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Title: The Noble Girl – The End of the World

Rating: T


Author: tkel_paris

Summary: Jenny Noble and Mickey Smith's first TARDIS adventure? The Earth's Death. Time to see just how alien the universe is. Posted as a belated Christmas present for cassikat.

Disclaimer: Hugely AU. So no, I own nothing.

Dedication: cassikat, of course. :D And tardis_mole and bas_math_girl, for beta-reading.

Author's Note: This idea was floating around in my head because I thought that a certain character looked more like another character than the one who was her (sole) parent in canon. And I know cassikat wanted a Nine story without Rose. So we both get our wish here! :D

Everyone has had the idea of taking a character and putting them into a different family situation. So, take one character from Who, transform the circumstances of her birth into something normal (or as normal as one can get in DW), and give her a different family. What do you get? Possibly this story. If you eliminate one other character...

And please review with both this as replacing New Who in mind, and comparisons. :D


Chapter One / Chapter Two / Chapter Three / Chapter Four






CHAPTER FIVE: THE END OF ALL THINGS

Not soon enough for Jenny or Mickey's respective tastes, the Doctor and Jabe returned. Jabe held her personal computer in one hand, and looked like she held something else in the other. “The metal machine confirms. The spider devices have infiltrated the whole of Platform One.”


The aliens gasped. “How's that possible?” Cassandra demanded. “Our private rooms are protected by a code wall. Moisturize me, moisturize me.”

As her attendants did, the Doctor took a motionless metal spider out of Jabe's hand. The Moxx of Balhoon bellowed, as best he could, “Summon the Steward!”

Jabe's voice was solemn. “I'm afraid the Steward is dead.”

Shocked gasped escaped everyone. “Who killed him?” the Moxx of Balhoon demanded.

This whole event was sponsored by the Face of Boe!” Cassandra shrieked. “He invited us!”

The Face of Boe shook his head.

Cassandra continued heedless. “Talk to the face! Talk to the face!”

I think he's innocent!” exclaimed Jenny.

Easy way of finding out,” the Doctor interjected. “Someone bought a little pet on board.” He showed the spider to the room. “Let's send him back to Master,” he declared, placing the spider on the floor.

The room's occupants watched in fascination as the spider scuttled along to Cassandra and looked up at her. Cassandra's eyes looked shifty for a moment, but then she raised her eyebrows and the spider moved on to the feet of the Adherents of the Repeated Meme.

Jenny sucked in a breath. She'd been right again!

The Adherents of the Repeated Meme,” Cassandra all but spat. “J'accuse!”

The Doctor nearly snorted. “That's all very well, and really kind of obvious, but if you stop and think about it...” The Adherents of the Repeated Meme moved to strike him, but he caught the arm of the nearest and ripped it off.

Jenny's jaw dropped, remembering what was effectively two days before vividly.

He continued, as if unaware of the attention. “A Repeated Meme is just an idea. And that's all they are. An idea.” He ripped a wire out of the arm and all of the Adherents of the Repeated Meme crumpled into a bundle of black cloaks.

Everyone gasped, but Jenny was the only one who noticed Cassandra rolling her eyes.

Remote controlled Droids,” the Doctor explained. “Nice little cover for the real troublemaker. Go on, Jimbo!” He nudged the spider with his foot. “Go home!”

Jenny wasn't surprised when the spider ambled back over to Cassandra. “It's you! All that talk about hating the mixing of human genes – you're trying to kill the hybrids!”

Cassandra ignored her, glaring at the Doctor instead. “I bet you were the school swot and never got kissed.”

The Doctor merely raised his eyebrows. Such an accusation meant nothing to him – it could never have happened on his planet.

At arms!” Cassandra ordered. Her two bodyguards raised their canisters on either side of her.

Jenny moved toward the Doctor, but Mickey held her back.

The Doctor's tone was mocking. “What are you going to do, moisturize me?”

With acid,” she replied. “Oh, too late anyway,” she added smugly. “My spiders have control of the mainframe. Oh, you all carried them as gifts, tax free, past every code wall. I'm not just a pretty face.”

Sabotaging a ship while you're still inside it? How stupid's that?”

The Doctor's question was on Jenny and Mickey's minds, too.

I'd hoped to manufacture a hostage situation with myself as one of the victims. The compensation would have been enormous.”

The Doctor was disgusted. “Five billion years and it still comes down to money.”

Do you think it's cheap, looking like this? Flatness costs a fortune. I am The Last Human, Doctor. Me. Not those freaky little kids of yours.”

Oi!” Neither Jenny nor Mickey could hold their tongues.

The same instant, the Moxx of Balhoon cried, “Arrest her!”

Oh, shut it, pixie,” Cassandra snapped. “I've still got my final option.”

Earth Death in 3 minutes,” the computer announced.

And here it comes.”

There was a smugness that Jenny had always associated with politicians and egomaniac businesspeople.

You're just as useful dead, all of you. I have shares in your rival companies and they'll triple in price as soon as you're dead. My spiders are primed and ready to destroy the safety systems. How did that old Earth song go? 'Burn, baby, burn'.”

Then you'll burn with us,” Jabe said.

Oh, I'm so sorry. I know the use of teleportation is strictly forbidden, but... I'm such a naughty thing.” Her tone turned harsher. “Spiders – activate.”

The spiders all blew up, all over the platform. A series of explosions rocked the room.

Force fields gone with the planet about to explode. At least it'll be quick. Just like my fifth husband.” She giggled, ignoring the horrified looks around her as her attendants moved slightly closer to her, lowering their equipment. “Oh, shame on me. Buh-bye, darlings! Buh-bye, my darlings...” She and her bodyguards teleported out.

Heat levels rising,” the computer announced.

Reset the computer!” bellowed the Moxx of Balhoon.

Jabe looked desperate. “Only the Steward would know how.”

No,” the Doctor said firmly. “We can do it by hand. There must be a system restore switch. Jabe, come on.” He led her out of the room, calling back over his shoulder, “You lot - just chill!”

Jenny groaned and the Doctor and Jabe disappeared. “His sense of humour leaves a lot to be desired!” She looked around. “Everyone! Move into a corridor! Find somewhere not in the line of sight of a window! It's our best shot!”

All hell was breaking loose, but Jenny and Mickey managed to sound commanding enough as they repeated Jenny's words and guided people out of the room, pushing them down out of a window's sight.

There were fewer spaces than Jenny liked – and she was worried for the Face of Boe. Especially as the glass began to crack.

Heat levels – hazardous,” the computer announced.

In his barely big enough for him space, the Moxx of Balhoon wailed. “We're going to die!”

The glass continued cracking. Jenny and Mickey just barely helped the Face of Boe and his attendants find a place out of sight. Barely.

Shields malfunctioning,” the computer announced. “Shields malfunctioning.”

Rays of sun blasted in through the cracks, burning holes in the parts of the metal wall they hit. Jenny screamed as Mickey pushed them into a tiny space right next to the Face of Boe. Pushing up against a giant face wasn't appealing, but it beat death.

If they could avoid it.

I'm sorry, Mickey,” Jenny whispered. “I'm sorry I insisted on us going.”

Mickey held her tightly, trying to compress the space they took up. “You wanted to go, and I wasn't going to let you out of my sight.”

They heard glass cracking nearby, and the screams of the other guests. They cringed, hoping they'd got them all out of immediate danger. Jenny shook her head. “My instincts failed. I thought he'd be able to keep his word.”

Maybe it's not his fault,” Mickey allowed. A strange calm was washing over him, allowing him to accept that they wouldn't make it. He'd heard of this, but never thought it'd happen to him until old age. “At least I'm still with the girl I planned to marry.”

The glass cracked further. The sunrays hit the walls of their room. But Jenny wasn't paying attention. “Marry?” she asked softly, staring into Mickey's eyes.

His were wide. He hadn't realised he'd said it.




Outside Platform One, no one could've suspected the danger inside.

Earth Death in 2 minutes,” the computer announced. “Earth Death in 2 minutes.”

Inside the maintenance corridor from earlier, the Doctor and Jabe were running as hard as they could. The Doctor was impressed that Jabe could keep up so well.

Heat levels - critical. Heat levels – critical.”

He silently wished the computer would shut up, especially once they reached the ventilation chamber they'd seen before. “Oh. And guess where the switch is.”

Jabe paled. The switch was at the other side of the enormous fans.

Heat levels - rising. Heat levels – rising.”

The Doctor noticed a lever right nearby. He pulled it down and the fans slowed.

External temperature - 5 thousand degrees.”

So there was a way, he thought. But as soon as he let go and walked forward, the fans sped up again. His face fell.

Weighing the consequences, Jabe pulled the lever down again and held it there.

The Doctor stared in horror. “You can't. The heat's going to vent through this place.”

I know.” All too well, she thought with grim determination.

Jabe, you're made of wood.” He couldn't let someone die on his watch!

Then stop wasting time. Time Lord.”

He couldn't help but grin at her. Oh, he was asking her to come with them if they both made it through! He ran toward the fans.

Heat levels - rising. Heat levels – rising.”




The glass was beginning to crack inside the Manchester Suite.

Heat levels – hazardous.”

We're going to die!” shouted Moxx of Balhoon.

Mickey had to laugh. It was a hollow laugh, but there was a bit of real humour behind it. “I've seen a future with you since last year. I just promised myself to wait until you were older and...had started a career. And after I'd finished college.”




Heat levels – hazardous,” the computer repeated.

The Doctor dodged the first fan, running underneath it. One down, he thought as he looked up at the next one. If this wasn't non-warefare anxiety, he didn't know what was.




The walls around them were rapidly burning. But they were no longer aware – except to stay pressed in their tight space. Jenny's eyes watered. “Really?”




The Doctor, still standing before the second fan, looked back at Jabe. She was sweating and breathing heavily, but her eyes held his steadily. Keep going, Time Lord – he could almost hear her say it.

Heat levels - critical. Heat levels – critical.”

The Doctor quickly ducked under the second fan.




The glass cracked further, light brushing the arm of the Moxx of Balhoon. He cried out, snatching his arm in.

Barely aware that anyone else was around, Mickey nodded, a few tears escaping as he saw that future vanishing up in smoke – like he feared they would soon. “And then I was gonna ask your family first, then you.”

The tears fell from Jenny's eyes.

Unnoticed, the Face of Boe softly smiled as he listened to their words.




Heat levels - rising. Heat levels – rising.”

As the Doctor braced himself before the third fan, Jabe started shaking violently. She knew her body was giving out, but there was no choice. Her life for the others. As much as she expected it to happen, she gasped as one of her hands caught fire. The scream was instinctive.

The Doctor looked back, shocked as he watched Jabe burn away in an instant. Now there is no one to hold the lever down! The fans circulated so fast that the human eye could only see one moving mass. And yet it wasn't enough to cool the ship down. A human would assume it was impossible for the Doctor to get through. And the winds buffled him.




An infinitely tender look passed between the humans. As the computer continued the countdown, Jenny placed a hand on Mickey's cheek to kiss him. They held on tight, determined to go holding on to each other.




The computer droned on. “Planet explodes in 10... 9...”

The Doctor closed his eyes as the computer spoke. He felt all growing quiet as he forced his body to manipulate time, to slow it down.

8.... 7..... 6...... 5...... 4........”

The countdown seemed to take longer to him. Eyes still closed, he stepped calmly though the fan. When at the other side, he opened his eyes, releasing his hold over the surroundings, and dashed to the switch, pulling it down and holding it in place. “Raise shields!”




...1”

Outside, the force fields around Platform One and the ships it housed reset and came back on. Just as the planet was engulfed in the fire of Sol. The atmospheric boiled away, taking the oceans and remaining plant life with it. It exploded, but the ship endured the blast.




Exoglass repair. Exoglass repair.”

They pulled away, hearing odd sounds. They opened their eyes, breathing heavily from their closeness and the heat and the danger. It was a lot dimmer in the room. “What happened?” whispered Jenny.

Mickey risked looking over the side. His jaw dropped. “The glass is repairing itself. We're safe!”

Cheering slowly erupted all over the area. The guests also made all sorts of sounds that neither human could identify, and so did the surviving workers, but they didn't care. The computer's words kept repeating.




The Doctor made it back through the fans. He paused for a long moment to look sadly at the charred and smoking remains of Jabe. Such a person. So little time to know her, and she made an impression.




The humans stood to go help, and then Jenny froze as she looked out the window.

Mickey opened his mouth to ask, but then it hit him. He followed Jenny to look more closely at the swirling rocks and debris now taking up the entire view.

The Earth had died.

Jenny's tears came back. Mickey tugged her into his arms, holding her from behind as they silently wept for their home planet.


Chapter Six: Life After Earth Death

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