Zachary Adams looked down at his congregation as he began his weekly sermon. As
they contemplated his words he threw the switch on the 800 lbs of explosives hidden around the church, causing a huge fireball
that was seen for miles around.
Doctor looked at Yargrin’s finished handiwork. “So what is it again?”
repeated himself. “It’s a karaoke bar.”
did you think I wanted one of these?” The Doctor asked.
you’re always singing those songs and you sound better once I’ve had some alcohol so I combined the two. There’s even a selection of alcoholic mineral oils for Lucy.”
not allowed alcohol!” The Doctor exclaimed.
“It’s a poison to her system, she has no liver anymore.”
well there’s alcohol free mineral oil too. Some of it is semi-synthetic
too, just like she is.”
Rachel Koslov was leading the prayers when she casually lit the fuse on a large pile of dynamite that destroyed her synagogue
and all hose inside of it.
Master sat alone in the console room of his TARDIS, watching the Doctor talking to her companion. “Will you never cease this prattling Doctor?” He
was about to override the Doctor’s time machine when his own companion entered the console room.
you know how to use a light switch?” Judy asked.
prefer the darkness sometime.”
like them too. I do believe in a thing called love, except all my ex-boyfriends
were pigs. Hey, who’s the hottie?”
Master rolled his eyes at his companion’s sudden hormonal overload. “I
believe his name is Yarvin, or Targrin. The reception is very faint.”
told you we should have bought a Sky system.”
over half the distance of the Universe apart. I rather fancy that your primitive
technology wouldn’t reach beyond it’s own solar system in a week never mind 8.5 billion light years in real time.”
but at least I’d get MTV.” Judy pouted and stamped her feet. “It’s not fair; you always blame me for your problems.”
couldn’t help but pick up the voice of the two arguing people on her receiver.
“This is better than the Archers.” She listened as they argued
about everything, from his failed plans to her shoes and their joint loathing for anchovy based pizza products.
al Habib reached up to the sky as he praised Allah, before the semtex lined walls of the mosque detonated when he pressed
the remote control device in his hand.
further more I did not have sex with the Monk in your bed just because you wouldn’t buy me those new shoes. I kicked him out of bed and the TARDIS.”
at least you show some taste young lady.”
young lady me, I’m a woman.”
seventeen and a half. Lucy you’re acting like a child throwing a tantrum.”
am not. I’m just mad at you.”
could explain a little?”
too upset right now. It’s a hundred little reasons, nothing that’d
make sense to you.”
dear Lucy I am a reformed megalomaniac and homicidal maniac. Do you think I don’t
understand you? I was drawn to you because I feel a connection between us. It’s beyond simple understanding; we have so much in common. I understand you far better than I understand my own children. You’re
someone I see the best of me within. You have great courage and strength of will
to do that which must be done no matter the cost. You can make a difference to
the Universe Lucy; you can help others who might otherwise have no help at all. Sometimes
that involves hard choices, terrible choices. Even choices that the Doctor there
baulks at making. Is that an ABBA song she’s ruining? For all the good she does she still thinks that just saying the words without meaning them will work.”
I have to dress like you though? Because that suit is so not me.”
Master laughed. “My dear you can be any kind of you that you dare to be. I have faith in you.”
Newton held the young man’s head under the water until the bubbles stopped and he stared blankly as the body floated
away down the river on what had been a great day to baptise people.
turned off the soap opera after they made up. “Why can’t they put
realistic things on the radio these days?” She put her faceplate on and
went off in search of the Doctor.
Chortle was a missionary, venturing deep into the depths of the rain forest to bring the word of God to the native tribes
people. Witnesses later swore that his body seemed to float up into the air before
crashing back down and exploding in a cloud of dust and salt.
Doctor finished her rendition of Dancing Queen and had a sip of her iced tea. “You’re
right Yargrin; it’s a wonderful addition to the TARDIS.”
nodded. “I read that humans liked this entertainment knowing that you liked
humans I put the two together.”
I know someone who deserves an extra large slice of cake.” The Doctor headed
towards the kitchen. “So where shall we go to now? Earth? The Eye of Orion?
Earth? Skaro? I’ve
been meaning to drop by and stop that silly little Thal civil war.”
is fine.” Yargrin replied. “Something
always turns up wherever we go.”
well it wouldn’t be a trip without a journey. Sometimes I think that the
old girl rather seeks out danger for us to resolve all those dangerous situations. Ah,
there’s Lucy now. Did you recharge ok?”
“What? Oh, no, I erm, I forgot.” Lucy
couldn’t get the words out right. “Radio, I was listening, it was
very good, the soap opera I mean. I like them, soap operas. I think I might have developed a fault in my confidence circuit.”
just flustered.” The Doctor calmed Lucy down. “We all get like that from time to time.”
was such a strange show, there were just the two characters and they were arguing a lot and also talking about you two. It was very surreal. I get the feeling
that the male character was some sort of weird criminal mastermind who failed at everything he did and she was a shoe-obsessed
brat with bad hair.”
you get any names?” The Doctor wondered.
she was called Judy and he was just known as the Master.”
might have known.” The Doctor muttered darkly. “Well that’s it. No more Miss Nice Doctor.”
are you going to do?” Yargrin asked.
tried to shrug but she just didn’t have the shoulders for it anymore. “I
hope she leaves identifiable remains.”
onto us.” The Master said to Judy.
“Pack your things we’ll live as hermits in a cave on the planet Ravalox.”
hate caves.” Judy complained. “Can’t
we be castaways on a desert island? I have a great bikini for desert islands.”
we need shelter, water and food. Maybe we can change our names and appearances
and be refugees on the planet Waypoint? No, she’d still find us.”
not going to hurt us, is she?” Judy asked.
temple was old, older than humanity certainly. Where once creatures as unhuman
as could be imagined once worshiped now humans come to worship and make themselves as unhuman as they want to be. They are fell servants of the oldest evil. The darkest nightmare. From the time before man was the red hunger, the black heart, the foul pestilence
of hate. From the dark time they call forth the Disgracer.
Biggins had been an estate agent and a housewife. Then she joined the cult and
that night she killed her family and with their remains transformed herself into one of the Kin, more reptile than human now,
from the waist down she is a huge snake and from the waist up she is like one of those Utah raptors from the cretaceous, when dinosaurs ruled the world. She slithered across the cold temple floor on her snake-like belly, approaching the sacrifice and caressing
him she mocks him. “So good, so pure, so sickening. Your life is almost over holy man.” She wrapped her
flexible snake body around the Buddhist monk, crushing the life out of him, but at the edge of death she releases him. “You deserve no quick release.”
She slashed at his stomach with her claws, spilling his offal and innards in a pile on the floor. “I offered you a part of the world and you rejected me.”
She slithered through the intestines, soaking her scales with his blood. “Suffer
the little humans, for they are naught but dust.” Finally she began to
tear him apart, with her teeth and talons. “Rejoice, for the end of the
world is here.” She threw her blood stained hands into the air and called
forth her god. Then she fed on the bloody remains.
Doctor strode purposefully into the Master’s console room. “I’d
like a word.”
hid behind the Master. “Save me.”
Master smiled. “It’s ok Judy; the Doctor is an old friend. My best friend you might say.”
you two? Eeuw.” Judy felt
nothing like that.” The Master replied quickly. “We’re just good friends, she turned me down, I mean we’ve evolved beyond that.”
were spying on me.” The Doctor stated slowly.
I was curious; you got the message didn’t you?”
message? The postcard from the peeping tom society? I was shaving my legs in the bath just this morning, were you watching me then?”
I only got the message an hour ago myself.”
wanted to show me how useless you are at making decisions.” Judy spoke
up. “That hair for starters, no way is that real.”
Doctor glared at the spiteful girl in the black dress. “Jemma is it? My hair is quite real, you should take better care of your own. I can see your split ends all the way from here.”
examined her hair and screamed when she too saw the split ends. “Oh god,
Master put an arm around his sobbing companion as he explained things to the Doctor.
“A message, from the White Guardian. There’s some sort of
ancient evil on Earth. As I care little for that dreary world I had assumed that
you’d already be making a mess of things and wished to show Judy here how not to resolve the situation.”
always win.” The Doctor replied.
isn’t everything.” The Master replied. “Doing the right thing is important. In this case you
must find those behind this event and kill them all before they can bring forth the Disgracer.”
what?” The Doctor chuckled.
know, terrible name.” The Master smiled.
“But I figured that since you weren’t told and I’ve been educating Judy, we should pool our resources
and get the job done right in half the time.”
looked at her hair. “I can’t go anywhere with hair like this.”
Doctor looked at it closer. “I’ve got herbal shampoos and conditioners
in my TARDIS.”
hugged the Doctor. “You’re the best.”
Doctor rolled her eyes and looked at the Master. “Your urchin is stuck
rolled on the floor as she mated with her army of consorts. She was their leader
and as the tribes dominant female she had her pick of the males. She took the
fittest and strongest of them into her lair. The rest were left to the other
females, they were her loyal bodyguards and they too desired many males but not being the dominant female they were forbidden
to let their eggs hatch. Instead their eggs were used to create the foul potions
they poisoned the world with and also formed part of their mind controlling abilities that allowed them to use the world’s
holy few like puppets. The Kin had once been human beings but now they disported
themselves like animals, from their point of view it was proof of their superiority over the pitiful humans they had no desire
to ever be again. Shamelessly they began to breed in front of their captives,
those chosen few that would either join the Kin or be food for them.
looked at the Master. “Do you enjoy killing?”
maybe, no not even then. It’s a necessity.
I never held back as the Doctor did. She always looked for other ways
first. I always knew when it was necessary and I acted quickly and with compassion. I always saw murder as an inconvenience; it got in the way of the task. I’ve suffered for my past and I’ll never make up for some of the things I had to do but there’s
very little I could have done otherwise.”
aunt?” The Doctor replied casually as she saw to Judy’s hair.”
yes, Vanessa Jovanka. One of the few deaths I genuinely regret. I can never make up for it, can never make it right. So I
just do the best I can to save the lives of others.”
making cups of tea for everyone? You did kill me once, remember?”
Master nodded. “Yes Doctor, at once Doctor.” He got up and left the console room.
were hard on him.” Yargrin said to the Doctor.
course I am. He killed me, no, he murdered me.”
you want your pound of flesh? Which is the worse crime?”
least the Master is honest.” Judy spoke up for her father-figure. “He’s never lied to me. He
told me all the terrible things he’s done in his lives.”
and you enjoyed hearing them.” The Doctor replied. “You like hearing about his past crimes, it makes you all warm and soft inside. You two deserve each other, the grim reaper and his groupie.”
that’s not fair.”
should hear him when he’s depressed and it all gets too much for him to bear.
You have to forgive him; he’s got too much pain inside of him for anyone to bear.
He doesn’t want it, he’d never ask for it. He needs it; he’s
being consumed by the guilt. I’m afraid that if it gets too much for him
to cope with then he might do something stupid.”
I’m not promising anything.” The Doctor replied. “I’ll think about it, but remember I’m a scored woman.”
he goes postal we’ll be dead women.” Judy replied. “Not you Yargrin, you’d be a dead gorgeous, I mean dead bloke.”
Sandy approached the one volunteer
who wished to join the Kin. “Kneel, human.
You will give yourself to the Disgracer, fall utterly into his sickness and become Kinfolk to us.”
knelt down and didn’t flinch as the monster threw up a sticky green fluid over him.
He didn’t want to die, he wanted to live. He didn’t believe
in monsters until he saw the one who had abducted him. Now he just wanted to
live. He felt a burning pain all over his body as the fluid began to eat away
his flesh. He screamed in pain but the pain subsided and he felt his body changing.
are evolving, becoming.” Sandy watched as the disgusting human
figure was warped and changed into that of one of the Kin. “Welcome to
the Kin, join the others in preparation for the feast.”
finally understood as the plans of the Disgracer filled his mind. The simpleness,
the elegance, the boldness, the utter evilness. It made him more excited and
hungry than he ever thought possible and he looked now at his former fellow captives as nothing more than food. “I feel hungry.”
Sandy nodded approvingly. “You will feast with us.”
hissed at the humans and they started to cry when they saw the unholy beauty of his new body.
He slithered across the floor to where the other Kin waited to consume their food.
looked closely at Judy’s hair. “That’s one thing I don’t
miss, hair care I mean. In many ways I’m better off not having any at all,
except my eyelashes obviously. I was always a compulsive mascara-junkie.”
you tape falsies around your eyeholes?” Judy tried to be sympathetic to
the mostly mechanical woman. “You paint the lipstick on quite well though.”
Doctor does that for me.” Lucy confessed.
“I just take my face off and let her work her magic. These hands
are designed for heavy lifting, not sensible things like grooming.”
least you don’t have to wax your legs and you bikini line anymore. I’d
gladly swap places with you to get rid of all that hair.”
shook her head. “No you wouldn’t Judy; don’t ever say anything
like that again. What they did to me was terrible, far worse than anyone should
ever have to endure. They tore me into pieces and kept me alive afterwards, there’s
only scraps of me left alive in all this metal and plastic. It’s the worst
horror in the world. You can’t imagine how many times I begged for death. They cut my eyes out, then cut my arms and legs off and I could only scream in horror
as I felt them cut my heart out and put a device in me as a replacement.”
waxing isn’t so bad after all.” Judy wondered why Lucy chose to stay
the way she was. “Couldn’t you get another, more feminine body? Those huge metal hooters of yours just look so...fake.”
the irony of it all. In trying to survive the Cybermen became fake people living
fake lives. Remember that Judy, they’re not people anymore. I’m not a real person anymore.”
Doctor rushed over. “Yes you are real Lucy.
Don’t feel otherwise. They took a lot away from you but they didn’t
take you away. You’re a real woman despite appearances. If you start thinking you’re like them then they win. That’s
the true evil, to stop being who you are and becoming what they want you to be.”
be your own person.” Judy agreed.
“Even if you’re an evil groupie, with boundary issues and no social conscious, be who you are.”
that’s not quite what I meant.” The Doctor started to lecture.
ok.” Judy cut the Doctor off. “Life
is about recognising who and what you are. Changing something about yourself
that you don’t like because you want to and improving other things. My
third nose job was a real life saver I can tell you.”
don’t even have a nose.” Lucy replied. “Apparently they experimented with them once or twice but they didn’t take off.”
TARDIS materialised with the sound like that of a dying camel. From it emerged
one of the five occupants. The Doctor insisted that the Master went first in
case of accidental gun fire. She’d had that problem once and didn’t
want to go through it again, especially as she liked the body she currently wore. “Is
it safe? Why don’t you go next Lucy?”
should have gone first. I am bullet proof.”
Lucy had to stoop down as she exited the spaceship.
should have gone first.” Yargrin muttered.
“I’m used to danger.”
just want to make the Master sweat.” The Doctor replied casually. “We’re perfectly safe.”
hate you.” Judy pouted at the evil blonde bitch in rubbish shoes. “Do you have to wear those shoes? You
look like you’re trying too hard to look like a born again teenager.”
least I have style.” The Doctor replied.
“Wearing black all the time only demonstrates your lack of fashion skills.”
really hate you.” Judy ran out of the TARDIS to be with the Master.
I just want to really slap her.” The Doctor said to Yargrin. “He lets her get away with anything.”
still a girl Doctor; she’s just testing the boundaries to see how you’ll react.”
but if she forces a confrontation between the Master and myself, then this joint adventure will be over before you can say
solid left hook out of nowhere.”
nodded. “You have great martial prowess, but he is armed with a weapon.”
I noticed the familiar bulge in his trousers.” The Doctor blushed. “I suppose I shouldn’t have looked so hard at the other one, but I am
a woman after all.”
this is the sort of conversation you have with Lucy.” Yargrin replied.
know, but she’s not here.” The Doctor followed her companion out
of the TARDIS and locked the doors.
I get a copy of the key?” The Master held his hand out. “In case of emergencies. I’d hate to have to carry
Lucy all the way back here only to be unable to open the door because I didn’t have a key.”
very well.” The Doctor fished around in her handbag and pulled out the
key with all of Penny’s girly key fobs still attached to it. “Here
Master looked at the key before pocketing it. “Shall I lead?”
when we’re dancing.” The Doctor replied and set off. “You can read the map though, if it’ll satisfy your ego.”
looks like we’re the map team.” Judy said to the Master. “We do have a map, don’t we? I hate them myself. I think they’re all basically wrong and designed to get you exactly where you
don’t want to go.”
drew his gun, before the Doctor confiscated it. “Hey.”
guns, remember.” The Doctor stashed the gun away in her handbag. “This is Earth. Remember they shoot people before asking
flailed her arms and tail about as she began the final chant to summon forth the Disgracer unto the world. She looked forward to obeying his slightest whim with utter glee.
The Kin would rid the world of its excess population; all its animals would be food for the true inheritors of the
world. Even those who had denied themselves of their true destiny would become
naught but meat in her belly. She truly believed in her god and her cause and
once the world was purged of all the false gods it would be a better place for the one true religion to embrace the land and
its people for all eternity. “We your servants offer you the blood of our
foes, the marrow of our enemy, and the offal of our rivals. In your name we wipe
them off this earth. Their minds are weak and we control them to do your will.” She concentrated and the metal floating device crashed down from the sky onto the
place of false worship. She heard the screams of the dying in her minds ear at
it was wonderful. “The final sacrifice is made, come forth like a plague. You will be the pestilence that the world suffers; you will be the most magnificent
ache the world will ever know. We who were defiled in your image worship you
and give you thanks for our abomination and our children already hatch to become the new generation of servants to worship
you our most dank and decayed one true god.”
underground.” The Master explained of the others. “I only got a brief glimpse of it. Some sort of crude
building associated with primitive beliefs.”
temple?” Lucy pondered.
do you have any information in your brain?” The Master looked at the Cyberwoman. “The Cybermen have very detailed files on Earth, I…examined… one
a clue.” Lucy replied. “I
do know a lot about you though; you’re not to be trusted.”
never did trust him.” The Doctor said loudly. “He’s a liar, a rogue and a scoundrel.”
just described yourself Doctor.” The Master replied.
but I always win.” The Doctor replied.
bored.” Judy complained. “Why
do we have to do this anyway? Just because some weird old bloke who looked like
my granddad appeared to us and said we have a task to do for him.”
is one of the guardians of time.” The Master explained.
wrinkled her nose. “He smelled funny, like a bottle of gin in an old folk’s
show visit Gallifrey sometime.” The Master quipped. “Quite the collection of doddering old fools.”
pointed to a mostly concealed cave mouth. “There it is, it’s regularly
used and they go to great pains to keep it hidden.”
Doctor gave her companion a chocolate éclair sweet. “Well done. I would have missed that.”
too.” The Master agreed. “You
have unusually good eyes.”
have seen it.” Judy muttered. “I
was just blinded by the awfulness of that bright pink suit.”
nothing wrong with it.” The Doctor replied.
“Haana bought me this.”
explains everything then.” The Master chuckled. “A most gifted lady, but annoyingly persistent in her pursuit of other females.”
that clingy lesbo?” Judy remembered that time a strange girl called Haana
had tried to pull her. “I had to scrape her off with a can of mace. She wouldn’t believe that I fancy boys.”
She looked at Yargrin and batted her eyelashes at him while she mentally undressed him.
wondered why the human girl kept getting something in her eyes, he presumed they were sensitive to dust or something as it
didn’t affect anyone else.
felt the approach of her god. It was the best feeling in the world. She could barely contain herself as the one who had given new and disgustingly splendid life to her was
about to manifest. She wanted the world to suffer and she wanted to make it suffer. She was a creature of pain and torment. She
was a monster inside and out. She was the high priestess of the most evil sect
ever and it filled her with dark joy to contemplate the years of torture and executions that she would witness and carry out.
place is naff.” Judy complained to the Master, except that he wasn’t
there. “Great, he wandered off and left me.”
head turned around to look at the vessel. “You are the one? I would have expected something taller.”
screamed when she saw the horrible looking monster, but a beam of energy erupted from below to consume her body. It burned and she felt something inside her head. A presence. A mind of teeth and pain. She tried to
fight it but it was hopeless, but instead of destroying her it absorbed her.
bowed down before her god.
the Disgracer smiled at her servant. “Don’t you think this body is
a little too human? I’d have preferred something with more arms.” She concentrated and four more pairs of arms grew out of her torso. Indeed her torso elongated to accommodate them and she replaced the soft vulnerable flesh with the iron-hard
skin of an alligator, except for the face, as she knew there were a few mortals that she wanted to see suffer as they looked
in awe and disgust on her corrupt and distorted features. “I can’t
wait to see their faces, and then I’ll eat their eyes. Must do something
about these legs though. If I made you in my image then I should be a god you
can love and fear.” A few seconds later and her legs were gone, replaced
by a huge snake’s body and tail. The tip of the tail warped until it resembled
Judy’s original face while her real face became more like that of a spinosaurus.
“Behold your god, Stacy.”
bowed. “I am your humble servant; we will procure fresh meats for your
human face spoke. “There is meat already in my temple, bring it to me. I will dine on the one called the Doctor.”
“Judy.” Yargrin shouted out Judy’s name.
“Judy.” Lucy called out.
should never have taken my eye off her.” The Master berated himself. “I should have realised that a petite girl in a black dress might get lost in
a maze of corridors like this.”
well we’ll find her.” The Doctor tried to reassure her one time friend. “She can’t have gone far.”
“Footsteps.” Yargrin called out to the others. “Those
are her shoe size.”
too small even for me.” The Doctor mused.
“They’re going that way. Something doesn’t feel right
though. It’s like we’re being expected to follow her.”
trap?” The Doctor pondered. “Maybe.”
sense it too.” Yargrin agreed.
scout ahead.” Lucy stated and set off in the direction of the shoes.
waited as her quarry approached. She looked down at Stacy’s newly hatched
offspring. So vicious and deadly, they would make excellent killers. “You must train them well, feed them the best meats, do not over indulge them though, we don’t
want them dependant, that’s a weakness. Your children do me proud; all
my children make me proud. She looked at Brian, the most recently corrupted of
all her subjects. “Do you rejoice at the corruption brought upon you? Do you give thanks for the ruination of your soul?”
my goddess, the foul beauty of my body is a testament to your magnificent corruption.”
nodded. “My children you are all young and eager to claim this world in
my name. Go forth and lay waste to mankind.
Drive them into extinction. Those who will be turned will be spared; all
others will suffer for their purity. Let my pestilence strike them dead.”
so fast.” Lucy walked into the room.
“You’ll have to come through me first and I’m not on your menu.” She picked up a large chunk of stone and wielded it like a club.
can hear sounds of fighting.” Yargrin said to the others and grabbed the
Doctor’s handbag off her.
that’s private.” The Doctor shouted and grabbed it back.
me my gun, now.” Yargrin demanded.
“No.” The Doctor replied. “You don’t
I need it; I just don’t want to need it.”
Doctor removed the gun. “Here you are, you’re ready to have it now.”
don’t want it.” Yargrin replied as he ran down the corridor, gun
using the Chronotis method of teaching I see.” The Master mused. “I too am armed.” He removed the TCE from the
pouch sewn inside of his trousers. “I might use this.” He handed it to the Doctor.”
not touching that!” The Doctor exclaimed.
“Just drop it in the bag.”
clubbed the nearest creature with her weapon, swatting it against the wall. “Do
not persist, you are badly wounded. You should seek medical aid for your injuries.” However none of them listened and she was forced to kill the next creature by ramming
the stone club through its chest.
yelled at her creatures to attack the cyborg but their beautiful teeth and claws were ineffective against her metal body. “Crush her, use the weight of your bodies to over power her.”
ran into the room and opened fire at the creatures advancing towards his friend. “Are
you ok Lucy?”
fine.” Lucy replied. “I
have minimal damage. I had to kill.”
be fine.” Yargrin replied as he let off another blast of energy. “The stun setting isn’t working.” He changed
it to kill and laughed as the shots wounded arms and bodies. “Now we’ll
see who’s so tough and mean.”
don’t fight me.” Judy knew that with Yargrin as her new high priest
she’d win. “Join me, fight for me.”
looked at the creature. “Judy? I’m
too late. It got you.”
didn’t get me, I got it. I am Judy the Disgracer. Serve me, be my high priest and we will rule this planet. My
power will be yours to command, my children yours to father, my armies yours to lead and my victims yours to slaughter.”
“Judy?” The Master gasped in shock when he saw what had become of his former companion. “I’m so, so sorry.”
with me Yargrin.” Judy ignored boring old square pants. “Become my most loyal servant. I shall make you immortal,
my eternal consort.”
could have all the power you want.” The Doctor replied. “You could rule this planet.
could succeed where I failed my boy.” The Master recognised the Doctor’s
looked at the Doctor, knew exactly what she wanted him to do. He couldn’t. “I’m sorry Doctor, I want this.”
He walked towards Judy. “I’ll help you.”
laughed. “Approach me and I will corrupt you body, mind and soul.”
“No!” The Doctor yelled, realising her little scheme had failed. “Don’t do it.”
must.” The Master held the Doctor back.
“To deny himself that power would be madness.”
approached the massively altered figure of Judy. “I am yours to destroy
and remake in your image.”
opened her main mouth and prepared to vomit forth her mutagenic slime. However
Yargrin took the opportunity to fire his gun directly into her vulnerable mouth. “Noooooo!” She screamed and thrashed on the floor. “I
will not be defeated. I am a goddess.”
Doctor moved forward to pull her stunned companion to safety. However the Judy
creature grabbed her left arm and bit it off.
“Doctor!” The Master rushed over to the Doctor’s side.
“Don’t move. I’ll stop the bleeding.”
rings, my best rings. I got them off Jo you know.
Wonderful girl, nice taste in semi-precious gemstones.”
stay calm Doctor.” The Master propped the Doctor up against his knees. “You’ll be fine.”
ironic; it was my best hitting arm too. I taught Lennox Lewis to fight you know.”
I know.” The Master didn’t know quite what to say. “Your friends are taking care of the situation. We’ll
just relax and talk about tea.”
tea. We’ll need cups and saucers and cakes and plates and a dozen bowls
of milk and a bucket of marmite.”
just want to tell you something, before I have a lie down, you’re...you’re my third best friend.” The Doctor closed her eyes.
Master looked over at Yargrin and Lucy as they wrenched Lucy’s crocodilian head off her body. “I’m so sorry.” He cast his eyes down at
the ground. “I failed both of you.”
“Nonsense.” The White Guardian said,
were you?” The Master asked.
was redeeming your companion’s soul. Nasty business. I thought she’d over come her childishness, she did not. She
is at peace now.”
could I save her?”
don’t think you were meant to. No, not even I know all the rules of the
game and I helped establish them all.”
Master looked down at the Doctor. “Can you help her? She’s injured because of me. I asked her to help because
I was too weak to do this alone. She paid the price for my cowardice.”
for help is the sign of a strong mind. If you were weak you would never have
asked for help even if it meant your death. You knew your own limitations and
accepted them. She need not bear the full brunt of today’s horrors however. There is one way, but the price for you will be a lot higher than you can imagine.”
already paid more than enough today. Whatever it is I’ll do it, gladly.”
Guardian caused an image to appear. “This is a different possible ending.”
Master watched an image of himself dying, the Doctor weeping over him. “I
never knew she cared so much. I never knew I cared enough to notice before.”
Guardian pulled the other Doctor out of her time.
can replace your Doctor with his.”
“No.” The Master replied. “She is needed
in her own time; I cannot make such an exchange.”
you leave me no choice.” The White Guardian sent the alternate Doctor and
the Master into the other time stream and brought forth the alternate Master. “I
grant you regeneration.”
dead Master regenerated and sat up, alive and well again. “That was too
close. I thought I was dead too long that time.
My voice, what has happened to my voice?”
White Guardian helped the Master up to her feet. “And now, young lady,
the price to be paid in full.” He removed part of the Master’s left
arm and attached it to the bloody stump on the Doctor’s arm.
Master looked at the smooth stump of her abbreviated limb. “This will take
some getting used to.”
least I provided you with clothing suitable to your new incarnation.” The
White Guardian turned and walked straight through the nearest wall.
looked at the Master’s new appearance. “I love those earrings.”
helped the Doctor to her feet. “We should get out of here.”
arm.” The Doctor muttered as she awoke.
She looked at her arm. “My arm?”
explain later.” The Master promised.
“I have a sudden urge to have a full and honest discourse with you, about shoes.”
led the way back to the surface.
Master was walking back to the TARDIS when she finally realised that some things had changed dramatically. “I have breasts!”
also have ginger hair.” Lucy added approvingly; here let me carry you back
to the TARDIS before you faint from the shock you seem to be suffering from.
not having any of my clothes.” The Doctor muttered as she took in the Master’s
new appearance. “You always had to copy me.
I go to earth, you follow me. I help save others, you help save others. I give up standing to use the loo and now you copy me.
Next thing you’ll be telling me you like the company of men and contemplate getting a boyfriend. I’ve had two and let me tell you evil megalomania aside they were great lovers.”
Master rolled her eyes. “Could you be anymore of a tramp? At least I’m more femme than the Rani.”
inside the temple Stacy moved out from her hiding place. “You
may have defeated the Disgracer but he will arise again and his armies will be legion.”
She watched as the recently hatched babies began to feast on the dead bodies of the Kin. “I shall find a mate and together we shall breed a new regime of evil to rid this world of its false
gods. The false gods must fall for the one true god will return one day.”