The Doctor stood there, regenerating when he leant over and stuck his arms out, the energy flowing into the jar under the console, containing his hand. Wait, his hand. Of course!
The Doctor stumbled back before gulping at us. "Now then. Where were we?" The three of us stared at him in disbelief. He grinned at us before getting on his hands and knees in front of the jar as it glowed at bubbled. "There now..." He leant forward and blew on the jar, making the glow fade away and the bubbling stop.
"You see?" I asked as The Doctor looked up at us, sitting up. "Used the regeneration energy to heal himself, but soon as he was done, he didn't need to change." I giggled as Rose stared at me in shock. Of course, the last time she saw we, I was completely clueless on this sort of thing. Now I was quite the expert.
"I didn't want to, why would I?" The Doctor asked, pouting, before he adjusted his tie with a smug expression. "Look at me! So, to stop the energy going all the way, I siphoned off the rest into a handy bio-matching receptacle, namely, my hand, my hand there, my handy spare hand!" He leaned over and grapped the belt loops on my jeans and pulled himself up, placing a kiss on my stoumach as he went before turning to Rose. "Remember, Christmas Day, Sycorax, lost my hand in a sword fight? That's my hand." He nodded towards the hand. "What d'you think?"
Rose walked slowly towards him as he let go of me, "You - you're still you?"
"I'm still me." He nodded, smiling. She grinned at him before hugging tightly.
"You can hug me, if you want." Donna said to Jack, making him laugh. "No, really, you can hug me!"
Suddenly, the console room went dark, making us all look up in shock. "They've got us!" I shouted, running round the console, with Rose still watching me with shock.
"Power's gone!" The Doctor groaned, running round towards me. "Some kind of..."
"Chronon loop!" We shouted in unison. The Doctor quickly pulled me back by the waist and I let out a small yelp as the TARDIS began to rock and we were pulled up into the sky.
The Doctor pushed past me and up to the scanner, ripping off the scan photo and handing it over to Jack, "Look after that." The Doctor said sternly. "We're not having the Daleks getting hold of that." Jack looked down at the photo before peering over at me, smiling slowly.
"Well then Miss Maxwell..." Jack smirked as Rose peered over and looked at the picture before her jaw dropped.
"Stop it." The Doctor called over warily.
"Yeah," Donna sighed happily, looking over at the picture. "Number 2 on the way."
"Number 2?" Rose asked, shocked.
Donna nodded, "Jenny."
"When is Doctor Jones returning home?" The Doctor asked. "Do you know? It's awfully quite around here without her and all her medical books all over the place."
"Seems like you've built a great life without me." Rose interrupted rudely, glancing away.
"We've done our best." I replied as she looked up at me and finally looked me in the eyes since she'd first arrived back.
"Anyway." The Doctor said awkwardly, turning to Jack as we all turned and leaned against the railing. "Do you have any idea where we're going?"
"There's a massive Dalek ship at the centre of the planets." Jack replied nervously. "They're calling it the Crucible. Guess that's our destination."
"You said these planets were like an engine." Donna said, frowning. "But what for?"
"Rose!" The Doctor exclaimed. "You've been in a parallel world, that world's running ahead of this universe. You've seen the future. What was it?"
"It's the darkness." Rose gulped.
"The stars were going out." Donna whispered.
"One by one. We looked up at the sky and they were just dying. Basically, we've been building this, um... this travel machine, this... this, er, Dimension Cannon, so I c- well, so, I could..."
The Doctor grinned, "What?" He asked.
"So I could come back." The Doctor's grin grew wider. "Shut up. Anyway, suddenly, it started to work and the dimensions started to collapse. Not just in our world, not just in yours, but the whole of reality. Even the Void was dead. Something is destroying everything."
"A canon?!" I asked. "Rose, no wonder the Void is dead, the dimension jumpers took up enough energy, especially in the middle of Canary Wharf, but a canon?!"
"I didn't think." Rose mumbled. "I had to get back, I had to..."
I shook my head and looked away.
"In that parallel world..." Donna began. "You said something about me."
"The Dimension Cannon could measure timelines, and it's... it's weird, Donna, but they all seemed to converge on you." Rose gulped, looking back to The Doctor.
"But why me? I mean, what have I ever done? I'm a temp. From Chiswick!"
A beep filled the room and The Doctor leaned towards the monitor.
"The Dalek Crucible." He said, breathing in sharply. "All aboard!"
"The TARDIS is secured." A Dalek's voice boomed through.
"Doctor, you will step forth or die." Another called.
"We'll have to go out." I sighed. "Cos if we don't, they'll get in."
"You told me nothing could get through those doors." Rose said.
"You've got extrapolator shielding!" Jack frowned.
"Last time we fought the Daleks, they were scavengers and hybrids and mad." The Doctor said, turning back and looking at them. "But this is a fully-fledged Dalek Empire, at the height of its power. Experts at fighting TARDISes, they can do anything. Right now, that wooden door... is just wood."
"What about your Dimension Jump?" Jack asked.
"It needs another 20 minutes, and anyway, I'm not leaving." Rose exclaimed.
"What about your teleport?" The Doctor asked.
"Went down with the power loss." Jack sighed, before looking round quickly. "Is there no way of getting Flo out of here?"
I laughed, "I'm not going anywhere!"
"You don't have a choice." The Doctor hissed.
I raised an eyebrow at him, "Don't I? I have my own body, one that's carrying your son if you remember."
"You're sounding like Hero." He whispered angrily.
"And that's a bad thing how?"
The Doctor stared back at me, frustrated, before looking back at everyone else. "Right, then, all of us together... Yeah."
I glanced over, noticing Donna's absence from the conversation as she stared into space. "Donna?" I asked.
Donna shook her head and looked over at us, "Yeah." She said.
"I'm sorry." The Doctor said. "There's nothing else we can do."
"Look, I know."
"Surrender, Doctor, and face your Dalek masters." A Dalek boomed.
"Crucible on maximum alert." Another screeched.
"Daleks." Rose laughed nervously.
"Oh, God!" Jack laughed.
"It's been good, though, hasn't it?" The Doctor asked. "All of us, all of it. Everything we did." He looked over at Donna. "You were brilliant." She smiled back at him before he turned to Jack. "And you were brilliant."
"And you were brilliant." I interrupted, smiling at Rose. She stared back at me, a bit shocked before giving me an awkward smile. Because the thing is, no matter how Rose ever treated me, I had missed her, and I always forgave her. God knows why.
The Doctor took a deep breath, taking my hand. "Blimey!" We walked forward and stepped out of The TARDIS with Jack and Rose following. We stepped out into a sort of spaceship with a red Dalek on a higher up level, the Supreme Dalek, with millions of other Daleks swarming the air.
"Daleks reign supreme. All hail the Daleks!" The Supreme Dalek boomed out.
"Daleks reign supreme. All hail the Daleks! Daleks reign supreme. All hail the Daleks!" The rest of the Daleks chanted. "Daleks reign supreme. All hail the Daleks! Daleks reign supreme. All hail the Daleks!"
"Behold, Doctor! Behold the might of the true Dalek race!"
The Doctor and I glanced back to find Donna wasn't with us, "Donna, you're no safer in there." The Doctor called back before suddenly, the doors slammed. "What?" He bolted back up to The TARDIS.
"Doctor? Flo?" Donna shouted, banging on the door from the inside. "What have you done?"
"It wasn't me, I didn't do anything!"
"Oi! Oi, I'm not staying behind!"
"What did you do?!" I shouted up at the Supreme Dalek.
"This is not of Dalek origin." The Supreme Dalek replied.
"Doctor! Flo!" Donna shouted.
"Stop it!" The Doctor called over his shoulder. "She's my friend, now open the door and let her out!"
"This is Time Lord treachery." The Supreme Dalek jeered.
"Me? The door just closed on its own!"
"Nevertheless, the TARDIS is a weapon and it will be destroyed." Suddenly, a trap door opened beneath The TARDIS and it dropped down.
"What are you doing?" I gasped, running towards the trap door for The Doctor to pull me back by the waist from the edge. "Bring it back!"
"What've you done, where's it going?!" The Doctor shouted as we looked back at the Supreme Dalek.
"The Crucible has a heart of Z-Neutrino Energy." The Supreme Dalek informed us. "The TARDIS will be deposited into the core."
"You can't, you've taken the defences down, it'll be torn apart!" I screamed.
"But Donna's still in there!" Rose shouted.
"Let her go!" Jack roared.
"The female and the TARDIS will perish together." The Supreme Dalek said. "Observe!" A holographic screen appeared, showing The TARDIS bobbing in the energy field. "The last child of Gallifrey is powerless."
"Please, I'm begging you, I'll do anything!" The Doctor begged. "Put me in her place, you can do anything to me, I don't care, just get her out of there!"
"You are connected to the TARDIS. Now feel it die!"
Both Rose and I walked up to The Doctor either side of him. I took one of his hands and Rose went to take the other, only for The Doctor to place it on my stoumach instead.
"It's going to be ok." I sobbed. "I promise."
"Total TARDIS destruction in ten rels, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one..." The TARDIS dissapeared inside the hot molten core. "The TARDIS has been destroyed. Now tell me, Doctor. What do you feel? Anger? Sorrow? Despair?"
"Yeah." The Doctor gulped.
"Then if emotions are so important, surely we have enhanced you?"
"Yeah?" Jack shouted, making us look round at him as he pulled out his gun. "Feel this!" He shot a few bullets at the Supreme Dalek, causing no harm.
"Exterminate!" The Supreme Dalek screeched before shooting at Jack. Jack collapsed to the floor, dead, and Rose gasped, running over and kneeling down at him.
"Jack!" She gapsed as me and The Doctor shared a look. "Oh, my God! Oh, no!"
"Rose, come here, leave him." The Doctor said quietly as we each took either one of Rose's arm, pulling her up.
"They killed him."
"I know. I'm sorry." I whispered.
"Escort them to the Vault." The Supreme Dalek ordered.
"There's nothing we can do." The Doctor mumbled.
"They are the playthings of Davros now."
Me and The Doctor looked down at Jack as we were lead away with Rose. He opened his eyes quickly and winked at us before we turned away.
"Activate the holding cells." Davros croaked. The holding cells activated along with the lights. I stood in the middle of The Doctor and Rose, each of us in a spotlight as Davros rolled towards The Doctor. "Excellent. Even when powerless, a Time Lord is best contained."
"Still scared of me, then?" The Doctor asked casually, reaching out and touching the edge of the holding cell, making it ripple with a blue light.
"It is time we talked, Doctor. After so very long."
"No no no no no, we're not doing the nostalgia tour, I wanna know what's happening, right here, right now, cos the Supreme Dalek said Vault, yeah?" The Doctor asked, looking around. "As in dungeon? Cellar? Prison?"
I smirked and looked over at Davros as he moved round so he was sat in front of both me and The Doctor. "You're not in charge of the Daleks, are you? They've got you locked away down here in the basement like, what, a servant? Slave? Court jester?"
"We have... an arrangement." Davros said dryly.
"No no no no, I've got the word." The Doctor laughed. "You're the Dalek's pet!"
"So very full of fire, is he not?" Davros snapped, moving towards Rose. "And to think you crossed entire universes, striding parallel to parallel to find him again."
"Leave her alone."
"She is mine, to do as I please."
"Then why am I still alive?" Rose asked.
"You must be here. It was foretold. Even the Supreme Dalek would not dare to contradict the prophecies of Dalek Caan." He flicked a switch on his panel and a spotlight turned itself of, and there sat Dalek Caan with his casing blown open, his true form hanging out.
"So cold and dark, fire is coming, the endless flames..." Dalek Caan said in a sing song voice.
"What is that thing?" Rose asked.
"You've met before." I said darkly, watching Caan. "The last of the Cult of Skaro. But it flew into the Time War, unprotected."
"Caan did more than that." Davros said, looking over at you. "He saw time, its infinite complexity and majesty, raging through his mind. And he saw you. All of you."
"This I have foreseen, in the wild, and the wind." Caan said. "The Doctor and his love will be here, as witness. At the end of everything. The Doctor and his precious Children of Time." Caan giggled out. "And one of them will die!"
"Was it you, Caan?" I screamed as The Doctor watched, angrily. "Did you kill Donna? Why did the TARDIS door close, tell me!"
"Oh, that's it!" Davros laughed. "The anger. The fire. The rage of a Time Lord who butchered millions, bled into this human woman. There he is! Why so shy? Show your companion. Show her what The Doctor has changed you into since you last met." I glanced over at Rose, who was watching me, a little surprised. Because yes, of course I had changed since we lost Rose. I'd turned into a dark, horrible and fearful woman, not like the sweet, innocent girl who ran out of a warehouse from a Graske, the girl who didn't have a backbone, who couldn't stand up to a few snide comments from Rose. "Dalek Caan has promised me that, too."
"I have seen." Caan giggled. "At the time of ending, the Doctor's and his woman's souls will be revealed. And the truth will be told."
"What does that mean?" The Doctor asked.
"We will discover it together." Davros grinned. "Our final journey. Because the ending approaches, the testing begins." He turned round, about to roll off.
"Testing of what?" I asked.
Davros turned back round, "The Reality Bomb." He said, as if it was obvious. "Behold the apotheosis of my genius!" He flicked a switch on his panel and a holographic screen appeared, showing a group of people standing together, standing underneath a gelled green circular pad, held up by a metal structure.
"...two, one, zero." The Supreme Dalek's voice boomed through from the screen. "Activate planetary alignment field!"
"That's Z-Neutrino energy... flattened by the alignment of the planets into a single string." The Doctor began before turning to Davros in horror. "No! Davros! Davros, you can't! You can't! NO!"
We watched as the prisoners disappeared, breaking into atoms then nothing.
"Doctor?" Rose asked nervously. "Flo? What happened?"
"Electrical energy, Miss Tyler." Davros said slyly. "Every atom in existence is bound by an electrical field. The Reality Bomb cancels it out. Structure falls apart. That test was focused on the prisoners alone. Full transmission will dissolve every form of matter."
"Stars are going out..." Rose whispered.
"The 27 planets." I gulped. "They become one vast transmitter. Blasting that wavelength..."
"Across the entire universe. Never stopping, never faltering, never fading." Davros smirked. "People and planets and stars will become dust, and the dust will become atoms, and the atoms will become... nothing. And the wavelength will continue, breaking through the Rift at the heart of the Medusa Cascade into every dimension, every parallel, every single corner of creation! This is my ultimate victory, Doctor! The destruction of reality itself!"
I gulped, shaking my head. "The end of days." I whispered.
Suddenly, a holographic screen appeared in the Vault.
"This message is for the Dalek Crucible, repeat, can you hear me?" Martha's voice came through.
"MARTHA!" I shouted, trying to bolt forward only to stumble back because of the holding cell.
"Put me through." The Doctor begged.
"It begins. As Dalek Caan foretold." Davros smirked.
"The Children of Time will gather." Caan giggled. "And one of them will die!"
"Stop saying that! Put me through!" The Doctor shouted.
"Doctor, Flo!" Martha sighed. "I'm sorry. I had to."
"Oh, but the Doctor and his love are powerless." Davros said smugly. "My prisoner. State your intent."
"I've got the Osterhagen Key." Martha said, holding up the Osterhagen key. "Leave this planet and its people alone. Or I'll use it."
"Osterhagen what? What's an Osterhagen Key?!"
"There's a chain of 25 nuclear warheads, placed in strategic points beneath the Earth's crust. If I use the key, they detonate and the Earth gets ripped apart."
"What?! Who invented that?! Well, someone called Osterhagen, I suppose."
"Martha, are you insane!?" I gasped. "Luke, Rani, Maria and Clyde are still on Earth, and I swear girl I will kill you myself!"
Martha gave a small smile, "Nice to see you're still you, even in a massive panic like this." She immediately sobered, clutching the key tightly. "The Osterhagen Key is to be used, if the suffering of the human race is so great, so without hope... that this becomes the final option."
"That's never an option!" The Doctor said.
"Don't argue with me, Doctor! Cos it's more than that. Now, I reckon the Daleks need these 27 planets for something, but what if it becomes 26? What happens then? Daleks? Would you risk it?"
"She's good." Rose nodded.
"Who is that?"
"My name's Rose. Rose Tyler."
"Oh, my God!" Martha gasped, her jaw dropping as she quickly glanced at me before back to Rose. "They found you."
"Second transmission, internal!" A Dalek called.
"Display!" The Supreme Dalek ordered. A second screen appeared with Jack holding Mum's warp star high, with Mum, Mickey and Jackie in the background. WAIT. JACKIE AND MICKEY. I grinned with shock. Oh how I had missed them two. They were here and- MUM.
"Captain Jack Harkness, calling all Dalek boys and girls!" Jack said. "Are you receiving me? Don't send in your goons, or I'll set this thing off!"
"He's still alive!" Rose gasped before spotting Jackie. "Oh my god, that-that's my mum!"
"And Mickey - Jack, what are you doing?" I asked.
"I've got a Warp Star wired into the mainframe." Jack said. "I break this shell, the entire Crucible goes up."
"You can't!" The Doctor shouted. "Where did you get a Warp Star?!"
"From me!" Mum said, stepping forward. "We had no choice. We saw what happened to the prisoners."
"Impossible." Davros gasped. "That face... after all these years."
"Davros? It's been quite a while. Sarah Jane Smith, remember?"
"Oh, this is meant to be! The Circle of Time is closing. You were there, on Skaro, at the very beginning of my creation."
"And I've learnt how to fight since then! You let the Doctor and my daughter go, or this Warp Star - it gets opened."
Davros looked back at me with shock. Of course, he didn't know I was the oh so famous Sarah Jane Smith's daughter, did he?
"I'll do it!" Jack threatened. "Don't imagine I wouldn't."
"Now that's what I call a ransom!" Rose grinned as The Doctor looked at the floor guiltily as I watched the screen. "Doctor? Flo?"
"And the prophecy unfolds." Davros said slyly.
"The Doctor's soul is revealed." Caan giggled. "See him! See the heart of him!"
"The man who abhors violence. Never carrying a gun. But this is the truth, Doctor. You take ordinary people and you fashion THEM into weapons. Behold your Children of Time, transformed into murderers. I made the Daleks, Doctor. You made this."
"They're trying to help." I said firmly.
"Already, I have seen them sacrifice today, for their beloved Doctor. The Earth woman, who fell opening the Subwave Network."
"Who was that?" The Doctor asked, looking up.
"Harriet Jones." Rose said sadly. "She gave her life to get you here."
"How many more? Just think! How many have died in your name?" Davros asked.
And then I thought, of all the people who had died since The Doctor had been travelling since after the war: Jabe, the Controller, Lynda, Sir Robert, Mrs Moore, Mr Skinner, Ursula, Bridget, the Face of Boe, Chantho, Astrid, Luke Rattigan, Jenny, River Song, the Hostess...
"The Doctor." Davros continued. "The man who keeps running, never looking back. Because he dare not, out of shame. This is my final victory, Doctor. I have shown you... yourself."
"Enough!" The Supreme Dalek snapped. "Engage defence zero-five."
Martha lifted up the Osterhagan key up menacingly, "It's the Crucible or the Earth."
Suddenly, everyone on the screen disappeared and reappeared in the fault a few feet away. Jack bolted over to Martha, pulling her up.
"Martha! I've got you, it's all right..." Jack said softly as Mickey helped Mum up.
"Don't move, all of you, stay still!" The Doctor called over.
"Guard them! On your knees, all of you. Surrender!" Davros ordered.
"Do as he says." The Doctor said weakly. The five of them shared a look with me before getting on their knees.
"And now everyone is here," Davros rolled over to me and stared menacingly. "I have you, the child with the timeline burning across the stars, to do as I please."
"Don't you dare hurt her!" The Doctor shouted at him.
"And why would I do that?" Davros asked, never looking away from me.
"You need me alive," I said calmly. "Because I've got the one thing you can use against him."
"And what is that?"
"His child." Davros rolled back a bit, looking shocked along with Mum, Mickey and Jackie too. I grinned slowly, realising I had the upper hand. "Cause it's true, it kept being repeated, and now it makes sense. I do have the universes biggest secret under my jumper." Davros just stared back at me.
"Mum, I told you not to!" Rose called over to Jackie in a low voice.
"Yeah, but I couldn't leave you." Jackie replied.
Davros looked away from me, addressing all of us. "The final prophecy is in place. The Doctor and his children, all gathered as witnesses. Supreme Dalek, the time has come! Now... detonate the Reality Bomb!" My face fell, I hadn't done enough to save us. The one time The Doctor needed me, and I'd failed.
"Activate planetary alignment field!" The Supreme Dalek boomed. "Universal Reality Detonation in 200 rels."
"You can't, Davros, just listen to me!" The Doctor begged. "Just stop!"
Davros laughed with insane delight, "Nothing can stop the detonation, nothing and no-one!"
Suddenly, wind began to blow through the Vault, and The TARDIS materialised inside the Vault slowly.
"But that's..." The Doctor began.
"Impossible!" Davros spat as The TARDIS door opened and a bright light filled the door frame. In the doorway stood... The Doctor. Hang on wait. It was a second Doctor, a new Doctor, with some sort of gun device in his hand.
"Brilliant!" Jack gasped. Suddenly, the new Doctor bolted out, sprinting towards Davros.
"Don't!" The Doctor shouted. Davros suddenly zapped at the new Doctor, a bolt of electricity flying through his finger. The new Doctor flew to the ground, looking up, stunned.
"Activate holding cell." Davros said, and a holding cell appeared around him. Suddenly, Donna ran out of The TARDIS- hang on, Donna! SHE WAS ALIVE. - and picked up the weapon, looking at it nervously.
"Doctor!" She called. "I've got it. But I don't know what to do!" Suddenly, Davros zapped her, sending her flying back towards the control panel in the centre of the room.
"Donna!" I screamed over.
"Donna! Are you all right, Donna?" The Doctor shouted.
"Destroy the weapon." Davros ordered, and one of the Dalek's shot at it, making it explode. "I was wrong about your warriors, Doctor. They are pathetic!"
"How come there's two of you?" Rose asked, shock.
"Human biological metacrisis." The Doctor said, looking around angrily.
"Never mind that, now we've got no way of stopping the Reality Bomb!" I sighed.
"Detonation in 20 rels... 19..." The Supreme Dalek began. One of the screens flicked over, showing all the 27 planets begin to glow with energy. "Stand witness, Time Lord! Stand witness, humans! Your strategies have failed. Your weapons are useless. And, oh. The end of the universe is come."
"... nine... eight... seven... six... five... four... three... two... one..." Suddenly, the countdown stopped and the screen disappeared. An alarm sounded and all of us, humans, Daleks and Doctors, looked around in confusion.
"Oh... opening teleports and closing all Z-Neutrino relay loops using an internalised synchronous back-feed reversal loop?" We all looked over at Donna standing by the control panel, flicking a switch. "That button there!" Wait, opening teleports? Suddenly, there was a flash of light and either side of me and The Doctor stood Hero and... my jaw dropped and tears filled my eyes as me and The Doctor looked at each other. Jenny. She was alive. And both holding massive guns, identical to Rose's. Oh well.
"Donna, you can't even change a plug!" The Doctor said, bemused as The Doctor and I looked back her.
"D'you wanna bet, Time Boy?" Donna grinned.
"You'll suffer for this!" Davros shouted, rasing his hand to zap her. Donna quickly flicked another switch, sending the electricity back into his arm, making him jolt. "Argh!"
"Oh, bio-electric dampening field with a retrogressive arc inversion?"
"Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!" The Daleks shouted, as we all watched in shock. Donna began fiddling with more switches, unbothered before looking up at the Daleks a grin. "Weapons non-functional."
"What?" Donna asked them. "Macrotransmission of a K-filter wavelength blocking Dalek weaponry in a self-replicating energy blindfold matrix?"
"How d'you work that out?" I asked, stunned. "You..."
"Time Lord!" The Metacrisis interrupted. "Part Time Lord!"
"Part human!" Donna finished, delighted. "Oh, yes! That was a two-way biological metacrisis. Half Doctor, half Donna!"
"The DoctorDonna!" The Doctor said in realisation. "Just like the Ood said, remember? They saw it coming! The DoctorDonna!"
"Holding cells deactivated." Donna said, flicking some switches and turning off the holding cells as Hero ran over to help her and Jenny ran over to Martha, helping everyone up. "And seal the Vault. Well, don't just stand there, you skinny boys in suits! Get to work!"
The Doctor and I shared a look before the both of us, and the Metacrisis, ran up to the control panel
"Stop them!" Davros shouted. "Get them away from the controls."
Donna flicked another switch and turned a dial. "Aaand spin."
The Daleks started to spin around, helpless, which made me smile really.
"Help me, help me!" A Dalek cried.
"Aaand the other way." Hero said, repeating the process.
"What are you doing here?" I asked him.
"Back up plan." Hero laughed, reaching over and placing a kiss on my forehead.
"What did you do?!" The Metacrisis asked, watching Donna in awe.
"Trip-stitch circuit-breaker in the psycho-kinetic threshold manipulator!" Donna said, grinning quickly.
"But that's brilliant!"
"Why did we never think of that?" The Doctor asked the Metacrisis, frowning.
"Because you two, you were just Time Lords, you dumbos!" Donna said. "Lacking that little bit of human, that gut instinct that comes hand in hand with Planet Earth. I can think of ideas you two wouldn't dream of in a million years! Ah, the universe has been waiting for me! Now... let's send that trip-stitch all over the ship! Did I ever tell you?" She held up her hands, wiggling her fingers. "Best temp in Chiswick, 100 words per minute!"
"Ha!" I laughed before running over to Mickey and pulling him into a hug. "Never a tin dog." I smiled, kissing him on the head. "Hello's after all this is sorted." I called to everyone, bolting back over to The Doctor.
"Come on then, boys, we've got 27 planets to send home! Activate Magnetron!"
"Stop this at once!" Davros shouted, advancing menacingly towards me.
"Mickey!" Jack shouted, running back out of The TARDIS carrying two guns, before throwing one to Mickey.
"You will desist!"
Mickey moved forward, stopping Davros by pointing the gun at him. "Just stay where you are, mister." Mickey threatened.
"Out of the way!" Jack called, kicking a Dalek away from him.
"Good to see you again!" Mum said to Rose as the both of them pushed a Dalek away.
"Oh, you too!" Rose replied.
I ran over to Martha, helping her push one away before grinning at her.
"Is everything ok?" She asked, gesturing to the baby.
"Is now the time?" I laughed.
"Ok, probably not." She laughed back.
"Ready?" Donna asked The Doctor's as I skidded back over. "And reverse!" They each pulled out different levers on the panel, making the planets return.
"Off you go, Clom." The Doctor said.
"Back home, Adipose 3!" The Metacrisis cheered.
"Shallacatop, Pyrovillia and the Lost Moon of Poosh, sorted! Ha!" Donna grinned.
"We need more power!" The Doctor said, pulling out his sonic and sonicing at the wires.
"Is anyone gonna tell us what's going on?" Rose asked as everyone approached us.
"He," Donna began, gesturing to The Doctor. "Poured all his regeneration energy into his spare hand, I touched the hand, he," She gestured to the Metacrisis. "Grew out of that but that fed back into me. But, it just stayed dormant in my head till the synapses got that little extra spark, kicking them into life. Thank you, Davros!" She grinned at all of us. "Part human... part Time Lord. And I got the best bit of the Doctor. I got his mind!"
"So there's three of you?" Mum asked.
"Three Doctors?" Rose asked.
"I can't tell you what I'm thinking right now." Jack began, inhaling sharply.
"You're so unique the timelines were converging on you." I grinned. "Human being with a Time Lord brain."
"But you promised me, Dalek Caan!" Davross hissed, turning round to look at Caan. "Why did you not foresee this?"
Dalek Caan giggled.
"Oh, I think he did." I muttered.
"Something's been manipulating the timelines for ages." The Doctor said warily. "Getting Donna Noble to the right place at the right time."
"This would always have happened. I only helped, Doctor." Caan replied.
"You betrayed the Daleks!" Davros shouted.
"I saw the Daleks. What we have done, throughout time and space, I saw the truth of us, Creator, and I decreed 'No more!'"
"I will descend to the Vault!" The Supreme Dalek boomed, lowering himself into the vault.
"Heads up!" Jack shouted, cocking his gun as Jenny and Hero moved either side of him, cocking their guns too.
"Davros! You have betrayed us!"
"It was Dalek Caan." Davros replied feebly.
"The Vault will be purged! You will all be exterminated!" Suddenly, it shot at the control panel and the Metacrisis bolted forward, pulling me out of the way.
"Like I was saying. Feel this!" Jack shouted and in unison he, Hero and Jeny raised their guns and shot at the Supreme Dalek, making it blow up easily.
"Oh, we've lost the Magnetron!" The Doctor groaned, examining the control panel. "And there's only one planet left - guess which one? But we can use the TARDIS..." He bolted inside and the Metacrisis leaned in, flicking switches on the remains of the control panel.
"Holding Earth stability!" The Metacrisis called through. "Maintaining atmospheric shell."
"The prophecy must complete." Caan cackled.
"Don't listen to him!" Davros shouted.
"I have seen the end of everything Dalek, and you must make it happen, Doctor!"
The Metacrisis looked at me as I stared back at him, giving him a pleading look.
"He's right." The Metacrisis said. "Cos with or without a Reality Bomb, this Dalek Empire's big enough to slaughter the cosmos... They've got to be stopped!"
"Just - just wait for the Doctor!" Donna said.
"I am the Doctor!" He span around again, beginning to work on the controls. "Maximising Dalekanium power feeds! Blasting them back!" One by one, Daleks began to explode, making the Crucible shake.
The Doctor bolted out of The TARDIS, standing in the doorway and looking around in shock.
"What have you done?" The Doctor asked, horrified.
"Fulfilling the prophecy."
"D'you know what you've done?" The Doctor shouted furiously. "Now get in the TARDIS! Everyone! All of you, inside! Run! In! In! In! In!" The Metacrisis ran in the door and everyone began to follow.
The Metacrisis cheered as everyone ran past him, "Sarah Jane! Martha! Rose! Jackie! Jack! Hero! Jenny! Mickey!"
The Doctor stood in the doorway, holding onto my arm as I stood in front of him. My feet had glued to the floor and I stood, staring at Davros in the middle of the fire and destruction.
"Davros!" I shouted, holding my arm out. "Come with us! I promise we can save you."
"Never forget, Doctor." Davros screeched at The Doctor. "You did this! I name you, forever... you are the Destroyer of the Worlds!" He screamed, disappearing behind the flames.
"One will still die." Caan croaked. The Doctor grabbed my by the waist and pulled me in before slamming the doors. The both of us ran up to the console, surrounded by everyone else.
"And... off we go!" The Doctor said, pulling a lever.
"But what about the Earth?" Mum asked. "It's stuck in the wrong part of space!"
"I'm on it!" I called, bolting round to the monitor. "Torchwood Hub! This is Flo! Are you receiving me?"
"Loud and clear!" Gwen replied. "Are Jack, Hero and Jenny there?"
I frowned, "Uh yeah. How do you know Hero and Jenny?"
"Ah." Jack winced. "I took them in. They've been working at Torchwood." I reached forward and slapped him, making him stumble back before grabbing his jacket and placing a kiss to his forehead.
"Thank you." I said before turning back to the monitor as The Doctor and Rose looked over at the monitor.
"Jack, what's her name?" The Doctor asked.
"Gwen Cooper." Jack replied.
"Tell me, Gwen Cooper, are you from an old Cardiff family?"
"Yes, all the way back to the 1800s!" Gwen replied, sharing a look with Ianto.
"Yeah, thought so, spatial genetic multiplicity." The Doctor said, grinning with Rose.
"Oh yeah!" Rose giggled.
"Yeah, yeah, funny old world..."
"Now, Torchwood, I want you to open up that Rift Manipulator." I said. "Send all the power to me."
"Doing it now, ma'am!" Ianto called through, moving out of shot.
"What's that for?" Gwen asked.
"It's a tow-rope. Now Luke, Mr Smith!" I called through. "Come on Luke, baby!"
Suddenly, Luke popped up on the screen, in the attic.
"Are you and Mum ok?" He asked.
"Oh, we're fine and dandy..." I grinned.
"Yes! Yes!" Mum laughed with relief.
"Now Mr Smith, I want you to harness the rift power and loop it around the TARDIS, you got that?"
"I regret, I will need remote access to TARDIS base code numerals." Mr Smith replied.
The Doctor winced, "Oh, blimey, that's gonna take a while."
"No, no, no, let me!" Mum grinned, running round to the monitor. "K9! Out you come!" Suddenly, K9 appeared next to Luke.
"Oh, good dog!" I cheered. "K-9, give Mr Smith the base code!"
"Mistress!" K9 replied, rolling off screen and towards Mr SMith. "TARDIS base code now being transferred. The process is simple!"
"Now then, you lot..." The Doctor said, walking around the console. "Sarah, hold that down." He pointed out a control to Mum as I stepped away from the console. "Mickey, you hold that." He pointed to another control. "Cos, you know why this TARDIS always is always rattling about the place? Rose, that, there." He pointed out another control, "It's designed to have six pilots. And I had to do it single handed. Martha, keep that level." He placed her hand over a lever, "But not any more! Jack, there you go, steady that." He pointed out another control. "Now we can fly this thing..." He grinned before noticing Jackie, coughing awkwardly. "No, Jackie, no, no, not you, don't touch anything, just... stand back." He gently pushed Jackie back before returning to the rest of us. "Like it's meant to be flown! We've got the Torchwood Rift looped around the TARDIS by Mr Smith, and we're gonna fly Planet Earth back home!" He moved over into his right place. "Right then! Off we go!" He pulled a lever and The TARDIS began to move, pulling the Earth along. I moved along to Hero and Jenny, leaning against the railings and watching casually. I threw my arms around Hero, who hugged me back.
"Thank you." I mumbled, pulling back and looking at him.
"I always come when you need me." He shrugged as I moved over and put my arm around Jenny, hugging her as I looked at him.
"You know I don't mean that." I laughed. "For looking after her." I smiled, pushing a strand of hair out of Jenny's eyes. The three of us looked back over at the console, watching everyone.
"Rose." The Doctor said, pointing to a control.
The Metacrisis and Donna walked around the console, watching everyone.
"That's really good, Jack." Donna said to Jack. "I think you're the best." She smiled at him before both she and the Metacrisis walked over to us, leaning against the railing.
As the Earth arrived back to its proper position, everyone began laugh, cheer, clap, and hug each other. I watched Donna push aside Mum from Jack to throw herself in his arms. I laughed and Mum walked over to me, hugging me tightly.
The Doctor, Mum and I stepped out of The TARDIS into an everyday park.
"You know, you act like such a lonely man." Mum said, smiling at The Doctor. "But look at you. You've got the biggest family on Earth! And now it's getting even bigger." She laughed, squeezing my hand before hugging The Doctor. She pulled back quickly. "Gotta go! He's only 14. I expect Flo's explained. And thank you!" She grinned and dashed off.
"I'll be home soon, I promise!" I called after her. "Make sure Luke rings Maria!"
"Sarah Jane Smith, a mother eh?" The Doctor sighed, smiling at me when Jack and Martha stepped out of The TARDIS. "I told you, no teleport!" The Doctor moaned, grabbing Jack's wrist and sonicing on the vortex manipulator. "And, Martha, get rid of that Osterhagen thing, eh? Save the world one more time."
"Consider it done." Martha nodded.
"Are you not staying?" The Doctor asked hopefully.
Martha shook her head, smiling. "No. And for good now." My face dropped and I swallowed, nodding. "You'll see me again. I just, can't do the travelling anymore."
I smiled sadly. "Martha Jones, you're a star." I said before Jack saluted, and then Martha. The Doctor looked at them, surprised for a moment, then saluted back. Jack and Martha smiled at me before walking off, hand in hand.
"You know, I'm not sure about UNIT these days. Maybe there's something else you could be doing." I heard Jack say.
Suddenly, Mickey stepped out of The TARDIS, walking in front of us.
"Oi, where are you going?" I asked.
"Well I'm not stupid, I can work out what happens next." Mickey shrugged. "And hey, I had a good time in that parallel world, but my gran passed away. Nice and peaceful. She spent her last years living in a mansion. There's nothing there for me now, certainly not Rose."
"What will you do?" The Doctor asked.
"Anything! Brand new life! Just you watch." He grinned and squeezed my hand before bumping fists with The Doctor. "See you, boss." He nodded before running after Jack and Martha. "Hey, you two!"
"Look after him!" I shouted, making the three of them look back. "As Jack will tell you Martha, that man blew up Downing Street and saved the universe with a big yellow truck." Mickey smiled back at me before the three of them walked off.
Then Jenny and Hero stepped out.
"And where are you going?" I asked.
"Not back to Torchwood, don't worry." Hero laughed. "Off travelling probably."
"Why not travel with us?" The Doctor asked.
Hero and Jenny shook their heads. "No." Hero said. "Things are too complicated right now. But we will. In time."
The Doctor looked over at Jenny sadly, "We've only just got you back."
Jenny smiled, "You'll see me again." We all exchanged hugs before Hero took Jenny's hand and began to walk off.
"Hero." I called after him. Hero looked back at me. "You're brother, the boy from the Titanic... what happened?"
"J?" He asked. "I'm not allowed to go get him yet, timelines." He sighed. "Besides, he's not even my real brother." He looked back at me sadly before walking off with Jenny.
Me and The Doctor shared a look before stepping into The TARDIS.
"Just time for one last trip." The Doctor said, walking up to the console. "Darlig Ulv Stranden. Better known as..."
"Ah, fat lot of good this is!" Jackie complained as we stepped out onto Bad Wolf Bay. "Back of beyond. Bloody Norway! I'm gonna have to phone your father, he's on the nursery run." Jackie called back to Rose before turning to The Metacrisis. "I was pregnant, do you remember? Had a baby boy!"
"Ah, brilliant!" The Metacrisis grinned. "What did you call him?"
The Metacrisis stared back, stunned. "Really?"
"No, you plum! He's called Tony."
"Hold on, this is... the parallel universe, right?" Rose asked, confused.
"You're back home." The Doctor nodded.
"And the walls of the world are closing again, now that the Reality Bomb never happened." Donna said. "It's dimensional retroclosure. See, I really get that stuff now."
"No, but... I spent all that time trying to find you. I'm not going back now!" Rose argued.
"But you've got to." The Doctor said. "Cos we saved the universe, but at a cost." He looked over at the Metacrisis. "And the cost is him. He destroyed the Daleks. He committed genocide. He's too dangerous to be left on his own."
"You made me!" The Metacrisis replied, offended.
"Exactly. You were born in battle, full of blood and anger and revenge." He glanced back over at Rose. "Remind you of someone?" Rose just stared back at him. "That's me, when we first met. And you made me better. Now you can do the same for him."
"But he's not you." Rose said.
"He needs you. That's very me."
"No, because you both love her!" Rose exclaimed, pointing over at me as I moved opposite Rose with both Doctors either side of us.
"No they don't." I said, making everyone on the beach, stare at me, stunned. "Because I've been kidding myself for the last... year, maybe? Because he will always love you more than me, and I've known that from day one. Won't you, Doctor?" I looked over at The Doctor who just looked down at the floor. "See? And now, I have to deal with the fact that one day I will have to tell my son that his father had always loved another woman more than me. And that breaks my heart. But this man," I nodded to the Metacrisis. "Is willing to spend his days with you.
"Don't you see what he's trying to give you?" Donna asked. "Tell her, go on." She said to the Metacrisis.
"I look like him, I think like him, same memories, same thoughts, same everything." The Metacrisis said. "Except I've only got one heart."
"Which means?" Rose asked.
"I'm part human. Specifically, the aging part. I'll grow old and never regenerate. I've only got one life... Rose Tyler. I could spend it with you. If you want."
"You'll grow - grow old... at the same time as me?"
Confused, Rose reached forward and placed her hand on his chest when a grinding sound echoed from The TARDIS.
"We've got to go, this reality is sealing itself off... for ever." The Doctor said before the three of us headed to The TARDIS.
"But... it's still not right..." Rose shouted, running over a bit, making us look back. "Cos the Doctor is... still you."
"And I'm him!"
"All right. Both of you, answer me this." She said. I pushed The Doctor forward a little and both Doctors stood either side of Rose. "When I last stood on this beach, on the worst day of my life, what was the last thing you said to me? Go on, say it."
The Doctor sighed, "I said, 'Rose Tyler'."
"Yeah, and how was that sentence gonna end?"
"Does it need saying?"
She turned and looked at the Metacrisis. "And you, Doctor? What was the end of that sentence?"
The Metacrisis leaned in and whispered in her ear. Rose pulled back and looked at him before pulling him by the lapels of his jacket, kissing him. The Doctor watched them before he, I and Donna got inside The TARDIS.
"Flo!" I looked back, the last one to get in, peering out as I was about to shut the door. Rose looked over at me, the Metacrisis a few steps behind her. "What do you do now?"
I gulped, smiling, trying to keep the tears from flowing, "Walking away time." I replied.
"Don't." Rose begged me. For once, she was being kind. And she didn't want me to leave him.
"I have to." I gave her one last smile.
"Flo!" I looked back at her again. "An unborn baby is going to destroy the world. I thought you might want to know." I stared back at her before shutting the door.
I sat on the jump seat, watching Donna adjust the controls as The Doctor leaned against one of the coral pieces, smiling at her sadly. I didn't want this to happen. And I'd just about worked out what would happen next.
"I thought we could try the planet Felspoon." Donna said. "Just cos. What a good name! Felspoon! Apparently, it's got mountains that sway in the breeze. Mountains that move, can you imagine?"
"And how d'you know that?" The Doctor asked softly.
"Because it's in your head. And if it's in your head, it's in mine!"
"And how does that feel?"
"Brilliant! Fantastic! Molto bene! Great big universe, packed into my brain! You know you could fix that chameleon circuit if you just tried hotbinding the fragment-links and superseding the binary, binary, binary, binary, binary, binary, binary, binary, binary, binary, binary, binary, binary, binary," She took a deep breath, returning to the controls. "I'm fine!" The Doctor shot me a look and I looked back at Donna, devestated. "Nah, never mind Felspoon. Know who I'd like to meet? Charlie Chaplin! I bet he's great, Charlie Chaplin. Shall we do that? Shall we go and see Charlie Chaplin? Shall we? Charlie Chaplin? Charlie Chester, Charlie Brown, no, he's fiction, friction, fiction, fixing, mixing, Rickston, Brixton..." She gasped out and leaned against the console, holding her head. I got up and put my arm around her as The Doctor walked over. "Oh, my God!"
"D'you know what's happening?" The Doctor asked as she turned to look at the both of us.
"Yeah." Donna sighed, giving in.
"There's never been a human/Time Lord metacrisis before now. And you know why."
"Because there can't be." She wriggled off my arm, turning away. "I want to stay."
"Look at me. Donna. Look at me." I whispered. She turned back, looking at the both of us with tears in her eyes.
"I was gonna be with you. Forever." She said, trembling, with tears in her eyes.
"I know." The Doctor said softly.
"Rest of my life. Travelling. In the TARDIS. The Doctor, Flo and Donna. Dream Team." We stared at her, eyes full of sorrow when it suddenly occured what would happen next. "No! Oh my god... I can't go back. Don't make me go back. Doctor, Flo, please, please don't make me go back!"
"Donna. Oh, Donna Noble." I sobbed, tears rolling down my face as The Doctor moved towards her. "I am so sorry. But we had the best of times. The best." She looked at us, tears streaming down her face.
"Goodbye." The Doctor whispered.
"No, no, no, please!" Donna begged as he placed his hands on her temples and closed his eyes. "Please, no, no!" Everything we'd done, forgotten. "No!" Suddenly, she fell into his arms, unconscious. The Doctor just stood there, rocking her back and forth as I sobbed.
I banged on the Noble's door over and over again, glancing down at The Doctor clutching Donna on the floor.
"That must be her! Donna?" Wilf's voice filtered through from the other side. The door swung open and Wilf looked at the three of us in shock.
"Help us." I begged.
"She took my mind into her own head." The Doctor said, explaining to Sylvia and Wilf as we sat opposite them in their sitting room. "But that's a Time Lord consciousness. All that knowledge, it was killing her."
"But she'll get better now?" Wilf asked.
"I had to wipe her mind completely. Every trace of me and Flo and Martha, or the TARDIS, anything we all did together, anywhere we went... had to go."
"All those wonderful things she did." Wilf said sadly.
"I know." I sighed. "But that version of Donna is dead. Cos if she remembers, just for a second, she'll burn up."
"You can never tell her!" The Doctor insisted. "You can't mention us or any of it... for the rest of her life."
"But the whole world's talking about it, we travelled across space!" Slyvia exclaimed.
"It'll just be a story. One of those Donna Noble stories, where she missed it all again."
"But she was better with you two!" Wilf exclaimed.
"Don't say that." Sylvia snapped.
"No, she was!"
"I just want you to know there are worlds out there, safe in the sky, because of her." The Doctor said. "That there are people living in the light, and singing songs of Donna Noble, a thousand million light years away. They will never forget her... while she can never remember. And for one moment... one shining moment... she was the most important woman in the whole wide universe."
"She still is." Sylvia said. "She's my daughter."
"Then maybe you should tell her that once in a while." The Doctor said abruptly before Donna burst into the sitting room, clutching her phone.
"I was asleep!" Donna exclaimed. "On my bed! In my clothes! Like a flippin' kid! What d'you let me do that for?" She glacned over at me and The Doctor. "Don't mind me. Donna." The Doctor stood up and shook her hand, although she wasn't looking, too busy focusing on her mobile.
"John Smith." The Doctor introduced.
"Mr and Mrs Smith were just leaving." Sylvia said dryly.
"My phone's gone mad, 32 texts!" Donna gasped. "Veena's gone barmy, she's saying planets in the sky! What have I missed now?" She turned and walked out of the room. "Nice to meet you." She called back vaguely to The Doctor.
"As I said... I think you should go." Sylvia said sternly.
"Donna." I called in softly to the kitchen as she spoke on her mobile. "I was just going."
"Yeah, see you." Donna replied, turning back to her phone. Me and The Doctor watched her one more time before turning and leaving.
"Ah. You'll have quite a bit of this." The Doctor said as we stepped out of the house into the extremely heavy rain. "Atmospheric disturbance. Still, it'll pass. Everything does." He sighed to himself as we turned back and looked at Wilf.
"Bye then, Wilfred." I said as The Doctor shook hands with him and we stepped out into the rain.
"Oh, Doctor, Flo..." Wilf began. "What about you now? Who've you got? I mean, all those friends of yours..."
"They've all got someone else." The Doctor said. "Still, that's fine. I'm fine."
"I'll watch out for you, sir."
"You can't ever tell her!"
"No, no, no. But every night, Doctor Flo, when it gets dark, and the stars come out, I'll look up... on her behalf. I'll look up at the sky, and think of you two."
"Thank you." I said softly before we turned and walking into The TARDIS. We walked up to the console and The Doctor began flicking some switches.
"I was right, wasn't I?" I asked. "It'll always be her, won't it?" The Doctor just glanced at me and looked back at the console. "Take me home." I whispered.
"No." He said.
"Sorry?" I asked.
"Please don't just run home because something's hard. Cause I'll wait for you to come back, you know I will, let's just talk about this properly, now."
"Who said I'd come back?" He looked up at me suddenly, hurt in his eyes. "You still love her, and it'll always be her. Me and you, it's not working, I can't do this anymore."
"You think I'm gonna let you walk off with our unborn child?" He asked.
"Who said I even wanted to travel with you?!" I shouted, making him stare at me, stunned. "You just took me with you because of my timeline, which I am fucking fed up of hearing about, who said I even wanted to come? Maybe I didn't want to travel!"
"No, that's not true."
"Maybe it is." I said bitterly. "Take me home."
"TAKE ME HOME!" I screamed, tears pouring down my face. The Doctor just stared at me, hurt when I started to type coordinates into my vortex minipulator. He strode forward, ripping it off my wrist. I screamed and pushed him back, crying. "Take me home." I whispered. The Doctor pulled a few controls and The TARDIS landed. I walked up to the doors and stepped out with The Doctor running after. I stepped out into the pouring rain of Bannerman Road, looking back at The Doctor in the doorway.
"Don't do this." He begged.
"I can't anymore." I sobbed. "What do we have left going for us anymore?"
"WE'RE DRIFTING APART!" I screamed, breathing heavily. "Ever since everything with the ATMOS, we've been drifting further and further apart, we argue, and it's just not working. I'm tired, I'm so so tired with the travelling now, and I can't do it. I don't want to do it."
"What am I going to do without you?"
"What you always do." I said shakily, walking forward and readjusting his tie. "Save the planets and civilazations and lots of different creatures. And an awful lot of running." I gave him one last shaky glance before pushing him back lightly and pulling in the doors of The TARDIS. I gulped and lightly placed my forehead against the doors before it materalized away. I stared at the empty space before turning and walking through the lane, up the drive of number 13.
A/N - And so, there we are! As I upload this I will be uploading the next story: Me And You, Apart.
Official chapter line up for it is:
The Wedding Of Sarah Jane Smith (Parts 1&2)
Planet Of The Dead
Children Of Earth: Day 1
Children Of Earth: Day 2
Children Of Earth: Day 3
Children Of Earth: Day 4
Children Of Earth: Day 5
End Of Time (Part 1&2)
Enjoy, and don't forget to alert the new story!
Flo will return in: Me And You, Apart