This picks up immediately where Planetary Hostage leaves off.
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The cameras had just been turned off and they could hear the cheer rise from the earth like a tsunami. Even a mile in the air inside of a flying fortress they could hear the celebration over what the inhabitants of planet earth saw as a great success. Both Time Lords knew however that it wasn't over yet, they still had a long way to go before Martha was safe. The Master took both his own laser screwdriver and the Doctor's sonic screwdriver out of his jacket pocket. He tossed the Doctor his screwdriver and they proceeded to scan Martha looking for any complications or dangerous energy fluctuations.
Everything was looking relatively stable when Martha arched up in a seizure. Both the Doctor and the Master grabbed for her and quickly moved her to the floor. The Doctor lay ontop of her legs as the Master held down her torso. Jack had quickly slipped his coat under Martha's head as he had previously done for the Doctor. Martha continued to thrash through the final stages of her transformation as her brain chemistry and physical brain structure literally changed, rearranging its self. This lasted for a full 10 minutes. Then abruptly she quieted and lay still. After approximately 10 seconds the two worried Time Lords eased themselves off of her and examined her once again.
Just as they finished their second examination Martha groaned, coming back around. Both Time Lords sat back on their heels and relaxed in relief. Neither had wanted to loose Martha to the very transformation that was supposed to save her. The irony was that she had been arguing earlier that she wasn't a child now she really was a child, a child of Gallifrey and their pack. A Time Lord.
"We're a proper Gallifreyan pack now." The Master said with a humorless laugh.
"To think she was arguing that she wasn't a kid earlier and now she really is a Time Lord kid." Jack cracked just as Martha woke up with a groan for both the ache and the irony of the situation.
kill you if you don't shut your gob." Martha threatened as she carefully sat up with a resigned sigh, then... "Mum is going to kill me."
To which the Master snorted in amusement. "Its hardly your fault. I'll have Henry make up and send her an information packet so that we don't have to deal with her right away." The Master told her. "Her paranioa is mostly my fault, after all."
"Yeah, it is." Martha agreed and smacked him lightly on the arm. "Why'd you have to go and scare her? Its not like the Doctor wouldn't have done his best and I can take care of myself." She scolded.
"That may be but you've forgotten that I was trying to capture him and leave him without reliable outside support, if any, in case you've forgotten." The Master pointed out.
"Hey, here's an idea, why don't we talk about this another time?" Jack asked brightly and recieved mild glares from both Martha and the Master for his trouble but they both dropped the subject.
"I don't know about you lot but I want to check Martha out in the Tardis and see how the old girl herself is doing then we can all bunk down once we're in the vortex." The Doctor said springing to his feet heading toward the doorway off the bridge. A door which closed and sealed on its own before he or the others could reach it.
"Now that's odd. Did you install automatic anti-escape protocols again?" The Doctor asked the Master who shook his head.
"I'm sorry Doctor, Mr. Saxon, Captain, Miss. Jones, I can't let you leave just yet." Henry informed them over the intercom.
"And why can't we leave, Henry?" The Master asked in an arctic tone of voice as he got to his feet.
"I have been monitoring the earth since you completed Miss. Jones' treatment and recieved several messages from various governments indicating a desire to speak with you all in parley before you leave. As the Doctor suspected everything has to a certain respect reset. Those who died during the original transfer of power are once again among the living but the records of the transfer also remain as do the memories and those who chose to gather to call for the Doctor remain in place. Anyone who died in either timeline but would not have died in the other remains alive." Henry informed them. "I have been asked to detain you temporarily on behalf of the petitioning governments in accordance with Mr. Saxon's promise of the right to petition at the beginning of the paradox."
"Do you really think that you can hold us if we don't want to be held?" The Master asked darkly.
"No sir. Sealing the doorway was merely to allow me enough time to explain the current situation and demonstrate to the petitioning governments that I attempted to follow their reasonable delay tactic request. If you would like I will unseal the door since I have completed my report of the situation." Henry offered to the group who exchanged a wary glance.
"Yeah, that would be nice. Can't promise we'll stay but I can definitely tell you that trapping us isn't a good idea." Martha offered causing the Doctor to look at her in some concern.
"Are you alright Martha?" He asked.
"Yeah, the human energy network had to get the Time Lord DNA pattern from somewhere is all and it hasn't quite... settled." She admitted as Henry unsealed the door to the bridge allowing them the option of just walking away if they chose.
"I'm sorry, Henry was it? But until we're sure that Martha is alright I doubt that we'll pay much attention to anything except her." The Doctor briskly informed Henry as he ushered Jack and Martha through the door in front of him. Then he asked the Master, who was right behind him, over his shoulder. "Where did you park the Tardis?"
"Two doors down on your left." The Master directed them into the room that currently held the Tardis, and the Doctor frowned over the open door. Shooting the Master a glare, who just shrugged as they all headed into the Tardis and didn't see anything out of the ordinary. As a result they assumed that everything had been reset just as earth had been and headed for the Tardis' infirmary.A/n:
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