Title: The Universe's Plan
Rating: PG (some violence)
Notes:This is my first huge Doctor Who fic so I hope it came out well. Please let me know what you think. Thank you to my beta reader, Mikki. :)
Disclaimers: This show and all related characters is property of the BBC.
Chapter 1: The Doctor's No Good Very Bad Holiday
The Doctor stepped from the TARDIS taking a deep breath of fresh air. He would be on his own for a week while Amy and Rory went on a space cruise for their honeymoon. He wasn't taking anything for granted, especially Amy Pond. She was the one who pretty much willed him back into existence. So while his friends spent some time alone, the Doctor decided to take a holiday of his own. A holiday from saving the universe.
However, the universe often had other plans for him.
Now seemed to be one of those times. As the Doctor walked along the beaches of Pintos Major, he felt as though he were being followed. He heard a sniffle behind him and turned around to see a young humanoid child standing there. She looked absolutely sad. What was it Amy said on Starship U.K.? He could never resist a child crying. Of course not! They were young and innocent (usually, but that was another story entirely). He took a tentative step towards her so as not to frighten her any more than she already was.
"It's all right; I'm not going to hurt you. I want to help you."
Instead of replying, she ran to the Doctor and slammed into him sobbing. The Doctor let out a small, "Oof!" as she did.
"There, there. We'll sort this all out and get you back to your parents."
Once she had calmed down a bit she looked up at him, her fingers playing with his bowtie. "The bad people took them," she whispered.
"What? What bad people?"
She shook her head. "I don't know."
The Doctor frowned as he thought about this. He had a few options. The first was to ignore it completely but that was out of the question. He couldn't just leave the young one out there all alone. He could bring her to the authorities and let them deal with it or he could just deal with it himself. The Doctor couldn't sit by and let anyone else handle this. Not at all.
"What's your name?"
"Rachel, I'm the Doctor and will be glad you help you find your parents."
She squealed and gave him a hug followed by a sloppy wet kiss on his cheek. "Thank you, Doctor!"
"Now, my dear Rachel, where did you last see your parents?"
Rachel pointed in the direction of the pier and whispered nervously, "Over there."
He nodded and they headed over. To anyone else it would seem like an ordinary pier, but the Doctor could see there was some type of perception field around it. Holding Rachel with one arm, he reached into his pocket for his sonic screwdriver and began to take readings. He could feel Rachel tensing as they neared the pier. The Doctor tried to calm her down with random words and in all honesty he wasn't paying a bit of attention to what he was saying.
"From Space?" Rachel asked suddenly.
"You came from space?"
The Doctor stopped mid-scan. "Yes. Yes I did. Does that frighten you?"
He realized that this girl was like Amy in that respect. Something scarier than a stranger happened to her. Her parents being taken away in front of her was the equivalent of the crack for Rachel. There was a loud rumble and the ground began to shake. Suddenly a man popped out of nowhere in front of them. He was a few inches taller than the Doctor and had piercing blue eyes.
"Who are you?"
The Doctor feigned offense at the fact this guy didn't know who he was. "I am the Doctor and this here is Miss Rachel. We're looking for her parents. Nasty time this poor child has had. Her parents go missing and she's left all alone. And who are you?"
"Colonel Maxton. I'm in charge here and if people are missing it's because the Lord of the Manor needs them for sport."
"Needs them for sport? What does that mean?"
Colonel Maxton laughed. It was enough to make Rachel bury her face in the Doctor's shoulder. "Oh a fight to the death, of course."
"What?" The Doctor's eyes widened. "That's just ridiculous! Who are they going to fight and why?"
"That is not your concern," Maxton replied. He paused, putting a hand to his ear to activate a radio. His grin grew wider. "Seems like my Lord would like to speak to you. You can ask him your questions. I doubt he'll answer but you can ask."
The Doctor nodded. "Fine. Bring me to him!"
"We find mama and daddy now?" Rachel asked as the followed Colonel Maxton through the front door and down the corridors.
"I hope so little one."
Colonel Maxton announced himself and led the Doctor and Rachel into a throne room. The Doctor felt as if he were heading to see the Wizard of Oz. The Lord of the Manor was sitting on a large throne and looking very important. Once the Doctor stood in front of this Lord he set Rachel on the floor. She gripped tightly to his jacket as he began to speak. "Hello! I'm the Doctor and this is Rachel. We came here looking for her parents who we know you have taken."
"To the point, Sir," the Lord said grinning. "I can do that. Yes we do have her parents. They were trespassing."
"Of course they weren't! They're on holiday and wanted to take a walk along a pier. It's typical of humans, on holiday. How about you let them go for the girl?"
The Lord was thoughtful for a moment. "Very well. We will let them go."
"Oh! That's great, thank you!" The Doctor was surprised, but he wasn t going to look a gift Judoon in the mouth.
"Colonel Maxton, you know what to do."
He nodded and left the room. Almost ten minutes later he came back with a young couple in tow. The woman smiled when she saw Rachel. "Oh, baby girl!"
"Mama!" Rachel exclaimed, rushing to her. She glanced behind her to see the Doctor. "He helped me find you!"
"Thank you so much!" she said.
The Doctor waved his hand dismissively. "All in a day s work." Suddenly strong arms grabbed his arms. "What is going on here?"
"Payment," the Lord replied.
"Payment?" The Doctor glanced at Rachel and her parents as he was taken away. "Oh."
Rachel began to cry. "No! Don't take the Doctor! Please!"
"It's all right, little one. I'll be fine."
"Daddy, do something!"
Rachel's father didn't know what he could do. He looked at the Doctor helplessly. The Doctor told him with his eyes not to worry about it. "Just go to Space Cruises and find Amy and Rory Pond. They can help!"
Amy was quite pleased to be on her honeymoon. Her second honeymoon since the first one nearly crashed into a planet, but she'd take what she could. Needless to say she was having a blast. She and Rory sat down at their table in the dining hall. Apparently space cruises were similar to Earth bound cruises. She looked around at the others assigned to their table. To her left were Drake and his cousin Amara. To Rory's right were Melena and her husband Max. The last two seats were still empty but she saw a young blonde woman take one of the seats.
The woman smiled as she sat and Amy thought the smile seemed familiar. "Hello," she said. "I'm Jenny."
"Are you all right?" Rory whispered, noticing her expression. "Amy?"
Amy nodded. "Yeah. Yeah, I'm fine."
It was two hours after dinner that Jenny came up to Amy. The two were just talking about places they'd been when Rory bounded up to them, out of breath. "I just got a call from the government at Pintos Major." Amy stared at him, knowing that it meant the Doctor was in trouble. "He sacrificed himself for a small family and now he's supposed to fight to the death."
Jenny watched the two with interest. "Who sacrificed himself? A friend of yours I suppose?"
"Yeah," Amy replied. "He does it all the time."
Rory nodded in agreement. "That's the Doctor for you. We should just resolve the fact that we're never going to get a complete honeymoon."
"The Doctor?" Jenny whispered. "I'm coming with you!"
"What? No! You don't need to do that. You don't even know him!" Amy said.
"Oh yes I do, Amy. He's my dad." Amy and Rory exchanged glances, but they knew they didn't have time to let Jenny explain that one. They needed to find a way off the ship. She grabbed them by the arms. "Come on, I can get us to Pintos Major in no time!"
Since she was the only one of them that had a way off the cruise ship, Rory and Amy had no choice but to go with her. Once the three were settled and Jenny took off, Amy finally asked the question that had been gnawing at her. "So how are you the Doctor's daughter?"