Chapter Three

"Will you stop it?" the Doctor said as he ran towards the TARDIS.

Amy had filled her water pistol up with water and was following him, giggling insanely while he squirted the water at his head. Rory hurried to keep up with her while he carried both his and Amy's swag in his arms.

The Doctor reached the door of the TARDIS and spun around to give Amy a piece of his mind. He sighed angrily when Amy got his nose before stopping a few feet away from him.

"I will take that thing and toss it in a supernova if you don't stop," he said to her.

"Aw, don't be a grumpy E.T.," Amy said. "Just a bit of fun."

"Can I have a bit of fun when I take that thing, ram it up your arse and give you an enema?" the Doctor said.

Amy shrugged and let the Doctor unlock the door. He opened it and sighed when he felt water hit the back of his head and heard Amy's giggle.

"Sorry, couldn't help myself," he heard Amy say.

"Rory, how do you live with this woman without strangling her?" he asked as he walked inside the console room.

Before Amy could get off another shop, he hurried up the steps to the console. Amy closed the door when Rory came inside and she followed him up the steps while the Doctor took the TARDIS into the vortex.

"So where are we headed now?" Amy asked as she and Rory walked to the Doctor's side.

The Doctor was standing by the monitor, trying to think of somewhere to go when suddenly the monitor blanked out. The Doctor frowned and was going to try to fix it when the screen came back on. The Doctor took a step back when the face of his tenth self stared at him.

"Who's that?" Amy said.

"Doctor, this is Jonathon, your clone."

"Clone?" Rory said.

"Your clone, looks nothing like ya," Amy said.

"I need your help. I am sending this message to you as a warning. I am dead and my family is in turmoil."

"Dead?" Rory said. "Is this prerecorded then?"

The Doctor held up his hand for silence while he listened.

"I died two years ago and ever since then Rose has been in a downward spiral," Jonathon said. "Our ten year old daughter, Hannah, is using the dimension cannon to come find you. I am helping her come across because I want you to help her. She is desperate to help Rose and save her family. She has always known you as Other Dad. So she is coming to meet you."

"Dad, you're a father?" Amy said.

The Doctor didn't reply. He listened in a stunned silence to his double as he spoke.

"Please help her. She is going toLondonto look for you. I can give the coordinates to the TARDIS for you. I know she's not technically your daughter but in a way she is since we share DNA. She lost me and now she's looking to you to be her father. I know you may not want to be but at least accept her as your friend. I am guiding the TARDIS now just as I guided her. If my calculations are correct, she will land near you. This is her."

They saw a photo of a little girl. She was posed professionally, wearing a red satin dress with lace collar and sleeves. The Doctor smiled and put his fingers on Hannah's face.

"She's beautiful," Rory said.

"I know we parted on rocky footing but Hannah has grown up hearing stories about you and she trusts you. Please don't turn away from her. Help her please."

The monitor blanked out and when it came on again the default screen was back.

"Clone? You have a clone?" Amy said.

"It's a long story but…"

He glanced at the central column when the TARDIS changed course.

"I'll give you the short version while the TARDIS takes us toLondon," he said.


There was a flash and Hannah gasped as her body finished transmatting into reality. She was standing in an alley so no one saw her blink into existence. But looking out of the alley she could see people hurrying past in both directions, walking along the pavement as they hurried to wherever they were going. Beyond that she saw cars, cabs and buses. She looked up and noticed the skies above were clear. She knew that her mother's original universe had aLondonthat didn't have zeppelins in the air so she hoped that was a sign that she made it. She was about to walk out of the alley in search of Other Dad when she heard a wheezing sound behind her. She turned and to her amazement, the TARDIS materialized twenty feet away. She stood there in shock, not believing her luck at finding her other father so fast. When the TARDIS finished materializing, she walked towards it and knocked on the door. She stepped back when the door opened and Rory stuck his head out.

"Wow, that was quick," Rory said as he looked at Hannah.

"Um…hi, I'm Hannah Jaclyn Smith. Is the…Doctor inside?" she asked him.

"He is. I'm Rory Williams, I travel with him. Nice to meet you, Hannah."

"You too."

"The Doctor asked me to come to the door because he told me to warn you that he changed his appearance and he doesn't look like your dad anymore," Rory said.

"Okay…" Hannah said. "But how do you know about me? I was born after Other Da…the Doctor left my mum behind."

"Well, step inside and we'll explain," Rory said, opening the door wide.

Hannah saw a red-haired woman as she stepped inside the TARDIS. Her mouth dropped open when she saw the futuristic interior.

"Wow, this is what a TARDIS looks like?" Hannah said, looking around while Rory closed the door.

She stood by the steps and took it all in while Amy came down the steps.

"Hi, I'm Amy Williams Pond. I'm Rory's wife and I also travel with the Doctor," she said. "Nice to meet you, Hannah."

"Hi," Hannah said, shaking her hand. "How do you know about me?"

"Your father sent us a message."

Hannah turned her attention to the back door of the TARDIS when she heard the voice and saw the man step into the room.

"Hello, Hannah, I'm the Doctor," he said warmly as he came down the steps to the console platform.

"My real dad died two years ago," Hannah said.

"That's what he said but he managed to send me a message from wherever he is now. He said he helped you and us meet," the Doctor said, coming around the console as he headed for the front steps. "Apparently, he's alive and well in another reality and watching over you."

When he reached the bottom of the steps, he stood still and let Hannah come to him.

"My real dad wants me to do this?" Hannah said, coming towards him.

"Apparently so. He got you here safely. He told me what happened to your mum and I'm sorry about everything that's happened to her and to you. You're far too young to have this much turmoil in your life."

"Can you go back and be with her and be my dad?" Hannah said.

"Well, I don't know if I can. I left your dad with your mum because he could grow old with her. I can't do that so your mum and you will grow old while I remain young."

"But you could make her happy again," Hannah said.

"Perhaps. Or perhaps after all that's happened, she won't want me back in her life now," the Doctor said, kneeling down. "Our relationship was very complicated, love. I tried to be the man she wanted me to be but I'm not human. I can't live a normal human life. That's why I tried to give a piece of me to her through your real dad. He could live a human life."

"But he got shot and died," Hannah said softly.

"And I'm sorry about that. I hoped that he could grow old with her. But I'm glad he lived long enough to be a part of your life," the Doctor said. "I am like your dad but I've changed since then and in many ways, I'm not like him anymore. If you think I'll be just like your dad, I'm sorry, I can't be."

"I didn't want you to be. I just wanted a dad again," Hannah said.

"But what happens when Rose grows old and I remain young? She'll lose me all over again and it sounds like your mum has had too many emotional shocks as it is."

Hannah nodded, her spirits falling along with her head.

"I'm sorry I bothered you," she murmured. "I'll go."

Amy gasped as Hannah turned away from the Doctor and walked back towards the front entrance with her heart on the floor.

"Wait! Wait, wait, wait, wait!" the Doctor said, leaping up and running to get in front of her. "Wait. I didn't say I wouldn't help," he said, kneeling down in front of her and stopping her. "Because I do want to help your mum's depression. She can't spend the rest of her life in a mental institution. She needs to be your mum. Besides, I can still sort out how to be a part of your life even if I can't stay and be your dad. I don't do domestic but that doesn't mean I don't want to visit you and be in your life. Perhaps we can find a solution. Is it okay if I just be a part of your life and not live with you on Earth 24/7?"

Hannah nodded and smiled when the Doctor cupped his face with his hands.

"First, I need more information about all this. I like to have as much information as I can before I sort out a problem. Besides, I want to get to know you properly and so do my friends," he said, nodding to Amy and Rory. "Are you hungry?"

"A bit," Hannah said.

"Have you ever been to another planet before?" the Doctor said.

"No. Dad had the TARDIS piece but I don't think it's grown yet."

"Yes. That's another thing we'll have to sort out since I don't think Rose can pilot the TARDIS on her own and I don't want the coral falling into the wrong hands. But first things first. How about a nice picnic on a planet somewhere where the four of us can sit down, talk and get to know each other. How's that sound?"

"I want that," Hannah said.

"Splendid. We were wondering what to do next. So, love, have a little chat with Amy and Rory and I'll find us somewhere to go."

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