Chapter Nine

After the meeting in the zoo and several minutes of chatting that followed it, the Doctor told Twelve and Clara to follow him home.

"If your TARDIS brought you here because you thought your Gallifrey was in this universe, perhaps we should check that. I can run a scan in my TARDIS and see," he said as they walked. Apart from that, most of us are going to the Ampitheater in a few days. Rose and Adam are auditioning for Gallifrey's Got Talent and we're going to go see them. You can come along if you'd like. I have ways of getting a couple of extra tickets."

"Wait, you have your own version of that show here?" Clara said.

"We do. We have a mixture of Earth and Gallifrey here," he said to them as they walked. "We tried to take the best of both worlds and mix it together. It hasn't always worked but it makes things interesting."

"Which Rose is auditioning then?" Twelve asked.

"Mine. The one that belongs to Alan. She's singing."

"I remember when she sang inside the TARDIS. She's talented," Twelve said fondly.

"Oh yes. Alan is boasting about it to anyone who'll listen," the Doctor said. "By the way, my clone is a bit wacky. He has a very offbeat sense of humor and sometimes he gets on people's nerves but he's a very sweet and caring man."

"Really?" Twelve said, intrigued.

"Yeah, he wanted to live apart from me and not just be a clone. What memories he shares with me he designates as mine because technically they are mine, he just got them secondhand. That was one more way to distinguish himself from me."

"I'm glad he did that. I'm glad he decided to be his own man and not just a copy of you," Twelve said.

"He's unique, that's for sure," the Doctor said.


As they neared his house, the Doctor pointed out the house across the street where Jackie, Pete and Tony lived and two houses down from that where Wilf, Samuel, Tim and Rain's father, John, lived. Twelve couldn't help but be intrigued by it all as they turned and walked up the steps to the Doctor's front porch. The Doctor started to open the door when Hope opened it a crack and peeked out.

"What's the password?" she said to him.

"Get out of the way, Maniac," he said while Twelve and Clara giggled.

They walked inside and Twelve froze when he saw Sarah Jane sitting on the sofa with Rose and Alan.

"We came here after you left," Rose said to them. "Rain phoned Sarah Jane and asked her to come and help and Rain's in the kitchen fixing tea for us."

Sarah Jane stood up and smiled as she came towards Twelve.

"Hello," she said to him. "I'm hoping you know who I am."

"I do indeed. It's nice to see you again, Sarah," he said before accepting a hug from her.

Clara smiled when two dogs came out of the kitchen and hurried down the hallway towards them, their tails wagging furiously.

"This is Anne and Elizabeth," Hope said, pointing to them as they went to greet Clara. "They're our doggies."

"Aaaw," Clara said as she tried to pet the hyper Corgis while they wagged their tails and hopped up towards her face. "This is amazing. I love this planet."

"Thanks, we do as well," Sarah said after she finished hugging Twelve.

Rain called to Hope while the Doctor invited their new friends to sit down. While they walked towards some empty chairs, Twelve glanced up over the sofa and saw the same huge family photo he'd seen in Donna's house, except now he recognized more people in it. As they sat down, they heard a rumble of thunder and everyone glanced out the patio doors at the darkening sky.

"Good job we came back when we did," the Doctor said as he glanced out the doors. "Sounds like a storm is coming. Come on, Anne, Elizabeth, better go to the loo before the rain gets here!"

He slid open the patio door and shooed them outside before closing it again. While he was doing that, Hope slowly came into the room holding a large tray laden with cups of tea and bowls of milk and sugar. She sat it down on the coffee table in front of the sofa

"This is for everyone," she said before walking back into the kitchen.

"They did tell me what was going on," Sarah Jane said after everyone prepared their tea and sat back down. "So you believe your Gallifrey is here now?"

"I don't know what to believe, Sarah," Twelve said while the Doctor brought the dogs back inside. "My TARDIS guided us here and she knows what's she's doing…presumably. We found this place. Perhaps we were meant to come here then."

"Maybe we are supposed to help you," Rose said, glancing out the door as lightning flashed nearby. "I mean, you practically have an army here."

Twelve chuckled.

"Yeah, I suppose you could call it that," he said.

"Well, as I said, I can run a scan and see if there has been any recent activity near here. I also have a friend called Xashon who is head of the Time Lord council. They may have heard something as well. Blimey, that's one hell of a storm," he said as the storm intensified.

Alan leaped up and raced to the patio door. He flung it open and flung his arms out.

"Rage on, storm, I command thee!" he said dramatically before stepping back inside and shutting the door.

"I see what you mean about being different from you," Twelve said as Alan sniggered and headed back to the sofa.

Alan stopped when he heard that and eyed the Doctor.

"What did you tell him?" he said to the Doctor.

"That you need to be sectioned and the sooner, the better," the Doctor said.

"Oh. Phew, for a moment there I thought you told him I was normal. Carry on then," Alan said as he sat back down beside Rose.

Clara bust out laughing as Twelve stared at Alan in bemusement.

"I have a feeling I will have no trouble telling him apart from the rest," he said to the Doctor.

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