Doctor Who Vs Scratchman: Part 4

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                            Based on a story by Tom Baker and Ian Marter

(Sorry for the delays. Its been a hectic couple of weeks and I have been very ill. Hopefully things will return to normal soon.)

The earth began to shake violently as the leader of the Scarecrow’s dragged the boy back to the open grave. The more the boy kicked and screamed the more the earth began to shake.

The Doctors Scarecrow meanwhile was able to use the earthquake to its advantage. The shaking earth caused all of the monsters to become unsteady on their feet, and the Doctors Scarecrow, seizing its chance, pushed itself backwards into the other Demons who were restraining him, knocking them all down. The Doctors Scarecrow then quickly jumped up and attacked the Demon that was restraining Yarox. Whilst the two undead creatures fought Yarox tried to rouse the Doctor.

“Please why are you dong this.” The boy whimpered, as the Scarecrow brought him to very edge of the grave.

“Misery loves company son. You will all suffer as we have .”

The boy in desperation tried to fight the Scarcrow, delivering a series of punches to the monsters face, and the Scarecrow responded by biting the boys hand with its flaming teeth.

The boy had never felt pain like it in his life. His screams echoed throughout almost the entire island. He almost fainted from the pain several times, but each time he almost blacked out the Scarecrow would bite just a bit harder to waken him up.

The boy was soon freed from his torment by the Doctor who, having been awoken by Yarox, struck the Scarecrow from behind with the very shovel one of the monsters had used to dig the grave for the boy.

The Doctor’s blow knocked the leader head first into the grave. Yarox then tended to the boy, whilst the Doctor used the shovel to fight off more of the Scarecrow’s that began to swarm them. With a quick strike to the face the Doctor managed to knock one of the Scarecrow’s backwards into another, but when he tried to strick another of the Demons in the chest however, it grabbed the shovel. Before the Scarecrow could pull it out of the Time Lord’s hands, the Doctor triped the Scarecrow up and then whacked the two monsters behind in the legs with the shovel knocking them down.

The boy meanwhile could barely stand he was so weak. His wound had been instantly cauterised by the Scarecrow’s flaming teeth and the pain and shock were beginning to knock him out. Yarox hoisted the boy over his shoulder and ran back through the church to where he assumed the TARDIS was still waiting for them, with the Doctor and his Scarecrow behind. The Doctor was mindful not to slip on the blood stained floors, whilst the boy was almost sick at the gruesome sights around him.

Once they reached the outside of the Church however, the Doctor and Yarox saw to their horror that the TARDIS was gone.

“It can’t be”. The Doctor said in shock. “Elena wouldn’t… That thing whatever it is, must have control of the TARDIS. I’m sorry my boy, but it looks like.”

The doors to the church suddenly burst open, with dozens of Scarecrows emerging, screaming in rage.

“BRING ME THE BOY, HIS BLOOD MUST FLOW!” The leader shouted.

The Doctor, Yarox and his Scarecrow quickly fled to outside the large gates to the church. The Doctor then placed his shovel in betwe-en the handles, temporarily locking the Scarecrow’s in.

The Doctor, his Scarecrow, and Yarox quickly fled to behind a nearby building. The horde of Scarecrow’s ran right past the two time travellers and their companions. The Demons were so consumed with blood lust that they ran almost blindly with rage through the ruins of the once happy town.

“Well looks like we’re not going anywhere soon” The Doctor said as he tended to the boy. The boy had passed out by this stage, but fortunately his wound wasn’t bleeding as the flesh had been burnt to a crisp. For all the Doctor knew however it could have been infected with an alien virus. There was nothing the Doctor could do for the boy unless he got back to the TARDIS.

“While we wait you can tell us just what is going here.” The Doctor said to his Scarecrow.

“Who is this Scratchman? Where is he from?”

“You know who he is. He is the fallen Angel, the father of lies, the Devil.”

“There is no such thing.” The Doctor said, though he sounded somewhat more unsure of himself than before. The Time Lord still didn’t believe that whatever they were dealing with was really the Devil, but it terrified him nonetheless now that his TARDIS was gone.

“You want to believe that, the same way others want to believe that they can escape him by worshipping a false god. The truth is it doesn’t matter if we kill you now. You’ll end up in his domain one way or another.”

“What do you mean.”

“Scratchman is the true creator. There is no God.” The Scarecrow said.

“Oh dear you mean all this time, I’ve just been dealing with another alien with a god complex.” The Doctor joked.

“Stupid little man. You have no idea of the agonies that await you in the pit”. The Scarecrow sneered. “Scratchman gave you all life, and with it false hope. The universe is a horrible, unforgiving place. Across the galaxies it is the norm for life forms to war with each other. From the most advanced species to simple beasts. They all slaughter each other for the most trivial reasons. Many creatures must kill others simply to survive, whilst those who dominate do so through violence and intimidation. Would a benovelent god create a universe like that?” It continued.

“Love, compassion, and the illusion of free will delude us into thinking we have a chance to escape the darkness we’re trapped in, but we don’t. They are all just part of his sick game.”

“Do you know who I was in life?” The Scarecrow continued as it pulled its mask off, revealing its hideous burnt face, charred beyond all recognition.

“I was a flower girl named Clarrisa. I was killed in an accident when I fell off a roof I was working on. I was only 19. I never put a foot wrong in my short time on this earth. I attended church every Sunday, I looked after my mother when she was ill, I worked hard to help support the rest of my family after my fathers passing. So you can imagine my surprise when I died and found myself surrounded by Demons and fire! I What was I being punished for, I asked myself every day through the endless torture.  It was only after I’d lost all hope that Scratchman, or the Devil, or Lucifer whatever you may wish to call him told me the truth.

He’d not only created us, but spread the lie that there was a god who triumphed over him, who cared about us, and who was watching out for us. It allowed him to torture us in life, and even in death all the while deluding us into thinking we could escape.”

“Almost all of the monsters out there you cower from, were once ordinary, decent people. The leader of the Scarecrow’s so intent on murdering the boy? That was his father in life. He did love his son once, but now Scratchman has taken that illusion from him, as he will one day for you.”

The Doctor tried not to show any fear to the Scarecrow, whilst Yarox barely understood a word of what the creature was saying. Thankfully the boy was still unconscious and hadn’t heard the awful truth about his father. Clearly whatever this Scratchman creature was it had the power to drain minds into its domain from the earth, and possibly all of human history.

“How many people have I known, or saved on this planet have ended up in the monsters clutches” The Doctor thought to himself.

“Why does this Scratchman creature want my TARDIS? What are these blood rituals for?”

The Scarecrow smiled with its flaming teeth.

“He knows who you are. You’ve helped send more than a few souls to him Doctor. He’s been watching your visits to this world throughout its history. He needs your ship to shatter the barriers between realities. He’s been breaking them down slowly for a while, but the power from your ship’s core will be enough to break the final barriers. The blood sacrifices are designed to create mini portals to allow Scratchman’s more powerful minions through. None of them are big enough to allow the master to enter this world, but some of his vilest minions will already be here, though you disrupted the latest ritual. Had the Scarecrow’s slaughtered him you would have released the Kraken, ruler of the lake of fire. For now however he must wait on the other side.”

“How do these rituals bring these creatures into the world? I don’t believe in black magic I’m afraid so you’ll have to give me a proper explanation.”

“The master feeds on fear and misery. Through the tiny holes there are in reality, we feed the pain and suffering of the victims to our lord, which allows him to send more of us through. This is all a test for us Doctor. The Master has grown bored of this reality and wants to tear it down. We are only here to pass a test. If we bring him through then he will allow us to help build his new reality. If not then we shall return to the pit and he shall destroy this world anyway.”

“Yes well,” the Doctor said as he clutched his lapels. “I’m sorry for what that monster did to you young lady. To all of you, but whatever this creature is, it is not the creator. I’ve encountered a few psychic parasites that feed off of emotions in my time. It explains how the creature is able to manipulate human consciousness, but we can’t let its cheap tricks scare us my boy.” The Doctor said to Yarox.

“That’s what it wants. The more scared we are, the stronger it gets. We have to be strong, though I admit that’s easier said than done right now without the TARDIS.”

“I still don’t understand what’s going on Doctor.” Yarox said.

“The idea of life after death is something that we never even considered where I came from. We always viewed our own lives as expendible. How can it be possible for all those who have died throughout history to still be alive somewhere?”

“Well my boy no one really knows what awaits us on the other side,  or if there even is one. I’ve cheated death 9 times and I’m still no closer to finding out about the after life than a new born baby, but I do know that the greatest mysteries of life are not going to be answered by an overgrown parasite, and the poor souls its entrapped…. Now, we need to find the other sacrifical sites. We can’t let any more of these monsters enter our world.”

Suddenly the Doctor was interrupted by a loud screeching noise. As the Time Lord looked up he saw a gigantic, snake like head emerging from the middle of the road. It was so massive that it destroyed several buildings nearby, before sinking back under the earth.

“What was that creature.” The Doctor said.

“It was the Hydra. One of the most powerful beasts of the Underworld. You can’t hope to stand against it. It will devour you all.”

“What happened?” Stanley asked.

“Just as those tentacles were about to engulf us they vanished? The ground itself sealed back up?”

“I don’t know. I wouldn’t assume its over just yet though. It may just be playing with us?”  Elena said as she treaded slowly through the ruins of the village, with the survivors slowly following her.

“Stop.” Stanley shouted.

“There’s something up ahead.” They could all hear the faint sound of screaming in the distance which quickly grew louder and louder.

“Its the Scarecrow’s.” Elena said. “We have to run now.” All of the villagers knew that there was no hope of fighting the monsters off themselves. The TARDIS was the only even remotely safe place.

The Scarecrow’s quickly spotted the fleeing villagers and pursued them relentlessly. The villagers had a good head start on the monsters, but in the frantic attempt to escape, one of the villagers, a young woman tripped and fell. None of the others noticed she was gone until it was too later. It was her brother who suddenly noticed she wasn’t with them. He turned, only to see several Scarecrow’s descend on her. The brother screamed and tried to run back to her, and Elena who noticed his screams ran back to try and help the boy.

Unfortunately the Scarecrows, were able to quickly pounce on him., before Elena could do anything, but as she tried to run back, one of the Scarecrow’s jumped towards Elena and grabbed the mutant in it’s metal claws.

Elena struggled to pull free and managed to land a kick straight in the Scarecrow’s chest, but several more of the monsters soon swarmed her. As she still tried in vain to fight them off, suddenly the earth began to shake again, and in the distance Elena could see the mighty head of the Hydra emerge from under the ruins of several buildings. The snake creature rose to its full size out of the ground, hundreds of feet into the sky, screeching and hissing. All of the villagers, who the beast had emerged right in front of stopped in terror. The Scarecrows meanwhile got on their knees and bowed to the monster. Elena herself also stood completely in shock at the sight of the beast. Even in the 31st century, she had never seen such a fearsome creature.

The Hydra’s head started to split into multiple heads until there were at least 30. Despite its tremendous size the monster moved at a lightening speed and started to pick the villagers off. They were so small to the beast that Elena wondered how it could even see them, and with just one bite the monster was able to consume several villagers at once. In less than a minute the Hydra had devoured all of the villagers. Elena quickly ran past the bowing Scarecrow’s, but as she ran she saw that the monsters had slashed the brother and sister she had tried to save to death.

“I hope there is a hell for you all.” Elena thought to herself.

As Elena looked back she saw one of the Hydra heads swallow the TARDIS whole. It was enough to briefly stop Elena in her tracks, but that was soon to be the least of her troubles. The Hydra somehow was able to spot her from the distance. She could tell its tiny cruel little eyes, set deep into its many heads were fixated on her and the monster soon started to crawl over the ruins of the village after her.

The Doctor, Yarox (who was still holding the boy over his shoulder) and the Scarecrow had spotted the Hydra from a distance. The Doctor had also witnessed his beloved TARDIS being devoured, along with the villagers.

“Horrible, horrible” He said to Yarox. “We can only hope Elena wasn’t in the ship. That abomination it looks like chasing someone my boy” The Doctor continued. “Its definitely focused on something.”

“What can we do against that thing.”

“I don’t know, but we can’t just leave whoever its pursuing. Come on.”

“You cannot escape the Hydra” The Doctors Scarecrow said as it was forced to follow thim on this suicide mission.

The monster quickly cornered Elena against the ruins of an old house. She had run as fast as she could, but the monsters giant size meant that it had caught up to her in a matter of seconds.

Its centre head moved slowly towards Elena, wanting to savour every moment of her terror. The Doctor, Yarox and the Scarecrow arrived just in time to see the Hyrda consume Elena in one bite.

The Doctor shouted out her name in despair. He normally even under the direst circumstances would keep his cool, but the horror of what he had just seen was too great even for the Time Lord.

The Hyrda’s heads instantly turned to the Doctor and his companion. There was no way either of them could escape now as the heads surrounded them from all sides. The heads didn’t move for a few minutes. They just stared at their prey intently.

“Doctor, Doctor, please say something.” Yarox said whilst trembling.

“Don’t give it the satisfaction Yarox, don’t give it the satisfaction.” The Doctor said whilst trying to keep his cool.

With a mighty roar the centre head of the Hyrda open its jaws and consumed the Doctor, Yarox and the boy. The Scarecrow’s apart from the Doctors all let out a cheer.

“The Master shall walk the earth again.” They cheered.

To Be Continued

Doctor Who Vs Scratchman: Part 3

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                              Based on a story by Tom Baker and Ian Marter

 

“COME ON” Christopher shouted to the others from his boat. The Scarecrow’s had been chasing them for hours. They were among the last survivors from Liage. Originally 30 men and women had managed to flee from the village during the Scarecrow’s slaughter, but only 6 of the survivors, including Christopher had managed to make it to the harbour.

Christopher had gone ahead to the boat, not bothering to look and see if the others were behind him or not. He wasn’t a coward. Far from it, but he was the only one who could work the boat.

Christopher could see what looked like hundreds of the Scrarecrows on the beach chasing the mere 5 survivors, two of whom they caught up to and then tore to pieces. For a second Christopher contemplated leaving the final 3. He needed to get back to the main land not just for himself, but to warn the people there of what was happening. Christopher wasn’t sure if the Scarecrow’s could swim or not, and his boat couldn’t move that fast. If he went now maybe he could get a good head start on them?

He stayed behind to the end however and the three survivors, a young boy and his parents managed to make it to the boat. Unfortunately one of the Scarecrows quickly jumped after them, and landed on the deck.

Before Christopher or his parents could help the boy, the Scarecrow dug its claws deep into his stomach. Christopher quickly struck the monster with a wrench knocking it to the floor, whilst two more Scarecrow’s tried to crawl onto the boat. Christopher handed the wrench to the boys father, whilst he started the boat.

Christopher was able to get the boat out of reach before more Scarecrows could jump onto the deck. It appeared the monsters couldn’t swim as they stopped when they got to the shore. The father, a large heavy set man was able to knock one of the Scarecrow’s off the edge of the boat, whilst the other grabbed him by the throat. Christopher however was able to distract the monster long enough for the father to hit the creature straight in the face with the wrench, sending it tumbling back into the sea.

The mother meanwhile had been tending to the boy who had passed out from the pain.

“Don’t worry” Christopher said to the mother. “We’ll get help for him on the mainland.” Suddenly however the boat started to shake.

“What was that” The father said, raising his wrench. Just ahead Christopher could see several bodies floating in the water, killed in some kind of horrific ritual. Worse still the waters beyond the body were bubbling and steaming. Christopher suddenly had a horrifying realisaton. “The Scarecrows let us go because there was something in the waters they knew would get us.”

He tried to steer the boat in a different direction, but a massive head soon began to emerge from the steaming water in front. It was several times bigger than the boat itself! The head was like that of a snake’s except it had two massive horns sticking out from either side of the back of its skull.

The beast breathed fire just above the boat before staring down at Christopher and the terrified family who huddled together.

The Scarecrows laughed at the survivors plight, as the giant opened its mighty jaws and engulfed the boat in one bite.

“This ship is ours now” The leader of the Scarecrow’s taunted Elena, who pushed all of the survivors behind her and out of the back door of the console room. Two Scarecrow’s tired to attack her and the survivors, but Elena managed to flip one over her shoulder, and send another tumbling backwards with a powerhouse kick to the chest.

After getting the last of the villagers out of the back door, Elena locked it and threw herself onto the console. The Scarecrows, over 30 or in total, surrounded Elena from all angels and pushed her against the console.

“You are trapped fool. There was no way you could have ever escaped the Master. You have to die someday.”

“You before me” Elena said as she quickly thumped on the controls behind her, and activated the emergency system which was designed to take the TARDIS back to the vortex.

Both of the TARDIS doors had been left open and all of the Scarecrow’s were instantly sucked out into the vortex. Elena meanwhile grabbed onto two safety handles underneath the console. The Doctor had them installed after a few accidents with the doors in the past. They put whoever held them into a state of temporale grace. As a result Elena didn’t even have to grip them that hard, whilst the other Scarecrows who clung to the Tardis console and the walls with all their inhuman strength were pulled out in a matter of seconds.

One of the Scracecrow’s did manage to grab onto Elena’s foot, but with a quick kick to the face she sent it flying out into the vortex with the others.

Elena then quickly shut the doors. She felt sick at having to condemn even those monsters to that fate. The Scarecrow’s wouldn’t die in the vortex. They would be forced to float around through an endless void for all eternity.

“What else could I have done” she tried to rationalise to herself, before pressing the fast return switch to take the TARDIS back to its previous location.

“Its okay” she said to the survivors as she opened the back door. “They’ve gone.”

“How did you?” Mrs Tulloch asked.

“You don’t want to know.” Elena said with regret.

Outside, Elena could see that they had landed on a different part of the island.

“Damn” She said as she thumped down furiously on the TARDIS console. “God this machine is so unpredictable. I don’t know where we’ve landed. It could be 100 years in the past for all I know.”

“No we’re still in Liage.” Mrs Tulloch said. “We’re just a few miles away from the church.”

“I need to find the Doctor. He’s expecting the TARDIS to be where we left it. He could be in danger right now with no way of escape. I have to find him.”

“You’re just going to leave us?” One of the men at the back said. He was short, bald, yet had a very strong build. His name was Stanley and he had been the mayor of Liage for many years. He didn’t trust either the Doctor or Elena. To be fair no one there really did, but Stanley always had trouble taking orders from others. He had kept quiet until now however as he had been ashamed at not being able to protect the village from the monsters. There was nothing he could have done, and he fought to the end, but still he felt it was his duty to protect his people and he had ultimately failed. Now however he felt he had to speak up.

“We don’t know who, or what you are.” Stanley said in anger.” And you’re just going to leave us in this strange place, that those monsters already broke into? How do we know you’re not in league with them? This could just be another one of their sick little games, to make us think we’re safe and then those things will corner us here.”

Some of the other villagers started to look at Elena in a more suspicious way, even Mrs Tulloch and her daughter. Even in these circumstances, Stanley still had a way of swaying people.

“Look at her one eye and red hair. She’s a Demon!” One scared villager shouted from the back.

“I’m not a Demon, I’m not in league with those Scarecrow’s. I’m in the same position as all of you. I’m scared, I’m fighting for my life. My friend is out there, and if I don’t act now he could die.” Elena said.

“We’re not being left in here.” One of the villagers, an old woman, from the back shrieked.

“Its the safest place for you.” Elena said.

“If they get in here we’re cornered. Outside we at least have somewhere to run.” Stanley protested.

“Besides you’re not the only one with people out there who might need help.” He continued as he looked round at the rest of the survivors.

Elena knew it was pointless to argue with them any further. They barely trusted her as it was, and she didn’t blame them. Here they were, cooped up in a strange looking ship, with a woman who looked like a monster to them. Maybe they were right that it would be safer outside, though Elena didn’t like to leave the TARDIS unattended, the survivors wouldn’t have been able to defend it anyway.

“Right then no point in arguing any more lets go. I don’t agree with you, but I can’t waste any more time while the Doctor might need my help come on.” Elena said.

Outside the Tardis were the ruins of what looked like a little shop and a few houses. There were bodies strewn all over the street, all mangled beyond recognition. Some of the villagers cowered at the sight, others looked away, one was even sick.

Even already Elena knew it was a mistake to bring the villagers along.

Suddenly the entire town began to shake violently so much several of the buildings began to collapse.

“Doctor what’s going on?” Yarox shouted as he tried to help the Doctor who had been knocked off of his feet.

“Its another dimenaional breach.” The Doctor said.

“These blood rituals, whatever they are are designed to break down the barriers between this world and theirs.”

The shaking quickly stopped, but up ahead the Doctor could see cracks beginning to form in the streets. He went to examine one and for a few seconds he saw what looked like fire in between the cracks, before it turned to normal.

“The walls between universes are weak. They could shatter any minute. I don’t know what the Scarecrow’s are doing, but it seems they are draining the energy from the humans to break down the walls. One more ritual could bring forth whatever they want.”

The Doctor was interruped by the sounds of someone screaming in the distance.

“PLEASE HELP ME SOMEONE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!”

The Doctor quickly pushed Yarox into an alleway and told him to be quite, whilst he fished into his pocket for his gadget. The two time travellers soon saw a young boy, cut and bloodied running by them. Behind him was a Scarecrow riding a bicycle! Its flaming eyes and mouth lit up the dark road ahead.

“Excuse me.” The Doctor said as he ran out to meet the monster. ” I’d like to have a word with you. You see me and my friends, we came here for a little holiday you see, just the three of us, but its quite what we were expecting. Too many tourists, too many Demon Scarecrow’s, too many Eldritch abominations. I was wondering can you recommend any other nice little, quite rural areas?”

The Scarecrow turned and hissed at the Doctor. “I’m sorry, I didn’t quite get the name of that place.” The Doctor said mockingly.

The Scarecrow jumped off of its bike and grabbed the Doctor by his lapels, hissing and roaring.

“Ah yes I know the place, lovely during this time of year”. The Doctor said flippantly before activating his gadget. The Scarecrow bent backwards in pain and staggered about for a few seconds, before reaching out and grabbing the Doctor by the throat with both hands.

Yarox tried to pull the monster off of the Doctor, but it was no use.

“Don’t worry Yarox. I have it all under control.” The Doctor said as he lightly pushed the monsters claws away from his throat and adjusted his suit.

“Its now trapped in a forcefield that nothing can penetrate, or control except this little gizmo here.”

“You did it Doctor!” Yarox said with exhalted relief.

“Yes well my boy when you’ve been around as much as I have you.” Suddenly the Doctor noticed the boy the Scarecrow was chasing had gone.

“The fool he must have ran away when the creature attacked me. We have to find him.” The Doctor and Yarox quickly ran down the street, though the Scarecrow the Doctor had taken control of remained completely still.

“Of course.” The Doctor said as he darted back to the Scarecrow.

“Come on I suspect we’ll need your help.”

The boy had ran in blind terror down the street and round the nearest corner. He obviously had no idea who the Doctor was and so as soon as he had seen the monster grab the Time Lord he fled. He knew there was nothing he could have done to help him, and as far as he knew it may have been his only chance.

Unfortunately it proved to be the wrong decision. Just round the corner were the two dozen or so Scarecrow’s that had chased the Doctor and Yarox out of the church. The monsters noticed the boy instantly and were quick to pounce on him.

Within a few seconds the boy was trapped under a horde of the monsters, clawing at him. He felt sure it was over and didn’t even bother to fight back, when suddenly one of the Scarecrow’s screamed at the others to stop.

“We need him alive for now remember. Besides I have a very special fate in mind for him.” The leader of the Scarecrow’s said.

Elena and the other villagers had not encountered any Scarecrow’s yet. They were on the other side of the village. Along the way however one young woman had recognised one of the corpses as that of her husband. His face like all the others was mutilated beyond recognition, but she recognised the remains of the tattered suit he wore on the day of the attack. The two had only been married for a few months, but they had known each other since they were children.  She ran towards his corpse and started to cradle it.

“No, no, no, please this can’t be happening.” She weeped as she held what was left of her husband.

The others tried to talk her away, but she refused leave her husband again. After a few minutes Elena insisted that they would have to leave.

“You really are inhuman aren’t you?” Stanley said.

“I’m sorry, I wish there was something that we could do, but we can’t just stand around here like sitting ducks whilst the Doctor is in danger.” Elena said.

Stanley refused to leave her and an argument soon broke out between them, with most of the survivors taking Stanley’s side.

“I’ve known this young woman for my entire life and if you think I’m going to just leave her here.” Stanley shouted.

“Fine I’ll carry her.”

“You won’t lay a finger on her.”

“Oh for god’s sake what do you.”

Elena suddenly noticed a screaming sound in the background. It was coming from what looked like the remains of an old pub.

Wasting no time arguing further Elena ran to the pub. Inside she could see one of the Scarecrow’s torturing a young man. It had strung him upside down from the ceiling and was slashing him with its metal claws. The monster hadn’t noticed Elena as it was too caught up in its own sadistic games. Elena grabbed a pool ball from a snooker table and walked slowly up to the Scarecrow from behind. She struck it over the back of the head with all her strength, knocking it face down.

As Elena went to untie the monsters prisoner however, the Scarecrow instantly jumped back up.

“Was that supposed to hurt?” The monster sneered. Elena tried to hit the Scarecrow in the face again, but it slashed her across the arm, causing her to drop the ball. Elena tried to kick the monster, but it managed to grab her foot and pulled hard, knocking her face down.

The Scarecrow then started to slashed Elena on the back. She didn’t let the pain deter her however, and thrust herself backwards into the monster, sending it tumbling back. Elena then quickly ran to a nearby table and picked up a large empty bottle of vodka which she smashed over the Scarecrow’s head to no effect. She then leaped over the pool table and rammed it into the monster. She managed to push the creature back into a nearby wall, but the Demon responded by smashing the table in half with one strike. The beast tried to strike at Elena again, this time aiming for her throat, but she managed to dodge its attack and flip it over her shoulder before trying to unti the prisoner again.

The monster however quickly jumped up again, only this time it was too fast and managed to grab Elena from behind in a headlock. She struggled with all of her strength, but the Demon held on tight, and started to slowly dig one of its metal claws into her throat.

Before it could slice her skin open, Stanley hit the monster over the head with a chair. Elena looked around to see several more of the survivors dogpiling on the monster, whilst others, including Mrs Tulloch helped the prisoner down.

The Scarecrow quickly tossed the other survivors, including Stanley aside, but they distracted it long enough for Elena to land an air kick into the Demon’s chest, sending it flying across the room. Elena made sure the villagers got out before her and distracted the Scarecrow by throwing anything she could at the monster, pool balls, bottles, even a chair.

Outside they all quickly headed down the nearest street, with two men carrying the Scarecrow’s prisoner. Elena could see among the survivors, the young woman’s whose fiance had been killed by the monsters.

“I’m sorry” Elena said to the woman. “I didn’t meant to.”

“No we are.” Stanley interrupted. “I’m not going to pretend to even understand what you, or your two friends are, but I saw in there that you were willing to risk your life for us. I’m sorry I misjudged you.”

“Believe you me, people born thousands of years later have been far more judgemental than you lot were.” Elena

As they ran blindly down the streets, Elena looked around for anything they could use against the Scarecrow’s, or even just anywhere they could hide.

“Please I can’t go on any longer.” The Scarecrow’s former prisoner said. The survivors stopped and put the man down, whilst Elena got a good look at his wounds.

“Please.” He said. “They took my little brother away. They said he was going to meet our parents, you have to help him.”

He started to cough up blood. It was obvious that he wouldn’t last much longer and Elena and the others did all they could to make him feel comfortable in his last few moments.

“I promise we’ll find him” Elena said gently as she held his hand, whilst the others kept a look out for the Scarecrow.

The earth began to shake again, only this time it split open just in front of the survivors. Suddenly several tentacles began to emerge from the crack in the ground. The tentacles were roughly 80 feet long, green and reptillian looking. They writhed around in the air for a few seconds, with one of them knocking the ruins of a small shop over, before reaching out for two of the survivors feet. The tentacles lifted the survivors up into the air, before Elena or anyone else could help them, and then swung them around repeatedly. They smashed their heads off of the ground and threw them all the way across the village. The rest of the survivors all ran frantically in every direction, but more cracks started to appear in the ground and more tentacles emerged, that quickly reached up and wrapped themselves around buildings, crushing them.

The survivors tried desperately to dodge the pieces of falling rubble and the tentacles, that started impaling any survivor they came into contact with. “We’re trapped.” Elena said, as she Stanley and a handfull of other survivors were surrounded by more tentacles.

“Please, please just let me go. I’m completely harmless, I’m not important.” The boy screamed as the Scarecrow’s dragged him to the graveyard outside of the old church.

“So were we once.” The leader of the Scarecrow’s said with regret.

The Demons brought them to a coffin that lay next to a dug grave. The heading on the tombstone was “Marissa Thompson.” The boy knew that name only too well. It was his mother!

The boy whose name was Jonathan had never known his mother. She had sadly died giving birth to him. His father Mark had always resented Jonathan for this. He was never violent to Jonathan, but he always made it clear that Jonathan’s older brother, Kevin was his favourite. When Mark had passed away just a few years ago, Jonathan didn’t even attend his funeral. He felt that even in death his father wouldn’t want him there.

“What do you want from me.” Jonathan asked.

“We want your fear, your pain.” The Scarecrow said as it pulled open the coffin. Inside Jonathan could see the rotting corpse of his mother. He looked away in horror and wanted to be sick, but the Scarecrow’s brought him closer to the casket.

“I can understand why you’re so upset. You did kill her after all.” The leader of the Scarecrow’s taunted. It then picked up Marissa’s corpse and started to dance with it in a mocking way.

“Such a loss.” It said. “She never got to see her boy grow up. Still maybe we can make up for the lost time by making sure you spend as much time together now.” The leader of the Scarecrow’s then threw Marissa’s corpse into Jonathan before throwing them both into the coffin. The Scarecrow’s then sealed it up and began to lower the coffin into the ground.

Jonathan pounded on the coffin lid and screamed for help, but the Scarecrow’s simply laughed.

“No one can help you now. You’ll rot alongside the body of the woman you killed.” The leader of the Scarecrow’s taunted.

Just then however one of the Scarecrow’s from the back pushed its way past the others and picked up the shovel that had been used to dig the grave and hit the leader over the head.

Before the other two Scarecrow’s holding the coffin could react, it hit both of them across the face and ripped open the lid, pulling the boy out. The leader jumped up and prepared to attack the both of them, but Yarox who had been hiding behind a grave stone tackled him to the ground. The Doctor then jumped out from behind another head stone, and quickly lifted a tomb that the Scarecrow’s had knocked over, and smashed it into the leaders face. The Doctor then rammed it into the chest of another Scarecrow, pushing it back into the others behind, whilst Yarox and the Doctors Scarecrow fought off the rest.

However one of the monsters managed to push the Doctor back the way, and ripped the tombstone out of his hands, before bludgeoning him over the head with it. Yarox quickly noticed the Doctors plight, but unfortunately in the second he was distracted, one of the Scarecrow’s grabbed him from behind.

The Doctors Scarecrow was soon overpowered by the others and the leader of the Scarecrow’s grabbed the boy.

“Now where were we?” It said with malicious glee.

To Be Continued

Doctor Who Vs Scratchman: Part 2

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                             Based on a story by Tom Baker and Ian Marter

 

“I don’t know why we bothered to come down here.” Yarox said.

“The Doctor said he needed our help to build the machine and for the last few minutes he’s shooed us away every time we get near it.”

“I just didn’t want you to feel left out.” The Doctor said as he tinkered away.

“You just want an audience more like” Elena said with a smile.

Suddenly the Tardis began to groan.

“What’s going on?” The Doctor said with concern.

“How do you expect me to know?” Yarox replied.

“The TARDIS is taking off.” The Doctor said as he burst down the corridors to the main console room with his new weapon in hand.

On the scanner outside the Doctor could see that they had been teleported to an entirely different location. It looked like the top of a mountain and there were over 50 Scarecrows gathered below a gigantic red cloud. There was also at least 20 people tied up to large wooden beams beneath the cloud at the very edge of the mountain top. The human prisoners all looked beaten and bloodied.

“We don’t have time to wait for me to perfect this machine. Whatever they’re doing now they have to be stopped.” The Doctor said as he opened the TARDIS doors. The little girl hugged Elena in fear, begging them not make her go outside. Elena tried to reassure her.

“Don’t worry the Doctor knows what he’s doing, I think.” Elena said to the girl. “Tell me what’s your name.

“Sophie”

“Don’t worry Sophie, I promise we’ll find your parents and stop whatever’s behind this horror.” Elena had no idea how she was going to keep that promise,  but she couldn’t bare to see the little girl cry another second.

The Doctor ran out into the field of Scarecrow’s pointing his machine like a weapon.

“He has arrived, the one the Master told us about.”

“Yes well if you know who I am, you’ll know that I have a knack for improvisation. This machine which I cobbled together in just a few minutes.” The Doctor said boastfully. “Can send you back to the hell you came from, unless you release the prisoners.”

The Scarecrow’s paused for a few seconds. The Doctor had no idea if his weapon would actually work. He hadn’t had time to either test it out, or even charge it for as long as he had wanted.

One of the Scarecrows’ responded by slicing the neck of a young male prisoner open. He couldn’t have been older than 14 years old. As the boy bled to death the red cloud began to grow larger and darker.

The Doctor knowing he couldn’t take any more chances fired his weapon. The Scarecrow’s all clutched the sides of their heads and sank to their knees.

“Its working come on.” The Doctor said as he ran frantically to untie the prisoners. The red sky became more erratic meanwhile. Lightening bolts began to fire from the mass, with one just narrowly missing the Doctor.

“You’re too late” One of the Demonic Scarecrow’s shouted. The mass of flames soon began to form into a flaming humanoid with horns who then began to descend on the Doctor.

The Doctor fired his weapon at the flaming monster which caused it to place its hands at either side of its head and scream.

The Demon swirled through the air, until it became a mere mass of flames. Just as the flames seemed to disipate however, a large bolt of fire came shooting out of the mass and struck the Doctors machine. It didn’t destroy it completely, but the machine was still thrown out of the Doctors hands and shut itself down.

The Doctor ran for his weapon, but more bolts of fire began to strike the machine. Fortunately it was made of an extremely durable metal and the flames did little to damage it.

The flaming mass then tried to strike at the Doctor instead who narrowly managed to avoid the beams.

Yarox and Elena meanwhile were busy untying the prisoners. Yarox was a little shocked at the sight of them at first. Never had he seen so many different looking people gathered together before. Sophie recognised one of the prisoners at the very edge of group as her mother and ran to embrace her.

“Sophie thank god you’re alive.”

“Where’s father?” Sophie said, but her mother couldn’t answer.

“No, please don’t.”

“I’m sorry Sophie they, they tore him apart.”

Elena who overheard the conversation looked over the cliff edge the prisoners were placed near. At the bottom of the cliff were the mangled remains and body parts of the fromer prisoners were kept. Hundreds of them had been slaugthered by the Demons.

Whilst Yarox, Elena and Sophie were distracted, the Scarecrow’s began to rise up again. The Doctor shouted to his companions, but it was no use. Within a few seconds the monsters were as strong as they ever were again, and overpowered Elena and Yarox, effortlessly.

The mass of flames spoke. “You’re trapped Time Lord. We don’t need you alive. We only need your vessel. It would be easier if you did help us, but you will die if you dare to defy the Master any longer.”

“Well” The Doctor said as dropped his weapon and clutched his lapels. “I’m not to proud to admit when I’m beat.”

The Doctor reached into his pocket. “WHAT TRICKERY IS THIS!” The flames screeched as it grew darker.

“Its just a cigarette. Would begrudge me a last request before you take me to hell?” The Doctor said as he put it into his mouth.

“I quite smoking for over  11 centuries you know, but well I’m on my 10th life now so I thought why not. You don’t mind do you? Of course not you’re made of fire.”

The Doctor reached into his pocket again and quickly pulled out his sonic screwdriver this time. Before any of the monsters could react the Doctor used his screwdriver to activate his machine from a distance, incapacitating the Demons a second time.

Whilst Yarox and Elena continued to free the prisoners, including Sophie’s mother, the Doctor headed for his weapon. When he tried to grab it however he burned his hands off of the metal. The Doctor pulled a long cloth out of his pocket, almost bigger than the pocket itself and wrapped it around the machine before hoisting it up into the air. As he tried to fire it again however, the machine’s power began to run down.

The mass of flames meanwhile began to form back into its humanoid shape despite the Doctors efforts. The Doctor however was able to ring the last bit of power out of his machine long enough for Yarox and Elena to get the 20 or so prisoners free, who they rounded up back to the TARDIS. They had to push the first few prisoners into the TARDIS as none of them were willing to go into a tiny blue box! The Doctor covered them all, using his weapon to blast several of the Scarecrow’s back, and as a shield to block the flaming demons bolts of fire.

Once they were safely in the TARDIS, the Doctor tried to take off, but the flaming Demon enveloped the outside of the TARDIS. The TARDIS from the outside looked like it was made entirely of fire!

The Doctor tried to take off, but the entire console room simply shook violently instead. Two small parts of the console even exploded.

“You will help the Master. You will free him from the pit.”  The voice boomed whilst the Cloister bell rang non stop.

The Doctor in desperation wired his weapon to the TARDIS console to power it up again. The Doctor fired the weapon with a range that covered the entire area, but the flaming Demon held on tight. Its screams echoed through the TARDIS, and as its grip around the time machine got stronger, the white walls of the TARDIS began to turn bright red. Blood began to drip from the roundrels which terrified the prisoners who huddled together helplessly. Even Yarox and Elena were beginning to get more visibly frightened. (Which was very unlike Elena.)

“Cheap parlor tricks” The Doctor shouted as he drew more energy into the weapon. “I’d be embarassed if I were you, a Demon from hell and that’s all you can muster up.” Suddenly the roundrels in the TARDIS became transparant and faces began to appear within them. The faces were of men and women, even children. They all looked burned, and mutilated beyond all recognition. The one nearest to Elena, a young boy was missing his eyes, whilst his lips were burned into a hideous grin. She couldn’t stand to look at it.

The damned souls faces started to move out of the roundrels and scream at the prisoners. As Elena, Yarox and the prisoners all backed away from the faces, several rotting arms started to appear out of the TARDIS floor. They tried to pull everyone to the floor. As the Doctor tried to struggle free, he looked up and saw the ceiling of the TARDIS had turned into nothing but fire. The fire slowly began to form into a Demonic face that began to laugh at the Doctor.

“The legendary Time Lord, has such a feeble mind and will. Our master will break you easily.” The face said before bursting into a fit of diabolical laughter.

The Doctor using all his strength managed to pull free from the arms and fired more energy into the weapon. He was worried that if he tampered with the TARDIS core much longer then it would be in danger of exploding, which could consume the entire planet in a time storm! Still the Doctor pressed on as he had no choice. Eventually there was a small explosion within his machine followed by the flaming face screaming in agony. A few seconds afterwards the flames around the TARDIS vanished completely, and the inside of the TARDIS returned to normal.

The Doctor looked on the scanner outside to see the Scarecrow’s had been felled by the machine as well.

When he turned to his weapon however the Doctor saw that it had been completely burnt out.

“Damn the energy from the TARDIS’ core was too much, I just hope it wasn’t too rough on you old girl.” The Doctor said as he tapped the TARDIS console.

“What is this place.” Sophie’s mother said as she cradled her crying child.

“It’s a time and space machine. I’m the Doctor, I’m from the planet Gallifrey and this is Yarox and Elena, they’re both from your future. And if you find that too fanciful, well remember that I just saved you from the Devil.”

“Doctor, please she just lost her husband.” Elena said.

“Right, right I’m sorry for your loss Mrs?”

“Tulloch.”

“I’m sorry what happened to you, to all of you. I wish we could have arrived sooner, but that lot at least looks taken care of for now.”  The Doctor said more gently as he adjusted the TARDIS controls.

“Those monsters”. One of the men at the back interrupted. He was old and withered looking, and covered in scratches and bruises.

“They ripped us from our homes, tortured us,  and started to slaughter us as part of a ritual to bring that, thing into the world.”

“Doctor what was that creature, was it really what it said.”  Elena said noticably more scared than she usually was in these kinds of situations. She wasn’t a religious woman at all, and deep down she knew there was probably a rational explanation for these creatures. Still Elena couldn’t help but think back to how many other incredible things she had seen on her journey’s with the Doctor, that she would have undoubtedly dismissed before.

“No of course not. It’s a creature from another universe. Its just relying on superstition to scare us.” The Doctor said.

“What does scare me is that it knew who I was. It wanted me, or rather this ship for something. I don’t know what, but I can’t help but feel we should leave here at once.”

“We can’t.” Elena said. “If we hadn’t done anything then these people would all be dead right now.”

“I know, I know Elena, but that thing also wanted the TARDIS and for all my bluster well.”

“What?”

“It almost took control of it.”

“How is that possible?”

“I don’t know, but it was. Those weren’t parlor tricks. That creature was attempting in its last few moments in this reality to pull the TARDIS back into its realm. We saw those face because our ship briefly merged with the creatures home reality, but fortunately when its link with our world broke, we were sent back.”

“You mean those faces were real?” Elena said with horror.

“I’m afraid so. Also whilst we may have sent those creatures packing, according to the sensors there is another dimensional breach on the other side of the island. More monsters will be coming through”

“We have to get there now.” Elena said.

“Do we? Or is that what it wants. If we go there, will it just use the TARDIS to rip a bigger hole in reality.”

“If there are people on the other side of the island in the same position as they were, how can we leave them.” Elena said. “Besides even if it is a trap, we’ll think of a way out. We always do.”

She expected the Doctor to respond in his usual chipper tone, but instead she was met with a concerned look. The Doctor was always such a fun, boistrous figure even in the face of death that it was quite alarming for Elena to see him take things so seriously.

“I just hope you’re right” The Doctor said to Elena as he adjusted the controls to take the TARDIS to where the other dimensional breach was.

On the scanner the Doctor could see an old church just ahead.

“Its Liage, the main town on the island. It was the last place to fall to those monsters.”One of the villagers said at the back.

“They came bursting out of the ground. Our village was protected, or so we thought by a large wall. It had been built centuries ago to protect us from Viking invaders. It had become a tourist attraction, but we thought it could hold the scarecrow’s out, until.”

He couldn’t go on any longer.

Whilst Elena comforted the man, who had massive claw marks down his face. The Doctor tinkered with parts from his burnt out weapon.

“What are you doing?” Yarox asked.

“Oh its simple. I won’t have the time fix up another weapon, but with a few bits and pieces of equipment here I might be able to disrupt one of the Scarecrow’s in a different way. They’re just projections into this reality remember. All I need do is disrupt the signal, but this time I’m going to interfere with it. Use it to create a force field around the Scarecrow that will trap it, allow me to control it.”

“You can really do that?”

“Of course! Well….. maybe. Actually it probably won’t work, but still I have to try. If we can get control of one Scarecrow then I can figure out what’s going on around here, who’s pulling their strings, what they want. Scratchman indeed!” The Doctor scoffed.

After putting the gadget together, the Doctor told Elena to stay in the TARDIS and watch over the villagers.

“What? I always go with you. You can’t leave me out now.”

“I’m sorry Elena, but well for once I don’t think the TARDIS will be enough to protect everyone here from what’s outside. I need someone I can trust to look after these people. No offence Yarox but we have just met, and no offence to you old girl.” The Doctor said to the TARDIS console.

“You’re right I suppose.” Elena said somewhat resentfully. “Though be honest you just don’t like a lot of strangers in your TARDIS while your out.”

“Well obviously, but I’m serious Elena. I can’t guarantee that nothing will get in. That Demon managed to rip through the defences of the ship and nearly dragged it to whatever pit it came from. Be carefule. I’d love to just take these people somewhere safe, but you know how unpredictable the TARDIS can be. Again no offence old girl. We could end up on Mars in the year 2525. Please look after them.”

“You have my word.”

“Right come Yarox its time we were off.”

Yarox wasn’t too keen on the arrangement either. Though he wouldn’t admit it, he was absolutely terrified of the Scarecrows and would much rather be the one who was sitting back in the TARDIS. Fear was a new sensation for Yarox in some ways. Back where he came from he was always told that his life was meaningless. He was just a clone after all, and no individual life mattered. All that mattered was the survival of the race, but now in even just the short time he had been with the Doctor and Elena, he had come to enjoy his own life.

After they left the TARDIS, Yarox said, somewhat nervously to the Doctor as they approached the church. “You know maybe it would be better if Elena came with you. You know her better, she has more experience.”

“Now Yarox its fine to be afraid.” The Doctor said.

“Even after all these years and 9 deaths, some of which really, really, really hurt, I’m still scared of every time I step onto a new planet. Still we can’t let it overwhelm us my boy. That’s what our enemies want. For us to be too scared to lift a finger against them.”

The Doctor saw the door to the church was left open slightly, which wasn’t a good sign. He slowly nudged the door open, only to be overcome with the sight ahead of him.

The church was filled with bits and pieces of mangled bodies of men, women and even children. The body of a priest meanwhile was nailed to a the large cross at the back of the room. His guts had also been ripped out and spread on the altar below. The walls were literally dripping with blood.

“What.” Yarox could barely even bring himself to speak.

“Its a house of god, a Church. The monsters whatever they were wanted to desecrate it. But why? If they are aliens, why should they care about a human belief system?”

Suddenly the two time travellers were alerted by the moans of dozens more Scarecrows emerging from the woods behind the church. The Demons gathered around the TARDIS and started to corner the Doctor and Yarox against the church. There was no way they could fight through them, so the only way forward was for the Doctor and Yarox to run through the Church.

As they ran across the blood stained floor however the Doctor slipped on the blood and dropped his gadget. It slid along the floor undet the mangled corpse of an old woman.

Yarox helped the Doctor up. He wasn’t hurt, but he was furious that his fine suit was ruined.

“I’m going to have throw this out!” The Doctor said in disgust. “Yarox can you be a dear and eh get my little gadget”. The Doctor didn’t want to touch the corpse. Yarox didn’t either, but he was less fussy than the Doctor. (He was arguably more used to gruesome sights than even the Time Lord.)

As Yarox reached under the body, the Scarecrow’s advanced on them. The Doctor picked up a nearby chair and waved it at the Scarecrow’s, but in the process the Doctor slipped on the bloody floor again and landed on his back.

The Scarecrow’s just laughed at the Doctor.

“Glad I could amuse you all in my humble little way.” The Doctor said. He then reached into his pocked and pulled out a few tennis balls and started to juggle them. Some of the Scarecrow’s started to giggle.

“I’ve had thousands of years to practice, but even with that in mind I’m still a natural.” The Doctor then three the tennis balls at the Scarecrow’s before picking up a nearby chair that he then threw out into a huge Stain glass window at the back of the room.

The Doctor and Yarox (who had managed to find the gadget while the Demons were distracted)  quickly ran out of the window. (Though the Doctor nearly slipped again!)

Outside of the window was a graveyard. In the distance, the Doctor and Yarox could see a scarecrow digging a grave. It noticed the two time travellers and smiled, with is firey grin. They didn’t have time to worry about it now as several more of the Scarecrow’s started to crawl through the broken window behind them.

The Doctor and Yarox ran out of the grave yard and into the village behind. It was completely deserted. All of the windows in the buildings had been smashed, the doors were also kicked in, and there bodies littering the streets.

The Doctor and Yarox quickly took refuge behind a nearby alley. They watched as the horde of Scarecrow’s ran past, screaming bloody murder.

After a few minutes the Doctor felt it was safe.

“We need to try and isolate one of them from the rest of the group.” The Doctor said to Yarox.

“Quick hand me the gadget.”

Yarox obliged but the gadget was covered in blood.

“Oh god you could have wiped it first.” The Doctor said.

Back at the TARDIS, several Scarecrow’s kept clawing at the door.

Inside the villagers were getting frantic at the sight of the monsters, but there was little she could do to reassure them.

Many of the villagers were somewhat scared of Elena herself. They were all unnerved to some extent by her large single eye.

Elena was used to it. Even in her home time, the 31st century, she much like her mother tended to stick out in a crowd.

“Look don’t worry those doors have withstood horders of Cybermen trying to smash their way through I’m sure.”

Elena was quickly interrupted by the cloister bell.

“Oh dear” she said to herself. The TARDIS doors suddenly opened. Elena tried to close them. (During the many years she had been with the Doctor, he had taught how to operate certain parts of the TARDIS, though he could never teach her, or indeed any non Time Lord how to operate it properly.)

She tried again and again to shut the doors, but it didn’t work and the Scarecrow’s soon entered the TARDIS, smiling with sadistic delight at their cornered prey.

To Be Continued

 

 

Doctor Who Vs Scratchman: Part 1:

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                               Based on a story by Tom Baker and Ian Marter. 

 

John Ferguson hadn’t moved in hours. He sat almost frozen in terror in his rocking chair, holding his rifle up, waiting for one of those abominations to strike at either the windows or the doors.

He couldn’t figure out why they hadn’t made a move? There were hundreds of them in the woods. They literally sprang out of nowhere, like Demons from hell, though they looked more like Scarecrows. Scarecrows with flaming red eyes and clawed hands! John had only barely been able to get away from the monsters on his tractor when they first attacked. He had been forced to leave a young family he had spotted on the other end of the fields, cornered by those awful things against a tree. They had even called to him for help, but he had no choice but to leave. There was nothing he could have done, but the image of the helpless family pleading with him would stay with John for the rest of his life, however long that would be.

John had been forced to abandon his tractor in the struggle. When he tried to drive it through a field,  the monsters quickly swarmed his vehicle, stopped it in its tracks, and turned it over. John was able to crawl out unseen and get a good head start on the creatures into the woods however. Once John made it back to his farm, he noticed the creatures were no longer following him. In fact they were nowhere in sight.

The only village on the island was three miles away and he would have to go through more woods along the way. Ferguson felt it would be better to hold up in his house for the time being until the authorities could deal with this crisis.

Now however several hours had passed and there was no change. Had those things been dealt with? Had they overrun the island? Had they just forgotten about him? There were too many what ifs and eventually it got to the point where John couldn’t take it anymore and he peeked outside.

It was completely pitch black outside, but even with that John was still sure there was no one there. For just a second however he thought he could see his own scarecrow standing in the middle of the field move, and he even shot at it.

“I must be going crazy” he thought. “Scarecrows don’t move. Something made of straw couldn’t lift up a tractor!” This must be some kind of ridiculous prank. The young punks from the village playing a joke on us country folk? I don’t believe in magic”. He tried to reassure himself

Suddenly however Ferguson heard a scream from his cellar, enough to make him jump and drop his rifle. He thought about making a run for it, but where would he go?

Holding his rifle firmly in his hands, John Ferguson ventured into his cellar, more terrified than he had ever been in his life.

John crept down the stairs, pointing his gun ahead at all times. The cellar was pitch black and he could barely make out anything ahead. As he searched around, John suddenly felt something grab him by the leg for a moment before he pulled free. He turned around only to see nothing, though he could hear a hideous, high pitched scream echoing through the darkness. Suddenly John heard the door to cellar slam shut, and he quickly ran back to the stairs, only to see two piercing red flaming eyes at the top of the staircase.

John lifted his rifle. “Stay back, I, I, I mean it. I don’t want to hurt you, but”. The figure didn’t respond, and instead slowly moved down the stair case.

As it got closer John could see that it resembled a Scarecrow, just like the creatures in the woods. Its face was a bag, with red firey eyes with no pupil in the sockets. Its mouth was also twisted into a hideous, rictious grin, whilst its fingers ended in razor sharp, metal claws stained in blood.

Ferguson pointed his rifle right into the beasts chest, but it didn’t back down. With no choice, Ferguson fired at the Scarecrow three times, but the creature wasn’t even phased. It simply grabbed Ferguson’s rifle and snapped it in half.

The monster then dug its claws into Ferguson’s stomach. He screamed in agony and was brought to his knees as the monster twisted its hands deep into his guts. He tried to fight back, but it was no use. The creature was a lot stronger than its withered frame would suggest.

After digging in deep the monster pulled hard tearing out Ferguson’s insides. Ferguson collapsed onto the floor, with the few organs left inside his stomach, dropping out. Everything faded to black, with the last sight the farmer saw being the Scarecrow wrapping John’s intestines around its neck like a scarf whilst smiling and blowing a kiss at him!

Just a few seconds later however Ferguson started to wake up. He wasn’t in his dark, dank cellar however. The place he awoke in was unlike anywhere he had ever been before in his life. The ground was burning hot, the sky was nothing but fire, and the entire landscape around him was completely red, the massive rocks, even the sand. The huge, seemingly never ending lake just behind John however was bright purple. All around were the deafening and pitiful screams of damned souls.

“Where am I, how did I. What is this place!”  John shouted in panic. Deep down, however he knew where he really was. A place that had terrified him for his entire life, but that he never actually believed in until now.

“No, no, no it can’t be. I’m not dead, I’m, I’m a good man. I’ve never done anyone any harm, why am I here!”

Suddenly several hideous creatures began to emerge from behind the rocks in response to John’s anguished cries. They were all roughly six feet tall, with black skin, 6 limbs, 2 arms and 4 legs, as well as two heads. They all had long sprawling tails, each of which ended in spikes, whilst their heads all ended in two spikes at the back. Their faces were long and ended with mouths filled with sharp teeth and three, piercing blue eyes, each with a long thin, green pupil.

The monsters scuttled towards John pushing him back to the very end of the lake. There was nothing John could do to defend himself against the creatures, yet he didn’t fancy his chances in the lake. The farmer tried to run through the Demons, but one of them quickly batted John backwards with its tail, sending him head first into the lake.

The water burned John’s skin. The pain was absolutely overwhelming, and he struggled and struggled to swim back to the shore. The monsters meanwhile were laughing at John’s pain and taunting him. Still Ferguson was determined not to give up. He fought through the pain and paddled harder to the shore, but just as was within a few feet of it, a woman, with a burned, mutilated face emerged from the water in front of John and tried to shove him under. John fought back, but more figures emerged from the waves and started to push him down too. After a few minutes of struggling, they eventually dragged the hapless farmer beneath the surface of the burning lake, where he would remain forever.

“Ah Elena my dear, have you seen Yarox?” The Doctor said as he walked out of the Library.

“He’s down in the garden again as always.”

“Well in all fairness to him, he’s never seen an actual sky before. He’s never seen a landscape or trees or anything but cold, empty corridors and rooms.”

“I’m amazed its taken this long? We must have been travelling for a month.”

“What do you expect? We were at the very end of the universe itself. Besides I told you the TARDIS journey’s are completely random. Still we’ve landed now, can you please tell Yarox while I check and see where. I hope its somewhere nice. You never forget your first alien planet.”

Yarox had spent almost the entire journey in the Doctors garden. The Doctor’s garden was made up of vegetation the Time Lord had gathered from all over the universe, though the sky and landscape were merely just a projection. The Doctor tended to change the projection every regeneration. Yarox however had changed it just about every day since he joined the Doctor and Elena on their last journey.

Yarox how come from trillions of years in the future, in a time when most of the stars and planets had gone. His people were the final descendants of the human race and various other species throughout history. The indomitable will of humanity had helped them endure through countless wars, alien invasions and even home planets and galaxies burning out. By the time of Yarox’s people, humanity and the other species who had cluttered together and interbred into one new race, had finally begun to wonder why they had bothered for trillions of years.

They had struggled and struggled through so much, and what for? To live in a cold, desolate spaceship, still struggling to survive every day, with no future in sight, except to sit and wait for the last sun to burn out?

Yarox joined the Doctor more to escape his awful existence back home than anything else. He was still quite fond of the old man and especially of his companion Elena in particular, who was unlike anyone he had ever seen. In Yarox’s time humanity were a clone race, and there was very little distinction between most people, as they were all created from the same few batches of humans. Most individuality was erased both physically and mentally in the cloning process. It was an attempt to ensure that there would be no infighting during such desperate times. No prejudices, no individual desires, or goals that weren’t for the good of the species were allowed to emerge among Yarox’s people.

Yarox looked exactly the same as his other 10 thousand brothers. Elena who had a single gigantic eye at the centre of her head, and long flowing, orange hair meanwhile, looked like a monster to Yarox’s people when she and the Doctor first visited their vessel (and saved them from the last of the Daleks.) The Doctor who always dressed in the most emaculate, sharp penguin suits was also somewhat striking to Yarox’s people too.

From the start however, Yarox could see that the Doctor and Elena though different, were good people. Granted that was only because they had saved him from a cull. In the far future due to the finite resources, there were regular culls of people. The culls grew larger every year due to the resources depleting.

After joining the TARDIS, Yarox had used the Doctors projector to create images of the skys of all of the worlds his people’s ancestors were said to come from. He’d spend entire hours just staring at the beautiful alien sky’s and imagining what it must be like to set foot on an actual planet.

“Yarox” Elena shouted.

“I’m here, have we landed!” He replied excitedly.

“Yes finally. Who would have thought it’d take so long to journey to the end of time and back” She joked.

“Come on, the Doctor thinks we might have landed on earth.”

“Is it during your time?”

Elena had come from the 31st century, long regarded as one of the greatest periods in human development. She’d told Yarox all about her upbringing and it had utterly fascinated him. Even the more ordinary mundane details such as the fact that she could choose when she wanted to eat, and had parents who genuinely cared for her, fascinated Yarox. He wanted to visit her time more than any other.

“Sorry I’m afraid he thinks we’ve landed during the early 20th century. Its a, eh interesting period in human history to say the least.”

The Doctor waited patiently by the console. According to its readings, they had landed on a small island just off the coast of Scotland. “It will be nice to get some fresh air.” The Doctor said to himself. “I don’t know how he coped all that time cooped up in that dreary ship. I wouldn’t have minded if it had been cosy like you old girl.” The Time Lord said with pride as he tapped the TARDIS console.

“Ah Yarox nice to see you again, I was starting to wonder if I’d just dreamed you travelling with us?”

“I’m sorry Doctor I just had to see all of those different landscapes. They were so beautiful.”

“Yes well now you’ll finally get to see the planet at least some of your ancestors came from for real.” The Time Lord said with a massive smile on his face, barely able to contain his glee. He always enjoyed his companions first trip to an alien world the most.

Outside the TARDIS was a fairly dull landscape. Nothing but a field with a scarecrow stuck straight in the middle. At the end of the field there was a massive forest.

The sky was grey and cloudy and there was also fierce wind in the air. Still to Yarox it seemed like the garden of Eden. He got on his knees and touched the grass for a few minutes.

“I knew you’d like earth. Come on lets see if we can find a better spot” The Doctor said as he headed towards the forest.

Yarox was a little confused by the Scarecrow. It didn’t look like a real person, but then again neither did Elena. When they reached the edge of the forest Yarox asked the Doctor about the strange figure in the middle of the field.

“That, that man back there, he looks like he’s tied up, should we not help him.”

The Doctor laughed. “Don’t worry he’s not real. Just a bag of straw to scare off some primitive animals. Nothing more.”

“But I saw him move!”

“What?” The Doctor said, preparing to believe it, considering the type of things he’d seen. The Doctor quickly ran back to the scarecrow and examined it.

“You must have been mistaken Yarox. It really is just a bag of straw. Come on”

Yarox still wasn’t convinced. He was sure that just for a moment he not only saw one of its arms move, but its eye sockets flash red! Still he felt it was best for the moment not to question the Doctors judgement.

The trio wandered through the Scottish woods for about 20 minutes or so, not encountering anything particularly interesting. Though Yarox was still marvelling at the sights around him. He must have spent 5 minutes staring at a small robin in the distance before the Doctor and Elena noticed he wasn’t behind them.

“Finally some signs of life” The Doctor bellowed. The trio had stumbled upon a small cottage, surrounded by a field.

“It looks boarded.” Elena said, somewhat concerned “Whoever’s in there doesn’t want anyone coming in

“Well even more reason to investigate. Come along.” The Doctor replied.

“Are you crazy? Whoever’s in there could shoot you before you get within ten feet of it.”

“True, but if that house is boarded up, don’t you want to know why? Whatever they want to keep out is roaming the woods, it could be round any tree.”

The Doctor approached the house slowly calling out to anyone inside. When he reached the door however he saw it was open.

“Looks like it was broken into. I just hope that whatever did this isn’t still inside.” The Doctor, Elena and Yarox investigated the house. Inside it was seemingly deserted, but most unusually there was a line of straw from the door that led to the cellar.

“Please don’t go down there. You won’t want to see it”

The Doctor, Yarox and Elena looked around to see a young girl, no more than 13, hiding behind a nearby sofa.

The girl was a little taken aback at Elena’s single eye, but Elena quickly reassured the girl that she was here to help.

“What’s down there?” The Doctor asked.

“The remains of old Mr Ferguson. Those things they, they tore his guts out. They left him to rot.”

“What things?”

“The Scarecrows.”

“Scarecrows?” The Doctor said?

“They suddenly came alive. They attacked us. Me and my mum and dad we were on a picnic when those things, they.” The girl started to sob, and Elena hugged her.

“Please don’t cry, you’re safe now.” Elena said as she tried to comfort the young girl.

“No, no they’re all around. I managed to run away, and I’ve been hiding in here for the last few days, but I hear them. Every night, they shamble about in the woods. I hear them howling and screaming, wondering when they’ll come for me. They…”

She paused for a few seconds.

“They what?” Elena asked gently.

“They said they were from hell itself. When they dragged me and my parents away, they told us they’d burned in the fire, and that we would too.”

“Where’s hell?” Yarox asked.

“Its a mythological place where the souls of the worst people go when they die. I like to keep an open mind, but I’ve always found the concept rather fanciful.” The Doctor said as he clutched his lapels.

Suddenly the the trio were alerted by a screeching noise from outside.

“They’re here, they’re here” the little girl screeched as she hugged Elena more tightly.

The Doctor looked outside to see 4 Scarecrows standing in the field. The creatures eye sockets were flaming, whilst their claws were solid reinforced steel.

“We have been waiting for you. You will free our master from the pit and he will burn this earth to cinders.” One of the monsters chanted as the other three cackled.

The monsters advanced on the house, with two breaking their way in through the windows, and another coming in through the door. Elena tried to overpower the monster that came in the front door but it was no use.

She kicked it in the chest, but it didn’t even make it flinch. She tried to punch it in the face, but she burned her hand off its flaming eyes.

“Get her out of here now, get the girl to safety” the Doctor said to Yarox as he tried to fend off one of the Scarecrows with a chair only to be hopelessly overpowered.

Yarox however couldn’t leave the Doctor and tried to grab the Scarecrow from behind. Unfortunately another one of the beasts grabbed Yarox from behind and lifted him into the air. He kicked and kicked at the monsters chest, but again it didn’t even phase the monster.

In desperation the Doctor ripped the bag from the Scarecrow’s head. Underneath was a hideous, rotting face. Most of the flesh looked burned off, its hair was thinning, whilst one of its eyes was missing. Its teeth meanwhile were broken and rotting which it revealed as it smiled.

The Doctor tried to punch the monster in its rotting face, only for his fist to go straight through its head. The monster laughed at the Doctor before throwing him into a wall. It then tried to ram its claws into his chest, but the Doctor quickly dodged the monsters attack and used his body to ram the Scarecrow into the monster attacking Yarox.

Elena meanwhile was able to overpower her Scarecrow by flipping it over her shoulder out of the front door.

The little girl had sat at the back, too terrified to make a move against the monsters, or even run away in case more of the creatures were waiting outside.

The Doctor Elena, and Yarox ran towards the little girl. The three Scarecrows were blocking the door and the only way out was down into the cellar, or up the stairs. The Doctor chose the latter option, but as he ran up the stairs, he could see the 4th Scarecrow waiting for him at the top, smiling whilst licking the blood from its claws.

With no choice the Doctor told them to get back to the cellar, but the little girl refused to.

“We have no choice, we’re surrounded” Elena said to the screaming girl, as the monsters on both sides closed in on them.

The Doctor had no time to argue and so he simply ran down the stairs to the cellar, knowing his companions would follow.

Down in the cellar the Doctor could see the rotting remains of the house’s former owner. The young girl couldn’t look at it. She had known Ferguson in life. He and her father were great friends, and he even used to babysit her. She couldn’t bare to see him like this for a second.

The Doctor noticed a window at the top of the cellar.

“Quick get the girl through that window. I”l hold them off.”

“How on earth will you” Elena said, before the Doctor cut them off.

“I’ll win them round with my charm just like I did you two, now go” the Doctor said firmly.

As the Scarecrows came tumbling down the steps to the cellar, Elena didn’t question the Doctor any longer and crawled through the window. She needed to make sure there were no monsters outside waiting. Yarox then helped to push the girl through the window, before following whilst the Doctor stood in front of his companions as the Scarecrows drew nearer.

“Now then you told me that you were waiting for me?” The Doctor said with a faux confidence and bluster to cover up his fear as he clutched his lapels.

“What may I ask for?”

The unmasked Scarecrow spoke.

“Our master, Scratchman was sealed in the pit millions of years ago. He has been clawing at your reality, peeking into its dreams, stealing souls. Now he will finally walk this earth thanks to you.”

“Scratchman?” “You mean…. the Devil?”

“That is what you would call him. He has always been our master. Though he is the master of you all.”

“What on earth do you mean?”

“You are all destined for his pit one way or another.”

“Well if that’s the case why does this Scratchman fellow need to come here then? Also what about heaven? If there’s a hell, then shouldn’t there be a heaven?”

“Heaven is a lie told by the master to give you all false hope that you can escape his grasp” the monster sneered.

“Well that’s a rather bleak view to have of life.” the Doctor said in an awkward, humorous tone.

“Still whoever your master is I don’t intend to help him escape. Judging from you lot, it seems whoever locked him in the pit had a good reason too. I’d thank them if I could.”

“Stop wasting time. The Master waits.” The unmasked Scarecrow shouted as it attempted to grab the Doctor, who quickly ducked and grabbed John Ferguson’s rifle from the floor and shot at all three monsters to no avail.

The monsters laughed at the Doctor who backed into a corner.

“The Master awaits. You will suffer for making him wait longer than he needed to.”

“You should tell Scratchman that’s no way to get people to do him favours.” the Doctor replied before shooting at the ceiling above the Scarecrows burying them under rubble for a few seconds. The Doctor quickly ran past the monsters to the window.

As he climbed through it however, one of the monsters, the unmasked Scarecrow jumped up and grabbed the Doctor by his foot as he was almost clear. The Doctor tried to pull free, but the monsters metal claws dug deep into his ankle. Fortunately however Elena and Yarox quickly came to the Doctors aid. It was still no use however, as the strength of the Doctor and his companions combined was no match for the monster. Elena quickly grabbed the Doctors gun and started to hit the Scarecrow over and over again. She didn’t hurt the monster but she distracted it long enough for the Doctor to wiggle his foot free and kick the monster in the chest knocking it back into the other Scarecrows.

“Thank you” the Doctor said as he rubbed his foot.  “We need to get back to the TARDIS now”

“Please, find my parents” the young girls cried.

“I will do all I can for them” the Doctor said. “I just need to get you back to the TARDIS. You’ll be safe there while I look for your parents, and figure out what is going on.”

“What do you mean the TARDIS?”

“You’ll see when we get there. Come on.”

The Doctor and his companions quickly ran back the way through the woods. It was beginning to get dark and more and more Scarecrows were crawling around the woods. The Doctor and his companions kept hidden from the monsters behind several trees. Elena pointed her gun at one of the brutes as it wandered closer, in their direction.

“No, it won’t do any good, trust me. We need to be cautious” the Doctor said as he crawled through the undergrowth, careful not to alert any of the Demonic Scarecrows.

The foursome managed to crawl their way back to the large field where the TARDIS was.

“That blue box?” the young girl said perplexed?

“Trust me its a lot tougher and bigger than it looks. You’ll be safe in there.” The Doctor said confidently.

The foursome ran across the field when suddenly a metal hand came bursting out of the ground and grabbed Yarox by the foot, causing him to trip.

The Doctor turned round, only for two more sets of metal hands to burst out of the ground in front of him.

Several more metal, clawed hands came bursting out of the field all around the Doctor, Elena and the girl.

The Doctor looked back into the woods to see several more Scarecrows emerging from the woods, brandishing their claws, roaring and hissing. Dozens of Scarecrows suddenly came bursting out of the ground.

The Doctor quickly grabbed the gun from Elena and used it to knock the nearest Scarecrow in front down by hitting the monster’s legs with the butt of the gun.

The Doctor then used the butt of the gun to hit the monsters hand that was grabbing Yarox by the foot until it eventually released him.

The foursome quickly bolted into the TARDIS, slamming the doors shut before the Scarecrow’s could follow.

The monsters clawed furiously on the door screaming at the Doctor to let them in.

“Fool you could flee to the end of the universe and he’ll still claim your soul. You’ll have to die one day!” One of the Scarecrow’s shouted.

The little girl was so scared of the monsters taunts that she almost hadn’t noticed how massive the inside of the TARDIS was compared to the tiny blue box she’d seen in the field.

“Don’t worry. None of them can get in here now. We’re safe, for the moment at least.” The Doctor assured the young girl as he checked the console.

“What are you looking for?” Elena asked as she hugged the young girl.

“Signs of an interdimensional disturbance. Those monsters said they wanted me to free their master from the pit wherever that is.”

“Its hell.” The young girl shouted.

“Well wherever it is, I think its most likely another universe. Those creatures whatever they are, must have created a rip into our reality. I might be able to track it here.

The Doctor messed around with the controls for a few minutes. whilst the monsters continued to shout and claw on the doors.

“What is this place?” the young girl said somewhat frightened.

“Its a time and space machine.” Elena said to the girl.

“A space ship? Are you, are you aliens!”

“I’m not. I’m as human as you. Well more or less” Elena said. “Yarox is part alien, and the Doctor over there is an alien, but don’t be scared he likes humans.”

“They’re my favourite species alongside the Therons of Venus” the Doctor said proudly as he adjusted the controls.

“Humans have better music, but Venusian food is better.”  He joked, though none of the others were exactly in the mood for humour.

“Aliens and Demons? I can’t believe this is happening she said.”

“Well trust me those things out there are aliens too. They’re dishonest about where they came from, but well hopefully we can find out the truth.”

“Ah, I’ve located it. There’s a tear on the other side of the island. Just as I thought. It looks like its splintering. Very soon there will be more rips on our side.” The Doctor said as he left the room.

“Where are you going?” Yarox asked.

“To whip up something to severe those monsters from whatever’s projecting them into our reality. When I unmasked one of them in the house, my hand went through it. They’re projections. Projections given enough of a boost to affect this reality, but that’s all they are. If I can interfere with them then we can stop the monsters. Come on, you can help me. Better than just sitting here and listening to those things moan.”

The others followed the Doctor, though just before she left the console room, Elena looked on the scanner. She could now see what looked like hundreds of Scarecrows all amassing outside of the TARDIS.

“I hope he’s right about those doors holding” she thought to herself.

On the other side of the island meanwhile the Scarecrow’s had almost finished their blood ritual.

“Please, please stop.” Mary one of their sacrificial lambs begged as the leader of the Scarecrw’s sliced into her stomach again.

“Why, why are you doing this” she pleaded, only for the Scarecrow to laugh at her pain.

The Scarecrow’s claws suddenly became red hot.

“No, no please” Mary screamed as she struggled to get free.

Fortunately just as the monster was about to sink its burning hot claws in, a red whirlwind appeared in the sky, causing all of the Scarecrows to bow and chant in unison.

“He has come forth. Oh praise him!”

To Be Continued

 

 

 

Doctor Who: The Fire of the Daleks: Part 7

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Asica got on his knees and begged the Dalek not to shoot.

“Please, I’ll do”

Before he could even finish the Dalek screamed “EXTERMINATE” and tried to fire. It proved to be a mistake however as the ships securty system paralysed the Dalek and the ray it had fired in mid air. The Dalek hadn’t even thought about the security system. In its arrogance it didn’t think that the Heglozians had any weapons that could threaten it. The ship however represented the absolute pinnacle of the Heglozians technology.  The Dalek tried to break free from the field but it was no use. Asika quickly pulled the gun from the Daleks socket and shot it dead.

The former king then quickly made his way to the control room where he fired several rays at the Daleks in the cave, destroying them all and saving the Doctor, Dana, Zoella and the others.

“You’re quite safe now” He said confidently through the speaker. “Doctor, Dana, Zoella and her boy. You can all come into the ship. The rest of you can stay here. With your allies the Daleks.”

All of the rebels except the leader started to beg the King to take them with him.

“How pathetic. You all spent so long trying to kill me, now you expect me to show mercy? You fools helped to doom our world.” Asica said with disgust,

“Hes right.” The Leader of the rebels said much to the others shock.

“Not about us dooming Heglozia. He did that. He’s right that you shouldn’t beg this monster for any clemency. This monster who sent thousands of men, women and children to their deaths for just trying to survive? Who was going to abandon his own people like a coward? We’ll find a way to survive this without him.”

“You won’t.” The Doctor said bluntly.

“None of you will if you don’t stick together. I have a plan, but you’re going to all have to help me. I’m not saying it will work, but its our best bet.”

“You don’t know anything about us” The leader said to the Doctor. “We survived against his troops and thugs for years, we can evade the Daleks until our forces rebuild.”

“You won’t” The Doctor replied. “I know the Daleks. Unless they see some value in you as a slave labour force, they’ll make sure nothing, even the smallest microbe survives on a planet they’ve invaded. Clearly they don’t think there is any value in the Heglozians. If they did we would have seen them gather more of you up into groups of slave labour, or as test subjects.” Dana winced at the last part, having remembered some of the gruesome sights she’d seen in a Dalek lab on a previous adventure with the Doctor.

“They’ve just slaughtered every member of your kind they’ve seen. The Daleks will unleash a weapon, very soon that will ignite the atmosphere of this planet. The air itself will burn. I’ve seen planets the Daleks used this weapon on. Barren rocks, with poison air. If you took one breath, even thousands of years later your insides would still cook. So many of these worlds were once teeming with life just like this one, but you’d have never known.”

“You’re lying” The Leader said. “No one would destroy for no reason. Also why wouldn’t they unleash this weapon already?”

“They do have a reason. Whilst they may not see you as having any value, I’d wager they want your world as a weapons factory. By poisoning the air they’ll make sure that no one can infiltrate their weapons factory. The only reason they haven’t let the weapon loose already is because they enjoy crushing other races. Its all a Dalek lives for. In between battles they don’t feel anything. Slaughtering others is the only time they ever feel alive.”

Zoella’s son hugged her in fear at the Doctors words. Zoella didn’t even try and lie to the boy that everything would be okay.

“Once they’ve had their fun killing you in droves down here, they’ll retreat to their mother ship fire their weapon. As soon as we see the monsters retreat then its all over…. Now do you see who your real enemy is?”

“What can we do?” The leader said.

“Use this ship to pick up as many civillians we can and get as far away from here as soon as possible” Asica said through the communicator.

“Your ship wouldn’t make it to the atmosphere. Even if it did, every inch of this galaxy is crawling with Dalek warships that can outshoot and outrun you.” The Doctor said.

“We have one chance.” The Doctor continued. “If we can fly your ship into the Dalek mothership we might be able to destroy it. There will still be Dalek war ships all over the galaxy, but bringing down their mothership will destroy their weapon and might make the monsters think about their next attack. It could give us the time we need to get the last survivors out of here in my TARDIS.” The Doctor said.

“Your what?” The Leader asked.

“Its a ship that can travel through time and space. I don’t have time to try and convince you, trust me its real and its your only chance to escape the Daleks.”

“How are we supposed to fly this vessel into the Dalek mothership? We’d be shot down before we had a chance?” The Leader said.

“Maybe not. The mother ship is the only Dalek vessel on this planet. It’ll be hovering in the sky. The monsters love to show any survivors after their invasion the weapon that will destory their world going off. The rest of the Dalek forces here are just soldiers. They think so little of you that they didn’t feel the need to waste any ships except for the grande finale. We might just be able to blast our way to it.”

“We have to get Misaca somewhere safe.” Zoella said. “I’m not having him in the middle of a fight with the Daleks.”

“We don’t have time.” Misaca interrupted. “Those monsters could burn this planet at any second. You can’t put me above everyone else.”

“The boys right”. The Doctor said. “Besides the safest place is with us. In the time it takes to get to the TARDIS, those monsters could have already set the bomb off. There’s no where else he can hide.” “I promise I won’t let those monsters harm him.” The Doctor said more gently to Zoella. She still wasn’t happy about bringing Misaca along, but the former soldier knew she had no choice.

As the rebels entered the craft the Doctor tried to tend to Zoella’s wounds. The Time Lord was amazed she was still standing. Her nose, her arm, and several ribs were all broken. Her body was covered in bruises and nasty cuts too, one eye was completely black, whilst her lips were cut and swollen and many of her teeth had been knocked out from the rebels torture. Still Zoella shoved the Doctor away.

“We don’t have time remember?” She snapped.

“Yes but if you keel over dead in a few moments you won’t be much use to us either. We need all the help we can get.”

“I’ll be fine. Trust me I wouldn’t miss the end of the Daleks for anything.” Zoella said before turning to the rebels leader.

“Once this is over, I’m going to kill you.” She spat in his face. The leader tried to look unscared, but he was clearly quite shaken.

One of the other rebels meanwhile laughed at Zoella’s taunts which caused her to punch him in the face,  knocking out several of his teeth and sending him crashing to the floor.

The rebel got up and tried to fight back, but the Doctor and Dana restrained both the rebel and Zoella. ” You fools. Even now you can’t work together?” The Doctor said. “If you don’t you’ll die, in agony and with the death of your species on you conscience.” The rebel and Zoella realised the Doctor was right and called it off… for now.

GIVE YOUR REPORT!” The Dalek supreme barked at its subordinates.

“THE FINAL CITY HAS FALLEN! THE FEW SURVIVORS HAVE SCATTERED!”

“EXCELLENT! THE FINAL CLEANSING OF THE PLANET WILL BEGIN! ORDER ALL DALEKS TO RETURN TO THE MOTHERSHIP.”

“ACCORDING TO REPORTS FROM THE ORIGINAL DALEK SCOUT, THERE WERE SIGHTINGS OF A BLUE BOX ON ONE OF THE SCOUT SHIPS!”

The Dalek Supreme knew exactly what that meant. Unlike all of the other Daleks here, it had actually encountered the Doctor before in a war with another race of creatures known as the Askirons.

The Askirons had been a race of war mongering conquerors in their own right. When the Daleks attacked, no other race in their galaxy was willing to help them. The Doctor however did eventually convince the others to unite against the Daleks and even supplied them with weaponry. Though the Doctors forces won in the end, the Askirons were wiped from the face of the galaxy whilst the casualties among the other races were in the billions. Many of the planets never recovered, and due to the loss of life and resources descended into barbarism. What had once been a proud alliance of several thriving, advanced civilisations became a scattering of desperate, dying worlds.

The Doctor and the Supreme Dalek regarded the war as being one of their darkest days, albeit for very different reasons. This marked the first and only time the Dalek supreme had lost a war.When it heard that the Doctor was here it felt, for just an instant an emotion that it was not used to. Fear!

“IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE”. The Dalek Supreme said to its subordinates. “THERE IS NOTHING THAT EVEN THE DOCTOR CAN DO NOW! ORDER ALL DALEKS TO RETURN TO MOTHERSHIP! HEGLOZIA WILL BE CLEANSED!”

In the Heglozian city named Resteria below, which had been reduced to mostly rubble the Daleks began to fly from the slaughter. Many of them didn’t want to leave until they had exterminated all of the civilians, but the monsters dared not to disobey orders. Due to Resteria’s massive population there were a few more survivors from the attack, though it was still only a couple of hundred out of city of millions.

The men, women and children below crawled out of the flaming ruins, staring up at the Dalek mothership which deliberately came into view among the last surviving Heglozians on the planet.

None of them had any idea what the Daleks were planning, but whatever it was they all knew that there was no one and nothing that could stop them. This was the end for Heglozia. They were witnessing the death of their civilsation, of their entire race.

Suddenly out of the blackness of the sky came a strange vessel, unlike anything any of the Heglozian survivors had ever seen before.

“What is that?” One of the young survivors shouted?

“Whoever it is if they’re smart they’ll turn around and flee. No one can stop the Daleks.” One of the older men from the back said.

“We’ve reached the mothership Doctor. Its just like you said. They’d be near the largest city to get a good audience. Monsters.” Asica who was in the pilot seat said to the Doctor, who along with Dana was on the lower deck mucking around with the engine.

“The Daleks are all retreating back to the ship. We don’t have much time.” The rebel leader said over the intercom.

“Damn we have less time than I thought. Don’t do anything until I say understand.”

The Doctor was tinkering with the engine of the ship to use it as a weapon. The Doctor hoped that if he coud create an energy overload when the ship hit the Dalek vessel, the combination of the power in the Dalek engine (which he was very familiar with due to experience) and the explosion of Asica’s vessel would vaporise the Dalek ship completely, taking out their weapon and all of the Daleks who had returned to the ship.

Doing so would be extremely difficult however as not only would they have to reach the ship, but they’d only have a few minutes to flee in the escape pods. Normally the Doctor would be happy to sacrifice himself to stop the Daleks, as would Dana. Here however there would be no point if the Doctor died. He was the only one who could use the TARDIS to take the survivors away to safety. If he didn’t another Dalek mothership would be there within a day and burn the world.

“Doctor, the Dalek mothership is moving towards us.” Zoella said in panic.

“Well its not perfect, but it’ll just have to do now.” The Doctor said with regret.

“I hope this works Dana. It has too.”

Asica flew the ship straight at the Dalek mothership. The monsters were completely taken aback at first that the Heglozians weren’t just fleeing.

“IT IS THE DOCTOR! ONLY HE WOULD CHALLENGE US! DESTROY THE SHIP! DESTROY IT!” The Dalek Supreme barked..

Asica’s ship managed to swerve past some of the Dalek rays whilst landing a few hits itself. Ultimately however they didn’t even dent the motherships hull. The Daleks meanwhile managed to land a few hits on Asica’s ship which sent it hurling back through the air.

“We’ll never make it”. Dana said as the Doctor started to adjust the engine.

“I need to try just one thing.” The Doctor said in desperation.

“Asica, Asica! Come in.”

“It’s okay we’re still here Doctor. Got thrown around badly though. One more hit and the hull will be pierced.”

“I know. I hoped we might be able to catch them off guard by charging at them. I’ve deposited some of the energy from the engine into the canons. It should give them more power, but only for three shots. We’ll also have even less time to escape now.  Finally I also can’t guarantee that we won’t blow up when you fire, but it seems we don’t have a choice….. Good luck”

The Daleks fired at the vessel again, with Asica only barely managing to avoid the blast. This time however Asica fired at the mother ships main weapon. Not only did it destroy it, but the explosion shook the entire Dalek mothership and knocked it backwards.

Asica wasted no time and got two more blasts in, causing massive explosions.

“Careful if it crashes the bomb could go off.” The Doctor shouted.

“ALERT, ALERT, VESSEL COMPROMISED, WEAPONS SYSTEM DAMAGED.”

“THE HEGLOZIAN VESSEL IS HEADING TOWARDS US.”

“ALL DALEK FORCES LEAVE MOTHERSHIP AT ONCE! ATTACK THE HEGLOZIAN VESSE! DESTROY IT!” The Dalek Supreme shouted.

Hordes of Daleks began to emerge from the mothership, but this time Asica’s vessel had the advantage. Its fire power was far more powerful, and the Daleks rays were only able to produce minor damage. Asica’s vessel was the most powerful the Heglozian race had ever built; so many resources had gone towards building it, it would have drained their world completely to build just two! Whilst it still wouldn’t stand a chance against the Dalek fleet, against this one mothership it might just win.”

The crowd of Heglozian survivors below started cheering and shouting. Most of them knew it was too early to claim victory, but they couldn’t help but cheer at the sight the seemingly invinicible Daleks being blown out of the sky.

Asica blasted dozens and dozens of Daleks who hurled themselves at the ship. Below the Doctor and Dana who watched from a monitor even started cheering.

In that moment the rebels, Zoella and Asica forgot all of their differences as the former King blasted his way through the army of monsters to the now vulnerable Dalek mothership. They all huddled together, feeling confident that the King of all people would be able to finish their hated enemies. Zoella in particular after having spent so long fighting against the Daleks relished in their deaths. Not all of the Motherships weapons had been knocked out, but Asica’s vessel was easily able to avoid the blasts from its other, lesser canons now.

Just as victory seemed to be within reach however, one Dalek emerged from a blast that had knocked dozens more out of the sky. A Special Weapons Dalek.

“Asica, Asica, don’t try to fight it” The Doctor said in terror at the sight of the Special Weapons Dalek that he knew only too well.

“What is that creature?” One of the rebels said.

“Its a Special Dalek. I didn’t think they’d developed that model at this point in their history. Please be careful, its blast is comparable to 100 normal Daleks and its armour is practically indestructable. Just fly past it.”

The King tried to oblige, but the Dalek was too fast. In a matter of seconds it was completely out of sight.

“Where’d it go?” The King said, scared out of his mind.

“It doesn’t matter just move.” Before the Doctor could even finish the ship was rocked by an explosion that threw the Time Lord and Dana across the room.

“Doctor? Doctor?” Asica said in panic. “You need to rig up more power from the engine to the gun like before.”

“I can’t its too unstable. The ship will blow up if I do it.” Suddenly the ship was struck again, only this time the engine began to explode. The Doctor and Dana were forced to flee the room.  The ship went whirling through the air, as more and more parts of the hull either exploded or went flying off.

“Destruct in 3 minutes.” The security system said.

“We’ll never make it to the Dalek mothership now.” The leader of the rebels said grimly.”

“Yes we will” Asica replied as he desperately tried to get the ship back into focus. Several more Dalek scouts began to gather around the ship and fired on it. The ship’s shields had been damaged and it was now vulnerable to even ordinary Dalek fire power.

The Doctor and Dana quickly rushed to the upper level.

“We need to get out of here. This ship will never fly now.”

“No! I’m not leaving now” Asica shouted. Suddenly the control panel exploded which sent Asica and two of the rebels flying across the room. One of the rebels was killed right away whilst another was helped up by two of his comrades. Asica was severly burned and though the Doctor tried to help him, it was obvious there was nothing he could do for the former king.

“Please” he said whilst struggling not to choke on his own blood. “Just go. I don’t want to live to see my planet die. I’m sorry, I hoped in the end it would, would all be.” He collapsed before he could finish.  A further explosion came from the back of the room. “We need to go now!” The Doctor said as he hurried the rebels, Dana and Zoella down the corridor. There were more explosions however and the two rebels at the back carrying their wounded comrade were consumed by the flames.  More explosions further down the corridor knocked the Doctor and the others off of their feet. Zoella briefly became separated from her son as the ship shook and she fell off her feet. Misaca tried to run to help his mother, but a further explosion rocked the ship and knocked the boy on his back.

Just as the boy tried to pull himself up, several large pieces or rubble fell from the ceiling and crushed him to death. Zoella quickly ran to her son and tried to pull the rubble off of Misaca’s corpse, and burning her hand in the process.

Dana deseperately tried to pull Zoella away, but the former soldier didn’t want to be saved when she saw her sons lifeless, broken face under the rubble. “LEAVE ME” She shouted. “I’m not leaving him!”

The Doctor quickly intervened and used a Venusian Karate neck pinch to knock Zoella out. “I’m sorry but we don’t have time to argue.” The Doctor then picked Zoella up over his shoulders and ran down the flaming corridor with the others. They reached the escape pods, but more rubble started to fall from the ceiling. Dana quickly pushed the Doctor out of the way of a shard, but others were not lucky. Three more rebels were crushed, leaving only their leader and two more.

The Doctor managed to open one of the doors with his sonic screwdriver before the flames completely engulfed the room. Inside the pod was very small and they could all barely fit in, but the Doctor managed to eject the pod in time.

Unfortunately as soon as the pod left the crashing ship it was set upon by three Dalek scouts. The Doctor tried to evade them, but the Daleks managed one lucky shot that sent the ship spiraling out of control. The Doctor however was able to make the pod smash into one of the Daleks, knocking it out of the sky and scattering the other two monsters. The Doctor then piloted the ship to the TARDIS, with the two Daleks in pursuit

Asica’s ship meanwhile went hurtling into the ruins of the city and consumed it completely in flames. The last sight the few hundred surviving Heglozians of the city saw was the flaming wreckage of the vessel they had hoped would be their salvation.

“EXCELLENT” The Dalek Supreme said. “THE HEGLOZIAN CRAFT HAS BEEN DEFEATED.”

“DALEK UNITS REPORT ONE POD HAS ESCAPED! TWO DALEKS ARE IN PURSUIT”

“IT MUST NOT ESCAPE! ORDER ALL OTHER DALEK UNITS TO RETURN TO MOTHERSHIP! THE WEAPON WILL BE DETONATED AT ONCE!

The two Daleks continued in their pursuit of the pod. The mothership would protect all of the other Daleks from the bomb. It didn’t even need to leave the atmosphere its hull was so strong. The two Dalek scouts however would not survive the blast, but they didn’t care. The monsters could take no risks in letting the Doctor get away. The Doctor flew the pod as fast as he could, but the Daleks managed to get several more shots in. The pod crashed just as it came into view of the ship the TARDIS was contained it. Fortunately it was only twenty or so feet from the ground, but the monsters soon swarmed the wreckage and started to fire at it.

The Doctor quickly opened the hatch, but the rebels leader and his two subordinates foolishly ran out ahead of him only to be instantly gunned down by the Daleks. The Doctor meanwhile used his sonic screwdriver to destabilise the engine of the pod, which would cause it to explode. The Doctor carrying Zoella, and Dana quickly jumped out of the pod, with the Daleks firing at them. The two time travellers evaded their enemies blasts whilst the Daleks who flew closer to them were quickly caught in the exploding pod.

“Doctor we failed” Dana said. “We.” Suddenly she noticed the Doctor was distracted by something in the distance.

Dana looked up and saw, over the horizon a wall of fire sweeping across the entire land. The Daleks had detonated their bomb! The Doctor, (carrying Zoella) and Dana ran towards the Tardis which was still in the wreckage of the ship they had originally crashed in. The bodies of the soldiers the first Dalek had killed had been simply left there to rot.

The Doctor used his sonic screwdriver to try and locate the trap the original Dalek had placed around the TARDIS door. It only took him a few seconds, but they felt like hours for Dana as she stared at the flaming wall consuming everything in its path. The flaming mass came within a mere 40 or so feet of Dana, just before the Doctor pulled her into the TARDIS and shut the doors.

Inside the TARDIS Dana took Zoella down to the medibay, whilst the Doctor began to work the controls. The Time Lord took one last look at Heglozia on the scanner before taking off and saw nothing but fire. The planet had literally been turned into hell. In less than an hour the Daleks fire would spread across every single square inch of Heglozia. There was no chance any life forms on the planet could survive that.

“THE WEAPON HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED!” The Dalek Supreme said. “CONTACT DALEK CONTROL THAT WITHIN A FEW HOURS THE PLANET WILL BE READY FOR CONVERSION INTO A WEAPONS FACTORY.”

“WHAT NEWS IS THERE OF THE DOCTOR!” The Dalek Supreme said to its subordinates.

“WE LOST CONTACT WITH THE DALEK UNITS JUST BEFORE THE BOMB EXPLODED. IT DOES NOT SEEM LIKELY THAT HE WAS ABLE TO REACH HIS SHIP!”

“IT IS OF NO IMPORTANCE” The Dalek Supreme said, not sure if it meant it. “THE TIME LORD FAILED! HEGLOZIA IS OURS! WE ARE VICTORIOUS!”

The Doctor simply sat in the console room for the first few hours after the ship had taken off. The Doctor had known about the ultimate fate of Heglozia since they had first arrived. He had visited the galaxy the planet existed in, the Mysorika Galaxy many hundreds of years later in its timeline.

At that stage the Daleks had converted every single world of the galaxy into factories, where the monsters would create more weapons that would enable them to destroy millions more worlds like Heglozia. The Doctor had been sent on a mission to sabotage a super weapon they had been building on one of the planets. For all he knew it could have been Heglozia itself in its future. There was no difference between any of the planets when the Doctor visited the galaxy.

The Doctor had hoped to save some of the Heglozians by taking them to another world. He had failed them just as he had failed to save millions of other planets. How many billions of worlds where there like Heglozia with their own histories and cultures that were obliterated in an instant by the Daleks and lost forever that he knew nothing about? How many of the worlds that he had visited over the years and never returned to again had the Daleks found?

In spite of all his victories against the monsters over the centuries, the Doctor would always carry a sense of guilt when dealing with the Daleks as he given up possibility the only opportunity to destroy them at the time of their birth. Tonight was a gruesome reminder of the consequences of his decision all those years ago.

Dana meanwhile had taken Zoella down to the medibay herself where the bays AI took care of her. Zoella was sedated with drugs whilst the system set about repairing her injuries and resetting her broken bones. Dana was just worried about what would happen when Zoella woke up. For her sake more than anything else. As horrible as it sounded, Dana wondered if perhaps it would have been better to let her die on Heglozia. How can someone expect to live on after their world was gone? How could Zoella forget the sight of her sons corpse staring back up at her completely helpless.

What Dana had seen herself would stay with her for many years to come. Every time Dana closed her eyes she saw the flaming inferno Heglozia had become. She had seen many things on her journey’s with the Doctor, but never such senseless cruelty and destruction. Dana just hoped that she would never have to encounter the Daleks ever again.

 

The next Doctor Who story will feature my version of the 10th Doctor. We will return to the 9th Doctor at a later date, but the point of this series is to run through all of the alternate versions of the Doctor from his 9th life on. The next story will be an adaptation of Scratchman. It will be released in 2 weeks.

 

 

 

Doctor Who: The Fire of the Daleks: Part 6

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(Sorry about the delay, its been a hectic week and there will be some updates soon.)

The Daleks slowly cornered Zoella and her child from both ends. Zoella pushed her little boy against the wall behind her, hoping that the Daleks might miss him.

“EXTERMINATE” the monsters shouted in unison, only for one of the creatures at the back of one end of the tunnel to suddenly explode. As the others turned around they too were beset by a barrage of death rays, fired by the rebels. Two of the Daleks at the back however managed to fire back and took down at least five of the rebels at the front, forcing the others to retreat. Fortunately however Zoella quickly fired her gun at the two Daleks blowing them both to pieces.

The few surviving rebels approached Zoella.

“Don’t worry” their leader, a young woman said as she dropped her gun.

“We’re not going to harm you.”

“Wish I culd say the same to you”. Zoella said as she shoved her gun into the young woman’s ribs, prompting the others to raise their weapons.

“You captured my son, threatened to kill him and helped bring these monsters down on us. You’re no better than the Daleks.” Zoella said in anger and disgust.

“We don’t have time for petty grudges now. Those monsters are all around.”

“A pity you didn’t realise that a few hours ago”. She said.

“We need to stick together. Our leader is in trouble. The Daleks have cornered him.”

“You mean the man who captured my son?” Zoella said.

“Its not just about him. He found a ship in the depths of the castle. One your king was going to use to leave us all to the Daleks. It can take us out of here, but they’ve cornered him and the others. We have to save the ship.”

Zoella was so overcome with rage she felt like shooting the rebels for asking for her help, but just as she had always done before the soldier repressed her emotions. She knew the rebels were right and that there was no way she could get her little boy out of this without their help.

“Okay I’ll help for his sake, but I warn you. If any of you lay a finger on my son you’ll be begging for the Daleks to find you first.”

The Doctor, Dana and Asica had managed to make their way to just outside the castle. They had mostly kept hidden, with the Doctor taking care of any Dalek troops that had found them.

Along the way the two time travellers and the former monarch could see that all of the nearby cities and towns had been completely levelled by the Daleks. The bodies of men, women and even children littered the lands all around them. The Doctor, Asica and Dana had also witnessed the Daleks, from the skies gun down hundreds of civillians fleeing from the cities.

There was nothing the Doctor, Asica and Dana could have done to help them. If the Doctor fired at one of the Daleks, then an entire fleet would have descended on them. As hard as it was they had to focus on themselves for now.

Outside of the castle were 4 Daleks circling the gates. The Doctor might have been able to take them down with his gun, but he didn’t know how many more were on the castle grounds.

“There’s more than one secret passage into the castle.” Asica said.”Theres a chance those monsters won’t have found one of them.”

Several more Daleks started to fly over head.

“ALL BUT ONE OF THE CITY’S HAVE BEEN CLEANSED! THERE ARE STILL REBELS SCATTERED IN THE NEARBY WASTELANDS! FIND THEM! FIND THEM!” One of the Daleks shouted as all but one of the monsters below began to fly over the wastelands.

The Doctor, Dana and Asica slowly crept behind some rocks, with Asica leading the way to the secret passage. The trio came upon was looked like a large boulder, standing in the middle of nowhere. It was soon revealed however to the Doctor and Dana, to be a hatch; as Asica adjusted some hidden controls causing it to open.

As the three stepped in one of the Daleks spotted them. “HUMANOIDS DETECTED ADVANCE, ADVANCE”

Asica quickly shut the hatch behind them, but the Dalek soon blew it open. The trio ran down the corridor whilst the sound of the Daleks above rang in their ears.

“ALERT, ALERT, HUMANOIDS ON THE LOWER LEVELS ALL DALEKS DESCEND.”

“Its okay they won’t find us, that was the only entrance” Asica said, only for several walls and the roof to blast open revealing more Daleks. The Doctor fired at the Daleks taking several of them down whilst Asica and Dana ran ahead. They soon took shelted behind some pieces of rubble as several Daleks covered the nearby areas.

“What are you waiting for? Shoot them.” Dana said.

“There’s not that much power left in the gun” the Doctor said.”The gun gets its supplies from the casing. I can either shot a couple of shots, or use one on full power that should get them all in one swoop, but I don’t know if now is the time to use it. ”

“What’s the big deal just shoot them and steal their guns?” Dana asked.

“I’d have to use the gun on a lower setting for that. At a full blast their casings would be completely destroyed along with the guns. I’m not sure if we have enough shots left on lower power. Even if we did the chances of me outshooting all those Daleks, well.”

“So use up the last shot” Asica said impatiently.

“We might need it.”

“We need it now.” Dana said firmly.

The Doctor still wasn’t sure. He tried to think of another way for them to slip past the Daleks but there didn’t seem to be.

“Okay” He said reluctantly. “If we are defencless just when we’re on the brink of safety, don’t blame me.” The Doctor jumped out and fired at full blast at the Daleks before any of them could react. The entire room filled with green, lethal radiation which caused the Daleks casings to break open and the creatures insides flesh to sizzel, and boil. It became so intense that the Doctor could feel the gun burning in his hand. Once it was over the Doctor investigated the casings to see if anything could be salvaged. They were completely destroyed, and the guns had even melted. One of the Dalek mutants was still alive however, albeit barely.

It raised its feeble tentacles to the Doctor in a feeble attempt to choke the life out of its most hated enemy. The Doctor didn’t even bother to move he just stared at the monster for a few seconds.

The Doctor hated the Daleks more than anything else, but there were times were even he couldn’t help but pity them. They were creatures who had no say in what they wanted to be. Their destiny’s were chosen for them, by one man, Davros. He turned them from creatures who could think for themselves and conditioned them to wage a senseless war against the rest of creation. In a way they were victims of his as much as anyone.

As the Doctor stared at this helpless creature in its last few moments of life, he thought about how this was probably the first ever time the creature was feeling the air on its withered, frail body. He also thought about how no one would care about its death, not even its own kind.

Asica, Dana and the Doctor quickly headed down a nearby corridor before more of the Daleks could emerge from the tunnels.

“Where are we going” the Doctor asked. Asica didn’t answer, but the Doctor pressed on again and Asica stopped.

“There’s a ship below here. One that we built if the Daleks ever breached the defences of our world. It was designed to get a few of us out of here.”

“A few?” Dana said with disgust.

“I didn’t want to have to use it believe me. It was a last resort to make sure that some of our species would escape.”

“What about Zoella?” Dana asked.

“I’m afraid we don’t have time for her.” Asica said he continued down the corridor.

“NO!” Dana said loudly, not caring about the Daleks. “We are not leaving anyone behind.”

“You stupid woman the palace is crawling with Daleks! The ship has weapons we can fight back if we get to it first.” Asica said.

“The Doctor intervened. As much as he hated himself for admitting it, Asica was right. There was nothing they could do for Zoella. Not yet anyway. The ships weapons could perhaps give them a more even playing field.”

“We’re not going to abandon her. I promise Dana, but he’s right. We don’t have any weapons. We need to find the ship.” The Doctor said firmly.

Reluctantly Dana agreed and the three quickly went down a near corridor leading to the cavern the escape ship was kept. Unfortunately however not only where there several Daleks guarding it, but just in front of the ship, the Doctor, Dana and Asica could see the Daleks torturing several of the rebels including their leader.

The monsters were electrocuting them with their sucker arms.

“WHAT IS THIS MACHINE! ARE THERE ANY MORE LIKE IT! ANSWER” The rebel leader was cowering and pleading with the monsters to stop.

“I never thought I’d pity those rebels.” Asica said with regret. “Its completely surrounded. We can’t get in.”

“I’ll have to distract them” The Doctor said.

“You won’t survive.” Dana said trying to stop the Doctor.

“If I don’t do this none of will, while I’m giving them the roundaround you.” Suddenly the Time Lord was interrupted by the sound of several gunshots. Zoella and the rebels had also made their way into the cave. The fact that the Daleks had become preoccupied by the Doctor, Dana and Asica had allowed Zoella and the rebels to evade the monsters.

The rebels shot at the cave’s roof causing some of the Daleks to be buried. The Daleks however managed to quickly dispose of most of the rebels, sending the survivors including Zoella hiding behind nearby rocks.

“Come we have to move now” Asica said as he pushed past the Doctor and Dana to get into the ship. The two time travellers followed, but one of the Daleks noticed and fired at them. It missed but the Doctor was still thrown off his feet.

Dana ran back to help The Doctor, but the Dalek cornered them.

“EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE!”

Zoella noticed her two former companions and jumped up to try and shoot the Dalek to gain its attention, but her weapon’s rays simply bounced off of the Dalek.

Asica meanwhile made his way into his ship. Not even noticing that his companions weren’t with him. Heading for the control room, as soon as he opened it however a Dalek emerged and cornered him against a wall.

“EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE!”

To Be Continued

Doctor Who: The Fire of the Daleks: Part 5

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“She’s just a child”

“I don’t care. You sent me down. You betrayed me when I tried to help you.”

In the middle of the war zone the city had become, this former prisoner had managed to track down the woman who he hated more than anyone else on Heglozia, Fastera. The prisoner had been in love with Fastera for almost his entire life, and during the famine the two had entered into a relationship. Unfortunately however when Fastera’s daughter had stolen some food out of desperation, she framed the former prisoner for the theft.

She had no choice. Under Asica’s laws, Fastera’s daughter would have gone to prison and she couldn’t bare to lose her child. Every night she had felt guilt over her actions, but she didn’t regret them. Until now that is. Fastera’s daughter had thrown herself in front of her mother and pleaded with the former prisoner. Fastera did not fear death, but she didn’t want her daughter to see her die and begged her former lover to let her child go.

“I loved you”. The former prisoner said as he prepared to fire.

“I’m sorry” Fastera said, genuinely. “I didn’t want to hurt you. I just couldn’t lose her. Please don’t let her see this.”

Fastera’s daughter cried and pleaded. “Don’t kill my mum. It was my fault I’m sorry, please.”

The former prisoner still pointed his gun at Fastera, but after a few moments he lowered it.

“You’d better get out of here”. He said. “The streets aren’t safe.” He woud never really have done it. He had been a good man once. Sadly however like most of the people on this planet the desperation of the war had changed him, made him a mere shadow of his former self.  Neither Fastera or her daughter even acknowledged what the former prisoner said however. Instead they both stared up at the sky in absolute horror. As the prisoner turned around he saw the most terrifying sight he had ever seen. Hundreds of thousands of Daleks flying toward the city. No one else below had noticed. They were all too busy fighting and killing each other.

The prisoner and Fastera ran through the chaos shouting at everyone to flee but it was no use. In a matter of seconds the Daleks were over the city and started to open fire.

“EXTERMINATE” the monsters all started to shout in unison as their rays cut down men, women, even children and levelled entire buildings. There was nowhere to hide from the monsters. Each individual Daleks ray would cover an area of 40 feet and would melt absolutely everything it came into contact with. Some tried to fight back, including the prisoner, but they were the first to be cut down. In less than twenty minutes all that was left of the city were ruins and flames. Only a handful of civillians had managed to flee to the wilderness outside, Fastera and her daughter among them. They tried to hide under some nearby rocks, as more and more Daleks descended from the sky.

“ALL HEGLOZIANS MUST BE EXTERMINATED” A black Dalek that hovered in the centre of the swarm of Daleks screeched. “THERE WILL BE NO PRISONERS. THIS PLANET WILL BE CLEANSED!”

“It can’t be, it can’t” one of the civillians said from behind. “They’re here’ we’re doomed. Our entire world.” He then put a gun to his head. The others tried to stop him but he was too far gone.

“I’m ending it on my own terms than dying at the mercy of those monsters” He said before blowing his head off.

Unfortunately his gunshot alerted the Daleks and they swarmed the few survivors who all ran in different directions only to each be gunned down. Fastera and her daughter were the last two to be cornered by the Daleks.

The two embraced for their final moments. Fastera much like her former lover was not a bad person. She had just been forced to go to such extreme lengths to protect her daughter. Now it had all be for nothing. She just hoped in her final few seconds that the Daleks would kill her first and she wouldn’t have to watch her little girl die.

“EXTERMINATE!”

The Doctor, Dana and Asica stared at the ruins of the generator for a few seconds, none of them sure what their next move was.

“We need to get back to the palace.” The Doctor said.

“You what? Why?” Asica replied.

“Zoella, she sacrificed herself so we could get away. If there’s a chance she’s still alive we have to help her.”

“What about the people out there?” Asica asked.

The Doctor hesitated to respond. “We have to focus on helping who we can now.”

“What are you saying? That there is no hope for my people.”

“I don’t think there’s hope for any of us now. If the Daleks find the TARDIS before we do, we’re finished.”

“Then shouldn’t we reach the TARDIS first” Dana said.

“We’d never make it. Its across so much open field, we’d be cut down. At the very least we have to find some other form of transport first.”

Suddenly the trio heard several screams down the corridor followed by the all too familiar battle cry of the Daleks.

“EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE!”

“We have to get out of here now” the Doctor said as he darted down the corridor. As the trio ran they heard the sound of several of the rebels pleading, begging with the Daleks, that they just wanted the fighting to end only to be gunned down.

The trio soon came across the young rebel woman whose kneecap Asica had shot.

“Please help me” she pleaded with the three of them. “They’re killing everybody.”

“Now you want my help? You fools helped that monster destroy the generator.” Asica said bitterly.

“We can’t just leave her” Dana protested.

“She deserves it. Besides she’d only slow us down.” Asica said as he headed down the corridor. The Doctor hesitated for a moment. He knew Asica was right. They needed to get out of here fast, and she had helped to bring the monsters down on them. Still he would never forgive himself if he left her and so the Doctor lifted the young woman up over his shoulders.

The Doctor, Dana and Asica were soon forced to hide in a small room as three Daleks glided by. The rebel girl was whimpering from the pain in her leg, but Dana put her hand over the girls mouth and put her finger over her own lips. The slightest noise and it would be all over for them.

The Doctor couldn’t bare to look at the three Daleks they repulsed him so much. He wanted to tear their putrid, withered bodies from their casings and rip them apart with his bare hands. He wanted to kill every single last one of the monsters not just on this world, but across the galaxy. Still he had to keep his cool. The only option right now was to flee. There was no weaponry on this world that could harm them. If only the Doctor and Dana had arrived earlier in the war when the planets were still united he might have been able to sway the battle in the Heglozians favour. Now he could only hope to help a few of their people escape to another planet.

“They’re gone, we need to move now”. The Doctor said. When the 4 made it outside however they could see hundreds of Daleks above. Fortunately none of the metal monsters noticed them. The Daleks were all heading towards the main cities instead. In the distance the Doctor, Asica, Dana and the rebel girl could see flames and corpses strewn across the wastelands.

“We’re all dead. All of us, there’s nothing we can do” Asica said as he sank to his knees.

“Shh” The Doctor said quietly. “Don’t make a sound. I don’t have time to convince you. Either you come with us, or you get left to the mercy of the most evil creatures in the universe.” He said to Asica who instantly stood back up. It was the kings hatred of the Daleks that motivated him at this stage more than anything else. He wanted to at least take some of those monsters down with him before he went.

The three slowly and quietly walked across the wastelands with Dana looking up at the Daleks to warn the others if any of the metal monsters had noticed them. Unfortunately whilst they were busy looking up at the sky, they failed to notice one of the Daleks creeping up from over a nearby hill.

“STAY WHERE YOU ARE!” The monster shouted.

The Dalek scanned the Doctor and Dana who it felt looked somewhat different to the other inhabitants of this planet. . “YOU ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD! EXPLAIN! EXPLAIN!”

“Well what can I say my life story is one of adventure, discovery and I’m proud to say, one that involves lots and lots of humiliating defeats for the Daleks” the Doctor said in a mock cheeful tone.

Dana quickly reached into the earth and threw a slab of dirt at the Daleks eyestick, temporarily blinding the creature. In its panic it fired, but fortunately its ray missed them. The Doctor placed the young rebel girl on the floor and told her not to move. Dana and Asica meanwhile rushed the Dalek and grabbed it from either side, whilst the Doctor grabbed it from behind. All three struggled to even hold the monster in place its strength was so great. The Dalek quickly swivelled its mid section 360 degrees, knocking all three of them off. Its mid section then turned to face the Doctor, but Dana quickly jumped up and kicked the Dalek with all her might. She barely moved it an inch and nearly broke her foot on the metal. Still she distracted the Dalek long enough for the Doctor to jump up and wrestle with the monster again. Up above the Doctor could see one of the flying Daleks aiming its gun at them. “Watch out” The Time Lord shouted to Dana and Asica as the Dalek above fired. All 3 quickly jumped out of the way only for the Dalek aboves ray to hit the Dalek the Doctor and the others had been wrestling with instead.

After the Dalek below’s top section blew up, the Doctor quickly grabbed its gun and fired up at the other monsters in the sky. He moved the Dalek gun to full setting which doused the entire area up above with radiation killing 10 Daleks.

The young rebel woman meanwhile had managed to limp to safety behind a nearby rock. The Doctor tried to run towards her, but one of the surviving Daleks flew there first. The Doctor tried to shoot firs,t but the Dalek managed to blast the young woman on full power. The Doctor, Dana and Asica were barely able to scramble to safety as the entire area was overrun with radiation, and Asica was still caught in the very edges of the rays blast which singed his skin and hair.  It didn’t kill him, but the pain was so overwhelming he could barely stand up. Every single part of his body hurt.

“Just leave me, I can barely walk.” He said.

“No like I said, we don’t leave anyone behind.” The Doctor replied as he and Dana helped the former monarch up. The Doctor then quickly fired back at the Dalek and blew the monster up in the sky.

“If only she’d listened and not tried to crawl away we could have got to her in time. We need to stick together if we have any hope of getting through this.” The Doctor said as he looked at the young rebel woman’s corpse whose face was twisted into the most heinous expression of agony.

“What’s that?”

“I don’t know maybe the people gathering outside to celebrate their brave new heroes.” Zoella said with disdain. The rebels took no notice of her however.

“We haven’t heard anything back from the commander in a while.” One of the rebels said. The whole room began to shake and the three rebels soon heard the croaking sound of a Dalek coming from above.

“HUMANOID LIFE FORMS DETECTED! ADVANCE! ADVANCE!”

“They’re here!” Zoella said in panic. “You have to release me now. We all have to get out of here”, but again the rebels took no notice of her.

“Its okay. We can reason with them.” One of the rebels said to himself. “They want this war over as much as we do.”

“You idiots!” Zoella shouted, which finally prompted a response from one of the rebels who hit her in the face.

“Maybe when we give them one of the soldiers whose slaughtered their kind in cold blood they’ll be happy.”

Zoella just laughed as the Daleks drew closer. Up above there was the sound of fighting and rubble started to fall from the ceiling.

“I’m sure those poor misunderstood Daleks are just thanking you for toppling the evil king” Zoella said with disdain.

As the celing began to collapse, the lock holding Zoella’s chains broke too and she was able to escape. Whilst the rebels guarding here were distracted by the Daleks, Zoella wrapped her chain around one guards neck and snapped it in a matter of seconds. The other guard turned around aiming his gun, but Zoella quickly punched him in the face with her chains and didn’t stop hitting him on the floor until he was dead.

After the gruesome deed was done, Zoella looked up to see her son standing there in shock at what his mother had done.

“I didn’t ever want you to see this. I swore I’d do anything to keep you safe. Even if that meant missing you grow up, even if that meant becoming a monster. I don’t care if you hate me. Just as long as you are alive at the end of this.”

To her surprise however Zoella’s little boy hugged her.

“Mother I could never hate you. I’ve missed you so much.”

“I know son. I promise that no matter what we’re going to get out of here.”

Zoella walked slowly ahead of the young boy. She had to hold her chains up by one arm. The weight on her broken arm was unbearable, but she didn’t even flinch once such was her determination.

As Zoella looked aroud the corner she saw one Dalek gliding towards her.

“HALT STAY WHERE YOU ARE!” It screamed. Zoella surprisingly however turned to face it with her non broken arm up.

“Well I’m here. I take it you don’t come in peace?” She said sarcastically. The Dalek raised its gun to her, but Zoella threw her chain around the Daleks gun stick and pulled. With all her strength she wrenched the Dalek gun stick out of its socket and grabbed it, shooting the monster dead.

“I can’t tell you how satisfying that was.” She said to her son. From behind the Dalek Zoella however could see more of the metal monsters emerging down the dark corridors. As she and her son tried to run back the way however, more Daleks came down that direction too. They were trapped with seemingly no hope of escape.

To Be Continued