Hi! Here's the next chapter. Getting closer to Rose. And Martha finally realises why she never had a chance.

Sorry, not saying much right now… I have a massive headache, and my friend is distracting me with Soul Eater.

We had a Doctor Who party last night. It was awesome. I went as 'Boom Town' Rose / Bad Wolf. It was fun.


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Sending her Home

Lithium, don't want to lock me up inside.
Lithium, don't want to forget how it feels without...
Lithium, I want to stay in love with my sorrow.

Don't want to let it lay me down this time.
Drown my will to fly.
Here in the darkness I know myself.
Can't break free until I let it go.
Let me go.

.oO*Oo.

Jack led the strange Doctor and his new… future… whatever… companion into the Hub. The second the large cog rolled out of the way, he was bombarded by his team mates.

"Jack! What the hell was that?" Gwen said. "Where do you think you were going? And who the hell are they?"

"These are some old friends of mine… kind of. It's complicated," he said. "This is a past version of my friend who is trying to save his present self. And this is his present-self's friend. But the point is that I've been looking for the other version of him for a very long time. They need my help to save him. Tosh, we're going to need to watch the Canary Warf footage."

"But it's too damaged," she said. "I've already told you everything I could."

"He can fix it."

"…And what about Rose?"

Jack sighed deeply. "I'm just going to have to deal with it," he said. "It's about time I knew what happened."

"What's this?" Gwen asked.

"Does this have something to do with that depressive week you had last year?" Owen said.

"Owen!" Tosh warned him. "It's a friend of his… she died in the battle."

"Oh, you and your bloody 'friends'."

"Owen!"

"I would watch your mouth, Owen," Jack said. "I have my gun. Insult Rose one more time and I won't care that you can't come back. Besides… payback for shooting me." Owen said nothing more, choosing only to send a glare at Jack.

"I've set the footage up to be played in the meeting room," Tosh said quietly. Jack nodded and led his guests in with him. He stopped at the door when he saw that Gwen was tagging on at the back.

"And where do you think you're going?" he asked her.

"I want some answers," she said.

"Yeah, we all do," he shot back. Then he sighed. "Fine. But you stay quiet, okay?" Gwen nodded and he let them into the room. He saw that the video was all ready to play. The Doctor took out some sort of pencil like device that he only recognised as a sonic-screwdriver when the Time Lord started to use it on the computer.

"There, that should do it," the Doctor said, putting the sonic back in his pocket. "Alright, let's see if my theory is correct… And I hope to Rassilon it is."

Jack pressed play and a horribly white room showed up. In the shot were Rose, the Doctor, an older woman who looked a lot like Rose, an older man, a black guy and a blonde one. Jack pressed pause.

"Alright, that's Rose, the other lady's her mother, the black guy is her friend, Mickey… I think the bald guy is her dad, but… he died when she was a baby… And I don't know who anyone else is."

"Pinstripes there is the Doctor," Martha told him.

"Wow… not too bad, Doctor," he said appreciatively. The Doctor next to him looked at him oddly for a moment.

"51st century?"

"Yep."

"What is?" Gwen said.

"Me," he told her. "It's when I was born. Honestly, where did you think I got my vortex manipulator from?"

"Time Agent?" the Doctor asked him.

"Ex… Come on, let's watch." He pressed play again, and the figures on screen began to move.

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They watched as the Doctor raced around, explaining what he was going to do with an excited Rose following behind. But things got serious when she realised that they would be sucked into the void as well.

'We're all contaminated. We'll get pulled in,' Rose said.

'That's why you've gotta go,' the Doctor told her. She just stared at him, not quite getting it. 'Back to Pete's world. - Hey, we should call it that, 'Pete's World'. - I'm opening the Void, but only on this side. You'll be safe on that side.'

'And then you close it. For good?' the baled man they assumed was Pete asked.

'The breach itself is soaked in Void Stuff; in the end it'll close itself. And that's it. Kaput.'

'But you stay on THIS side...?' Rose said.

'But you'll get pulled in,' Mickey protested.

'That's why... I got these.' The Doctor ran and grabbed two big red things. Rose stayed still, looking somewhat like she'd been slapped in the face. 'I'll just have to hold on tight - I've been doing it all my life.'

'I'm supposed to go,' Rose said, her voice starting to tremble.

'Yeah.'

'To another world, and then it gets sealed off.'

'Yeah.' It was obvious from his tone of voice that he liked it as much as her and didn't want to talk about it. Instead he just fiddled with the computers

'Forever?' Something about that word made her laugh incredulously. 'That's not gonna happen.' The building shook and Pete went all business mode.

'We haven't got time to argue, the plans works, we go in. You too. ALL of us.' He put something around Rose's mum's neck.

'No, I'm not leaving him!' Rose said angrily.

'I'm not going without her,' her mother said.

'Oh, my God. We're GOING!'

'I've had twenty years without you, so button it. I'm not leaving her.' But Rose turned to her.

'You've GOT to.'

'Well, that's tough!'

'Mum... I've had a life with you for nineteen years. But then I met the Doctor and... all the things I've seen him do for me. For you. For all of us. For the whole... stupid planet and every planet out there. He does it alone, Mum.' They watched as the Doctor pulled something from his pocket - it looked like the thing Rose's mum was wearing - watching Rose all the while. He looked so sad. 'But not anymore. 'Cause now he's got me.' She took a step back and he placed the thing from his pocket around her neck. 'What are you-?'

Pete quickly pressed his identical one, there was a bright flash and everyone but the Doctor disappeared. He just continued to stare sadly at the spot where Rose had stood.

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"What the hell was that?" Martha said.

"Dimension Jump," the Doctor told her. "They somehow have a device that can take you from one dimension to another… it would only be working because the walls of the universe are so thin. That will be why her father is alive. He's a parallel version."

"So, he just sent her away?!"

"It's not the first time he's done it," Jack said. "But Rose was stubborn. She wouldn't have just let that happen."

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Indeed no sooner had he finished speaking, there was another bright flash and Rose was back where she stood.

'I think this is the on switch...' she said. The Doctor started and ran over her. He grabbed her roughly by the shoulders and stooped so he could look her right in the eyes.

'Once the breach collapses, that's IT,' he said, trying to get the importance across to her. 'You will never be able to see her again. Your own mother!'

Rose just looked at him calmly, but when she spoke, her voice trembled. 'I made my choice a long time ago, and I'm never gonna leave you.' The Doctor stared at her, utterly bewildered.

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"See," Jack said quietly. They continued to watch silently as the two of them went around getting ready, quickly falling back into their usual banter. From the sound of things, both the Daleks and the Cybermen were on their way.

They went over to a lever each, on either side of the wall and attached the clamps, the Doctor giving her quick instructions. Then they pushed their lever up and quickly held onto their clamp.

For a while it worked just fine. Daleks and Cybermen flew past them in torrents, but they stayed on their clamp. Then the lever by Rose sparked and slipped down. She tried to reach for it, and the Doctor warned her to keep holding on… he sounded so desperate. In the end, she had to let go of the clamp and push the lever up. Soon the pull became too strong for her… and she slipped.

She fell towards the Void, the Doctor screaming her name. Then, just at the last second, Pete appeared and caught her. There was barely a second for the Doctor to realise what happened before they jumped back to wherever Pete had come from.

A few minutes later the pull of the Void died down. There was nothing else being sucked into it and it folded in on itself… Rose didn't come back.

They watched as the Doctor walked up to the white wall at the back where the Void had been. He placed a hand on it and pressed against it, like if he tried hard enough he could go through… Nothing happened. Rose didn't return, and he couldn't get through.

Eventually, his hand fell from the wall, and he turned and walked away. Even from the video footage, one could see that his expression was one of a broken-hearted man.

The video ended.

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Everyone sat there in silence for a good while, then a smile spread across Jack's face and he jumped up with a whoop of joy.

"She's alive!" he cried.

"I still don't understand," the Doctor said. "If she's in a parallel universe, why doesn't he go to Gallifrey and ask for help?" Jack stopped his dancing and Martha looked up at the Doctor with wide eyes. Both had their mouths open as they struggled for something to say. This Doctor hadn't been through the Time War. He wasn't the last of his kind, yet.

"Let's… let's just say that he can't and leave it at that," Jack said.

"Alright then; luckily, I can. Jack, would you like to come with us? It would be best if, when we picked up Rose, she sees a face she recognises."

"Yeah, of course!" Jack said.

"Hold on," Gwen said. "So, you're trying to find that woman, so you can save that man, so you can find out what happened to you?"

"Pretty much," he said. "But they're my best friends. They did so much for me… I can't just leave them both to suffer."

"Then I hope you can do it. And come back fast, alright?" She got up and planted a kiss on his cheek.

"Thanks, Gwen. Tell the others I won't be long. I can be back five minutes ago." He shot a grin at Martha and the Doctor, who were the only ones who would get that.

"Alright then, let's go," the Doctor said. He took his hat out of his pocket, folded it out, put it on, and led his two future companions back to the TARDIS.

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Jack blinked as the TARDIS came to a smooth halt. He looked about in confusion. "Are we here?" he said.

The Doctor seemed to almost pout. "Why do you two keep asking that?"

"We're not used to the ride being this smooth," Martha said. She went to follow the Doctor as he stepped out of the TARDIS, but he stopped her just at the door.

"I'm sorry, but I'm afraid you can't come out here," he said. "We're on Gallifrey. Humans aren't allowed on Gallifrey at this point in time. I won't be a moment. I just need to get a Dimension Filter." He gave them an apologetic smile, then stepped out, closing the door behind him.

Martha and Jack were left standing there quietly in the strange white TARDIS. There was nowhere to sit, no where to lean. It was strange and unfamiliar and seemed rather distant. It made the both of them long for the aqua, coral TARDIS that they had both travelled in.

"So…" Martha said. They both looked awkwardly about the unfamiliar TARDIS. "What's she like anyway? The Doctor mentions her… but he never really talks about her."

"Rose?" Jack said. "She was only nineteen when I met her, but it didn't seem like she'd changed much from the video. Sweet, funny, stubborn… she liked to tease. I don't know what she was like before she met the Doctor, but he made her a better, brighter person. And she made him happy. It was pretty obvious to everyone - except maybe them - that they were in love. Heck, apparently even a Dalek saw it! I was in the process of a cunning plan to make them see it, when we all got split up."

"What happened then?"

"The three of us got transmatted into killer game shows in the future. I got put on some fashion show. Rose was on 'The Weakest Link'. Me and the Doctor broke in to get her out of there, but right then she lost the last round and was shot with a disintegrator beam. The Doctor was distraught… he was a different man back then, angry as hell. He was going to bring them down, one way or another. But then I found out that the disintegrator beam was actually a secondary transmat, taking people to a ship… a Dalek ship. They were using people to make more Daleks."

"I faced them when they did that," Martha said. "Killed the humans and turned them into shells to become Daleks that look like humans."

"Really?" Jack said, a little surprised. "That doesn't really sound like something they'd do… But this was different anyway. They were using human cells to make the creature in the case. They were still technically part human, so they hated themselves, they were insane. We got Rose away from them and set up to face them back at the Game Station. There were still a hundred or so people left on the bottom floor, but only a few came to help fight. They all died. Each and every one of them… they would have anyway. The Doctor figured out that the only way to get rid of the Daleks was with a Delta wave. Fries the brain cells. But there was no way to refine it; it would have killed everything, even the humans on Earth. 'Die as a human, or live as a Dalek', that's what he said. And I agreed with him. He sent Rose home with the TARDIS… tricked her, by my reckoning. That girl would never leave him, even if her life was in danger. You saw what he did at Canary Warf.
I was the last line of defence before they reached the Doctor… And they shot me. I woke up to find that every single Dalek had been turned to dust, and the TARDIS was dematerializing right in front of me. I was mortal before then, but I haven't been able to die since. Maybe the Doctor abandoned me because of that."

"Maybe he just thought you were dead," Martha said.

"Yeah, you have no idea how long I've hoped it was that. But what with the way this Doctor is treating me…"

"What do you mean?"

"I'm good at reading people," Jack said, crossing his arms. "He really wants to get away from me. He said I was… wrong."

"He said 'fixed point in time'."

"Which to him is wrong." Jack stopped talking when the door opened and the Doctor stepped back in, carrying a machine apart. He tried to ignore the way the Time Lord stiffened around him.

"Right, I just need to attach this Dimension Filter and we can go," he said. He opened a panel under the console and set to work.

"Didn't you say something about a dimension filter back on Crellion?" Martha said.

"Hmm? Oh, yes. I said that the multi-particle stabiliser you were holding was used in them. Well, they can be used for other things, but more often that not, on Gallifrey they are used to make Dimension Filters. It helps get to parallel universes. Breaks a hole open and stitches it back up. And the multi-particle stabiliser keeps it running. Without one, it's like putting diesel into a petrol engine."

"So, the Doctor's been trying to make a Dimension Filter?"

"Wouldn't surprise me," Jack sighed. The Doctor hummed his agreement.

"Only, it would be much harder if he couldn't go to Gallifrey. They have a special way of charging it up. To get the same power, he'd have to drag it through the Time Vortex, completely exposed, for a few months."

Jack and Martha said nothing, just watched him work. Jack wasn't very surprised, but Martha was boggled by the fact that the entire time that she had been travelling with the Doctor, he had been trying to get back to Rose.

Finally the Doctor stood up, dusted his hands off, and closed the panel. "Right, then." He grinned. "Let's bring Rose home."