Series 3 AU with Rose! This is a sequel to my stories, "The Girl in the Stalking Spaceship", "Age of Bronze", "Lantern Extinguished", "Gravity Schmavity", "Love and Monsters", "Show Her, Tell Her", "Ghost of a Chance", "Doomsday Averted", "Runaway Bride", "The Smiths and Miss Jones", "The Shakespeare Code", "Gridlock", and "Daleks In Manhattan".

This is not a complete rewrite, but should be more than just re-watching the episode with Rose.

Thanks much to GSRgirlforever for beta'ing!

Disclaimer: Surprise, surprise, I don't own Doctor Who. Nor do I get anything from writing these stories--except wonderful, constructive reviews! Wink, wink; nudge, nudge ;)

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Chapter 1, Ex-term-i--Wait

The Doctor watched Dalek Sec look over the group of prisoners.

"These humans will become like me," Sec declared.

As the other Daleks and pig-men moved in, the Doctor stepped back with Rose, hiding behind some machinery.

"Got a plan?" Rose asked quietly.

"Oh, plans are overrated," he whispered. The Doctor looked over the various pipes, machines, and--"As a matter of fact," he told Rose, picking up a radio, "I have." He pulled out his sonic screwdriver. "I'll distract them, you make sure the way's clear back into the tunnel, alright?"

He looked hard at her, hoping she wouldn't give him an argument just now. Fortunately, she nodded, and slipped away.

The Doctor turned on the radio, then stepped out from his hiding spot once he'd gained the Daleks' attention.

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Rose moved quickly to the door, relieved to find it wasn't locked.

She looked back to the Doctor and felt her throat constrict as she watched him stride calmly out in front of the Daleks. She couldn't hear exactly what was being said, but she was amazed to see that Dalek Sec was apparently holding the other Daleks off from exterminating the Doctor.

After a few moments' discussion, however, the Doctor aimed his screwdriver at the radio. It emitted a high-pitched wail, causing Sec to grasp his head in pain.

"Run!" the Doctor shouted at the prisoners.

Without orders from the Daleks who were moving to protect Sec, the pig-men stood idle while the prisoners ran towards Rose.

"This way!" she shouted, throwing the doors open and leading the way into the tunnel.

Martha and Frank were quickly at her side. "You know the way?" Rose asked Martha as they ran. A junction was coming up, and Rose had no clue which way to turn.

"I was kinda hoping you did," Martha admitted.

Rose skidded to a halt at the junction, but the Doctor suddenly appeared at her side, taking her hand and pulling her to the left. "Come on! Move, move, move, move, move!" he encouraged the group behind them.

As they turned the next corner, Rose was startled to see Tallulah. "What're you doin' down here still?" Rose asked.

"What's happened to Lazlo?" was her only reply, as she looked over the former prisoners running towards her.

"Just run!" the Doctor told her.

Rose glanced back, and realized she couldn't see Lazlo, either. He had been with the pig-men guards. Had he stayed behind?

A few turns later, the Doctor had led them to a ladder. He sent Rose up first with the sonic to open the cover in case it was locked. "Come on, everyone up!" she heard him shout from below.

The cover was open, and Rose climbed quickly out into the cold night air. She helped everyone up after her, until the Doctor finally emerged. He accepted the sonic back, welding the manhole cover in place.

"Can't they still get through that?" Rose asked as they walked quickly away towards the group now huddled on the sidewalk.

"Could, but I'm hoping not," the Doctor told her. "Their power cells have got to be nearly drained. I doubt they could even fly in their current state."

He led her to the head of the group, where they happily greeted Frank and Martha more properly. Then the Doctor took in their surroundings. "Hooverville . . . this way?" he said, then marched the group off towards the park.

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Martha warmed her hands at the fire, while the Doctor tried to convince the Hooverville residents to disperse.

"I'm sorry, Solomon," the Doctor said. "You've got to scatter. Go anywhere. Down to the railroads, travel across state, just get out of New York."

"There's got to be a way to reason with these things," Solomon protested.

Martha shook her head, remembering the proudly inhuman responses she'd gotten from the Daleks. "There's not a chance," she told him.

"You ain't seen 'em, boss," Frank told Solomon.

Martha glanced up at the Doctor and Rose. To her surprise, they didn't agree with her as readily as she'd expected. But after an indecipherable look passed between them, the Doctor turned back to the group.

"Daleks are bad enough at any time, but right now they're vulnerable, and that makes them more dangerous than ever," he said.

Before Solomon could reply, a shout rose up from the perimeter. "They're coming! They're coming!"

"A sentry," Solomon explained. "Must have seen something."

Martha got to her feet as a man came running into the circle around the fire. "They're here! I seen 'em!" he exclaimed. "Monsters! They're monsters!"

Tallulah gave a slight whimper at the announcement of "monsters".

"It's started," was all the Doctor said.

"We need to get out of the park," said Martha, turning to face him.

"Which way are they comin' from?" Rose asked the sentry.

"They're on all sides," the Doctor answered for him. He was looking at the surrounding tree line. "They're driving people back towards us."

Tallulah moved closer to the fire. "We're trapped," she said, staring out into the darkness.

"Then we stand together," said Solomon, proudly. "Gather 'round."

A few shots were fired at the surrounding pig-men, as the Hooverville residents were pressed into a tight circle around the fire.

"If we can just hold them off till daylight--" Martha began.

"Oh, Martha," said the Doctor. "They're just the foot soldiers."

Martha saw him staring up at the sky, and turned to see what he was looking at.

Two Daleks had appeared, heading right towards them.

"Not completely drained, then," Rose said from behind her.

"What in this world . . ." Solomon trailed off.

Suddenly, the Daleks opened fire on the settlement, destroying the surrounding shacks and whomever happened to be in their way.

"The hu-mans will sur-ren-der," the first Dalek ordered.

The Doctor pushed his way into the open, Rose at his side. "Leave them alone!" he ordered. "They've done nothing to you!"

"We have located the Doctor!" announced the second Dalek.

"And the destroyer of the Emperor!" the first added. He trained his weapon on Rose and the Doctor. "I will be the destroyer of our greatest enemies," he gloated.

"No!" shouted Martha, but the Daleks ignored her. She saw the Doctor try to push Rose behind him, but she still held onto his arm.

"Ex-ter-min--" the Dalek began, but then unaccountably paused. "I do not un-der-stand," he said, as if to himself. "It is the Doc-tor."

The Doctor looked at Rose, then back at the group. Martha felt as confused as he seemed.

"The urge to kill is too strong," the Dalek said, but then, as if struggling with the words, said, "I . . . o-bey."

The Doctor shouted up to the Daleks, "What's going on?"

"You will fol-low," the Dalek instructed him.

Martha closed her mouth, realizing it had dropped open in her astonishment. They hadn't killed him. After all the Doctor had told her about the Daleks in the Time War . . . .

The Doctor turned to Rose. "Rose--" he began, but she cut him off.

"Don't even try," she said, evenly.

Martha realized he meant to go with them, they both did. "No! You can't go!" she said.

"We've got to go," the Doctor told her.

Solomon stepped up next to her. "They're killers, you said," he argued with the Doctor. "Look what they've done here, already."

"The Daleks just changed their minds," the Doctor replied. "Daleks never change their minds."

"But what about us?" Martha asked.

The Doctor turned back to the Daleks. "One condition!" he told them. "If I come with you, you spare the lives of everyone here! Do you hear me?"

After a pause, the first Dalek agreed. "The hu-mans will be spared. Fol-low."

The two made to do just that, when Martha stepped up beside them, not really knowing what she could do, but wanting to help. "Then I'm coming with you," she announced.

The Doctor turned to her. "Martha, stay here," he urged her, quietly. "Do what you do best. People are hurt. You can help them. Let us go."

She watched as they strode off after the Daleks. She felt a hand on her shoulder, and turned to see Solomon beside her.

Martha wondered if she'd ever see those two again. As if reading her mind, Rose called over her shoulder, "We'll be back."

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To be continued.

Hmm. Solomon's alive with Martha and Tallulah in Hooverville . . . and they haven't got any psychic paper. What's going to happen next?