Chapter One

"Doctor, where are we going?" Amy asked him as she and Rory followed him.

They had stopped in London but the Doctor hadn't told them why he was coming here. All they knew is he was heading for a place called the Powell Estate.

"Just trust me, I want to have a bit of fun," the Doctor said to them.

Amy looked at Rory. Rory shrugged.

"Just follow his lead, I suppose," he said to her.


"Now let me do all the talking because this is a prank," the Doctor said when they stopped outside a door.

"You're pranking random people now?" Amy said to him.

The Doctor put his finger to his lips and knocked on the door. There was a moment of silence and then a woman opened the door. Amy made a face when as she took in the woman's dyed blonde hair and pink tracksuit.

"Good evening, Madam," the Doctor said.

"It's 11 in the morning," the woman said, annoyed.

"Oh, is it? Hadn't noticed," the Doctor said, looking around at the bright sunny day. "Anyway, we are representatives from the Ministry of People on the Dole and you have been chosen to receive a special prize."

"We're not on the dole," the woman said, crossing her arms over her chest. "And I've never heard of this ministry before."

"It's brand new. Created in just the past few weeks. We're dedicated to finding people of the lower classes and making their lives more bearable. Anyway, I'm looking for people in your domicile that are between the ages of 15 and 30. Are there such people Madam?"

"I have a nineteen year old daughter."

"You do? Splendid! Might I speak with her for a moment?" the Doctor said.

"I don't even know you," the woman said.

"Well, my name is Thomas. This is Felicia and Harvey and you are…"

"Jackie Tyler."

"Ah, nice to meet you, Jackie. And what might your daughter's name be?"

"Her name is Rose."

"ROSE! GET OUT HERE RIGHT NOW AND TALK TO US!" the Doctor bellowed into the house.

"What the hell do you think you're doing?" Jackie said while Amy and Rory tried not to laugh. "You're insane."

"Mum, who's calling me?" Rose said, coming to the door.

Amy frowned when she noticed the awestruck look on the Doctor's face for a moment before he managed a friendly face again.

"This lunatic showed up at our door, claims he's from the Ministry for People on the Dole and he has something for us, because apparently we're on the dole," Jackie said to her daughter.

"Well, you don't have to be on the dole but you do have to live in council housing and you do, don't you?"

"S'pose," Jackie said. "So what's this lovely thing you have for us?"

"Well, actually, I have drawn Rose's name in a raffle and she's entitled to a day of fun on us for being a poor, underprivileged child."

"You're barking, you honestly expect us to believe this cock and bull story about you being representatives from the Dole Ministry," Jackie said.

"Did Mickey put you up to this?" Rose asked them.

"Mickey who? We're from the Ministry of People on the Dole," the Doctor said innocently.

"Ministry of People who are Barking Mad, more like," Jackie said, rolling her eyes.

She frowned when Rose stepped outside.

"Rose, what are you doing?" she said.

"Going with them," Rose said, looking over her shoulder.

"Oh no you are not, not with this loony!" Jackie said, pointing to the Doctor.

"Mum, I'll be alright. Probably some mates of Mickey's who want to have a bit of fun," Rose said.

"Are you?" Jackie said to the Doctor.

"Mates of Mickey? Yes, yes, we are," the Doctor said.

Jackie gave him a wary look. She looked at Rose.

"You ring me if this loony tries anything, you hear me, young lady?"

"Yes, Mum, I'll ring you if he tries to rape me," Rose said.

"And you better not lay a hand on her, whoever you are," Jackie snarled at the Doctor. "Or I'll rip your wedding tackle off and you'll be working for the Ministry for Eunuchs. Is that clear?"

"Yes, Madam, very clear," the Doctor said while Rory and Amy snickered. "And as thanks for allowing us to give your underprivileged daughter a lovely day, I present to you…a gift card for McDonalds," he said, pulling the card out of his pocket. "I'm sure you'll put it to good use."

"Piss off," Jackie growled at him as she snatched the card from his hand.

"Pissing off now, Madam. Come along, underprivileged waif. We have a fun day ahead of us now."

Rose grinned. She kissed her mother's cheek goodbye and Jackie glowered at the Doctor when Rose followed him, Amy and Rory to the stairs.

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