Dying Planet

The 11th Doctor and Clara receive a distress call from a planet the Doctor has never heard of, but when they get there all is not as it seems. Was it a trap or a genuine call for help?


1. Distress Call

     "Doctor! Where did you put my book?" Clara shouted as she came down the stairs into the control room of the TARDIS.

"Oh this old thing?" The Doctor replied turning around to face her,"I've already read this book, Clara, you need to get one I haven't read."

"I don't get books for you to read I get them for me, and you better not have lost my place."



"Sorry. Hey I'll tell you how it ends. So the girl actually ends up-"

"Stop!! No spoilers. I hate spoilers," Clara said as she took her book back from the Doctor's hands. Hmm was I on page 182 or 282?, Clara thought to herself. Beep Beep Beep Beep Beep "What is that racket?" Clara asked. 

"It means the TARDIS has intercepted a signal," the Doctor said excitedly as he dashed over to the screen. "Oooh a distress call those are always interesting."

"A distress call? What does it say?"

"Help. Please help me I'm dying." The Doctor grinned wildly. "I never refuse a call for help." He dashed around flipping switches, pulling levers, and slamming buttons. It was like watching an excited 10 year old playing an arcade game. The delightful wheezing noise the TARDIS always made filled the room as it shook and sent Clara flying into the railing. "You aren't exactly a good pilot," Clara shouted catching her breath as it came to a stop.

"You don't have nearly as much fun if you're a good pilot!"

She rolled her eyes and headed for the door. "What planet is this?"

"I don't know. I love not knowing. Adds to the fun!"

Clara stepped out of the TARDIS, "You don't even know what planet this is. How do you know the signal led us to the right place?"

"I'm sure we are in the right place!" the Doctor called from the depths of the TARDIS.

"How can you tell? It's the middle of the night. I can't see anything." The Doctor poked his head out of the TARDIS doors and looked around. "Oh." He turned around and slammed the doors behind him leaving Clara outside. Clara wrapped her arms around herself and peered into the darkness. She couldn't see anything. There was no source of light anywhere. No stars or a moon in the sky. That's strange, Clara thought, maybe it's just cloudy. Everything was so quiet and eery. It gave her a creepy feeling. BANG Clara jumped, startled by the sudden noise. She spun around to find the source of the noise and was greeted with a blinding light in her face. "Sorry did I give you a fright?" The Doctor asked lowering the beam of his torch off her face. He stepped out of the of the TARDIS and handed Clara her own torch. She glared at him,"No you didn't scare me. Can you tell me if we are in the right place or not?"

"Hmmm you seemed scared me. You acted like the TARDIS doors slamming open were gunshots. Instead of you know doors."

"I wasn't scared."

"You jumped pretty high."

"Are we in the right place or not?!"

He shined his light around taking in the surroundings. "Yes, I believe we are in the right place. The distress signal we picked up led us here. Unless of course this old girl led us astray," he said as he stroked the TARDIS, "Which of course she would never do." Clara ignored him stroking the TARDIS ( which quite frankly was a little bit creepy ), and looked about. They were on a wide open plain with brown brittle grass that crunched under her feet. There was no greenery anywhere she could see. Everything in the field was dead. It looked like out in the distance there was a tall building. "Doctor, I think we should head for that building out there."

He looked up from where he was crouched on the ground inspecting the dirt. "This land is too dead. It has no minerals. Not even weeds could grow here. I think we need to find who was calling for help. Let's check out that building over there." 

"That's what I said." Clara muttered under her breath. 

"Come on, Clara!" She let out a long annoyed sigh, and ran to catch up with him.

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