***I'm American, so I apologize for my horrible use of British language. Please forgive my attempts at the slang as well. I don't own Doctor Who, or the characters, obviously.***

The last thing Rose Tyler wanted to do after an adventure in seventeenth century China was lug a 6'1 ft. Time Lord a mile through countless fields to the hidden Tardis. She'd warned him to watch out, and she'd told him numerous times to keep checking behind him. But, as always, he did his own thing and went on being the 'all-knowing Doctor' she'd come to know and love. Although she certainly didn't love him at the moment. After running away from a crowd of angry villagers, she definitely had no desire to further agonize her aching muscles and pull a completely limp body through thick undergrowth.

First, they'd been pelted with rocks as they tried to escape the soldiers positioned at the front gates of the village. Thankfully, all had left minor bruises. All but one, which soared through the air at an impressive speed for its size, and hit the Doctor squarely on the head. He collapsed at once, barely dodging another rock similar to the previous. As she tried to wake him up, a soldier came at them from behind and slashed a knife across his stomach. Then again at his leg. Then his arm, and finally, he scratched his cheek, just below his eye. Then, the solider left. The villagers followed closely behind him, leaving Rose to fend for herself. Fortunately, the Doctor had taken care to inform Rose that the Tardis was located directly north of the gates of the village.

But he failed to tell her that he had apparently gained weight. Even though she was drained of all energy, she somehow found the will-power to drag the Doctor to safety. She had to get him home, back to the Tardis. Perhaps there was something there in the endless winding halls of the interior that could heal her Doctor. She had faith in him, and had no doubt that he'd be okay. But before that, she had to get him out of this place.

Stopping to take a breath, Rose stood up and glanced at her surroundings. She remembered coming from a cluster of trees, so the Tardis had to be somewhere in the forest up ahead. A small moan erupted from below her, and the Doctor turned his head slightly, resting his head on a patch of dirt. Rose raised her eyebrows in amusement, taking in his now earth-stricken face. Quickly, she dispelled her small break and continued half-dragging, half-carrying the Time Lord toward the trees.

After a great deal of heavy breathing, they finally arrived at the familiar blue doors of the ship. The Tardis gently hummed with concern, and unlocked its doors.

"Oh he'll be fine, no need to worry," She grimaced as she tried to pull the Doctor through the narrow doorway, and sat down, exasperated, when she finally succeeded. His appearance hadn't changed much, except for the fact that he was dirtier. She gently wiped away a streak of dirt off his cheek, and miraculously, his eyelids fluttered open.

"Rose...Oh god, how long was I out?" He quickly shot up from the ground, but was soon put down by an unexpected wave of pain. Wincing, he noticed the bloodstain on his shirt near his stomach. "What the hell happened to me?"

"Um...well, you were kind of knocked out by a flying rock, then nearly slashed to bits by an overly-violent samuri," Rose chewed the inside of her cheek, desperately thinking of something else to say, "And you're still bleeding,"

"Well, yes, I've noticed that," He said sarcastically.

Rose stood up and walked over to the controls, ignoring his comment. "So, how do i get us back to London again?"

The Doctor attempted to get to his feet, "I've got it. Just give me a sec..." He had barely gotten to his knees when he collapsed in a disheveled heap on the floor once more, "Oh, yep. I can't stand. Rose, listen very carefully to my instructions. Pull the lever closest to the big green button."

"The one to the left of it?"

"No, the right."

"But there is no lever to the right of it."

"What are you talking about, I just said the big green button, how many big green buttons are there?"

"Have you looked at these controls lately?"

"Oh fine. Help me up, will you? Help me sit in the chair, I'll manage it myself."

Rose rolled her eyes, but reluctantly strode over to the Doctor. He grabbed onto her shoulder, fingers fumbling to grip the fabric of Rose's shirt. She helped him make his way over to the control chair, trying to not aggravate his wounds. Finally, they accomplished the preferred distance and she distributed him into the chair. His eyes instantly lit up and he went to work, pulling levers and violently typing in codes. Soon, the familiar whir of the Tardis echoed off the walls and the Doctor smiled with pride.

"There. Even injured, I've still got it." The moment he finished his sentence, he slumped onto the controls, unconscious once again. Rose rushed over to him, extremely concerned. The Doctor didn't pass out twice in the same trip. It wasn't like him. Or maybe he was just lucky with Rose around. Either way, she knew she had to get home. Very, very quickly.

Within a minute, the whirring stopped and Rose rushed to the doors and flung them open. Thankfully, they were in front of her mum's apartment. Right where she wanted to land. She pulled her phone out of her pocket and dialed.

'Mum? We're home. I need you to come outside. Now."

"Rose! How have you been? What's he done this time, do I need to get over there to-"

"Mum, I need you to stop asking questions for once, and please just come out."

"Alright, alright. I'm coming, quit your yapping."

Rose hit end and shoved the phone back in her pocket. Then, she ran to the Doctor's side, attempting to awaken him once more. Before she could take any desperate measures, Jackie Tyler erupted from the doors of the Tardis.

"Rose! What's happened with you? Is he unconcious? Lord, he's always pulling something like this ain't he? Should I make him some tea or-"

"You know I appreciate your concern Mum, I really do. But for now, please just help me get him inside? And if we don't have any bandages, you might want to go and buy some. I have a feeling we're going to need a lot of them."