Author's Notes:
Part Nineteen of the Drone series, written for Challenge 315 – Drone at tw100. I’m hoping to get Part Twenty up later today, if I can fit it in.

Summary: Jack seeks the Doctor’s help, and he’s not above begging.

Spoilers: Very slight for Fragments/Exit Wounds and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

“Doc, I know you’re busy with the drone, but could you spare a minute?”

“Jack! What can I do for you?” The Doctor grinned toothily.

“See the guy over there?”

“I wanted to ask about that. Why’s he chained up? That’s a bit harsh don’t you think?”

“Trust me, it’s warranted. He was my partner at the Time Agency. Came looking for me, hurt my team, almost destroyed Cardiff… I thought he’d left earth, but apparently his Vortex Manipulator burned out and he’s stuck here. I want him gone, kinda hoped you could drop him in the nearest black hole.”


“You’re joking about the black hole, I hope?” The Doctor frowned.

“I suppose, but honestly, I wouldn’t care what you did with him if you’d just take him somewhere that isn’t here. Doc, please, I’m begging you!”

“Hmmmm. You said he used to be your partner?”


“Is he as much trouble as you were?”



“Hart’s a borderline psychopath with no impulse control. No rehab has ever worked on him. I used to have some control over him, but not anymore.”

“Why don’t you tell me everything while I help Toshiko integrate this perception filter with her drone.”

TBC in ‘Confessions’