Nearly 10 years after it was marooned in space, The Doctor and his companions arrived on the SS Madame de Pompadour. They quickly unravelled the mystery of the absent crew, but the Clockwork Robots were now working on a new plan. Using power derived from the ship's solar panels they punched holes in space-time to reach points in the life of the real Madame de Pompadour, believing that her brain was the part that they needed to repair the ship's navigation computer.
The Doctor was able to stop them, however, and seal the holes that the ship has created that led to different points in Madame de Pompadour's life. However, he could not save the crew, whose grisly remains were still wired up into the ship itself. Hearts served as fuel pumps, eyes as security cameras and brains as computer terminal cores. Even things like veins were recylced, becoming intertwined into the wires and mechanisms of the ship itself, which was left to drift through the vast emptiness of space forever.