THE TENTH REGENERATION ADVENTURES
• SPECIAL EDITION – WRITER'S CUT •
Doctor Who: The
By Jeff Walker
mountainous range of the western part of the country is surrounded in
a veil of misty fog. The grey clouds in the sky give sign of a cold
and damp mid-day, as the lone screech of a hawk carries itself on the
wind in the eerie silence. In the lush green thick forests that seem
to go on forever in this area of the province, a two people can be
seen rushing though the dense woodlands as they dart between the
trees. Both are wearing light brown uniforms with matching coats to
keep them warm in the cold climate. A Caucasian female officer with
blonde hair pulled back in a ponytail and her Caucasian male counter
part having dark brown hair with a touch of grey on the sides. Both
are carrying handguns and keeping them tightly gripped in both hands.
The badges they wear on the coats are that of the local small town
police force, the man stops suddenly to give it a quick shine as he
notices the leaves clinging onto it.
female officer notices him lagging behind and also halts in her
tracks as she takes a moment to breath with him.
I swear he was right around here... I had him! It's like he just
vanished." The male officer snarls in his wheezing.
woman also out of breath, simple laughs at his grumbling and wipes
her cold dripping nose.
"Well...maybe aliens took
him? Happens a lot out here right? Hah!"
"This is no Joke Andrea."
He says rising back up from his bent position. "If we don't find
this guy he's going to kill again. That's the third time he's
struck in a week. I mean who the hell kills people like that? I hate
these whackos...that's why I left the big city...no more psychos."
this isn't the big city, Chief. Welcome to B.C...It's a whole
new type of whackos out here. But I agree with ya...I've never seen
anything like this before..."
don't know how you can stand living out here in the middle of
nowhere." The Chief Constable says as he slicks his wet hair back.
"I thought you were a city girl yourself?"
I'm a Vancouver chick." She snickers. "But I came out here for
a sense of adventure. I was pretty bored being a cop there. I mean
there's nothing but crime, drug addicts and murderers. I came out
here to get away from it all."
choice there Deputy." The man scoffs as he rolls his eyes. "And
what do you mean get away from it all? Even here we've got the
Constable Andrea Blaine wipes her sweat-laden brow and nods in
that's true. Guess I can't run away from all of it huh? I
dunno…I just want more out of life ya know? I need some new
challenges…different settings…just for once I'd love to see
something that I haven't before."
The senior officer says looking around the dark forest. "I'd say
that murder back in town was something like that. I've never seen a
person get killed like that before."
know." Andrea replies with a nervous voice.
sound of twigs breaking in the distance makes them both turn and
strain to see in the distance. They draw their guns back up and
being running towards the sound. As they get closer to it they notice
that it now begins to sound more like feet running on the wet leafy
ground. This causes them to increase their speed and keep up with
each step they hear.
an open area of the forest, not to far from where the officers are, a
whooshing sound fills the air as a faint light blinking on and off
becomes visible. In the center of this small patch of open field, a
blue police box materializes as the light above it keeps blinking,
until it finally takes form and stops making a sound. The light
above switches off and the misty air around the object fades as it
now rests in the grass. From out of the trees just beyond it, both
Andrea and the Sheriff suddenly run out as they still try to catch up
with their murder suspect. Having not witnessed the TARDIS landing,
both were quickly shocked to see such a thing before them.
What the hell is that? " Andrea says as she stares at it with
confusion. "Where did this come from?"
keeps her gun aimed out as she moves forward towards it with caution.
dunno..." The man gawks. "There was a loud noise coming from this
tilts her head slightly as she reads the letters on the box lit sign.
box? What's a police box?"
don't know." The Chief Constable shrugs. "But it's not ours
that's for sure."
she starts to take closer steps to it. The senior officer begins to
look worried and keeps his gun pointed at the object.
Andrea! I'll bet you they guy we're after is around here. Watch
yourself girl...he could be in it or behind it. "
no sooner had he warned about it, a man in odd clothing pops out of
the TARDIS doors and drops to the ground in front of it. His hands
covered his face and gave an exasperated sigh as if he is overcome
with fatigue. Andrea points her gun towards the man lying down; she
slowly draws closer until she can see him in full view. Keeping a
close eye on him, she notices he's laying face down with his arms at
Chief? I don't think he's armed...in fact I think he looks hurt."
She says with concern.
let that fool you Deputy. Come on now, stay professional here. He
could be faking it, just watch his movements and try to strap on the
Chief starts to walk up towards her and realizes that the guy isn't
moving at all.
I hope he's not dead already."
don't' think he is." Andrea quickly gazes over at him. "But
he doesn't appear to in any condition to move at all."
male officer leans in for a closer look and pokes the clothing on
the heck is he wearing? Kinda light clothing to be out in this
weather don't ya think?"
the fashion police or something?" Andrea snickers.
kneels down and puts the gun back in her holster. She stares at the
man laying in front of her, leans in and starts to roll him over. As
the Chief Constable hovers over to look, they both gaze upon his
face. The face is contorting, shifting around; strange blurring
effects and light beams are all within the area of his face. Soon
they quickly stop and his face gains a normal appearance. The Chief
is in awe.
the hell is this guy?"
with a blank look utters her response under her breath.
feels around his person and takes out odd trinkets from his coat
pockets. The coat she notices is dark leather, yet badly burned, as
if it had been set on fire. His pants had some burns, a beige pair
that's looked like dress pants to her. And he was also wearing a
navy looking t-shirt that had large scorch marks on them with holes
all over his chest.
don't think he's the one we're looking for Chief." She says rubbing
her chin. "I don't see a weapon...no blood stains, just a burnt
shirt and jacket. But take a look at his shoes; they don't appear
to even be muddy. I doubt he went in here to change his shoes."
Andrea looks up for his approval.
man squints at her and looks at the man lying there. He gives an
exhausted sigh; the chase has worn out not only his body, but also
his state of mind.
I don't know if its him or not. But finding this box out here in
the middle of nowhere, our suspect gets away and this guy collapses
in front of us just when we're about to nab the murder. I think
he's in on it some how."
Why Chief Constable Bill Palmer..that is the dumbest conclusion I've
heard from you."
if you have a better explanation I'd love to hear it Deputy? Its
pretty obvious our suspect is gone by now, this guy was a diversion
come on, I think you're really pushing it." Andrea glares at him.
"This guy is in need of some serious medical help here. And your
saying he's in on it?"
places his gun away and paces for a second. Looking back down at
her, he gives yet another frustrated sigh.
Let's just get him back into town then, get the doc to fix him up
and then we can question him about it. Hm? Sound reasonable to you?"
rolls her eyes and starts to pick up the unconscious man.
the base of the mountainous range of forestry, sits a small rural
town, the fresh looking paved roads give a sign that the town is
hardly been visited by too much traffic. Small groupings of houses
sit near by the main part of the town; limited shops and facilities
give the appearance of a place that lives in simple comfort. As the
police vehicle drives though to the small local hospital, the two
officers give a simple wave to the local pedestrians greeting them as
they pass. Arriving to the rustic and log cabin looking Hospital,
Andrea and Palmer step out of their vehicle as well as taking out the
unconscious passenger they found in the forest. A middle aged native
Canadian female nurse comes out with a gurney and they place the man
on it. The nurse quickly checks his pulse and gives a confused look
at the two officers.
sounds erratic…like his heart is beating in two places. Let's get
him inside, quick"
wheel him in and put him on a bed in the awaiting emergency room.
The town's doctor, a young looking Asian man, begins to examine the
patient as the nurse starts to hook up an I.V. to his arm.
did you find him?" The young doctor asks as he checks the man's
were chasing the suspect and we ran into this guy in the middle of
the woods." The Chief replies.
isn't the guy you were chasing?"
He got away." Bill Palmer states. "Look doc, we need answers from
him. He might know the killer or possibly be involved somehow."
the running theory." Andrea says sarcastically.
Asian doctor gives a slight snort to her humor and grins as he
continues to check the patient.
not too bad. Burns are everywhere on his clothes but I can't find
a mark on him. Nurse help me remove his clothing…I want to make
sure that there's no other wounds we're missing."
doctor." The woman nods.
they start to undress him, removing his jacket, t-shirt and pants,
Andrea and the senior officer step out of the room while they undress
here's the deal." Palmer says as he checks his watch. "I've
got to go and call this in to the main office and get the paper work
ready. You stay here and keep an eye on him."
you got it." Andrea nods.
hands him a brown envelope and slips in a silver chained object.
these with you while you're at it. I don't know what that one
is…looks like a key or something."
officer nods and walks out back to his car. Pulling out the silver
key, he studies is a bit and shakes his head negatively as wonders
what that is about. Andrea returns to the man now lying on the
emergency bed dressed in a hospital gown and leans over to look at
his face more closely. As the doctor continues to take the man's
pulse and talk to the nurse beside him, Andrea notices that the man
starting to move his eyes.
am I?" The patient starts to moan as if coming out of a drunken
doc?" Andrea says to the young Asian doctor.
darts away from talking the nurse and grabs hold of the mysterious
man's arm as he tries to feel his pulse.
going on? Let…let go of me sir." The patient again demands. "I
said unhand...unhand me! "
it looks like he's coming out of it. I don't see any real trauma for
now..." the young Asian doctor smiles. "I think you can ask him
some questions, but don't over do it."
woman nods in agreement. The young doctor is called over by the
nurse as she leads him to another patient waiting for him. Andrea
nudges the shoulder of the awakening man as he soon makes eye contact
Can you hear me? Do you know where you are?"
course I can my dear, and this is...oh god. Let me look for a
second….uhm, Earth no doubt. I think...primitive Earth most
likely." he scowls.
shakes her head at his answers.
huh? What are you a tourist that got lost? Hey…come on now,
listen, what where you doing up there in that...that box? Who are
Who am I? Why…I'm…I'm The Doctor! And that box as you so
call it my dear...is my TARDIS." He rolls his eyes as he lowers his
head back onto the pillow. "Oh…oh never mind, you wouldn't
Doctor, eh?" She smirks in a coy manner. "The Doctor of what?
What are you a Doctor of?"
things child, many things." He states in a groggy voice.
"Can you tell me what you were
doing up there in the woods? We found you falling out of that box of
yours with your burnt clothes. Yet there doesn't seem to be a mark
on you from it. Can you explain this?"
No…no I can't sorry."
sits down next to him on the bed and rubs her blonde hair that's'
trying to dry from all the outside moisture.
don't ever recall seeing you in this town before, nor any message
about a new Doctor coming here either. I know just about everyone
that lives here and not one of them I'll bet knows anything about
you. A face like yours wouldn't be too hard to spot in a small
community like this." Andrea says with authority.
Doctor smiles with his new toothy grin as he opens his eyes wide at
Officer Andrea...I do believe you're making a pass at me! "
quickly denies his absurd observation and tries to refocus herself by
standing back up.
please...I was not! You're just avoiding my questions by saying
that. Now tell me what you were doing up there? Are you responsible
for these deaths? Are you helping someone? Cause if you're
involved in anyway I'll cuff you right now and make you wish you went
even born! "
Doctor sits up on the bed, rubs his hand on his head and looks at her
all this shouting is giving me a rightful headache. I have no idea
what you're talking about first of all, and second of all I've only
just arrived myself you know. For a policeman...oh pardon
me...policewoman your awfully pushy to someone whose just been
through a rough time."
Andrea rolls her eyes and clams down a tad more. "But you were
found in an open field, next to a blue police box and just happened
to be in the exact place we where chasing our suspect too. So tell
me...how does that look to you?"
The Doctor pauses as he rubs his chin. "Well now...that does sound
a bit, out of the ordinary doesn't it? But I can assure you my dear;
I have no idea of what you're going on about. A murder was it?"
tone now changed to his inquisitive nature about Andrea's claim, as
too does his body posture as he sits up in the bed more.
right." She answers back. "For the past week or so people have
been ending up missing and then found in a horrifying mess. We just
found another body when we called to the scene and saw the suspect
flee up into the mountains when we pulled up. We chased him for a
good while in that forest and we all most had him...but then that's
when we encountered you. So guess what? That makes you the prime
suspect now and the only lead we've got in this case for the moment."
lowers down to him and leans in.
it easy on yourself and us...are you responsible?"
I have no connection with it what so ever. ", He says with stern
conviction. "But from the sound of it, I gather you don't
believe me anyway. "
pauses for a second and then looks at her again with eyebrows rising
"I have only one thing to say
to you. Have you got a mirror I can borrow?"
the outskirts of the small rural town, closer to the edge of the
forest area, a woman is seen hanging up her laundry at the back of
her house. An older native woman who seems short in height and
looking rather worn for her years. As she hangs the clothing up and
humming to a traditional native song, a dark figure stands in the
bushes close by watching her as it breathes heavily in an almost low
hissing noise. The sound of her humming the tune seems to make the
hissing of the mysterious figure grow louder. She suddenly stops
humming as she hears the awful hissing being made from behind. She
is unsure of what is making the noise and looks around her freshly
hung linen to see if it's someone in front of her. The hissing
becomes louder still and soon she becomes aware that it is coming
from directly behind her. The woman's old eyes dart about with
curiosity, a streak of terror now fills them as she continues to
listen and as she quickly turns around to see where the sound was
coming from, the figure leaps out over to her sending the woman into
a vocal shrill in sheer horror.
at the local log cabin-like hospital, Andrea is still trying to get
answers out of the Doctor, who is sitting in the emergency hospital
bed waiting for her to give him a mirror. Andrea looks around and
finds one on the table next to her. She forcefully hands him the
mirror as he continues to smile away like a madman. The Doctor nods
in thanks to her and holds it up. He beings to study his newly
regenerated face, giving a poke to his cheeks and contorting his
mouth as he gives the sound of disappointment.
my, my, my...look at that face. Pudgy isn't it? Oh and that short
hair...funny I don't recall having a trim. Oh and look at nose! "
The Timelord sighs. " You'd think after all these changes I'd
get a look that suits me better. Oh well I suppose it will have to
takes back the mirror as the Doctor returns it to her and gives him a
questionable gaze. She's not sure about what to make about this
strange man, but she still has to find out what he was doing up on
the mountainside. Shaking off his odd behavior, she gives a slight
rub to her face and sits back down on the bed.
This is getting boring. You've seen your face, you hate your look,
now tell me what you were doing up there!"
wasn't it?" The Doctor says as starts to get out of the hospital
bed. "Look Andrea, you've obviously got the wrong man. If you were
running after someone, his shoes and clothes would have been a wreck.
Muddy soles, tears in the fabric from rubbing on the branches, and
seeing how it was a rather misty, cold and wet day. All of it would
have been drenched, soaked as it were, along with his hair, yes?"
of which seemed to make sense to Andrea, she had a look on her face
as if she were lost in thought about those key things he just
mentioned. While she pondered those bits of information, the Doctor
stood up and began to look around his bedside area. Andrea still
muddling around about his observation, tries to dig a bit deeper, but
notices that this man is distracted as he looks around.
true." She says scrunching her nose. "I did mention that earlier,
you could have overheard me as you where lying there. But Doctor,
you were the only one there. You're clothes were tattered and
burnt. Yes they weren't wet, neither was your head, but…I mean
its not as if the other person just vanished into the forest. You
were right there! How do you explain that?"
Doctor continued to look around his bed, under the table, in the
drawers and even leaned over another bed near by as his gown opened
slightly from behind showing his bare butt. He quickly closed it
back up as he noticed her averting her eyes from the white British
are you looking for?" She inquires.
Doctor paused for a second, his face gave a look of frustration, and
then he glanced up at her.
looking for my things dear girl. I had objects and trinkets…delicate
stuff your kind shouldn't be messing around with."
you mean the weird looking objects I took out of your pockets and
that odd shaped key you had around your neck?" She quips.
timelord gets a glimmer of hope in his eye as he runs over and holds
her by the arms.
"Yes! That's them, tell me
do you have those items with you?"
I'm sorry..." Andrea nods negatively looking nervous from his quick
grab. "The Chief Constable took them over to Police Headquarters
near by. I think he's probably filed them away for now."
hope fades after hearing that. He then looks down and sees his shoes
and gives a clap of enthusiasm at seeing them. He sits back down on
the bed reaches down to grab those dressy style type shoes and begins
to put them on. Andrea feels that the investigation is going nowhere
at the moment, she gives a frustrated sigh and notices the man
wearing nothing but a hospital gown and a pair of good brown shoes.
The man apparently does not seem to care about what he's wearing,
nor is he paying any attention to her anymore. Suddenly the Doctor
stamps his feet and gives a little wave to her.
it's been a fun time Officer Andrea. But now I must depart.
do you think your going? I haven't finished with you yet. Keep
those shoes off! " She says raising her voice at him.
had enough time with your questions my dear, I need to find my things
and be off on my merry way. You know you have quite the keen mind; I
noticed how you summed me up when you were hovering over me.
Yes...yes you're quite good."
quick wink of his eye, he gives a smile and walks out of the room
with his brown shoes and a hospital gown on. All the while he's
whistling the tune, 'I'm Singing In The Rain'. Andrea is
slightly taken by that bit of flattery, but then snaps out of it as
she sees him walk out the main doors.
crap! Hey! Hang on a minute! Come Back Here! "
strides after him as he walks out of the hospital and out into the
small town. For a man wearing nothing but a pair of brown shoes and
a green hospital gown, he seemed quite up beat and walking with
confidence. She finally starts to catch up to him as he curiously
looks around the town; he seems puzzled by something, a look of a man
who's not sure about the place he's in.
Wait up! I can't have you running around here! And with no clothes
on!" She exclaims out of breath.
isn't it. The town is very quiet...I thought this was thriving
community? Not too many people I take it? " He states to
Andrea, who finally keeps up as she tries to cover his backside from
Well, no. This town used to be a lot busier then this, but after a
few strange things happening lately, a good portion have taken off. "
things? Strange things, hm. What sort of strangeness are we talking
about here? " The Doctor asks with an interested gaze.
for starters…" She continues while trying to keep his gown from
flapping in the breeze. "There've been these odd murders. Actually
before all that, some people started reporting sounds of animals
creeping close to their homes. Uhmm…there were also some calls we
kept getting from the local native people here, about some of their
family members being found wandering the streets in a daze. But by
the time we show up, they're denying it happened. "
Interesting." The Doctor listens with great interest. "And what
about these murders? What's been happening about those?"
had a few…sometimes the bodies go missing by the time we get there,
but there's always evidence that it was laying in that spot. We
just finally got to the scene in time today of a recent murder, but
the guy took off before he could run off with the body this time."
rather morbid." The Doctor simply states.
town has been going down hill ever since the Chief Constable Baker
Doctor stops in his tracks and looks at her.
failed to mention that one. What happened to him?"
know…I'm not sure." She says squinting at him. "I was
assigned here the day he was killed nearly a year ago. Me and Chief
and I." The Doctor says trying to correct her English.
as Andrea was about to continue the conversation, Bill Palmer pulls
up in his squad car along side Andrea and the Doctor as they stand in
the street. Palmer looks furious at Andrea as he notices the Doctor
standing there with almost nothing on.
"What the hell is he doing up
and about? I told you too keep at the hospital, not take a tour!
For god sake's Andrea…he's got nothing on!"
lost for words, she opens her mouth to find an explanation as she
looks back and forth between the two men. The Chief rubs the temple
of his forehead with his right hand and looks too concerned to worry
about it for now. The look in his eyes shows something else is
weighing on his mind.
never mind all this right now then. I need you to get in right away!
They've lost another one...looks like old lady Red feather is missing
no…not that sweet old woman." Andrea frowns.
is going out of his mind right now about his grandmother. Well stop
your gawking and get a move on will ya!"
looks at the Doctor as Andrea glances over at him standing beside
her. The Chief Constable gives a shake of his head and thumbs the
Timelord to the rear door.
what a day. Alright, you'd better come with us too buddy. Obviously
if we can't keep you at the hospital at least I can keep ya near so
you don't run off. "
the Doctor grins and gets into the back of the cruiser, Palmer looks
at him in the rearview mirror and winces at his appearance.
think we'll stop off at the local store first. Can't have you
running around like that."
Doctor looks at himself and his eyes suddenly grow wide at Andrea
getting into the front right hand seat.
my god! I'm not wearing anything! You let me leave a hospital
looking like this?"
turns to shout back at him in anger, but Palmer grabs her hand back
and forces her to turn around.
mind Andrea, never mind. Save it for later."
cruiser takes off down the road with its lights flashing.
short time later, the squad car ventures down towards Red feather's
house. The Doctor is now fully dressed in a brown corduroy jacket, a
plaid vest and a simple white t-shirt underneath it all. He wipes
his beige cargo pants with a happy glee, as he seems rather pleased
with his ensemble. Andrea and Palmer just watch his reaction in the
rearview mirror; the woman can't help but smile at the sight of
him, while Palmer is just shaking his head as he drives.
Andrea tells me you call yourself, the Doctor?" The Chief Constable
says loudly for the Timelord to hear.
that all we're suppose to call you? Don't you have a real name?
Something we can identify you with on the computers?"
Doctor stops his self-grooming and leans back with his arms spread
across the car seat as if to relax.
can look up a John Smith if you like. Not that it would do you any
leans over to the computer built into the cruiser's dashboard and
punches in the name. Andrea starts to giggle uncontrollably and
peers over at the officer looking up at her while she covers her
mouth from laughing.
What's so funny?" Palmer inquires.
She says lower her hand and smiling. "Don't you get it? He's
Smith?" She says raising her eyebrow. "That's like getting
'John Doe' here from people with no identity."
Chief Constable looks back at the Doctor who just stares back with a
grin on his face. The officer gives a grumble as he spins back
around to focus on driving.
He states. "We find a guy in the woods with no other name other
then 'The Doctor', a town of dying native Canadians, and our
suspect is still on the loose. I tell you Andrea…we're in the
wrong place at the wrong time."
on Chief." She snorts. "Where's your sense of adventure? This
is a mystery…something to solve…something to tell other officers
during your next outing back to the city."
Palmer breathes out in disgust.
like you're thinking Andrea." The Doctor beams. "Adventure and
mystery is something everyone should have in their lives. Otherwise
it makes for a dull life."
talking back there." The Chief Constable says raising his voice at
him. "I don't need you to be the back seat cheerleader for her.
So cut it out."
you like." The Doctor responds as he leans his head back and closes
his eyes. "Wake me up when we get there."
they arrive at Red feather's house, they observe the condition of
the building, an old home that's had a few updates, but not too
many to make it worth selling to anyone else. The old woman rarely
left her home, other then to do grocery shopping, she never left to
visit any other in the town. This puzzled both Andrea and Palmer,
they knew this woman and her grandson, Ed, and felt that this was
very strange to get a call from the likes of them. Outside the home,
standing near the back where the dirt driveway rides up to the
rundown garage, a group of natives await them as they turn to see
them coming up slowly. Varied in ages and looking very unemotional,
the men and women continue to talk amongst themselves as the car
arrives. Parking just at the end of the driveway, Palmer and the
others get out as they witness the group of people sitting around.
Bill! Bill! Man I hope you can help..." The youngest teen
shouts as he gets up out of his chair on the porch to greet them.
Hey Ed, what's with the gathering? Looks like the entire community
is here. ", The sheriff asks in a humorous tone.
looks back, snickers and turns at Palmer again.
yeah, well they wanted to see what they could fine too. I called you
guys first...then they showed up. Weird huh man? I don't know half
of them, but I guess Gran' did."
was a goofy looking kind of kid, long black hair braided that was
braided in traditional Native American style, yet wearing a black
t-shirt that had the logo of a marijuana leaf on it. His jeans were
ripped and rather worn looking and wore a pair of thick glasses that
seemed to make his eyes larger then they were. Ed was one of the many
Indian kids that grew up in this small town with nothing better to do
but hang around the shops, toke up and do odd jobs to help his
grandmother pay for her home.
Ed. Your Grandma doesn't usually wander off right?" Andrea nods to
him as she walks up. "I mean she's not usually taking off without
telling you right? "
no way, hell..." Ed snickers and snorts as he laughs at the female
officer's questions. "She wouldn't even walk off this property ya
know? No she's usually the one yelling at me for not telling her
where I am half the time ya know? "
notices the Doctor walking upward towards the back end of the house.
He gives the Timelord a scan with his eyes and starts to giggle at
him as he takes note of the clothes he has on. Nothing matches on
the Doctor, not even the socks he has on. Red and blue they were,
something that made Ed think this guy was high himself. The Doctor
walks beyond the officers and looks at the backyard where the other
natives are starting to move into.
the last time you saw her?" The Timelord asks the kid from the
distance he's at.
dunno." Ed shrugs his shoulders at him. "She was doin'
laundry back there for some time, man. I wasn't home ya know.
Just…kinda hangin' out with my buds at the time."
Doctor rolls his eyes at the boy's answer and gives sigh.
then." He says pursing his lips. "When you were done hangin'
with your buds…how long was it, after you got back, that you
noticed she was gone?"
Ed struggles to think, scratching his head and snapping his fingers
on the other hand. "Oh yeah! It was just around the time I got
back. That wasn't more then like…ten...fifteen minutes later."
it's been pretty recent then." Andrea deducts.
so, man." Ed nods in agreement.
all begin to move into the backyard as they follow the other natives.
The Doctor takes notice of the non-fenced area around the back of the
house that leads into the forest further away. The curious Timelord
wanders over to the scene of the crime and examines the area where
the woman was attacked. Chief Constable Bill Palmer walks over to the
other people and begins to ask them routine questions, the natives
give him any answers they can and remain rather serious in their
tone. Andrea keeps close to the Doctor as she watches his curious
actions, the man brushes the grassy mud ground with his and rubs the
dirt between his fingers. As she crouches down beside him, she too
notices the various signs of struggle that must have taken place.
Blood marked the muddy ground where the attack occurred; the freshly
washed linen was littered about the lawn and a pair of drag marks
that seemed to be only around the free standing clothes hanger the
woman had. The Doctor stroked his chin in thought as his brain began
like she was attacked by something." Andrea observes. "Maybe one
of the wildlife near by dragged her off? A bear or bobcat?"
the murder?" The Doctor adds.
that too." Andrea says hanging her head. "He must have dragged
her off into the woods. Poor Mrs. Red feather…."
Doctor halts that train of thought with his own observation.
"No, there's no sign of such a
thing. You see there would have been a pair of drag marks taking her
away into the forest, the woman was short no doubt, but probably too
heavy for the likes of him…or her…to drag alone. Plus there's
not enough blood here to assume she was mauled by anything. Just a
few specks and the one stand off here. Interesting..."
Doctor gets up from staring at the ground and looks over his shoulder
to notice an old native man staring back at him. The old man,
sitting on one of the old woman's rusted patio chairs, is smoking
his hand carved wooden pipe. The smoke swirls around him and his eyes
peer out from his very wrinkled skin. The frail looking old man is
wearing dark suit pants, a white collared shirt that looks yellowed
from all the smoking, and beige knit coat with ancient Native
American symbols printed on it. With their eyes locked, the old man
starts to crack a smile at the Doctor and gives a slight cackle in
his old raspy voice. The Timelord just raises his eyebrow at him and
returns to talking to Andrea as they look around the yard again.
demon has come. I know you...yes…I know you very well. My demon of
time." The old man utters to himself in a smoke filled breath. "And
it is here…that you will at long last…die."
old man slowly begins to laugh as the smoke rises out of his mouth
from all the inhaling from his wooden pipe. The Doctor looks over at
the man again as his laughter catches his ear. As Ed happens to walk
by the Timelord, he quickly grabs his arm and looks up at him.
me Ed, who is that man sitting there?"
him, yah that's Tom Crowhead." Ed acknowledges as he smiles and
points to the old man. "He's kinda the old wise elder of our
community here. "
Really..." The Doctor utters. "Wise men are full of answers.
I'd very much like to meet him if you don't mind Ed. "
sure guy." Ed says shrugging his shoulders. "Best thing to do is
walk over and introduce yourself. That's what my Gran' says is
the best way of meeting someone. At least, she use to... "
that Ed was getting upset about his grandmother, the Doctor stood up
and gave him a comforting grasp for his loss. The young native
teenager gave a wipe to his eye and walked away slowly from the
Doctor. The death of Red feather was finally beginning to take its
toll on the young man; he had to remove his glasses and hold his face
as realized she wasn't coming back. The Doctor gave the young man
his privacy and instead focused back at the wrinkled old man staring
at him. He starts to walk over to the smoking Indian and starts to
put on the Doctor charm machine again.
Hello there sir!" He says with a cheerful grin. "I was wondering
if I could talk with you? That is if you don't mind me asking of
old man stops sucking on his pipe and clears his throat.
don't know what I can tell you. For I'm not sure what it is you
think I know. "
rather smug answer from the old man makes him ponder about that
wrinkled smiling face. Instead the Doctor smiles back with equal
smugness and continues to talk to him.
I would think as the leader of you community, you would have some
insight as to what has been happening around here in past week or so.
Has no one mentioned odd things happening to you? What about those
reports of some of your people wandering around town in a state of
confusion? And what about Ed's grandmother here? You don't seem
so overly concerned that she's missing or in fact possibly dead."
just starts smoking again. He squints his eyes and holding the pipe
tightly between his teeth as he gives the oddly dressed man an
ask a lot of questions and rightfully so. But what I have to say
isn't what you need to hear. I cannot give you the answers you seek,
because I wasn't here to witness any of these things. They're a
certain problems that many must deal with."
are all around my friend." The Doctor says looking at him with
curiosity. "Are you trying to hide something about these attacks?
Are you not willing to share with us your…wisdom…as Ed seems to
think you have much of?"
old man rises out of his chair and glares into the Timelord's eyes.
The old man laughs. "Wisdom is something few have."
Doctor remains puzzled by the old man as he continues to glare
sharply into his eyes.
a man that has lived a long time, I see so much regret in them, so
much wisdom. But something else is there. A demon, a dark shadow,
evil that awaits to be unleashed."
beg your pardon?" The Doctor winces.
better be careful demon, there are some things that are never
forgotten by the ones you betray. Good day to you, sir."
leans down and grabs his hand carved walking stick, the stick looks
old and adorned with many native symbols. On the top of the cane a
beautifully carved crow's head sticks out, with two black polished
eyes on either side of it. The old man starts to walk away slowly
making his way out of the yard; a few of the other natives start to
walk out with him as they too look at the Doctor. Ed thanks the
group for coming and receives an Indian blessing from Crowhead as he
speaks in the ancient language. The Doctor still standing in the
spot where the old man left him, gazes at the group leaving and then
turns his head to Andrea who walks up beside him.
conversation. Strange...But interesting." The Doctor says raising
his eyebrows in comedic form.
never heard him talk to anyone before." Andrea snickers a bit.
"Usually he just sits there and stares at you rather than giving a
word back. I find him a bit creepy really. "
don't be silly, that's just your imagination. He's harmless."
The Doctor assures as he rests his arm on her shoulder. "No I
think there is something more happening here then we're lead to
shocked by his answer, looks up at him as he stares off into the
distance with a rather smug look.
who? The Indians? You think they're hiding something?"
not sure. But I could swear they think I'm some sort of evil that's
come for them or something."
the Doctor states the fact, he pats Andrea on the back and turns back
to the crime scene. Andrea shakes her head in disbelief and walks
over with him. The Doctor asks the Deputy Constable for a knife, she
looks over at Palmer who disagrees with that request, but she ends up
handing him one anyway. The Chief Constable walks over in anger just
as the Doctor leans down to scoop up a sample of the blood on the
ground. Palmer walks over and snatches the knife out of his hands,
takes out a clear plastic bag and places the evidence into it.
thought you were a Doctor…not a police officer." Palmer snarls at
I'm a man of many talents." He smiles back.
giggles as she takes the plastic bag from Palmer. And looks at the
be so paranoid Chief. The Doctor seems like he…really wants to
The Doctor smiles. "Now then, lets have a good look at this and
see what we can find shall we?"
got to be kidding." The Chief Constable scoffs. "That's not
going to tell you anything, besides we're not some big city crime
unit you know. Hell, we don't even have a lab to take it too anyway.
No, I'm getting professionals to look at it. That's got to be
processed and shipped to a station that has a proper forensics lab. "
come on now…" The Doctor says grabbing him by the shoulder and
turning him away from Andrea. "Surely you have a microscope or some
sort of small lab we can look at this in? I mean you do have a
hospital…they don't look at blood work with nothing now do they?"
enters in the conversation, feeling frustrated at her partner's
reluctance to aid the Doctor.
on Bill, that's going to take weeks! The hospital may be small but
it does have a lab we can use. We need all the help we can get. If
this guy really is a doctor then I say let him do his thing. I want
to find this wacko before he strikes again."
later, on the outskirts of the small town.
Ed is driving down the wet paved road in his beat up old Chevy red
truck. He's had time to get past his Grandmother's disappearance
and freely lights up his joint as he sits there listening to his
favorite radio tune. Feeling the affects of the drug, he lets out a
large grin and starts to sing along to the music. Driving under the
influence is nothing new to Ed. He's been arrested numerous times
for such a stunt and shouldn't be driving at all after having his
license revoked. Still, he drives anyway as he's the only one able
to fix homes in the town. A trade he learned from his dad before he
died from cancer. As he continues to swerve around the road in a
happy glee, he suddenly spots a figure walking along the side the
road. The daylight has decreased and falling into night, and even as
high as he is right now, he knows the person walking along the side
of the road. He quickly turns off his radio and gawks with wide eyes
as he realizes that it's his grandmother. He slams on the brakes
as he just passes by her and parks up the truck as he flings out of
the truck. Running towards her, screaming out her name, he notices
she's all wet and muttering something incoherent.
skin is pale and her eyes are fluttering and rolling back. Yet she
almost seems dazed and walking in a rigid manner. The young teen
gives her a hug at seeing she's alive and puts his jean jacket over
her that he was wearing.
Grandma! " Ed says as he shakes tries to break the woman out
of the stupor.
old women stared at him with those vacant eyes and began talking to
him in a language he'd never even heard before. Figuring she was in
need of medical help, he grabs her and puts her into the truck's
passenger seat. Climbing back into the driver seat, Ed turns back
around and drives quickly back to the hospital in town.
the hospital, the Doctor, Andrea and Palmer all file into the small
lab the young Asian doctor leads them into. The room isn't anything
elaborate. The hospital itself isn't too big, but the lab room is
more like a small storage area as boxes are up against the walls.
The Doctor looks at the place and seems unimpressed with the layout.
But rather then get an 'I told you so' from Palmer, the Timelord
clasps his hands together and tires to look happy about the setup.
Chen." Andrea says as she puts her hand on the young doctor's
shoulder. "Sorry we have to ruin your storage space, but we need to
look at this sample pretty quick."
no sweat, gives me a chance to finally use this place anyhow." Chen
nods to her. "Anything you guys need...besides I'm kinda curious
about that sample myself."
looks at the Doctor as he surveys the room and moves some of the
boxes off the two small tables.
"So you're a doctor too?
Well, no wonder your bedside manner was lousy, doctors make the worst
patient. " Chen smirks.
Timelord looks back at him with a disapproving face based on that
remark. He takes out the ancient looking microscope and plunks it
down on the table near Chen. Chen nods as he notices the Doctor not
making much of his small humor and pulls a chair up to the table.
Andrea takes the sample out and gives it to the young Asian doctor to
look at. With great curiosity, the Doctor hovers over him as the
young man places the blood sample on a small peetrey dish and
flattens it out with another piece of small glass. He then puts it
under the microscope and looks at the results as he zooms in
adjusting the knobs.
then a voice can be heard screaming out side the lab room. Chen and
the others go running out, as they see Ed bringing in his Grandmother
on a gurney. The nurse is pushing from behind to get the old woman
into the emergency room, while Ed blubbers away as he holds her hand.
They all give a hand helping to lay her down on the hospital bed as
she continues to rant on and sweat in a delirium.
Ed, Where did you find her?" Chen asks as he checks her pulse.
found her outside of town, she was walking along side when I came
down the road." Ed replies holding his head in a state of panic.
"Man I hope she's ok...oh man...oh geez. Gran! I love you Gran!"
ok Ed, calm down...we're gonna take care of her. " Andrea says
trying to calm the young teen down.
bring her over to the curtained area of the Emergency room and doctor
Chen starts to hook up all the monitors and I.V. to her. Red Feather
still rants on and on, her words become louder and louder. The
Doctor stands at the foot of the bed with Ed as he rolls back his
brown jacket sleeves, he wonders what she's saying as she continues
on in the weird dialect that Ed had heard before.
help us out here, what's she saying..." Andrea asks.
don't know, man? She's not making any sense dudes! I've never
heard of that..."
the old woman's eyes become focused on the Doctor standing there at
the foot of her bed, her face becomes furious with anger and
struggles to speak as Chen tries to hold her down. The language is
muttled at first to all of them, but soon she manages to spit it out
in an almost recognizable English language.
Demon! The Demon! You musssst die! Die Demon Die!"
Doctor is horrified by her howls and looks at her with his eyes wide
open in fear.
the Demon! Kill Him! He Must Die!" Red feather continually
screams at the Doctor. And before Chen can sedate her, she suddenly
collapses back onto the bed in an unconscious state.
young Asian doctor looks at Red feather with deep concern and starts
to turn on his small flashlight into her pupils. He then takes her
pulse again and looks over at the monitors.
don't understand. She's out like a light, it's as if she's
lapsed into a coma. Her skin…the skin is very slimy."
Doctor walks over cautiously, and puts his hand on Red feathers arm.
The sound of his fingers pushing down on her skin sounds mushy and
very wet. Bringing it up to his face and sniffing it curiously like
a cat, the Doctor soon wipes it off on a sterile cloth sitting near
its very slime laden isn't. The odor is quite awful too."
she's just dehydrated?" Andrea looks at the Doctor. "She has
been walking around for a good few hours out in the cold, moist night
strange." Chief Constable Bill Palmer leans in a bit. "Hey doc,
what's this on her hand?"
Chen and the Doctor look down at her hand. Chen examines it more
"It looks like a skin
the beginning of a very nasty virus." The Doctor says taking over
Chen's observation. "See how it's spreading up towards the
wrist already? And on the other arm too. See? Looks like it's
spreading through her system. "
Virus? What's a virus got to do with her missing?" Ed screams
frantically at them all. "And what about that maniac running
around? Did he do this to my Gran? What's happening to this
place! Huh? What the hell is going on man!"
Constable Bill tries to calm young Ed down; he grabs hold of him and
brings him out of the grandmother's bed area.
Ed, we're gonna get to the bottom of this alright? So just cool it
for now, ok? Now what I want you to do is give me the exact spot you
found her, I'm going to go out and see if I can turn up any clue she
might have left behind out there. Ok buddy? Come on now..."
starts to calm down more and nods in reply to the Chief Constable's
words. He lets out a long breath and rubs his tearful eyes.
"Ok...you're right man.
God, I hope she'll be all right. "
and Palmer walk out of the hospital as the young teen tells him of
the location he found her. Both Chen and the Doctor are still looking
at Red feather's body; looking puzzled by her condition, the two
give a shake of their heads on what the problem is. The Doctor
reaches over to the table and finds a hypodermic needle; he uses it
to take a blood sample from the woman lying there and then takes it
out after he's drawn out enough.
continue the research in the lab shall we? It appears that this
mystery is deepening further." The quirky Timelord says to both
Andrea and Chen.
all start walking over towards the room containing the other sample
of blood, Ed returns to his grandmother's side after Palmer leaves in
his police car and begins to chant an Indian prayer for her
protection. As they enter the lab room, the Doctor slides over a
chair for himself where the microscope is sitting.
Andrea asks inquisitively. "Why is she pointing to you calling you
a demon? I could almost see the determination in her eyes that you
were a threat or something?"
Doctor puts the sample of blood found at the crime scene under the
scope and begins to study it. Hearing Andrea's question, he calmly
gives his answer while looking at the specimen intensely.
curious isn't it? That's the second time someone has called me
that here. Crowhead, the old gentleman, seemed rather ticked off at
me too. Perhaps I resemble some sort of ancient demi-god of their
culture or some such nonsense. A face of death perhaps?"
your too white for them." Andrea sort of chuckles.
Doctor raises his head up to her and gives a look of disapproval of
that comment she made. Chen tries to break the racist remark by
asking the Timelord for his analysis.
Is there any indication of a virus in that sample?"
in that one." The Doctor looks over at him, with more professional
demeanor. "This bit of blood we found at the site seems normal
enough. You know, I find it rather odd that there wasn't any bite
marks, cuts or wounds of any sort on her body to leave such a sample
what Palmer and I found so curious about the other victims. Even the
last one we discovered." Andrea says to him. "We came just after
the attack and saw the body lying there. There was no stab wounds or
strangle marks of any sort. Not a mark on the person yet the place
was torn up with some blood marks on the ground as if they had been
The Doctor says touching his chin in thought. "And what of the
vanished." The woman sighs as she folds her arms together. "Palmer
went to check on it after he dropped us off at the hospital and said
it wasn't there."
that before or after he when to do the paperwork at the police
Cause he seemed pretty sure you were the culprit at the time and
there was no sense in rushing to get the body."
Doctor raises his eyebrow at her.
was sloppy. Should have gone to get the body first and bring it back
know." Andrea says looking over at Chen with disappointment.
disappearing, blood being found with no marks on the victims and now
this virus infecting an old woman…" The Doctor thinks to himself
out loud. "I wonder. Lets have a look at the next one, shall we? "
up the needle with the blood sample just taken minutes ago, he places
a few drops on a new clear dish and presses another flat clear dish
on top of it. Placing it back into the microscope, after removing
the other one, he then looks into the eyepiece again to have a look
Chief Constable pulls up in his police car along side the road in the
same area that young Ed found his grandmother wandering. Getting out
of the car, he brings with him a flashlight and zips up his jacket.
Nighttime has come and made the area dark and hazy looking. The mist
from the forest filled mountain near by fills the roadway like a
blanket of fog. Palmer walks along side the road as he turns on the
flashlight; scanning the road, he looks for clues, tracks or anything
at all that might bring about an answer to this mysterious riddle.
The sound of his shoe crunching on the rocky dirt from the roadside,
almost feels forbidding. As he walks along, his face gives the sign
that he's not sure of what he should be looking for. His ears perk
as hears the bushes next to the roadway rustling; it gives him a
momentary pause, as it doesn't sound like the wind blowing them
about. For there was no wind at all from where he was standing. The
roadside is full of brush and tall trees; the darkness didn't help
to show him what was beyond them. Feeling it was nothing more then
the local wildlife rummaging though the woods, the man returned to
peering at the ground with his light.
sounds start to emerge all of a sudden, heavy breathing it sounded
like and snapping of branches on the ground. As he tries to flash the
light onto the dark wooden area, he starts to feel a bit un-nerved
not being able to see what or where the sounds are coming from. A
deep hissing that almost sounds too big to be a small snake or rodent
begins to fill the air now. Far too booming for a woodland creature
to make and not at all anything he's ever heard before. The hissing
becoming louder and louder, that alone gives him enough fear to start
running back to his car and trying to locate the keys in his pocket.
It didn't seem that far to him when he was just beginning his search,
but realizing that he's a good stretch away makes him run just that
much more. The hissing becomes more intense and starts to follow him
at the same speed. In shear panic, the Chief Constable begins to
quiver like a man too afraid to look back at a nightmare. He finally
reaches his car, gets in and quickly shuts the door just as the
hissing almost reaches him. After shutting the door completely, the
hissing stops immediately.
finally sighs in relief and starts laughing like someone whose just
out run the devil. He soon gathers his wits and starts the car up.
Just then, a massive slimy looking tentacle crashes through the
windshield and wraps around Palmers throat. He screams in a high
pitched squeal as it latches on to him, then with a big pull forward
the creature brings the horrified policeman right though the rest of
the window. The man screams loudly as his entire body is ripped out
of the vehicle and grows silent instantly as the last blood curling
howl from him rings out in the night air.
Doctor tightens in on the microscope's adjustment knobs, as he gets a
stronger resolution on the sample taken from Red feather. In the
scope, he can see cell structures mutating and some sort of green
spore covering the cells. They begin multiplying in front of his
eyes in a pattern that seem to cause him to gasp at the sight.
He says with a scientist's wonder.
fantastic?" Chen now inquires as he stares at the oddly dressed
Doctor stops gazing at the specimen and brings Chen over to have a
look. He moves out of the chair and lets the young doctor have a
seat in his stead. Chen watches intently and also is alarmed at the
sight. Andrea was too busy being bored from waiting to hear the
results. But as the Timelord walked away from the microscope, she
noticed him standing there in pure thought. His right hand rubbing
against his chin and a giving blank gaze in the distance, the man
taps the other table with his fingers. Andrea wonders what it is
he's discovered talks to him while is in mid-thought.
I have to wait for the book to be published? Or are you going to
share with me what you've found out?"
fantastic, absolutely fantastic." The brown coat wearing Timelord
states to her. "Its a virus just as I said, but its spreading at
such an alarming rate..."
What is it? What have you found? " She gawks at him with
infection she has, it's spreading, so much so that it's changing
the very molecules in her entire body. It's literally rewriting
her DNA and taking a whole new form. I dare say that this is no
ordinary virus we're dealing with here, much more non-terrestrial. "
right, it's beyond all logic" The young Asian doctor concurs.
"I've never seen anything that could do this before. This isn't
human, animal or anything I've ever seen in medical science."
you kidding me?" She says with disbelief at the both of them. "Are
you trying to say that this sickness...this infection…its what?
my dear." The Doctor nods firmly. "Totally alien. Not of this
Earth so to speak."
Chen says as he looks over at him. "How is it you can tell? You
act as if you've seen it before."
The Timelord utters under his breath in a curious manner. "Before…of
course before! Oh god…I have seen this before."
and Chen are confused at the Doctor's mutterings, almost as if a
lightening bolt had struck him in the head and given him a clear
What is it? Tell us!" Andrea shouts, as she can't stand his odd
then a screams are heard out in the emergency room. Chen instantly
rises to his feet, as he knows the voices crying out in sheer pain.
That's Ed! And my Nurse!"
They all leap to their feet to see
what the commotion is all about. Just as they all whip around the
corner, they come in direct view of the disturbance. On the floor
lay the nurse and young Ed, dripping full of slime, their bodies
shriveled and looking as if they had been drained of all the fluid in
them. The Doctor and the others start to look up and see the mass
standing over them. A huge creature with a greenish slime covered
body with multiple tentacles. They're all full of small sharp tooth
like points coming out of the skin, while the main body is thick with
three massive black eyes. The mouth is large and full of razor like
teeth, it snarls and snaps at the sight of the three of them as they
stand there in horror at its mere sight.
GOD! " Chen shouts out.
it's not possible! It can't be! It can't BE! " The Doctor
howls as Andrea looks to him.
creature slowly starts to make its way over to them all, its slime
dripping all over the floor and slithering over the victims. As it
draws in closer, an almost human voice can be heard as it shrills out
THE DOCTOOOOR MUSSSST DIE! DEMON OOOOF TIME MUSSSST DIE!"
screams in terror as she quickly draws out her gun. She begins firing
wildly upon the massive alien coming at them, trying to kill the
beast before it makes its way over. The bullets don't even slow it
down; they all seem to pass through its sloppy looking skin and right
out the backside with out so much as a shrill in pain from the being.
Chen, The Doctor and Andrea quickly start to run for the main
emergency hospital doors, as they reach it, a large tentacle whips
out and latches onto Chen.
Andrea! Doctor! Help! Help me!"
Doctor spins around just as he's exiting the door way with Andrea,
nothing he could do now would help, all he could do is see Chen get
dragged towards the mouth of the alien creature. The young Asian
doctor screams as the beast chomps down on him, a terrifying sight
that makes the Timelord look away in disgust. Andrea screams at the
Doctor to keep going and grabs him by the lapels of his odd brownish
corduroy jacket. They rush out of the building and straight into the
darkness of night that shrouds the entire town. As they race for her
car, the two pause as they can hear multiple screams happening all
around the town.
is that! Oh god, what's happening! " She begins to whimper
stop Andrea!" The Doctor now shouts as he now grabs her this
time and runs down the street. "Don't stop…keep running girl!
police car sits near the station and she frantically gets out her
keys. The two of them dive into the cruiser as the automatic doors
unlock and turns on the interior light to see what she's doing with
the keys. As Andrea tries to start up the car, the Doctor struggles
to strap on his belt buckle and then pops his head up to see some one
in the street light off in the distance. He strains to see the
person as the chaos happens all around them; it's the old native
man he had talked to earlier. He was standing in the light, like a
spotlight shinning down on him, simply smoking his pipe and glaring
at the Doctor. His hand clasping the wooden walking stick with the
carved Crow's head on the top of it. And his mouth holds the hand
carved pipe that he's puffing, the smoke encircling him in an eerie
manner, all the while smiling and laughing in the raspy voice of his.
Doctor seems fully aware of what is happening, but rather then
explain it to his blonde haired female companion, he can only think
about saving the two of them right now.
must get going, Drive! For Pete's sake...DRIVE!" The Doctor
howls at her.
Trying! I'm Trying!" Andrea says in hysterics as she struggles
to get the engine to turn over.
car finally starts and Andrea frantically shifts the car in drive.
Slamming down hard on the gas, Andrea peels on out of the area with
the tires screeching and rushing down the town's main street like a
bat out of hell. Creatures start appearing out of the darkness and
try to get in the path of the car, but speed is on their side as they
whisk past every one of them entering the road. Tentacles try to
reach out for them, but only get slapped off the speeding car as they
make their escape. Old man Crowhead still stands there as he watches
them flee for their lives. A few simple puffs from his weed filled
pipe surrounds his head; the old man peers out of his wrinkled slit
eyelids and gives a chuckle.
Now it has begun. You see my demon? This is what you and your kind
has done. The end of us all."
still clutching on the driving wheel for dear life, is breathing
heavily with eyes wide open in terror. The Doctor starts to settle
down from his panic, and relaxes himself by slumping down in the
seat. Looking over at Andrea, he sees she's still shaking in fear.
Oh..oh thank goodness. Whew! Andrea...Andrea its alright now...slow
down, slow down."
starts to put his hand on hers that's grasping on the steering
wheel. They were cold and clammy hands to touch. But the feeling of
Doctor's warm hand seems to calm her down a bit. She starts to
breathe in and out slowly, winding down from the panic mode she was
can't believe what I just saw! Why? Why is this happening to me!"
She starts to cry.
Doctor takes off his seat belt and moves over to Andrea to give her a
there...the moment has past my dear. Ease down girl. Thaaat's it.
Just keep going till we get till the outskirts of town. Then we'll
pull off to the side for a moment. "
No way...I'll take this car all the way to the states if I have too.
" She trembles out of her quivering mouth.
lovely." The Doctor humorously states. "What sites will stop off
to see on the way? I hear L.A. is the place to be this time of year."
he's having fun with her, she gives a laugh of relief and starts to
pull to her senses. She wipes off a few tears and smiles back at him
for cheering her up.
Maybe not that far. Up at the end of the road then."
girl." The Doctor says rubbing her cheek.
in the center of the now dead quiet town, the creatures huddle close
together outside in the main street. Quivering with slime and
dripping steamy slops of goo all over the road, the other creature
from the hospital makes its way over to the group and speaks in their
Doctor hassss come at lassssst. I knew it would only be a matter of
time before he would sssshow up. We sssshall finally have oooour
revenge. Now that the great transssssformation hassss begun, ooour
mussssst die before we begin oooour planssss." The other
slime-covered alien says beside it. "Nothing musssst stop ussss…not
my Brothersssss." The leading alien says as its tentacles move
about. "He will die very ssssoon…and then we will take ooover the
planet assss planned. Infect we sssshall…infect the entire
sssspecies ooof this misssserable planet."
all chortle as the main creature leads them on into the
forest-covered mountains. The group grows larger in numbers as they
all slither and slide out of the surrounding dwellings. They leave
the town hissing and waving their alien tentacles around; trails of
blood are all that are left in the now empty roads, the only remains
of those that once lived there.
on the road, driving close to the town border, Andrea drives the car
up with her lights shining on the path ahead. They soon start to
pull over to the side of the road and notice that the Chief
Constable's car is sitting alone in the darkness where they are.
The lights are still on and the door wide open. Andrea brings the
car back onto the road and drives up slowly beside it; she looks at
it curiously and sees the Doctor looking at it too. She pulls in
front of the other vehicle and sets the car in park.
Oh god, I forgot all about Bill. I bet he's still out here somewhere
looking for those clues. Boy have I got a whopper of a clue for his
noodle huh? "
Doctor looks back at the car and then out of his side window to the
dark forest not too far away.
He mutters. "I'm not sure about all this, doesn't seem right some
worry, I'm not going far." She says to him as she steps out of the
vehicle. "This night has been pretty weird. If I build up enough
courage, maybe I can go back with Palmer and kill those things
don't think you and he could my dear." The Doctor glares at her.
"It would take more then your primitive weapons to stop them."
hadn't heard a word he was saying, she was too busy looking around
and at the other cruiser behind them.
"I wanna see if Bill
left his walkie-talkie in the car. Maybe I can still reach him…if
he hasn't wandered off too far."
Timelord also gets out with her, feeling his company would be
gratefully comforting to have around these dark wooded areas. As she
walks over to the open door and looks inside the police cruiser. She
takes quick notice of the shattered glass and the gaping hole in the
windshield. The Doctor struts by the vehicle as well and strolls
around to the other side. Andrea gulps in fear as she sees the blood
left behind and of course - the slime.
Please oh, please...Bill...not him too, please no."
steps away from the open door, she sees the Doctor standing on the
other side and looking down with a disgusted look on his face.
Andrea starts to walk over to see what he's looking at, but then he
rushes over pulling her away.
No child...you must not witness this! Trust me Andrea!" He says
forcefully. "Don't look, you'll only regret it."
curiosity is deepened by his reluctance to show what he's found.
Why? What is it?"
still walks past him and sees the horror he's been staring at. A
wave of nausea comes over her and she turns away from the sight with
her hand over her mouth. Controlling her sick feeling, she slowly
removes her hand from her lips.
Is...is that who...who I think it is?"
rather, yes." The Doctor nods in a grim fashion. "Yes, my
dear. I'm so sorry, from what I can make out of the remains...it
looks as though he was...I'm so terribly sorry Andrea."
eyes well up with tears. Sniffling her nose, she walks back over to
the man she's come to know as only named The Doctor. She begins
hitting at him wildly, breaking down in a stream of tears and screams
of grief. The Timelord doesn't move and lets her take it out on
his chest. Emotions of humans has always puzzled him so. But grief
is something that any being with sympathy could share, especially
with those that had lost ones so close to them. As the woman pulled
away from him and controlled herself again, she turns back and looks
him in the eye.
got some explaining to do Doctor." She sniffles. "Who or what are
those things? Don't lie to me anymore Doctor! I want to know the
truth this time! From the look in the hospital, you seemed to know
right away what it was. So tell me...everything!"
The Doctor asks.
the start Doc." She says looking angry at him.
Doctor sighs a bit, but knows that he must finally explain to her
what's been happening, even though she may not understand it all.
well. First off, I'm not of this planet either my dear Andrea. I'm
actually from a planet called Galifrey. I'm a Timelord...well... one
of many that is." He looks at her to see if she's still following
him. "You know that box as you so call it? The blue police box you
found me near? It's called the TARDIS. Time And Relative
Dimensions In Space. A ship that goes through every corner of time
and space in the universe…even into other dimensions. And there are
things and places I've been where horrors like this are often
Go on..." she replies, as her stance doesn't change.
creatures..." He continues. "Those vile things we witnessed,
they're called the Vestnok. Long ago...when I was newly appointed
on the seat of the science council of my home world, there was a
species called the Vestnok. They were spreading throughout the
entire galaxy, invading worlds, causing wars and even
drinking...other species blood for food."
made Andrea cringe, as she looked disgusted by the description the
Timelord gave her. She quickly sat down on the hood of the near by
cruiser and continued to listen to his story.
why you found these people like that; they feast on the bodies and
drain them of all the liquids within them. Shriveled empty shells
are all that's left as they squeeze every ounce from them. It's
the blood their after mainly, blood of organic beings. The feed a lot
like their distant cousins, the stone beings called the Ogri. And
they will not stop until they've drained every being on this
planet. They hunger beyond any other. Which is curious to
me…they've waited for this very moment to show their true forms
and begin feeding again."
had listened to him as best she could, the story was so bizarre and
horrible, yet she managed to believe every word he meant. She took
her hair of the tight ponytail and allowed it to cascade over her
shoulders. A shoulder length crop of beautiful blonde hair that
seemed to be radiant even in the cold night air.
why you then?" She asks.
He says back.
you? They seem to know you very well. They call out your name and
call you the Demon of Time. Why is it they hate you so much?"
Doctor picks up a few rocks from the ground and start chucking them
off into the distance.
people considered themselves, the Guardians of the Galaxy. Banning
other races from time and space travel, trying to control the species
that try to engulf other worlds and so on. The Vostock where one of
those creatures. The Time Lords were furious at them; they saw the
destructive pattern they were doing to other systems, killing
millions for their own glory. The Timelords made sure that ever last
one was sent back to their home world. Of course this took many
years to collect them, some would try to hide and even begged the
Galifreians to allow them to stay on the world they were on. But
that was not to be. With great protest from me, they decided that
these creatures shouldn't be allowed to continue in their ways. They
were very threatened by them. A danger to all kind they said. That's
when a rival of mine, a man I would come to know as my greatest
enemy, the Master. He was a young new member of the science council
such as myself back then, full of hate for other races and trying to
dictate foolish ideals. Well, it was he that managed to persuade
that we, the supreme beings of the galaxy, should choose their fate."
what was that decree from the almighty Timelords?" She said with
obliteration. The decree was death." He says sorrowfully.
good to me." Andrea said folding her arms, as she took no sympathy.
The Timelord stared at her. "An entire species…gone. You don't
have a problem with that?"
at all Mr. Smith." She says in a cold manner. "I mean look what
they've done here? My friend is dead. The town is dead. They
nothing is all they have now." The Doctor snaps. "They don't
have a world, they don't have a race, and they simply have nothing
at all. With a blink of an eye, it was over for all of them."
Doctor, not proud of that confession, starts to walk away bit and
look up at the night sky gleaming with all the stars above. He gives
a long sigh and wipes his nose from the cold air making it dribble.
it was a dark time for all of us then." He continues to say. "An
entire planet destroyed...all those lives lost. And for what... a
measure of safety. "
must have taken it to a vote, right? I mean, you just don't choose
to blow up an entire world without everyone agreeing to it."
did." The Doctor snickers sarcastically. "The vote was split…they
only needed one to end the tie."
was it?" Andrea asks.
sigh coming from the wildly dressed man, turned around and had a
blank stare on that newly regenerated face he'd been given.
I willingly and without hesitation gave them my vote to end them
eyes lit up in shock, as the Doctor just stood there with an
unremorseful face. She could see it pained him to admit it, yet in
her heart she felt he was right for doing so. She couldn't even
bring herself to look over at where her dead partner lay. Just
knowing that those creatures were still out there made her wonder if
the Doctor was ever going to do anything at all about them.
much death…yet they're the ones that started it all really." The
Timelord spoke again as he chucked a large rock into the forest
beyond. "If they hadn't been so overly aggressive they probably
wouldn't be in the spot they're in now. Don't you see Andrea?
They're trying to survive. They've come here to survive and start
again. Can I be the one to end them all again? They hate me because
they heard about my vote. I was the Demon that destroyed them all."
walks away from the cars and holds her arms for warmth. She too
gazes out in the vast wooded wilderness and gives a long sigh.
Doctor, look what they've done. Instead of learning from their
mistakes, they're repeating them. The Timelords warned them, they
gave them the chance to change and they blew it. You at least gave
them some benefit of the doubt. But even you had to know that they
wouldn't have changed in all that time. It's in their nature."
takes a long pause and taps her finger to her chin in thought.
Suddenly her face contorts with an inquisitive look.
don't understand something…"
walks over to him and makes him look at her.
they were supposed to be dead and none survived, how did they get
must have under estimated their kind's mutagenic properties" The
Doctor hypothesizes. "They must have reverted themselves into a
more spore-ish sort of life form. They do have the ability to change
their forms. Yes...that would explain a lot. A chunk of the planet
must have soft-landed here on Earth, near by I would think and they
lay dormant until they came into contact with a species they could
now beginning to struggle with his explanation just sits and listens
as he babbles on. The Doctor starts to get that look in his eye
again, the wheels in that crafty Timelord brain of his spin as he
thinks; again he rubs his hand on his chin as he talks to himself
about the process.
to spores, becoming a virus... interesting. They must have been
here for hundred of years. And the Indians...yes the Indians! Why
haven't we seen any of them killed in some unspeakable fashion?
They only seem to get infected and mutate..."
snaps his fingers to Andrea and motions her over to come conference
with him, Andrea decides she'll humor him for the most part and join
him. If only to see if he'll start making more sense.
me Andrea, have you ever seen any of the Indian elders die in such a
gruesome state? I don't mean to sound morbid or anything, but think
about all that's going on here. The body you found as the murderer
ran…was it like Ed's Granny or like just like the others like the
seemed rather hesitant to compare, but her mind suddenly got the gist
of what he was saying.
was like the old woman…like Red feather."
tell me…was this person on the council of elders for the native
He was. But wait, Red feather wasn't."
mind that, never mind that…" He says rubbing his hands
fiendishly. "I'm beginning to see the bigger picture here. They
must have some sort of symbiosis with the local natives here. I'll
bet their ancestor families were exposed to the very spore that crash
landed here and created a bond with the local inhabitants. And
now...they're all beginning to take they're old forms again, yes...
no doubt to take over the world and find a way target the timelords
yeah!" She starts to agree. "And without your people, the Vestok
will have nothing to stop them from trying to reclaim the galaxy
again. Transforming bodies into theirs, surviving as spores on a
meteor? God Doctor...this is mind bending stuff man! "
bending alright." He smirks. "You're so right Andrea. We gave
them the chance and now their just repeating it all over again. Well,
I won't let them take over this planet just to satisfy their
hunger, nor spread this infection to anyone else."
Doctor gives her a quick flash of a smile and suddenly darts into the
on Deputy Constable Andrea, it's time to lay down a bit of justice! "
grins at the thought of some pay back and follows him into the dark
they sprint up and through the dense, dark forest. It seems like
they've been running forever as they try to make their way through
this maze of trees in the dark. The Doctor soon finds it hard to get
his bearings. That is until Andrea turns on a flashlight and hands
it to him as she catches up. The Timelord nods in thanks and uses it
to guide their way further.
tell me, what's the plan? Where we off to in such a rush?" She
wheezes as she leas next to a tree.
need to find the TARDIS!" He says to her as he takes out a black
device from his coat pocket.
looks at it with interest, the device is small, thin and almost looks
like a cell phone.
a second." The woman blinks rapidly. "How did you get that?
That's one of the strange gadgets we took from you. That's
supposed to be at the police station."
The Timelord says as he continues using it. "Oh well, you mean this
in with his free hand, he pulls the brown envelope out from the
inside pocket area from his coat. It was the pouch that Andrea had
given Palmer to take back to the station. She was utterly in awe
that he had it on him.
not possible. I saw him take it, he took it to the station, there's
no way you can have that!"
dear girl." The Doctor smiles. "I haven't been traveling this
long without knowing how to keep a hold of my belongs."
how? How?" She gawks at him.
Trade secret. Houdni would never forgive me for spilling the beans on
his tricks." He says placing his finger on the side of his nose.
ok…never mind." She says rubbing her forehead looking bewildered
by the fact. "So what is that thing you're tinkering around with
trans-dimensional beacon locator." The Doctor says in his savvy
techno-jargon. "It locks onto the signal the TARDIS makes and shows
me the direction it's in. I'm the only one who knows its
identification code of it's transponder, which is what this
device's sole function is and…" He pauses pointing the object
in the opposite direction. "There we are! Come on then!"
two sprint up the mountainside again and finally come to the small
grass field plateau where his TARIDS sits. The eerie look of the
foggy area around the blue police box makes the Doctor stop before
stepping out of the forest. Andrea rushes up to him and looks out at
the open field just as he is doing.
She breathes out. " What's the matter?"
Doctor frantically looks about the grassy open area. The night air is
filled with such a low level foggy haze; it makes him feel like he's
looking out across the moors in England. Hot from all the running,
the Doctor as a slight chill from the feel of the sweat going down
his back. Andrea is also looks slightly chilled, but at least her
heavy brown police coat is keeping her warm. Benefits of living in a
northern country, the people know how to dress for any climate,
although sometimes that's not always the case. Feeling his
apprehension, she draws out her standard issue police gun again. Not
realizing that she's used it before on those creatures with no
results, but still its better then no protection at all.
wrong now?" She asks as he keeps looking out at the TARDIS.
trust an empty field... better to be safe then sorry I say."
more quick glance around gives the Timelord reassurance that nobody
is there. Stepping out quickly, the Doctor rushes over to the blue
box. Andrea follows up behind him, but keeps ever vigilant with her
gun pointed out. He takes out his key from the brown envelope and
opens the door. Andrea parks herself down at the foot of the door
while the Doctor slips in. Keeping her eyes open, she scans the field
around for any sudden movement. What could he possibly have inside
that could stop these things? Why was coming here more important then
skipping town and notifying some sort of military that specializes in
this stuff? Her mind was racing with so many questions that she
barely knew what to make of all of this. It seemed her fate was tied
to this man, the one person she could trust and he just happens to be
another alien. She wanted to find adventure and excitement, but
never had she ever thought it would turn out like it has.
Hurry up..." She squeamishly whispers. "Oooh I don't like this,
I don't feel good about being here Doctor. Please hurry!"
behind the dark wooded areas, a figure sits in the shadows watching
the Timelord's police box and the very frightened Andrea. A puff
of smoke billows from the figure; a pair of wrinkled eyes are lit up
as the person takes a match and uses it to keep the pipe weed
burning. The pair of eyes remains focused on Andrea as the match
flame soon dies down. A gruff sounding snicker from the person is
all that is heard as the figure takes a second long puff and
disappears from sight as the vaporous smoke stays behind like the
mist in the open field.
shakes like a leaf as she hears a twig breaking in the darkness, her
hand firmly on the gun and shaking just as much as her body.
She quietly squeals.
IT!" The Timelord shouts as he suddenly pops out of the TARDIS
and scaring poor Andrea out of her wits.
She cries out. "Don't do that! God, I'm having a hard time
trying to keep it together as it is..."
looks at the smiling buffoon as he takes some joy out of making her
wet her pants. In his arm is a black cylinder, smooth with a couple
of red buttons protruding from the top. No bigger then his arm it
was; yet to the female officer it looks like it's as light as a
feather as he fiddles about with it.
it? That's your big surprise? I got a tell ya…that doesn't look
too impressive." she scoffs.
Why? What did you think I was getting?"
dunno Doc, I guess I was thinking you had some sort of lazer or even
a bigger gun then mine to use. Something complex and gadgety."
She says with a disappointing tone.
He sighs. "You watch too many science fiction programs...you know
shakes her head in disbelief as he gives her a quick wink of his eye.
He then taps at her head with his hand and then takes out another
device in his pocket. This one is full of electrical lights, with a
low hum coming from it and annoyingly sounding beeps. The thing does
look more like what she had envisioned, those futuristic movies and
TV shows she had seen during her lifetime almost gave her an
acceptance of his wonderful devices. But still the inquisitive human
she was, she had to know what it did.
we're talking here." She says, not trying to raise her voice too
high. "That looks much more promising! Now, what does that do?"
Doctor almost humors her; leaning in close to her face he utters back
in the same low sounding tone she gave him.
Come on..." Rolling her brown eyes at him.
Timelord starts walking with the device in hand and holds it out at
arms length. The gadget starts to beep repeatedly in one direction
making the Doctor grin and taking a few steps to keep the signal
is in fact another locator." He explains to Andrea coming up beside
him. "Only this time...we're locating something else."
that would beeee...?" She says in a curious look.
a massive red blip activate on his device's screen panel, he lowers
it and gives a big sigh of relief. As he pockets the scanner back
into his coat, the takes the black pod-like device out from under his
arm and points in the direction the red dot was flashing before.
Vestok!" He says loudly. "That's where they all are. They've
gathered at the top of that peak. Come on! We have to hurry."
why are we going there?" Andrea nervously says tugging at his arm.
need to purify the blood before it can be ingested by them. They
simply gather it up and then slowly go into a stasis as the body
converts it into a food they can ingest. But to do this they need
the aid of each other as they shift it from one host to the next…it's
their way of filtering out the impurities. "
see..." The woman says. As she now tries to get him to explain it
further. "So the only place they could do that... is at the..."
chunk from which they came. Yes." The Doctor states finishing her
sentence. "The one place that feels like home and the only
comfortable environment for them."
Andrea answers back in a coy glance.
only that…but I do believe it's housing more of the spores."
you heard me right. They're getting ready to unleash more of them."
The Doctor stands to think. "Infect the human race and be reborn.
A new civilization created out of another. No wonder they've
survived for so long."
turns back to the direction that the locator showed them where they
were, and begins to walk confidently to the area. Andrea seemingly
hesitant carefully walks behind him. His stride is brisk, as though
he's enjoying the challenge. Andrea is still amazed at the man's
pace, she's almost out of breath from all the panicking and the
running, makes her wonder just what this so called Timelord has for
organs to give him such cardiacal boost.
the two of them disappear into the dark forest and make their way to
the evil slimy green creatures lair. The mysterious figure that had
watched them walks out into the open field when they leave. Crowhead,
still smoking his pipe and holding his walking stick tightly with is
one hand, gives a strange smile as he chortles at the Doctor's
the top of the cold, mist-filled mountain, a sunken area of the rocky
side looks deep as if something massive had struck it hundreds of
years ago. The sides are full of grass, trees and up rooted rocks.
At the center of this massive ditch, is a rock shaped cavern. Looking
more like a hollowed out massive boulder with moss growing all over,
it sits there like temple of old and shows only one entrance to the
hollowed out rock. A strange green glow can be seen coming out of
the entrance hole, with hissing sounds both loud and soft pulsating
from its inside. The Doctor and Andrea sneak into its nightmare-ish
ravine and soon come along side the massive rock-like structure. As
they run in quickly to it and place themselves along the outside of
it, Andrea is pressed to know what his plans are for the moment.
Doc..." She whispers. "What are we doing here? Won't they try to
kill us if we go in?"
not going in my dear. That would be suicide."
how are you going to stop them?"
know I've discovered that you tend to ask far too many questions."
The Doctor says to her as he tries to figure out the device in his
hands. "What is this? Who is that? Why is this happening? Makes me
think of the old phrase 'Curiosity killed the cat'…just
at her again, he can see she's not impressed with his snappy comeback
and gives a long sigh as he tires to humor her inquisitive nature.
alright. See this?" Holding up the pod and then lowering it down
again. "This is called Tipris T-R-A 130. Trust me when I
say...and never doubt me my dear...that this is by far the one thing
you never want your lovely silky skin to come in contact with."
The Timelord rolls his eyes in disapproving manner. "It is in fact
a biological particle resonator that can liquefy organic material in
ever nook, cranny and area that life happens to exist in."
Andrea gawks, trying not to speak to loudly. "You mean it's...a
Doctor quickly covers her mouth with his and then puts his own right
finger to his lips.
your voice down girl. Yes, it's something along those lines. And if
you value our lives don't ask me any more questions after I
activate this device. Its not just any bio weapon...its THE
biological weapon never to trifle with."
him look at the casing, she notices him pointing at the two buttons
that don't seem to have any markings on them. His low muttering
doesn't inspire much confidence in her that he knows what he's doing.
Rather then ask another question, which she knows she'll only get in
trouble with him for asking, she lets him sit there figuring out the
me. Oh my…it has been a long time since I've tried one of these.
Not that I ever used the much. Ah...yes that's right...red, red,
red...then left, red, red, and then one right, red. Simple." he
smiles to himself after realizing the combination, or so he hopes.
he motions to Andrea with his hand for her to stay put, then points
up to the top of the closed structure to tell her that's where he's
going. The quirky man begins to climb up the rocky enclosure trying
to maintain a grip on the jagged surface and the black device
clutched in his other hand. Andrea watches him at the base with much
unease, his constant slipping at times makes her nervous; after what
he said about the weapon, she hopes he doesn't drop it.
the top of the rock dome like peak, he quickly brushes himself off
and places the pod off to the side. He's noticed his shoe has become
full of pebbles and tries to empty it out. But as he sits down and
shakes them loose, the device begins to roll away, inching ever
closer to the side. Andrea looks up and sees the black thing
starting to fall off; she dare not yell in such a dangerous setting,
but the sight of seeing it roll down makes her shout out in a whisper
that is far too loud to go un-noticed.
Doctor! Look out! " She tries to warn him.
Doctor looks over and sees it just about to fall off the side. He
leaps towards it and manages to grab the tip of it before it
completely drops off. But the pod is so slippery it's beginning to
grease out of his hands, his brow is now totally sweaty, he can't
hold on much longer. And with that being said, the black bio-bomb
drops down towards the ground!
The Doctor inadvertently screams.
knew that if that thing drops and cracks open, they're all dead. She
quickly angles herself underneath the falling device and manages to
catch it in her arms. She had taken off her jacket and held it
between her arms for it to land softly. She lets out a sigh of relief
and shows the doctor above that it's all right. The sound of the
Doctor's scream caused two of the Vestok to come slithering out of
the meteor. Not sure as to what they heard, they use they're
tentacles to probe the air and the ground as they step out. Andrea
notices them and clings back against the rock hoping they don't see
her there. The Doctor on top of the rock mound also remains still,
hoping his presence goes un-noticed. The hissing the creatures make
is loud, perhaps like a form of sonar much like whales use to locate
they're prey the Doctor begins to think. They slowly start to go
around the rock walls, closer to where Andrea is standing with the
Bio bomb. Completely filled with fear, she moves her jaw as if she
wants to cry out for help.
She quietly whimpers.
Timelord standing above feels helpless, as he's almost certain she'll
don't move Andrea." He whispers to himself as he watches above.
"You don't see her. Come on please. You don't see her…go
as the one creature almost reaches its long slimy tooth laden
tentacle around to where Andrea is, a voice is heard shouting out
from the front of the forest.
Doctor looks down and sees the old man Crowhead calmly walk out of
the forest. His leathery face is fierce in his shouting, as he
strolls out with his walking stick giving him something to lean on as
back inside! There is nothing...only me."
ooold man…" The creatures hiss as they turn to face him. "Have
you come to join ussss at lassst?"
will do as you ask." The old native Indian bows. "I shall join
you in this grand plan of yours. But first you must all feed now.
Return to feeding and I shall stand watch for all of you."
You will keep a look oooout for the Doctoooor. The Demon ooof Time
will. He will. He cannot hide from us."
slowly back off with each step he takes towards them, his eyes peer
right at them and his voice commands even more strongly.
go back inside…join with the others and purify the blood you have
taken. Return to your feeding! I will protect you!"
two Vestok obey him, and slither back inside. The Indian man stares
right up at the Doctor who is in a most vulnerable position, the
Timelord fears the worst right now. He should have known the old man
was one of them all along. The old man raises up his staff, the eyes
on the carved crow head at the top of his cane, glow a bright red.
The power surging from it builds into a bright light; the look on
Crowhead's face is that of a look of hatred. Before he strikes at
the Doctor he utters his final thought.
told you Demon! Some things...we never forget! Now we end this once
and for all. Timelord!" He howls at him in a raspy angered tone.
Doctor prepares himself for the brunt of the lazer's blast. A
fitting end, the Timelord reasons in his thoughts, for this is
bittersweet justice that he saw coming from the Vestok. He destroyed
their world, now they are going to destroy him. Andrea was full of
fright as she saw him being targeted by Crowhead and as the old man
took his strike with the weapon, Andrea shouted in horror.
blast hits the rock face in front of the Doctor, to which the whole
front collapses in and seals off the cave entirely. The Doctor, who
had ducked with his arms over his head, looked up to see the end
result of the old man's target. He had totally shut in the Vestok
inside the cave personally with his own weapon. Andrea looked
totally confused, as did the Doctor; they weren't sure just whose
side Crowhead was on. But shaking his head and focusing back on the
task at hand, the Doctor shouts below to Andrea.
Andrea! Get up here with it, now! "
But...but..." She stutters, looking back and forth to either men.
you woman! Get up here this very instant! "
at all happy with his barking, she mutters to herself as she quickly
climbs up the side of the rock.
don't you say that to me you f'n little…ugh. Men! You're all
lived in a mountainous town and the adventure seeker that she was,
Andrea considered herself to be an experienced climber. She'd done
many rock climbing trips in her days and reaches the top in a more
timely fashion then the Doctor had. Looking impressed and jealous of
her abilities, he snatches the black pod carrying the Bio-matter from
her in a comical manner.
off." He mutters.
he glances around the top of the rock cavern, he can hear the
creatures hissing and trying to dig themselves out. He spots a hole
a few meters away that's big enough to drop the device into. The
hissing and cries of the creatures grows louder as the Doctor
frantically tries to remember the red button sequence. Andrea can
hear faint cries coming from the rock as well. But these don't
sound like hisses any more, these sounded more like the cries of the
native people she had once known and lived with from the town.
Doctor!" She frantically tugs at his pants. "They're still in
there. The people they're... they're alive! We have to save them.
Don't use the device, there's people still living inside the
Doctor finally pushes the buttons in the right order; the ticking of
the device can be heard as it starts the countdown to detonation.
He says forcefully as he grabs her arm. "No my child it's to
late...You hear me? They're already dead...It's not them, its
shakes her head as the voices continue to call out. Even the old
woman, Red feather, pleads for someone to let her out.
you could be wrong...you could be wrong! " Andrea cries.
I'm not...I wish I were." The Timelord tries to assure her. "Those
people are long gone. They're trying to trick us into letting them
go. No. This must end...at all costs."
Doctor drops down the bomb through the crack and grabs hold of
Andrea. They quickly run down the meteor rock and drop to the ground.
With no time to waste on worrying about the scrapes and bruises, they
bolt out of the mountain crater area.
far?" Andrea screams at him.
The Doctor shouts as a high pitch sound begins to start.
far do we have to run to be at a safe distance?"
tell the truth I don't know!" The man giggles. "I think this is
the first time I've ever used the bloody thing for real!"
didn't seem too happy about that and tried to stay ahead of the
Doctor. He quickly hears the device's whine dimming down and
scoops Andrea under his arms and dives to the ground with her. The
creatures hissing are loud and very agitated, but it's soon met
with a very powerful explosion. It lights up the rock dome, piercing
through the cracks with a flash of bright orange-yellowish light.
The cries of the creatures can be heard as they all lay dying and
burning away from the toxin that disintegrates them all in an
instant. Soon a green mist fills the crater, seeping out all over
like a great ghost covering the land. But the green fog never
reaches the Doctor and his companion. Safe on the high plateau above
the crater, the two keep low as the bio-weapon completes its
destructive task. The bright light soon dies down and the fog begins
to evaporate as it reveals the damage done inside the impact site.
Doctor rolls over with Andrea still in his embrace and lets out a
sigh or relief. The woman remains tight to his body as she keeps her
eyes closed and face scrunched.
that it Doctor? Is it over?" She asks peering out of one eye.
good this time." He replies.
removes her arms and sighs a relief; her head lies down on his chest.
know…" The quirky Timelord begins to say with his arms folding
behind his head. "I think I could stay like this for awhile. The
stars are lovely this time of the night."
looks up at him as he suddenly wiggles his eyebrows.
are such pigs." She merely spits out at him in disgust, and then
pops open her eyes as she listens to his heart beat, or rather his
two hearts beating. " What the holy hell! Is that-? Do you
have-? No way!"
leaps off of him and stands up pointing at his chest.
true! I mean you're an…you've got...you've got two...I
mean...your not from..."
my dear girl." He starts to laugh as he stands up brushing himself
off. "I told you…I'm not from this Planet at all. I'd like to
suggest one thing to you though. The next time a strange man drops
out of a police box and is rushed to a hospital…at least get a gown
that cover the bottom properly. Hmm? "
both laugh as they soon wrap their arms around each other's back.
She nods to his suggestion and pushes her loose blonde hair back.
Taking one last look at the crater below, they see the many dead
trees, plant life and shattered remains of the meteor burning like
ash in a fireplace. They soon turn away from it and walk off down
the side of the mountain.
the quiet open field where the TARDIS sits in the mist, the darkness
slowly begins to turn a deep purple as the hint of the coming dawn
approaches. Talking away and laughing as they go, Andrea and the
Doctor appear out of the woods and calmly make their way to his
craft. As they take a moment to pause from their on-going chatter,
Andrea begins to stir more questions in her mind. She rubs her chin
in thought and rolls her eyes a bit as she begins to ask the man a
question yet again.
He simply responds.
not sure I understand something here. Why did Crowhead do that? You
know...save our lives? Was he helping the Vestok?"
the Doctor struggles to give her an answer, another voice booms out
from the front of the TARDIS.
am the Vestok."
of them look up and see Crowhead standing there in their path. The
old man did not die with the others, as they so believed, but now
stands there in front of the Timelord's machine. He lights up his
pipe again, sucking out the smoke as it wreaths past his head and
gives a smile. The wrinkled face old man stares at the two of them,
as he leans down on his crow head shaped cane with his other hand.
The Doctor slowly approaches him and watches Crowhead snicker in
delight at their surprised faces.
are the only survivor aren't you?" The Doctor says as he rest his
hands on the coat's lapels. "That meteor didn't carry all of
them here, it was only you that was left inside that rock. Wasn't
was." The old man sighs as he takes the pipe out of his mouth. "The
only survivor of my people. But I managed to mutate and multiply my
cells to create others. Drifting in space tends to make one lonely
doesn't it Demon?"
does indeed." The Doctor nods.
will admit to being furious with you. All those years I held the
deepest grudge and passed it on to the others I helped to create. I
wanted to kill you so much."
what changed your mind then?" Andrea asks now.
old man took another puff from his pipe and licked his lips as he
answers her question.
ended up landing here nearly 400 years ago. There was a large native
community living around the mountain at that time. They thought we
were a special harvest from their gods and devoured us into their
systems. A ceremonial event, as it was only meant to be taken by the
elders, the wise men and women of the tribes. So we began to spread
into their bodies quickly and took over their forms. And as I shared
the mind of this being, Crowhead, I began to see the delicate wisdom
of these people. Most chose not to bond with the host's mind, but I
could feel Crowhead accepting me, almost like a kinship between us."
old man began to pace between the two of them and smoked his pipe as
he continued his story.
were often made by the tribe to appease the gods. Men would spill
blood over the years and sustain us. But it was the pride and the
tragedy of the Indians that moved me so much. Extermination loomed
over them at every corner of the west, yet they thrived and carried
on. They didn't want the white man destroy the one thing they had
left…their spirit. I felt humbled by this experience. I alone
could see the irony, none of my children could. They were too busy
feasting and preparing others for the time we would rise up and
infect the world. But I grew to hate that plan and wanted nothing to
do with it anymore."
Doctor places his hands in his pockets and reflects as well.
familiar. Not wanting to go along with others who want to destroy a
Crowhead nods. "I remember you coming to us all those years ago,
how you wanted us to change, pleaded us to find other resources of
food. I know of your regret...I know you did your best. But in the
end... you where right to end us all."
keeps behind the Doctor, still in fear of this frail old man who
happens to be a deadly alien. Crowhead looks up at the sympathetic
Timelord, who in turn, gazes at the old wise alien with soft eyes.
didn't want kill your kind you know. But you left me no choice; the
others wouldn't stand for your people ravaging the universe like
that. And neither could I."
know my Demon, I know." The old man smiles. "I finally understood
why you did what you did. I've had a long time to think about
that, we could have changed; it would have been possible to find
another source of food. But the hate was too strong in my kind, too
arrogant and we paid the price for our vanity."
old man shakes the Timelord's hand and pats him on the back.
forgive you Timelord. And I was grateful to see you here today to put
an end to this bloodshed at long last. I only ask that you spare my
life, allow me to live out my days in this host and promise you and
the Galifreians that I shall not infect any on this world."
you wish." The Doctor says shaking his hand back. "As far as I
and the Timelord council knows...you don't exist."
live for peace now. Not to do harm." The old man nods.
hope you have a happy life my friend." The Doctor replies. "Good
luck to you."
to you my Demon...I mean...Doctor. " He says with a wink.
also gives a quaint wink to Andrea and returns to smoking his pipe.
Crowhead starts to walk away from them as he journeys towards the
forest. Andrea looks up at the Doctor and shrugs at him.
has got to be the weirdest nights of my life. So what do I do now?"
walks around the TARDIS and feels it with her hand.
town is dead, my superior officer is dead…and I'm going to face
an inquiry about all this too. I'll be the chick that gets put on
the news about killing everyone…they'll blame me for all this
just might do." The Doctor admits to her. "I doubt people here
will believe the story that you confronted alien viruses bent on
world domination through the common cold."
rubs her face and looks back up at him.
need to get away from here. I need to go hide for awhile and find a
new life or something."
that would be the best thing for you right now wouldn't it. Well, I
suppose I could give you a lift with me? Take you in the TARDIS and
show you the time of your life. Adventure, new experiences, sandy
beaches on resort planets…"
know what?" She smiles. "That sounds pretty damn good to me. I
think I'd like to see what the universe has to offer before I settle
down and truly have to wake up from this nightmare. If...if that's
alright with you... that is?"
mildly chuckles, and bows down towards the door as he opens it up.
universe awaits you! "
laughs at his humor and come near the open TARDIS door.
how many people can fit in his crate? Doesn't look big enough to
be a space ship…hell it doesn't even look like a ship. Are you
He interrupts. "Get in there or I'm leaving both you and your
ultra-inquisitive mind on this spot."
She says with a smirk.
she enters the TARDIS the Doctor stands outside of the craft as he
waits to hear her expression.
" She exclaims.
Doctor smiles and giggles to himself as he soon begins to step in as
well. All of sudden the old man calls out to him.
Timelord looks over to the forest where the wise man is almost barely
forgot to tell you something! There is another Demon waiting for
you, one that you cannot see, but will always know. There is
darkness my friend, a darkness covers over you like the uncertain
waters of time, one day…one day the Demon within will be unleashed.
Remember it my friend. Your regeneration did not come without a
price as well."
by the man's words, he struggles to comprehend what the man was
trying to imply. How did he know about his regeneration? Did he
know how it happened? Even the Doctor didn't remember how he came
to be on this planet, in this time, and even of the last moments of
his previous self. It was rather odd to him that he couldn't
remember. But he was rather puzzled on how this Vestok seemed to more
then him. Perhaps it was the wisdom of the native man, Crowhead that
saw something in his eyes to give him warning. As the Doctor raised
it head to ask the old man how he came to know this, Crowhead had
vanished into the woods. All that was left was empty field with the
dawning sun coming on the mountainous horizon.
Doctor retreated into his TARDIS with confused eyes. As he closed the
door the blue police box shone it's light on and off. The loud
whooshing sound of the Timelord's craft began and it started to
de-materialize into thin air. It was time for the Doctor and Andrea
to travel to new places, different worlds and visit all the various
times in history. As the TARDIS disappeared completely, and the
whooshing noise of the craft vanished, the old man pops out of the
forest again as he smokes his pipe and stares up at the stars above.
careful my friend. And beware the darkness within you."