Angels, Soldiers, Criminals

This is the Doctor

"What caused it to crash?" River asked, almost thinking aloud, as the Doctor and Amy eventually joined them. "Not me."

"Nah…" The Time Lord agreed. "The air lock would have sealed seconds after you blew it, according to the Home Box the warp engines had a phase-shift… no survivors."

"A phase-shift would have to be sabotage." River pointed out, expressing her daughter's thoughts before the brunette could open her mouth. "I did warn them."

The Doctor narrowed his eyes. "About what?"

River dodged the question. "At least the building was empty. Aplan Temple… unoccupied for centuries."

The Doctor moved away, still suspicious. Evie plucked the device from her mother's hands and looked at it carefully. A detailed outline of the inside of the Temple was clearly displayed on the screen, lines tracing the points where damage had occurred from the impact. Graphs along the right edge displayed the shifting levels of the atmosphere. The changes were so slight that they would have been undetectable with lesser technology.

"Aren't you going to introduce us?" Amy asked.

Evie smirked slightly and focused her attention on the readings. The idea of her father introducing Amy to her own daughter was too amusing to the girl. River, however, kept her face impassive, although she did prise the computer out of her daughter's hands and start pressing buttons quickly, re-calibrating the scanners.

"Amy Pond, Professor River Song." The Doctor said quickly. River glanced at her daughter, who arched an eyebrow in surprise.

Then she turned to face the other two, gasping. "Oh! I'm going to be a Professor someday, am I? How exciting!" She chucked happily. "Spoilers!"

"Yeah, but who is she and how did she do that?" Amy whispered to the Doctor. "She just left you a note in a museum."

"Two things always guaranteed to turn up in a museum; the Home Box of a category four starliner and, sooner or later, him." River said in amusement, turning to face her mother with a smug smile. "It's how he keeps score!"

Amy laughed and moved forwards to stand beside the older woman. "I know!"

"It's hilarious, isn't it?"

The Doctor chuckled sarcastically, moving between River and Amy and pointing his finger at the archaeologist. "I'm nobody's taxi service; I'm not gonna be there to catch you every time you feel like… like jumping out of a spaceship."

"And you are so wrong." River told him firmly.

Evie grinned. "So, SO wrong!"

"What are you doing here, Evie?" The Doctor demanded suspiciously, rounding on the brunette. "What are you doing with her?"

"It's a long story." She told him, clearly not intending to go into it now. "A very long story. We were sort of… thrown together. But we've got bigger fish to fry at the moment, Doctor. River… what's that?"

The device in River's hands had captured her attention and she turned away from the Doctor, who appeared to be sulking.

"There's one survivor… there's a thing in the belly of that ship that can't ever die." River told him ominously. The Time Lord stopped walking away and turned to look at her, curiously. River smiled. "Now he's listening."

"Of course he is." Evie agreed, rolling her eyes as River walked forwards, speaking into her device.

"You lot in orbit yet?" She asked, apparently speaking to Father Octavian. "Yeah, I saw it land… I'm at the crash site. Try and home in on my signal." She stopped and held the device up, calling to the Doctor. "Doctor, can you sonic me? I need to boost the signal so we can use it as a beacon."

He did as she asked and River dropped into a curtsey by way of a thank you. The Doctor didn't look happy, knowing that she had got the better of him. His companion grinned, leaning in towards him.

"Ooh, Doctor! You soniced her!" Amy said in a flirtatious voice. Evie giggled and started picking her way across the uneven floor after her mother.

"We have a minute." River called across the space as Evie reached her. "Shall we?"

Even from the distance she was away from the Doctor, Evie saw him roll his eyes at her mother's words. Amy grinned and tugged on his arm slightly, forcing him to walk over to the woman. River pulled out her diary and flicked through it. She glanced at the Time Lord carefully, scrutinising him for a clue.

"Where are we up to?" She mused aloud, turning several pages at once. "Have we done the Bone Meadows?"

Amy glanced interestedly at the diary, moving closer. "What's the book?"

"Stay away from it!" The Doctor ordered, making both Evie and Amy jump. The red-head almost frowned at him.

"What is it, though?"

"Her diary."

"Our diary." River said, stressing the word 'our'. Evie looked away, shielding her eyes with her hand and staring up at the wreckage. She'd heard this argument enough times not to be interested in it anymore.

"Her past, my… future." He spat the last word out as though it tasted disgusting on his tongue. Evie hid a small smile, thinking about how much he had to learn; how much they both had to learn. "Time travel… we keep meeting in the wrong order."

Before anything else could be said, four swirling pillars of dust and wind appeared, growing stronger until they died away completely, leaving four cleric soldiers in their place. The one at the front was instantly recognisable as Father Octavian. He moved forwards, heading straight for his two charges.

"You promised me an army, Doctor Song." He said with the ghost of a smile on his lips.

River smirked back. "No, I promised you the equivalent of an army. This is the Doctor."

Octavian's eyes swivelled to face the Time Lord, his mouth dropping open slightly as he realised who he was looking at. The Doctor glanced quickly at River and Evie, his eyes narrowing slightly. The younger woman guessed that it was the mention of an army that had caused the reaction. He pulled a face and gave the cleric a salute.

"Father Octavian, sir." The cleric said, holding out his hand for the Doctor to shake. "Bishop, second class; twenty Clerics at my command. The troops are already in the drop ship and landing shortly. Doctor Song and Miss Robinson were helping us with a covert investigation." There was a long pause as they all stared up at the still burning ship. "Has Doctor Song explained what we're dealing with?"

River turned to face the Time Lord quickly. "Doctor… what do you know of the Weeping Angels?"

His eyes flicked to her quickly, his head turning so fast that Evie thought his neck could have snapped. His face was impassive, but his eyes flashed dangerously at the mention of the creatures. Evie shuddered as well. Until now, her mother hadn't said what kind of creature they were dealing with; maybe because she knew how horrific the Weeping Angels were. They were the creatures that nightmares were made of.

"Right, Doctor Song, Miss Robinson…" Father Octavian said, suddenly business-like. "Follow me please; you need to get changed into your uniforms before anything else."

The women followed as he began barking orders to his men. Within minutes there were tens more cleric soldiers milling around building a make-shift base camp at the base of the cliff that the Aplan Temple was carved into.

Evie pulled at the collar of her rough, camouflage shirt. It was made of a horrible, scratchy material and itched her neck terribly. River rolled her eyes and told her to stop fussing as she headed out of the small trailer where they'd been sent to get changed.

"Undo the buttons if it's that bad." She muttered. Evie did as she said, unbuttoning her shirt as much as she could before it became unreasonable. River sighed. "Not that much…"

"What?" Evie demanded, looking down at her shirt. She was wearing a strappy top underneath, so she didn't see that it mattered that almost all the buttons were undone. Aside from that, Evie had rolled up the sleeves and was refusing to wear the helmet that the Bishop had thrust at her.

"Father Octavian isn't going to like the 'improvements' you've made to his little uniform." River said with a smirk.

"Yeah, well, he's not the boss of me." The young woman snapped, folding her arms. Her mother laughed and put an arm around Evie's waist.

"Come on… let's go and see what trouble your father and my mother are getting themselves into."

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