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The Stolen Earth Incident - Chapter Thirty-Seven

The Stolen Earth Incident - Chapter Thirty-Seven
Author: Milady Dragon
Series: Dragon-Verse
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s): JackHarkness/Ianto Jones, Toshiko Sato/Kathy Swanson, Owen Harper/Diane Holmes, Tenth Doctor/Rose Tyler, Martha Jones/Tom Milligan, Phil Coulson/Clint Barton, Tony Stark/Pepper Potts
Warnings: Language, Violence, Angst, Temporary Character Death (It's Jack), Perceived Character Death, Minor Character Death. 
Spoilers: Thru S2, E13, "Fragments" and "Exit Wounds", the audio play "Lost Souls" for Torchwood, S4, E12 and E13, "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End" for Doctor Who.  Slight spoilers for the movie, "Iron Man" 
Disclaimer: I don't own Torchwood, I would have treated it better. Don't own Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Adventures, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, either
Author's Note:  Here it is, the Dragon-Verse version of "Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End". 

Summary:  The Earth has been stolen.  There are twenty-six other planets in the sky.  The Daleks are raining death down from the sky.  It's the end of the world.


30 April 2009

The Dalek Crucible

 

Rose listened as Martha explained about the bombs that had been planted around the Earth.

She couldn’t help but be impressed even as she felt like this was not the smartest thing to do.

She wasn’t as horrified as the Doctor about it, though.  Which was understandable; the Doctor was, at heart, a pacifist, and destroying an entire planet just because things got so bad there didn’t seem to be any hope left was just plain wrong in his opinion; to be fair, he did have personal experience on his side.  Rose could agree, especially since that was her home planet down there even though she’d been living on an alternate version of it for years now. 

At the same time, she could see the logic of taking one of the planets out of the equation.  She’d been a witness to those poor people being wiped out of existence, and if it would scupper the Daleks’ plans…

She couldn’t believe she was even considering that this was a good idea.

But then, Jack had appeared.

And he’d been alive.

Rose was understandably confused.  She’d seen the Dalek shoot Jack, and no one came back from being exterminated.  And yet, there he was, with her Mum and Mickey – who’d followed her, and she didn’t know really why they would – and with Sarah Jane Smith, a woman that Rose had genuinely liked when she’d met her, back during that Krillitane mess.

And they were threatening to blow up the Crucible with something called a warp star.

It must have been something really bad if the Doctor was scared of it.

Still, destroying the Crucible was another option.

Rose wasn’t afraid to die, if it meant giving her life for a good cause.  In her honest opinion, saving innocent lives was the best cause ever.  If she had to go down with the Crucible, then it would be totally worth it.

It was certainly a better option than blowing up the Earth.

Davros though, didn’t seem to be taking any of it seriously. 

Rose frowned.  Was he so out of touch with reality – no pun intended – that he didn’t get just what was being threatened here?  This would mean the end of his plans for destroying the universe.  Rose thought the endgame for any villain was the completion of their nefarious schemes? Then why wasn’t Davros more concerned?

She found that out, in the next thirty seconds.

As she watched, everyone threatening Davros vanished from the screen in a flash of brilliant light.

Only to appear there, in the Vault.

They were dropped unceremoniously to the hard floor.  Jack was on his feet first, followed by Mickey.  They each helped the others up, and then Jack made a single move toward one of the Dalek guards, who promptly covered them with their gun.

“Don’t move!’ the Doctor ordered. “All of you, stay still.”

Jack and Mickey looked as if they wanted to argue, but they stayed where they were.  Jack had moved in front of Martha and Sarah Jane, protecting them with his body.  Mickey had done the same with her Mum, and it warmed Rose’s heart to know that Jackie had someone looking after her. 

At the same time, Rose felt sadness at the fact that she’d drifted away from her family.  Her Mum and Mickey both had tried to be there for her, when all she’d wanted was to get back here to find the Doctor again.  She hadn’t even said goodbye when she’d left.  She looked over at her Mum, and Jackie’s expression told her that she was going to get such a slap at the first opportunity. 

Rose wasn’t so sure she didn’t deserve it.

Alright, yeah…she’d give her Mum a shot, after all she’d been putting her through.

“Recall all Dalek forces,” Davros ordered.  His voice echoed over some sort of communication system, and Rose didn’t doubt that the Dalek in charge – the one the Doctor had called the Supreme Dalek – had heard and was doing exactly what Davros had ordered.

The creator of the Daleks slid his chair forward.  “Once all forces are back on the Crucible, final detonation can begin.”  He turned toward the two Daleks in the room.  “Guard them.”

“Get on your knees,” one of the Daleks intoned, its gun waving menacingly toward the others.

Jackie and Sarah Jane were the first to comply.  Martha was next, after glancing at Jack, as if to get his approval.  Rose wasn’t sure what that was all about, but she’d gotten the impression earlier, over the sub-wave, that he and Martha were close, as well as the rest of this team.

Jack knelt beside her.  His jaw was clenched, and Rose wondered if he was going to try and charge the Daleks in the room.  That scared her, that he’d throw his life away like that…but then, he’d been shot dead before, she was positive of it.  And yet, there he was, glaring up at the Daleks as if his very gaze would blow them to pieces. 

She didn’t know how he’d fooled her, but now that she thought about it the Doctor had to have known.  Just from the way he’d pulled her away, leaving Jack’s body alone…he had to have known it was some sort of trick.  Rose hadn’t any idea how he’d done it, but Jack was alive, and it seemed like he was willing to put himself between a Dalek weapon and any of them once more.

Mickey was the last to capitulate.  It was apparent that he was furious over the situation, but he also glanced in Jack’s direction as well.  Back when they’d all been on the TARDIS together, Mickey hadn’t seemed all that fond of Jack, and yet, there he was, seemingly ready to obey whatever order Jack gave.  She wondered just when their relationship had changed, and why she hadn’t been aware of it.

But then, she’d seen the changes in her ex-boyfriend over the years they’d spent on that alternate Earth.  Mickey had been a leader of the fight against the Cybermen.  He’d travelled the world, rooting out Cybermen bases until there had been none left to threaten anyone.  He’d been there for the older woman who’d looked like his grandmother, treating her like she was when Rose had known that his real grandmother had passed away years before they’d even met the Doctor. 

Distance had grown up between them.  Rose didn’t understand why he’d decided to follow after her, unless it was because her Mum had insisted.  Mickey had a life; why had he just left it?  Sure, his other world grandmother had passed away, but Mickey had become a hero.  He’d had no reason to show up.

And there he was, giving into the Daleks when he’d never once did it with the Cybermen.

“Please don’t do this,” the Doctor was pleading.  “There’s no need for all this!”

“There’s every need,” Davros gloated.  “The Daleks will finally be the supreme power in every universe!  Nothing will stop them!  All will be swept aside, to be replaced by the next great Dalek Empire!”

His voice had gotten louder and louder, until it had risen into a screech that hurt Rose’s ears. She wanted to clap her hands over them, but managed not to do it. 

“How can the Daleks be an empire if there isn’t anything to rule over?” Jack drawled.  He didn’t look at all impressed, and Rose had to admire him for it.

Yes, if it was the last thing she did, she was going to find out just what had caused the animosity between him and the Doctor, and she was going to fix it. 

Right after she asked him about how he’d survived being shot by the Daleks.

“Yeah,” Mickey added sarcastically, “it’s hard to be the supreme race when you’re the only ones around.”

The Doctor didn’t look happy about their needling, but Rose loved it.  It was most likely to get them exterminated, but then the Doctor didn’t seem to have any sort of plan to get them all out of there and to save the universe.  It wasn’t that she was holding it against him; no, Rose still believed they had some sort of chance, she just didn’t know what it was.  She may have doubted him before, but the Doctor always had some kind of plan. 

There was a very tiny voice in the back of her mind – it sounded ridiculously like her mother’s – telling her that the Doctor had given up and that the universe was about to be destroyed, and there wasn’t a thing she could do to stop it.

Rose told it to shut up.

“Your words mean nothing,” Davros purred.  “You will bear witness to the end of all things.  You will then all be exterminated, and the Doctor shall be kept alive long enough to watch.  Begin the countdown!”

Rose wanted to slam her fists against the cage holding her, but she knew it would hurt her and do nothing to set her free.  He was really going to do it!  He was going to use the twenty-seven planets to destroy the rest of creation.

“There is no one who can stop me,” Davros cackled. 

As if summoned by those very words, a very familiar sound echoed through the Vault.

A breeze kicked up, ruffling Rose’s hair even through the force field.  Jack was rising, as was Mickey, and they all turned toward the corner of the room near the control panel.

Rose’s heart lifted, even though she had no idea what it meant.

A pale blue shape began to form in the shadows, a light pulsing on the top.  The noise grew louder as the box became more substantial.

“That is impossible,” Davros hissed as the TARDIS finished materialising in front of them, sitting quiet and serene, as if it was waiting for something.

The Doctor’s mouth was hanging open, and Rose wanted to giggle at the goldfish look on his face.  She couldn’t though, because she was pretty sure the same look was on her own.

Jack was slowly rising to his feet, and for a split second Rose thought the Dalek on guard was going to kill him; the snout of its gun was aimed in his direction.  But Jack wasn’t paying attention, he was too busy watching the TARDIS fade into being as well.  His face was amazed, and the smile he was wearing was nearly blinding.

None of the others knew that the Daleks had destroyed the TARDIS. At least, it had certainly looked that way.  Did Donna know how to fly her?  Had she somehow managed to somehow get the power to move out of harms’ way?  Rose seemed to recall that the Doctor had once mentioned something like that, that kept the time machine from materialising in the middle of a dangerous situation.  Could she have done something like that, once it neared the point of no return?

Now that she thought back on it, Rose couldn’t say for certain that the TARDIS vanishing into the Daleks’ power core had been the death of her, or if she’d somehow gotten clear.  But, from the Doctor’s reaction, she would have sworn the TARDIS had been destroyed. 

Yet it hadn’t been, because there it was, fully forming in the Vault, looking a little rougher than usual but still whole.

Still, those who hadn’t watched the TARDIS plummet into the power core had to know that the time machine simply didn’t pilot herself; at least, Rose had never seen her do so.  They had to have been at least confused by her appearance. 

Davros let out a shrill cry full of anger and denial.

As she watched, once the engine noise had died down, the door creaked open, echoing in the silence of the Vault.

A man stepped out.

It was the Doctor.

But that was impossible.

 



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