The Man Who Regrets : Doctor Who [1] ✓

46 : Journey’s End (Part 4)

“Heads up,” Jack warns, raising his gun.

“Davros, you have betrayed us,” the Red Dalek says.

“It was Dalek Caan,” Davros protests.

“The Vault will be purged. You will all be exterminated.” The Red Dalek zaps the control panel.

“Like I was saying, feel this!” Jack fires an extended pulse from his big gun and the Red Dalek explodes.

“Oh, we’ve lost the magnetron, and there’s only one planet left,” the original Doctor says. “Oh, guess which one. But we can use the TARDIS.” The Doctor runs into the TARDIS.

“Holding Earth stability,” the new Doctor informs. “Maintaining atmospheric shell.”

“The prophecy must complete,” Dalek Caan reminds them.

“Don’t listen to him,” Davros orders.

“I have seen the end of everything Dalek, and you must make it happen, Doctor.”

“He’s right,” the new Doctor says. “Because with or without a Reality bomb, this Dalek Empire’s big enough to slaughter the cosmos. They’ve got to be stopped.”

“Just, just wait for the Doctor,” Donna says.

“I am the Doctor. Maximising Dalekanium power feeds. Blasting them back!”

Daleks start exploding all over the Crucible and all over the Medusa Cascade.

The original Doctor runs out of the TARDIS. “What have you done?”

“Fulfilling the prophecy,” the new Doctor informs.

“Do you know what you’ve done? Now get in the TARDIS! Everyone! All of you, inside! Run!”

The original Doctor stands inside the TARDIS doors while the new Doctor stands outside the TARDIS doors, both ordering the companions inside.

The original Doctor is repeating himself. “In! In! In! In!”

The new Doctor is listing them off. “Sarah Jane! Rose! Jackie! Jack! Violet! Mickey! Martha!”

Explosions are starting to wreck the Vault, and that makes the original Doctor turn back to face Davros. “Davros? Come with me. I promise I can save you.”

“Never forget, Doctor, you did this. I name you. Forever, you are the Destroyer of the Worlds!” A wall of flames leaps up and Davros gurgles his last scream.

“One will still die.” Dalek Caan’s warning goes unheard.

Inside the TARDIS, everyone is standing about until the original Doctor runs up to the console and begins flipping switches and pressing buttons. The TARDIS dematerialises just before the Crucible blows up.

“But what about the Earth?” Sarah Jane demands. “It’s stuck in the wrong part of space.”

“I’m on it,” the original Doctor replies. “Torchwood Hub, this is the Doctor. Are you receiving me?”

Gwen appears on the scanner. “Loud and clear. Is Jack there?”

“Can’t get rid of him. Jack, what’s her name?”

“Gwen Cooper,” Jack replies.

“Tell me, Gwen Cooper, are you from an old Cardiff family?”

“Yes, all the way back to the eighteen hundreds,” the dark-haired woman replies.

“Ah, thought so,” the Doctor says. “Spatial genetic multiplicity.”

“Oh, yeah,” Rose says, remembering the time they met Charles Dickens.

“Yeah, it’s a funny old world. Now, Torchwood, I want you to open up that Rift Manipulator. Send all the power to me.”

“Doing it now, sir,” Ianto declares.

“Ianto,” Violet exclaims, looking on the scanner and seeing the male. “Thank fuck you’re still alive.”

“Wouldn’t dream of dying and leaving Gwen to deal with Jack, ma’am.”

“You know you love me,” Jack taunts his lover. “Violet wouldn’t let someone she loves die.”

“Of course not, sir.”

Violet laughs.

“You three can continue your flirting later,” the original Doctor says. “Calling Luke and Mister Smith. This is the Doctor. Come on, Luke. Shake a leg.”

Luke appears on the scanner. “Is Mum there?”

“Oh, she’s fine and dandy.”

Sarah Jane celebrates. “Yes! Yes!”

“Now, Mister Smith, I want you to harness the Rift power and loop it around the TARDIS. You got that?”

“I regret I will need remote access to TARDIS base code numerals,” Mr Smith informs.

“Oh, blimey, that’s going to take a while.”

“No, no, no. Let me,” Sarah Jane says. “K9, out you come!”

K9 beams in beside Luke. “Affirmative, Mistress.”

“Oh! Oh ho! Oh, good dog!” the original Doctor cheers. “K9, give Mister Smith the base code.”

“Affirmative, Master. Tardis base code now being transferred. The process is simple.”

“Now then, you lot.” The original Doctor. “Sarah, hold that down. Mickey, you hold that. Because you know why this TARDIS always is always rattling about the place? Rose? That, there. It’s designed to have six pilots, and I have to do it single handed. Martha, keep that level. But not any more. Jack, there you go. Steady that. Now we can fly this thing. No, Jackie. No, no. Not you. Don’t touch anything. Just stand back. Like it’s meant to be flown. We’ve got the Torchwood Rift looped around the TARDIS by Mister Smith, and we’re going to fly Planet Earth back home. Right then. Off we go.”

The TARDIS takes the strain on the tow rope, then pulls Earth out of the Cascade. Everyone on Earth hangs on for the ride. Jackie shakes her head and leans against the railing, watching nearly everyone on board fly the blue box. The new Doctor walks over to Violet and stands beside her, hugging her with one arm while the other holds onto the railing just in case someone messes something up and they go flying.

Donna walks around the console, supervising the flight. “That’s really good, Jack,” Donna flirts, despite having her shocked boyfriend not too far from her. “I think you’re the best.”

Violet playfully whacks Donna as the TARDIS drops the Earth off by the Moon and everyone celebrates. However, before the half Time Lord can stop her, Donna pulls Jack off Sarah and hugs him herself. She doesn’t let that stand for long, pulling Jack away from Donna and holding him protectively, making the time traveller laugh but hug his lover back. They park the TARDIS in a park once again, and the air is filled with church bells ringing a celebratory change. One by one they all exit the TARDIS except for Donna, Rose, Jackie, Mickey and the new Doctor.

“You know, you act like such a lonely man,” Sarah Jane says. “But look at you. You’ve got the biggest family on Earth.” She hugs the Doctor. “Oh! Got to go. He’s only fourteen. It’s a long story. And thank you!”

Back on the TARDIS, Donna is phoning home. “Yeah, I’m fine. Are you all right?”

“I’m going to miss you more than anyone,” Mickey says.

“What do you mean?” Jackie demands. “The Doctor’s going to take us home, isn’t he?”

“Well, that’s the point.”

Out in the park, the Doctor unmends Jack’s teleport bracelet. “I told you, no teleport. And, Martha, get rid of that Osterhagen thing, eh? Save the world one more time.”

Violet sneakily fixes Jack’s Vortex Manipulator.

“Consider it done,” Martha says.

They both salute the Doctor, and he returns it. Violet, Jack and Martha walk away, but the latter two know that Violet won’t be staying on Earth with them.

“You know, I’m not sure about UNIT these days,” Jack says. “Maybe there’s something else you could be doing?”

Before they get too far away from the TARDIS, Violet takes Jack’s hand and turns him until he’s facing her. Without a moment’s hesitation, she throws her arms around his neck and kisses him fiercely, not knowing how long it’s going to be until she sees her first love again. He reciprocates, his arms going around her waist and holding her firmly to his body, not entirely sure if he wants to let her go.

However, they part and Violet simply hugs him this time, fighting tears as she clutches at Jack’s jacket. “I don’t want this to be goodbye, Jack. I don’t want this to be the end.”

“Stop it now.” Jack tries to sound teasing, but his voice comes out crackly. “Don’t go saying that we’re not going to see each other again. You, Ianto and I both know that’s not true.”

“Jack, the future can change.”

“Stop being so fucking pessimistic.” Jack pulls away from Violet and lowers her to the ground. “You’re not usually like this, so I don’t really know what to say to make you feel better - except that we’ll see each other again.”

Violet smiles through her tears and notices that Jack’s baby blue eyes are beginning to fills with tears of his own. “Don’t miss me too much. Also, give something to Ianto for me.”

“What?”

She kisses him again, and it’s got the same passion and burn behind it as the one she gave Jack. “Give him that, and tell him to keep an eye on you.”

“Oh, also.” He pulls a familiar blue book from his pocket. “I knew you were going to forget this.”

She takes River’s journal from Jack and puts it in her back pocket. “Thank you.”

“Oi, where are you going?” Violet hears the Doctor exclaim, and she knows that her time with her goodbyes is coming to a quick close.

Mickey gives him some explanation, but all she can hear is his final words. “Hey, you two!”

Mickey catches up with Jack and Martha.

“Oh. Thought I’d got rid of you,” Jack teasingly complains.

The three of them walk away, not one of them turning back, and Violet’s throat tightens as her tears continue to flow. Swallowing, she forces herself to turn her own back and walk back to the TARDIS; back to her Doctor and the rest of her friends aboard. Her husband hugs her and kisses the top of her head as they walk inside the blue box, shutting the door behind them.

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