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xliv. journey's end (part 02)

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The Vault

โ€œACTIVATE THE HOLDING CELLS,โ€ Davros orders.

Spotlights shine down on the Doctor, Violet and Rose.

โ€œExcellent. Even when powerless, a Time Lord is best contained.โ€

โ€œStill scared of me, then?โ€

โ€œIt is time we talked, Doctor. After so very long.โ€

โ€œNo, no, no, no, no. Weโ€™re not doing the nostalgia tour. I want to know whatโ€™s happening right here, right now, because the Supreme Dalek said Vault, yeah? As in dungeon, cellar, prison. Youโ€™re not in charge of the Daleks, are you? Theyโ€™ve got you locked away down here in the basement like, what, a servant? Slave? Court jester?โ€

โ€œWe have an arrangement.โ€

โ€œNo, no, no, no, no. No, Iโ€™ve got the word. Youโ€™re the Dalekโ€™s pet!โ€

โ€œSo very full of fire, is he not.โ€ Davros turns to Rose with what can be only called a pitiful expression. โ€œAnd to think you crossed entire universes, striding parallel to parallel to find him again.โ€

โ€œLeave her alone,โ€ the Doctor warns.

โ€œShe is mine to do as I please.โ€

โ€œThen why am I still alive?โ€ Rose demands.

โ€œRose, you canโ€™t just ask the Dalek leader why youโ€™re still alive,โ€ Violet sasses. โ€œItโ€™s just not right.โ€

โ€œYou are a strange Human child,โ€ Davros says to Violet before he turns back to addressing Roseโ€™s question. โ€œYou must be here. It was foretold. Even the Supreme Dalek would not dare to contradict the prophecies of Dalek Caan.โ€

Dalek Caan cackles. โ€œSo cold and dark. Fire is coming. The endless flames.โ€

โ€œWhat is that thing?โ€ Rose asks with disgust.

โ€œYouโ€™ve met before,โ€ the Doctor informs. โ€œThe last of the Cult of Skaro. But it flew into the Time War, unprotected.โ€

โ€œCaan did more than that,โ€ Davros rasps with delight. โ€œHe saw time. Its infinite complexity and majesty, raging through his mind. And he saw you. Both of you, but not this young one you have with you.โ€

โ€œThis I have foreseen, in the wild and the wind. The Doctor will be here as witness, at the end of everything,โ€ Dalek Caan cries happily. โ€œThe Doctor and his precious Children of Time. And one of them will die.โ€

โ€œWas it you, Caan? Did you kill Donna? Why did the TARDIS door close?โ€ the Doctor rages. โ€œTell me!โ€

โ€œOh, thatโ€™s it. The anger, the fire, the rage of a Time Lord who butchered millions. There he is,โ€ Davros taunts. โ€œWhy so shy? Show your companions. Show them your true self. Dalek Caan has promised me that too.โ€

โ€œI have seen, at the time of ending, the Doctorโ€™s soul will be revealed,โ€ Dalek Caan says, twitching in what remains of his metal Dalek shell.

โ€œWhat does that mean?โ€ the Doctor growls.

Davros chuckles, but it sounds more like heโ€™s choking. โ€œWe will discover it together. Our final journey. Because the ending approaches. The testing begins.โ€

โ€œTesting of what?โ€

โ€œThe Reality Bomb.โ€

โ—ฆ

โ€œDoctor, what happened?โ€ Rose exclaims, watching people fall to pieces on the screen.

โ€œElectrical energy, Miss Tyler,โ€ Davros graciously explains. โ€œEvery atom in existence is bound by an electrical field. The Reality Bomb cancels it out. Structure falls apart. That test was focused on the prisoners alone. Full transmission will dissolve every form of matter.โ€

โ€œThe stars are going out.โ€

Violet grits her teeth. โ€œThe twenty seven planets. They become one vast transmitter, blasting that wavelength.โ€

โ€œAcross the entire universe. Never stopping, never faltering, never fading,โ€ Davros continues. โ€œPeople and planets and stars will become dust, and the dust will become atoms, and the atoms will become nothing. And the wavelength will continue, breaking through the Rift at the heart of the Medusa Cascade into every dimension, every parallel, every single corner of creation. This is my ultimate victory, Doctor! The destruction of reality itself!โ€

โ—ฆ

Elsewhere on the Dalek ship

Jack rolls through a panel in the wall behind Sarah, Jackie and Mickey. โ€œJust my luck. I climb through two miles of ventilation shafts, chasing life signs on this thing, and who do I find? Mickey Mouse.โ€

โ€œYou can talk, Captain Cheesecake,โ€ Mickey teases back.

Mickey and Jack hug.

โ€œGood to see you. And thatโ€™s Beefcake.โ€

โ€œAnd thatโ€™s enough hugging.โ€

Jack turns to Sarah Jane. โ€œWe meet at last, Miss Smith.โ€

โ€œThere is something we can do,โ€ Sarah Jane tells him. โ€œYouโ€™ve got to understand. I have a son down there on Earth. Heโ€™s only fourteen years old. Iโ€™ve brought this.โ€ Sarah holds up a sparkling gem on a chain. โ€œIt was given to me by a Verron Soothsayer. He said, this is for the End of Days.โ€

โ€œIs that a Warp Star?โ€

โ€œGoing to tell me what a Warp Star is?โ€ Mickey asks.

โ€œA warpfold conjugation trapped in a carbonised shell,โ€ Jack explains. โ€œItโ€™s an explosion, Mickey. An explosion waiting to happen.โ€

โ—ฆ

The Vault

Violet plops down onto the ground and leans back against the force field that is her holding cell, groaning in irritation as she listens to Davros rant about destroying all of reality. The Doctor gives her a somewhat amused look before both of their attentions are drawn to the screen in the Vault, Martha Jones on it, threatening to thwart Davrosโ€™ plan by using the Osterhagen Key to blow up the planet.

โ€œSheโ€™s good,โ€ Rose admits.

โ€œWhoโ€™s that?โ€ Martha asks.

โ€œMy nameโ€™s Rose. Rose Tyler.โ€

โ€œOh, my God. He found you.โ€

The Doctor and Rose share a look.

โ€œSecond transmission, internal,โ€ a Dalek calls.

โ€œDisplay,โ€ the Red Dalek orders.

Jack appears on the screen and Violet jumps to her feet. โ€œCaptain Jack Harkness, calling all Dalek boys and girls.โ€ He holds up the Warp Star, but there are now wires attached to it. โ€œAre you receiving me? Donโ€™t send in your goons, or Iโ€™ll set this thing off.โ€

โ€œHeโ€™s still alive,โ€ Rose exclaims. โ€œOh, my god. That, thatโ€™s my mum.โ€

โ€œAnd Mickey,โ€ the Doctor says with shock. โ€œCaptain, what are you doing?โ€

โ€œIโ€™ve got a Warp Star wired into the mainframe. I break this shell, the entire Crucible goes up.โ€

โ€œYou canโ€™t! Where did you get a Warp Star?โ€

โ€œFrom me,โ€ Sarah Jane says, appearing on the screen. โ€œWe had no choice. We saw what happened to the prisoners.โ€

โ€œImpossible,โ€ Davros says. โ€œThat face. After all these years.โ€

โ€œDavros. Itโ€™s been quite a while. Sarah Jane Smith. Remember?โ€

โ€œOh, this is meant to be. The circle of Time is closing. You were there on Skaro at the very beginning of my creation.โ€

โ€œAnd Iโ€™ve learnt how to fight since then. You let the Doctor go, or this Warp Star, it gets opened.โ€

โ€œIโ€™ll do it,โ€ Jack warns. โ€œDonโ€™t imagine I wouldnโ€™t.โ€

Violet cackles maniacally, drawing eyes to her as she tilts her head to the side and grins. โ€œOh, he will do it. Itโ€™s been a while since Iโ€™ve witnessed a Warp Star explosion, and itโ€™s so very pretty.โ€

โ€œNow thatโ€™s what I call a ransom,โ€ Rose marvels. โ€œDoctor?โ€

โ€œAnd the prophecy unfolds,โ€ Davros says happily.

โ€œThe Doctorโ€™s soul is revealed,โ€ Dalek Caan giggles. โ€œSee him. See the heart of him.โ€

โ€œThe man who abhors violence, never carrying a gun. But this is the truth, Doctor. You take ordinary people and you fashion them into weapons. Behold your Children of Time, transformed into murderers. I made the Daleks, Doctor. You made this.โ€

โ€œTheyโ€™re trying to help,โ€ the Doctor protests.

โ€œAlready I have seen them sacrifice today, for their beloved Doctor. The Earth woman who fell opening the Subwave Network.โ€

โ€œWho was that?โ€

โ€œHarriet Jones,โ€ Rose says. โ€œShe gave her life to get you here.โ€

โ€œHow many more? Just think. How many have died in your name?โ€

Violet laughs with a wide grin for a second slamming her fists against the force field, her expression drastically changing to one of pure, murderous rage. Her voice comes out dead calm, and it makes everyone shiver. โ€œYou donโ€™t have any right to even speak of those weโ€™ve lost, even if you donโ€™t mention names.โ€

โ€œThe Doctor,โ€ Davros continues, almost gleefully. โ€œThe man who keeps running, never looking back because he dare not, out of shame. This is my final victory, Doctor. I have shown you yourself.โ€

โ€œShut the fuck up before I tear you limb from limb, you piece of fucking scum.โ€

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