FANFIC: Doppleganger...PG-13 Parts 30-36/36
The alternate Doctor snorted.
“Oncoming Storm? Yeah, right, more like Oncoming Disgrace. Like I said, you really are deluded---“
He was cut off when the Doctor’s fist slammed into his face.
“Time for talk is finished!” the Doctor replied.
The alternate Doctor rolled out of the way and leapt to his feet.
“So, you want a fight, my double? Well, I’ll be happy to oblige you!”
He lunged at the Doctor. The Doctor caught his arms and fell onto his back as the alternate Doctor snarled in his face. The Doctor brought his leg up and pushed him off of him. He rolled away as the alternate Doctor leapt to his feet. The Doctor gasped as a laser beam came from his eye and nearly hit him in the leg. The alternate Doctor smirked at the look of surprise on his double’s face.
“What? You didn’t know I had that?” he said innocently.
“I shoulda known you’d find a way to cheat!” the Doctor said angrily.
The alternate Doctor raised his eyebrow.
“I’m not cheating. You said no blasters, and as you can see, my blaster isn’t on me.”
An evil grin spread across his face.
“You didn’t say anything about cybernetic eyes though.”
The Doctor ducked as the alternate Doctor fired another blast at him. He quickly ran into the trees and knelt down.
“Is that all you got?” the alternate Doctor taunted. “Some storm. It was more like a drizzle in my opinion!”
The Doctor reached into his jacket and groaned when he remembered Martha had his sonic screwdriver. He looked all around for her, but she was nowhere in sight.
“Blast.” He muttered to himself.
“Something wrong, my double?” the alternate Doctor said. “You don’t seem to be putting up much of a fight now. Are you ready to give up?”
The Doctor remained silent as he tried to think up a plan.
“I’ll tell you what, Doctor. To show you I can also be merciful. I’ll offer you a deal. You surrender to me and come out of the trees on your knees groveling and sniveling for your pathetic life and I’ll let you have your thirteenth life and I won’t pull your little apes arms out of their sockets. How about it?”
He waited a moment and smirked when he heard nothing.
“No, then? Okay, but remember what happens next is your own doing!” he said in a snotty voice.
He watched as the Doctor walked out of the trees towards him.
“Um…I believe I told you to be on your knees when you surrendered.” The alternate Doctor said.
The Doctor stopped in front of him and stared at him quietly.
“Okay, now on your knees.” The alternate Doctor said pointing to the ground.
The Doctor said nothing. He raised his hand and beckoned to the alternate Doctor.
“What?” the alternate Doctor said confused.
The Doctor beckoned him.
“What! What do you want?” the alternate Doctor said.
The Doctor remained silent as he beckoned him.
“Oh, what is this now? Some stupid delaying tactic of yours?”
The Doctor beckoned him.
The alternate Doctor threw up his hands.
“Fine, I’ll play along.” He said.
He walked over to the Doctor until they were right in front of each other.
“What?” the alternate Doctor said.
The Doctor smiled. He brought his right hand up. The alternate Doctor tensed for a moment as he held the hand in front of his face. The Doctor’s smile widened as he made his hand into a bunny head and mimed it hopping in front of his body. When he reached his left shoulder, he brought his hand back down to his side and gave the alternate Doctor a huge grin.
“Yeah, that was worth walking over here for.” The alternate Doctor said dryly. “And now that that’s over with, are you surrendering or---“
The Doctor raised his hand again. He made a dog head and moved his pinky up and down as he made it “bark” He lowered his hand and gave the alternate Doctor another smug grin.
“Rassilon, you really have been hanging around the apes a long time, haven’t you?” the alternate Doctor said. “Anyway, as I was saying---“
The Doctor raised his hand again. He brought his left hand up, put the thumbs together and made a bird. He moved his hands back in forth flapping the wings and then lowered his hands back to his sides. He gave the alternate Doctor another smug grin.
“So what you’re trying to tell me with all this is not only are you a weak little fop, you’re also the village idiot for the whole universe? I mean, honestly---“
The alternate Doctor’s eyes widened in surprise as the Doctor brought his hand up to his mouth silencing him. He lowered his hand and grinned as he brought it up to his face and stuck up his index finger.
“What’s this, your IQ?” the alternate Doctor said pointing to the finger.
The Doctor said nothing. He slowly moved his hand from his right side to his left. Then he reversed it and gave the alternate Doctor a proud grin. The alternate Doctor rolled his eye and sighed in frustration.
“I am getting tired of this idiocy. I---“
The Doctor brought his hand up to his mouth again. When the alternate Doctor was silenced, he pulled it back and extended his index finger. The alternate Doctor sighed as he watched the Doctor lower his hand down to his navel, hold it there and bring it back up.
“Are you almost finished with this?” he asked him.
The Doctor shook his head. He smiled as he raised his hand up into the air above their heads, kept it there a moment and then brought it back down. The alternate Doctor rolled his eye at the pleased grin on the Doctor’s face.
“You are the biggest idiot I have ever seen in my lives.” He said to him.
“No, I’m not.” The Doctor finally said.
The alternate Doctor raised his eyebrow.
“Oh, you know of a bigger idiot than you?”
The alternate Doctor snorted.
“I’m not the one standing here making the stupid hand gestures.”
“No, but you’re the one standing here watching them and letting your guard down.” The Doctor said. “And now since you’ve been such a patient idiot, here’s the whole point of my little show.”
The Doctor grinned.
Without warning, the Doctor took his index finger and slammed it directly into the alternate Doctor’s good eye. He howled in pain as the Doctor ran off into the woods.
“ALRIGHT, THAT’S IT!” the alternate Doctor screamed. “YOU ARE DEAD, TIME LORD, AND THIS TIME THERE WILL BE NO MERCY FOR YOU OR YOUR APES!”
The alternate Doctor gnashed his teeth as he rubbed his aching eye.
“I let my guard down with you, Doctor. But it won’t happen again.” He said.
He narrowed his eyes.
“WELL, IS THAT ALL YOU HAVE?” he yelled into the woods. “I’M GIVING YOU ONE MINUTE TO GET BACK HERE OR I’M GOING AFTER YOUR PRECIOUS PETS!”
The Doctor leaned against a tree and stared back at his double through the trees.
“Blast, what I wouldn’t give for my sonic screwdriver right now.” He muttered.
“Doctor!” he turned his head and saw Martha was hiding behind a tree a few meters away from him.
“There you are.” He said hurrying to her.
He crouched down beside her.
“My sonic screwdriver, if you please.” He said holding his hand out.
Martha put it into his hand.
“Thanks.” He said. “Now stay here for the moment. He doesn’t know you’re back here and I can use that to my advantage.”
“Be careful.” Martha said.
The Doctor nodded.
“I will.” He said standing up. “Just stay back here behind this tree. You’ll be safe here.”
“Doctor, wait.” Martha said pulling on his trench coat.
He crouched down.
“Let me help you disable that laser eye of his.”
Martha leaned over and whispered in his ear.
The alternate Doctor sighed angrily
“I tire of this. If my prey will not come to me, I will flush him out myself.” He said.
He lowered his voice.
“Scan area for signs of life.” He said.
There was a moment’s pause and then he heard a voice inside his head.
“Scan indicates three life forms in vicinity.”
The alternate Doctor raised his eyebrow.
“Three? So the little pets are here as well then?” he muttered.
“Show me location of life forms.” He said.
In his mind’s eye, he saw the woods in front of him. He saw the body heat the Doctor and Martha were giving off as they crouched behind a tree several meters away.
“Okay, there’s the Doctor and…Martha, I think.” He said to himself. “Show me location of third life form.”
He stopped as he got a picture in his head of the woods behind him. He smiled when he saw a heat signature creeping towards him.
“Well, well, if the Doctor won’t come out by himself; maybe I can convince him to come.”
He turned around. Using the mental image in his head, he aimed his eye at a tree limb above Rose. He waited until she was under it and then fired. The smile widened when he heard the limb fall and saw the heat signature slump to the ground and become still.
“Bingo.” He said.
With a chuckle, he went to claim his prize.
“Okay,” the Doctor whispered. “Wait for my signal and then run out and…”
The Doctor rolled his eyes.
“Ugh, I better get out there before he comes in here and---“
“Doctor!” Martha hissed.
She pointed towards the alternate Doctor. The Doctor turned his head and his hearts stopped beating when he saw Rose unconscious in his enemy’s arms.
“Look what I found, my double! Apparently she was coming to help her master out!”
“Damn, Rose, why can’t you listen when I tell you to do something?” the Doctor muttered as he got to his feet.
“Doctor, what do I do?”
“Just stay here. We can still ambush him.”
“If I were you, I’d get out here before Rose met with an unfortunate accident…Oh! And bring your other little pet as well since she’s right beside you.”
“So much for the ambush then.” The Doctor muttered.
He helped Martha to her feet and gave her hand a squeeze.
“Just keep calm. We’ll get out of this.” He said.
The Doctor smiled at her.
The Doctor nodded. They slowly walked towards the alternate Doctor who was wearing a smug grin on his face.
“So, there you are.” He said as they emerged from the trees. “I figured this would get your attention.”
“Let Rose and Martha go.” The Doctor replied.
“Well, gee, seems to me I did let them go once and they came back. Apparently, your little pets want to die just as badly as you do.”
“It’s me you want, not them.” The Doctor said.
“On the contrary, I want you all.” The alternate Doctor replied.
He noticed the Doctor glancing nervously at Rose. He looked down at her.
“What? Are you afraid I might do something to your little lover while she’s in my arms?” he asked innocently.
“Let me have her.”
The alternate Doctor snorted.
“And lose my advantage over you? Fat chance. I’m the one calling the shots here and you will do as I say or I will use my eye to pierce a hole through your beloved’s heart. So, my first demand is…surrender your screwdriver.”
The Doctor glared at him as he put it in his open hand.
“Thank you.” The Doctor said closing his hand around it. “Now, I want you both to kneel.”
The Doctor and Martha made no move.
“Kneel, or the little whelp suffers!” the alternate Doctor said through clenched teeth.
“Kneel.” The Doctor said to Martha.
The Doctor snickered as they both fell to their knees.
“Oh, this is so good! You see, Doctor, this is why you should never get attached to others. It’s so easy to use them against you.”
“And now that I have you in my power, I believe you will accompany me back to the TARDIS. It’s time for you to die.”
The Doctor and Martha walked in front of the alternate Doctor who was still carrying Rose in his arms. The Doctor glanced back and noticed Rose was still unconscious. He turned his head back around.
“Doctor, what do we do?” Martha muttered under her breath.
“We gotta catch him off his guard again.” The Doctor muttered back. “And we have to do it quick before he gets us back to the TARDIS. If we get back in there, he can use its defenses against us.”
“Do you have something in mind?” Martha muttered back.
“Yeah, just follow my lead and---“
“Quit talking up there before I do something nasty to Rose.” The alternate Doctor called out.
The Doctor gritted his teeth.
“Just be ready to move when I do.” He said quickly.
Martha nodded slightly.
“Ah, this is going to be a splendid afternoon.” The alternate Doctor said. “Nothing like a little fresh air and sunshine to put one in the mood to torture one’s enemies.”
“Let Martha and Rose go.” The Doctor said.
“For the last time, no. I told you if you lost, they would suffer along with you and you all agreed to that. I’m not going back on my word now that you’ve decided to be a sore loser.”
“If you were anything like me, you would show some compassion.”
“Yeah, but here’s the problem, I’m nothing like you. I’m far superior to you and these little apes so I don’t have to show compassion. This universe no longer has a Gallifrey in it, which is ideal for me. Unfortunately, you exist in it and since I know you won’t leave me alone, you will have to be eliminated.”
What about Rose and Martha?”
“What about them?”
“They aren’t a threat to you.” The Doctor said angrily. “Send them back to Earth and let them live in peace.”
The Doctor snorted.
“Not a chance.”
“Why? They can’t do anything to you. Humankind has only advanced far enough to go to the moon. They wouldn’t be able to attack you. Let them go.”
The alternate Doctor sighed.
“For the last time, no! We made a deal and I’m holding you to it. If they suffer because of you underestimated me, then that’s your fault.”
“You just want to make them and me suffer.”
The alternate Doctor smiled.
“Yup, that too. Now shut up and get moving.”
Rose listened quietly to the conversation. She had been conscious for a few minutes. After determining whose arms she was in, she kept quiet and pretended to be unconscious. She opened her eyes slightly making sure to make it look like her eyes were still closed. She moved her eyes and noticed the alternate Doctor was holding her Doctor’s screwdriver in his right hand. She glanced back up at the alternate Doctor’s face and noticed his attention was focused on the Doctor and Martha.
“Oh, by the way,” the alternate Doctor said. “I want to thank you for giving me the idea of knocking Rose out with the tree limb. Very ingenious. If it wasn’t for you, I might not have come up with it. So, thanks.”
Rose didn’t hear the Doctor reply. Her eyes went from the screwdriver in the alternate Doctor’s hand to his face and back again trying to determine the right time to strike. Suddenly, she felt the alternate Doctor stop.
“Well, get going.” He said to the Doctor and Martha.
“Through the swamp?” she heard Martha ask.
“No, turn to your left, I found some downed trees and rocks we can use to cross over.” The alternate Doctor replied.
There was a moment’s pause.
“Go! Before I dump Rose in the swamp and leave her to drown.” The alternate Doctor said angrily.
Rose watched as the alternate Doctor turned to the left. A grin spread over her face.
Now or never. She thought to herself.
Suddenly without warning, she opened her eyes and before the alternate Doctor could react threw a punch into his face. She tumbled out of his arms as he loosened his grip and fell onto her knees.
“NOW!” the Doctor yelled as he and Martha turned back.
Before the alternate Doctor could recover, Rose threw her body against his. She grabbed his right hand as he fell backwards and pried the sonic screwdriver from his grip as Martha and the Doctor flung their bodies onto his.
“Rose, the screwdriver.” The Doctor yelled as his double tried to wiggle out from under them.
He positioned himself across the alternate Doctor’s chest as Martha pinned down his legs and Rose grabbed his head.
“Hold him steady.” The Doctor said to Rose.
Rose nodded and got the alternate Doctor in a headlock. The alternate Doctor yelled in frustration as he tried to throw them off. The Doctor forced his right eye open. Holding it open with his fingers, he aimed the screwdriver at the cybernetic eye and turned it on. There was a snapping sound along with a couple of sparks and the alternate Doctor howled in anger as the eye went dead.
“You’ll pay for that!” he screamed at the Doctor. “Just because you’ve disabled my eye doesn’t mean you aren’t in any danger. I will still kill all of you with my bare hands! I will make your lives a living Hell. I---“
He grunted as Rose slammed his fist into his face and knocked him out. His body went limp under them as they breathed a collective sigh of relief.
“Nice shot!” the Doctor said proudly.
“Thanks. Believe me, I’ve been wanting to do that for awhile now.” Rose replied.
The Doctor looked at his double.
“Well, come on, we need to get him back to the TARDIS before he wakes up.” He said.
The three of them stood up. The Doctor grabbed the alternate Doctor’s arms, while Rose got his legs and Martha held up the middle. The three of them walked together looking for the downed trees and rocks that would let them cross the swamp in safety.
The alternate Doctor opened his eye and looked around. He looked around at his surroundings in confusion before he finally realized he was lying on the floor of the Doctor’s console room. He leapt to his feet and grunted when his head hit the top of a force bubble. He yelled angrily as he pounded at the impenetrable prison.
“DOCTOR! LET ME OUT OF HERE IF YOU KNOW WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOU!” he screamed.
He scanned the console room but there was no sign of the Doctor, Martha or Rose.
“TARDIS, LET ME OUT OF HERE! I COMMAND YOU!” he screamed.
His anger increased when he heard the TARDIS let out a rumbling laughter. He pounded the walls wanting nothing more than to escape and break the Doctor’s neck. As he continued to pound, he heard the front door open behind him. Whirling around, he glared at the Doctor as he entered the console room with the void crossing device in his hand. Behind him Martha and Rose smiled and waved at him.
“I hope you don’t mind, I borrowed your little toy for the journey back to Gallifrey.” The Doctor said showing it to him.
“Well, I guess borrow isn’t the right word. More like I’m taking it so you won’t use it to cross into my universe ever again.” He added.
“How did you get into my TARDIS?” the alternate Doctor asked.
The Doctor showed him the alternate Doctor’s screwdriver.
“Oh, I’m sorry, I also borrowed this while you were out. I used it to open your door and once I got inside I quickly disabled your TARDIS so it couldn’t trap me.”
He stared at the screwdriver.
“Nice workmanship. I’m sure the High Council on Gallifrey will think so too once they’ve gotten a good look at it.” He said.
He smiled at him and walked by as the alternate Doctor gave him a look of death. His gaze shifted to Rose and Martha who were standing side by side staring at him with amused grins on their faces.
“What are you staring at, apes?” he snarled.
Rose and Martha glanced up at the ceiling when the TARDIS let out an angry rumble.
“Um…I wouldn’t use that kind of language around the TARDIS.” Rose said, pointing up to the ceiling. “She might do something nasty to you in return.”
“Yeah, I’m not scared of his stupid machine. It’s probably just as wimpy as he is and---“
He gasped as he suddenly felt the force bubble pressing down on his head. His eye widened when he realized the bubble was shrinking. He looked up at Rose and Martha who were giggling at him.
“Help me, you idiots! Tell your TARDIS to stop!” he said to them.
“Apologize.” Rose said.
“Apologize for calling us stupid apes and then we’ll call her off.” Martha said.
The alternate Doctor lay on his belly as the bubble got smaller and smaller.
“I’d rather die!” he yelled.
Rose and Martha looked at each other and shrugged. They casually walked towards the Doctor who was trying hard to keep his composure as he attached the void crossing device to the console.
“Wait!” the alternate Doctor yelled at them.
Rose and Martha turned and stared at him calmly as he pressed his body to the floor.
“Alright, alright, I’m sorry I called you both stupid apes.”
“And apologize for insulting the Doctor.” Rose said.
The alternate Doctor gritted his teeth.
“I’m sorry I insulted the Doctor.” He said.
Rose looked at Martha.
“What’d you think? Is that enough of an apology?”
The Doctor snickered as Martha pretended to think.
“I’M SORRY! NOW CALL THE TARDIS OFF!” the alternate Doctor screamed.
“Yeah, I think that’s enough of an apology.” She said.
Rose smiled and nodded. She glanced up at the ceiling.
“Okay, TARDIS, put the force bubble back where it was.” She said.
The alternate Doctor breathed a sigh of relief when he felt the force bubble lift off of him.
Rose and Martha smirked at him and walked over to the Doctor who was shaking his head and chuckling at them.
He stood up as he finished the last connection.
“There, that’s got it. Now, let’s get him and his TARDIS off this planet and out of this universe before something else happens.”
The Doctor opened the door of the TARDIS and looked out. He smiled as he beheld Gallifrey. A tear came to his eye as he stepped outside and took it all in.
“Is it like yours?”
The Doctor looked over at Rose who had come up beside him.
“It’s exactly like mine.” He said smiling.
Rose took his arm and leaned her head against his arm as Martha came up on his other side and looked around.
“Wow, this is beautiful. It’s even more lovely than you described.” She said.
The Doctor nodded.
“Yeah, it’s hard to believe I’m actually standing here again. I swear it was my own planet if we weren’t in this alternate universe.”
“And that,” Martha said pointing to the structure in front of them. “Is that the citadel you were talking about?”
“That’s the one.” The Doctor replied.
Rose smiled. She tugged on the Doctor’s arm and when he smiled down at her, she pointed over to their right.
“I love the trees over there. I love the leaves.” She said.
They all looked over and Martha gasped when she saw the sunlight illuminate the silver leaves and make them glow.
“A forest on fire.” She murmured.
The Doctor smiled at the remark. He held Rose closer and gave her a kiss on the top of her head.
“Well, as much as I would like to stand here and relive old memories. We have business here.” He said.
He looked back behind him at the alternate Doctor who was standing on the ramp glaring at him.
“Come on, the force bubble will move around you.” He said.
He pointed the sonic screwdriver at him.
“And you will move, or I will have the TARDIS shrink the bubble again.” He said.
The alternate Doctor glowered at him as he moved towards him. The Doctor, Martha and Rose waited until he was in front of them and then they followed him towards the citadel.
The High Council of Gallifrey listened in silence as the Doctor explained the events that had recently unfolded. Behind him, Martha and Rose stood in respectful silence while the alternate Doctor sat on the floor of his bubble prison and glared at the Doctor hatefully.
“That is an incredible story, Doctor.” Councilor Garvis said when he had finally finished. “I know that my colleagues will join me in expressing gratitude for capturing your double and bringing him back here. I am also that you and Rose and Martha escaped unharmed and no one in your universe suffered at his hands. I will tell our delegation to Earth to inform Torchwood that the Doctor has been captured and Ms. Tyler is safe.”
The Doctor nodded.
“I just want to make one request.” He said.
The councilors looked at one another.
“What is your request, Doctor?” Councilor Garvis asked.
“I ask that you show my double mercy and sentence him to life imprisonment.”
The councilors stared at him in silence.
“You do not wish us to vaporize him? After all, he has done to you and your companions?” Garvis asked.
The Doctor shook his head.
“Unlike him, I only take life as a last resort. I understand his reason for escaping execution and I feel that vaporization is unnecessary, especially if there is a chance he can be reformed.”
The councilors looked at each other.
“Doctor, I understand your reasoning, but I think everyone will agree with me when I tell you that I don’t think there is a chance he can be redeemed.”
“Still, I would like for you to give him that chance.” He replied. “I believe his thinking has been corrupted and has caused him to see himself and the universe in a warped light. Given the chance, I think he can be convinced of the true heritage of a Time Lord; to protect and watch over others in the universe instead of terrorizing and plundering them. I ask that you grant him this mercy and sentence him to prison instead.”
Garvis glanced at his colleagues.
“I admire your conviction, Doctor. You are a credit to the Time Lords. It saddens me to learn of Gallifrey’s destruction in your reality, but it gladdens my hearts knowing that you will carry on the Time Lord’s legacy.”
Rose and Martha beamed as the Doctor bowed humbly to them.
“As for your request, I will grant the prisoner a second chance. Whether or not it will lead to his reformation is up to him, but I too am willing to show some mercy even if he cannot show it in return. Request granted.”
“Thank you, Councilor Garvis.” The Doctor said as he bowed again.
“As for you and your companions, I offer you some room and board for the night. I hope you will stay and make yourself comfortable.”
“I think we can accept that.” The Doctor said glancing at Rose and Martha.
“Excellent.” Garvis replied. “I will have someone send some food to your rooms.”
“Yes!” Rose said in a loud whisper.
The Doctor hid his laughter as he bowed once more.
“Thank you.” He said.
“Thank you, Doctor. And now I will have someone show you to your rooms.”
He gestured to a nearby sentry who nodded and came forward. The Doctor took hold of Rose and Martha’s hands and with a smile, they followed the sentry out of the room.
“Oh my God, that tasted so good.”
The Doctor smiled at Rose as she let out a sigh of relief and sat her empty plate back on the tray beside their bed.
“My people do know how to cook.” He replied.
“You better believe it. Everything was delicious. Especially that chicken and beans stuff.”
The Doctor gave her an amused grin.
“That wasn’t chicken, Rose.” He said.
“It wasn’t? What was it then?” she asked.
The Doctor cleared his throat.
“Well, I would tell you, but I have a feeling it’s going to be one of those instances where someone tells you what you’ve eaten and all of a sudden it’s not so delicious anymore.”
Rose made a face.
“Oh God, do I even wanna know?” she asked.
“Well, it’s just that normally you would keep the animal as a pet on Earth.” He replied.
“A snake?” Rose asked making a face.
“No, more like a hamster.”
Rose’s mouth dropped open as she stared at her empty plate.
“I just ate a hamster?” she said in disbelief.
“Well, it’s not exactly a hamster. It’s called a Zynax. It’s a dog sized creature that resembles a hamster.”
“Oh God, I had hamsters as pets when I was a little girl.”
“Um…then I guess I shouldn’t have said anything then.” He said.
“No, it’s okay. I mean I’ve probably ate worse on our travels.” Rose replied.
“Actually, you have…there was that one time we ate with the ambassador of Throx Thirteen and he served us that Uten which is---“
“Doctor, I don’t wanna know, okay. I appreciate you telling me, but some things are just better left unsaid.”
The Doctor smiled and nodded. He stared at Rose lovingly as she lay back on the bed. When she had gotten comfortable, he lay back beside her and closed his eyes happy to have a moment’s peace for the first time in a long time.
About an hour later, the Doctor opened his eyes. He looked over and smiled when he saw Rose was still asleep. He brushed a couple of stands of hair away from her face and slowly rose from the bed. He gave her one last loving look before he exited the room and closed the door behind him. He went across the hallway and opened the door a bit. He looked over and saw Martha sound asleep on her bed. Closing the door, he headed down the hallway. As he turned a corner, he ran into one of the councilors.
“Oh!” the councilor said putting his hand over his right heart. “I’m so glad it’s you. You look so much like the other Doctor, I was startled for a moment.”
“It’s okay, I understand completely.” The Doctor replied. “Actually, speaking of my double, I was wanting to ask someone where the cell block is at? I would like to speak to him if it’s not too much trouble.”
The councilor frowned.
“You wish to speak to him?”
“Yes, just for a moment. So, if you could please point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it.”
The councilor smiled.
“I was going to a meeting, but I’ll be happy to show you where the cell block is.”
The Doctor smiled in return.
“I would appreciate that.”
“Just follow me please. It’s this way.”
The Doctor nodded. He followed the councilor as he turned and headed back down the corridor.
The alternate Doctor looked up when he saw the Doctor walk up to his glass cell and peer in. He glared at him.
“Come to gloat?” he asked him.
“No, I wanted to make sure you were being treated well.” The Doctor replied.
The alternate Doctor snorted.
“Why do you care?” he spat out.
“Because I sincerely believe that you are basically a good person, it’s just that you need to have your thinking changed.” He replied. “I gave you this chance to reform yourself, I suggest you take full advantage of it.”
The alternate Doctor walked to the glass barrier.
“You didn’t do this for me.” He snarled. “You did this so you could give yourself a pat on the back and show everyone just how much of a saint you are.”
“I never said I was a saint. I just believe in giving people a second chance, especially a fellow Time Lord like myself. You have so much potential. You have a chance to do some good in the universe, and give back rather than just take, take, and take. If you are serious about turning a new leaf, then maybe you can win your freedom someday.”
“If I do that, I will come looking for you and your little apes and destroy you all.”
The Doctor shrugged.
“That’s your decision. Like I said, you can use this second chance and become a better person, or you can spend your remaining years rotting in prison. It won’t make any difference to me either way.”
“You are such a hypocrite, Doctor, you know that?” the alternate Doctor said. “You claim to be all merciful, yet it’s because of you that Gallifrey no longer exists in your reality. Were you merciful to your people when you blew them to bits?”
The Doctor narrowed his eyes.
“What I did was an act of mercy. Gallifrey was about to be overrun by the Daleks and all my people would have been slaughtered without any compassion. Either way my people were doomed, so they chose to die in a way that would destroy the Daleks along with them and preserve the universe. You have no idea what I went through carrying out that wish and how deeply I grieved at the loss of my people. Had it been you, you would have let the Daleks conquer Gallifrey and the universe while you were off filling your pockets with treasure. So don’t give me any guilt trips, because I know what I did was right.”
The alternate Doctor rolled his eyes.
“Fine. I’m not going to argue with you about this, Doctor. I really don’t want to hear you going on and on about how sanctimonious you are, so if you’re done saying what you wanted to say, I want you to leave.”
“Just remember my words.” The Doctor said. “You are in prison now, but whether you stay in prison for the rest of your lives is up to you.”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, just go.”
The Doctor stared at his double for a moment before sticking his hands in his pockets and walking away. The alternate Doctor watched as the guard opened the cell door, let him through and closed it behind him.
“Just you wait, my double, you haven’t seen the last of me.” The alternate Doctor muttered. “I will find a way out of here and when I do, I will find you and your apes and make you all suffer.”
“Thanks so much for your hospitality. It was greatly appreciated.” The Doctor said as he and Rose and Martha stood outside the TARDIS.
Councilor Garvis bowed.
“The pleasure was all mine, Doctor. You and Rose and Martha are welcome to stay with us any time you like.”
“Thanks, but I think after Rose is finished saying goodbye to her parents, we’ll be going back to the other universe and staying there.”
“Very well, Doctor. It is a shame that you are choosing to return to the other universe. We will miss you greatly and we wish you and your companions all the luck in the universe.”
“Thank you.” The Doctor said bowing.
Garvis bowed back to him and then bowed to Rose and Martha who returned the bow.
“May Rassilon guide you on your journeys.” Garvis said.
“And may Omega watch over you always.” The Doctor replied.
They both bowed one more time before the Doctor turned and opened the TARDIS door. He ushered Rose and Martha inside. Garvis stepped back as the Doctor shut the door. He watched as the TARDIS dematerialized.
“Take care, Doctor.” He murmured as the TARDIS disappeared. “Make the spirits of your people proud and keep the memory of the Time Lords alive.”
The Doctor opened the door of the TARDIS and glanced outside.
“Well, we’re in London.” He said.
He glanced up at the zeppelins flying overhead.
“And this is definitely Pete’s World.” He added.
He moved aside and let Rose step outside.
“How far away are we from your house?” he asked her.
Rose looked around.
“Um…not far. Maybe a couple of blocks?” she said.
The Doctor beamed.
“Fantastic! That means we don’t have to walk far; which is good considering we did a fair share of walking yesterday.”
He looked back in and took Martha’s hand as she stepped outside.
“Well, gang, allons-y!” he said cheerfully as he started off.
He was stopped short when Rose put her hand on his chest.
“Wait, I just want to say before we get going that I should be the first one in the door.” She said. “Because my mum has been seeing news reports about the alternate Doctor and if she sees you in the house, she might freak out.”
“Fair enough.” The Doctor said.
He took Rose’s hand.
“Lead the way then, Ms. Tyler.” He said with a grin.
Rose kissed his cheek and they started walking towards home.
“Mum? I’m home!” Rose said as she stuck her head in the front door.
“Rose!” Jackie said as she ran towards her. “Where have you been? You didn’t come home the other night and we’ve been worried sick!”
“Mum, just don’t freak out, I can explain!” Rose said holding up her hand.
“Rose Marion Tyler, where have you been?” Pete said as he came down the stairs.
“You were with that Doctor, weren’t ya?” Jackie said. “You went out and got yourself into trouble after everyone warned ya bout him!”
“Yes? Yes! So, you did go after that Doctor yourself?” Jackie screeched. “Rose, are you insane! You’re lucky he didn’t kill ya!”
“Mum, will you just listen?”
“Of all the irresponsible reckless things to do,” Jackie said. “I can’t believe you went off by yourself and met up with that Doctor. The news reports said he was armed and dangerous.”
“I’m really disappointed in you, Rose.” Pete said. “You are supposed to be smarter than this! What were you thinking?”
Rose threw up her hands and went out the door.
“Wait a moment, where are you going young lady?” Jackie said. “I’m not through with you yet!”
She frowned when she heard a male voice right outside her door.
“Rose? Who’s that? Who’s with ya? Is it your boss?” Jackie said, as she opened the door.
She stepped outside and her eyes bulged out when she saw the Doctor standing beside Rose.
“Hey, Jackie, long time no see.” He said cheerfully.
Jackie paused for a second and then let out an Earth shattering scream.
“OH MY GOD, IT’S HIM!” she screamed as she jabbed her finger at the Doctor.
“No, mum, listen.” Rose said.
She gasped as Jackie grabbed a hold of her shirt collar.
“GET IN THE HOUSE NOW, BEFORE HE DOES SOMETHING!” she screeched.
Rose gagged as she dragged her in the house by her collar and slammed the door. Martha looked at the Doctor.
“So, that’s her mum then?” she asked.
“Yeah, she has a tendency to overreact, but you get used to it.” The Doctor replied.
“Should we go inside?” Martha asked.
“I…wouldn’t recommend it at the moment.” The Doctor replied.
Martha shrugged and folded her arms over her chest as she stared at the front door.
“HAVE YOU GONE OFF YOUR ROCKER?” Jackie screamed as she let go of Rose’s collar. “YOU BROUGHT HIM HERE?”
She looked at Pete.
“She brought that Doctor straight to our door!” she said pointing at Rose. “He’s right outside! What do we do now?”
“Mum, just listen to me---“
“Listen to you? You’ve flipped your bleeding lid so why should I listen to you?” Jackie said.
“Because that’s not the evil Doctor; that’s my Doctor from the other dimension.” Rose said. “He found a way back!”
Jackie stared at her in shock.
“He’s here, mum. My Doctor. Didn’t you notice he had both his eyes and no scar on his face?”
“No, I was too busy screaming and pulling you inside to notice much of anything!”
“Wait,” Pete said. “You mean he really is the Doctor from the other universe?”
“Yes!” Rose said exasperated.
Jackie hesitated a moment before walking over to the door. She opened it and looked out.
“Mornin’” the Doctor said cheerfully. “Lovely weather today.”
Jackie stared at him. Slowly, she stepped down onto the steps and walked over to the Doctor. She stared at him quietly for a moment. She looked down at his arm and poked him with her finger. She looked back up at his face.
“I’m here, Jackie. It isn’t an hologram this time.” The Doctor said.
Jackie’s eyes widened.
“Oh my God, you really are here.” She said.
The Doctor smiled. He gasped when Jackie seized him and gave him a huge bear hug. The Doctor’s eyes bulged out as he tried to wriggle out of her grip.
“Thank God it’s you!” Jackie said.
“Yes, thank God it’s me, now will you please let go of me so I don’t have to resort to using my respiratory bypass system?” the Doctor grunted.
Jackie released her hold on him. She glanced over at Martha.
“Ah, Jackie Tyler, this is Martha Jones. Martha, Jackie.”
“Hello.” Martha said smiling.
Jackie looked back at the Doctor.
“You shagging this one now?” she said gesturing to her.
The Doctor’s mouth dropped open as Rose giggled and Martha turned a bright red.
“No, Jackie, I am not shagging this one now!” the Doctor said angrily. “She is a friend.”
“Hmmph, that’s what you said about Rose, and the next thing I know you’re bangin’ her brains out!”
Martha gave the Doctor a pointed look.
“Jackie, could we not discuss this outside where your neighbors can hear?” he said as Rose and Martha giggled.
“Yeah, come inside for a cup of tea.” She replied.
“Thank you.” The Doctor replied.
He shot Martha a look of exasperation.
“I forgot the woman had no tact.” He said to her.
“That’s okay; I get the same thing from my family.” Martha replied.
He walked up the steps into the house with Martha following close behind.
“Pete.” The Doctor said as he passed him.
“Doctor.” He replied.
He gestured toward the couch.
“You two can make yourself at home. I was upstairs getting ready for a business meeting, so if you’ll excuse me.”
The Doctor nodded. He started towards the couch when Pete put his hand on the Doctor’s chest.
“I assume Rose is going with you when you leave.” He said.
The Doctor nodded.
“Is this her choice or yours?”
“I would never force Rose to do something she didn’t want to do.” The Doctor replied.
“Are you going to take care of her?”
The Doctor frowned.
“I just want to know that if she’s going to go with you to the other universe that you won’t end up dumping her off somewhere when you grow tired of her.”
“First off, I will never grow tired of her and secondly, I wouldn’t dump her off somewhere. I made a vow to protect her and that hasn’t changed. She will be loved and cared for; you can rest assured of that.”
“That’s what I wanted to hear. She isn’t my daughter, but I care for her and I know Jacks loves her to bits. I know it would break her heart if something happened to her. It’ll be bad enough with her leaving, but I think we all knew this day would come eventually. If she’s going to be without her family, then I’d rather she be with you than with anyone else.”
The Doctor nodded.
“Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a meeting to go to. It was nice seeing you again, Doctor.”
Pete turned and looked back over his shoulder.
“The other Doctor, do you know about him?”
“Yes, we caught him and took him back to Gallifrey. He’s imprisoned now.”
He headed back upstairs as the Doctor and Martha set down on the couch and waited for Jackie to bring the tea out.
Jackie carried a tea tray into the living room and sat it down on the coffee table in front of the Doctor and Martha.
“Rose told me to tell you that she’s going upstairs to take a quick shower.” She said. “Once she’s done, if you want to take one as well, that’s fine.”
“I do. A long, hot shower sounds good right now.” Martha said.
The Doctor nodded.
“I need one as well.” He said.
Jackie picked up one of the teacups and held it in front of her.
“So, I’m guessing you’re not here to drop off my daughter.” She said. “I s’pose she’s going with you now.”
“I believe she is.”
Jackie sighed. She took a sip of tea as she stared off into space for a moment.
“I should have known this day would come.” She finally said. “I s’pose it really isn’t a shock. As clever as you are, I figure you’d find a way to get back to her.”
“Actually, I had a little help from my double. He took Rose to Gallifrey and got a book there that enabled him to build a void crossing device that allowed him to cross the void safely.”
“And this void crossing thing is how you got back?” Jackie asked.
“You still have it?”
“It’s hooked up to my TARDIS at the moment.”
“So, you can use it to go back and forth between universes so I can still see Rose?” Jackie asked.
The Doctor hesitated.
“Well…I really wasn’t considering that.” He admitted.
“And why not?”
The Doctor sighed.
“Because Jackie, even though this device allows you to cross the void safely, it still isn’t a good idea to make multiple crossings. Crossing the void tears open a hole that affects both universes. Granted, the void crossing device we have can close the rip behind it, but repeatedly opening and closing holes put unnecessary stress on both realities.”
“So, you’re just going to take my daughter back to the other universe and that’ll be that? No more visits?”
“Jackie, it’s not safe to go back and forth all the time. This isn’t like landing in your flat.” The Doctor said. “I just can’t afford to make multiple trips.”
“Well, how about just for holidays then? Just for Christmas or maybe her birthday?”
The Doctor let out a sigh as he ran his fingers through his hair.
“I don’t know, Jackie. I would feel more comfortable just destroying the thing once I got over there so it wouldn’t fall into the wrong hands.” He said. “If this double of mine got the idea to cross the void and wreck havoc, then others could conceive of it too. I know how much you want to see Rose and how much you’ll miss her, but I don’t think you’d want to put the universe in danger just to see her.”
“I understand, but she’s still my daughter.” She said. “You don’t know what it’s like to have children, you’re on your own and---“
“Excuse me, Jackie, but I know exactly what it’s like. I had a son and a granddaughter that I loved very much and I lost them both when Gallifrey burned.”
“Oh, I didn’t know.” Jackie said quietly. “I’m very sorry.”
The Doctor nodded.
“In addition to them, I also had a wife, uncles, brothers, cousins, parents. I wasn’t born in a vacuum Jackie. I understand completely how much Rose means to you and how much it’ll hurt when she leaves. But, I believe Rose wants to go with me and I won’t deny her the right to make that decision and neither should you.
“He’s right, mum.”
They looked over as Rose came down the stairs.
“That day when I left you with the others in this universe to go back to be with him, I knew it was a huge sacrifice, but I was willing to make it and I would have stayed with him if I hadn’t lost my grip on the lever and Pete hadn’t brought me back to this universe. I’ve never felt like I’ve belonged in this universe. There was a version of you here, but there was never a version of me. This isn’t my world. My world is with the Doctor…and Martha. And the Doctor’s right about crossing the void, mum. We can’t keep crossing over every two seconds just so you can see me. It’s not just because it would damage the universes; we will be busy doing what we’ve always done. Traveling through time and space and having adventures. I’m sorry, mum. I love you, but I don’t want to come back here that much. I don’t like this world. It holds too many bad memories for me. I love you and Pete and my little sis, but I’m ready to do what I was destined to do. I’m not meant to work at a desk or work as a shop girl. Traveling with the Doctor I realize now that I’m just like him. I don’t do domestic.”
She grinned at the Doctor and he returned it with a wink.
“I’m so much more than a secretary or a shop girl or an employee at Torchwood. I’m Rose Tyler, defender of the Earth, and I’m gonna start living up to that reputation and making a difference wherever I go.”
She embraced Jackie.
“I’ll be alright, mum. I’m a lot stronger than I look. The Doctor could see that. That’s why he let me come along with him. And now I see it too.”
Jackie smiled at her.
“You’re right, Rose. You are a very special girl. I’ve always known it. I know that if you go with the Doctor and Martha you’ll be safe.”
She hesitated a moment and looked at the Doctor.
“But, you still couldn’t bring her back here for Christmas at least?” she pleaded. “Just one day a year? Is that going to damage the universe?”
Rose looked at the Doctor.
“Do you want to come back here for Christmas?” the Doctor asked her.
“Could we do that?” she asked.
“If we only did it once a year. I don’t think one time a year would affect anything. But, no more than that. I have to put the universe’s safety above everything else, Jackie. I’m sorry.”
“I understand and I’d be willing to settle for Christmas just as long as I can see my baby girl and know she’s alright.”
The Doctor nodded.
“Then, I think we can manage it.” He said.
“Then, that’s all I want.” Jackie replied.
The Doctor nodded. He picked up one of the teacups and scooted over to let Rose sit down with him.
“So, what exactly happened?” Jackie asked. “How did ya find each other again?”
The Doctor took a deep breath and for the second time in two days explained what had happened.
“So, this other Doctor is in jail again?” Jackie asked when he finished.
“Yes, and this time they will be keeping a close eye on him.” The Doctor replied.
“Thank God for that. After he kidnapped that poor man and held him and his wife hostage, the telly’s been filled with news reports talking about how dangerous he is. I was terrified Rose was gonna meet up with him and do something stupid.”
Rose coughed nervously when she gave her a pointed look.
“Sorry, mum.” She said sheepishly.
Jackie waved her hand.
“S’pose it’s too late to do anything ‘bout it now.” She said. “It’s not like I can ground ya or anything.”
She looked at the Doctor.
“Unless you want to ground her for me.” She said to him.
The Doctor frowned.
“Ground?” he asked.
“You know,” Rose said. “You punish someone for their misbehavior and they can’t go out and get sent to their room.”
The Doctor grinned when Rose waggled her eyebrows.
“Get sent to their room, eh?” the Doctor said leering at her.
“Oh Hell no, never mind! I shoulda known you two would twist it into something perverted.” Jackie said as Rose and the Doctor giggled.
Martha stared at them.
“Um…suddenly I’m kinda unsure about traveling with the two of you.” She said.
“Ah, no need to be afraid of us, Rose and I are great fun to travel with. Aren’t we, Rose?”
“Yup!” Rose said smiling at him.
“Well, please keep all the details to yourself. I’d rather not picture some of the things you do.” Jackie said.
The Doctor and Rose gave each other knowing looks as Jackie rose from her seat.
“Well, I’m gonna get supper on so you can eat before you go. Get your showers finished.”
She looked at the Doctor.
“And you will be showering by yourself. Don’t bring Rose in there with ya!”
“Moi?” the Doctor said innocently.
Jackie shot him a look as Rose and Martha giggled. She shook her head and went into the kitchen as the laughter increased.
After supper, the three of them helped to clean the supper dishes and put them in the dishwasher. While they were doing that, Mickey and Jake came over briefly and talked to them for about an hour. As they were preparing to leave, Mickey pulled Rose aside.
“So, you really are leaving?” he asked her.
“Yeah, I belong with the Doctor.” She said. “Torchwood will just have to get along without me.”
“They won’t. You’re the best employee they ever had.” Mickey said with a grin.
Rose smiled and nodded.
“Yup, I was.” She said.
She hugged him tightly.
“Take care, Mickey. Look after mum and Ariel while I’m gone.”
“I will and you take care too.” He said hugging her tight.
He let go and turned to look at the Doctor as he walked up behind him.
“Nice to see you too.” Mickey said to him.
The Doctor nodded.
“You’re not coming?” he asked.
“Nah, me and Jake gotta look after things here especially now that Rose is goin what ya.” He said.
The Doctor hugged him.
“Well, you and Jake take care of yourselves and try not to blow things up too often.” He said with a grin.
Mickey smiled at him.
“Nah, we only do that once every two or three months.” He replied.
The Doctor chuckled.
He looked back at Martha and Rose.
“Are we ready?” he asked.
“I am.” Martha said.
Rose turned and hugged Jackie and Ariel and gave them both kisses.
“I’ll see ya around.” She said.
“You just take care of yourself. I want you comin’ back in one piece young lady, d’ya hear?” Jackie said.
“I will, mum.”
Jackie hugged her tight.
“I’m so proud of ya, Rose and I know Pete is too.”
Rose smiled and nodded. She turned back to the Doctor.
“I’m ready now.” She said.
The Doctor slapped his hands together.
“Well then, gang; let’s get this show on the road.”
Rose smiled as she smoothed out the covers on the bed she and the Doctor shared. It felt so good to be back in the TARDIS and in her universe. She vowed she would make sure that she wouldn’t do anything to separate herself from the Doctor ever again.
She looked up as Martha stood in the doorway.
“Good morning.” Martha said.
“Morning, Martha. Have you seen the Doctor? He was already up and gone before I woke up.”
“Yeah, he’s in the console room. He told me to come find you. There’s something going on that he wants us to see.”
“Okay, give me a moment to get dressed.” She said.
“Morning, Doctor.” Rose said as she and Martha entered the console room.
“Morning, Rose.” The Doctor said as he stared at the monitor.
“What’s up?” Rose asked, as they walked up to him.
Rose and Martha glanced at each other.
“And that’s unusual because…” Martha said.
The Doctor looked at them.
“We’re being followed.”
Rose and Martha glanced at each other.
“Followed? What’d you mean, followed?” Rose asked.
“I mean someone is tracking the TARDIS and following us around wherever we go.” The Doctor replied. “I’ve tried to shake them, but everywhere I’ve gone, they’ve been right behind us.”
Rose and Martha looked at each other.
“How are they following the TARDIS?” Martha asked.
“Stolen technology. They’re using it to track us through time and space.” The Doctor replied.
“What do we do?” Rose asked.
“Land somewhere, get a good look at them. I have a sneaking suspicion I know who they are. But I want to be sure.” The Doctor replied. “I’ll set the coordinates and set us down.”
The TARDIS door flew open the Doctor, Rose and Martha flung their bodies inside it.
“Did they see you?” he asked Rose and Martha.
Rose and Martha looked at each other in stunned silence.
“DID THEY SEE YOU?” the Doctor yelled.
Rose and Martha shook their heads. The Doctor leapt to his feet and ran to the console.
“They won’t stop.” He muttered. “They’ll keep on following us until they catch me…”
Rose and Martha walked up beside him. They saw him glance up towards the ceiling. They looked up with him and noticed an odd shaped device hanging above them.
“I may have to do it.” He muttered.
“Do what?” Rose asked.
The Doctor looked at them.
“Rose, Martha, you trust me, right?” he asked.
Rose and Martha looked at each other.
“Of course.” Rose said. “Why?”
“Because,” the Doctor said grimly. “What I’m about to do is going to require a lot of teamwork from you both and I need to know I can depend on you. Can you do that?”
Rose and Martha nodded.
“Good.” The Doctor said taking their hands in his. “Now here’s what I want you to do…”
A/N: This ends with them going back into the events of Human Nature/Family of Blood. I might do a sequel to this in the future. At the moment, I’m trying to get other fics done though. Hope you liked it!