“How should you call me, since I am you.” The man pointed to the Doctor’s direction.
“The New Doctor?” said Daniella, “Seems right, no?”
“Good for me if you don’t call me The Old Doctor.” Even with a billion years behind him the Doctor didn’t like being called old.
“What are we going to do now? I didn’t understand shit about what you said.” Mac said.
“Language, young boy. We only use this kind of language in bed.” Jack’s always being Jack.
“Basically, the Iron Faced man wants to kill all the Doctor’s incarnations in the multiverse to absorb their Time Lord's energy, the “regeneration” blast. Until now, he succeeded in killing most of them but there are still a few alive including those of our universe. Though, we have an issue.” Daniella stopped her long explanations, “We don’t know why he wants that energy and why the Doctor and not any Time Lord.”
“Mac and I are going to the past to meet the Time Lords to learn more about our energy. Dani and Jack are going with you to explore the multiverse. We are going to meet up again exactly 1 minute after our departure. Is it alright for everyone?”
They all nodded and the Doctor gave them each the required equipment for their travel.
Dublin, Universe 35633, Year 2019:
Jack, Daniella and the New Doctor arrived in another universe. It was the 35 633 registered universe. They traveled thanks to a modified vortex manipulator. The Doctor had created a multi dimensional kinetic tracer which could localize the kinetic energy of any alive versions of the Doctor in the multiverse. The group just had to follow the coordinates given by the tracer. Their goal was to find and protect those versions before the Iron Faced man arrived. They arrived in a different version of Dublin; one where it was the capital of the United Kingdom and where there were no royalties. In this universe the Irish won over England during a so-called Unification War and took the power of the British Empire. It was there called the Neo-Irish Republic.
They quickly found the house of this Doctor. He was living in a small flat near Leinster House. They knocked at the door and met an old man with a walking stick.
“Good morning. Who are you?” The young man asked.
“Hi. I’m a Gallifreyan. Do you know another one?” The New Doctor replied.
“Yes. I am one. I’m the Doctor. Do you know me?”
“Yes. It might sound crazy but someone is trying to kill you. Can you come with us?”
“No.” He closed the door brutally.
“You are going to be a very grumpy man, Doctor.” Jack said laughing.
The New Doctor knocked again and again and again until the man was tired of it and opened the door.
“I’m already dying. I have cancer.” The man shouted.
“You have a Gallifreyan organism. It’s impossible to develop a tumour.”
“Don’t you know?” The man asked, “I’m half human. I choose to leave Gallifrey for my family.”
The man let them enter and talked to them about his life. He met a woman in Dublin during the Unification War. She got pregnant and the Doctor had to choose between immortality or a life with his family. For love, he gave up everything and went through a surgery giving him half-human DNA. His wife died 2 years ago and since then he is living by himself.
“Let me die in peace. I gave up fighting years ago. I’m not the great Doctor as you are.” The man told them.
“We need your cooperation. If he kills you before the cancer he is getting closer to winning the war.”
“Then, kill me.”
“We can’t kill you. It would be inhuman.” Daniella said.
“You will just stop my pain. I’m tired of living. I know it’s complicated but it’s the only solution.” You could see the pain in his eyes. The man lived a beautiful life with his family.
“I’ll do it.” Jack said, “We don’t know what this man is capable of, but what he did to London and you, must only be a warning.”
Jack went with the man to his room. The man lied in his bed and Jack put a pillow on his face. He turned his face to not see the man agonising. When it was over, he felt a relief. Jack joined Daniella and the New Doctor, both looking sad, and left to another universe.
Tokyo, Universe 8498, Year 6723:
The group arrived in another universe. This one was particular. It gathered all of the clichés of a cyberpunk world. The group saw holograms in every street corner giving information about the street, the world or about most wanted people. One of the holograms announced the research of a man known as the Doctor. The group knew he was the man they were looking for. After 4 nights, looking for him they were hopeless. How could they find a man who is in hiding? Daniella decided to hack one of the holograms to give a message for the Doctor. After a month, the group got used to living in this universe. They liked the technological breakthrough of this world, the food and the outfits straight out of Cyberpunk 2077. During a night out to a nightclub called Primadonna. Wasted Years by Iron Maiden was blasting, Daniella was dancing when a man approached her to give her a card. The card contained the coordinates of a place, a date and an hour of meeting, signed by the Doctor. The meeting point was the rooftop of a restaurant in Tokyo’s district. A man with a long black coat was waiting on the top. His two arms were mechanical.
“I’m the Doctor.” The man said, “You were looking for me?” The man threw a shuriken right straight to them. Jack stopped it with his hands.
“A ninja? Really ? That’s so clichés. You can do better.” Jack said.
“You have 10 seconds to tell me what you want before I kill you.” The Ninja Doctor said.
“I’m you from another universe. A man is trying to kill you. We are here to protect you.” The New Doctor explained in 10 seconds.
“I know.” The man laughed. “If I kill you, I won’t die. I’m sorry my life is more important.” The group was shocked. They would have never thought the Doctor could have been a bad guy.
The man took out a Otzu Tsu, a Japanese gun, from his pocket and started shooting at them. Jack took out his gun too. Daniella and the New Doctor tried to hide from the bullets.
“You won’t leave here alive.” The man said with a threatening voice. Jack had quite no more bullets left, , he had to find a solution quickly.
“Doctor. Your sonic screwdriver. Use it against him.” Jack shouted to the Doctor.
“How?” He asked back.
“His arms.” Jack said.
The New Doctor took out his sonic screwdriver and pointed at his counterpart arms. The man couldn’t control his arms. They started burning due to the electronic malfunction. Contrary to what they thought, his entire body was burning. The man caught fire suddenly.
The team decided with the image of another Doctor dying by their hands.
Gallifrey, Universe 567, Year 1958:
They arrived in a Gallifrey looking exactly like theirs. They walked through the long corridors of the Capitol. A woman with blonde hair walked in the corridors. Jack knew that face. He already met someone with the same face in his universe.
“Jackie Tyler?” Jack exclaimed.
“Who the hell is Jackie Tyler? And who the hell are y’all?” The woman said.
“We are..hum..tourists. Who are you ?” Daniella tried to get a cover.
“I’m the Doctor, of course. Member of the High Council of Gallifrey”
“That’s weird. Very weird.” Jack said. “I would have never imagined Jackie Tyler as the Doctor of another universe.”
“Alright. Doctor, you are in a great danger. Someone wants to kill you.” The New Doctor liked to not keep as a surprise the twist of their meeting.
“Who?” She asked.
“A madman with a black box.” The New Doctor replied.
“Alright. How can I escape then?”
“Follow us.” Daniella said.
The four of them went back at the exact moment where they left the Doctor and Mac. They needed the Doctor and Mac to continue their mission in order to not lose another parallel version of the Doctor.
Gallifrey, Year Unknown:
Mac and the Doctor arrived in Gallifrey. They were heading to the Capitol. The Doctor was afraid of the Time Lords’ reaction. He just came back a few years after he got mad against them. His reaction was normal, he was captured 4 billions years by the Lord President in order to discover who is the prophesied hybrid. The Doctor chose carefully the moment the TARDIS would land. The Time Lords were living another crisis after the crashing of a mysterious TARDIS with two young women as passengers.
“I hope I’m not too late.” The Doctor said with a low voice.
“Late for what?” Mac asked.
“For the last heartbeat.”
At the gate of the Capitol were standing two guards. Fortunately, none recognized the Doctor. They entered the Capitol, the Doctor was leading the way, like he knew where he had to go. Meanwhile, Mac was distracted by all the luxurious artefacts and decoration of this large palace. The Doctor suddenly stopped and breathed heavily.
“Are you feeling well, Doctor?” Mac saw the worried face on the Doctor’s face. He took his hands and kissed it. “I’m here with you.”
“I used to not know what happened today. I used to forget about her.” He opened the door, the first thing he saw was the dead body of a girl on the floor of the room. Standing near the corpse were 4 Time Lords, all members of the council.
“We need to talk.” The Doctor tried to not look at the corpse. “Let’s go somewhere else.”
They went into another room where there was a large golden table and 6 small seats for the members of the Council.
“What makes us the pleasure to receive the greatest thief of all, the Doctor?” Asked one of the Time Lords.
“I am here to have answers to my questions. As you’ve guessed, I’m not from that time period. A mad man tries to kill all the different versions of myself in order to get their energy absorbed.”
“Our energy? What could be the use of it?” Wondered a Time Lord who was sitting on a chair.
“Unlimited regeneration maybe? Which would be weird since we could offer it to him.” Said another one of them.
“That’s what I thought. To be certain I need to take the girl who just crashed with me. Oh, also I need to access the Matrix.”
“Do we have the choice?”
“I know everything you did to the Timeless Children. I know about the Division and the role I had in it. I know all of your mistakes. I can destroy you today, but I’ll wait for my friend to do it for me.” The Doctor smiled. He knew they had to let him.
The Time Lords brought the girl. She was known as Me, an immortal woman. The Doctor hoped she would be able to help him.
“Hello Me. Did you enjoy your ride with the TARDIS?” The Doctor asked her.
“Short unfortunately. Didn’t have the time to see everything I wanted to. I still have billions of years for that.” Me replied.
“It means I’m not bringing good news. I was finally freeing you from this curse.” The Doctor told her.
“What do I have to do?” She waited all her life to die.
“I need you to go to the Matrix. You are going to download every data in it and find me everything about the Time Lords’ energy and this man.” The Doctor showed her a photograph of the Iron Faced man, “ Then, you are going to die, or live unconsciously in the Matrix.” What the Doctor wanted was quite impossible for any human being even though she was immortal. The Doctor connected into the Matrix, his mind could barely bear all of the data. Me had a small average of chances to succeed in her mission. One thing for sure was her death was coming.
“I’ll do it. Bring me to the Matrix.” Me said with conviction.