Chapter One

Rose sat on the lounge sofa staring up at the ceiling while she daydreamed. The lounge was well stocked with everything for leisure from a big screen TV to magazines and board games. Most of the time she made use of all of these things but not now. They had just said goodbye to Sarah Jane and took Mickey on board with them. Mickey was somewhere with the Doctor, probably getting a tour or something like that but Rose had to think over the events of the past few days.

She looked over when Mickey walked into the room.

"Man, this place is incredible," he said, walking over to Rose. "No wonder you keep coming back. It's like a whole other world in here."

"Yeah," Rose said, distracted.

"Rose, are you sure it's okay for me to be here? You didn't seem happy to see me," Mickey said, walking over to her.

"I'm sorry, Mickey, it's just…"

"Just what?" Mickey said, sitting down in a chair beside the sofa.

Rose shook her head.

"Everytime I think I figure the Doctor out, something comes along that throws me for a loop. I thought we were the first people to travel with him, I had no idea Sarah Jane existed."

"Is that bad?" Mickey said, not really understanding where this was leading. "He's over 900 years old, Rose, and he's been traveling for a long time, yeah? You didn't think there were other people that traveled with him?"

"I just thought…"

"You just thought he fancied you and you were special," Mickey said with a hint of bitterness in his voice. "I get it. I'll just go back to exploring this place and leave you alone then."


Rose sighed when Mickey got up and walked out of the room. She shook her head and mumbled to herself about being braver and telling Mickey no when he asked to come along. Now he only complicated things when things were complicated enough. She sat for a few minutes deep in thought before she decided to find the Doctor and talk to him. She got up, walked out of the lounge and made her way up to the console room. She found him by the console, deep in thought while he tapped his finger on the rim of the console.

"Doctor?" she said.

He jerked his head her way and smiled.

"Trying to think of somewhere I could take Mickey," he said while she walked towards him. "Somewhere that's not too dangerous but something that will challenge our newest travel partner. What do you think?"

Rose stopped, thrown off by the question. The Doctor had an expectant look on his face so she tried to think of somewhere fun they could go.

"A funfair?" she finally said with a shrug.

The Doctor made a face.

"I was thinking of something more substantial than that," he said. "Come on, give me a planet or a period in history."


Rose grinned.

"Cavemen?" she said to him.

The Doctor chuckled and got a wistful look on his face.

"I went back to prehistoric times the first time Ian and Barbara traveled with me," he said. "Me and them and Susan encountered all these cavemen. Heh."

Rose sighed. Yet more people the Doctor traveled with. She wished he'd just tell her how many people had been in the TARDIS before her. She was about to ask him about it when the Doctor suddenly brightened.

"Why not?" he said to Rose. "Why not visit prehistoric times. By that time the dinosaurs were gone so there's no danger of Mickey running screaming from a T-Rex. But perhaps…"

The Doctor was lost in thought for a moment and Rose was about to ask him what he was thinking when he suddenly began to run around the console, flicking switches and pushing buttons and doodahs. Rose smiled. The Doctor's energy infected her and she felt excited about going somewhere new. The Doctor grinned at her when he reached his monitor.

"By request from Rose Tyler," he said. "A visit to the dawn of man!"

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