In a far off galaxy in a far off universe, dust remains of a planet called Gallifrey begins to reform. The yellow-orange planet becomes whole as ancient cities arise from ashes. A cloud of dust arises and clears and tall spiral buildings break out of the cloud of dust. People start to appear out of thin air going about their daily routines as nothing happened. The great last ‘Time War’ had been fought and a planet destroyed yet, here it was again in all it’s former glory. Some people were converging in a great hall to discuss some terrible news.
A tall slender man steps up to the podium and begins to speak. “I fear I bring sad news to this meeting.” The man said trying desperately not to shed a tear on his face. “We now exist again for the unforeseeable has happened. The last great ‘Time War’ saw the end of us many eons ago.” He paused to gather himself. “I now read from the ancient book of Gallifrey. For it is written the man known only as The Doctor shall pass his final regeneration and all in the universe will be lost. Out of the ashes shall Gallifrey raise to find a suitable replacement. Ladies and Gentlemen of the great hall we only exist because The Doctor has reached his final regeneration.”
A hand arose in the great hall. The speaker acknowledged this person. “Mr. President. Why would the great text say these things? I recall The Doctor helping in the great ‘Time War’. However, I don’t see why his last regenerations death would allow us to live.”
“My young man, time and space do not stop you are far too young to understand all of this. Simply put that we are the keepers of time and space and someone needs to be around to keep that order. It would be utter chaos if there was no one to guide time and space.” He took a deep breath, and then sipped some water. He passed around the podium as he began to speak again. “The Doctor was the last of our kind, and the void is now being felt across the universe. The universe it self recreated us to see that someone was around to help guide it.”
Another hand shot up and posed a question “Sir, what does this all mean?”
“It means Ms. Stone that we must bring the Doctor back.” The President stated.
“Bring him back? He caused more chaos then corrected. Time and Time again he goes about his own needs to save the race of humanity.” A person interrupted from the far back of the room.
“That may be true, but as we all know the Earth’s past and it inhabitants need someone to guide them,” said the President.
In unison the hall erupted “who shall lead them that would have their best interests at hand.”
“It says in the text that one of planet Earth shall assume the place if the Doctor reaches his last regeneration. He, or She shall have all his memories and shall have bestowed upon them. All of the Doctor’s memories and shall be able to regenerate again thirteen more times. This process of the Doctor shall proceed again if the time comes that he has reached his last regeneration.” The President took a long breath. He watched the people of the great hall talked amongst themselves. “This means in short for all you that do not understand this. The Doctor will even in his last regeneration shall forever live by picking a candidate from the planet Earth if he or she ever reaches their own limit of regenerations. This is what is written in our own texts and we shall uphold it until time and space feel there is no need to have the Doctor.”
“Mr. President, how do we decide who would be right to fulfill the role of the Doctor?” Several people shouted out in question.
“It’s fairly simple ladies and gentlemen. With this…” A strange sound emanated in the middle of the hall, and a sound that most knew by heart. A large blue box flickered in the room for several seconds before becoming solid. “This ladies and gentlemen, is the Doctors’ TARDIS”
“How were you able to summon it here and at this moment?” One man asked.
“It was programmed to return to Gallifrey on the event that the Doctor passed his last regeneration.” The President answered.
“So now that it is here how do we proceed?” The same man asked.
“Well for some apparent reason this TARDIS is very much alive. It shall pick the right person for the job. The only problem will be to get that person to come here.” The President said. Then he nodded to the engineers to refit the TARDIS. They went in and found the body of the previous Doctor lying lifeless on the floor. The engineers called out to the President and let him know they had found the Doctor. He then ordered the Doctors to retrieve the body. “I ask you Doctor’s to restore five days to the Doctor. This should give him ample time to find his replacement and to get him here to Gallifrey so that we may save him.”
“We well do our best to restore that time to him. However, it may not be exact. Bringing back the dead isn’t really something we normally do. Only in special circumstances is it even considered.” The lead Doctor said to the President.
“Just do your best Bruce.” The president said.
The doctors went strait to work on the Doctor. They chanted and prayed and analyzed the Doctor. Injecting different types of medicines and quoting old rituals that were written on ancient scrolls. Two heart beats soon started to faintly came out of the lifeless body. They pounded hard as the body of the Doctor reacted. A deep breath of air was taken as the Doctor gasped and coughed. “What?”
One of the Doctors tapped on the intercom. “Mr. President. The Doctor lives.”
”Very well I’m on my way.” The President replied.
The Doctor looked at all the people that stood over him. He was puzzled and confused as to how he was seeing what his mind told him. “How is this possible? This can’t be. You all died. I was there fighting along side of you. You are all dead.” He took another deep breath. “I can’t believe this. This isn’t real.”
A door opened as the Doctor sat up to look who had entered the room. “Ah, glad to see you alive again Doctor.”
“Yes, it is I my old friend. Don’t let your mind tell you otherwise.” President Schlard replied.
“But how is this possible you were the first to die in the ‘Time War’”. The Doctor questioned.
“You reached your last regeneration Doctor, and Time and Space gave us existence again.” The President replied.
“Oh, my dear lord has it been fourteen lives?” The Doctor asked.
“I’m afraid so Doctor. We have restored you to your tenth regeneration. Due to the fact your other regenerations where too resent. We couldn’t bring them back so you’ve lost all memory of what you experienced with those. Including how you died last.” One of the doctors informed the Doctor.
“So what am I supposed to do? Doctor Grant isn’t it?” The Doctor asked.
“You need to find your replacement Doctor.” President Schlard told him as he paced around the room. “You will go to Earth and the TARDIS will bring you to the time and place of your successor. Once you find him, you will bring him back to us with in five days.”
“Oh that’s brilliant. What happens if I don’t bring him back in five days?” The Doctor asked.
“We are unsure your stability in your current state. We believe that you will die in five days time, but it’s really debatable. You could have two more regenerations for all we know.” Doctor Grant said.
“So, I’m supposed to find someone to become me you put all my lives experiences into him, and I wither away into non existence?” The Doctor asked.
Again Doctor, we really don’t know what’s going to happen to you. This is the best we could do with the knowledge we have. This is your only chance to have a fresh start of fourteen regenerations.” Doctor Grant answered.
“Well I hope you’ll be working on a way to give me back my two last lives.” The Doctor stated. He took a deep sigh. “I guess I have to do this, and the universe will have Two Doctors running around it.”
“That is very unlikely Doctor. You see once we transfer your essence into the next person. You will become someone else, and that person will become you. It’s the only way you can live Doctor.” Doctor Grant tried to explain.
“I see, so I best get a move on it.” The Doctor stated.
“If you’ll follow me Doctor I’ll take you to your TARDIS. She’s undergone some refitting with the upgrades, but we still haven’t been able to fix the chameleon circuit.” President Schlard said.
“Ah, that’s ok. I prefer the old police box anyways.” The Doctor said as they walked to the great hall. “All aren’t you a sight for sore eyes.” He spoke directly to the TARDIS giving it a hug.”
“Doctor, you have to go now. Your time is growing short. You have five earth days to complete your task. When you’re gone that time will expire very quickly. So be swift about it we don’t want to lose you again.” The President said.
“I won’t be long Schlard, It was really good seeing you again.” The Doctor said as he entered the TARDIS. He spoke again to the TARDIS. “Alright girl time for one last ride. Take me to whatever time you see fit that has my replacement.” The TARDIS started to phase in and out of the space time continuum and vanished.
“I only hope for your sake Doctor. You meet your own dead line.” The President said as the TARDIS vanished from the great hall.
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An observer was looking through a telescope at the planet Saturn. He adjusted the focus on the viewer to get a clearer view of the planet. The man jotted the coordinates on a note pad and dated and signed his entry. He picked up his hot cup of coffee he had just poured and after taking a sip, burning his mouth, he spit it out. The splatter of the coffee landed on the paper; he then tried to find a towel to clean it up and inadvertently knocked the telescope out of its alignment. He cleaned up his mess and picked up his coffee and this time blew on it and then took a sip.
The man peered back into his telescope and the edge of an object appeared into his line of sight. He picked up the phone and called the watch tower. The phone rang several times before someone picked up.
“Watch Tower.” The voice said at the other end of the phone.
“Watch Tower, this is David Johnson. I noticed an object at the following coordinates 35 west, at a 95 degree angle.” David said to the tower barely making out his own blurred writing that had been on the paper.
”David, that’s the planet Saturn, please be sure you do not make prank calls again.” The tower responded.
The phone clicked and David looked into the eyepiece it was entirely black with the exception of small blinking lights. He felt it strange that the tower would tell him he had been making it up. He dialed a friend that wasn’t too far away that he knew was also observing the night sky as well. The phone rang and was quickly answered.
“Dr. Gordon speaking.”
“Bruce, it’s Dave. Check out 35 west and at 95 degrees.”
”Yah, Dave you can really see the rings of Saturn.”
“On my end it’s all black except blinking lights.”
”Are you sure it isn’t a plane blocking your view.”
“There’s no plane in sight, Bruce. I swear to god this is no hoax.”
”What did you say the coordinates were?”
Dave looked at his scopes settings they were on the reverse side of the telescope. “Correction try 65 east by 96 degrees.”
”Just a minute Dave.” He paused to set down the phone and move his telescope. “That is really unusual Dave I see it now. Did you call the Tower?”
“Yah Bruce, but I gave them Saturn’s coordinates. Could you give them a call and then call me back.”
"Better than that Dave, I’ll three way you. Hold on two minutes.” Bruce clicked over for a dial tone and called the watch tower. He clicked back over to Dave before they answered. Dave could now hear both Bruce and the watch tower.
“Watch Tower, this is Doctor Bruce Gordon calling, please check out 65 east and at a 96 degree angle.”
"Please hold while we adjust our scope." The hold music started to play ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ and both Bruce and Dave held on patiently. The warning siren went off in the distance. They both realized something was definitely going on in space. Both the men ran inside and turned on the T.V. Bruce told Dave good bye so they could both focus on the news.
Dave called his other friend Freddy, and told him to tune in the news channel. He didn’t say another word as Freddy was already watching the news as soon as the sirens had gone off.
“I’m Dan Donnavan with a special News Report. There is a confirmed Unidentified Flying Object in outer space. A Doctor Bruce Gordan, and David Johnson both called the watch tower reporting this unusual turn sighting in the sky. For those of you that don’t have telescopes the ‘Hubble Telescope’ will be in clear view of this object in minutes. We now turn you over to N.A.S.A. for a full report. ”
“This is Commander Robert Frank at N.A.S.A. Control Center. From the Hubble images the ship appears to be about the size of twenty-two football fields. It’s a diamond shape and is on a direct course to the Planet. As of right now we are sending signals of all kinds directed at the ship. So far there has been no response."
“Sorry to interrupt you Commander, but the President of the United States is just about to make a public announcement. We now go live to the White House.”
“My fellow Americans, tonight is a first for the history books. We have come across a true undeniable presence from outer space. I’d like to remind you all to remain calm, and stay put in your homes. We have no idea what the Alien intentions are as of yet. I am also broadcasting a message of peace to the ship as I am talking to you.” The President paused as someone whispered in his ears and then said, "It appears that the space ship has begun an assault on the space station that orbits our planet and has killed all the people aboard it. I’m issuing a world emergency as of right now. Please, if you can make it to tornado or bomb shelter, be swift about it and remember other people are trying to make their way to shelter as well. Please remain calm at this time. As you can see from this image shown from the Hubble telescope they have fired upon innocent people.”
Sirens went off around the planet and people panicked and started to cause utter chaos in the streets. Several vehicle accidents were being reported immediately with a warning issued for safe, calm driving. As some people were about to enter their cars a voice came out of no where. Anyone that could hear the voice heard it in their own native language.
“We have reviewed all transmissions from your planet. Your messages of peace and being friendly are both false and meaningless. Your planet and your people pose a threat to our race. This information is based on movies, radio broadcasts, articles in the paper, and TV reports. You are a society that kills your own species and calls it a religious act when there is no truth to it.”
“Who are you to judge us so quickly, and what are your intentions? You killed several innocent people on that space station,” the president said.
“The people that were innocent were taken from the station prior to it’s destruction. You are the so called leader of the United States, you were supposed to be for the people but your actions indicate that is not true. You do nothing to help your people, you only destroy and fortify for your own selfish needs. Our intentions are to drop our security force and eradicate the filth on this planet.”
A fire ball hit the white house with no warning the transmission from the president was gone. The local news channel came back on. “Dan Donnavan reporting live, it appears that the White House has been destroyed with the president and one third of the cabinet killed. The evacuation of the White House came too late. The vice president is currently in a secure area and we expect to hear from him soon. Please stay tuned to this station for more details.”
Dave turned off the T.V. after seeing a strange white light appear near his home. He grabbed his cell phone as he left his home. Dave walked to the area where the light had appeared, although it had only been a brief event, he knew exactly where it was. The old water tower on the hill was the location of the occurance, he just knew it. He speed dialed Bruce, and it rang only once as Bruce answered the phone.
“Bruce, it’s Dave again. I just saw a beam of light at the old water tower in the center or town. I’m headed there now.”
"Alright, Dave be careful. I’ll meet you there. Have you called Freddy yet?”
“No, I haven’t and I’m getting a really weak signal from my phone. If you could call him and have him meet up with us there.”
All Bruce could hear was ‘Call him and have him meet us there.’ That’s all Bruce needed to hear as he dialed up Freddy. It rang twice, and then an answer came from the other end. “Hey, Freddy it’s Bruce.”
“Hey Brucie, what’s up Doc?” he asked and chuckled.
“I’m assuming you know what’s going on Freddy. Dave told me he had seen a light at the old water tower, and is investigating it. He wanted us to meet him there.”
“Righty-o Brucie. I’ll head out that way as soon as I put the kids to bed.”
Dave was half way to the water tower with his flash light in hand. He didn’t want whatever was there to know he was coming. So he walked slowly up the hill to the water tower. He saw two vehicles park a block away from the hill. That set off his thinking that Freddy, and Bruce were on their way to the hill, he paused to wait for them. Two flashlights were off in the distance, and Dave signaled them with his flashlight using Morse code. The flashlights signaled back making him aware it was both Freddy, and Bruce.
He stood there in silence until both Freddy, and Bruce were there with him. Dave gave them both a quick hug, and greeted them quietly. “Good to see you both again.”
“Seems like old times, Davie” Freddy replied.
“Indeed, it does my friends, just like back in the old days we spent investigating anything out of the ordinary.” Bruce stated.
“Well it’s good to have a Doctor that knows his stick around.” Dave said to Bruce.
“You’re the lucky one Dave. You always had a knack of finding things others would spend a life time finding.”
“Shall we set off then?” Dave asked his friends. They both nodded as Bruce pulled up his camcorder to document anything they might find with his fingers ready to press record.
The three men set off to the top of the hill where the water tower was. Dave signaled Bruce to hit record. Bruce did a mic check. “This is Doctor Bruce Gordan, Dave Johnson, and Freddy McCormick documenting the strange light source. Dave reported to me a sighting of a strange white light at the old water tower that sits in the center of the city of Delano.”
They slowly made their way to the water tower. What they saw was a small aircraft of alien origin sitting underneath the tower. Several alien beings were just standing outside of the craft. Bruce caught it all on tape, and kept watching while he recorded it.
Dave spoke up quietly, “It seems that the aliens are waiting for some kind of instruction to be given to them. They seem to not know about our presence here. They also are protecting their ship with what appears to be some sort of gun and are well protected with light weight armor.”
“Great eyes there Dave,” Bruce said as he padded him on the shoulders. “What do you go on the transceiver Freddy?”
“I’m picking up a variant of languages back and forth. None of them make sense to me Brucie.” Freddy said as he tried to make out what was being said.
“Some movement from under the ship seems to be going on. They are moving away from the ship. It looks like a bay door is opening and a bright light’s emanating from it. Freddy, I hope you brought the binoculars.” Dave said as he squinted to try to make out sign of any more activity.
“Would I let you down Davie?” Freddy said as he handed him the binoculars.
Dave pressed a few buttons on the binoculars increasing their viewing properties. He saw some human beings walk down the plat form. “They are humans coming from the ship. They appear to be the people that were on the space station. It appears to be all twelve of them if I counted correctly.”
“Let us move in then shall we they may need a Doctor.” Bruce chimed in, as they walked from the near top of the hill and made their way to the water tower. The aliens saw the three men heading to their direction they held there guns ready to fire upon them. Not a single fire was shot as Bruce announced to them. “I’m a Doctor, and these two gentlemen are my assistances.” The aliens seemed to have understood him. They lowered their weapons and let them approach the other humans.
Bruce took out his medical bag and checked all twelve of the men and women. Every single person was fine, and healthy despite eating only space food. Another alien made his way down the ramp from the ship. He seemed to be taller then the rest of his alien friends. “I know you three mean us no harm, and that these twelve we have dropped off at this point were innocent of any harm from your people.”
Dave looked at the alien that was speaking. “Do you represent your race?”
“That I do. Believe me when I say we mean you no harm.”
“I believe you mean no harm to us but what about the people you killed in the white house.” Dave asked.
“It was necessary, those people were corrupt. We will not stand for it. We’ve been watching your planet for quite some time. We will eliminate any evil that we feel is necessary. Even now as we speak highly trained warriors are depositing across your world. They are killing anyone that is a threat. We will not destroy anymore buildings.” The alien said.
“Welcome Alien dudes. I’m Freddy, that man over there is Doctor Bruce, and Dave is the one that you were speaking to.” Freddy Chimed in.
“You seem to be three very intelligent people. I would even venture even far more so then most of my own race. I’m known as Psract. We have some mysterious things on our own planet that we need assistance with.” Psract said.
“Well we first need to see to the safety of these people first. We need to also try to talk to you about sparing the evil ones that you wish to kill for now. That is until we have a chance to talk to your people.” Dave said to Psract.
“We will post guards then. If they do anything to upset the balance I will not be responsible for what happens to them.” Psract said, and as he had said that it echoed through out the planet. “We are taking these three brave souls from your planet to plead your case. Once the plea has been heard we will evaluate what has been said and then we will decide your fates.”
They led the three onboard their ship, as they finished escorting the twelve members from the space station to the Delano authorities. They stated they would handle getting them back to their loved ones. The ship took off in a blink of an eye. As the ship left the atmosphere of Earth a last message from Psract was said. “I remind you this planet is on warning that any actions taken against our own race. There will be consequences judged against the ones that commit the actions.” The ship left the earth and vanished off into the cold dark of space.
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