Radiation poisoning from Metebelis III could mean the end for the Doctor. Or his latest incarnation, that is. In his efforts to return to his closest friends before that happens, he travels to Earth in search of Sarah Jane. But the TARDIS has other ideas.
The world he lands on resembles Earth, but there's something undeniably off. If he is to unravel this particular puzzle, though, he'll have to do it before his presence alerts the watchful eye that has kept the world under terrifying control.
Let's face it, folks, the best of the best are Doctor Who fans - Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, and Joanne Harris! (Just to name a few.) If you haven't gotten on board yet, I don't know what you're waiting for. It's never too late to become a Whovian, though.
Harris's Doctor is indeed Doctor # three, Jon Pertwee, who was trapped on Earth, working alongside UNIT for his show run. Unfortunately way before my Doctor Who time as PBS didn't really air this Doctor. I have some catching up to do!
In this short, Harris does have the Doctor traveling and quite near regeneration. And yet, his life of traveling space and time - particularly his time spent alone - weighs on him. It makes him particularly useful in tackling the issue that's plaguing the land he finds himself currently trapped in.
"The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveler" is a great story and a great Doctor Who story at that. Definitely recommended for fans of all of the Doctors!