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β€œHEADS UP,” JACK WARNS, raising his gun.

β€œDavros, you have betrayed us,” the Red Dalek says.

β€œIt was Dalek Caan,” Davros protests.

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

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

β€œOh, we’ve lost the magnetron, and there’s only one planet left,” the Doctor says. β€œOh, guess which one. But we can use the TARDIS.” He runs into the TARDIS.

β€œHolding Earth stability,” the Metacrisis Doctor informs. β€œMaintaining atmospheric shell.”

β€œThe prophecy must complete,” Dalek Caan reminds them.

β€œDon’t listen to him,” Davros orders.

β€œI have seen the end of everything Dalek, and you must make it happen, Doctor.”

β€œHe’s right,” the Metacrisis Doctor says. β€œBecause with or without a Reality bomb, this Dalek Empire’s big enough to slaughter the cosmos. They’ve got to be stopped.”

β€œJust, just wait for the Doctor,” Donna says.

β€œI am the Doctor. Maximising Dalekanium power feeds. Blasting them back!”

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

The Doctor runs out of the TARDIS. β€œWhat have you done?”

β€œFulfilling the prophecy,” the Metacrisis Doctor informs.

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

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

The Doctor is repeating himself. β€œIn! In! In! In!”

The Metacrisis Doctor is listing them off. β€œSarah Jane! Rose! Jackie! Jack! Violet! Mickey! Martha!”

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

β€œNever 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.

β€œOne will still die.” Dalek Caan’s warning goes unheard.

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

β€œBut what about the Earth?” Sarah Jane demands. β€œIt’s stuck in the wrong part of space.”

β€œI’m on it,” the Doctor replies. ”Torchwood Hub, this is the Doctor. Are you receiving me?”

Gwen appears on the scanner. β€œLoud and clear. Is Jack there?”

β€œCan’t get rid of him. Jack, what’s her name?”

β€œGwen Cooper,” Jack replies.

β€œTell me, Gwen Cooper, are you from an old Cardiff family?”

β€œYes, all the way back to the eighteen hundreds,” the dark-haired woman replies.

β€œAh, thought so,” the Doctor says. β€œSpatial genetic multiplicity.”

β€œOh, yeah,” Rose says, remembering the time they met Charles Dickens.

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

β€œDoing it now, sir,” Ianto declares.

β€œIanto,” Violet exclaims, looking on the scanner and seeing the male. β€œThank fuck you’re still alive.”

β€œWouldn’t dream of dying and leaving Gwen to deal with Jack, ma’am.”

β€œYou know you love me,” Jack taunts his lover. β€œViolet wouldn’t let someone she loves die.”

β€œOf course not, sir.”

Violet laughs.

β€œYou three can continue your flirting later,” the Doctor says. β€œCalling Luke and Mister Smith. This is the Doctor. Come on, Luke. Shake a leg.”

Luke appears on the scanner. β€œIs mum there?”

β€œOh, she’s fine and dandy.”

Sarah Jane celebrates. β€œYes! Yes!”

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

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

β€œOh, blimey, that’s going to take a while.”

β€œNo, no, no. Let me,” Sarah Jane says. β€œK9, out you come!”

K9 beams in beside Luke. β€œAffirmative, Mistress.”

β€œOh! Oh ho! Oh, good dog!” the Doctor cheers. β€œK9, give Mister Smith the base code.”

β€œAffirmative, Master. TARDIS base code now being transferred. The process is simple.”

β€œNow then, you lot,” the Doctor says, hurrying around the console. β€œSarah, 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 Metacrisis 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. β€œThat’s really good, Jack,” Donna flirts, despite having her shocked boyfriend not too far from her. β€œI 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 Gallifreyan 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 traveler 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.

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

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

β€œI’m going to miss you more than anyone,” Mickey says.

β€œWhat do you mean?” Jackie demands. β€œThe Doctor’s going to take us home, isn’t he?”

β€œWell, that’s the point.”

Out in the park, the Doctor unmends Jack’s Vortex Manipulator. β€œI 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.

β€œConsider 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.

β€œYou know, I’m not sure about UNIT these days,” Jack says. β€œMaybe 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. β€œI don’t want this to be goodbye, Jack. I don’t want this to be the end.”

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

β€œJack, the future can change.”

β€œStop being so fucking pessimistic.” Jack pulls away from Violet and lowers her to the ground. β€œYou’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. β€œDon’t miss me too much. Also, give something to Ianto for me.”

β€œWhat?”

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

β€œOf course I will, little love. Oh, also.” He pulls a familiar blue book from his pocket. β€œI knew you were going to forget this.”

She takes River’s journal from Jack and puts it in her back pocket. β€œThank you.”

β€œOi, 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. β€œHey, you two!”

Mickey catches up with Jack and Martha.

β€œOh. 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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