|It's a Whole Misunderstanding
Author: missadric2 PM
The Doctor and Ivy land on a planet called valary but land right in the middle of a fight between the natives and a new race called the Gnaih. Is there a good reason behind this fight? or is a whole misunderstanding?Rated: Fiction K+ - English - Drama/Sci-Fi - 11th Doctor - Words: 9,428 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 3 - Published: 12-20-10 - Status: Complete - id: 6571595
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As Reli ran down the long metallic corridor all he could think of was what he was going to be leaving behind; his wife, his children, his home, his life. He knew that if he stopped for just a few seconds they would catch him and they would take his life. He couldn't stop, no matter what; he had to get to the centre of the base to shut off the machinery that might just save his planet. Little did he know that shutting off the machinery couldn't do much difference, that the battle would still rage on and his generations problems would become his children's' problems and their children's children and so on. There would never be peace, only hatred.
When Reli reached the centre he was in awe of all the amazing technology. He just hoped things had turned out differently, that them and those things could have gotten on and that he could have learned from them. He was just about ready to 'pull the plug' as it were when he heard them coming. He turned around to face his enemies and there they were, in the doorway, holding guns.
"You will never win, we will recover our planet from you creatures" He said to his executors as he pressed the last button. They brought their guns up, getting ready to fire. "I love you Yej" He whispered as they shot him dead. His last words seemed to whisper through the air and all the way back to where his refuge was, where his wife Yej was waiting for him to return. She heard her husbands' cry and she bowed her head and shed a tear for him. He had managed to shut off the machinery but nothing had happened. He had failed. The future was bleak for Yej and her family, as well as the last few refugees that were cowering with her. Every day they prayed that one day there would be a saviour, someone who would help them escape from these monsters.
Ivy was flung from one end of the TARDIS to the other every time The Doctor flicked a switch or pressed a button. She was beginning to feel a tad sick. When The Doctor had told her to hold on she thought he was mucking around. How wrong was she?
She eventually got a hold of the railings and held on for dear life. She fell to the floor when there was an almighty bump. She sat still waiting for her stomach to catch up with her.
"There we go. Landed her beautifully" The Doctor said proudly. He bounded towards to doors, ready to see where and when they had landed. "Do you want to go out first Ivy?" He asked nonchalantly. "Ivy?" He asked sounding more worried. He ran back inside the TARDIS finding Ivy sitting on the floor looking a bit green. "Well I told you to hold on" He said.
"I know, I should have listened" Ivy said "Sorry"
"Why are you apologising?" The Doctor asked "You're the one who was going to suffer" He laughed "Come on. Get up, walk it off, there's a new world out there just waiting for you to explore"
Ivy slowly got up, still waiting for her stomach. The Doctor gave her his hand to help her up but she didn't grab it. Even finally finding him after three years of waiting for him she still wasn't ready to get too close to anyone, even after stopping The Sontaran's with him.
The Doctor pulled his hand away, slightly embarrassed, and ran to the door. He stopped to wait for Ivy to catch up.
"Ladies first" He said opening the door. When Ivy stepped out of the TARDIS she couldn't believe what she saw. All she saw was a blank landscape. There was nothing, no plants, no buildings, no mountains, just nothing. She looked into the distance and saw something move, but she couldn't make out what it was. She was concentrating so hard on the horizon she didn't realise The Doctor had stepped out of the TARDIS and stood right behind her.
"Well, this isn't how I remember this place!" He said giving Ivy the shock of her life. "Sorry" He quickly apologised "The last time I was here everything was lush green with huge buildings" Ivy then saw movement again but still couldn't make it out. They began walking at a brisk pace away from the TARDIS.
"When was the last time you were here?" She asked.
"In which time period? My timeline or theirs?" He asked.
Ivy stood there for a few second confused by his question.
"Their timeline" She finally answered.
The Doctor looked at his watch "Their future, about 4078, but now it is 3562, or there abouts" He looked up and scanned the horizon "This must be what it looked like before..."
"GET DOWN!" A young man's voice shouted. The Doctor grabbed Ivy and they both hit the ground. A huge blast of fizzing energy went over their heads. The young man got up looked at The Doctor and Ivy quickly and said "Hurry, follow me!" The Doctor helped Ivy up and they both ran after the man.
The man was carrying a bow and some arrows which made him look very much like a Native American from Earth but Ivy knew this wasn't Earth at all. Ivy didn't dare look over her shoulder to see what was shooting at them; she just kept running focusing on where she was running to. She soon saw what looked like a little burrow in the ground and thought that that was what they were running towards.
"Get in!" The man said. The Doctor dived in and Ivy followed suit with the man not far behind. A fizz of energy also followed them in and clipped Ivy on the arm. She clutched her right arm as it started to hurt badly. She tried to conceal her pain from The Doctor so he wouldn't make a fuss but it hurt just too much for her to stay silent. The Doctor turned to her and went straight to her arm.
"Let me see" The Doctor said.
"It's fine, it's just a bit sore" She said, she really hated being fussed over.
"I'm going to have to look at that" The strange man said putting his bow over his head so it hung on his back and moved towards Ivy. The Daylight shone right onto his face and Ivy saw for the first time his facial features. His skin was a light grey and his eyes were big and green. He didn't have a nose and he didn't look like he had ears either, luckily he did have a mouth. His hair was a deep blue colour and was spiked up and messy. He reached to Ivy's arm and she flinched back. "I'm not going to hurt you I just need to look at it" he explained.
Ivy couldn't help but feel like his words were truth so she took her hand away from her arm and showed the burn mark. The man reached his hand out as if to touch it but he just hovered it over the painful scar. He took her lower arm gently and lifted it to look at it in a better light.
"It is fine but I'll have to get my grandmother to have a look at it just to check that I can just bandage it up" He explained. "Follow me; it's not a long walk to my refuge" He turned and started to walk down a very dark corridor.
The Doctor looked at Ivy, raised his eyebrows and smiled cheekily. Ivy couldn't help but smile as well and they followed the mysterious man side by side.
They had walked for about 10 minutes before Ivy could see a bright light up ahead. When they walked into it she was blinded by the light that shone right into her eyes. She squinted as did The Doctor and they both covered their eyes. The man didn't seem to be bothered by the light and just kept walking, straight down into a large village. The village wasn't primitive in anyway, it was all high tech although the buildings weren't very high it looked like they could house quite a few people. They reached a small house and the man opened the door and said "Grandma I'm home and I have a few guests".
"Really? Well bring them into the lounge and settle them, I'll be in in a minute" A women's voice came from the back of the house.
"Just sit down, make yourselves comfortable, I'm Reli by the way" He said gesturing to the few chairs in the room.
"Thank you, I'm The Doctor and this is Ivy Godber" The Doctor said sitting in a large chair. Ivy sat in the nearest chair to the Doctor and tried to relax but couldn't as her arm was protesting.
"Don't worry my Grandma will have a look at it" Reli said.
"I will have a look at what?" An old looking woman had entered the room as if from nowhere. She had the same facial features a Reli.
"Oh grandma this is The Doctor and Ivy Godber" He said gesturing to the Doctor and Ivy in turn "Ivy Godber was shot in the arm by them"
"Oh you can just call me Ivy, Godber is my last name" She explained. She could see the Doctor smirking in the corner of her eye.
"OK Ivy then, can I have a look at your arm dear?" The Old women said. Ivy looked a bit apprehensive. "Oh I'm sorry dear, I didn't introduce myself, I'm Yejhim but you can call me Yej" Ivy lifted her arm and turned it towards Yej. "Oh dear that is nasty, now then let me see" She mumbled while looking around the room. Ivy looked at The Doctor. He looked at her and he saw that she was nervous. He smiled her reassuringly and winked. "Ah here we go, now this will sting a bit but it will help, Reli go and get a bandage for me" Reli disappeared into another room and Yej brought out a small jar or yellow liquid. She took the top off and dropped a few drops of the liquid onto Ivy's arm. Ivy squinted in pain as she began to see spots in her vision. She only just realised that The Doctor has grabbed her hand when Reli had finished putting her bandage on.
Ivy looked at The Doctors hand and gently pulled away and looked at Reli's Grandmother.
"Thank you" She said.
"You're welcome" She smiled sweetly and moved over to a comfy chair. "Now where do you kids come from?"
"Well I come from Gallifry and Ivy here comes from Earth" The Doctor explained "We came here in my ship called The TARDIS but we landed in the wrong time, I was originally planning to land in the future not the past"
Yej and Reli just looked at The Doctor completely confused.
"Oh me and Ivy travel in time and space" He finally explained. Ivy rolled her eyes. "So we need to get back to The TARDIS as soon as possible"
"Well you can't go and find it now, it's starting to get dark" Reli said.
"Why not?" The Doctor asked.
"They will be out" Reli answered.
"Whose they?" Ivy asked.
"The Gnaih" he said simply.
The Doctor looked at Ivy. "Who are the Gnaih?" He asked intrigued.
"A race of slimy, tentacled creatures that landed here and started to take over, me and my whole family and been living down here for nearly 4 generations now" Reli explained obviously upset by the whole thing.
"Where are your family now?" Ivy asked.
"There's just me and my Grandma now" He said solemnly "My brothers and sisters went to The Gnaihs' base and never came back, the same with my mother and father"
"Reli is named after my late husband who was the first to try and stop the Gnaih, but, like the rest of my family, they never returned" Yej said with moist eyes. Reli went to sit next to her and put his arm around her shoulder. "Anyway, you kids can't go out there and look for your ship until its light again, it's just too dangerous, you can stay here for the night" Yej said after composing herself.
"Oh thank you Yej but we would hate to put you out" The Doctor said clearly trying to get out of the offer as nicely as possible.
"It's no trouble, you can have Reli's eldest brother's room just there and Ivy you can have Reli's youngest sisters room next to it" Yej explained. Ivy looked at where Yej pointed at and looked back at The Doctor who had gotten up.
"I'll show you it Doctor" Reli said standing up with him. Reli lead The Doctor to his room and Yej stood up to guide Ivy to her room.
When she entered all she saw was a bed and a table with lots of paper and pencils on top. Yej stood silently behind her. Ivy turned to look at her the frail old women.
"Nice room" Was all she could think of to say.
"Yes, Keg loved her room, she hardly ever left it, until Fecailo was killed, then all she did was stormed out of the house with her bow and arrows" Yej replied.
"She must have been close with Fecailo" Ivy mentioned.
"Oh yes, very close, anyway make yourself comfortable and I'll see you in the morning, I'm sure Reli will help you find you ship" Yej said kindly and closed the door behind her.
Ivy lay on the bed quietly thinking about who these different people were like when they were alive. She looked over to the table and saw a photo of a large group of people. She stood up and walked over to the picture and picked it up. She gazed at the photo and imagined what her family photo would be like, probably just her brother, mother and father, she didn't have any uncles or aunties, her grandparents hadn't bothered coming to visit her. Then it hit her, she had no family, just her brother, she never realised how lonely she felt until now, on another planet, miles away from home.
"You like the picture?" Reli asked from the doorway.
"Oh, I'm sorry I didn't mean to..."
"Its fine, photos are there to be looked at" Reli said. "Do you have any siblings?"
"A twin brother" She answered.
"A twin?" He asked obviously confused by the word.
"You don't know what a twin is?" She asked.
"My brother and I were born on the same day just slightly different times; he's five minutes older than me"
"You have the same mother don't you?"
Ivy laughed. "Yes we do"
"So you were both carried by her at the same time?" He looked almost shocked at the thought.
"Can humans do that?" He asked.
"Yeah, 'course they can, can you guys do that?" She asked awkwardly.
"No, us Valarian's can only bare one child at a time" He explained. Ivy finally understood why he thought it was strange to have twins. On Earth some species of animal can only bare one off spring at a time and others can bare thousands. It obviously varies from planet to planet as well.
"So, I know this sound crazy but what planet am I actually on?" She asked completely thrown at the fact she had no idea where she was.
"You don't know?"
"No, I didn't have time to ask The Doctor before you saved us" She said.
"You're on the planet Valary"
"Thank you and I'm keeping you up, you better go to sleep, I will take you to your ship in the morning and see that you are both safe"
Ivy smiled at him "Thank you" Reli left the room leaving Ivy on her own again. She didn't mind really but she still wanted someone to talk to about this amazing new planet she had landed on. She lay back again on the bed and get that strange feeling in her gut. She was going to have another dream, that feeling was always a clue and it always helped her prepare for it. She took a deep breath and kept saying, it's just a dream over and over again to calm herself until she finally let sleep take her into the darkness.
Run Ivy run, was all she was thinking when her vision became clear. She began to run in the direction she just knew to run to. The corridor was long and a bright white, as if it were a hospital, although it didn't smell like one.
Eventually she reached a room full of giant machinery and Reli was in it holding something small in his hand, Ivy just knew it was a bomb. And he was going to set it off. When she finally got her eyes to look at the other aliens in the room she wished she hadn't looked, there were three tall aliens who looked like they had been the last in the queue when God was giving out identities. They were hideous! All their head was like a huge slimy spaghetti ball but instead of being red it was a dark yellow and their hands were a tentacle each. They were holding them up as if they were surrendering but Reli didn't look like he was a sympathetic type. Something in her mind was telling her that the Gnaih weren't what they seemed to be. That they weren't evil or dominating, they were just confused and scared. Ivy pitied them and she felt as if she wanted to help them, not destroy them.
At that point The Doctor had entered the room.
"Reli, don't, whatever you do, do not detonate that bomb. You have no idea why The Gnaih came here in the first place" The Doctor said quickly trying to reason with him.
"I don't want to hear it, they are savages Doctor and they need to be stopped!" he said as he slammed the bomb into the floor. All Ivy could hear was The Doctor shouting and the horrible screeches of the Gnaih screaming in pure fear.
"NO!" Ivy shouted as she came out of consciousness and she fell out of the bed and smacked the floor. Her arm cried out in pain. She clutched it and sat herself on the bed to start calming herself down, just as she used to back on Earth. Just as she sat down The Doctor came storming in with his sonic screwdriver in his hand, ready for anything.
"What's happening?" he asked all serious.
"A dream" Ivy answered shaking out of control.
The Doctor lowered his sonic and put it away in his tweed jacket. "Are you ok?" he asked.
"Fine" She answered.
"You're not fine you're shaking like a leaf" he said sitting next to her.
"I'm fine Doctor, I know what to do, I'm not a kid!" She said angrily.
"Oh I know that! But still it can't be any easier when you don't have your family with you"
"Only Jake cared if I had a bad dream and even then he didn't fuss that much because I know what to do!" Ivy was starting to get wound up, she really hated being fussed over. It wasn't exactly helping her shaking hands, she still couldn't stop them. The Doctor looked at them and debated whether he should hold them and help her but she seemed a very guarded young girl, who hadn't had the love and attention someone should get from their parents, so he decided otherwise. He took a deep breath.
"Ok why don't you tell me what you saw?" Ivy looked at him and saw the trust and loyalty in his deep, young but old eyes. She sighed. Why couldn't she trust him? He was so obviously telling the truth and was trying to help her and not hurt her.
The Doctor was just about to give up and just leave her to it when took a breath to start talking, maybe he could help her, even if she wouldn't let him consciously. She told him exactly what she saw, from running down the corridor to the horrid high pitch scream the Gnaih produced. And for some odd reason she actually felt calmer than she had ever felt after having a dream. She didn't dwell on the matter though; she had to concentrate on what they were going to do about it.
"Well, I can see why you are so shaken up, that screeching is obviously something you don't want to hear" The Doctor said.
"So what are we going to do about Reli and the bomb?" Ivy asked.
"I'll think of something, you go back to sleep you look exhausted" He said getting up and starting to leave the room. Ivy silently watched him leave. She took another deep breath and went back to sleep, thankfully a dreamless sleep.
When Ivy woke she couldn't hear anyone talking in the next room, there was just silence. She hated that. She quickly got up and moved to the main room of the house. There she found Yej making some breakfast but there was no sign of The Doctor or Reli.
"Morning dear, sit down and help yourself" Yej said.
"Where's the Doctor?" Ivy asked while sitting down on the far end of the table.
"Reli took him to find his ship; they left about five minutes ago so you just missed them. The Doctor did look into your room to check if you were awake but he said you were sound so he left you in peace" She explained offering Ivy some bread. Ivy took a small bun from the basket and bit into it. "He said that you had a bad dream last night so he didn't want to wake you since you didn't get much sleep"
"Ok thanks" She said between bites. So The Doctor had left her but she knew he wouldn't be long, all he had to do was find the TARDIS and bring it back here. No he wouldn't be long. She swallowed her last bite of the amazing bread bun. She hoped she was right.
As The Doctor and Reli left the house The Doctor couldn't help but think about Ivy. Would she be ok on her own for a while? What if she had another dream? No, she'd be fine for a few minutes, she was asleep the last time he saw her, she wouldn't even realise he'd gone by the time he got back. First things first, he had to find the TARDIS again.
Reli lead The Doctor out of the refugee bunker and out into the open. The light blinded The Doctor but not as much as the first time, this time he was prepared. The heat was intense outside so The Doctor took off his jacket and rolled his shirt sleeves up. Reli didn't seem bothered by the heat and just kept walking.
It seemed like forever before The Doctor finally spoke to break the long silence.
"Thank you" He said.
"For what?" Reli asked.
"For everything really, saving us, for helping Ivy and for getting me back to my TARDIS" He explained.
"Oh, well, you're welcome" Reli said.
The silence fell upon them once again. The Doctor really hated silence, but something was just about to happen to them both that would change The Doctor's plans immensely. Reli stopped dead and looked around.
"What is it?" The Doctor asked.
"Your ship" he said.
"What about it?"
"It should be here look at the hole in the ground"
The Doctor looked at the floor and saw a square shaped print. The TARDIS was gone.
The Doctor's whole mind went blank. Reli just stood staring at him. All the Doctor could think of were questions, questions that he couldn't answer at that particular point in time. Where had the TARDIS gone? Who or what had taken it? What was he going to do? Where was he going to start looking first? Should he get Ivy first? Or leave her with Yej and find the TARDIS before fetching her? The Doctor clutched at his thick hair, annoyed at every question he threw at himself.
"Doctor?" Reli asked "are you ok?"
The Doctor sprung up straight and looked right into Reli's eyes.
"Fine, I'm great, Dandy you might say but I am not happy about my TARDIS going walk abouts, even though she doesn't have legs to walk on, but that's not the point, the point I'm trying to get Reli is I need my TARDIS to get out of here but I have no idea who has taken her" The Doctor said at such a speed Reli could only just managed to keep up.
"It could have been The Gnaih" He mentioned.
"The Gnaih, of course, why didn't I think of that? Where are they?"
Reli pointed into the far distance.
"Well, that doesn't really help Reli, oh that's a good saying, doesn't really help Reli" The Doctor smiles amused at himself, he stops and shakes his head "NO Doctor keep your head straight, where in that direction are they? I need to talk to them"
"I'm not too keen on taking you Doctor, I haven't got... I'm not ready" The Doctor looked at him intently
"Fine, give me the directions and I'll go myself" The Doctor said. Reli sighed heavily.
"I'll take you but can I tell my grandma where I'm going?" Reli was just about to turn round to head back to the refugee base but the Doctor knew what he was up to so he put his arm around him and turned him back to the original direction and started walking.
"Reli, you're a big boy now, I'm sure your grandma won't mind you going off on your own for once" He said casually "She's with Ivy, she'll look after her" The Doctor looked over his shoulder, hoping Ivy would eventually go into Reli's room and find the bomb.
Ivy was starting to get worried about The Doctor. He had been gone too long, way too long. It wouldn't take this long to get the TARDIS, Ivy thought to herself.
"Here we are" Yej said placing another tray of tea on the table. Ivy was fiddling with her thumb ring, trying to calm herself and trying not to get worried about the Doctor. "That's a pretty ring" Yej said noticing her ring.
"Thank you" Ivy said.
"Where did you get it?" Yej asked while sitting down next to her.
"Don't know" Ivy began to think where she got it "It was a gift" she said absentmindedly.
"Well I'm going out to meet up with some old friends, are you going to be ok on your own for a little bit?" Yej said. Ivy looked at her, snapping out of her small trance.
"Yeah, course, I'll be fine" She smiled.
"I won't be long" She said getting up.
After Yej had left Ivy thought it would be best to just sit quietly until she returned but then a thought crossed her mind, the bomb, she could easily go into Reli's room and see if she could find it. Trouble was she didn't know which room was his. He had so many brothers and sisters she didn't know where to start. She entered the furthest one on the left but it was full of dust so it couldn't have been his. She moved onto the next one, then the next, then the next with no luck, until she reached the 5th room, it didn't have any dust and the bed looked like it was slept in recently. Score, Ivy thought. She crept into the room and started to rummage through his stuff.
She was fascinated by all of the alien objects she found in his in room and from time to time she would stop and look at a particular object for a few minutes to try and figure out what it was. She couldn't find the bomb anywhere so she gave up and sat on his bed to try and think of where it could be. That's when she felt it, the bump underneath the covers. She stood up and took off the covers and then the mattress. There it was, the bomb. Ivy Smiled to herself and picked it up carefully. It didn't look right though, it looked incomplete. Reli must not have finished it, in the dream he must have finished it just for that time.
Well, she had found the bomb but what was she going to do with it? She couldn't tell Yej about it, she might be in on it and lock Ivy away. She had to hide, but she couldn't the house wasn't big; Reli would find it again soon. She sat back down on the bed and began to think again. What could she do? She couldn't think. Ok, ok Ivy calm down and just think Ivy thought what would Sherlock Holmes do? She asked herself. He would deduct everything by looking at every detail and... that's when she thought of it, every detail is important, she would just take something out of the bomb and put it in her pocket, easy. She skimmed over the small bomb and looked for something she could remove without Reli noticing. She found a small little green wire that linked a screw to a button, that wouldn't work, and then she saw something, a little switch that looked like it was important. She gently removed the switch but it was attached to something underneath. She kept pulling until it eventually came out. On the end was a small...something...a battery? That was it, take the battery and the bomb won't work. Obviously the bomb needed an energy source of some sort to make it work. She carefully detached the battery and placed the switch cautiously back into its original place. Ivy put the bomb back where she found it. She put the battery into her jeans pocket and felt a huge piece of paper. She brought out the sheet and opened it up. She laughed realising what it was. It was the blueprints from college. She had forgotten they were in her pocket; she must have just left them there. She put the blueprints back and walked back to the main room.
She sat on a seat and looked at her watch. Where was the Doctor? What was taking him so long? She had to find him; he was taking way too long, something might have happened to him. She stood up and walked purposefully out of the front door and headed for the surface. Something grabbed her arm. She turned her head round to see who it was. It was a young girl; Ivy guessed she was about the same age as her.
"Where are you going Earth girl?" The strange girl asked.
"I'm going to find my friend, who are you?" She asked.
"The Earth man who Reli took out a few hours ago?"
"He's not from Earth, but yes him why?"
"Can I come with you?" She asked. Ivy didn't know what to say. She supposed someone with her would help but she didn't want to put her in danger.
"I don't even know you" Ivy said.
"My name's Dija, I'm a close friend of Reli's, I want to help him but he won't let me, please let me come with you, I promise I won't slow you down" Dija explained. Ivy looked her up and down; she had a bow on her back with arrows strapped on her left leg. Reluctantly Ivy agreed and they headed for the surface.
The Doctor and Reli had been walking for what seemed like forever. The Doctor had given up trying to keep a conversation going with Reli, he just kept silent.
The Doctor squinted into the distance and saw something. He stopped and looked in his pockets for some binoculars. He brought them out and Reli looked at him extremely surprised. He looked straight at the object in the distance. It was moving whatever it was, and it was moving fast.
Reli took the binoculars and looked through them.
"The Gnaih" he said simply. "We have to run"
"Why?" The Doctor asked. "We are trying to get to their base, why run from them when we are trying to get to them, let them catch us it will be a lot quicker" He looked into Reli's eyes and saw pure fear, he was fighting the urge to run but he stood fidgeting. The Doctor stood up straight and waited for the Gnaih to reach them. When they were just a few seconds away the Doctor raised his hands to eye level to show he was surrendering. Reli copied.
The huge slimy creatures moved behind them both and herded them towards their base.
The Doctor was fascinated by their form, it was as if they were just a big bowl of yellow spaghetti and had fashioned arms and legs and eyes. He couldn't see a mouth, but that didn't mean they didn't have one. He had never seen anything like it, other than the Ood and the Axons; they were similar but not the same.
They soon reached the base. It was huge but it seemed to blend in with its surroundings. As they entered the Doctor looked all around him, the walls were bright white and everything was simple in structure. Reli looked terrified and looked as if he was about to run as fast as he could out of that place.
The Gnaih pushed the Doctor and Reli into an empty room and shut the door behind them. The Doctor went straight to the door and tried to open it, locked. He tried to sonic, deadlock. Damn, he thought. He hated being locked in. Reli was sitting in the corner holding his legs against his chest. The Doctor sat next to him. He hoped that Ivy was ok and wasn't thinking about doing something stupid.
As Ivy and Dija walked along the empty surface they talked about the Doctor and Reli. Dija told her that they had grown up together but she had lost contact with him since he lost his last sibling and that he wasn't the same since. Ivy didn't have much to tell her about the Doctor, other than he was a Time Lord, not human, and that they travel in time and space. She didn't want to tell her about her dreams, she wouldn't understand. As they began to slow so they could both have a drink, Ivy though about where The Doctor could be and if he was ok.
They soon reached the place where the TARDIS should have been. Ivy saw the big box shaped print on the ground but she also saw the Doctor's and Reli's footprints leading away from it.
"The TARDIS was gone when they got here" Ivy said.
"How do you know?" Dija asked.
"If it had been here there wouldn't be footprints leading away from it, they would have just disappeared" She explained. "Let's follow the tracks"
Dija didn't refuse to go along with Ivy, she just followed and hoped whatever Ivy was doing was the right thing to do.
After what seemed like hours of walking they soon found the base of the Gnaih. Dija seemed to flinch at the sight of it. Ivy turned to her.
"You don't have to do this you know" She said.
"I want to find Reli, I'm not going to lose him" Ivy smiled.
"You like him don't you?" She asked.
"What?" Dija asked surprised. Ivy just smiled knowingly.
"Yeah, I've always really liked him"
"Then let's get in there, we both have someone we care about in there" Ivy said pushing the huge door open.
The corridors were just as Ivy remembered. The walls were a hospital white colour and not many accessories. They walked straight for a while but turned left at the end. They hid every time a group of Gnaih passed.
"You think, they have the Doctor and Reli locked up?" Dija asked.
"I have a feeling they do" Ivy said trying not to panic. She had no idea what to do. She looked at a sign that was dangling on the ceiling. It said 'confinement'; Ivy guessed that's where Dija and she needed to be. They followed the signs until they came to a short corridor of rooms.
"You take that side, I'll take this side" They began checking each room to see if the Doctor and Reli were in any of them. Dija opened her third window that was on the door to look in. She smiled.
"Reli!" She said. Ivy turned around and ran to the door she was standing in front of.
"Dija?" Reli asked.
"Who is this Reli? A friend I'm guessing, nice to meet you I'm the Doctor, do you think you could get us out of here?" The Doctor asked quickly. Ivy gave a huge sigh of relief and went to find a release button.
"Ivy's just looking Doctor" Dija replied.
"Ivy? Ivy's here?" The Doctor asked.
"I'm here Doctor, you were gone way too long for my liking" She said loud enough for him to hear but not so much so that the Gnaih could hear. "Is the release button small or big?"
"In between, it's a white colour" The Doctor described.
"They're all white you prune"
"Then just guess" Ivy picked a random button, closed her eyes and pressed it. A siren went.
"I think I pressed the wrong one" Ivy said. She pressed a few others and eventually the door opened. The Doctor was the first to run out.
"Yeah I think you pressed the wrong one let's go!" The Doctor said grabbing Ivy's hand and running down the corridor. Reli and Dija were just behind them. They turned the first corner and ran straight into a group of Gnaih. The skidded to a halt, about turned and ran in the opposite direction. They were soon trapped and had to surrender again. One Gnaih grabbed Ivy's arm, along with Dija and dragged them away. The Doctor tried to stop them but he was dragged off in the other direction.
"Don't worry Ivy I'll find you" The Doctor shouted.
"I'm not worrying, I can look after myself" Ivy shouted back.
The Doctor was about to reply but was cut off by a Gnaih speaking to him.
"You will be taken back to you holding room, but this time you will be on your own so you can't escape" It said spitting slime from its invisible mouth. The Doctor was shoved into a small room which had a small screen on the far wall.
"What's that for?" he asked.
"You'll find out soon enough" The Gnaih answered.
The Doctor put his hands behind his back and looked around the room. He wasn't on his own as the Gnaih had told him. There was a small figure that was sitting in the corner in the shadows.
"Hello? I'm the Doctor, I'm not going to hurt you" The Doctor said. The figure looked up. "Easy, it's ok, what's your name?"
"You can't speak can you?" The Doctor felt sorry for this person. Whatever had happened to it must have been horrible. "Did the Gnaih do this to you?" The figure nodded slightly. "Ok don't worry I'm going to get you out of here, I'm going to help you" At that point the screen lit up. The figure immediately curled back up and shifted to the shadows. Whatever the Doctor was going to see, it wasn't going to be nice.
He moved to a better spot so he could see the screen better. A Gnaih dominated the screen.
"We have your friend Doctor, don't try to save her, resistance is useless" It said.
"Where is she?" He asked.
"She's here" the camera zoomed into Ivy's face. She looked like she was in pain, as if she had been tortured. "This will happen to you if try to escape Doctor, so I would think otherwise"
The Doctor was full of anger. No-one did that to his friends.
"I will get out, you can't do that to someone, I won't allow it" The Doctor said trying to stay calm. The Doctor turned away from the screen and tried using his sonic screwdriver to open the door.
"Don't do that Doctor"
"Why not?" The Doctor looked at the screen again and regretted it instantly. They were hooking Ivy up to something and it didn't look friendly. They switched the machine on and Ivy started to tremble in pain. They were shocking her. The Doctor moved away from the door and they stopped the machine. Ivy was out cold.
"Good decision Doctor" The screen went blank. He had to get out but he couldn't while they were watching him, he had to find the camera, destroy it and then get out and help Ivy.
Ivy was taken to what she saw in her dream, the central room. It was full of all the technology she recognised. Dija was just behind her. A chair, with what looked like the Chief Gnaih sitting on it, swivelled round and faced Ivy.
"Hi, I'm Ivy Godber and this is Dija, nice to meet you" She said trying to keep her voice level.
"Take that native out of here, she is not needed" They took Dija out of the room so quickly that Ivy couldn't say a word to stop them.
"There wasn't any need for that" Ivy said.
"I only need to speak with you Ivy Godber" He said spitting while he spoke.
"Really? Why do you need me? I'm not important"
"You are not of this world"
"Neither's the Doctor"
"He knows too much about space, you know so little"
"Oh thanks I'll take that as a complement" Ivy said "But why do you need to speak with me?"
"I need your help"
"Yes, we crash landed her years ago. We were brand new to space travelling and were terrified of this new world. The natives came to our ship with weapons we hadn't seen before; we saw this as aggression so we attacked them to defend ourselves"
"Oh so this whole fight was just a big misunderstanding?" Ivy asked.
"I'm afraid so, you see we are a peaceful race, we never meant to harm anyone"
"If you didn't want to harm anyone then why have you killed the Valarians?" Ivy asked finally starting to understand why she felt so sympathetic towards these creatures in her dream.
"We haven't killed anyone, we have just held them here until we can leave, unfortunately our power has all gone and we don't know where to get some more from, we are stranded"
"That's why you didn't kill the Doctor or Reli. I understand now, you just want to go home" Ivy felt so sorry for these aliens; she wanted to help but had no idea how. "But how can I help?"
"You know these natives, you can help us interact with them, we do not know their language but you seem to be able to speak our language and theirs, you can tell them we mean no harm"
"That may be difficult"
"You won't help us"
"I didn't say that, of course I'll help you, however I am going to need the Doctor, he will help as well, I'm sure he will"
"We can bring him here" The Chief signalled for one of them to get the Doctor.
"And you need to release Dija and Reli, let them go; we can sort the rest of the hostages later"
"Done" He signalled again for Dija and Reli to be released. Ivy smiled; she was going to help stop a huge fight that was a big misunderstanding. She just needed the Doctor now and it wouldn't be long until he got there. "We need to show you something Ivy"
"Go ahead chief"
"Yeah you're in charge aren't you? Or do you prefer commander or sir?"
"Oh no I like chief, anyway part of our way of keeping the natives scared so they would keep away we have special technology that they are not familiar with"
"Show me" Ivy said sternly.
The Door opened slowly to the Doctor's room.
"You are to come with us" The Gnaih said.
"Damn right I'm coming, you have my friend!" He walked briskly to where the Gnaih were taking him. He slipped out his sonic screwdriver and set the frequency to 164.8, a setting that would emit a high pitch sound that would disable the Gnaih long enough to get Ivy out and for them to escape. The Doctor recognised the room he was taken to, Ivy had described it to him the other night. He brought his sonic up to his eye level.
"Where's Ivy?" he asked. A Gnaih looked at him. "Where is she?" He asked again. The Gnaih started to approach him and he didn't look friendly. He hit the button and the Gnaih went down like skittles in a bowling alley. He looked around for Ivy and saw her at the control buttons. She was staring at him in horror. She clutched her ears and fell to her knees. The Doctor ran to her and grabbed her by the arm. She fought against him. He took his finger off the sonic.
"Come on let's get out of here" The Doctor said.
"What are you doing Doctor?" She asked.
"Rescuing you I think"
"I don't need rescuing, I'm helping the Gnaih"
"But they were torturing you I saw it, no one needs to be tortured to get a message across"
"They weren't hurting me Doctor, look at me; do I look like I'm hurt?" The Doctor looked her up and down. She looked just like she did when he last saw her.
"No" He replied.
"No, if you just stopped and asked instead of jumping to conclusions you would know that the Gnaih have technology that can simulate a person being tortured" Ivy said while helping the chief of the Gnaih to his feet or rather his tentacles "They use it to scare off the Valarians, it made them safe from harm, yeah it came at a price sometimes but they were just scared, wouldn't you be scared if you had just discovered space travel, and you land on your first new planet and there are people coming at you with bows and arrows? I would, you would think they were attacking you." The Doctor just stood silently. Ivy was really upset at the way he had behaved. He didn't believe it himself; he didn't know why he acted like that.
The Chief was back on his feet but was still swaying from side to side obviously still dizzy.
"They asked me for my help, but I said I needed you to help me to help them, if that makes sense. I also said they need to release Reli and Dija and they have. They are peaceful creatures Doctor, they didn't want anyone hurt. They haven't killed anyone they have just held them as hostages" Ivy explained.
"We only killed one native and that was through desperation, we didn't want to kill him but he threatened our life support, we shot him only meaning to wound him but he didn't make it. We are very ashamed of ourselves that is why we decided to take the natives as hostages and just scare them, we fed them and gave them whatever they needed and we were going to release them as soon as we could leave" The Chief clarified.
"But they couldn't because they couldn't find any fuel or energy to get their ship moving. They couldn't go and ask the people because they would shoot them dead instantly, all they could do was sit and wait until someone else came to help. I thought you would Doctor, I knew you would but you just jumped to your own conclusion, you didn't stop to hear the other side of the story." Ivy said sounding hurt "I thought the Gnaih were the monsters here, but they're not, you are Doctor, you're the biggest monster of all. I thought you were brilliant, amazing, incredible, someone who I could finally trust. You've let me down, it's not the first time I've been let down but it's the one that hurts the most. After all this is over, if we survive I want to go home, it's better than travelling with you"
The Doctor was astonished at what Ivy had said. He had let her down, he hated himself for that. He thought he could help her with her dreams, find out whom or what was giving them to her, he had to fix this. And he would, all he had to do was find their ships power source, fill it up, send the Gnaih home, release the prisoners and hopefully everything would be alright. He looked Ivy right in the eyes.
"I'm so sorry for what I've done to you, I'll take you home once I've sorted this mess out, I promise" He said. He went to the control panel and found the energy source they needed. "You need something called light-harev energy, I have some in the TARDIS, you happen to have that? It a big blue box"
"Yes, it's in the hold, one of my people will take you down there" The Chief said. The Doctor left with one of the Gnaih and Ivy watched him go.
Ivy went to see that all of the Valarians were ok and in good health and they all were except one. She sat with her to explain what was going on and what was going to happen. She seemed to calm down and stop shaking but Ivy knew she would need some mental help. Obviously she was a victim of the technology that the Gnaih possessed.
All of a sudden an alarm rang loud over the speakers. Ivy stood up quickly and headed for the door.
"Intruder! Intruder! Ivy Godber and The Doctor to report to the main base immediately!" A voice said on the intercom. Ivy began to run.
She realised that this was the beginning of her dream. She felt her jeans pocket and hoped that the battery she had taken out was the right thing to do to stop the bomb going off. She kept running until she reached the main control room and there was Reli holding the bomb. She sighed and The Doctor came in behind her.
"Reli, don't, whatever you do, do not detonate that bomb. You have no idea why The Gnaih came here in the first place" He said.
Again Reli looked at the Doctor.
"I don't want to hear it, they are savages Doctor and they need to be stopped!" he said as he slammed the bomb into the floor. She heard the Gnaih screaming in fear but nothing happened this time. Ivy gave a huge sigh of relief.
"Why won't this thing work?" Reli said furious.
"I took the battery out" Ivy said showing him the battery.
"Why? These creatures are evil" He said.
"Not evil, just scared, Reli I think you and I need to talk, Ivy give this to the Gnaih chief will you?" the Doctor said giving Ivy a box of some sort.
After a few hours the Doctor had explained to Reli why the Gnaih were really there and what happened. Reli seemed to calm down and apologised for his behaviour. The Gnaih released all of the hostages which included all of Reli's family and thanked Ivy and the Doctor for their help and left.
The Valarians also thanked them for all the help they had given them. Reli came up to them with Dija holding his hand lovingly. Ivy smiled at that.
"We will build a new world Doctor, a world where everyone is welcome no matter what you look like. Please visit in the future, you both will always be welcome" Reli said with sincerity in his voice. Ivy and the Doctor went back to the TARDIS, which the Doctor had moved off the Gnaihs' ship earlier, and went inside. The Doctor dematerialised the magnificent ship and looked at Ivy. He sighed; he had to keep his promise.
After a few minutes the TARDIS landed.
"Here you are Ivy, just like I promised, you've been gone a few minutes" The Doctor said miserably. He didn't want her to go, she was fascinating to him. Plus he wanted to find out more about her dreams. "I'm sorry what I put you through, if you want I can wipe your memory"
"Why would I want that?" Ivy asked.
"So you can forget me" He answered.
"Doctor, I'm sorry for what I said, I was upset, really upset. I wanted to help the Gnaih and was just caught up in my anger. I didn't mean to say you are a monster"
"I am though; I shouldn't have jumped to conclusions"
"Everyone does that from time to time. Truthfully I don't want to go, I want to see more, maybe the past, plus I want to find out why I'm getting these dreams, you're the only guy who can help me with that. So, can I stay a bit longer?" She asked. The Doctor gave a huge smile.
"I don't want you to go either. Of course you can stay Ivy Godber" He almost shouted. He hugged her hard and then realised what he was doing a let go.
"Sorry you don't like being touched" He said.
"Maybe I don't mind being hugged by you" She said hugging him again.
"Right ok then, where to next? Oh maybe to the future this time, you can see the first landing on Venus, that's great that, oh or to the past, you can meet anyone you want, not Shakespeare though, or Vincent van Gogh, or Agatha Christie, already met them and many others" The Doctor rambled. Ivy smiled at him.
"I don't mind, as long as I'm not in this time period I don't care!" She said.
The Doctor and Ivy go back in time to meet Bram Stoker and battle a mythical creature!