The Doctor and Rose in a space whodunit.
Kenkal Mission Control on Craydor-San Prime, a planet in the Zenzak System
The control room was a hive of activity. Technicians bustled about, passing memos and typing furiously on their consoles. Commander Grevlanrich could hardly hear himself think over the din of excited chatter, which filled the room. He leaned over the shoulder of Chief Technician Acacia Lenk his huge form casting her in shadow as he squinted at the screen. He needed glasses, but was too proud to wear them while his peers were watching. Instead he leaned even closer to the screen so as to read the information displayed.
“Are you sure of your facts Lenk,” he grumbled, “This is a very important and expensive mission. I can’t have anything go wrong this time.”
“I sure, sir. All the computers read ready for launch,” she replied.
“Glad to hear it. But we must always double check. Computers can be wrong. You may start launch procedure.”
She pulled the microphone attached to her headset down so it was level with her mouth and pressed the green button, which would start the launch procedure.
“Attention. Attention launch procedure has been initiated. Please make your way to your assigned positions.”
Grevlanrich stood in front of the screen showing the launch pad, his hands behind his back and head up. He was cautiously optimistic. Last cycle’s attempt had been a disaster. Sabotage by a dissenting faction had resulted in the destruction of an expensive ship and the death of Craydor-San’s best astronauts. This time they wouldn’t find it so easy. Security had been stepped up two hundred percent and everyone involved in the project had been security checked, even the cleaners and caterers. It was the Commander’s last chance to get the colonising project off the ground before he was forced to retire. At the moment only a small group of scientists lived in the Craydor-San Luna complex, but soon they would extend the research facility to encompass enough room for a small colony to live and work. He glanced at the clock showing the countdown, only a minute now before lift off and hopefully success.
Everyone was tense. They were more nervous about this launch that they were the first time. They were all afraid that history would repeat itself.
“30 seconds till lift off,” said Chief Technician Lenk, her voice ringing out around the base. She tapped the console nervously. The seconds ticked away slowly as if trying to prolong the anticipation.
“20 seconds till lift off-,” She checked the readings again. All systems were still fine.
“10 Seconds, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…we have lift off.”