(AN: Original title for last chapter, but changed it for certain reasons.)


Sand People

It was sometime in the early morning, when Luke awoke a very sleepy and somewhat cranky Rose Tyler from where she had slept in the guest room of the homestead. The Doctor hadn't slept at all, and yet looked as cheery and energetic as the night before. After telling Beru Lars, whom Luke called "Aunt Beru", that he had a few things to do before he started his chores, Luke ran down to the garage and came up again with the golden machine walking behind him.

"Come on, 3PO," Luke said to the golden thing. "We're taking the landspeeder."

"Yes, Master Luke," the thing replied. Upon seeing the new-comers, it turned its nondescript humanoid face towards them. "Hello, I am C-3PO, human-cyborg relations. How might I be of service?"

"So, what are you, then?" yawned Rose sleepily. "Some kind of robot?"

"Android would be the more precise term, mistress," C-3PO began. "Although, in many cultures, the phrase is shortened to the simpler term 'droid.' The exact point when this occurred..."

"Hey, Luke," Rose called over to the young man while the golden droid chattered on, oblivious that its listener wasn't listening. "C-3PO, how do you get him to shut up?"

"Like this," the Doctor said, reaching back behind the droid's head and pressing a button. The electronic voice deepened, then shut off, leaving a limp droid collapsing onto the Doctor.

"You found his off-switch?" asked Luke. "Can you show me how to do that later?"

"Later, yes," the Doctor said. "Right now, we have the other one to find."


The landspeeder, an XP-34 open-air hovercraft, was soon loaded up with the four of them and took off across the desert flats. The vessel seated two, so the Doctor and C-3PO sat on the back, clutching the dorsal propulsion turbine and hoping they would not slide off. The golden droid was operational again, but kept silent under order from Luke, who 'owned' him, as they guessed.

The flats and dunes of the desert soon gave way to rocky, gravely ground with several hills dotting the horizon. When they had started off, they had followed a trail of astromech treads that led off into the desert, but now the trail had disappeared. Luke had turned on the speeder's scanners, but was running into trouble. Suddenly, there was a mighty jolt as the speeder came too close to a large rock and swung upward as the repulsors kept the hull from taking damage.

"Oi!" the Doctor shouted. "Stop!"

"What?" Luke called out over the whine of the engines.

"We've got to stop!" the Doctor repeated. Slowly, the speeder's turbines came to a steady halt and the craft now hovered about a third of a meter above the ground. The Doctor was the first one out, scanning the rocks around them.

"Why are we stopping?" Luke asked, jumping out of the speeder.

"My sonic screwdriver fell out of my pocket when we hit that rock," the Doctor said. "I have to find it."

"Is it really that important?" Luke asked. "I mean, I gotta find R2 quickly before Uncle Owen has my hide for..."

"Trust me," the Doctor interrupted with a no-nonsense look on his face. "That screwdriver is very important."

Without another word, he continued searching the rocks. At last, there was a loud oath heard and both Luke and Rose ran to see what had happened.

"It's broken," the Doctor said, holding his sonic screwdriver in one hand. "Well, it's in one piece, but there's something wrong with it."

"How do you know?" Luke asked.

"Do you have a weapon, Luke?" asked the Doctor. Luke ran back to the speeder and pulled out a long blaster rifle, similar to the one Owen had threatened Rose and the Doctor with when they had trespassed on his farm yesterday.

"You normally carry a weapon in your landspeeder?" Rose asked.

"Out here, what with all the Sand People," Luke answered. "You kind of need to."

The Doctor picked up his sonic screwdriver and pointed it at the blaster rifle. There was a blue light, and a beeping sound, and then a crackling of power, sparks flew, and suddenly there stood a meter-tall holographic image of a feminine figure all clad in white.

Help me, Doctor! You're my only hope! the figure said.

"What's that?" both Luke and Rose asked at the same time.

"That's her! The one from the message!"

"What message?" Rose asked.

"You remember dinner yesterday," Luke began. "R2 had a message that said he belonged to Obi-wan Kenobi, that's her! She's the one in the message, only she was saying 'Help me, Obi-wan Kenobi! You're my only hope."

"Who is she?" Rose asked, sounding a tad suspicious of seeing another woman, especially coming out of the Doctor's sonic screwdriver.

"3PO said she was some passenger of importance on his last voyage, or something like that," Luke answered.

"Have you seen her before?" Rose asked the Doctor.

"No," he replied. For a moment, there was disbelief in his eyes, as though he were seeing something he knew better than to believe existed. Yet the moment passed, and he clicked off the image from his sonic screwdriver.

"Just who are you, Doctor?" Luke asked.

"I'm a Timelord," he replied.

"But what does that mean?" he continued. "And why would she send you the same message she gave to R2?"

"Wait, Doctor," Rose interjected. "I remember, before we landed on Tatooine, you said something about a message. Was that it, that whole 'Help me, Doctor, you're my only hope' thing?"

"Yes," the Doctor answered. He then stowed his sonic screwdriver back into his pocket. "But right now, let's find that droid of yours."

"No way, I want answers!"

"And you'll get them!" the Doctor said. "But this isn't the time and place for it. Now, let's go."


It took them a while to convince Luke to leave the matter, but in the end, it worked and they went on their way. Eventually, they did find a reading of a droid on the scanner and followed it into a narrow canyon that steadily sloped upward. Just half-way up the hill, they saw what they were looking for: a meter-tall cylindrical thing with short, stubby legs and a domed head, white, silver and blue.

"There he is!" the Doctor said.

The landspeeder slowed down and Luke was the first to jump out, walking in front of the rogue droid. From the other side, C-3PO got off the speeder and walked towards the shorter droid as well.

"Hey, whoa! Just where do you think you're going?" Luke asked the renegade droid.

It responded with a series of beeps and whistles.

"Master Luke is your rightful owner now!" C-3PO responded angrily. "We'll have no more of this Obi-wan Kenobi gibberish." R2, the shorter droid, whistled at his golden counterpart. "And don't talk to me of your mission, either. You're fortunate he doesn't blast you into a million pieces right here!"

"It's alright," Luke assured the droids. Suddenly, the shorter droid started rocking back and forth and whistling in what sounded like tell-tale panic. Luke turned to 3PO. "What's wrong with him now?"

"There are several creatures approaching from the southeast," C-3PO translated with worry in his electronic voice.

"Sand People!" Luke exclaimed, running back to the speeder.

"Or worse," the Doctor added. "Rose, over here." He ran towards the edge of the canyon, where a portion of the cliff hung over the path, with Rose following quickly behind. Luke, meanwhile, led the droids up onto the cliff of the canyon.

"Wait, what are we doing down..." Rose began, but the Doctor shushed her.

"Shh! We can't interfere, not with what's going to happen."

"What's going to..." Rose began, but the Doctor placed his hand over her mouth.

But just then, the roar of some creature was heard overhead. Then the sounds of battle, and a battle cry that echoed across the canyon walls. Still they remained silent. Just then, two figures in sand-colored robes appeared, dragging Luke along them. Rose moved, but the Doctor placed his hand on her shoulder, trying to keep her from moving. The two creatures growled at each other, then ran back towards the speeder, where they proceeded to ransack it for whatever they were searching.

Suddenly, a sound was heard echoing across the canyon walls. It started out low, like a howl, then rose into a piercing screech like some kind of giant reptilian creature. There was a growling roar, and then three of the robed figures ran away. Another, clothed in a dark brown robe, walked towards Luke. The sound of R2 was heard, and the hooded figure spoke to him.

"Now," whispered the Doctor. He rose up from their hiding place, with Rose in tow.

"Hello there, old man," smiled the Doctor. "How's the boy?"

"Oh, don't worry, he'll be alright," the old man said, gesturing to Luke's body. The young man was starting to stir. "Rest easy, son." the old man said to Luke. "You've had a busy day. You're fortunate to be all in one piece.

"As for you, Doctor, it's been a long time."

"Nineteen years by your count, I think," the Doctor replied. "Although, surprisingly enough, I haven't got a clue, except what your name is..."

"Ben?" Luke asked, looking up at the old man. "Ben Kenobi? Boy, am I glad to see you!"

"The Jundland Wastes are not to be traveled lightly," Ben Kenobi said, lifting Luke up to his feet.

"Wait, what happened?" Rose asked.

"Sand People," Luke said, massaging the back of his neck. "I saw two of their Banthas further down the canyon."

"Three of them," the Doctor said. "I'm sorry I couldn't help."

"Tell me, young Luke," Ben said to the young man, sitting down with him on a nearby rock. "What brings you out this far?"

"This little droid," Luke said, pointing to nearby R2. "I think he's searching for his former master, but I've never seen such devotion in a droid before. Uh, he claims to be the property of an 'Obi-wan Kenobi'. Is he a relative of yours? Do you know who he's talking about?"

Ben Kenobi leaned back, muttering something to himself that only the Doctor could see.

"Obi-wan..." he said. "Now that's a name I've not heard in a long time: a long time."

"I think my uncle knows him," Luke stated. "He said he was dead."

"Oh, he's not dead...not yet."

"So you know him?"

"Well, of course I know him, he's me." the old man gestured to himself. He then spoke again. "I haven't gone by the name of Obi-wan since, oh, before you were born."

"Well, then, the droid does belong to you?"

"I don't seen to recall ever owning a droid," Obi-wan stated. "Very interesting." Another sound echoed in the hills, the roaring of one of those creatures.

"I think we better get indoors," the old man said. "The Sand People are easily startled, but they'll soon be back, and in greater numbers." He then turned to the others. "Are you coming?"

"Doctor?"

"I think we're forgetting someone," the Doctor said.

"Who?" Rose asked.

"3PO!" Luke exclaimed.


(AN: New chapter coming up soon. Leave comments or questions in the reviews, I shall answer them. [Oh, and the krayt dragon sound that Obi-wan made is the one from the original version of A New Hope, not the ridiculous blu-ray version.)