Goddess of Time by Peyton Halliwell Chapter One: Heart of the TARDIS

Disclaimer: I do not own Doctor Who and gain nothing from the creation of this story

AN: This is my therapy for Doctor Who, the show just kept breaking my heart, hence this story. It picks up during Parting of the Ways but I'm rewriting some of the second series.

He was calmer than he thought he would be, the last Time Lord about to be wiped off the face of the universe by the Daleks. The Time War would end, they would win, despite everything he had done, everything his people had fought and died for, the Daleks would still win. He closed his eyes finding solace in the knowledge that Rose was safe. That small fact brought him comfort despite the Dalek lasers pointed at him, despite the fact that he knew the universe was doomed, in the end Rose was safe and that was most important. That troublesome girl who had him wrapped around her finger was safe.

He heard the comforting sound of TARDIS' engines in his head and smiled slightly. That was until the Daleks started reacting and screamed out that the TARDIS was materializing. The Doctor's eyes snapped open and he spun to see his beautiful ship appearing behind him, where it had disappeared from not long before. The Emperor yelled out to his troops and to the Doctor but was cut off as the doors of the TARDIS flew open to reveal the form of a woman bathed in light.

The brightness spilled from the ship as he slowly uncovered his eyes and fell backwards in awe and horror. His face contracted through a hundred emotions as the form appeared before him and revealed itself to be Rose. "What have you done?!" He cried out in horror and fear as he climbed to his knees.

Tears ran down the face of Rose Tyler as she looked down at him and replied, "I looked into the TARDIS and the TARDIS looked into me." He felt his stomach drop at her words in raw fear,
"You looked into the time vortex, Rose no one is meant to see that!" The Daleks opened fire on Rose only to have her stop their attacks as her eyes glowed with the massive power running through her. "I am the BAD Wolf, I create myself. I take the words and scatter them in time and space. A message to lead myself here." She waved her hand and the words 'Bad Wolf' vanished from the sign and were indeed scattered in time and space.

The Doctor looked up at her in desperation, "Rose, you've got to stop this! You've got to stop this now! You've got the entire Vortex running through your head, you're gonna burn!" At his words, her eyes returned to normal as she looked right at him, here eyes swimming with emotion.
"I want you safe, my Doctor." She said in a low voice, desperation laced into the last two words. "Protected from the false god"
"You cannot hurt me." The Dalek Emperor exclaimed to her. "I am immortal."

"You are tiny. I can see the whole of time and space, every single atom of your existence, and I divide them." The glow returned to her eyes and she raised her hand, turning the Dalek foolish enough to attack her into dust. Tears ran down her cheeks as she spoke, her words growing louder and more forceful, "Everything must come to dust." The Doctor stared up at her as she raised her arms, "All things, everything dies." She unleashed her power on the Dalek soldiers who wilted into gold dust. " The time war ends."

"I will not die! I cannot diieee!" The Dalek Emperor screamed to no avail as Rose's eyes glowed brighter and she sealed it's fate and the fate of the fleet. All the Dalek ships vanished by her command into nothingness. The Doctor regaining himself looked back to her,
"Rose, you've done it, now stop"
"How can I let go of this? I bring life." She released her power into the body of their fallen friend Jack and he gasped as life returned to him.
"But this is wrong! You can't control life and death"
"But I can. The sun and the moon, the day and night... but why do they hurt?" The Doctor took her hands and begged her,
"Rose please let go," She returned her gaze to him, her eyes clearing, "Let go" He said, "Let go for me." They stared at each other, fear gripping him but she smiled and the golden light rushed out her and back into the TARDIS. He watched the doors close and stood, not letting go of Rose's hand. She looked up at him, "For you." She whispered before collapsing against him.

Captain Jack Harkness stared at the dust before him, running it through his fingers, trying to piece together what had happened. Shaking it off as the thought of the Doctor passed through his head he stood and ran. He rushed upstairs, hearing his heart beat in his ears and trying to ignore the idea of what had truly happened to him. He reached the room and slowed to a stop as he took in the scene before him. The TARDIS stood in the back of the room and the Doctor was lifting Rose off the floor. Rushing forward Jack stared down at Rose, aware of the Doctor's surprised look, "Is-is she?" The Doctor shook his head,
"No but open the door, I need to take her to the medical center."

Jack did as he was told and followed the Doctor inside, he didn't ask questions, the Doctor's face made it clear that this was not the time, but Jack did pause at the doorway of TARDIS to look back over the room. His eyes landed on the switch, a switch that hadn't been used. "Come on!" The Doctor yelled back and Jack closed the door.

The TARDIS was quiet, an event in itself as Jack busied himself with patching up the TARDIS with the Doctor. Neither said anything nor did they look directly at each other, both afraid of the other seeing their fear for Rose. Jack hadn't asked what had happened as the Doctor lay Rose down on an infirmary bed but the Doctor had quietly told him of her returning after absorbing the vortex as he stroked her hair. Wisely Jack hadn't commented on the Doctor's behavior but he had noticed the tenseness and the fear radiating from the Doctor. Never mind that the Daleks were finally and completely gone, Jack realized, that now the Doctor was facing something that scared him even more: losing Rose.

Jack had left the medical room after watching the Doctor hold Rose for what must have been an hour to return to the control room. He looked at the ship control, seeing it in a new light, he had found out before this about the heart of the TARDIS but now it had been Rose. He rested his hand on the controls and felt the ships vibrations. Slowly Jack pulled out his tools and set to work cleaning up the TARDIS. The Doctor joined him about half and hour later, taking a moment to tell him that Rose was still asleep and that his scan of her hadn't turned up anything.

The Doctor leaned against the doorframe, watching Rose sleep. She looked so peaceful but he still couldn't shake his fears. This small human girl had taken the vortex into her, he wasn't going to dismiss the possibility of anything right now. Walking forward he took out the sonic screw driver he scanned the girl again. He didn't have a clue what he was looking for, but he had a hard time believing that a human could hold the vortex that long without...

He stopped himself, he didn't want to think about what could have happened to Rose or to him. The Doctor sat down next to her and moved some stray strands out of her face. He still couldn't wrap his mind around it, Rose, his Rose had come back to certain death and then found a way to save them. She stopped the Daleks without sacrificing the Earth. Part of him was overcome with pride but another part of him was terrified at the possible consequences of her actions. He gripped her hand, slipping into the familiar and comforting action, he didn't want to lose her.