Everyone turned to look at the Master, mingled expressions of shock,
surprise and expectation on their faces. "Something similar happened, on a
much smaller scale, when we were developing the technique," he said, still
looking and sounding shaken, himself.
"Technique?" asked the brown-haired Betty.
"He means that abomination he was perpetrating in New Mexico," said the Doctor. "Don't you?"
The Master nodded. "The energies used to destroy the VLA were channeled through my TARDIS," he said. "In the early tests, certain local dimensional instabilities developed, due to a poor calibration in my chronostatic circuit. But that problem was fixed!" He banged a gloved hand on the console in frustration.
"Well, it obviously didn't stay fixed..." began the Doctor, but Stacy broke in. "Wait a minute? What does that mean? Where's Melissa?"
The Master waved a hand dimsissively. "If she survived the transition, she'll have materialized at one of the spatial nodes: either at the control room or in my TARDIS. But that is of no consequence."
Red-haired Betty started to break in with a protest, but the Doctor interrupted. "I'm afraid he's right, at least for the moment. We've got much more serious problems to worry about." He glared at the Master. "If that instability continues to grow, it could destroy not just Earth, but this entire area of space -- and us along with it!"
The Master looked slightly sheepish. "I hate to say it, Doctor, but unfortunately you are right. We must stop the process."
"How do we do that?" asked red-haired Betty.
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