Book 1: The
The Beginning of the End
alarm claxon was blaring throughout the Capitol. The domed city
of the Time Lords of Gallifrey was in complete and utter chaos.
People had cleared the streets, the corridors and even the halls
of the city, the Panopticon resembled a ghost town.
through the deserted halls of the Citadel that a slender,
stooped, white haired elderly man was making his way. He was
dressed in a black Victorian frock coat, checkered trousers,
striped vest with a wing collared shirt and tie. He was hurrying
along the corridor, staying close to the walls and moving with
caution mixed with desperation. He looked back over his shoulder
and quickly motioned for the young woman to follow him.
haste Susan," the elderly man groaned. "We have to make it to the
Repair Center before they realize that the Transduction Barrier
girl came to him quickly. Tears were streaming down her cheeks
and a sob escaped from her.
can't believe this is happening?" she sobbed.
elderly man put a reassuring arm about her shoulders. "There will
be time to grieve, Susan. But it cannot be now. The Citadel Guard
have been mobilized. They have orders to shoot anyone out of
quarters. The Lord President has proclaimed martial law. No one
is safe now. This attempted coup struck too close to home.
Everyone will be suspect, especially us."
could this have happened, Grandfather?" Susan wept. "Who could
have done this?"
can understand the hearts of evil beings?" the elderly man
replied softly. He regained his gruff demeanor quickly. "I did
hear a name, however. And I intend to find out who this 'Master'
is. Now let's move while we still have a chance of getting free
from this nightmare."
lying face down upon the desk in the main office of Temporal
Capsule Repair Center 3 was a middle aged man with hair that was
almost completely gray now. There were still traces of his dark
hair peppered through but the gray hair was winning out over the
dark. The man was face down upon the desk, his head resting
amidst a desktop cluttered with paper, parts, a large open
lockbox and a scattering of keys.
dressed in a simple gray tunic and trousers over which he wore an
apron, the type of apron worn by a worker. In his case he was a
worker, a type of mechanic to be exact. His name was
Ascaloniscalawagsinhyle (in the language of the Time Lords) or
Ascalon for short. Ascalon was beginning to stir, a groan
escaping from him as he did so. His head was pounding with
awoke with perhaps the worst headache he could ever remember
having. It seemed as each breath brought new cascading pain
through his cranium. As he sat up he realized he was seated
behind his desk and that not only his breathing, but the alarm
claxon sounding throughout the Capitol was adding to the
cascading waves of his headache.
I at my desk when I should be home asleep? Ascalon pondered
moved to stand but the sudden wave of nausea and pain convinced
him to stay seated. He wondered why no one had bothered to turn
that annoying claxon off.
looked at the top of his desk and noticed that there were several
things out of place there. For one his comm link was out of
position. Then his drawers looked as if they had been ransacked,
and the most annoying thing was that the Key box was dumped over
and there were dozens of TARDIS keys strewn about the surface of
the hell is going on?" he asked himself.
scooped up a handful of the Keys and stood up from behind the
desk. He had to put a hand on his desk to steady himself as
another wave of nausea and pain came over him. It was then that
he heard the commotion from the Maintenance Chamber outside of
his office. It sounded as if thirty people were running
swallowed hard against his headache and forced himself to the
door. There, he was reaching to open the door when the first
sounds of a TARDIS dematerializing reached his ears. Anger flared
quickly through Ascalon and he stabbed the door's button fiercely
only to be answered by a quick electrical 'pop' and a small
shower of sparks. The door did not whisk open as it should have
done. The sound of another TARDIS dematerializing began and that
was when Ascalon realized that there was something terribly wrong
going on here.
that brain splitting claxon sounding he stabbed the button again
but the door did not move.
reached into his apron pocket and there withdrew his sonic
screwdriver. A few moments later the door slid open and Ascalon
emerged. The first thing he noticed was that there were several
TARDIS capsules missing from the chamber, most notably the Type
75 capsule that had been brought in for temporal overhaul by none
other than the Castellan (the head of Gallifreyan security)
himself. Oh there were still some type 50's and even an old Type
40 still in the chamber, but the newer models were gone.
then that the entrance to the Maintenance Chamber opened and in
rushed a young woman that was very familiar to Ascalon. Her name
was Sarah; no, that wasn't right. Susan! Susan was her name. She
didn't appear to be very happy; in fact she was in tears and
Ascalon spoke quickly, holding his aching head and still trying
to figure out what was going on. "What are you doing here? And
why in bloody hell is that claxon blaring?"
astounded look came over Susan's tear streaked face.
don't know? They have killed everyone!" Susan screamed with
emotion. "All of my family has been killed in the Coup!"
Citadel Guard have orders to shoot anyone out of their quarters,
Ascalon," came a familiar voice from behind Susan.
shifted his eyes to the newcomer making his way through the door.
Ascalon almost bowed before the man. He was one of the more
revered of the Time Lords.
is going on Doctor?"
stooped white haired man hurried up to him.
has been an attempted coup against the Time Lords. Many have been
killed and or captured. The High Council has lost members and now
the Citadel Guard are under orders to kill anyone who resists and
treat everyone as suspect until all of the conspirators have been
captured or killed," the Doctor explained quickly. "I have been
named on their list of suspects."
Anyone who knows you knows better than that!" Ascalon spat, in
disbelief, of what he was being told.
Doctor grabbed Ascalon by his tunic, his face twisted with
emotion. "They attacked my house! My family! I have to get Susan
out of here, and I suggest you do the same."
conspirator would have allowed for the five TARDISes missing from
here to have been taken! You are not safe Ascalon. Get off of
Gallifrey until the High Council can sort this matter out. That's
what we're doing."
could not believe his ears. This wasn't possible! It was unheard
did this Doctor?" Ascalon asked, almost pleadingly. "Who could
have perpetrated such a thing?"
is certain as of yet. I have heard it said that someone known
only as 'the Master' is behind all of this. But I do know that my
name is on their list. When they discover that the Transduction
Barrier is down and several TARDISes under your watch have been
appropriated, your name will be on that list as well." The Doctor
spoke quickly. "I beg of you, Ascalon, come with us, save
could see the emotional pain in the Doctor's eyes; he could see
the truth there as well. Ascalon handed the Doctor a Key. "Go,
save your granddaughter."
yourself Ascalon. Get off of Gallifrey while you can. The Time
Lords are going to be most severe in dealing with this
right," Ascalon agreed. His head was aching and he was still
groggy. Those responsible for the missing TARDIS units must have
done this. But how? Drugged him possibly? "I'm leaving as
knew that such an attempted coup against the Time Lords and the
Council of Time Lords would be met most swiftly, most severely.
They would incarcerate him first and then ask questions later.
How long it would be before his interrogation he could not even
attempt to guess at.
Doctor shook Ascalon's hand. "Thank you my friend. I will never
forget what you have done for me."
Doctor looked down at the key that Ascalon had given him. "Ah, a
Type 40. I always loved those old capsules."
turned and quickly grabbed Susan by the hand. He crossed the
chamber to the Type 40 Model TARDIS, a simple Romanesque column
of blue resting on the platform. The Doctor quickly unlocked the
door and Susan hurried inside. The Doctor paused and turned to
will you go, Doctor?" Ascalon asked.
always had a fondness for Earth. Quite a peaceful little Temporal
Nexus Point located in Mutter's Spiral." The Doctor
smiled to the old Time Lord. "Talk about going into
will you go?" the Doctor asked.
shrugged his shoulders, and then tossed his sonic screwdriver to
the old Time Lord. "Take it, you're gonna need it if you plan on
going far in that old TARDIS."
Doctor caught the screwdriver and smiled. "I will cherish
Doctor smiled a weak smile and then disappeared into the TARDIS.
There was dull hum that grew as the capsule was being powered up
and within a few seconds the old blue pillar dematerialized and
was gone. Ascalon stood and looked at the empty space, wondering
how and why his life had just been turned upside down.
viewscreen located on the wall behind Ascalon suddenly blinked
turned and looked directly into the face of the Castellan
have allowed for criminals against the government to flee
Gallifrey! You are under arrest Ascalon, I have already
dispatched Citadel Guards to bring you in."
smiled sadly to the Castellan. "You know me better than that
Borusa. I am no traitor, but judging from what the Doctor has
told me it would be unwise to wait around to prove my
gripped a key from the many he held and pocketed the remaining
keys. "I sure am going to miss this place," he sighed.
turned his back to the Castellan and crossed the chamber to one
of the Type 50 capsules.
you dare, Ascalon! If you so much as step one foot in that
capsule you will be forever known as a traitor!"
Ascalon sighed, he then turned the key and stepped inside. No
sooner had he closed the door to the TARDIS did a full squad of
the Citadel Guard come storming into the Maintenance Chamber.
They watched, helpless, as the TARDIS dematerialized before their
crossed the console room of the TARDIS and quickly engaged the
TARDIS force field. Standing at the hexagonal console he began
powering up the TARDIS, getting the capsule ready for departure.
looked about the console room and found that the accommodations
seemed somewhat luxurious. The floor was of polished marble. The
console itself rested atop a two step dais which stood in the
midst of four Romanesque looking columns. The console room was
large and looked to be about fifty feet by fifty feet square.
There were columns in the corners of the room. There were also
two sets of double doors (on opposite walls) that led out of the
took a few seconds for the TARDIS to power up. He then made his
way to the panel that contained the navigation controls and there
he met with his first quandary as a renegade.
does one go to hide out from the most technologically advanced
people in the universe?
Doctor had the right idea; someplace small and insignificant.
Somewhere off the 'beaten' path as it were.
had always wanted to see the marvels of Teknos. Teknos it would
be. He punched in the coordinates from memory and as the Time
Rotor in the center of the console illuminated to readiness,
Ascalon pushed the button and silently he said goodbye to
Gallifrey, to his home and the life that he had known.
RENEGADE TIME LORD
1: Watson and the Great Escape
watched as the Time Rotor began to rise and descend in the middle
of the control console. Satisfied that take off had gone off
without a hitch, he decided he had better tackle the problem of
disconnecting the recall circuit. Each TARDIS unit has a recall
circuit built into it. When activated (on Gallifrey by the Time
Lords) that TARDIS returned home, whether the occupants wanted it
to or not.
knew that disconnecting the recall circuit was a tricky endeavor.
TARDIS engineering had made it so that a TARDIS did not function
if the recall circuit was tampered with, let alone disconnected.
Luckily Ascalon was well versed in TARDIS engineering, had to be
since he was one of the more revered of TARDIS technicians on
quickly climbed beneath the console and went to work. As he was
tracing wires and circuits through the pedestal of the control
console he became aware that there was someone standing near him,
her shiny black heeled shoes just a few feet away.
wouldn't mess with that if I were you?" a woman's voice said with
a haughty tone to it.
goodness you are not me," Ascalon responded.
could short out my Time Rotor," the woman continued. "Then where
would we go?"
me," Ascalon said quietly. "I know my way around your
just how do you propose disconnecting my recall circuit without
shorting out my Time Rotor, if I may ask?" There was a hint of
concern in that haughty voice.
Watson," Ascalon smiled. "I only disconnect the temporal
navigational override junctures of the recall circuit. I leave
the indicator junctures intact and thus maintain the semblance
that the entire recall circuit is intact. When Gallifrey
activates the recall circuit we will know because it will light
was silence for a moment.
is clever," the woman finally responded, sounding impressed. "Why
call me Watson?"
little fun," Ascalon replied. "You do know Sherlock
personally no, but I do understand the reference now."
continued beneath the console.
she said again.
yes I have my moments."
moments of silence followed and then Ascalon emerged from beneath
the console. As he climbed to his feet another wave of nausea and
pain swept over him. Ascalon grabbed a hold of the console to
stay upon his feet. His headache was killing him.
that feel okay to you?" Ascalon asked, shaking his head as if to
clear away the cobwebs.
much so," the woman responded. "But how are you feeling?"
noted the concern in her voice. As he stood he was finally was
able to see the owner of the shiny heeled shoes. She was a young
woman and clad in the uniform of what reminded Ascalon of a
butler, a service maid.
quaint, Ascalon mused. This TARDIS has a holographic
a killer headache, my stomach is trying very hard to create a
mess on your floor, I have been forced to flee my planet and my
people for crimes that I had no hand in. Other than that, I'm
just fine, Jeeves."
woman placed her hand to her chin, deep in thought. Then she
looked back to Ascalon with her penetrating dark eyes. "I think I
prefer Watson over Jeeves."
Watson it is," Ascalon smiled. She was a blond haired woman and
she was quite attractive in her appearance. He couldn't help but
notice that her holographic body was very well proportioned. She,
Watson, seemed to notice that he noticed as well.
eyes are up here, sir," she said smiling.
Ascalon stammered, "so they are. Tell me Watson, what was the
primary function of this TARDIS unit?"
woman smiled at Ascalon's apparent embarrassment. My primary
function was used in the conveyance of Time Lords to crucial
astronomical events within the universe, and to do so in luxury
mean a temporal cruise ship?" Ascalon laughed; and yes, it hurt.
His headache was really beginning to boom now.
scowled. "Yes, I guess it is. Why?"
elementary my dear Watson. Now this TARDIS is an escape pod, a
getaway vehicle. With the recall circuit rewired the Time Lords
won't be able to bring us back." Ascalon leaned heavily upon the
console. He was feeling weaker by the second. The pain was
spreading too quickly and he was beginning to find it difficult
to keep his mind focused.
are we escaping Gallifrey?" Watson asked, moving to stand before
Ascalon. She was looking into his brown eyes, as if she were
searching through his very mind for some explanation to their
hasty departure. "You seem unwell."
smiled to Watson. He found that she was a very beautiful
hologram. "Gallifrey is in turmoil. There was an attempted coup
against the Time Lords. I have been falsely implicated and until
the High Council can sort the matter out I need to be
as well try and enjoy my little holiday away from home," Ascalon
smiled through the pain.
me," Watson said softly. She turned on her heel and was walking
to the door that was directly opposite the main door or entrance
into the TARDIS control room.
are we going?"
need to get you to the medical bay," she replied. "I have scanned
your body and there seems to be an issue ensuing that may be
threatening your very life."
What issue?" Ascalon began to follow her. "I don't have any
held the door open for him. "I disagree. You seem to have been
subjected to a high concentrated dose of Terynarium. You do
realize that Terynarium is poisonous do you not?"
course! That was how 'they' were able to render me unconscious
and get their hands on the TARDIS keys.
Watson replied. "You may have been given a fatal dose."
guiding him down a brightly lit hallway of what appeared to be
floored and walled in polished marble. There were vines and a
vast variety of flowering plants growing along the walls. The
vines were entwined about the roundels impressed into the walls,
and which seemed to provide the lighting.
architectural configuration is very pleasing," Ascalon
you very much," Watson replied, sounding as if she flattered by
his compliment. "Castellan Borusa did so like to keep up a
somewhat casual setting for his guests."
stopped. "This was Borusa's TARDIS?"
on loan to him under sanction from the Lord President," Watson
responded, waving for Ascalon to continue onward. "The medical
bay is just ahead, sir."
leaned against the wall. His head was feeling as if it were going
not going to be happy about this then is he?"
wouldn't believe so," Watson replied.
don't feel so well," Ascalon groaned. Then he pitched forward and
fell to the floor, the darkness of unconsciousness taking
awoke to a sharp pain in his left arm and he sat bolt upright to
find that he was lying upon a padded examination bed in what he
could only assume was the TARDIS Medical Bay. He looked about and
saw that there were at least ten medical stations within the Med
Bay, each station having its own diagnostic scanners and
was standing at the bed's side, her servant attire now replaced
with a tight fitting nursing uniform that showed much
Watson said scoldingly, "my eyes are up here." She was holding a
Ascalon said sheepishly. Then, almost as an afterthought; "What
exactly did you inject me with?"
smiled to her patient. "A broad spectrum anti-toxin to combat the
exactly," Watson said softly. "Terynarium is a somewhat rare
poison. It is normally associated with miners of Dyrinium ore.
Unfortunately we do not use Dyrinium ore to power the
what do we do now?" Ascalon inquired. Then his eyes grew large as
he just realized something. "If you're a hologram how were you
able to pick up that syringe and inject me?"
reached out and patted Ascalon on the top of the head as if he
were a small child asking simple questions.
not a hologram," she responded. "I am an architectural construct
of the TARDIS interface. I can actually affect my surroundings
and perform duties that are required of me."
smiled. "Then I chose the right TARDIS to borrow then didn't
placed the syringe on a tray and slid the diagnostic scanner out
of the way. She sat down on the edge of the bed. "Terynarium
poisoning is somewhat fatal if not treated. Unfortunately I do
not have the necessary antidote for Terynarium."
changed our course. Teknos will have to wait. I am taking you to
Prime. Even he had heard of Talos Prime; the galaxy famous
medical station known as one of the premier medical stations of
its age. They would have the antidote for Terynarium!
aren't you clever," Ascalon smiled.
winked to him, "More than you know."
moved to climb down from the bed and he did so he felt his brain
ache and his stomach was a bit nauseas, but not nearly as bad as
he had felt earlier. "How long do I have?"
walked over to the medical scanner and she was reading the panel.
"The poison has been slowed and you should feel much better. But
you only have about 12 hours to find that antidote before you
really begin to feel the effects of the Terynarium. And trust me
when I tell you that you don't want to go there."
breakdown of your major organs, including the brain, as well as
severe pain and insanity," Watson said glibly. "And then you're
about regeneration? Will Terynarium hamper that, if I need to as
a last resort?"
can't regenerate when your brain is a puddle of gray goo in your
skull," Watson replied. "But not to worry, everything you need
can be found at the Talos Prime facility. I have programmed our
arrival during the great Dyrinium Rush. Lots of miners were
brought there for treatment."
visibly relaxed. "I like this place already."
anti-toxins that I administered have slowed the poison's
progression but you only have about twelve hours to get the
antidote into your system. I have also administered a pain
suppressant to cover the effects of the poison you have already
smiled and looked Watson deeply in her eyes. "Thank you."
returned the smile. "No," she replied softly, "thank you. It
feels good to have someone to care for again."
carefully climbed to his feet and felt the slightest twinge of
pain from his headache. His stomach didn't like him moving
though. "By chance is there anything for the nausea?"
on," Watson was walking toward the door of the Med Bay, "we have
to get you dressed. You can't go in there dressed like
Suari held her breath and remained completely motionless. She
could hear the rustling of bare feet moving along the corridor
outside of the dark janitorial closet she had found as a haven
for the past day and a half. Fear was running wild through her
entire body and her heart was pounding so loud that she almost
couldn't hear beyond it.
relax, she told herself. Help would be coming. There still had to
be those on board Telos Prime that were not infected. There had
to be. The Doctors here were brilliant!
rustling footsteps were fading into the distance and when she
could no longer hear them she sighed and tried to relax as best
she could. She pulled a bottle of water from a janitor's cart and
slowly took a small sip. The bottle was almost empty. She
wouldn't be able to hide out in this closet much longer.
Starvation and thirst would bring her out of hiding.
had to be some of the staff that had been uninfected. Surely they
would be working on a vaccine or something. Wouldn't security
details be searching for those that were uninfected? Why was this
all began three days ago when that damn cruise liner had come
started with the sick passengers of the Royal Cruise Liner
Queen Abigail. The liner had come in from cruising near
the Osiris Nebula with reports of a sudden outbreak of a flu-like
virus. It had gone downhill from there.
had begun to regret taking this job after all. The pay was great
for custodial work. But now she was beginning to believe that
cleaning state rooms back on Pellam III wasn't as bad as she had
once thought. Now she was stuck in a janitor's closet on the most
respected medical station in the Federation, avoiding infected
people that were now mindless zombies rather than people.
terrifying. Those that were infected with this mystery virus came
down with flu-like symptoms, but only after either being bitten
or having some form of fluid contact with someone that was
infected. It seemed that after only a few short hours those that
were infected seemingly died. Of course they only remained 'dead'
for an hour or so. Then they simply got up and went looking for
someone that was not infected so as to bite them and infect them,
or worse. She had heard stories that these zombies were actually
eating people on the lower decks. She had heard a doctor saying
that only through ingestion of oxygen rich blood or blood rich
tissue could these dead zombies get enough needed oxygen to keep
a bad horror vid-movie come true! And Annya hated horror
thoughts were quickly drawn back to the present as she heard
movement once again from out in the hallway. This time it was
different. It was quiet movement. Deliberate movement. It wasn't
the mindless zombie shuffle she had endured while in hiding for
the past day and a half.
bumped into something, a gurney or other cart, out in the litter
strewn hallway. A shushing whisper quickly followed and then all
heart beat in her chest wildly. They were people! Uncontaminated
people! She crawled to the closet's door and pressed an ear up to
it. She could hear two people whispering.
it to hell will you be careful!" a man hissed angrily.
sorry, I didn't see the damn food cart there," came a whispered
were just outside of the door!
decided to take a chance. She rapped on the door gently, three
quick knocks and two slow knocks.
very quiet in the hallway beyond the closet door. Annya could
just imagine a frightened man and woman trying to figure out if
that noise they just heard was human or something more sinister.
To ease their minds Annya repeated the light knocking upon the
reply knocks frightened Annya just as much as her knocks had
probably done to the others.
caught her breath and her beating heart and returned the knocks
Are you in there?" the man's voice (a mere whisper) asked.
in the closet," Annya replied, tears coming to her eyes.
you, you know, unharmed?" the man asked.
Annya responded. "I have not been exposed."
was movement beyond the door; Annya could see shadows moving
under the door.
door slowly opened, forcing Annya to scurry back quickly, and a
man entered and was looking down at where Annya knelt on the
floor. The man pointed a large gun at her head.
are you down there?" he whispered.
in here for a day and a half," Annya wept, "hiding from those
man, dressed in a security guard's uniform, stepped around her as
he entered the closet. He was followed almost immediately by a
young woman dressed in a nursing uniform, who was carrying a
firearm as well. Once they were inside the man closed the
long has it been since you have seen or heard them?" the
man asked quickly.
few minutes ago," Annya replied. You were following them?"
Christmas," the woman gasped. "We were following them!"
leaned against the wall, sighing.
I'm glad you knocked when you did," the man said as he sat down
and offered a gloved hand to Annya. "William Marshal, you can
call me Will. This is Dianne."
she replied softly, shaking their hands. "What's going on out
Dianne that responded. "It's bad. The zombies have taken all of
the lower decks and two decks above us. Decks 1-26 are unaffected
but they won't hold out for long. These zombies are getting more
aggressive and their hunger is driving them upwards in the
we get up there?"Annya asked, fear in her whisper.
has an idea," Dianne replied.
end of this hall there is a supply station," Will began. "There
is a transmat pad there. I think we could use that transmat pad
to beam up to the secure decks."
nodded to Will. "I know where that is. The only problem is that
was the direction that they were going just a few minutes
ago. I heard them shuffling by."
cursed and set his head back against the wall with a dull thud.
"It is the only thing I can come up with."
stepped before the full length mirror in his newly acquired
quarters. As far as quarters went he found he couldn't complain,
after all it was better than his apartment back on Gallifrey. In
this room there was a large king sized bed, spacious living area
(complete with a kitchen).
clothes that he now sported were simple jeans, running shoes (or
sneakers as Watson had called them), a pullover shirt completed
with a black leather jacket. His grey hair and brown eyes
combined with his gentle face to give the look of a casual laid
the dark circles under his eyes and the slight twinge of pain in
the back of his brain that reminded him that time was
Ascalon asked, "how do I look?"
will not stand out like a sore thumb among the people of Telos
turned to Watson, a most serious look on his face. "How are we
going to convince these people to treat me?"
smiled warmly to Ascalon. "We are not going to. You are
going to. I cannot leave the TARDIS."
sputtered for a moment. "Me, alone? I am just a
think you will figure it out," Watson said smiling. "You could
always try that aged old practice of asking 'Is there a doctor in
the house?' since Telos Prime is a hospital."
rolled his eyes at Watson.
just what do you know of Telos Prim