Out of Order

by mystica88 [Reviews - 4]

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Chapter 3

As Anji disappeared into the interior of the TARDIS, Phaze looked back down at this new Doctor. She saw his eyes beginning to close. “Hey, stay with me,” she said firmly yet gently.

He forced his lids open again but didn’t seem to be able to focus on her. “If my Doctor is knocked out you have to stay awake. I can help you, but only if you are awake to allow me access to your mind for the information that I need.”

He blinked once and shook his head slightly. She could tell that he understood, he just wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to stay awake for her. Suddenly, she nearly jumped as she heard his voice echoing in her head, “take it now,” he said.

“How?…” she began. Her own people were quite able to talk mind-to-mind amongst themselves, but she had never experienced another to do this. She quickly wondered why her Doctor had never tried, but then she wondered if her Doctor even knew that he might be able to. She decided that the how’s were unimportant at this moment though.

“Never mind. I can take the information now, but if there is something that comes up, I am going to need you to stay awake, got it?” she said firmly. When he seemed to think that this was something that he was unlikely able to do she decided to warn him, “If you die, then so does our Doctor. If our Doctor no longer exists, then Fitz will never have gotten here to try and save your friend.”

Now he understood the entire severity. He nodded and forced his mind to clear, fighting off the overwhelming desire to simply drift away.

Just then, Anji appeared from the TARDIS with a wheeled gurney. It was just like a cart that would be from an ambulance from Anji’s own time. Vaguely Phaze wondered what the Doctor was doing with one of those, but decided it didn’t really matter.

Anji brought it along side of them and released the catch that kept it elevated to lower it to the ground. As it collapsed, Phaze grabbed the Doctor’s hand and placed it over the tail of his coat that was covering his wound. “You have to hold it for a second while we get you on this, alright?”

He nodded. Phaze released her hold on the cloth and moved to get a grip on his shoulders. Anji likewise grabbed his legs. Together they lifted him the few inches up to the bed. Phaze moved back to his side and placed her own hand over top of his, adding a little more pressure as they lifted the bed up and wheeled him inside of the TARDIS.

As they went, Phaze caught sight of her Doctor still slumped against the console. She nearly went to him, but Anji said, “He should be alright. I’ve seen him take a worse beating.”

Phaze nodded as she was sure that Anji was right about his head, but she wasn’t so sure about the rest of him. But that could only be taken care of by saving this Doctor. As they brought him to the medical bay, she again heard his voice in her head, “what do you know?”

Phaze looked at him and answered, “Only what you know. I have no training of my own.”

Anji raised an eyebrow at he friend, wondering what had prompted her to say that.

“I don’t know what to do if I can’t see it,” his voice told Phaze.

She thought a moment. There was one thing that they could try, but it was something that was very rarely done even among her own people and she had been taught that it was extremely dangerous even then. But it seemed the best solution for this current situation given the severity.

“Doctor, I can initiate a type of meld between our minds. You obviously have telepathic talents so it should work. This would allow you to work through me.”

He stared at her for a second as if he was realizing something. Then she heard him ask, “Dangerous?”

“Yes, it’s never been done to my knowledge with someone other than my own species and even then it is very rarely done. There is a risk that if something did go wrong, I wouldn’t be able to separate from you. But there is not much choice here. More lives hang in this balance than yours or mine,” she reminded him.

He looked like he wanted to ask something more about it, as if he might know something but wasn’t sure. But he pushed whatever it was aside and nodded his consent.

“Wait,” Anji said, more than just a little confused, “what’s going on?”

Phaze was concentrating on the man’s face and she didn’t respond right away. Finally she said in a strange voice, “Anji is it? If something goes wrong, take Phaze outside of the TARDIS. The change in dimensions should sever any link between us.”

“What?”

Phaze looked at her for a second as said, “Just promise Anji,”

“Al-alright,” she said, still confused why Phaze had just talked in the third person to her.

“You should check on your Doctor while I start,” Phaze said as she began to search for equipment that she needed in the medical bay.

Anji decided that getting out of that room right then was a very good idea. She soon found herself kneeling next to her Doctor again. She reached out and checked his pulse. She was rather concerned when she discovered how weak it was.

“Doctor?” she called to him as she placed a hand on the side of his face and turn it slightly towards her. She got no response. She brought up her other hand and brushed it along the gash that had formed on his forehead from the pipe. It didn’t look very deep. She also looked over his bloodied ear, but it too didn’t seem all that serious. She truly had seen the Doctor bounce back from far worse injuries, why wasn’t he now?

She pried open one of his eyes and checked for concussion. She was sure that she would find evidence of this, but she didn’t see anything that would suggest that he had one. He was just simply out of it.

She noticed a slight shiver from him as she looked him over. Looking around, she was unable to find anything to cover him with. She quickly stood and walked to the next room over which was her room. She grabbed a blanket off of her bed and returned to him, covering him with it.

She was about to settle down at his side and wait for him to wake up, when a voice called her, “Anji, I could use your help now.” It was Phaze, but there was something strange in the inflection of the voice.

Shaking her head, she glanced back down at her Doctor and then quickly left for the medical bay. Something was going on that didn’t make much sense to her.

***

“Of course I know the Doctor,” the girl told Fitz. “He’s how I got here. Do you know him too?”

Fitz’s head was wheeling. How could she have come here with the Doctor if she was obviously not on the TARDIS with him when he arrived with the Doctor. “I know a Doctor, maybe we’re thinking of someone different. Mine travels through space and time in an old blue police box.”

“So does mine,” she replied. Before Fitz could comment anymore she went on to say, “And last I saw him he had been shot. He may need help.”

Fitz shook his head and said, “There was a man who had been shot when we got here, but he wasn’t the Doctor.”

“Tall, blonde, tan coat, pinstripe pants, cricket shirt, stalk of celery on his lapel?” she asked.

“That was him, he’s not the Doctor I know.”

“You must have come here with one of his other regenerations then,” she concluded.

“Wait, he really does do that?” Fitz said rather astonished. “I didn’t exactly believe Sam, or Phaze for that matter, when they tried to explain it to me.”

“I wasn’t sure I believed it either when he told me about it, but it’s the only thing that makes sense how we could have come here with two different, yet same Doctors.”

“Hmm,” was all Fitz had to say.

“I’m Peri by the way,” she said.

“I’m Fitz.”

“Well, thank you Fitz for helping me get away. I don’t understand why they wanted me of all people though.”

“Didn’t your Doctor explain what this place is like?” Fitz asked.

“No, he’s never been here.”

“Must be a past version of the Doctor then. Ours explained how dangerous it is here for woman since the men are all a little off. All they’re after is… well…” he wasn’t sure how to put it to her. But obviously he didn’t have to spell it out.

“Oh,” she responded quietly. “I didn’t know. And I’m sure that if the Doctor knew, he would never have allowed me to leave the TARDIS.”

“I know that’s true. He wouldn’t let Anji or Phaze come with us. They were pretty upset about it, but obviously it is for the better.”

***

“I think that’s about all that can be done,” Phaze said, looking down at the bandaged Time Lord. Anji was shocked as Phaze suddenly began to sink to the floor a second later. Anji grabbed her and kept her from having a nasty collision with the ground.

“Oh,” she said as her hand pressed against her head. “I can’t believe it worked,” she said as she found her feet.

“What happened?” Anji demanded.

“I didn’t know what to do, so I merged my mind with his,” she said, leaning heavily against the bed. “He was essentially taking care of himself through me.”

“That makes more sense, I think…” Anji said. It did explain some of the oddness, but it still was a hard idea to comprehend.

“Uh,” a grunt came from the console room. Phaze and Anji quickly exchanged a look before rushing out to investigate.

“Doctor!” Anji exclaimed as she was by his side again.

He was sitting up on his own now with a hand pressed to the cut with the now dried blood.

“Are you alright?” Phaze asked.

“I think I’ll live.”

“Hopefully that means that your other self in there will too then,” Phaze said with a smile.

Anji shook her head, “I still don’t understand how this all works,” she said.

“That makes two of us, Anji,” the Doctor said as he moved to stand. He held the edge of Anji’s blanket in his hand. Once he was standing, he held it out to her saying, “I believe this is yours. Thank you.”

Anji nodded and took it from him. “Doctor,” she said. “You were out for a lot longer than I would have expected.”

Phaze was the one who answered the in question in Anji’s voice, “It was the potential paradox I think… at least, that’s what the other Doctor thought. Apparently while his life was in question, so were the lives of all that are supposed to come after him.”

“Yes, I suppose that makes sense,” the Doctor said as he began to head to check on his other self.

“Speak for yourself,” Anji said, following after him. “I still don’t get how that man is a past version of you. You look nothing alike.”

“I don’t understand either,” the Doctor said. “But he does seem very familiar to me and for some reason it sounds right.”

“It’s because you’ve lost your memory,” Phaze explained. “I was able to get from him that it is something that you have done several times. Whenever one of your people die, you can kind of cheat death by regenerating. You retain the same memories but everything else about you changes.”

“Maybe it was one of these regenerations that went wrong that caused your memory loss,” Anji suggested.

“Hmm,” he said. “I don’t think so. If you recall, before I lost my memory I had been with Fitz and he didn’t seem to notice any physical change on my part when we met up again.”

“No, I suppose not,” Anji said remembering that scene. Fitz had shown no hesitation when he first spotted the Doctor.

By now they had reached the med bay and the Doctor was checking over his past self. “You’ve done a good job Phaze,” he commented.

“Thanks, but it wasn’t me,” she said.

The Doctor looked up at Anji quizzically but she raised her hands and said, “Don’t look at me.”

“He did it himself,” Phaze explained. “I let him work through me.”

“Really! I didn’t know that you could do that.”

“I didn’t think that I could with you. I had no idea that your own telepathy was that advanced.”

“It is?”

“His is anyway. And now that I’m looking for it, I think yours is too. You just didn’t remember so you haven’t tried to use it.”

Just then the patient stirred and cracked his eyes open. “Well, good to see you coming around,” the Doctor said with a smile to him.

He took a few seconds to clear his head as he blinked. Finally he said, “What are you doing here?”

“It was the TARDIS. It needs a new fluid link and this was the nearest place that it detected one,” he responded.

“I knew that I would see you two again, but I didn’t know when,” he said as he included Phaze in his comment.

“I’ve never seen you before,” Phaze told him.

The younger Doctor shook his head and answered, “No, but you will. I meet you in your future, my past.”

“This is getting confusing,” Anji said.

“I know what you mean,” her Doctor replied.

“You probably still don’t remember who you are, do you?” the other asked.

“No,” he replied shortly.

“Doesn’t matter,” his younger form said, “Have you found Peri yet?”

The Doctor glanced at his two companions and asked, “Has Fitz returned yet?”

They shook their heads.

“Well you have to find them,” the younger Doctor said as he tried to sit up.

“I don’t think that it would be a very good idea for you to be going anywhere for a while,” Phaze said as she placed a restraining hand over his chest.

“She’s my responsibility, I need to find her,” he protested.

“Why did you even bring her here?” The Doctor asked.

“The TARIDS happened to land here and we stepped out for a look,” he replied.

“And you didn’t know how dangerous it is here for women?”

“No, I’ve never been here before.”

“Hmm, I wonder if my information in the TARDIS about this time came from you then,” the Doctor said. “I was fully aware of the rape gangs and the horrible way the men of this time here treat the women.”

“Rape gangs!” the younger said with alarm as he tried to rise once again. This time his older self helped to restrain him.

“Don’t worry, I’m sure Fitz will keep her safe.”

Anji nodded, “He won’t let anything happen to her,” she assured him.

But this didn’t seem to calm him down any. “You have to find them. What if he was injured while trying to protect her?”

“Phaze and I will leave to find them as soon as I have your promise that you’re not going to try and follow, alright?”

The younger Doctor glared at his elder before finally relenting. “I guess you’re right. I’m not in any shape to try and help.”

The Doctor nodded and said, “Good. Shall we then?” he said to Phaze who nodded in reply.

“Take care of him,” the Doctor whispered to Anji on his way out.

***

“There!” Peri called into Fitz’s ear as she pointed down an alley. Fitz slowed and saw what it was that she had pointed at. There was a blue box standing at the back of the alley. Fitz was a little confused as this didn’t seem like the same place that he had left the TARDIS, but then he realized that there had to be a second one around to bring the other Doctor and Peri here.

“It that one yours?” he asked as he turned around and headed down the alley to it.

“Yeah,” she replied as she hopped off of the now stationary bike and ran to the door, pulling out her key. “Well, my Doctor’s anyway.”

She turned the key and went inside. Fitz hesitated for a second before following her. As he stepped inside, he was taken aback by how very different the inside looked from what he was used to.

“What’s wrong?” Peri asked. “I thought you’ve been in the TARDIS before.”

“I have, it just looks a bit different in my Doctor’s time is all,” Fitz explained.

“Well now what do we do?” Peri asked.

“I think you should stay here while I go and find our Doctors. It’s not safe out there for you.”

“But I’ll be with you,” she said.

“And though I would try to defend you, I am not bullet proof. Obviously these guys are not above killing to get to a girl. It really would be better if you stayed here.”

“Yeah, I supposed you’re right,” Peri agreed. “I just don’t like the idea of waiting here alone to find out if the Doctor is even alive or not.”

“I’ll be back or send one here as soon as I can,” Fitz promised.

“Alright. But make it soon, ok?”

***

The Doctor and Phaze stepped outside of the TARDIS and hesitated for a moment. “Are you sure you’ll be alright?” the Doctor asked Phaze. “You’re still rather drained from the Toymaker and that little stunt you did with my other self I’m sure didn’t help very much.”

“I’ll be alright, Doctor,” she assured him. “As long as we aren’t out for that long, I can kept up a disguise. You’re going to need the help, I’ll bet.”

“No doubt,” the Doctor sighed. “But I’m sure I can manage if you’re not sure.”

“I am. I’ll let you know if I can’t.”

“Ok, let’s go find Fitz and Peri then.”

They headed down the alley and back out onto the main street, heading the direction that the Doctor last saw Fitz take off. They walked in silence for some time, not meeting anyone. The whole town had the appearance of decay and disrepair. Windows were smashed in and cars were burnt out along the road.

“It’s amazing how slowly the greatest civilizations are able to recover from a war,” the Doctor observed. “Even if the fall-out hadn’t caused mutation in their DNA, the repercussions of this level of destruction would take years, decades even to recover from. And these people were at a height in technology, just before full out space exploration, but quite advanced for being terrestrial bound.”

“If they were so advanced, then why hadn’t they reached space travel yet?” Phaze asked.

“Oh, they had ventured into space. But they just hadn’t perfected a viable faster than light drive. They had begun to explore the other planets in their solar system, but not much beyond other than unmanned probes.”

“But why?” Phaze insisted. “Usually once a race gets a taste for space travel, they are quick to advance for more. And with humans being as intensely curious as they are, it should have been even faster for them, I would think.”

The Doctor thought for a moment before saying, “You know Phaze, I think you’re right. The humans do seem to be stunted in their technological growth. Come to think of it, I’m not really sure what caused this war in the first place.”

“Maybe someone was trying to keep them planet bound,” Phaze suggested.

The Doctor pondered this before he shook his head, “No. I can’t believe that I would have missed something like that. I usually try to keep a close eye on Earth since it is such a focal point in history. If someone was messing around with it for the amount of time that we’re talking, I would have noticed.”

“I’m sure you’re right,” Phaze agreed, though she wasn’t as sure as she pretended to be. Something felt off here, and she was surprised that the Doctor wasn’t feeling it too. But, with suddenly meeting himself like this, he was probably more than a little distracted.

By now they had walked some time, not really heading in any particular direction as they went. “Doctor, this seems to be a rather large city. Do you have any idea how we’re going to find Fitz in it?” Phaze asked.

“Oh, I’m sure that the men following us will be able to point us in the right direction pretty soon,” the Doctor said airily.

Phaze quickly glanced behind them and was just able to see something move behind a dumpster. “How long have they been there?” Phaze asked in a whisper.

“About the last ten minutes or so.”

“Doctor…” Phaze said worriedly. “Shouldn’t we be trying to avoid confrontation with these people?”

“I don’t think so. They are sure to know the city a lot better than us and might even know something about Fitz. I find that letting the locals come to us always produces results faster.”

“I’m sure it does, but I’m afraid of what those results might be,” Phaze answered as she saw two men step out of an alley in front of them. Glancing back again, four more revealed themselves behind.

“What are you doing in our territory?” one of the men in front of them said threateningly.

“We’re just out looking for a couple of friends of ours. You might have seen them? One was on a motor bike.”

The two men looked at each other before the man who spoke nodded to the ones behind. All of them began to close on the Doctor and Phaze. It was all Phaze could do to keep herself from cowering behind the Doctor. But such an action while they believed her to be a man would probably not help their appearance very much.

“And the other?” another man asked.

“We’ll, let’s just say that they would have stood out,” the Doctor said.

“It’s that Bitch and the Rouge,” one of them said to the others.

“Not so much as a Rouge as we thought,” the first replied.

“Are you a new sect then?” another asked as he pulled a club from behind his back. The other guys were also reaching for various weapons; knives, pipes, and a gun appeared to the assortment.

“No, just passing through. We can be on our way once we find our friends,” the Doctor said calmly.

“You know what we do to new sects in our territory?” one of them sneered.

“Grent!” the first man warned. “The Boss wants us to bring all strangers to him.”

“But Kard, they’re easy targets!” Grent whined. “We haven’t had anyone to rough up in a long time!”

“You shot that man this morning Grent. And I wouldn’t have even let you do that if he didn’t have a woman with him. He was just asking for it.”

“If it makes any difference, we’d like to meet your Boss, as it were,” the Doctor interrupted.

The men all laughed at them before they quickly grabbed the two roughly. “You don’t really have any say in the matter and I‘m sure you’ll change your tune when you meet him.”

With that they roughly began to lead them away, Phaze giving worried glances at the Doctor whenever she thought she could get away with it. It was strange, she thought. He had sounded so calm, but now it looked as if he was visibly trying to keep his temper.