Moving Forward by LN29

Summary: The Doctor and Rose are thrown into the midst of a planetary conflict. But they soon discover the personal stakes are much higher, as a nightmare from the past rears its head again. Sequel to "Step by Step."
Rating: Teen
Categories: Tenth Doctor
Characters: Other Character(s), Rose Tyler, The Doctor (10th), The TARDIS
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, Character Study, Drama, Fluff, Het, Humor, Hurt/Comfort, Introspection, Mystery, Romance
Warnings: None
Challenges: None
Series: Step by Step
Published: 2011.11.14
Updated: 2011.11.29

Moving Forward by LN29
Chapter 1: Prologue
Author's Notes: Ok, so yes, I decided to make a sequel to "Step by Step," which required some rethinking of the plot on my part. Also, it might be a few days before there are a lot of updates, depending on how much I can get written. (Risky business, posting these stories before I'm finished...)

So, this story is a bit more plot driven than "Step by Step," which was all about the aftermath, but there will still be plenty of angst, suffering, and introspection...just the way we like it!


It is my deepest regret to inform you that the Time Lord has once again escaped and is loose among the cosmos.

However, despite the disastrous nature of the most recent attempt, several key facts have been obtained which will aid in his capture. We have now confirmed what others have only suspected: the Doctor is as vulnerable as any other humanoid. Despite his superior strength, stamina, and regenerative abilities, he is as easily injured as any other living thing. His regenerative abilities can be circumvented with the application of certain chemicals, which inhibit full body regeneration, and there are limits to the severity of injuries that he can heal. It IS possible to physically restrain him, and he is particularly vulnerable to his emotional attachment to his companions.

For those of you requiring a refresher, or who are receiving this message for the first time, here is a summation of the situation as it currently stands:

The legends are true. The rumors are based in fact. One Time Lord remains alive, and it is not through any innocence on his part. Quite the contrary.

This Time Lord is known as “the Doctor.” His true name is unknown, but he has also been known to go by aliases such as “Theta Sigma” and “John Smith.” He has also been known as “Ka Faraq Gatri,” or “The Bringer of Darkness,” “The Destroyer of Worlds.” For any who have felt his influence, they will know the accuracy of these epithets.

He is a killer, unashamedly so. He has repeatedly demonstrated full knowledge of the actions he has taken, yet shows no signs of remorse or changing his ways. He travels through time and space on a whim, interfering as he sees fit, leaving chaos and murder in his wake before proceeding onward, heedless of the destruction he leaves behind.

The exact number of lives he has taken is impossible to measure, but is estimated in the hundreds of billions. He is single-handedly responsible for the genocide of numerous species, and billions of casualties in the Great War. My own people were just one of his conquests. Collateral damage, they were considered, in a war we never asked to fight. Three billion lives…merely collateral damage to the Doctor.

He must be stopped.

He is dangerous, this much is clear. He is cunning, and nearly impossible to catch, for he never remains in one place long enough to be detected. However, he is not a phantom, and we have already demonstrated that it is possible to locate, catch, and contain him. Unfortunately, so far, he has managed to escape every time.

As a Time Lord, he is capable of full-body regeneration, but his current appearance is that of a humanoid adult male. Thin, brown hair, ancient eyes. He travels in a TARDIS. The last living TARDIS, which is fused in the guise of a blue police telephone box from Earth. He is usually in the company of a human female, currently a young woman called “Rose Tyler.” Not much of a description to go on, admittedly, but the Doctor possesses a binary cardiovascular system, and respiratory bypass, which distinguishes him from the humans he so loves to emulate. Additionally, simple scans will reveal temporal energy present in the body of either individual, indicative of time travel.

Do NOT underestimate the human girl. Those who last made that error are now awaiting certain death at the hands of the Shadow Proclamation. Despite the limited intellect and frail physiology of human beings, exposure to the Doctor’s influence has evidently led to the development of unexpected skills, and she wholeheartedly believes in the Doctor’s innocence. We believe that she is an unwitting accomplice, and if possible, she should not be harmed. However, she has proven dangerous in her own way, and could prove an obstacle in capturing the Doctor. Also, it has been shown that the Doctor has an unnatural attachment to her, and this can prove very useful against him.

And on the subject of underestimation: DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THIS TIME LORD. By all appearances, he appears harmless, even kind, but never forget that this is the slaughterer of more species than you can count. He is fast, cunning, and beyond brilliant. He can be restrained easily enough, but do not engage him in conversation. He can twist any words around, and he can talk his way out of almost any situation. He must be confined, with no opportunity for negotiation or escape, until such time as I can arrive to deal with him.

It is unknown where he will appear next. He comes and goes when he pleases, but the farther we spread our nets, the more likely he is to fall into them.

He must be stopped. He must be captured at all costs. His last escape has proven extremely vexing for me, and I am not in a mood to be vexed. Capture him, the girl, or his ship, and you will be rewarded. Provide me with any information leading to his capture, and you will be rewarded. Harbor him in any way, conceal information from me in any way, and I can assure you, you will regret it. You know I do not jest.

Contact me with any news. Any news at all. Use utmost caution, but find him.

Find the Doctor.

Over and out.

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