Revenge of the Reapers

by deathman [Reviews - 8]

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  • Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe, Angst, Drama, Mystery, Standalone

Author's Notes:
OK, this is the one that my author's page describes as being inspired by a tiny quote in Hypernova Part 1, when the Doctor got out his 'hyperscope that he had used before on Exx Xis Six, in the battle with the Reapers'. Was it right? Yes!!! You can call me sad.

But I do quite like this story. It's quite simple compared to my other stories, and predictable, like a fairy tale (that is if you've watched Father's Day, which most of you will have).

And that's why I like it! Enjoy.

REVENGE OF THE REAPERS
A DOCTOR WHO STORY

The TARDIS engines groaned and wheezed as the mighty time ship crash-landed on the surface of the planet Exx Xis Six. The landing site was the bottom of a gigantic smoking crater at the summit of a towering active volcano.

The TARDIS doors swung open as Rose Tyler stepped forward, lingering on the doorstep of the ship, building up to the instant when she would experience the feel of alien soil and go further away from London than she had ever been before.

Then she felt the Doctor’s hand give her a tiny push in the small of the back and she lost her balance. She was forced to jump heavily onto Exx Xis Six.

‘Hey! I was getting ready for that moment! And wasn’t that a bumpy ride?’ Rose cried.

‘Well, you can’t just stand there like a lump of lard,’ the Doctor said, rolling his eyes. ‘There’s trouble on this planet, and I mean big trouble.’ He made no comment on her second sentence.

Rose replied, still a little bit angry with the Doctor, ‘No surprises there — haven’t you realised that the TARDIS always lands when or where there’s trouble?’

‘Naah,’ called the Doctor from within the TARDIS control room. ‘Remember Cardiff 2005?’

‘There was a Slitheen there,’ Rose reminded him dryly.

‘Good point,’ rang the Time Lord’s cheery voice. Then his tone grew deadly serious. ‘But my point is that the trouble here’s bigger than one single Slitheen. Most of the world has been destroyed. Some kind of alien invasion.’

Rose said enthusiastically, ‘So why don’t you do a scan for alien tech?’

‘No point — the entire planet’s alien, duh!’

‘Oh yeah, I forgot,’ Rose sighed. Then she smiled. ‘But do it anyway, just to impress me!’ she added.

The Doctor grinned and walked out of the TARDIS. He produced his sonic screwdriver and whirred it over a piece of alien machinery. He then cursed and smacked the gadget with his left hand. ‘That’s better,’ he murmured. Before looking at the results himself, he showed the machine to Rose.

‘What?’ she laughed. ‘That’s just numbers and letters to me!’

The small screen read — NA1OT00ALI000DINV10000000TVT.

The Doctor scanned it with a practiced eye. As he did so, his expression fell into at abyss of dismal sadness. ‘No!’ he muttered. 'This can't be...'' His face hardened.

‘Why… what is it?’ Rose inquired soothingly.

‘It means…’ the Doctor sighed. ‘It means that there are a million native aliens who are now lying dead, slaughtered by ten million invaders.’ He turned to Rose. A single tear trickled down his face.

*

There was a massive empty silence.

‘Who… who could do this?’ Rose asked sadly.

‘An army,’ said the Doctor. ‘A battalion, a raiding party, a military force. Whatever. An alien one. Bent on destruction. There’s also a rift in time near here, which adds to the chaos.’

‘How big would this army be?’ Rose asked.

‘Weren’t you listening? Like I said - ten million strong,’ the Doctor answered.

Rose gasped. ‘Ten million!’ she cried. ‘So how are we meant to fix this situation, then? We’re outnumbered five million to one! Good odds,’ she added sarcastically.

‘Yep. Very good,’ grinned the Doctor.

‘So… what the hell are we gonna do now?’

‘Let’s see what there is to see, shall we?’ the Doctor asked rhetorically. With that, he strode happily towards the edge of the crater.

‘Wait!’ called Rose, hurrying after him. ‘How ‘we gonna get to the top — it’ll take days!’

‘Nope,’ The Doctor answered without breaking his stride. ‘You forget the power of the teleport! See that?’ He indicated a little rotating pillar buried in the dust about five metres ahead. ‘That’s a teleportation feed. As soon as you get within range, you’re transported to the second feed. Some civilisations use them as the primary means of getting around.’ He took another step forward and VWEP! He disappeared in a flash of blue light.

Rose followed, much more cautiously. VWEP! She was momentarily blinded and she felt as if she was in two places at once. Then she materialised at the top of the volcano, next to the smiling Doctor.

‘That was almost fun!’ she laughed. The Doctor grinned. ‘Almost!’


They laughed for a few seconds together. Then the Doctor pointed down the slope of the mountain and their smiles vanished.

The scene of destruction was terrible to behold. The forests of the planet were burnt, the mountains had fallen, the rivers were dry, the plains were scraped and dug up, and the cities were filled with bodies of native aliens.

‘Well — where’s this army?’ questioned Rose.

‘Hiding, of course! What would you be doing if you’d just pillaged a planet?’

‘Funny clouds,’ said Rose.

‘Yeah, they are, aren’t they!’ smiled the Doctor, looking at the black square shaped patterns that danced across the sky.

Then the Doctor frowned. ‘Let me do a little bit of jiggery-pokery…’ He got out an object that looked like a pair of binoculars. ‘Hyperscope,’ he explained. He fiddled with some odd-looking knobs on the back of the hyperscope. Then he looked through it at one particular cloud.

‘Oh my…’ the Doctor gasped. ‘Impossible!

‘What — what’s so bad about some clouds?’ Rose laughed.

The Doctor merely shook his head, speechless and handed the hyperscope to Rose. She held it in front of her eyes and was blinded, for the hyperscope was so close up to the ‘cloud’ that it filled the whole screen, and she had to adjust the machine. In a few seconds she was observing the cloud properly.

She too gasped and turned away. ‘But… Oh my God!’ Rose panicked.

‘Funny thing, the hyperscope,’ the Doctor said, regaining his cheerful flow of conversation. ‘If you use it to watch a person or creature, unlike Earth binoculars or telescopes, the watched can see you as much as you can see them. Which means,’ he added, ‘We’re in for some trouble.’

Suddenly, above them appeared a huge menacing shape. It had a diamond shaped head with pure red eyes and grey horns. Bat-wings and long serrated arms protruded from its shoulders and its clawed legs were folded over its stomach. Its tail possessed a gigantic curving scythe at its end.

A Reaper.

TO BE CONTINUED...