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12 April 2010 @ 02:02 pm
Little Tin Men (3/3) - Doctor Who  

Title: Little Tin Men
Author: jedimasterstar 
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: PG
Prompt: Metal for occhallenge 
Characters: Tenth Doctor, Mara Everson (OFC), Rose Tyler
Disclaimer: I do not own Doctor Who. It’s just some mad woman’s creative thinking of wanting to rewrite something.
A/N: This is probably going to be the last post for my AU series for a week or two.  I haven’t even begun “The Age of Steel” yet. But just stay tune! I’ll probably post it under this title or a new one.

Summary: Mara Everson was sent to Britain to write a story about Jackie Tyler’s birthday party for her international journalism class. Now she has met two people from another universe. But what is going to happen next?

Previously, on Part 2...


“Doctor! What’s going on?!” she called. He still did not answer as he weaved his way through the crowd to join Rose at a window. Looking out the window, Mara saw figures marching toward them.

“It's happening again,” he said in a hushed voice.

“What do you mean?” asked Rose.

“I've seen them before.”

“Who?” inquired Mara.

“Cybermen,” he answered as the now tin men smashed through the full-length windows with their fists.

The crowd began to scream and cower as the Cybermen entered and circled the group to prevent escape. A comm seemed to beep, a beep that the president answered. “Mr. Lumic,” he answered with a tone of distaste in his voice.

A seemingly cheery voice came through with, “Mr. President.  I suppose a remark about crashing the party would be appropriate at this point.” He gave an evil laugh.

“I forbade this,” the president said forcefully.

“These are my children, sir.  Would you deny my family?”

“What are they?  Robots?” whispered the blonde to the Doctor.

“Worse than that,” was the reply.

“Who were these people?” asked the president.

Lumic replied, “Doesn't matter.”

“They're people?” Rose asked in disbelief.

It hit Mara. “The presentation. Lumic said that he found a way to preserve the human brain indefinitely,” she said.

The Doctor nodded. “They were human.  Until they had all their humanity taken away.  It's a living brain jammed inside a cybernetic body. 

With a heart of steel.  All emotions removed,” he replied.

“Why no emotions?” asked Rose.

“Because it hurts,” he said with pain in his voice.

The president raised his voice as he demanded, “I demand to know, Lumic! These people – who were they?”

“They were homeless, wretched and useless until I saved them.  And elevated them.  And gave them life-eternal.  And now, I leave you in their capable hands.  Goodnight, sir.  Goodnight, Mr. President,” replied Lumic as he turned off the comm.

One of the Cybermen straightened itself as it said, “We have been upgraded.” 

“Into what?” asked the Doctor.

“The next level of mankind.  We are Human Point Two.  Every citizen will receive a free upgrade.  You will become like us.” 

Approaching the Cyberman, the president said, “I'm sorry. I'm so sorry for what's been done to you. But listen to me – this experiment ends.  Tonight.”

“Sir! I wouldn’t go near him,” called Mara. The man ignored her.

“Upgrading is compulsory,” the Cyberman said.

“And if I refuse?”

“Don't,” warned the Doctor as Rose glanced at him. Mara just kept looking at the scene unfolding before her.

“What if I refuse?” the president asked again.

Stepping forward, the Doctor repeated, “I'm telling you, don't.”

The man ignored him as he demanded again, “What happens if I refuse?”

“Then you are not compatible,” the metal man replied.

“What happens then?”

“You will be deleted.” With that, the Cyberman grabbed the man by the neck and electrocuted him. The crowd screamed and began to run. Mara stood in shock as she heard Pete yell for Jackie. Going into action, the Doctor pushed Rose through one of the broken windows and grabbed Mara’s hand to pull her along with him.

“There's nothing we can do!” yelled the Doctor as he grabbed Rose who was attempting to run back inside.

“My mum's in there!” she yelled.

“She's not your mother!  Come on!” he yelled back as he pushed her ahead. Mother? wondered Mara as it finally came to her. Jackie. Jackie’s her mother, she thought. The trio ran up a slope, just to encounter another group of Cybermen. Changing direction, they ran around the side of the mansion as Pete leaped out a window.

“Quick!  Quick!” called Rose as Pete spotted them and proceeded to run after them.

When they reached the front of the house, the Doctor looked around and said, “Pete, there's no way out!”

“The side gates!” Pete replied as they ran in the direction he pointed. “Who are you?  How do you know so much?” he demanded.

“You wouldn't believe it in a million years,” replied the Time Lord.

When confronted by another row of Cybermen, they had to run back. But then two figures with gun ran toward them. “Who's that?!” asked Rose.

“Get behind me!” one of them yelled as the group either stood or crouched behind them.

When the Cybermen stopped marching, Rose began to fuss with the man’s coat. “Oh my God, look at you,” she said, relief evident in his voice. She pulled him into a hug and Mara could see the bewilderment on his face. “I thought I'd never see you again!” she continued.

The man pulled away from her. “Yeah, no offence, sweetheart, but who the hell are you?” he asked.

Mara stared in disbelief as another man who looked like the man Rose hugged sprinted towards them. “Rose!” he called. Coming to a complete stop, he added, “That's not me.  That's like…the other one.” Rose just looked between the two of them.

“Um, guys,” said Mara as she looked around.

Not hearing her, the Doctor said, “Oh, as if things weren't bad enough. There's two Mickey's!”

“It’s Ricky,” the other said.

“Guys…” Mara said again.

Mickey picked up where she left off. “But there's more of them,” he said. The group looked around as they realized they were surrounded.

“We're surrounded,” said Rose.

“Brilliant observation,” Mara said sarcastically. Rose glared at her.

Ricky raised his gun only to have the Doctor say, “Put the guns down.  Bullets won't stop them.”

Ricky’s friend ignored him and began to fire. Angry, the Doctor pushed the gun aside as he reiterated, “No!  Stop shooting, now!” Straightening up, he proceeded to address the surrounding Cybermen. “We surrender! Hands up,” he ordered the group of humans as they put their hands up along with him. “There's no need to damage us, we're good stock.  We volunteer for the upgrade program.  Take us to be processed.”

“You are rogue elements,” one of the Cybermen replied.

“But we surrender.”

“You are incompatible.”

Desperate, the Doctor pleaded, “But this is a surrender!”

“Doctor, I don’t think they care,” said Mara.

“You will be deleted,” the Cyberman said.

But we're surrendering!  Listen to me, we surrender!” shouted a now frantic Doctor. Mara put a hand on his back to try to call him down.

The Cyberman said, “You are inferior.  Man will be reborn as Cybermen but you will perish under maximum deletion.” It raised it’s arm and pointed at the Doctor. For once in her life, Mara completely terrified as the Cyberman repeated, “Delete. Delete. Delete!”

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