The next sight he saw was of Jo, another companion he felt had been taken from him, even if it had really been her own choice. Another man came and offered her more than he could give and he let her go, just as he had for Susan and so many others. He knew that he was unable to hold onto any of them forever, but it still hurt to see each one go.
This time, Jo wasn’t alone, she was happily walking hand in hand with her new husband. He wasn’t a bad guy, in fact he had essentially saved his life, he had just stolen his companion’s heart from him. And he couldn’t even blame her as he saw the look of happiness and bliss on her face.
“Good for you Jo,” he said as he once again faded away.
Next it was Sarah. He winced slightly at her sight once again. She was standing there, in her yard, playing fetch with K-9, his trusted dog, and yet one that always seem to choose his companions over him.
He had never said to Sarah those few months ago when he saw her again how sorry he was that he had never comeback for her. He should have, but he knew that she needed to move on with her life. She was becoming dangerously attached to him and it was for the better that he left her. But now was his chance to give her an apology for what she must have felt was an abandonment.
“Sarah,” he called to her. She paused and looked up to where the Doctor was standing, just on the other side of her fenced in yard.
“Doctor?” she called slightly confused, but nonetheless excited.
“Hello Sarah,” he smiled back at here.
“Doctor, what are you doing here?” she asked as she quickly approached the fence.
“Still trying to figure that out myself, but I’m sure it has something to do with needing to say a few things to you.”
“Like what? Where did you come from? There isn’t something the matter again, is there?” she asked as she began to look around.
“No, Sarah, there’s no danger, at least for you and there is little that can still be done for me. But I needed to apologize to you Sarah. I hurt you, I know. I should have come back, at the very least to say goodbye rather than letting you believe for so long that I had died.”
“Yes, you should have,” she said sternly, “But why are you saying this? What prompted the sudden need for you to come all the way back here just to say sorry when you couldn’t do it just a few months ago?”
He thought for a moment… of all of the people he had talked to in the last few hours… or whatever amount of time it had been, Susan was the closest that he had come to telling that he was dead. Maybe Sarah should know what happened? She was a reporter after all and was one who would never be content without all of the facts.
“I died Sarah,” he said bluntly. “I think I’ve been given a chance to tie up a few loose ends before I completely leave this universe. That’s why I came today.”
Sarah starred at him opened mouthed for a moment before she grew serious and slightly angry. “That’s not even remotely funny Doctor,” she practically snarled.
“It’s true Sarah, I watched myself die and now I have been jumping from companion to companion, saying my last goodbyes. See?” he said as he waved a hand that passed right through the fence and dipped into her cheek and pulled it back.
She gasped as she placed a hand where his had passed and took a step back. “I don’t believe you Doctor. You always said there is no such thing as ghosts. This has to be explainable. There must be something that can be done.”
Sadly the Doctor shook his head, “I don’t believe there is Sarah, this is finally the end.”
“But you can regenerate… You can change again!”
“Not this time I’m afraid.”
“Where were you? What were you doing when it happened? There may still be time!”
“It’s done Sarah. Let me go. You always were very protective of me, but I think that it’s time for you to look more to yourself than to me.”
And as he spoke, he once again began to fade. “No! Doctor! Don’t leave again!” she called, but it was too late. He had gone. But she was not going to give up on him so easily.
“K-9!” she called as she turned back to the mechanical pup. “What can you tell me about what just happen?...”