Time certainly flows differently inside the TARDIS, What felt like days were truly only mere minutes while traveling with the Doctor. Even though we only just met him, I do believe the Doctor to be a rather dependent stallion during times of trouble, as well as a really good friend. Although….today, I get the feeling that me and Strawberry are going to see another side to the Doctor….
“No, Doctor! I am not going to talk to your TARDIS! It’s a machine! It can’t reply!”, I said, walking around the console, looking it over. “Ah, come now, Professor! That is quite the rude statement! She really doesn’t like it when people refer to her as just a machine!”, the Doctor replied. He leaned over towards the console and stroked it gently, silently whispering “It’s ok, Sexy. He didn’t mean it.” I snorted and said, “AND ANOTHER THING! If this thing was as NICE as you claim, why is it that every morning, AFTER I explicitly asked to have my room moved AWAY from the pool, I find myself waking up from falling into cold water!?” The Doctor tried to hide a laugh, but his face crept into a smile rather quickly. “Well….I think she is just playing a joke with you, Professor. Nothing but harmless fun, you see?”, he replied wi1th an unsure tone.
I frowned even more, my face turning a darker shade of blue from how furious I was. Derpy was sitting next to my daughter, fiddling with an iPhone out of boredom. Strawberry was lying down on the floor, sighing softly. “Forget it, Doctor. Once the Professor gets upset, he doesn’t calm down as quickly as others. Sometimes, I wonder if he has a deeper pool of rage hiding inside of him or something.”, she stated. Derpy groaned slightly and said, “Doctor!”
“Derpy? Is something wrong?”, he asked. I looked over towards her as she took her iPhone to him. “It’s not working anymore. I think it broke during our last stop. I can’t call anypony or get any texts!”, she exclaimed. “Well, we can’t have that, can we?”, he replied, taking his Sonic Screwdriver from his pocket. He fiddled around with the iPhone for a few minutes, and then handed it back to Derpy. “There we go, good as new!”, he stated. I raised an eyebrow at the sight, then asked, “What did you do, Doctor?” He smiled at me and said, “It’s nothing special. I just made it where Derpy’s phone could be used anywhere in time or space. No matter where she is, she’ll always have a signal.”
My eyes widened when he said that. “Really? That’s incredible!”, I replied. The Doctor chuckled and said, “It’s no big deal.” I nodded and asked, “If that is the case, do you mind taking a look at me and Strawberry’s phonewatches? They haven’t been working right ever since we came with you and Ms. Hooves.”, I asked. The Doctor’s eyes widened when I mentioned the invention Strawberry came up with. “Phonewatches? What is that, if I may ask?”, he asked curiously. That’s when Strawberry stood to her hooves and said proudly, “They’re my latest creation! It’s a phone and a watch at the same time! I mainly made it for me and my friends, but thanks to Papa, they are going to be sold to everypony all across Equestria! Maybe the entire world!” She flashed the watch that she was wearing on her left wrist, and the Doctor whistled in awe. “My my, that’s a grand achievement you done there, Strawberry.”, the Doctor said. He removed the watch from her arm and walked over to me, taking mine as well. “Just give me a few seconds and these will be the only two in the entire universe that can be used across time and space.”, he said, fiddling with the watches in one hand, Sonic Screwdriver in the other. In a few seconds, he returned the watches to me and Strawberry with a smile. “There you go, good as new!”, he said.
“Excellent, Doctor.”, I said. My attention came to a startle when the phonewatch started to ring. I tapped the glass gently and said, “Hello? This is Prodigy Skyfire, who’s speaking?” “Professor! Oh, thank goodness you picked up!”, a voice said on the screen. My eyes widened when I saw twilight Sparkle’s face appear on it. “Oh, Ms. Sparkle. What are you doing up so late? I thought I was the only pony that stayed up as late as Princess Luna.”, I said. “Now’s not the time to joke, Professor! There’s a hurt pony here at the library, and we can’t get in contact with the hospital to get her checked on! Could you please come over and give her an examination?”, Twilight asked. “I’ll be there as soon as I can.”, I said, hanging up on my end. “Doctor, we got to make a pit stop! It’s time for the Professor to go to work.”, I said, looking over at the chestnut-colored stallion. The Doctor nodded and said, “Alright then, back to Ponyville! Allons-y!” He flipped a few switches, and with a slight movement, the TARDIS launched forwards in time back to home.
If only we knew what was waiting for us when we arrived. The Doctor was about to come across his past once again….
“You don’t understand, I need to see the Doctor! Do you know where I can find him?”, Rose asked. Spike raised an eyebrow and said, “Uhh….I’m sorry, but we can’t reach the hospital. But don’t worry, we have somepony coming that may help you.” He handed Rose a cup of water and said, “Drink up. Twilight said to stay hydrated.” Rose shook her head and pushed the cup away, looking out the window at the steady rainfall. ‘Doctor….where are you? Where am I? What happened?’, she thought to herself, a bolt of lightning striking close by.
Meanwhile, on the other side of town, a group of ponies were watching the library in secret….
“Any sign of him yet?”, said one pony. “Negative, Captain Star Hunter. Our devices are definitely saying he should land here in any moment.”, said another. “Thank you, Tick Tock. Keep a vigilante watch”, said Star Hunter. ‘Star Hunter, huh? That’s what I call myself here. Only the Doctor would know the truth: I’m Captain Jack Harkness, Leader of the Torchwood V Institute here in Equestria. Although…something tells me that things are definitely going to heat up tonight.’, Jack thought to himself. He cleared his throat and said, “So, intel tells me that you’ve met the doctor, Tick Tock. Is that true?” Tick Tock chuckled and said, “That I did. He saved my entire village back in my time. Traveled with him and Derpy a while back, and I decided to open up a tinker shop in Manehattan. After that, here I am: working for Torchwood.” Jack smiled softly and said, “I see. Well then, that sounds like an interesting way of life. Keep looking out for him.”
“Yes, sir.”, Tick Tock replied, keeping a lookout on the library.
Meanwhile, back on the TARDIS….
The Doctor frowned when he stared at the Console’s screen, seeing it shut off. “Well, that’s odd.”, he said, flipping a few switches. “Doctor, what’s wrong?”, I asked, my attention diverted to him. A few sparks shot out of the Console, barely missing Strawberry’s hair. “Whoa! What in the name of Equestria was that?!”, she exclaimed, moving away from the Console. “Uh, nopony panic! Everything is going to be fine!”, he said, banging a rubber mallet on a few of the switches. “Doctor, are you lying!?”, Derpy asked, hearing the cloister bell give off a heavy gong. “Yes, I am!”, he said with a shocked tone as the TARDIS came to a complete stop. “Uhh….Doctor….are we….at a complete stop?”, I asked. He nodded slightly, then said, “Yes….we have come to a stop….the engines are offline….yet, we are right where we need to land.”
“Then why are we still in the air!?”, I asked.
The TARDIS answered my question, cause in a few seconds, I felt the TARDIS lurch towards our destination at a rapid descent. I immediately grabbed on tightly to Strawberry and held on to the railing, feeling my entire body lift off the floor from the loss of gravity….
“Hold on! This is going to be ugly!”, the Doctor said, holding onto Derpy’s hand. Strawberry whimpered as the TARDIS finally came to a crash landing, the sound of wood crunching all around the outside of it. I coughed loudly as I came to in a cloud of dust, seeing that all the lights in the TARDIS had shut off. I looked underneath my arm and said, “You ok, Strawberry?” The young unicorn finally opened her eyes, looking up at me and nodded slightly, still trembling from the landing. “Alright, casualty check! Derpy, you ok?”, I asked. “I’m fine….yet how did I get on the ceiling?!”, Derpy exclaimed, who was hanging onto one of the rafters. “Alright. Doctor, are you ok?!”, I asked. The Doctor groaned slightly, and I looked to one side of the room to see him placed upside down near the wall. “A little help here, please? I’m stuck!”, he said. I immediately stood to my hooves and walked over to the Doctor to help him to an upright position. He stood up and said, “Well, we’re all safe and sound!” “Safe?! Doctor, we crashed! What in the name of Celestia happened?!”, I asked.
The Doctor frowned when I asked that. “I…don’t know, actually. The TARDIS didn’t detect anything. It could’ve been a temporal distortion that may have disagreed with her, or it might have been an engine malfunction. I really hate not knowing these things, Professor. I really do.”, he replied. “Tell me about it. This is what I have to deal with every day, Doctor.”, I said. Derpy finally landed on the floor and said, “Where did we land, Doctor?” “Ah, yes! Let’s see where we are, shall we?”, he said, opening the TARDIS doors. He peeked out and said, “Well, it’s definitely Equestria. Judging from the looks of things, we crash-landed in someone’s home a thousand years during Celestia’s reign, give or take a few extra years. And it’s raining.” I raised an eyebrow and said, “That’s truly amazing. You can deduct all of that just from a few pieces of debris?”
The Doctor nodded and said, “Just a little trick I picked up over the years. It definitely comes in handy when I travel to different planets and times.” I put on a look of amazement as I stepped out of the TARDIS, only to be met with a familiar sight. “Hey, this is MY house, Doctor! How in the wide world of Equestria did we crash land in MY house?!”, I exclaimed, seeing some photos of myself, Strawberry, and my roommate Arty. Strawberry squeezed past me and the Doctor and said, “This is our house, Papa? That’s amazing! Even though the TARDIS crashed, she took us exactly where we needed to go!” The Doctor locked the doors to the TARDIS when Derpy finally joined us on the outside, looking around at the mess that wasn’t caused by the crash. “Gee, Professor. I thought that with you and Arty being such celebrities, your home would’ve been a little cleaner.”, she said, picking up a dirty jacket.
“The famous life isn’t all glitter and glamor as everypony thinks it is, Ms. Hooves. What with the radio show, concerts, and raising Strawberry, I still have my duty to Equestria as a dragon researcher as well as a medical researcher. Now, pardon me, I must find my first aid kit.”, I replied, wading through the mess towards a bookshelf. I pressed one book and a silent click was heard, and a hatch door opened up in front of me as I left the three equines behind. Strawberry coughed as she brushed away some of the dust from the area, using her magic to repair everything that had gotten broken from the crash. She looked up at the clock that hanged from the ceiling and said, “Oh wow, we have only been gone for five hours?! That’s unbelievable!”
The Doctor chuckled and said, “Its brilliant, isn’t it?” Strawberry nodded, only to be interrupted by a loud rumble from beneath the house. “W-What’s going on here?!”, Derpy said, clinging to the side of the TARDIS. The hatch door to my lab opened up, and I stepped out with a large brown briefcase, smoke followed behind me as I coughed loudly. “Well, that experiment failed. Strawberry, write that down as failed amnesia attempt #306-F.”, I said with a sad tone. “Right, Professor.”, Strawberry said, taking a diary out of her overall pocket and quickly jotted a few notes down. The Doctor raised an eyebrow and said, “Amnesia attempt? What are you two talking about?” I looked at him and said, “It’s nothing. Come on, Ms. Sparkle is waiting.” The Doctor frowned softly and said, “Alright.” With the addition of Strawberry and Derpy, I locked my front door behind us, and we immediately ran over to the library.
Nearby, however, Tick-Tock had seen the entire predicament occur. He immediately left his post to tell what he saw to Captain Jack…
“What?! You saw the TARDIS crash land?!”, Jack exclaimed, standing up to his hooves. “Yes, sir. From where it landed, I can only deduce that the Doctor is traveling with Professor Skyfire.”, Tick-Tock stated. “Skyfire? You mean that dragon researcher Princess Celestia and Princess Luna hold high regard over?”, Jack asked. “The same, Captain Star Hunter.”, the ginger unicorn replied. Jack frowned and closed his eyes, then said, “Tick-Tock, take me to Prof. Skyfire’s home. There are a few things I want to check up on.” Tick-Tock saluted, and then did as Jack ordered. With a few minutes, Jack and Tick-Tock arrived at Prodigy’s home, and he immediately used his Squareness gun to open the door. With a turn of the dial, he replaced the lock on the door, and then smiled as him and Tick-Tock stood face to face with the TARDIS. “It brings back good memories to see this old girl again, doesn’t it, sir?”, Tick-Tock said, placing a hand on one of the doors. Jack nodded as he looked around and said, “This place is a mess.”
“Not surprised, Captain. The Professor leads a rather hectic life, so cleaning is probably the last thing on his mind.”, Tick-Tock said. “It sounds like you know quite a lot about him, Tick-Tock. Mind explaining?”, Jack asked. “Well, I only know a little. But, the fact that he does a lot of things is already a weird fact. We ponies are only supposed to have one talent, according to our cutie marks. For example, my cutie mark is that of two cogs, since I enjoy tinkering and inventing things. Yet, the Professor has no idea what his cutie mark means. He works as a jack-of-all-trades because of it. His main goal in life is to reclaim his missing memories in order to learn what his cutie mark means.”, Tick-tock stated.
“What is his cutie mark, anyway? I have never seen it up close, to be honest.”, Jack said. Tick-Tock looked around, and then used his magic to levitate a dirty jacket with Prodigy’s cutie mark emblazoned on the back. “Here it is. It’s a little dirty with mud and soot, but the symbol is still pretty visible.”, Tick-Tock replied. Jack’s eyes widened when he saw the symbol, a flashback of a memory of his past entering his mind instantly from it. “It can’t be…”, he said softly, taking the jacket in his hands. “It’s not possible that this symbol is here in this world. It can’t have reached this far.”, Jack said, tossing the jacket to the ground. “Where did they go, Tick-Tock?”, he asked with a soft voice. “From the location they ran, they were heading towards the Golden Oaks Library which isn’t far from here.”, the unicorn stated. “Well then, fancy reading a book, Tick-Tock? We’re going to the library.”, Jack said, walking out the front door, locking it behind Tick-Tock.
Meanwhile, back with the Doctor and company…
“We made it! Ew, I’m soaked.”, Derpy said, shaking herself dry at the front door. “Hey hey hey, watch the water display!”, I said, wringing out my lab coat. I knocked on the front door, only to get a purple claw dragging me inside. “Prodigy, thank goodness you are here! This pony is crazy!”, Spike said, dodging a book thrown at his head. “Now Spike, be nice. She’s just a little confused, that’s all.”, Twilight said, holding a bowl of water. “Ms. Sparkle, good evening. What seems to be the trouble here?”, I asked, watching Derpy, The Doctor, and Strawberry close the door behind me. “You didn’t hear it? Something crash-landed not far from your home.”, Twilight stated. I chuckled nervously and said, “I’m a deep sleeper. Mind telling me more?” “It would be better to show you than anything.”, Twilight said, walking up to the bedrooms of the library. I reluctantly followed, The Doctor followed behind me to see what the problem was. We were both welcomed to the sight of an injured pony lying in Twilight’s bed.
“What in the name of Equestria happened here?”, I asked, looking the pony over. “She’s what crash-landed. Problem is, I have no idea how that is possible, since she is an Earth Pony. It’s not like she crashed from Cloudsdale or anything.”, Twilight stated. “Hm, that is odd. Oh, lookie here, she’s coming to.”, I said, watching the pony open her eyes. She tried moving, but I placed a hand on her shoulder and said, “Hey, easy. You had a nasty fall and I’m here to tend to your wounds. Do you know who you are? Your name? Where you are?” “I told her why I am here and who I am. Why doesn’t anyone listen?”, she said with a groan, trying to sit up again. “My name is Rose, and I came to find the Doctor. Please, you must let me go! I have to warn him!’, Rose stated. I heard the Doctor gasp slightly when he heard his name. I then asked, “Doctor? Doctor who, Rose?”
“You wouldn’t understand. The Doctor isn’t a pony. He’s a…”, Rose stated, before I said, “Time Lord?” Twilight’s eyes widened when I said that. “Prodigy, how do you know what she was calling him? Only I should know that.” I stood to my hooves and then walked over to the Doctor and said, “This here is the Doctor. The same Doctor you are asking for, two hearts and all.” Rose tilted her head and said, “That’s not possible. The Doctor is humanoid.” I was about to say something, but then the Doctor said, “Rose Tyler. It really is you…but how? How could you possibly be here?” Rose groaned when she stood to her hooves and walked over to the Doctor, looking him in the face. She gasped as tears welled up into her eyes. She placed both of her hands on his chest, feeling the two beats of his hearts and said, “It really IS you. I found you, Doctor. I found you.”, she said with a sniffle. The Doctor hugged Rose tightly and said, “Rose. My Rose, it’s ok. Shush now, dry up those tears.”
“Prodigy, I have seen you do a lot of things, but you cannot expect me to believe that these two are from another universe. Spill it, WHO IS THAT PONY?”, Twilight asked, tugging on my ear. “Ow ow ow! Ms. Sparkle, cut it out! That hurts! I already told you, that’s the Doctor! No questions about it!”, I said, pulling out of her grip. “But how? How in Celestia’s name is it possible? Where did you meet him? For that matter, how do you even know him?”, Twilight asked. “Uh, that’s a long story, Ms. Sparkle. But I will certainly tell you about it later.”, I said nervously. Rose then spoke up and said, “I needed that. But, now is not the time for tears. Doctor, we have a problem. Have you seen Jack yet?” “Jack?! Jack Harkness? He’s in this universe too?!”, the Doctor exclaimed. “Yes, he is! He followed you here and accidently brought a platoon of Daleks here! They’re out there now, Doctor. Just waiting for the proper time to attack!”, Rose said. The Doctor’s face went cold when Rose said that. “How long? How long has he been here?”, he asked.
“About a few months. He’s made another Torchwood here just to locate you to tell you the exact same thing, Doctor.”, Rose replied. “I see. Well, we better find him. We’ll need all the help we can get.”, the Doctor said. “Professor, you think you can tend to Rose’s injuries?”, he asked me. “Sure thing.”, I Said, using my magic to put a few bandages on her immediately. While I was doing that, a knock on the door was heard. “Spike, mind getting that?”, Twilight said, still a bit overwhelmed at everything that was occurring. “Sure thing, Twi.”, Spike said, walking over to the front door. “Who is it?”, he asked. “Torchwood.”, Jack said from the other side. Spike groaned and said, “It’s that weird Captain guy from Torchwood again, Twi! Should I let him in?”
“Weird guy from Torchwood?! Let him in!”, the Doctor said, looking down from the bedrooms. Spike flinched when the doctor shouted, but he did as he was told and opened the door. I looked down to see a sky blue Pegasus step inside the library, followed by a ginger unicorn. “So, which one of them is he, Doctor?”, I asked, looking over at the Time Lord. “Hey, it’s Tick-Tock! How’ve you been, gingy?”, the Doctor said, noticing the unicorn behind Jack. Tick-Tock groaned and said, “Are we really going to do this now, Doctor? Also, it is nice to see you again.” Derpy saw Tick-Tock out of the corner of her eye and immediately tackled him to the ground, hugging him tightly. “Welcome back to Ponyville, Tick-Tock!”, she said with a wide smile. “Nice to see you too, Lady Bright-Eyes. Have you and the Doctor been doing well?”, Tick-Tock asked. She nodded and said, “Yes, we have! Things have been going quite well for us.” Jack then walked up to where the Doctor and said, “It’s good to see you again, Doctor.”
“Likewise. Only, in this kind of predicament, I think any pleasantries have to wait until AFTER the Dalek attack.”, the Doctor stated. He then looked over at me and said, “Professor, let us return to the TARDIS. We can use it to see what the Daleks are up to.” I nodded then picked up my first-aid kit and walked downstairs, getting stopped by Twilight. “Prodigy, what is going on? Tell me, please.”, she asked with a worried tone. I looked at Twilight with a stern look, only to hear the Doctor say my name. “I’m sorry, I gotta go.”, I said, running after the Doctor. “Prodigy Skyfire, get back here!”, Twilight exclaimed, chasing after me with an umbrella. “Twilight, come back! You’re going to catch your death of cold!”, Spike exclaimed, following behind her.
I immediately opened the door to my house, tripping over the mess in the living room. “Sweet Celestia, that hurt!”, I stated, standing up to my hooves as the Doctor, Jack, Rose, and Derpy ran by me. He snapped his fingers as the doors to the TArDIS opened up for him, Strawberry running in behind them as she said, “Come on, Professor! Let’s get going!” I nodded as I ran inside, not noticing Twilight and Spike had made it inside as well. With a flip of a switch, the TARDIS doors closed behind them. “Alright, everyone is here, let’s get going. Professor, turn around and hug Ms. Sparkle.”, The Doctor said, flipping a few switches on the console. “MS. SPaRKLE!?”, I exclaimed, looking back to see Twilight and Spike looking at everything around them, their mouths wide from the shock of it all. She then looked at me as I hugged her and said, “Uhh….where to begin?” “It’s…bigger on the inside?”, Twilight asked. “Yes it is. It’s called the TArDIS. It’s the Doctor’s…spaceship.”, I replied.
“He an alien? A real genuine alien?”, Spike said, waving a hand in front of him as if he thought he was seeing a mirage. “Yes, he is. Strawberry and I have been traveling with him to find out the mystery behind my cutie mark. Seems like the mystery behind it goes even deeper than we thought.”, I replied. Twilight removed herself from my grip as she walked towards the TARDIS console and touched it gently, hearing it beep. “I didn’t press anything!”, she exclaimed, stepping back slightly. The Doctor chuckled and said, “It’s alright. She likes you, Ms. Sparkle.” I smiled, and then flinched when I felt the entire ship rattle. “What in Tartarus was that?!”, I stated, hanging onto the railing. “I don’t know! The entire ship shook from that!”, The Doctor said, looking at the TARDIS screen, the entire ship shutting power in an instant. “We’ve lost power!”, the Doctor stated. “Why? What happened?”, Derpy asked. “It must be the Daleks! They have us, Doctor!”, Rose stated. “That is correct, Rose Tyler”, a voice said. Jack and the Doctor’s eyes widened when the oh-so familiar voice chimed throughout the TARDIS. A video appeared on the small window on the TARDIS console as a peculiar figure appeared. “Well, even in a universe far apart from our own, you still show up, Doctor. How many more times must we come face to face?”, the alien stated, grinning a toothy smile. “Davros!? But it isn’t possible! You died when the reality bomb was destroyed!”, the Doctor said, his eyes widening in shock.
“And yet, here we are again: new universe and a new Dalek Empire, just waiting to scour across the reaches of space. I quite like it here, Doctor. So many feeble minds that knows NOTHING of our power, just ripe for the taking. And each of you in that infernal TARDIS is witness to it all, right here, right now.”, Davros stated. The Doctor went towards the TARDIS doors and opened them slightly, walking out to see that we had been moved to a new location: one filled with an entire race of Daleks breathing down our necks. Twilight moved closer to me as me and the others joined him outside and said, “Prodigy, what is those things?” I shook my head as placed a hand on her shoulder and said, “Trouble, Twilight. That’s as good as I can explain it. Who is he, Doctor?” The Doctor went quiet when I asked that. The silence was staggering, but Rose looked over to me and said, “Davros is the creator of the Daleks. Last time we met, he recreated an engine called the Reality Bomb with 27 different planets as the power source.” Davros chuckled and said, “It was a matter destruction device. With it, I could split anything apart until there was nothing left but atoms and then some. Of course, if it wasn’t the Doctor and THAT WOMAN, I would’ve succeeded!”
“That’s insane! From what you are saying, that would’ve meant EVERYTHING would’ve been destroyed!”, I exclaimed. “And then, the Dalek race would be the only things in existence. The masters with the keys of a brand new reality!”, Davros stated. I grimaced and said, “That’s horrible! What kind of being can literally say such a thing with such pride?!” “That’s the Daleks for you, Professor: anything that isn’t Dalek is MEANINGLESS.”, Jack said. “Precisely. Which is why we followed the Doctor to this new universe: a fresh new start.”, Davros replied. “A FRESH NEW START?! You couldn’t possibly thinking of recreating the Reality bomb HERE?!”, the Doctor exclaimed. He moved forward slightly, only for one of the Daleks “DO NOT MOVE, DOCTOR!”, the Dalek said with a robotic tone. Davros laughed and said, “Not quite. The Reality bomb can only work if there are 27 planets of the exact shape, density, and matter. We don’t have the time for that. No, the best approach is the old-fashioned way: we exterminate every being in existence with raw force!”
“Not if I have anything to say about it!”, Jack said, removing a gun from his jacket, firing it at Davros. The bullet evaporated the minute it reached him, Davros laughed harshly. “Captain Jack Harkness, your weapons are useless here!”, Davros stated, shooting him with a bolt of electricity from his hand. Jack grunted loudly as he fell over on the floor dead. “JACK! Oh Celestia, he killed him!”, I said, kneeling down on the floor, checking the pegasus’ pulse. Spike was in shock over it, then looked over at Davros and said, “Why did you have to kill him?!” Davros laughed, ignoring the dragon as he looked over at me, noticing I was staring at him with the coldest of stares he has possibly never seen. “You…those eyes have seen pain like nothing before. And yet, there is a certain….hidden mystery behind them. You are no ordinary pony, are you?”, Davros asked. Twilight placed a hand on my shoulder as I said, “As if you know anything about me! Don’t you dare try to understand me, you murderer!” The Doctor placed a hand on me and Twilight and said, “Leave him be, Professor.” “No, Doctor. We’re not leaving Jack!”, I said. “I know that, but let him go and wait a few minutes.”, the Doctor said. Me and Twilight looked at the Doctor strangely, but we quickly learned why: in a few minutes, Jack gasped loudly, sitting up fully alive. “What? …WHAT?!”, I exclaimed, looking at Jack. Davros raised an eyebrow and said, “Of course. I forgot that you cannot die. You are quite lucky.” Jack chuckled and wheezed slightly, standing back up on his hooves and said, “Lucky is just an understatement.” Davros frowned then turned his back to us and then said, “My Daleks, now is the time! We shall start with the planet below! Make it burn with the blood of its inhabitants! For the glory of the Dalek race!” “No!”, Twilight exclaimed, seeing some Daleks head for the hanger doors. Immediately, she used her magic to put a barrier around the doors, keeping the Daleks on the inside.
“What is this trickery?! Explain! Explain!”, one of the Daleks stated, looking over at Twilight. “The female shows hostile intent! She shall be exterminated!”, the other said, aiming its weapon at her. My eyes widened in horror when I saw that. “Ms. Sparkle, MOVE!”, I exclaimed, pushing her out of the way, getting shot through the back. I gasped as I saw tears fill up Twilight’s eyes. “D-Don’t cry…don’t….cry.”, I said, falling out of consciousness. “PROFESSOR! Oooh, now you done it!”, The Doctor exclaimed. He turned to everyone and said, “IN THE TARDIS, NOW!” Everyone nodded as Twilight held me in her arms, dragging me inside. “The Doctor is escaping! Exterminate! Exterminate!”, said the Daleks, each of them fired at the TARDIS. The Doctor ran to the console and flipped a few switches, the power turning back on as the TARDIS vanished. Derpy looked at the screen on the console and said, “They’re following us, Doctor!”
“And that’s EXACTLY what I want them to do!”, The Doctor said, heading back to the planet. “Excuse me, but how is taking the Daleks back down to the planet a GOOD THING?!”, Spike exclaimed. “I do hope you have some sort of plan instead of just going at this with hardly an idea at all, Doctor. This is serious.”, Rose said. “Hey, I always have a plan. Trust me.”, the Doctor said. Rose looked at the Doctor with a strange look and he chuckled nervously. “Alright, I have no idea what we’re going to do. I’m stumped here!”, he said. “If only we had some powerful weapons that we could use to fight them back with. Sorry, Doctor. We’ll need the TARDIS’ help on this one.”, Jack stated. The Doctor frowned when Jack said that. He looked over at Twilight and Strawberry huddled over my body and sighed. “The Professor would know what to do. He always knows what to do.”, Twilight said, running a hand through my hair. Strawberry tugged on my arm and said, “Wake up, Papa. Please wake up. You can’t be dead. You just can’t.”
“I’m sorry, you two. There is no way that he survived that. That was a shot that went straight through his back, so all his vitals was easy to target.”, Rose said. Twilight frowned and said, “NO! I refuse to believe he’s dead. He has so many things to do! And then there is that dream of his! He was so close to figuring out who he is!” Jack frowned when Twilight said that. “Twilight…you might just be right. I don’t believe he’s dead. If he is who I think he is, that shot was a bug bite compared to what he is used to.” The Doctor widened his eyes when Jack said that. He watched as Jack walked over to the Professor and said, “PRODIGY! STAND TO ATTENTION, MISTER!” I growled as I stood up on my hooves, kicking Jack square in the jaw. “Shut up, Harkness! You’re not my boss! I WAS SLEEPING!”, I shouted. Jack winced as he rubbed his jaw, then said, “Yup, that was expected. OW!”
I shook my shoulders as I looked around and said, “How did I get here? I should be dead!” “Yes, you should! What are you, Professor?!”, Twilight said, bonking me in the head. “Ow! Really, Twilight?! Now’s not the time for hitting me! We got Daleks to fight!”, I said, running towards the hallway to my room. Twilight’s eyes widened when she heard what I said. “He….he said my name.”, she said with a surprise. The Doctor raised an eyebrow as I came back with my suitcase. “What are you doing with that, Professor?”, he asked. I opened it and pulled out a small black bundle. The Doctor flinched when he realized what it was. “Professor, please tell me that isn’t dynamite!?”, he exclaimed.
I smirked when the Doctor said that. “This is no mere dynamite, Doctor. This is the T-213. It’s twenty times more powerful and it is set to completely destroy anything at the sub-atomic level. So, let’s experiment, shall we? What would happen if this was placed in one strategic spot in the Dalek warship? I wonder what would happen then?”, I said with a huge grin. “Are you saying that this one bomb would not only destroy the Daleks that are chasing us, but all of the Daleks that is in that warship?”, Jack asked. I nodded in reply then said, “Yes, but the tricky thing is that it has to be planted on the inside of the ship. Otherwise, it won’t work.” The Doctor frowned and said, “So in either case, we still have no choice but to fight, huh?” Rose placed a hand on the Doctor’s shoulder and said, “This is our only option, Doctor. In this world, most ponies abhor violence as much as you do. You wouldn’t find a single weapon anywhere. Isn’t that right, Twilight?”
“You’re correct. The only ponies that I know that has even the smallest arsenal to counter against enemy attacks is myself along with my friends, Princess Luna & Princess Celestia, and the Professor.”, Twilight stated. I smiled softly and then said, “Alright then. Jack, take this. It’s a miniature Gatling gun. Lay continuous fire out on the Daleks that are chasing us. Derpy, I want you to stay here on the TARDIS and look after Strawberry while The Doctor and I go onto the ship and head for the engine room. There, we shall set off the bomb, taking out the Daleks once and for all.” Twilight looked over at me when I said that. “No way are you two going alone. I’m coming too!”, she stated. “Ms. Sparkle, I insist that you stay here on the TARDIS to stay safe!”, I replied. “Tough luck! I’m going!”, she exclaimed. I frowned and said, “Fine! Spike, Rose, Derpy, Jack, Strawberry! This is an order: STAY ALIVE.”
“Understood. Doctor, get the TARDIS inside now!”, Jack said, looking at the gun I handed over to him. The Doctor nodded as he flipped a few switches on the console, the TARDIS making a small ding as it landed back inside the warship. Jack ran out first as he shot a few Daleks that were heading for us in the eyestalks. I ran out and said, “Huh, a Dalek’s weakness is their eyestalk, huh? I have to remember that.” “Now’s not the time for conversing! We have to get going! Which way?”, Twilight asked. “This way!”, the Doctor stated, running in the opposite direction with Rose following behind him. I nodded as I ran behind them, Twilight running right beside me as Jack continued to lay fire out at each Dalek that chased after us. Faster and faster we ran, until we finally made it to the engine room, finding that it was miraculously empty.
“It’s empty!? This has got to be a trap.”, Jack exclaimed. I frowned as I immediately walked towards the energy source and attached the bomb to it. I flipped a switch on it and pulled a remote from my jacket. “Alright, it’s set. One push of this button, this entire thing goes up with a bang.”, I stated. I looked over and saw the Doctor staring at me with worry. I sighed and said, “What? There’s nothing else we can do, Doctor. It’s either this or everyone down below will die.” The Doctor shook his head and said, “I know, Professor. I just never thought that you would ever think of something like this.” I looked away from him and said, “Sounds like you have experience in this kind of predicament, Doctor. What happened?” The Doctor’s eyes grew sadder and colder than I have ever seen since I have met him. “There was a war….a Time War between my people and the Daleks. In the end, both sides lost and my planet was lost forever.”, he said. My eyes widened when he said that. He was just about to say something else when a small laugh was heard. I turned around, and then saw a light flash in front of us. I tilted my head to see a wrecked Dalek sitting right in front of us, chained up to the wall.
“What…is that?”, I said. “It’s Dalek Khan! He survived our last encounter!”, the Doctor said, walking over to me. Dalek Khan laughed again as he stared directly at me. “The Doctor and the Living Paradox, traveling together through time and space, going on adventures and saving the day like heroes. This was something I HAD to see, Time Lord.”, Khan stated. “Again with the Living Paradox. It’s like those words are following us! What do they mean, Doctor?”, I asked. The Doctor furrowed his brow in annoyance, Khan saying, “I saw everything. A being from another world that shouldn’t possibly exist, warping time and space to the point he is necessary to the universe. And yet, the threads of fate are unbinding themselves with him. The shadows shall return, everything will be lost to the chaos, and the Paradox…will forever die across the cosmos.”
“No! He can’t die! Everything would come to an end if that happened!”, the Doctor stated. Khan laughed again when the Doctor said that. “Death of the mind, death of the soul, death of the heart. His own will shall be the final nail in his own casket. The Council of Six shall be reborn, and the Paradox shall be no more.”, the deranged Dalek said that. He laughed as a bunch of Daleks started to fill up the Engine room, each of them shouting the same word: “Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!” “Oh crud, we’re surrounded!”, I said, keeping a tight grip on the bomb remote. “What do we do now?!”, Twilight exclaimed. The Doctor looked around as he heard the TARDIS engine noise fill the room. As if on cue, the TARDIS materialized around us, Derpy and the others smiled at us. “I’ll tell you what we do: WE RUN LIKE CRAZY!”, Derpy said, flipping a few switches as we disappeared once again.
“Derpy?! You can fly the TARDIS? How?!”, the Doctor said. “Ananta taught me!”, Derpy said, walking over to us. She tripped on my suitcase and fell right on top of me, making me press the detonator button in the process. A loud rumble and a bunch of yells were heard over the TARDIS intercom. The Doctor snapped his fingers as the doors to the TARDIS opened, revealing a giant fireball plummeting to the earth below. “It worked…they’re gone.”, the Doctor said softly. He then looked over at Derpy and said, “Who’s Ananta?” Derpy giggled and said, “That’s what I have been calling the TARDIS. She was really nice on teaching me what to do.” The Doctor chuckled and then looked at me and said, “Told you that this old girl was alive.”
“Alright, alright. I guess there are some things I have to start believing. Like the Living Paradox, for example.”, I said. The Doctor and the others went silent when I said that. “It’s true: those words are following us, and it doesn’t seem to be for a good reason. Still, there is plenty more out there for us to find.”, I stated with a soft smile. The Doctor nodded and said, “That’s right. Well then, let’s get everypony back home, shall we?” He walked over to the console and flipped a few switches, returning the TARDIS to the ground next to Twilight’s library. Spike ran out the TARDIS doors and smiled when he saw the library standing in front of him. “Home sweet home! Sorry, Doctor,, but you live a way too hectic life for me to understand.”, he said, walking back inside. The Doctor chuckled as Twilight walked out. I followed her and said, “Give me a few minutes, Doctor? There’s something I need to do first.” He looked at me and at Twilight and said, “Of course. I’ll be waiting inside.” He closed the TARDIS doors with a click, leaving me and Twilight alone. I cleared my throat and scratched the back of my head. “Well…guess this is good-bye for a while, Ms. Sparkle.”, I said. Twilight looked at me with sad eyes and said, “Do you really have to go? This is exceedingly dangerous.”
“I must. The Doctor is my only chance of finally learning who I truly am. But, do not worry. I promise to come back soon.”, I replied. Twilight sighed and said, “Why though? Why risk your life in order to get your memory back?” I looked down and said, “It’s because something feels wrong. It’s like a big piece of me is missing, and it is definitely important that I figure out what it is.” Twilight sniffled as tears formed in her eyes. “Still, it’s way too risky! How do I even know that you’ll truly come back?”, she asked. I looked at her and said, “Remember that day I told you that I wanted to ask you something? Something very important?” Twilight raised an eyebrow, and I chuckled as I held her close to me, kissing her lips gently. She blushed brightly, but she immediately fell into the kiss, crying softly. I pulled away from her and said, “I promise I will come back. Otherwise, the question I am gonna ask will mean nothing. Twilight Sparkle, will you marry me?”
She gasped, and then smiled widely. “How long have you been wanting to ask me this?”, she asked. “Ever since the incident with Discord two years ago.”, I said. I patted her head and said, “You’ve saved me so many times, all I have ever felt was gratitude. But, I was afraid if I ever told you my true feelings, you would say no. That’s why I always called you Ms. Sparkle…Twilight. So, will you?”, I asked. Her smile grew even wider as she nodded yes. “You and your daughter better come back to me safely, ok?” I nodded and said, “We will.” I turned away from her then walked back into the TARDIS, seeing the Doctor and the others staring directly at me. “What?”, I asked. “No ring?”, the Doctor said, tossing me a small red box. I caught it and saw a silver engagement ring inside it. I grinned and said, “Thanks, Doctor. Well, Strawberry, do you think I made a good choice?”
“Twi’s going to be my new mommy!”, Strawberry said happily. I chuckled as I walked back outside quickly, seeing Twilight still standing in front of the TARDIS. Immediately, I placed the ring on her ring finger and said goodbye once more, stepping back inside the TARDIS. Jack patted my back in congratulations as the Doctor said, “Next stop, Manehatten!”
After that, the Doctor dropped Jack back off in Manehatten. According to Jack, it was the closest place where he could jump from one universe to the next to return back to this place called Cardiff, wherever that was. We finally went to another location on the other side of the Planet, where we saw a beam of light sitting right in front of us. According to Rose, it was a portal back to the universe she was living in. I was amazed with how she changed from a pony to a human being once she stepped into the portal, leaving us behind. Finally, the Doctor left this location, and then Strawberry asked him something…
“Doctor, can we do something different?”, Strawberry asked. “What do you mean, Strawberry?”, he asked. “Well, we’ve traveled through time. Can we travel through space and go to another planet?”, she asked. “Hey, she’s right. I want to go to another planet too.”, I stated. “Very well, where to?”, he said, chomping on another stick of butter. “Alright then. I want to go….to someplace awesome.”, Strawberry said.
“You heard the little filly. Someplace awesome, Doctor!”, Derpy said. “Alright! Next stop, adventure! Allons-y!”, he said, sending the TARDIS to its next destination.
So long, Equestria. Next stop, anywhere the TARDIS can go. Where will we end up this time? Who knows…