“You mean to say that none of them survived? It can’t be”
“I’m afraid so Asica my liege. The entire world of Meliscor is completely gone. We are the only survivors now.”
The king felt like giving up. All of the sacrifices and atrocities that had been carried out in his name, all those years of suffering were for nothing.
“We can’t possibly hope to fight the Daleks off on our own.” The King said.
“No sir we can’t. This means we shall have to resort to the final option.”
“I prayed it wouldn’t come to this. Believe me I did. Our race must survive and surrender isn’t an option.” The King said with regret.
Asica had been ruling their world throughout most of the war. His father, though an effective and just ruler had struggled during the early years of the war with the Daleks. He was by then too old to deal with the problems the war brought to the planet. Many also believed that he simply didn’t have the stomach for war. Whatever the case Asica’s father chose him out of all his children to lead the war because he believed Asica was the most heartless, and therefore the best with the horrors ahead.
Its true that Asica was always the hardest out of all of his siblings. Still even he would be shocked by the horrors of this war. He’d been forced to send billions of young men and women away to their deaths, ravage his planets resources, starve his people and force them work themselves to death. Asica was the most hated man on the entire planet, but there was really nothing anyone could have done differently. It had only been through his ruthless actions that his world had held out for so long, but now it appeared that it was all for nothing. Or maybe not.
The only hope was to try and get a selected group of their people away from the galaxy in a spaceship that had been constructed over the course of the last few years. The final option. The King had been prepared from the beginning that the galaxy may fall to the Daleks.
He hoped he’d never have to implement this plan. Not only because he didn’t want to abandon his people, but because the plan had a very slim chance at succeeding anyway. Asica would have to essentially use most of his soldiers to distract the monsters, whilst he and the select few fled. The Daleks would most likely pick up a ship fleeing the solar system anyway, but if there were enough vessels distracting the Dalek war fleet. It might just slip by. There is no way that all of the men would abandon their post around the planet however. Furthermore if the public found out about the ship, they would do all they could to stop it from leaving.
There were regular attacks on Asica’s central command from various different groups of rebels. All with their own reasons for hating Asica.
Those in the poorer areas who were forced to work night and day, whose husbands, wives, daughters and children were dragged away to fight viewed Asica as a glory hound who cared about defeating the Daleks rather than his own people. They wished he would surrender to end the conflict. (Having no idea that surrender was not an option.) Others meanwhile viewed Asica as an incompetent leader who wasn’t doing enough to stop the Daleks. Others believed that he needed to be stopped due to the damage he had inflicted on the environment, which they believed was worse than anything the Daleks could ever do.
Whatever the case most people on the planet wanted him dead. It was hard for Asica to even get loyal body guards. The only way he could ensure their loyalty was to promise them that their families would not be called on to fight the Daleks, and that they would be given a place on the escape ship. This meant that many of the elite who had been originally chosen however would have to be replaced and executed to prevent knowledge of the plan from being leaked.
Whilst the people were divided into different groups, desperate to try and take control from Asica. The knowledge of the ship would most likely unite them all against him.
Even if the ship did manage to escape its own people and the Daleks, all of the planets in the entire galaxy next door were seemingly inhospitable. There is no way they would have enough supplies for most of the crew to survive the journey, let alone trying to terrorform a planet.
Finally the vessel which would have to travel faster and further than any of their other ships had not even been tested yet. There was no way to test it. For all Asica knew, the ship would explode as soon as they tried to take off.
Asica contemplated simply ending his own life now. Better that he thought than to order millions of young men and women to sacrifice themselves to the Daleks whilst he and the elite fled like cowards.
“No” the king thought to himself. “I have a duty to our people. Some of us must survive. We can’t let hundreds of thousands of years of history and struggles end like this.”
Just as Asica was about give the order to implement the final plan however, another guard came bursting into the room, panting and with a look of horror on his face.
“My liege, we’ve just had report that one of our vessels escaped the massacre of Meliscor. It crashed right in the centre of the badlands.”.
“Where there any survivors.”
“We don’t know yet.”
“Well I’m afraid we have more important matters to discuss if you’ll.”
“I’m afraid sir there was…. There was a Dalek on board.”
Asica’s blood ran cold.
“How, how could it get by.”
“We don’t know yet, but there is a possibility that it may have survived and be loose on the planet right now..”
“Send a team to the badlands to be sure. Even if there is one of the monsters here some of us will have to hold it off, whilst the rest of us try to escape. The possibility of a Dalek on this world and the fact that we are the last survivors means the final option is our only hope.”
“Doctor, Doctor wake up”. Dana roused the Doctor after the debris had fallen on him when the ship was struck by the missiles. Together they then shifted the boulder off of Zoella.
“Quick we have to get to the safe room.” Zoella shouted. The three hurried to the room, with it being obvious the Doctor could not disable the lock on the TARDIS in time.
Their chances of survival were still very slim, but it was their only chance. The corpses of Zoella’s team still littered the room, but she showed no emotion. Zoella had seen entire worlds burn by this point.
When it became apparent that the ship could not be redirected, the Dalek followed the trio to the safe room
“YOU ARE TRAPPED” the Dalek shouted as it fired at the three cornered humanoids. The downward trajectory of the ship however quickly sent the Dalek flying back to the other end of the room
The safe room survived the crash but it was blown to the other side of the wreckage. The Doctor, Dana and Zoella had managed to hold on, but when it finally hit the ground all 3 were knocked out cold.
Zoella’s right arm was broken in the impact, whilst the Doctor suffered two broken ribs.
Dana was the luckiest in the crash as she only had a few broken fingers. The Dalek had been thrown out of the room into the rest of the ship meanwhile.
The Doctor was the first to wake up.
“Dana.” the Doctor said as he roused her and clutched his ribs. “I take it we’ve landed. Not my smoothest landing, but now my worst either.”
Zoella started to wake up. Unlike the Doctor she didn’t even take notice of the pain.
“Where is the Dalek.” She shouted
“First let me see if you’re all right.” Dana asked as she tended to Zoella.
“We need to find it. We can’t let it loose.
Suddenly the room began to shake again.
“Its the military. They’re destroying what’s left of the ship. We have to get out of here!” Zoella said.
The Doctor climbed out first. In the sky above he saw the Dalek flying through the air and fighting with several smaller fighter ships. None of them were able to land a hit on the Dalek it was so fast. The Dalek meanwhile was able to bring down each ship with a single blast.
“It won’t take it long to get through them. The Doctor said. Dana followed him, but Zoella couldn’t because of her arm. She tried to fight through the pain in her arm but it was too much. The Doctor reached down to try and pull her up, whilst Dana kept a look out.
The Doctor, Zoella and Dana jumped off of the wreckage while the Dalek was distracted. Below however they were confronted by several soldiers pointing guns at them. There must have been over 50 there.
The soldiers attention was quickly diverted to the Dalek as it flew overhead. The soldiers much like Zoella’s crew where frozen with terror when they first saw the monster. They had heard so much about the Daleks, but up until now had been lucky enough not to meet one.
“EXTERMINATE” The Dalek screamed as it fired on several of the soldiers. The rest of the soldiers started to scatter whilst firing on the Dalek. The Dalek didn’t even bother to dodge as their rays simply bounced off of its casing.
“AIM FOR THE EYEPIECE” The Doctor shouted in desperation. None of the soldiers even acknowledged him however. They had never felt so helpless and just fired blindly in fear and desperation.
As the Doctor continued to try and warn them, one of the soldiers hit the the Doctor over the head with the butt of his gun. The Doctor was knocked out cold and the soldier responsible quickly pointed his gun at Dana and Zoella before they could come to the Time Lord’s aid.
“Come with me now. The King will want to speak with you himself. NOW!” He said as he hoisted the Doctor over his shoulder. The soldier took Dana and Zoella away on a vessel whilst the rest of his platoon desperately tried in vain to bring down the Dalek.
The Dalek seemed to take its time in killing the soldiers. It could have wiped them all out in under a minute, but it prolonged their deaths for as long as it could. It let the final soldiers ammo run out on the Daleks casing, before cornering him against a rock. The Dalek simply stared the petrified soldier down for a few minutes, bringing him to the very limit of his terror before gunning him down in cold blood.
All a Dalek existed for was to destroy all apparent “lesser life forms.” Whenever they could they would savor a kill.
The Doctor awoke in the King’s room. Asica had asked they be brought to him as he always liked to shame traitors himself. In his own mind it was his way of getting back at his own people who had decried him as a monster for so long. The Doctor awoke to both Zoella and Asica screaming at each other.
“You should have stopped him. You’ve doomed our entire planet.” Asica screamed at Zoella.
“Well dooming our planet is nothing you haven’t done.” Zoella said back “You’re a weak man. You always were. A semi competent leader could have helped to save at least one of the planets in this galaxy.”
The Doctor interrupted. “Excuse me, hate to be a bother but could you direct me to a large blue box?”
“Doctor.” Dana said. “The Dalek it, it killed all of the soldiers. Its loose.”
“Yes thanks to you three.” Asica snapped.
“Excuse me, we just arrived in this galaxy. We didn’t know anything about your war until 30 minutes ago! Now please can you tell me did your men find a blue box from the rubble”. The Doctor said flippantly.
“Those men rescued you from the monster you brought here, and all you care about is some trinket” Asica shouted.
“You’re the leader here am I right? In that cast those men died in your name, not mine. Also that ‘trinket’ is actually a complex, space and time machine that can get you and the rest of your people out of here. Its called the TARDIS and from the looks of things its your people’s last hope.” The Doctor said boastfully.
Asica was silent for a few minutes.” I know you are not one of us.” He said. When the Doctor and Dana were brought in, their bodies were scanned which instantly revealed that they were not of this world, but of this galaxy. “Did the Daleks create you?”
“Oh not this again look I already went through this with her. I’m a time traveller.” The Doctor said
“Did you cross entire galaxies just to taunt a dying race.”
“I crossed billions of galaxies to get here, but I am not lying when I say I can help you. Please we need to stop that Dalek first, and then get your people out of here while the forcefield still holds.
Asica wasn’t sure what to think. As far as he knew time travel was an impossibility, yet if the alien was telling the truth then he couldn’t ignore a chance to help his people.”
“What do we have to lose” The king said in a somewhat pessimistic tone. “Your ship can it take off right away?”
“Yes. It can go anywhere, to another world, another time. We can make as many stops as we need.
” You will accompany a team to the wreckage to fetch this blue box if what you say is true. We will deal with the Dalek itself.” The King said.
“Well that’s the thing I have some experience in dealing with these monsters if you’ll only listen to me.” The Doctor said.
“We’ll see if you’re telling the truth about this vessel first. The Daleks are our priority. We’ve been fighting them for longer. I’m not going to listen to a total stranger about the biggest crisis we’ve ever faced.”
“You two” he said to two soldiers. “Take him back to the wreckage. Zoella and the other alien will stay here.”
“No” the Doctor said. “They both come with me.”
“You’re wasting time” Asica said. “I won’t hurt them I promise, but you wouldn’t expect me to give up my only leverage?”
“Just go” Dana said. “He’s right all the time we spend here arguing, the more the Dalek gets a lead on us.”
The Doctor realized that they were right and agreed to go find the TARDIS. He just had to figure out a way to escape Asica’s soldiers.
“If only that fool would listen. With his resources I might be able to whip up a weapon against that monster.” The Doctor thought to himself.
Suddenly a massive explosion shook the building.
“The Dalek. It followed us” Dana said.
“No” Asika replied as he checked the screen. “Its the Hiaskas. A rebel group. They’ve broken down our defenses. They’re here!”
To Be Continued