awoke from a horrifying nightmare. However immediately upon waking all memory
of the dream were instantly erased from her mind and she set about physical cleanliness duties and then wearing appropriate
clothing for today’s duty as a soldier. Her orders simply popped into her
head and were the only thing inside of it as the implant allowed no conscious thought or feeling to cross her mind once. On earth such people are called traffic wardens, they are to be pitied and put into
special care units.
The Doctor awoke
from a horrifying nightmare. She dreamt of Erin being implanted by a Dorian mind-control chip,
turning on her suddenly and imprisoning her in the TARDIS. She couldn’t
stop her friend from taking the TARDIS to Doria Prime, where Erin was appointed a handmaiden of the
mad empress and they tried to enslave her too, but she was too strong for their primitive technology. She escaped in the TARDIS, wounded and alone she ended up in occupied France
in 1942 as a waitress and occasional prostitute at Café Renault . She didn’t
like the prostitution part, but she had lost her collection of identity documents and the only way to get in with the German
officers was to get into bed with them. She hated herself. She hated her life. She hated the loneliness. She awoke from the nightmare screaming. She was safe in the
TARDIS, as safe as anyone could be in a place haunted by so many bad memories. Her
dead husband, her companion torn from her side and turned into a human Barbie doll, not even a good one, with cool accessories. She considered starting over, finding a new best friend to share her joy for adventure
and exploration. Maybe a nice young man she could relate to as if he were her
younger brother? However she knew inside that it would just be running away from
what was really troubling her. She had to rescue Erin,
save all those poor deluded people and save the universe. But first she had to
choose her outfit carefully. Something sexy with trousers and maybe a sassy tunic
rather than a boring blouse or tiresome t-shirt?
walked through the crowded streets. She saw naked men and women having sex in
various places, it was irrelevant of course, everyone followed orders, she didn’t even give it a first thought, not
even as she waded through a pile of bodily waste matter, there were cleaning staff assigned to that. She paused to add her own contribution to their work before continuing on.
The streets were caked in filth and many buildings were close to collapse but such things were of no concern to anyone
on this planet.
The Doctor found
herself in the control room without quite meaning to go there, but she wasn’t exactly surprised to find herself adjusting
the controls to locate Erin’s bio-print. The ship determined that Erin
was still of Doria Prime, and on the northern continent too. Not far from where
she’d been captured and implanted in fact. The Doctor set the controls
for the heart of the city and then went to try and find that Hershey bar again.
The fat old sun
rose slowly in the sky like Cymbeline and pigs on the wing. Several tortured
metaphors gave up and went on strike and the TARDIS materialised like an elephant with bronchitis. The doors opened and the single occupant sashayed out on heels so girly you knew she’d be hurting
and crying in pain the first time she was alone. The Doctor wandered about the
city, it was a dank, desolate hell hole. She’d seen better sewers, cleaner
ones too. These drones lived in filth and squalor and probably had horrific diseases,
or a great immune system. Probably both.
Her fear for her companion’s safety grew with each passing obscenity. She
saw men and women having sex on street corners, it was like London but with out
the discretion or the birth control. Many of these girls would probably die in
childbirth or worse, catch some ghastly disease that made it feel like you had a red hot poker inside of you. She’d had something like that once, but she’d seen a top-notch specialist and gotten some pills
and a suppository. However these poor wretches didn’t even have a kindly,
if somewhat batty, aunt figure who could explain to them to sort of things they needed to know and how to cure what ailed
you. The streets gradually became cleaner and wider and she found herself entering
a large plaza that surrounded a single large gold ziggurat structure. “What
an impressive building. Built with slave labour no doubt.” The Doctor spat the words with all the venom that she could muster.
She ascended the stairs towards the top. There she found a scene of infinite
debauchery and a horribly familiar face. “Well, well. If it isn’t the slave queen.”
Queen Sophie Beech
laughed. “It’s been so long since I had anyone to talk to. There was just dear old Daddy and Sis, and they just had to go after they disagreed with me one time to
The Doctor shook
her head. “You’re just as much a slave as these poor unfortunates.”
“Hardly. I can do anything I want to.” Sophie
kissed one of her handmaidens, and then offered her a knife. “Tell me how
much you love me and then slit your throat.”
“No!” The Doctor yelled as the mindless maid did as she was ordered. “That was uncalled for.”
that I’m a slave?”
“Oh yes. You see, you’re just as much a slave as your ‘people’ it’s
just that you’re not programmed to realise that your free will is in fact an illusion.
Try to kill yourself. You’re programmed not to. You can’t end your own life because you have to obey your programming, because you’re a slave
too. You have a chip in your head too.”
“I am the
queen, I am the queen!” Sophie picked up the knife and tried to slash her
wrist, but the knife dropped out of her hand. “No! I am not a slave!”
“I can free
you all.” The Doctor held out her hand.
“I can set you all free.”
“No, I am
the queen; I will not give up control.”
“What control?” The Doctor scoffed. “You have no
control over these people; you only do as you are bidden to do. Whose idea was
it to get you knocked up?”
“I have to
keep the royal line going.” Sophie replied.
“From father to daughter to mother to son down the ages our line is unbroken.”
“A line is
just a series of dots. Royalty especially so.
I should know; I too am my father’s daughter. Royal blood flows
through my veins. For a long time I denied it, pretended it wasn’t true. I wanted to be a hero of the people, the lone crusader, the enigmatic stranger who
never stays still, but I am still born to a fate I cannot escape, only postpone. You’re
just a street brat who had her mind messed with and turned into a queen of the damned.
How many ties did he rape your body before he raped your mind? How many
lies have you been told? Do you even know your real name, Melanie? Do you remember arriving on this planet? Did you come as a
tourist and they butchered your mind and your soul? You’ve come so far
from Pease Pottage, escaping a broken home only to inherit one yourself. I’m
so very sorry Mel, I had no idea you’d ever end up in a hellhole like this.”
The Doctor aimed her sonic screwdriver at Mel’s head and destroyed the chip inside her brain. Mel screamed as her memories were unlocked and she started to cry.
“There, there.” The Doctor comforted her former companion. “Let it all out Mel. I’m
felt a moment of dizziness as her command parameters off lined. Her mind was
quickly grasped by the backup computer and new orders calmed her down. She had
to find the intruder and kill them, for the safety of Doria.
so different.” Mel could hardly believe that the Doctor was a woman, and
a beautiful one at that.
different yourself, that shorter haircut really suits you. Every regeneration
has its own quirks. For instance this one has the most amazingly painful cramps,
my last one never had them anywhere nearly so bad, lucky cow. I don’t mind
the periods themselves, I’m used to them now, it’s just that no matter what I try they only offer limited pain
don’t understand.” Mel replied. “Your
breasts swell up too and the slightest friction is like sandpaper and salt on a scrape.”
it. I thought it was just me at first, getting the wrong end of the plank again. I’m glad it’s not just me. Some
days I just can’t wear a bra and I just want to put them in a bowl of ice cubes for a week.”
your bra in the fridge.”
why you used to do that?”
“Of course. Every little helps, of course since I got these implants it’s only made things
“I did wonder. They look great. I don’t think
that’s for me though. It’s hard enough to get the Draconians to take
me seriously, without having a set of double D’s preceding me everywhere I got.
Then again it would upset them to see such a curvy female telling them what to do.
They certainly disapproved of Peri every chance they got when I took her to the Royal Court. Sexist pigs. I have half a mind to depose
their emperor and put a woman on the throne, just to give them a taste of their own medicine.”
“Just as long
as she’s not controlled by someone else.” Mel replied sadly and clutched
the Doctor’s jacket tighter around her shoulders. “I don’t
think the memories will ever go away, and I’m pregnant.”
now though she or he will have a mum who loves them and will bring them up right. I
almost envy you. My husband and I talked about starting a family, before he died. I still want kids, but I don’t think I’ll even be unfaithful to his memory.”
adopted us strays before.” Mel laughed.
“You’re already a parent, many times over. I still can’t
believe I had sex with a guy though. At university my girlfriend and I both agreed
we’d use a sperm donor if we ever wanted kids.”
“I had no
idea you’re gay.” The Doctor was a little stunned. “Then again you were dead set on trying to kill me with exercise.
Maybe that’s why I’ve always been so slim since then?”
left you several times, Airduct and Ray, I had such huge crushes on them both, but Airduct chose Binliner and Ray was bisexual
and still had feelings for Billy.”
“I left you
to fix me up with his younger sister. It didn’t work out; she was an even
bigger crook than he was. Then there was Michaela, then Salli, then Dyoni the
Thal soldier, she really broke my heart. And after that I ended up here.”
“Well at least
you found me. Why don’t I take you home Melanie Bush?”
is going nowhere.” Trooper 606-3487 aimed her gun at the invader.
The Doctor knew
that voice a million miles away. “Erin?”
tear her eyes away from the blonde. “The Doctor is my friend.”
was implanted by a chip too. I came back here to find her. It seems I’m blessed with friends and revelations today.”
Effortlessly the Doctor took the gun away from Erin, then she threw it away and it exploded
in a small ball of flame and noise. “I’m so glad I found you.” She freed Erin’s mind with a quick application of the
sonic screwdriver. “Now for a dramatic rescue.” She held the TARDIS summoning device in her hand and pressed the button.
Seconds later they were inside the ship after it appeared around them.
“I like what
you’ve done with the place.” Mel looked around the control room/art
gallery. “I don’t suppose you have a few spare clothes I could change
The Doctor nodded. “I’ll take you there. We
can put Erin to bed on the way.” She held Erin’s
unconscious body next to hers. “In fact you can give me a hand; she’s
put on a bit of weight recently.”
make her some carrot juice.” Mel chuckled.
awoke with a scream and continued crying; much to her surprise she could remember everything.
She started laughing when she realised that she was inside her room in the TARDIS.
“I trust you’re
feeling better.” The Doctor said softly.
“Your mind took quite a scrubbing, but it should recover.”
looked over at the Doctor. “I could remember who I was, but only in my
dreams. When I woke up it was like I wasn’t there anymore.”
“I know.” The Doctor replied. “I’ve
examined other chips. Most disturbing technology.
When you’re feeling up to it we can go out there and get rid of it once and for all. Also I’d like you to come and meet a very good friend of mine.
I rescued her from that planet too. You may want to wear something, last
time we all saw way too much.”
“Who put me
“I did. Why?”
wear the big pink t-shirt to sleep in, not this sheer silk gown you bought me. If
I want a snack in the middle of the night I’ll freeze to death half way to the kitchen if I’m wearing only this. I only save this for when I’ve snuck a boy into my room, which is never, by
“I understand. I didn’t think you really were a neat freak.”
“Can we not
have the girly chat right now? My head feels like a rhino’s living in it,
and I don’t mean the one your weird robot friend has as a pet.”
The Doctor walked
towards the door. “We’ll be in the kitchen, when you’re ready
to face the world.”
“Give me half
an hour, to scrub my skin until it bleeds.”
“I put some
soap on your dressing table, on top of your pile of clothes. It’ll do the
job and you won’t need to draw blood in the process.” The Doctor
gave her friend the room she needed emotionally.
quite liked Mel, she was kind and had a great sense of humour and she had some great stories about when the Doctor used to
be a man, which she told often to embarrass her current girly self. The Doctor
tried to laugh it off and told a few stories in return about some of Mel’s fashion faux pas. In the end they enjoyed a good cup of coffee (apart from Mel who insisted on herbal tea) and they decided
to take out the computer complex that was controlling everything on the planet. Suddenly
Erin had a memory of kissing Mel and realised that they’d had sex together several times. She just hoped that Mel, aka Miss Gay 2006, wouldn’t bring it up, ever. “So we kick ass then?”
Mel wondered when
to bring up the time that she and Erin had made love. In the end she decided
just to let things be as Erin sadly didn’t seem at all interested in her. She hadn’t looked at her breasts once and her nipples were the hardest they’d been for years. Sadly she resigned herself to looking for love elsewhere, hell even the Doctor was
checking her tits out more than Erin. “I so want
to kick someone’s ass.”
The Doctor saw some
interplay between her companions and realised that Erin and Mel must have slept together and now Erin
was horrified, she had a rabbit in headlights stare of horror, and Mel seemed sad that Erin didn’t
notice her subtle attempts to seduce her. She realised that she was staring at
Mel’s over exposed cleavage and coughed and changed the subject as well as her eye line.
“We’ll kick ass, but in a dignified manner. We’re not
happy-slappy hoodies with ASBO’s.”
“You are.” Erin laughed.
The Doctor blushed. “That was never proven in court and anyway she stole my mobile, what did she
mugged?” Mel was shocked.
human, she was an alien. I was quite justified in my judicious application of
pulled her hair and called her names until she started crying.”
not a thug you know and I only slapped her to snap her out of it.”
“She was a
“She was in
disguise. Besides I never hurt her, not physically.”
see your fingerprints on her face. You slapped her well hard.”
the Doctor; I’m never cruel or unkind. That slap was for her own good.”
They finally emerged
from the TARDIS in a new location. They were in the computer centre. The Doctor now sported more comfortable shoes, although they could never be as comfortable as Mel’s,
as her feet were rather achy now from their time in the stilettos. Her charcoal
grey trouser suit was only worn when she was really upset and it also showed
off her bum quite nicely without making it look massive, like two badly parked 2CV’s as they did when she’d tried
red Lycra cycling shorts one time – but never, ever, ever again. No way,
not at all, she’d had the shock of her life that day when she’d saw the vastness of her rear end that day and
no amount of chocolate and sobbing had consoled her that night, until Erin had thrown them in the bin and burned them. It also showed off her chest, but she was far more secure about the B-cup twins and
the looks of desire they got her, especially off the guys. She really liked to
be noticed for her looks much more than she’d ever admit to anyone else, she considered herself a feminist after all. She’d even said vagina in a casual conversation once, to reaffirm her sexuality
in the context of her femininity and not just because she wanted to gross out some guys who were eavesdropping on her conversation. She’d made herself not smile when they ran out the room mere seconds after casually
mentioning her cervix. All in all though she was dressed to kill and not just
The computer room
was something of an anti-climax. It looked like something you’d find in
a university. Rows of monitors and keyboards, all unused and to one side a large
mainframe hummed away. The chilly air made Mel’s skin all bumpy and she
shivered and pulled her thin jacket tighter around her waist. “I think
this is my speciality.”
have time for a computer virus.” Erin replied. “We have to take this thing down now.
Two packs of D8 explosive will do the trick. I have no idea how I know
memories.” The Doctor explained.
“The mind is one vast hard drive; they simply stored a lot of combat knowledge in your head when they turned
you into a soldier.”
“I know how
to fire any gun.” Erin sulked. “I hate guns.”
get through it, later. Right now we have to take this thing out of action.”
“Thing?” A voice shouted out. “Thing? I am no thing. I am Doria Prime. I control an empire. Try to destroy me
and I will kill each and every one of my slaves.”
The Doctor looked
at Erin. “Get the explosives.”
all those people who will die?” Mel asked.
“We have to save them.”
“If that thing
kills them then it will be the only freedom many of them will have ever known and if we destroy it then they will be free
to get on with their lives. Either way we win.”
“No, you cannot
do this. I created this empire; I am the mastermind behind it. I am Niles Beech. The
architect of perfection. I put my mind into this computer a thousand years ago,
after implanting my army of soldiers with chips to eradicate their minds and allow me to control them all. I created the largest empire this galaxy has ever known and soon every species will join it or die. All beings will be me and I will be the universe.
I will be a god.”
just a mad computer.” The Doctor scoffed.
“Your files are corrupted. Time to be shut down for good.”
returned with the explosives and detonators. Effortlessly she assembled them
and keyed them into a radio detonator and a timer. Either way the computer would
“No, you will
not kill me.” The computer shouted.
“I will not allow it.”
ushered the Doctor and Mel back, before activating the detonator. It turned the
mainframe into glowing chunks of twisted metal. “The D8 has an inward blast
pattern; it’s perfect for destroying buildings and bridges without secondary collateral damage to property and civilians.”
felt nothing as her mind was overwritten by a new set of memories. Niles Beech
had survived by uploading his mind into the body of the nearest Dorian. He, now
she, didn’t care that she was now female or that she was naked. Beech had
long ago given up such limited concepts of gender or humanity. Instead she had
been the one in control of all her ‘descendants’. She had had great
fun using them like puppets to slaughter for fun and act wantonly with them. She
had enjoyed the decadence of flesh and planned to use this body to further learn of new sensual pleasures, but first she would
get even. That Doctor bitch would pay for her assumptions, and that ratty blonde
would be the first to die. The lesbian she’d allow to survive, at least
until her child was born. After all children were the future and it would take
its place in time in her army as another mindless slave. Beech laughed out loud
as she shot a slave dead for the sheer fun of it.
The Doctor nudged
one of the Dorians; he didn’t react at all to the stimulus. “Something’s
wrong. He hasn’t snapped out of it.
He should be doing the whole ‘who am I? where am I?’ routine. This is most unacceptable.”
have a back up system.” Mel replied.
“We’ll have to find it.”
“We can launch
a screw-head missile to bore through the earth and locate the underground target.”
Erin had no idea what that meant but she knew it was all correct. “What am I? GI Jane?”
“I had a Sindy
and a Barbie myself.” Mel replied.
“They lived together…and could I have been more obviously gay even then?”
“I never had
any dolls when I was a time tot.” The Doctor muttered. “Ok, I had the Omega Action Figure, but I was an action figure enthusiast back then, not to mention
a bit of a geek.”
still a geek now.” Mel replied with a smile. “Geek chic is so in these days.”
Beech reached the
underground control centre and with callous, murderous, glee she killed off ten million people just because she could. She was a god after all. She could kill
who she liked.
The Doctor held
the dying Dorian guy in her arms. “I’m sorry. I’m so very sorry.” She stood up, firm and resolute. “Erin, find me that missile now. I have a psycho to kill.”
just kill someone.” Mel was horrified.
swore to kill everyone, that’s trillions and trillions of innocent people. I
have to stop it. One life for many.”
it too.” Erin said to Mel. “She had to destroy my home world because it was infested with horrific monstrous creatures that
slaughtered everyone else. It’s the right thing to do; it’s just
an easy thing to live with.”
quickly.” The Doctor snapped. “We
don’t have time to gossip right now. Every second we delay, more people
Beech killed another
ten million people and her mood improved a little. “This is better than
sex.” A proximity alarm sounded, then the missile killed her.
Mel looked at the
column of smoke and flame. “So many people died.”
“I know.” The Doctor said sadly. “I didn’t
do enough to save them.”
in an impossible position.” Erin tried to cheer
the Doctor up. “You did what you had to do.
Now these people are free to get on with their lives. They have a future
now, that’s to us.”
ready to go home now.” Mel said to the others.
“I was hoping
you’d stay around. We were just getting to know each other again.”
was home once, now it’s just a place. I have to move on with my life. I have a baby to prepare for, and I’d like to find a nice girl to settle down
with and share my life with. I can’t do this anymore Doctor. Thanks for saving me, you’ll always be my best friend and I can think of no one better to be the
be delighted, and I hope you meet the woman of your dreams.”
got a lot to measure up to though. She’ll have to have your sense of morality
and Erin’s smouldering looks to compete with.”
“I knew I
was the pretty one.” Erin joked. “Take care Mel, you’re the only girl I’ve ever been with, I know it’s not my sort
of thing, but any woman who gets you is in for some fantastic times in bed with you.”
The Doctor opened
the TARDIS door and ushered her two friends inside. Then she took a final look
at Doria Prime as it was. “Have a great life, all of you.” She closed the door and the TARDIS vanished out of the planet’s history (for now).