to abandon the hope of Super Soldiers but the Surgeon bites back and tells the General to go back to the drawing board. He then storms off and Amanda with him but not before witnessing Claribel angrily resign from the Army and tear her sergeant stripes off her tunic in defiance.
As the Surgeon prepares to leave, Amanda asks him if this is the thing he does all the time to which he replies it is and offers Amanda the chance to come with him which she does because she will continue the excitement she has had today. At first, Amanda is cautious but eventually becomes the Surgeon's third companion; as she enters the SIDRAT, the Surgeon dematerialises and Claribel watches it go.
Like in Terror of the Rani, the Surgeon is first seen with his new companion Amanda Mycroft where she asks him if what she had witnessed in the previous story was what he does all the time to which he replies that it is literally "the story of my life" and when she asks whether the machine she is in can travel in time and space the Surgeon replies with:
"Oh yes. I'm a time traveler, Amanda. I've been to the past and I've been to the future where I got you as a travel mate."
He then proves this by redirecting the SIDRAT to his present day and a century ago in Amanda's past and ten minutes later, his destination is revealed when the SIDRAT lands in Romania in the city of Bucharest. However, before Amanda can explore her surroundings, the Surgeon tells her to change her clothing because she cannot possibly be taken seriously in her political attire.
Even if she was, many Romanians would see her as a politician and since she started traveling with the Surgeon, Amanda does not consider herself a politician anymore. Ten minutes later, Amanda has changed and the Surgeon now takes her out to her true destination: Bucharest, Romania; as the pair explore their new surroundings, they soon come across a military convoy that is armed with various missiles with their purpose unknown so the Surgeon decides that they follow it.
Among these missiles is the titular Thunderbolt missile that was outlawed a long time ago in Amanda's time and the same missile that the Surgeon's kind has experienced before thanks to the events of The Mind of Evil with the Third Doctor. The convoy heads for the Army headquarters located in Bucharest where once again, the Surgeon finds himself held at gunpoint.
But an Army General who sees the Surgeon surprises him by telling him that the Army has been expecting him but does not say why...until him and Amanda go into the General's office where the Surgeon asks a) what the Army wants with the missiles and b) why the Army was expecting him and gets both answers from the General:
The missiles that were seen in Romania are originally from Britain and Russia and come to Romania to be destroyed because they are either outlawed or obsolete and the Army has wanted someone like him for two reasons: A), the Armed Forces send the missiles to a destruction point but one way or another, they vanish on the way to the destruction point and B), Anyone who has got in touch with the missiles has gone missing.
This ultimately leaves the Surgeon so speechless that all he can do is refuse to help the Army and leave them alone and continue to explore Bucharest with Amanda. But little do both Amanda and the Surgeon know that as they leave the Army, they are being watched by WOTAN who sends out a War Machine to find him for unknown purposes.
But not only is War Machine 7 activated but WOTAN in fact goes the whole hog and activates every single War Machine in Bucharest. At first, the War Machines operate under secrecy and as much secrecy as WOTAN until one of them comes across the Surgeon and Amanda when they explore Bucharest again and it is here where the machines circle the pair and prepare to take them to WOTAN.
That is, until the Army return to fight their old foes thanks to the Army and the War Machines engaging in frequent battles with them in contrast to the Army shown in The Super Soldiers who use the Cybermen as soldiers but with the Army are twenty shadowy figures who drag the Surgeon and Amanda out of the circle of machines while the Army ends up fighting a losing battle because of the Machines' ability to jam guns.
After being saved by the figures, the Surgeon and Amanda are taken to a deserted Army base or what appears to be a barracks where their saviors are revealed as the Romanian sisterhood who are also fighting the War Machines which come to terrorize all of Romania instead of just Bucharest after WOTAN transmits a signal through Romania which paralyzes the country and affects the Surgeon.
WOTAN now gives the Surgeon a split personality and uses him to communicate its plan to his companion: It has collected the missiles that were sent to Romania to be destroyed and captured them to convert them to satellites which will be launched into space where the satellites will transmit a signal around the world and activate War Machines all over the world.
Once the Surgeon's mind has been completely taken over by the computer, he is ordered to recall to an Army base where he sees the missiles, War Machines and all of the people that WOTAN had hypnotized over the course of the story. When the missiles are completed, the Surgeon is ordered to launch them into space which occurs and even ends up fighting his own companion...until a reprogrammed War Machine destroys WOTAN and releases his mind control on him.
With the computer's destruction, the Surgeon has no recollection of what he has done until Amanda brings him back to reality to which he swears of having a break from traveling and fighting enemies to make him less stressed and make him continue fighting evil.
He later reunites with the Sisterhood and tells them that they could meet again some day before entering the SIDRAT and causing it to de-materialize. Inside the SIDRAT, Amanda asks him where he has in mind but the Surgeon decides not to tell her and instead sets the controls for his next destination away from Romania.
In a break from traveling the universe for centuries and fighting evil across the galaxy and in a change from other stories in the Surgeon stories, the Surgeon takes Amanda back to Britain in the year 1994 to the British county of Wiltshire when he takes her to Widbrook Wood. While Amanda is happy to have a break from the War Machines and the Cybermen, she is concerned why the Surgeon is so happy about arriving in 1994 when the Rwandan Genocide would also break out;
While the Surgeon acknowledges this is the time that the Rwandan Genocide would break out, he has taken Amanda to about a month or three months earlier before the Genocide would occur (in the story, he says that he takes her to about January at the earliest and March at the latest) and it was also at this time when the world is free of other events: 1994 means that it is five years since the end of the Cold War in 1989, three years since the end of the Gulf War in 1991 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in that same year as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
This eventually puts Amanda at ease and he eventually decides to take her on a walk through Widbrook Wood which he sees as a relaxation in contrast to fighting evil all of the time; while this does ease him a lot, the Surgeon quickly becomes concerned when there are animals that appear to act more aggressively than normal especially the foxes.
The Surgeon soon loses hope for a calming time after fighting evil time and time again when he sees two blue foxes with a strange green glow surrounding them and a figure in the woods who appears like it is aiming towards the Surgeon and Amanda with the intentions to kill them.
At least, that's what it seems. The figure is actually aiming its pistol trying to shoot at a certain blue fox which is under the protection of another blue fox and its mate who instantly turn invisible in an attempt to shoo off the intruders while the fox retreats. It is also the vixen that was protecting the fox who forces the figure into a retreat allowing the Surgeon and Amanda to flee.
But the Surgeon are not free of nature's wrath just yet because further in the woods, the pair are encountered by the fox who takes one look at the Surgeon and Amanda and leaves them alone. After being free of their wrath, the Surgeon loses hope of taking a break of fighting evil quickly and takes Amanda further into the forest to find out more about this fox that the figure wanted.
In the forest, the Surgeon and Amanda hope to help the fox but instead it gives the pair a death glare and while the pair want to help it, the fox does not want any help but it does run away alongside the Surgeon and Amanda when the figure who the vixen forced into a retreat earlier appears and actually manages to capture the fox in a fox trap.
The Surgeon and Amanda are then forced into a wild goose chase and end up being forced into a secluded part of the forest where they lose the figure even more for about ten seconds only to find it heading to a secluded building in the form of a laboratory which confuses Amanda as to why there would even be a laboratory in the forest; the Surgeon however decides to investigate.
Inside the laboratory starts off with awful conditions but inside the laboratory, the Surgeon discovers the place being almost spotless and complete with an operating theater type room which at first shines with a bright light until a figure plunges the room into darkness and turns the lights on slowly. From the shadows, the Surgeon and Amanda are threatened by a shadowy figure who the Surgeon mocks when it tells them "Hey! You!"
The figure then demands to know what it is doing in "our laboratory" which confuses the Surgeon and in the process reveals another figure from the back which approached in Amanda's direction. These figures are actually Forbflaith Hennessy and Katja Naganowska and it is also Katja who reveals that the foxes that were glowing do not actually belong to Forbflaith because if they did, they would be far more vicious.
But the Surgeon also finds out the real name of the figure who was seen in the woods: Jenna Lillywhite, a criminal who is just as notorious as Forbflaith or Katja with a criminal record about the size of Lincolnshire and never being caught once. He is then led to another operating theater when Amanda asks what Forbflaith wants with the fox.
Inside the operating theater, the Surgeon learns everything: Forbflaith is a wanted woman in Northern Ireland because of her experiments which have been condemned by animal rights activists who have also repeatedly called for her arrest; and on top of that, she is under threat from terrorists because she is under the belief that if terrorists got hold of her research, the world could be in danger.
After the fox is revealed and walks onto an operating table, the Surgeon and Amanda are joined by Jenna who makes them watch her bosses carry out their operation on the fox...in other words, alter him genetically which makes him grow to the size of a coyote much to the fear of the Surgeon as shown below:
"For the Surgeon was a huge sense of terror: He had seen genetic engineering before in Forbflaith's home country and it had lost him a companion...could the Surgeon lose another companion to this fox? Especially since the fox no longer really looked like a fox in regards to size and instead looked to be about the size of a Coyote.After Bounder's alteration, he scans the room first eyeing the Surgeon and all the humans in the room before showing off his new powers and fleeing to free the other Blue Foxes that Forbflaith had previously held captive before setting himself up as their leader and heading off to terrorize humanity. As they do, the Surgeon berates Forbflaith who does not care about letting the foxes loose on Bradford on Avon.
But Jenna has turned against Forbflaith and allows the Surgeon and Amanda to escape...however, she has no intentions of helping them and instead runs away to the town. Meanwhile, the Surgeon and Amanda force Forbflaith and Katja to remain where they are while they set off after the foxes and Jenna, hoping to catch her before Forbflaith does.
In the town of Bradford on Avon, the Surgeon gets in touch with the police to search for Jenna and the Army based in Wiltshire to combat the foxes to no avail. And it gets worse because Amanda reports that Katja and Forbflaith have inexplicably escaped and are now on the loose...the Surgeon does not care however because he has an idea of how to defeat the foxes.
He orders the Army to use flamethrowers on them and the result is a success; The flames do not kill Bounder nor do they kill the foxes, but they do force them to retreat and they also push Bounder back to where he came from before Jenna captured him: Widbrook Wood. With Bounder back in his natural habitat, the Surgeon and Amanda hope to capture Jenna.
Their attempt is a success and when they do, the Surgeon explains everything to Jenna including the fact that the police will have the chance to catch the criminal they have been trying to catch for a long time but he will instead ask them to keep her in holding. As well as confronting Jenna, the Surgeon had previously called the police and him and Amanda watch her being arrested and taken away by the police; as she is being led away, the Surgeon asks the police officer to keep Jenna in holding which the officer agrees to reluctantly.
After Jenna is taken away, it is also stated that the Surgeon has also contacted the Army to make sure that Bounder keeps away from Bradford on Avon and also orders them to help in rebuilding the town.
Like his previous enemy WOTAN (WOTAN is the Surgeon's previous enemy because Bounder is now his current enemy), the Surgeon does not appear at the beginning of the finale of his first series Battle of the Foxes, but he is one of three Time Lords to be the subject of a monologue that starts off the story alongside the Doctor and The Master as shown below:
"After he defeated WOTAN in present day Romania, the Surgeon had traveled to early 1994 to the British county of Wiltshire in the hope of taking a long rest of traveling the universe for years; but the Surgeon was a Time Lord and if there was one thing that was common with the Time Lords it was that they never could take a break. Even before the last great Time War between the Time Lords and the Daleks most probably.After this monologue, the Surgeon and Amanda receive a phone call from Jenna Lillywhite who was imprisoned by the Surgeon and the criminal asks to meet him to which the Surgeon and Amanda do so, but whether the criminal can be trusted is another matter. A journey to Trowbridge Police Station leads the Surgeon and Amanda to the police station and Jenna.
There was also one thing that one should have learned about the Time Lords: They were like the Pied Piper of Hamelin in the case of danger, especially ones like the Surgeon, the Master and another one of the Surgeon's kind who had fought proper enemies such as the Cybermen and even WOTAN in the past, and why were they like the Pied Piper of Hamelin? Because wherever they went, danger was sure to follow, except in the case of the Master who spread danger like a plague.
The Surgeon however, managed to outdo his fellow Time Lords by being up against enemies that he had very little knowledge of, himself and the genetically altered foxes that Forbflaith Hennessy had created were no different. But this time, the Surgeon was actually trapped in Wiltshire because if the last fox standing left Widbrook Wood then it would mean the end of life in Wiltshire more than likely."
In her cell, the Surgeon and Amanda do not immediately trust Jenna which in turn frustrates her as shown here:
""Oh, for goodness sake. So you have me arrested, sent to a holding cell and you don't know that you can trust me?"She then reveals everything and wants to help the Surgeon and Amanda to defeat the blue fox, however it means working with the scientists and criminal who unleashed that fox on Wiltshire and so the Surgeon is reluctant to do it. However, for the sake of Wiltshire, he is made to ally himself with Jenna to do it alongside Forbflaith Hennessy and Katja Naganowska.
The Surgeon takes Amanda and Jenna into the forest to seek out a fox to fight "Bounder" as Amanda had called him hoping that Jenna's plan works, however Jenna puts him off by telling him that she doesn't want to capture a red fox and instead the Surgeon points out another fox in the form of "Ranger" which she does and in exactly the same way she captured Bounder.
In spite of this however, the attempt to catch this fox is hindered by Forbflaith Hennessy and Katja Naganowska who are forced into hiding in Widbrook Wood. The Surgeon then forces the scientists to help him by blackmailing them alongside Amanda who tells them:
"Oh, you will Miss Hennessy, because if you don't...then you'll suffer the same fate as Jenna here."Ultimately, it is Katja who takes the group to the laboratory that she and Forbflaith used to alter Bounder and it is also here where the Surgeon forces Forbflaith help him alter Ranger; at least, only to make her show him the controls and when she does, the Surgeon sends her away and alters Ranger all the while attracting the attention of Bounder. Whether the intentions of him wanting to attract Bounder's attention however is not explained.
Once Ranger has been released into Widbrook Wood, the Surgeon forces Forbflaith, Katja and Jenna to watch as his creation fights theirs and as the foxes fight, the Surgeon gets the police to Widbrook Wood as well presumably to arrest either Forbflaith, Katja, Jenna or all three. After Ranger disappears, the Surgeon refutes Amanda's belief that Bounder has killed him and shows her the second part of the fight where this time, Bounder dies when the fox bites him in the throat.
At the end of the battle, Forbflaith tells the Surgeon that he will pay for destroying her experiment but the Surgeon refutes her as well because he had called the police and sent them to Widbrook Wood. He then takes Forbflaith away and has Amanda do the same to Katja; Jenna on the other hand is too stunned to watch and instead of following the Surgeon directly, runs away and tries to find another way of getting to him without catching the attention of the police because if she does, then it will mean trial and imprisonment.
The Time Lord hands the scientists over to the police who arrest them with Forbflaith being promised to be taken back to Northern Ireland. After the scientists have been taken away, the Surgeon and Amanda head back to the SIDRAT...but they get a strange request from Jenna who wants to come with them to leave her criminal past behind. As such, the criminal becomes the Surgeon's fourth companion and the SIDRAT leaves Wiltshire for new adventures.
Part 2 (The Robot Saga)
Like some previous appearances, the Surgeon does not feature in the prologue to the beginning of the Robot Saga The Sins of Doom. Instead, he is featured in a recap which features all of his adventures so far and his adventures coming full circle owing to him starting with two companions and having two companions in the present.
The Robot Saga starts with the Surgeon and his companions in the SIDRAT and while his new companions try to put apart their differences seen in their first meeting, the Surgeon is trying to find a new destination to make up for the rest period that he was meant to have in Bounder and the Time Lord. But soon, he gives up trying to find one when he finds something that pulls him off course.
Despite being a fairly weak signal, it is enough for the Surgeon to pilot the SIDRAT increasingly erratically in case the signal is lost; finally, he comes across the signal...but the signal apparently leads "nowhere". The registry is blank despite scanners showing imagery that life does indeed exist; puzzled by this revelation, the Surgeon decides the only thing to do is to investigate outside the SIDRAT which is what they do.
At first, the Surgeon and his companions believe they have travelled back in time to the time of Austria Hungary and while Jenna and Amanda admire their destination's beauty and medieval architecture, the Surgeon warns them to be careful because as picturesque as the destination is, there is something about the destination that is not quite right.
As the Surgeon and his companions journey further into the country, they are proven right when they see heroically built statues all over the city, along with portraits of the statue's focus, some with heroic slogans underneath such as "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer!" (One people, one empire, one leader!").
Eventually, the Surgeon learns the subject of the statues and portraits by more captions written in German, Hungarian and Romanian including: "A sötétségből a Doom fényt hoz." translated from Hungarian as "From the darkness, Doom brings light.", "Doom aduce mântuirea." translated from Romanian as "Doom brings Salvation", "Doom este minunat. Doom este just." translated from Romanian as "Doom is Great. Doom is Just" and "Doom: Doamne, rege, țară." translated from Romanian as "Doom: God, king, country."
The last poster that the Surgeon sees has the caption "Doom ist Latveria und Latveria ist Doom" and it is this poster which makes the Surgeon finally realise where the SIDRAT took them: Latveria. Home of one of the world's most famous supervillains; the Surgeon and his companions are soon greeted by army officials who surround them armed with muskets and swords.
These officials lead the Surgeon and his companions to an ancient castle. At least, ancient on the outside; on the inside however, it is filled with modern technology and it is in this castle where the Surgeon and his companion finally come face to face with "Doom" from the statues and posters. The real Doctor Doom who welcomes them cordially into Latveria.
Doom asks the Surgeon what he is doing in his country to which the Surgeon seemingly offends the monarch with talk about a signal that came from Latveria; it seemingly offends Doom because the monarch claims he did not send it though still makes use for the Time Lord: Before him and his companions came, a human being came into Latveria with seemingly hostile intentions.
Owing to his rivalry with Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four, Doom assumed that the man would be Richards and he had finally got what he had wanted for 56 years: The defeat and humiliation of his arch enemy. However, this was not the case and while it wasn't the case, Doom simply imprisoned the human in his castle's dungeon. Since the human's imprisonment, Doom has been torturing the human trying to make him talk but to no avail.
Therefore, Doom feels that the Surgeon could possibly get the prisoner to talk, given that one of his kind has already been in the same situation before. As the Surgeon is taken down to the dungeon to reason with the prisoner, Jenna and Amanda are left to explore the castle and potentially make more improvements to settle their differences.
The Surgeon joins Doom and his men down in the dungeons below the castle, and just as Amanda was disgusted by Doom's torture of the prisoner, he is just as disgusted by the fact that it's merely called "the prisoner" (though he is probably grateful that Doom's men have had to cease torture on the prisoner). One of Doom's men warns the Surgeon not to get too close to the prisoner because the last person who did "paid dearly".
But the Surgeon rebuffs him by saying that getting close would be the last thing he would want to do. Doom tells the Surgeon to "impress him" and the Surgeon enters the cell; behind him, Doom and his men proceed to watch on a television monitor with the monarch telling the guard not to open the door until there is a result. The Surgeon is thus sealed into darkness.
In the cell, he apologises to the figure for Doom's insufferable attitude and tells it not to worry about him. He tells the figure that he has come to help and his name is the Surgeon...but in the darkness, the prisoner seems to recognise the Surgeon and asks his name which causes the Surgeon to believe that Doom has imprisoned an old foe in the dungeon, possibly The Master.
His fears intensify when the figure is revealed as a prince like man who starts shouting "Prepare to die!" at the Surgeon who immediately begs to be let out. One of Doom's men also shows concern for the Time Lord, but Doom ignores his pleas, only showing concern that the figure is finally talking; the prisoner rises from its bench and declares that the Surgeon is an enemy of the "Decepticons" and must be destroyed.
But as the prisoner extends its arm out, expecting it to change nothing happens which leaves the Surgeon speechless and undergo a change in personality; from fearful to boastful. He laughs at the prisoner's misfortunes and declares:
"Marvellous! Oh, MARVELLOUS! Powerless! Just look at you!" the Surgeon boasted. Soon his boasts stopped as he approached the prisoner menacingly and snarled: "The failed coup bringer! How does it feel?!"As the prince sits down, he tries to stand up again but chains hold him back. The Surgeon stops short of the prisoner, but close enough to get in his face and ask "What for? What are you going to do to me?!".
The Surgeon gives the prisoner a little bit of personal space and proceeds to continue to show contemptuous, in much the same way that the Ninth Doctor attacks the "last" Dalek in the titular episode:
"As Doom and his men would come to see, the prisoner's ordeal had just begun as the Surgeon stepped back slightly from the prisoner and began marching backwards and forwards like an army sergeant as the prince watched him.Even if he shows regret over his actions during the Time War, he still mocks the prince by also saying "Awww (!) And I caught your little signal. "Help me!" Sweet prince!". But ultimately, his taunting comes to an end with this moment:
"If you can't kill, or are unarmed like you are now with not a sword or gun in sight, then what are you good for, "Decepticon"?" asked the Surgeon, saying the word "Decepticon" in air quotes, like a bully taunting its victim. He soon got more personal and asked: "What's the point of you?"
The prince remained silent as the Surgeon got closer for one particular part. He leaned in close and shouted "You're nothing!"
The Time Lord soon stopped pacing and stood at an angle where Doom could just and so, see his face and asked: "What are you doing in this country?"
"I am, waiting for orders." the prince replied
"What does that mean?" asked the Surgeon
"I am a soldier. I was bred to receive orders." the prince replied. In the past, the Surgeon had come across Daleks, Cybermen, genetically altered foxes, Robot Yetis and people like Doom to name a few, but he had never come across...things like the prince who called themselves "Decepticons" so had to improvise. He said:
"Well, you're not going to get any. Not ever!"
All the while, the prince tried to defend its case by shouting: "I demand orders!"
Here, the Surgeon lost it and it was here that he knew to himself that what was coming out of his mouth was utter double-dutch. Not so much in the sense he was talking Sycoraxic or something like that, but the fact that he never met the "Decepticons" before so had no idea if they were alive or dead. He shouted:
"They're never going to come! Your race is dead! You burned, all of you! Ten million ships on fire! The entire "Decepticon" race wiped out in one nanosecond!"
"You lie!" the prince shouted. As the Surgeon made his previous statement, he was giving the prince almost no sense of personal space and it was this point where he got up just as close to the prince as he did when he asked what the powerless prince would do to him.
"I watched it happen! I MADE IT HAPPEN!" he roared. Of the statements he made, this one and the previous one about the "Decepticons" being wiped out in one nanosecond easily made for two of the biggest lies the Surgeon told himself."
"The prince was quiet for a while and said: "So are you. We are, the same." as the Surgeon's smile droppedAt this point, guards enter the cell and drag the Surgeon out of the cell while Doom orders the prisoner to talk to him. Unlike the Ninth Doctor however, the Surgeon allows himself to be led away by the guards because he has not fought the prince's kind before, so cannot decide whether they are good or evil.
The very motion of this comment, sent the Surgeon into a rage and he went for the prince as if he was going to strangle him. At this point, he was probably even more glad that none of his companions were there to watch him.
"We're not the same! I'm not..." the Surgeon shouted before taking another step back to re-evaluate the situation. Another smile came on his face and he said in a more calm manner, certainly more calmer than the previous situation, he said: "No...wait...maybe we are."
It was at this point where it was as if the Surgeon was not shouting at a prince, but at a Weeping Angel because as the Surgeon spoke, he stepped back a bit as he kept his eyes glued to the prince and continued:
"You're right. Yeah, okay. You've got a point. Because I know what to do...I know what should happen. I know what you deserve."
All the while, the prince and Doom watched the Surgeon almost, certainly in the case of Doom, in a grip of fear, as if the tin tyrant could picture himself as the prince being blasted by a previously compassionate Surgeon. Speaking of the Surgeon, another grin came on his face and he simply echoed the prince's first line: "Prepare to die..."
With this, the Surgeon promptly pulled a lever on a control panel, promptly sending electricity through the prince's body at around 10,000 volts or so, causing the prince to scream in pain.
"Mercy! MERCY! the prince cried
"I've never shown mercy to many enemies before. Why should I start doing it now?" asked the Surgeon as he increased the power. At that point, Doom ordered his guards: "Get him out!"
The Surgeon asks one of Doom's associates how the prisoner got to Latveria to which the response is that it was definitely of alien origins as it fell from the sky in a meteor shower and crashed onto the Latverian-Symkarian border and destroyed anyone who tried to help it. But Doom is also impressed by the Surgeon's own alien origin and takes him to a torture chamber.
In the torture chamber, Doom does not use standard torture implements on the Time Lord but instead tortures him with magic. But the Surgeon remains defiant and deems the tin torturer a tyant, but Doom refuses his accusation by saying:
"When you came to Latveria, Surgeon, if you had paid attention to society instead of my statues or portraits, you would have realised that in Latveria, there is no back breaking labour, no struggle for food and shelter and concentration camps are non existent."Doom further tortures the Surgeon after demanding to know what "Decepticons" are, but the Surgeon tells him he doesn't know...fortunately for the Surgeon, his torture ends after the prisoner is free of its restraints and kills a guard because another one of Doom's associates tells him that the prisoner has escaped and this is not a drill.
The Surgeon immediately heads for the place him and Doom first met: The castle's throne room and it is on a screen on the wall that the Surgeon gets to see everything...almost including the prisoner's breakout and guards desperately trying to counter it. As the prisoner approaches, the Surgeon tells his companions to get out of there, which they do.
But the Surgeon loses contact once the prisoner attacks a computer terminal, heals itself and turns into its true form which it stays like for the whole story. Compassionate for humanity, he may be, the Surgeon still tells Doom to bring back his guards to counter the Pretender not to replace the Servo guards but to aid the Servo guards.
The armour clad autocrat however refuses to endanger his own men, and thus makes another suggestion to seal the castle down leaving the Pretender trapped down there, but the Surgeon sticks to his guns by saying that if the castle is sealed and the Pretender is trapped, then Doom traps the Surgeon's companions down there as well, something that he is not going to allow so Doom reluctantly works with the Surgeon and deploys several of his men and several Servo guards to counter the Pretender.
After doing so, Doom suggests trying to reason with the Surgeon if he is that good at alien life but the Surgeon ignores him and asks about the nearest city. When Doom replies "Doomstadt", the Surgeon responds to Doom's breaking speech with his own:
"I have not fought "Decepticons" in the past, Doom but I have fought creatures that are like them: Robots and my experience with them is different. I have fought foes that are akin to them; if it gets loose, I have a feeling it will wipe out everyone in Latveria! And while I acknowledge that you are a better autocrat that other dictators in history, Doom, you are still a dictator with no concern for anyone else in the world that this "Decepticon" may potentially kill!"Speaking of "Decepticons", the Pretender activates a camera on another battlefield so the Surgeon and Doom can watch it kill all of Doom's men and Servo guards that were deployed to destroy it. With the death of his men, Doom blames the Surgeon and considers abandoning the castle but the Surgeon refuses because he sees the autocrat as being useful to him on giving him information about the "Decepticons" because one did land in his country after all.
In the end, Doom is forced into another reluctant decision: With the death of much of his men and guards, Doom has to turn to a last resort; cutting off power to his castle and re-routing it to emergency exits only. Dangerous it may be, but the Surgeon concentrates on keep the lord of Latveria alive. But as Doom is concentrating on re-routing power to the emergency exits of his castle, the Surgeon eyes the cameras and sees the Pretender. On camera, it declares it will only speak to him and not its former captor.
As the Surgeon confronts the Pretender, he shows it the same compassion as he did in its human form, i.e. none whatsoever. He even goes so far as to order it to die so as to make the "Decepticons" extinct and to "rid the universe of its filth", but the Pretender tells him that he would make a good Pretender and proceeds to finish off the Surgeon's companions.
And as the castle is sealed down, it eventually gets that chance when it apparently kills the Surgeon's brand new companion, Jenna Lillywhite which has a much more profound impact on him because of the fact she had barely travelled with her; Doom offers his apologies but the Surgeon refuses in a very fiery exchange:
"I would have protected her! She was only here because of me, and you can only apologise?" then his voice slowly got louder as he told the autocrat: "I could have killed that prisoner in its cell, but you stopped me."Or so he thinks: Jenna is in fact still alive, unknown to the Surgeon and only brought to the Surgeon's attention when Doom shows him and his surviving companion on a screen where the Surgeon and Amanda are just as relieved to see her as she is to see them. The Pretender on screen demands that the Surgeon opens the emergency exit or she dies to which the Surgeon is forced to comply, stating this in the process:
"I thought I had a chance over Richards!" Doom protested.
"A CHANCE OVER YOUR RIVAL?!" the Surgeon yelled, his fury continued when he told the autocrat "Well, was it worth it? Worth the death of someone who wasn't like you? Worth my companion?!" He slowly calmed down and continued his tirade against the autocrat:
"Let me tell you something, Doom! For years, mankind has had an interest in astronomy, to explore the unknown!"
"Precisely! But you forget Surgeon, I lost my mother to Latverian soldiers! That is why I am how I am now! With this prisoner, I could have gone further!" Doom protested
"You just want to drag alien life, hostile or docile, down to Earth and stick them in your dungeons beneath tons of gravel, and filth! And torture them! You're about as far from the stars as you can get!" the Surgeon yelled back, silencing the autocrat for good. Doom had fought a vicious rivalry with this "Richards" for fifty six years, but only the fury of a Time Lord made him silent.
But the Surgeon also remembered Jenna; as tense as their first encounter was, he felt a tinge of regret and said to himself "And you nearly took Amanda and Jenna down, with you! With Jenna, I had barely given her the chance to redeem herself."
"I''ve lost two companions. I'm not prepared to lose another one!"In the throne room, the Surgeon is reunited with his companions who by now observe the Pretender launch an assault on Doom, demanding why it was tortured. The autocrat meanwhile is reduced to begging for his life, which fails as the Pretender exacts revenge on Doom and kills him...or so it believes.
The real Doom emerges from the throne room and tells the Pretender that it was lucky its opponent was a Doombot and challenges the Pretender to a fight to the death which the Surgeon tells his companions to run away from fast. Outside the castle and in Doomstadt, the Surgeon tells his companions "You know what they say ladies. No rest for the wicked." leading to this exchange:
"But I've travelled with you before Surgeon, and you've never been wicked. You saved my people!" Amanda told the Surgeon
"What's more, you could have liberated an entire country here, if not a universe!" Jenna added. But the Surgeon was not prepared to take on that much praise and told Jenna: "Latveria, no. A universe...if that's the last "Decepticon"...yes, I suppose I have. If Doom manages to kill it."
"And I suppose this will be the last we see of him, isn't it?" asked Amanda
"I don't know. We'll have to see what other adventures we have. But now that Doom is busy, let's be on our way." the Surgeon told his companions and they headed back to the SIDRAT to get out of Latveria and into a new world."
Following the events of The Sins of Doom, the Surgeon and his companions are seen on board the SIDRAT where Amanda asks him why he has liberated a universe (if the Pretender that eventually fought Doctor Doom and was believed to have been killed by him is the last "Decepticon" in the universe) but not a country, to which the Surgeon gives a rather detailed explanation in spite of him never having come across Doom in the past:
"Even before Doom, Latveria's been a dictatorship. And even though he himself, is a dictator, the country's just like any other: If Doom is overthrown, then whoever takes his place will be even worse. They may be highly incompetent at ruling, or just kill everyone they see. Maybe even declare war on countries just for looking at their people.He later gets asked another question by Jenna who asks him what Doom meant by "Your opponent was a Doombot" to which the Surgeon gives another detailed answer:
Plus, his rule is better than anyone else's if they ruled Latveria Amanda."
"Robotic copies of him. That's usually the reason why Doom is always still alive; whenever someone thinks they've finally beaten him, it's always suspicious that he goes down too easily given all his magic and abilities, Jenna..."Just in the middle of this conversation however, the SIDRAT seemingly comes under attack and is driven off course which makes the Surgeon try to stabilise it, which he does. Once the SIDRAT is stable, the crew are greeted by a holographic face that tells them:
"Greetings, travellers. You thought that you could escape into your own world? Think again!"Once the face cuts off, the SIDRAT goes on a very extreme form of autopilot in the sense that it now begins to fly itself and refuses to let the Surgeon or any of his companions get near it. Until about ninety seconds or so, when it finally lands on some form of battle cruiser. Jenna, being the adventurous kind, wants to explore the ship but the Surgeon sends her to change believing her clothing to be anachronistic for the time period.
The Surgeon also sends Amanda to change and he, himself changes as well before stepping foot out of the SIDRAT. Once he changes, the Surgeon and his companions set foot out of the SIDRAT and are confronted in the same way he was confronted at the beginning of The Super Soldiers: by human soldiers pointing guns at him.
The commanding officer even scans all of his companions in the same way that Claribel Bloodworth scans him in The Super Soldiers to check for weapons. As it is confirmed that the trio have no weapons on them, the officer orders the soldiers to drop their weapons; the Surgeon also learns that the commanding officer, Harriet Burgess, is actually the second in command of this ship, but since the madness of the captain, she has taken over his responsibilities.
When the Surgeon asks what happened to the officer, Harriet does not reply and tells the Surgeon and his companions to come with her to the quarters immediately, which he and his companions do. Inside the quarters, the Surgeon feels a sense of suspicion because in the crew's quarters there is security guards, crew members and other officers on board the ship but no captain.
The Surgeon asks where the captain is and is shocked at the answer: The captain is below deck in a holding cell and in his absence, Harriet has taken his place alongside her posts of the ship's second in command and head of security. She explains that his confinement is down to previous encounters because he started as strong, brave and competent when the Star Finder launched.
As the ship drifted further into space, the captain began to lose his rationality because of constant technological issues on board the ship along with disappearances of various crew members and officers. It is this that made Harriet lock the captain up and assume command which makes the Surgeon and his companions think she is making up his story of insanity in order to discredit the captain and take his place.
Harriet refutes this accusation by claiming that the crew allow the captain out of his cell every couple of months; but just to see whether Harriet is telling the truth, the Surgeon tells her to bring the captain out of his cell. When she does, the belief that Harriet keeps the captain as a prisoner is only strengthened by his appearance; he appears in a black rubber like catsuit with a compartment for the arms to be crossed across his body, a deprivation hood and is leashed by a fellow member of the crew.
But whatever respect the Surgeon may have had for the captain is gone when Harriet releases him and he starts screaming like a madman, accusing the Surgeon of being an agent of the one who is responsible for the missing crew; at which point he asks Harriet:
"So, this is the man who has taken this ship light years through the cosmos?"He further loses all respect from the captain despite him telling the Surgeon about all the things that Harriet has done, such as keeping him locked in the Star Finder's prison, taking over his command and turning his crew against him. As the captain continues shouting gibberish, Harriet tasers him and tries to give the captain one more chance to try to explain himself in a more coherent manner.
Unfortunately, this is not meant to be and the captain is proven to be "more broken than a vase that's bee blown up with dynamite", but for the captain's broken mind, there is something useful the Surgeon gains: During one tirade with Harriet, the captain accused her of overthrowing him and taking over the ship and turning his crew against him.
When pressed by the Surgeon, Harriet admits that she in fact did overthrow the captain, but did so because it was the logical thing to do at that time since without a captain, there would have been a power struggle and whoever took over as captain would have been even worse; such as being incapable of leadership or being autocratic and maybe even make sexual advances on female crew members.
Harriet's story is interrupted by the appearance of one of her fellow security guards who tells her that something is on board the ship: The one who is responsible for the vanishing crew which causes the captain to well and truly break. The Surgeon on the other hand, asks one of the crew for a tracking device and when given it, the Time Lord plants it on the figure just before it disappears.
As the figure disappears, the Surgeon intends to follow it which ultimately makes the captain snap and he simply calls the Surgeon insane for wanting to follow the thing that has been siphoning crew members and taking them god-knows-where. In response, the Surgeon announces a change in command including making himself the Star Finder's temporary commander and demoting Harriet to the position she once was: The ship's lieutenant.
It is this action that causes the captain to permanently break and Harriet herself to have a period of tranquil fury with the captain as she tries to keep her sanity. The Surgeon tries to reason with the captain once more, but the captain forces the Time Lord to give up on him and the Surgeon orders his companions accompanied by security guards to take the captain away and lock him up back in his cell.
As the captain is dragged away kicking and screaming back to his cell, the Surgeon orders Harriet to trace the signal that the tracking device is transmitting; when she has it, the Surgeon orders her to follow it. As she does, the Surgeon goes down to the cells to a more calm captain while his companions and the security guards head to the deck.
In the cells, the Surgeon cements his position as leader of the Star Finder by taking the captain out of his cell, leading him to the ship's airlock and ejecting him into space. With the captain out of the way, the Surgeon goes back to the deck ready to see where the signal originates from and who is responsible for the missing crew.
The signal leads the Star Finder to an un-named planet and on that planet, the Surgeon tells Harriet to remain on the Star Finder lest he lose her to whatever it is that has been capturing the Star Finder's crew and she is turned against him. Burgess refuses however as she says that if she comes with the Surgeon, then there may be a chance that she will find out what happened to the crew.
His companions also pressure the Surgeon into allowing Harriet to come and the Surgeon reluctantly allows her to come. On the planet's surface, the group are found by a group of machines that takes them to some form of indescribable location and it is here where the fates of the crew captured are revealed:
Those crew members that vanished from the Star Finder are kept in suspended animation pods for reasons yet to be explained. As well as the crew, the Surgeon and his allies find the one who came on board the ship, drove the captain to losing his mind completely and the one responsible for the various disappearances of the crew.
All the Surgeon can do now is watch as Brainiac completes his collection of captive Star Finder crew members by adding Harriet to the list so he can download his consciousness into them to spread himself across the cosmos owing to being stuck on his planet by the electrodes in his skull. But as Brainiac brings Harriet into the suspended animation tube to have his consciousness downloaded into her, he forgets that she was carrying a weapon the entire time so when he picks her up, she drops it.
This weapon later is used by Jenna Lillywhite to sever the connection and enables the Surgeon to save the crew while Brainiac is weakened. As the Surgeon and his allies rescue the crew, Harriet tells him to come on board, but the Surgeon tells her to leave him and wait for him while he goes back into Brainiac's hideout to finish him.
In Brainiac's hideout, the Surgeon and the android engage in a series of boasts and in their first exchange, the Surgeon tells Brainiac that he knows that the android hasn't lost and is coming back to finish the job and ensure that Brainiac can never terrorise the Star Finder again; but the android pulls another boast:
"You have already lost: I am the knowledge and strength of ten thousand worlds. You will never leave this planet or this ship; I will bring my prisoners back and the age of Brainiac will begin again."As Brainiac makes one last boast, the Surgeon grabs a weapon from one of Brainiac's robots and the android comes down to fight the Surgeon himself. Once he does, a brutal sword fight breaks out and as brutal as the fight is, the fight is said to be not quite nearly as brutal if the Surgeon was fighting against someone like Bane, Darkseid or even General Zod if he was a Sith lord and not a Kryptonian general.
Indeed, it is not the sword fight that makes the fight brutal; instead what makes it brutal is Brainiac's way to defeat the Surgeon: He uses the tentacles on his back to attack the Surgeon and throws the Time Lord around his hideout like a rag doll and even uses one of them to strangle him to death. As the Time Lord's body goes limp, Brainiac throws his body away in disgust.
But the Surgeon recovers and in retaliation, defeats the android by slicing off his tentacles from his back and uses one of those tentacles to strangle Brainiac to death. Finally, the Surgeon rams his sword through the android to finish him off. With Brainiac apparently offline, the Surgeon drags himself out of Brainiac's hideout where he is spotted by his distraught companions.
As he gets closer to the ship, the Surgeon is in such a state and is so exhausted that he merely collapses forcing his companions to drag him into the ship as it takes off. On the ship, Harriet immediately orders for a medic and a stretcher; on board the ship, the extent of the Surgeon's injuries are revealed and his physical state as described by the medic is only described as "a mess".
Despite being in such a state after his fight with Brainiac, the Surgeon is still breathing and both his hearts are still beating which means that the only job the medics have is to clean his wounds which are particularly nasty looking. Slowly, the Surgeon comes round very painfully and is greeted by his allies but with no recollection of what happened.
Harriet slowly brings his memory back while Amanda tells him to rest. After ten minutes or so, the Surgeon recovers and visits the Star Finder crew, who despite being held captive in suspended animation by Brainiac and almost having his consciousness downloaded into them, appear to display no ill effects. He also makes one last change aboard the Star Finder: He makes Harriet the captain of the ship, permanently.
With this, him and his companions bid the Star Finder farewell. But on the SIDRAT, it seems Brainiac inflicted much more serious injuries on the Surgeon and his body is trying to heal them which causes him to collapse in agony; the only way for him to heal his injuries would be to regenerate, and that's what seemingly happens at the end of the story.
At the end of Droid of the Outlands, the Surgeon is regenerating from his fight with Brainiac and this appears to be a much different regeneration in that he can actually talk to his companions who he orders to get him into the SIDRAT's zero room which he stays in for what appears to be at least fifteen minutes. Once that time is up, the Zero Room door opens and he returns as the same person he was before.
When asked what happened to him, the Surgeon replies that he used the regenerative energy to heal himself from Brainiac's attack but used the zero room to help him recover more quickly which is why he's still in his eleventh incarnation. Now that he has returned, the Surgeon intends to get out of the multiverse as soon as possible and hopefully to a location where he can actually survive and doesn't have to deal with the likes of Darkseid or Thanos.
This time, he seemingly does get out of the multiverse and back into the Earth we know and live on...except with a twist. The SIDRAT scanner shows the Earth completely barren though the Surgeon puts it down to them potentially having travelled into the far future and decides to investigate the planet. Outside, the place both shocks the Surgeon and upsets him:
It shocks him because despite being reduced to a wasteland, the planet has at least one building still standing from the supposed apocalypse and also shocks him because of the presence of giant television screens apparently all over the world, all displaying the face of one thing: Starscream (who is not yet known to the Surgeon or his companions).
But he is also upset because he has never been to an apocalyptic wasteland and this is the first time he has seen the Earth in this state (even if it is, believed to be, another multiverse). After watching the telescreened figure for ten minutes or so, the Surgeon orders his companions to split up and investigate further into the planet.
On his investigation, he comes across this one building that is still standing from the apocalypse and it's as run down as the other buildings" but below the building, is a huge chamber. In that chamber are fifteen electronic items and with those electronic items is a supercomputer that orders the Surgeon to identify himself.
The Surgeon orders the voice to identify itself; which it does...the supercomputer was the one who ordered the Surgeon to identify himself. It's this revelation that shocks the Surgeon even more when this supercomputer tells him:
"No, you are incorrect. I am one of several others on this planet. I am, a planet's ruler."In spite of refusing to identify himself, the Surgeon tells the computer his name to which the computer uses to taunt him, including the belief that humans are machines to which the Surgeon vigorously denies, then comes to accept upon further consideration but considers the human race "more than machines" to which the computer replies that it is also more than a machine and so is its race.
The Surgeon in retaliation demands the computer to identify itself which it does and replies:
"I am Soundwave. I am Decepticon."In response, the Surgeon's face falls since he thought that the Decepticons were destroyed and he encountered the last of their kind in Latveria, but the computer now identified as Soundwave reveals that Decepticons rule the Earth now; their conversation however is interrupted by a transmission ordering Soundwave to dispatch two of his drones to deal with the two humans on the streets which are actually the Surgeon's companions.
All the while, Soundwave forces the Surgeon to watch the exchange between his companions and Soundwave's drones and at the end is allegedly forced to watch Ravage and Laserbeak kill his companions and load them into the police car which scanned and stalked them: Barricade; but Soundwave denies the accusation.
To further prove his case, Soundwave shows footage of the Decepticon headquarters of his companions showing signs of life, albeit strapped to operating tables which makes the Surgeon believe that the Decepticons intend to dissect his companions and makes him get over to the Decepticon base as quickly as possible.
His situation is made all the more urgent by the presence of Starscream appearing all over the country on the telescreens ordering the Surgeon to get over to the Decepticon base or he will never see his companions again; when he does, the Surgeon receives one twist after another:
At the Decepticon base, he supposedly encounters Soundwave even though it's impossible because the communications officer is also at an electronics store with his drones; but as it turns out, the Soundwave at the Decepticon base is a clone while the real Soundwave is in fact at the electronics store.
Once the Surgeon realises this, he orders his companions to be released to which Starscream complies; upon release, it is further revealed why there are giant robots on the streets along with different vehicles such as construction vehicles: Along with Soundwave, Shockwave cloned the different Decepticon factions such as the Constructicons, Terrorcons, Insecticons and Combaticons.
The real ones were set free while the clones were ordered by Shockwave to merge into their combined form; for instance, the Constructicon clones were ordered to form Devastator, the Combaticons were ordered to form Bruticus, the Terrorcons were ordered to form Abominus, etc. Once they were in those combined forms, Shockwave fused them in their combined forms which resulted in the clones being stuck in their combined forms, permanently.
It is further revealed by Amanda that this is not Earth in the distant future, this is yet another parallel world and unlike in the cases of Latveria and outer space, the Surgeon is so horrified and disgusted by the Decepticon's cruelty that he simply wishes to get off the planet as quickly as he can, which Starscream allows him to do.
But the Decepticon commander makes sure neither he or his companions leave the planet by ordering Barricade to destroy the SIDRAT which means that by the time the Surgeon and his companions arrive at the SIDRAT, they are met with a wreck and are now stranded on the parallel world.
Carrying on from where Revelation left off, the Surgeon and his companions are first knocked out by Barricade and while his companions are dealt with by Barricade, the Surgeon himself is dealt with by another Decepticon; but both cars are heading to just one destination: Back to the Decepticon base.
At the Decepticon base, while his companions were tortured in Revelation, it is the Surgeon who is tortured this time with his companions being forced to watch; though while Shockwave tortured Amanda and Jenna to get their memories, the Surgeon is tortured with a mind probe to get the Time Lord to talk all with the Surgeon remaining defiant.
But the power gets too much and breaks the Surgeon revealing his home world of Gallifrey yet not revealing his race (which is discovered by Starscream). When he mentions that he is a traveller, Shockwave and Starscream continue to torture him until he confirms he is indeed a traveller in time and space. Now exhausted from the torture, the Surgeon replies with his name when asked by the two Decepticons.
He also gains one last strength to ask Starscream why the world is like it is, to which the Decepticon leader replies that he won't live long enough to know, so he may as well be told. The story told by Starscream goes like this: Since their introduction in 1984 in our world, the Decepticons and Autobots had been engaged in a centuries long conflict with the Autobots being said as wanting to preserve life while the Decepticons were said to want to destroy any other life that wasn't Cybertronian. While Starscream was much more loyal to Megatron than in other continuities (like Transformers Animated for instance and especially Transformers Animated), his contempt for his old leader is still evident.
Though that may be to do with Megatron's General Failure characterisation during G1 since over time, the former Decepticon leader got more and more intelligent, vicious and evil (especially in Transformers Prime and to some extent Transformers Animated). Keeping on with keeping his word, Starscream shows the SIDRAT crew what exactly happened to the world: The Decepticons invaded in considerably huge numbers overwhelming the Autobots who struggled to keep the Decepticons down and protect the humans at the same time.
As the conflict intensified, both sides began to be helped by two kinds of supers (from the Marvel and DC universes for convenience): Super heroes for the Autobots and Super villains for the Decepticons. During the war (which is described like the apocalypse depicted in the Book of Revelation), the heroes tried to shelter the humans while Autobots fought the Decepticons while the villains tried killing the humans while the Decepticons fought the Autobots...except for one man who had unexplained motives.
During the war, the Decepticons already gained the advantage owing to Megatron's better sense of strategy but gained even more of an advantage when they unleashed The Fallen who wiped out Autobot and superhero alike. Some managed to survive however, and those who did were either imprisoned or killed by the Decepticons.
The villains on the other hand were either captured right away (like Mystique, Catwoman and Cheetah) while others were forced on the run (like The Joker, Black Mask and the Green Goblin) when the Decepticons had no further use for them. Imprisoned supers were then scanned by the Pretenders and impersonated giving the Decepticons two Amazon brigades owing to them killing off men, children and babies while sparing women and super heroines.
But The Fallen wasn't finished yet and so merged with Megatron, who had put a curse on his own body which meant anyone who merged with him would be cast into limbo. And that was the ultimate fate of The Fallen; Starscream also reveals that two supers weren't imprisoned right away: Wasp and Kamala Khan, both of whom were instead captured, experimented on by Shockwave who took away Wasp's ability to shrink and Kamala's body stretching ability (akin to Mr. Fantastic), and imprisoned them.
The villains on the other hand who survived the war were killed...but not by the Decepticons and it is not yet elaborated on because Starscream decides the SIDRAT crew have seen enough. Yet, just as the Decepticons prepare to kill the Surgeon and his companions, they are interrupted by the arrival of two figures: Two Face and the Green Goblin.
While the former goes after his companions, the latter goes after the Surgeon, picks him up to get on his glider and flies away, all while holding the Decepticons off and going after Two Face's truck to an unspecified location. That location is ultimately an abandoned amusement park and it is here where the Surgeon is helpless before his companions as one of them in the form of Jenna is handed over to the Green Goblin.
What makes the Surgeon even more helpless is Two Face holding him at gunpoint. As the women are in handcuffs, the SIDRAT crew are led to an ambiguous part of the park with the Surgeon stuck behind Two Face and the Green Goblin who have Amanda and Jenna respectively; inside this room is a shadowy voice that inspects his companions when they're brought into the room while giving off predatory vibes.
After the inspection, the voice orders the pair to bring the Surgeon in which they do...just as the voice retreats back to the shadows. The voice source is actually an old enemy of the Surgeon's: The Joker, who the Surgeon remembers well but does not remember any other enemies like the Joker who he encountered before:
"I've gone through about ten bodies, Joker. You expect me to remember every single foe I've ever fought? Especially if they were one time foes?"Their reunion is cut short by the impatience of the Green Goblin who tells his boss that he has "old and new enemies" to meet which leads to the Joker leading the Surgeon and his companions further down the house; specifically to the dining room where he meets exactly who the Joker said he would meet: New enemies and old enemies.
Of these enemies, the only ones that the Surgeon seems to recognise are The Riddler and The Penguin (the latter, very vaguely) while the Joker introduces him to more villains: Lex Luthor, the man from Starscream's story, Two Face (known as Half Man by Jenna), the Green Goblin (originally known as "Goblin"), Ra's al-Ghul, General Zod, The Scarecrow and Black Mask. Following these introductions, the Joker moves on to "Round 2" as Black Mask calls it.
Round 2 in question involves showing the Surgeon the women right across the room and the people he has never encountered before and may do so in the future: Catwoman, Talia al-Ghul, Harley Quinn, Viper, Lady Bullseye, Mystique, Lashina, Dust, Cheetah and Silver Sable. Once he does, The Riddler gives the Surgeon a riddle: Why are the people he met, like Earth's rulers?
At first, the Surgeon doesn't believe they are like Earth's rulers because they're essentially flesh and blood...or so he thinks. As revealed by The Joker, they share one thing in common with the Decepticons: There's more to them than meets the eye...and with that, all twenty people the Surgeon was introduced to, reveal themselves as Slitheen.
One of them, that was disguised as Lex Luthor is also shown to seemingly open a portal to Hell, as if to send the Surgeon there, either on his own and keep his companions for themselves or to send the Surgeon and his companions there. But the Slitheen do no such thing and the portal actually reveals an old friend of the SIDRAT crew: Harriet Burgess.
At least, that's what it looks like: Harriet is in fact another enemy of the Surgeon: Brainiac who tells the Surgeon he is not the only one the Slitheen invited and reveals another enemy of the Surgeon: Doctor Doom.