Doctor Who: The Fire of the Daleks: Part 4:

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“She’s a tough one. If this were the king that coward would have cracked by now, but her? I’m impressed”

The rebels had been torturing Zoella for the last two hours. They had beaten her unconscious several times, burned her with lasers and stabbed hooks through her hands and feet.

After each session however Zoella who never screamed throughout it, would just spit back in her tormentors face.

“All men and women can be broken. You just have to find their weakness. Isn’t that right my dear.” The leader of the rebels said as he entered the room with a young, deathly pale, little boy, no older than 8 years old.

“I believe you know this young man” the leader said.

“You’ve reached a new low.” Zoella said as she spat out one of her last teeth. “Threatening children.”

“Why not? That king you so willingly served murdered thousands of innocent children.”

“I didn’t serve him you fool. I served us. I fought against those monsters out there that threatened our entire world. You were either too scared or stupid to realise the danger we are all in.”

The leader responded by hitting Zoella across the face.

“Believe me when I tell you that I’ll kill him. Your own son right in front of you if you don’t tell me where the king went.”

Zoella’s son, Misaca was the only family she had left. Her husband and daughter had both been tragically killed many years ago in a riot for resources. Her son had since fallen into the care of one of her friends, Estelica who had cared for him for the past two years, whilst Zoella had been fighting the Daleks.

“What did you do to Estelica.”

“Lets just say you’ll have to find a new babysitter”

“You sick, cowardly.”

The rebels leader held his gun to Misaca’s head. “Last chance.”

“Okay, okay. The two strangers the King fled with were aliens from another world. They have a ship that can take him out of here. Its in the badlands, in the wreckage of the ship I crashed in.”

The leader was skeptical, but he didn’t think Zoella was lying. For the first time he could see how scared she was for her son.

Another one of the rebels came bursting into the room.

“Sir, Sir, in the lower levels of the cavern we have discovered a spaceship. Its huge.”

“Is it a war vessel?”

“No sir. According to one of the King’s special guard that we interrogated, it was an escape vessel. Whilst idiots like this woman here were hopelessly fighting against those monsters, the King and his elite were going to leave them all behind.”

“Does it work?” The leader asked which caused Zoella to burst out laughing.

“What are you laughing at? You’re the fool who was happy to sacrifice herself for a coward.”

“Just like your followers are?”

The leader of the rebels grabbed her son and threw him towards Zoella who instantly stood up in her chains.

“Keep them both here whilst I investigate the vessel. If she tries anything, shoot her son first.”

Zoella had never hated anyone as much as the rebels leader. She hated him even more than the Daleks, but she had to bide her time for now. The chains were unbreakable. None of it probably mattered anway she thought. The Daleks most likely kill all of them in a few hours anyway. She just hoped that they would kill the rebels first.

The Doctor, Dana and Asica headed towards the forcefield’s generator. Along the way below they saw nothing but constant fighting among the people. It was absolute chaos.

“There won’t be any of them left when the Daleks get here.” Dana said. “We have to do something. We have to tell them what’s really going on.”

“They won’t listen”. The Doctor replied. “No offence, but I don’t think having his majesty here on our side will exactly endear us to them. We have to stop that Dalek or they’ll all die.”

“I didn’t want it like this.” Asica said. “Believe me. Every second of every day and night I’m awake I think about what I’ve done to our planet.”

“Well I’m sure that’ll make them all forgive you. I’ve done horrible things, but I’m really sorry about it.” Dana said sarcastically in response.

“You have no idea what those creatures are capable of.”

“Yes I do, which is why I don’t judge you” The Doctor said. “I don’t agree with anything you’ve done, but I understand that there are no easy options against a race like the Daleks.”

The ship came to a giant facility which housed the generator. Outside there were hundreds of Heglozians fighting with one another. The guards of the facility and the terrorist group Heglozia first. The national guard were too preoccupied with putting down the riots in the cities caused by the Dalek releasing the prisoners, whilst the King’s forces had similarly been overtaken by the rebels and the escaped prisoners working together.

The guards still appeared to have the upper hand in the fight, due to their more advanced weaponry, but more and more people were joining the side of the rebels. They foolishly believed that destroying the forcefield would bring an end to the war.

“We have to scatter them.” The Doctor said. “The guards can’t possibly hope to fight both that army and the Dalek. What kind of weapons does this ship have?” The Doctor asked.

“You’re not seriously thinking of killing the rebels.” Dana said in shock.

“Why not” Asica interrupted. “They’re about to doom this world.”

“Of course I’m not going to kill them.” The Doctor said whilst ignoring Asica. “I need to scatter them though.”

“You lack the stomach and courage to do what’s necessary” Asica said with disgust.

The Doctor gave Asica a glare. “You have no idea. Unlike you I don’t believe in senseless murder. Maybe if you’d thought the same then we wouldn’t be in this situation. We do things my way, understand.”

The Doctor fired several missiles at a small hill beside the facility, blowing it up and sending many of the rebels and eco terrorists fleeing. Several of them however still stood their ground and opened fire on the King’s vessel. Their rays however simply bounced off of the vessel and the Doctor fired several shots back. Again he aimed for their feet and simply knocked the rebels off balance.

Just as most of the rebels fled, which was met with a resounding cheer from the guards. Something struck the King’s vessel from behind.

“We’ve been hit. The back engines have been damaged. None of the rebels have firepower that strong.” Asica said.

“Which can mean only one thing.” The Doctor said as he checked the monitors to see the Dalek flying behind the vessel.

“Its here, we just might have enough power to take it down.” The Doctor said as he tried to adjust the weapons.

The Dalek however opened fire again, sending the ship spinning through the air. Several of the guards turned their attention to the Dalek and they managed to distract it for a few minutes, before it started to exterminate them.

The Doctor managed to stablise the ship, but as he prepared to fire two missiles at the Dalek. The ship came under more fire from the rebels. As the back part of the ship had been blown open by the Dalek, this time their fire actually affected the vessel and began to cause it to fly out of control again. As the ship hurled its way through the sky, the Dalek opened fire on the vessel again causing it to crash. Several of the guards ran towards the vessel whilst the combination of the Daleks and the rebels cleared out the remaining guards in front of the base.

The Doctor, Dana and the King had managed to survive the crash, though the king broke his arm in the process.

“My liege thank god you’ve survived. The cities have been overrun.”

“Its the Dalek” The Doctor said.

“It released the prisoners . All of the terrorists and rebels and the people his majesty just locked for stealing a loaf of bread are attacking you. They’re not your biggest problem however.”

Suddenly a barage of rays hit the wreckage of the ship. The rebels were zeroing in on the Doctor and the others.

“I’ll have to give myself up to them now” Asica said. “I’ve no choice. That Dalek can’t be allowed to get near the generator.”

“It won’t do any good” the Doctor said. “These people don’t just want you dead. They want to tear down the forcefield too.”

“We’ll hold them off” the leader of the last of the guards said.

“You’re outgunned now. They’d slaughter you” The Doctor told him.

“We promised to defend the forcefield with our lives. We’ll do just that as long as you stop that monster.”

“Yet more young men and women dying in my name” Asica said bitterly.

“Make our sacrifices worth it.”  The commander said before he and the handful of men and women left went out to face the rebels. They lasted just a few minutes before being overwhelmed, though it was enough for the Doctor, Asica and Dana to slip by. Along the way Asica made sure to grab a gun from one of the fallen soldiers.

When the Doctor, Dana and the former King entered the facility they could see its corridors were already littered with dead bodies.

“He’s been through here. We may already be too late” the Doctor said.

Three rebels emerged from down the corridors firing at the two time travellers and former despot who took shelter behind a nearby corridor. Asica fired back at the rebels and managed to hit the leg of one of of the rebels, a young woman. As another tried to help her up, Asica shot both of them in the chest and head. The surviving rebel screamed in rage, but her anger clouded her judgement and she started to fire at Asica blindly allowing him to pick her off easily. Asica managed to hit her in the kneecap, shattering it. As she lay on the floor, bleeding and helpless, Asica raised his gun to finish her off.

“No Asica there’s been enough senseless killing”. The Doctor said. Asica hesitated for a few minutes before relenting.

“You’re lucky that there are more important things to deal with now. Still know that whatever happens your actions may have doomed this world. Far more than mine.”

On the upper level the Dalek was fighting its way through the surviving guards alone. The monster in spite of its power had needed help to make its way through the Heglozian forces, but now only a small skeleton force of soldiers were left between it and the forcefield’s power source.

They fought valiantly but the Dalek cut them all down effortlessly in a matter of minutes before reaching the main generator.

The main generator was a gigantic cylinder in the centre of the building which reached its way to the very top of the building and above it.

A few blasts from the Daleks gun would be enough to tear it apart. As the Dalek prepared to fire Asica, accompanied by the Doctor and Dana shot at the monster from behind.

The Dalek turned to face them and they all retreated to behind a nearby wall.

“YOU ARE THE DOCTOR YOU ARE THE ENEMY OF THE DALEKS! YOU WILL BE EXTERMINATED” The monster shrieked as it opened fire. In between its shots Asica would try and fire back at the Dalek, but each shot simply bounced off the monsters armour.

The Doctor quickly grabbed the gun from Asica.

“What are you doing.” Ascia asked.

“No offence I’m a better shot.” The Doctor said. “This gun won’t even dent the Daleks casing, but there are weak points.”

The Doctor quickly jumped out and fired at the Daleks eyestick destroying it.

“MY VISION IS IMPAIRED” the monster screeched as it fired blindly all around, but the Doctor next fired at the monsters gun stick. He managed to shoot right down the barrel of the gun which caused it to explode. The Doctor next fired at the monsters sucked arm, completely disabling it too. The Dalek was now completely defencless and blind.

“You’ve failed Dalek.” The Doctor said. “After all your dirty, cheap little tricks.” The Dalek wasn’t beaten yet however.

“SELF DESTRUCT INITIATE.” It said much to the Doctors horror. The Daleks self destruct unit would be more than enough to destroy the generator.

The Doctor opened the Daleks casing with his sonic screwdriver. He tried to reverse the process but it was no good. Dana and Asica got a glimpse of the hideous creature within for a split second, which was enough to make them instantly look away in disgust. Even the Doctor with all he had seen could barely stand to look at it.

Realising there was no way he could reset the monsters self destruct device, the Doctor tried to take control of its motor power, but the monster had anticipated this and blown its motor unit. The Doctor, Dana and Asica tried to move the monster by force, but it had used all of its excess energy to magnetise itself to the floor. They pulled and pulled with all their strength, but it was no use.

“We have to move now.” The Doctor said.

“NO WE CAN’T LEAVE THE GENERATOR” Asica screamed.

“There’s nothing else we can do.” The Doctor said as he was forced to overpower Asica and drag him away along with Dana. Just before the Dalek blew up it declared.

“THE DALEKS DO NOT FEAR DEATH! THE DALEKS ARE ABOVE SELFISH DESIRES! THE DALEKS ONLY CARE FOR THE FUTURE OF THEIR RACE! THAT IS WHY WE WILL TRIUMPH!”

The explosion completely destroyed the generator and within seconds the forcefield around the planet vanished. The Doctor, Dana and Asica had only just managed to escape, though the explosion still threw them. The Doctor quickly jumped up and ran back to the smoking ruins of the generator. He sank to his knees in despair.

“We’ve failed this planet Dana. The forcefield is gone. In minutes an entire battle fleet of Daleks will be here.”

To be Continued

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