I AM the Doctor!
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Well, since this particular story has been floating around my computer since March, I figured I should post part of it, to see if there's any interest in it. I AM still working on it, along with my comics, Moon Tide, and another story. What I have here is (on my processor) about a page and a half out of 8. It's the longest single story I've written. I'm hoping to get it finished sometime soon, but lethargy is ever a mortal enemy, so, we'll see.
It features Tom Baker as the Doctor, and Louise Jamison as Leela.
Paradoxically Transcendent: A Fourth Doctor Story
On the far outer reaches of the Milky Way galaxy, the Tardis hurtled through the emptiness, spinning on its own axis, the light on its top flashing rhythmically. In the secondary control room, the Doctor stood before the viewing screen next to Leela, lecturing her on the laws of gravity.
"And that, dear Leela, is how a planet can orbit a star without falling in and burning up!" exclaimed the Doctor, beaming at her. "Do you have any questions?"
Leela looked a bit confused, but had her thoughts together. "Well, yes. But it really has nothing to do with gravity."
The Doctor looked at her, curious about what she was thinking. "Well, go ahead and ask. Knowledge is a formidable weapon."
"Well, it's about your explanation about how the inside of the Tardis can fit, well… Inside the Tardis. You said that it needs to be both here, and there. If here is inside the blue box, where is there?" She looked at him, head slightly tilted, awaiting his response.
The Doctor's face broke into a wide grin, as he began to explain. "Well, you see, the interior is indeed both here and there, and the there is…" The Doctor trailed off in mid-sentence, thinking about what he was to answer. "You know, Leela, I don't quite know. I don't recall ever learning where exactly the interior of a Tardis is kept. I must have skipped that day at the Academy."
"So then we'll never know?" Leela looked forlorn at the thought of an unanswered question.
The Doctor smiled, and walking to the control panel said, "Now who said anything about that?" He pulled back the small door covering an unmarked keyboard. Flipping one switch, he closed the cover over the view screen, before starting to push many of the other buttons.
"Doctor, where are we going? To your home world?"
"Heavens no!" he exclaimed. "Humans aren't allowed on Gallifrey anyway. No, what I'm doing is setting a beacon. One we can track to find out where the inside of the Tardis really is."
"Where will you put the beacon then? If it's inside, or outside, what good will that do? We could just walk there… I don't see how this will help!"
The Doctor looked at her for a moment, before returning his gaze to the buttons before him. "Why Leela, you're absolutely correct! And that is why I'm placing the beacon between the interior and exterior of the Tardis! Put it there, follow it, and viola, we have our answer!"
Leela's face lit up upon hearing they would get their answer. "Oh, Doctor, that's brilliant!"
"Well of course it is. I'm the one who thought of it, after all." With one last grin, he pushed the last button, and set the Tardis in flight. The sound of the engines filled the room, and a small shaking confirmed what their ears told them.
"Oh, I cannot wait to see what strange wor-," Leela's sentence was cut short as the normal bumps and jitters of the Tardis' flight suddenly became much more manic, with the whole capsule flipping end over end. The coat stand in the corner fell, the covers of the remaining panels of the console flipped open and banged shut. The Doctor and Leela both were thrown to the ground, which was the wall, the ceiling, the proper floor, and each repeating, until the Tardis landed with a resounding thud....
... She watched down the hall, opposite the way the Doctor went, wary as ever. She thought to herself, I don't see why we must keep exploring the Tardis. I wish we could just leave wherever we are. It all feels wrong… She then decided to turn and follow after him, finding him looking up and down another door, one that appeared to be covered in little trinkets, all appearing to be old and tattered, except for a bow tie, which was the eleventh in the line of objects. "Well, what's in that one?"
"I haven't a clue. Could be anything. Could be the Heart of the Tardis. Could be spare parts." He grabbed the handle, and shoved the door open, striding in.
Leela followed him in, glancing about the wide room, her eyes resting on the 15 pedestals. 13 of them had outfits on them, one of which she recognized as the one the Doctor was wearing. The other two just had mannequins on them, nude and blank. She walked up beside the Doctor and asked him about the room.
"Well, it appears to be a showcase of my looks. See, these first three are what I used to wear, in my previous incarnations." He pointed at the respective outfits before moving to the copy of his current one. "And this is me now. Or a copy of my clothes, anyway. I don't remember bringing any outfit down here yet." He moved one pedestal down the line, observing a red version of his coat and scarf. "This must be in my current incarnation. It's made for my size."
"Doctor, what do you mean your incarnations? I don't understand," she said, as she looked over a blue suit wrapped in a brown trench coat.
"Well, Leela, you see, when I die, I don't really die, I just change my face, and my personality a bit. Then I decide I don't like the clothes I was wearing, and change them. So, each major change is a different incarnation," he said, moving in front of a brightly colored patchwork coat. "Thought it seems none of me has good fashion sense… This blue copy is an improvement though."
"Doctor, I really don't think this is the time for examining such things. You did say we needed to hurry."
"Oh, yes, alright. Let's get going then." He turned on his heel, and walked through the door. By the time Leela managed to follow him, he was already turning the corner. He seemed oblivious to a major change however, the walls having changed from their grey color, now looking like a thin sheet of copper.
She rushed around the corner after him, grabbing the back of his coat and pulling him to a stop. "Doctor! Doctor stop! Don't you see this? What's happening?"
The sudden halt brought the Doctor out of his own thoughts. He looked around, examining the change in wall color and texture. "We've jumped the Tardis' time track again. Its in the future, though how far I can't say. My 11th incarnation, at a guess, by the number of costume we saw in the last room."
From deep within the Tardis, a great gonging began to echo through the halls. Leela jumped against the wall, knife in her hand once more, eyes constantly shifting between left and right, ready for an attacker. "Doctor!? What is that noise?"
The Doctor was frozen in place. His gaze burning a hole in the wall at the end of the hall. "It's a signal. A call to arms. It means disaster. That the universe or the Tardis is in great danger. Come on!" He took off running, clearing the hall, and rounding the corner, scarf swinging about behind him....