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And the Days That Never Came
"To the Doctor, and Amy Pond. And All the Day's that never came"
Chapter 1: Let's Have a Bit of Fun!
"Legs! I've got legs! Good. Arms, hands, Ooh, Fingers. Lots of Fingers. Ears? Yes. Eyes: Two. Nose...eh I've had worse. Chin - blimey! Hair...I'm a girl! No! No! I'm not a girl! And still not ginger!"
- The Doctor
Amy and Rose stayed a bit back as the Doctor took stalk of his new situation. He seemed full of energy, far more than his older self had been. He still had a huge smile on his face, but somehow it was large and more...manic than it had ever been before.
He flicked a few switches and checked the monitor, "Six pm...tuesday..." He muttered quietly to him.
Rose was half hiding behind a pillar as she watched him. She turned to Amy, whispering harshly, "Who is that?"
Amy felt her heart clench for the blond girl. The Doctor never took the time to explain to Rose about regeneration and now it had just happened right in front of her.
"It's the Doctor," Amy assured her, "I swear."
"October..." The Doctor continued, "5006, on the way to Barcelona!"
He straightened up and face them, his face bright. He was completely unaware of Rose's inner turmoil. He looked extremely pleased with himself.
"Now then...what do I look like?" He asked them.
Amy grinned. Her Doctor hadn't had any time to check out his appearance. It wasn't until Prisoner Zero had created a doppelgänger of him that he finally gotten a look at himself.
Rose didn't say anything, so Amy stepped forward to answer, but he held up his hands.
"No, no no, no no no no no no no. No. Don't tell me."
Rose's face was strangely blank, but Amy watched the man in front of her with bemusement, trying to understand him as much as he was.
He looked down, "Let's see...two legs, two arms, two hands." He circled his wrists, noting any differences, "Slight weakness in the dorsal tubercle." He frowned. He lifted his hands to his head, "Hair!" He yelled delighted, "I'm not bald!"
Rose stared at him with her mouth hanging open, thinking he was a madman.
The Doctor just ran his hands through his hair, making it even messier than it had been before, "Oh - oh! Big Hair!" He felt down the side of his face, "Sideburns! I've got sideburns! Or really bad skin...Little bit thinner." Amy snorted as he slapped his stomach.
"Little bit?" She chuckled.
"Oi!" He laughed, "Be quiet. It's weird. Give me time, I'll get used to it." Then he froze, rolling his shoulder blades, "I...have got...a mole. I can feel it."
Rose looked at him, her gaze becoming slowly more terrified. Amy placed a reassuring hand on the girls back.
"Between my shoulder blades...there's a mole." He rolled his shoulders again, "That's all right. Love the mole!"
He grinned up at Rose.
"Go on then, tell me!" He asked, desperate for her approval. He straightened up, ready for her assessment, "What do you think?"
"Who are you?" She asked him timidly.
Amy winced. It seems like her reassurance hadn't been all that reassuring to Rose as she stared at the man before her.
The Doctor, however, looked visibly put out. Crestfallen, he announced, "I'm the Doctor."
But Rose just shook her head in disbelief, "No...where is he? Where's the Doctor? What have you done to him!?"
"You saw me, I - I changed," He pointed behind his shoulder to the spot behind him, "Right in front of you."
"I -" Rose stuttered, "I saw him sort of explode, and then you replaced him, like a...a teleport or a transmat or a body swap or something..."
The Doctor raised his hands, "Er- Amy?"
Amy stepped forward, "It's him, Rose." She assured the girl. The Doctor was watching Rose with wide eyes, begging her to understand. "It's just, this thing that happens..."
"No!" Rose pushed at the Doctor's chest as he tried to move forward, "You're not fooling me!"
The Doctor looked hurt and rolled back on his heels.
"I've seen all sorts of things!" Rose continued, "Nanogenes...Gelth..." She narrowed his eyes, "Slitheen."
"What?" Amy scoffed, "In that skinny thing?"
"I'm not a Slitheen." The Doctor replied calmly.
"Send him back!" Rose shouted, sounding on the verge of tears, "I'm warning you, send the Doctor back right now!"
The Doctor leaned forward, pleadingly, "Rose, it's me! Honestly! It's me."
Rose just stared at him and Amy stepped back, a little worried that Rose might actually attack him.
The Doctor swallowed nervously, "I was dying. To save my own life I changed my body. Every single cell but...it's still me..."
"You can't be..." She whispered.
Amy stepped forward, "Rose, You said you'd seen all those things. Slitheen, nanogenes, Daleks, Gelth...Why can't you believe that this is possible."
The Doctor took a few steps closed and stared down at Rose, "How could I remember this?" He urged, "Very first word I ever said to you. Trapped in that cellar with a mad ginger with a wrench - "
"- Surrounded by ship window dummies...oh..." He looked away for a moment with a soft smile, then he looked back into Rose's eyes, "Such a long time ago. I took your hand..."
He took her hand how, gripping it. Rose glanced down at their entwined hands then back up.
"I said one word...just one word, I said...'Run'"
Rose's eyes were full of tears now as she gazed at the new Doctor, her denial slowly wavering as she started to accept the truth.
"Doctor..." She whispered.
The Doctor grinned widely, "Hello!"
Amy let out a small breath of relief, but Rose just stumble backward as the gravity of the situation finally hit her.
The Doctor ran around the console, oblivious. Amy was reminded of her own Doctor who had been very unstable when she first met him. His mind hadn't had time to catch up and he hadn't been able to think things through.
"And we never stopped did we?" The Doctor asked her, "All across the universe. Running, running, running..." He flicked several switches on the console, "One time we had to hop. Do you remember? Hopping for our lives?"
He hopped up and down on the spot a bit madly. Rose was leaning against the pillar watching.
"Yeah? All that hopping? Remember hopping for your life? Yeah?! Hop with the..." Rose's lack of reaction to his jokes made him pause, "...No?"
"Can you change back?"
Amy closed her eyes in pain. No he couldn't.
The Doctor watched her sadly, pain obvious in his eyes, "Do you want me to?"
"Yeah." Roe answered without hesitation.
The Doctor's enthusiasm shrunk to nothing as he shifted to one foot, "Oh."
"Can you?" She asked.
"No," He whispered, looking down at the floor briefly in disappointment, "Do you want to leave?" He asked her.
Rose looked shocked, like the idea hadn't even occurred to her, "Do you want me to leave?"
"No!" The Doctor answered quickly, "But...your choice...if you want to go home..."
But the damage was already done and Rose looked even more upset then she already was.
Amy coughed gently, "Barcelona?" She tried to change the topic.
The Doctor jumped out of his head and ran over to the console, "Cancel Barcelona!" He announced, "Change to London...the Powell estate...ah...let's say the 24th of December!" He turned back to Rose, "Consider it a Christmas present"
Rose edged closer to the console and Amy followed suit.
"There." The Doctor announced, tucking his hands into his arm pits slightly defensively. It looked like he was trying very hard not to be upset.
Rose looked from him back to the console and the back again, "I'm going home?"
"Up to you." The Doctor fidgeted, "Back to your mum...it's all waiting. Not like for Amy, she doesn't really have a home anymore. And now well..." He looked away guilty, but cleared his throat and turned back to Rose, "Fish and chips, sausage and mash, beans on toast - no, Christmas! Turkey! Although...having met your mother...nut loaf would be more appropriate."
Rose looked down hiding a smile while Amy snorted.
The Doctor brightened a bit, "Was that a smile?"
"No!" Rose quickly denied.
But the Doctor just stared at her knowingly, "That was a smile..."
"No it wasn't."
"You smiled..." He teased her. Amy couldn't help but grin as she watched the two of them interact. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad after all.
"No I didn't!"
The Doctor sighed, "Oh, come on! All I did was change, I didn't-"
But before he could finish the TARDIS shuddered.
But Rose looked at him questioningly, "What?"
The Doctor did a double take, "I said I didn't-"
But the TARDIS shuddered again, much more violently. Amy gripped the hand rail tightly, trying to stay upright. The Doctor was making nasty reaching noises, like he was trying to throw up.
"Uh oh." The Doctor looked genuinely worried.
Rose edged closed around the console, "Er...are you alright?"
The Doctor lunched forward and a piece of golden energy escaped from his mouth.
"What's that?" Rose asked.
Amy knew that though. She had seen it when she first met her Doctor, "Excess Regeneration energy, right?"
The Doctor nodded, "Yeah, but -" He groaned, "The change is going a bit wrong is all."
He gagged violently again, falling to his knees. Amy immediately ran forward to help him. His face was contorted in pain.
"Look..." Rose watched, worried, "Maybe we should go back. Let's go and find Captain Jack, he'd know what to do."
Amy froze. Rose didn't know. She didn't know that Jack was dead.
But the Doctor just waved his hand impatiently, "Nah, he's busy! He's got plenty to do, rebuilding the Earth!" Amy gripped his arm tighter than she had been before. They were going to have a very long talk when this was all over.
But the Doctor just shook her off, standing up as a lever on the console caught his attention.
"Ooh!" He nearly giggled, "I haven't used this one in years."
Then he flicked it and the TARDIS shook. Amy yelped, gripping the edge of the console and she struggled to her feet.
"What're you doing?" Rose demanded, also trying to stay upright.
But the Doctor wasn't exactly in his right mind as he manically played with the console, "Putting on a bit of speed! That's it!"
"Doctor!" Amy tried to get through to him, "You've just regenerated, and regenerated badly apparently. You should probably take it slow!"
He turned a few more nobs, "Nah!" He grinned at her cheerfully, "Where's the fun in that? My beautiful ship! Come on, Faster! That's a girl!"
The entire TARDIS groaned and Amy liked to imagine that she thought the Doctor was as crazy as she did at the moment.
Rose was watching the whole situation, alarmed. The Doctor looked violent and crazed.
"Faster!" The Doctor cried, "Wanna break the time limit?!" He asked them.
"Stop it!" Rose yelled, angry and scared.
Amy struggled around the TARDIS, "Doctor, you're scaring her!" She yelled, hoping that maybe his fear of hurting Rose would snap him out of it.
And if she could just reach the stabilizers...
"Ah, don't be so dull!" The Doctor replied nastily. Amy reached over the console towards the blue switches and flicked them.
"W-what did you do?" The Doctor looked at her, completely shocked.
Amy breathed heavily. They were still traveling at out of control speeds, but at least now they weren't all about to die.
"Stabilizers." She breathed out, "Little blue switches there."
"Huh..." The Doctor frowned, staring at the blue switches, Then he grinned, "Nah!"
Then faster than she could move the Doctor flicked the switches back and Amy was flung across the TARDIS.
"Let's have a bit of fun!" He announced, "Let's rip through that vortex!" His entire body jerked for a moment as Amy clambered to her feet.
The Doctor looked at them, and for a moment Amy saw genuine fear in his eyes.
"The regeneration's going wrong." The Doctor's voice went back to normal, "I can't stop myself!" He grimaced in pain, "Ah, my head..."
But then he was standing up again with the same manic expression, "Faster! Let's open those engines."
The cloister bell started to ring. Amy groaned, that was never a good thing.
"What's that?" Rose asked, looking around the console room.
The Doctor stood right next to her, looking absolutely delighted, "We're gonna crash land!"
Amy rolled her eyes, "Is crashing after regeneration just a thing with you?"
The Doctor laughed manically, "I have no idea what you're talking about, and I'm not even going to ask."
"Shut up and do something!" Rose yelled to him over the sound of the cloister bell.
"Too late!" He giggled, "Out of control!"
"If I end up in the swimming pool I will kill you!" Amy yelled, gripped a railing with all her strength in case the gravity failed.
"Oh, I love it! Hot Dawg!" He laughed hysterically, jumping in the air.
Rose just shook her head, unbelieving, "You're gonna kill us!"
"Hold on tight, here we go!" The Doctor laughed, catching rose's eyes across the console. "Christmas Eve!"
"Fantastic." Amy groaned.
This Doctor was going to be a handful.
A/N: ...I have nothing to say for myself. I have no self control. I saw the 50th last night again in theaters and I got excited so I decided to post the first chapter. I'm so terrible.
Yeah I don't have much else to say.
Anon Review Replies - from the last chapter of ATSWNT.
guest: Yeah, I remembered that right after I posted the chapter. But remembering back Amy had her head turned away while it happened, because the Doctor pushed it down. Remember she didn't see him empty the bullets from the gun either? But yeah, it was mostly just a mistake on my part.
So I'd say that I won't post the next chapter for a while, but I'd be lying. I'll probably post something on the weekend.
Hope you'll stick around for this one guys! Review with your thoughts, concerns, and questions. And remember to follow the story to get the emails!
Until Next Time,