EPISODE 10: VALE UNDECIM: PART 2
"Susan? What's going on dear? Is everything all right?" Rarity nudged at the sleeping mare until her eyes fluttered open.
"What... what is it? Did we make it?"
"I'd say, but something's wrong with Ponyville! More importantly something's wrong with the sky!" Susan sat up and looked all around her. Sure enough the sky itself was gone. The sun, the clouds, the moon, everything had vanished. The only thing that sat in their view now was the deep blackness, and a gaping hole in the time vortex that constantly thundering and churning above their heads.
"I've heard stories about this from my grandfather," Susan muttered," small time ruptures causing gaps that lead to dimensions or consuming hole worlds into nonexistence
but I have never heard of anything quite like this."
"What's happened to the sky?" Pinkie Pie gasped.
"The time rupture has split the entire universe into two halves, one beginning at this point," Susan pointed up at the sky, "The other being back where the Daleks attacked."
"You mean we traveled back in time?" Fluttershy whimpered.
"Back to the past, yes, but that's not where our concern lies; what we need to focus on right now is the fact that this fracture is leaking. The more we sit here and do nothing all the events that have ever happened between this point and the point in the future is pouring out into the void." Susan looked at her vortex manipulator and punched in a few buttons. The device did not respond. "Perfect, I can still use the manipulator, but without the Doctor we can't get to the TARDIS."
"What do we need the TARDIS for?" Rarity inquired.
"The TARDIS has the ability to fix the time rupture by placing a time bubble or time lock on that specific area of the event, freezing it so that we can have time to mend the action. Think of it like this; we need to Doctor to place a cast on the fracture in time." Susan chuckled lightly at her own humor, but stopped when she noticed something directly behind Rarity's head.
"Is there something wrong with my face?" Rarity stressfully blushed.
"No, it's not that," Susan muttered, "All kinds of events are pouring out, meaning that events either remain intact or vanish completely, so
"So, what is that over there?" The three ponies turned to look at what Susan had laid eyes upon. They noticed that the silhouette of a pony was zipping across the sky, only to vanish at a certain point and reappear several kilometers behind the initial disappearing point.
"What in all of Equestria is going on?!" Rarity gasped.
"There are certain moments in time that are fixed," Susan clarified, "no matter what happens elsewhere these moments have to stand. These fixed points are usually the last things to fall into the void due to their importance in the time stream. Question is, what moment was this, and why is it so important?"
"Only one way to find out for sure," Fluttershy whispered as she fluttered her wings up to the nearest cloud. She had difficulty at first, but the utter urgency of the situation gave her the boost that she needed. She had managed to reach the silhouette by way of the cloud closest to it, and when the pony made passed by once more she figured it out. It all seemed so clear to Fluttershy that this was now the most important event in all of time itself.
"Can it really be so simple?" She whispered to herself.
"Doctor? What kind of name is that?" The Doctor looked at Twilight Sparkle as though she had lost her mind, but upon realizing her present age he sighed.
"Of course, she put you into a memory lapse to prevent the shock from getting to you all at once. Not to worry, though, once you start exploring the TARDIS your mind will start returning and everything should be closer to making sense to you."
"TARDIS, what's that?"
"Listen carefully, Twilight Sparkle," The Doctor replied, "I know that this is going to come as a shock to you, but you're not in your room right now." Twilight Sparkle looked around her and then shrugged.
"What are you talking about? I am in my room."
"No you're not. You're inside the TARDIS. The TARDIS has put herself into a fluctuating paradox, meaning that she has piled herself within herself so that she doesn't take too much damage from the already incurring time fracture
" The Doctor looked down at the confused young pony. "Just think of it as a set of nesting dolls that go on practically forever." The Doctor pulled out his sonic screwdriver and buzzed all around the room, including in Twilight Sparkle's face. He examined the readout and sighed. "The TARDIS is using your memories to recreate a moment in your life that is the most neutral. She's only got so much energy to expend before this and all of her other chambers collapse forever."
"I don't understand what you're trying to say, mister Doctor
"You don't have to. Twilight Sparkle, you are a brilliant little filly, and a far more brilliant and gorgeous mare, but you've got to start trusting me." The Doctor threw his sonic screwdriver up into the air, caught it, and handed it over to Twilight Sparkle. She looked at it for a moment, still clueless and a bit scared. "I need you to take this. The minute you step out of this room you won't have much time. Your memories, along with the memories of Rainbow Dash and Applejack are running amok in the TARDIS right now. You have to make a break for it before they catch up with you." The Doctor placed a hoof on her shoulder. "I know you can do it, Twilight Sparkle; the brilliant, wonderful Twilight Sparkle." She hesitated for a moment. Then, with one shaking hoof she took the sonic screwdriver from the Doctor. He smiled, and motioned to the door. "Your destiny awaits, wise one."
Twilight trotted slowly to the door as the Doctor gave her quick wink. She opened the door and saw the main hallway of her house in Canterlot, but when she stepped outside the vision immediately faded. She was now looking at the white and gold decorated interior of the TARDIS. It was then that her memories of the Doctor faded back into her head. How could she have been so stupid to have forgotten the Doctor of all people? As she remembered everything she noticed that her body had aged to match her current state of mind. She sighed in relief, not wanting to think of what it would be like if she remained a filly forever. That was when she heard a thump coming from behind her. Twilight Sparkle turned around to see the Doctor crumpled onto the floor, his regeneration energy flowing out from his body.
"Doctor!" Twilight tried to run back inside but the Doctor held out his hoof
"Stay back," he exclaimed, "just stay back! There's no time for me now, Twilight Sparkle, only time for you. When you find the TARDIS control room just point and click. Just
" The Doctor fell to the ground, now an empty pile of clothes. The glowing particles that had once been his form floated away into nothingness. The room that had emulated the one Twilight Sparkle had as a child dissolved as well. It slowly faded, leaving a sterile white and gold bedroom in its place. Twilight crumpled to the floor of the hallway, now in tears. She had seen the Doctor die right before her eyes, and she couldn't save him. After everything she had done, after all that she had sacrificed, she was utterly helpless to save the one she loved. She didn't know how long she sat there in the pitch, but she had to do one last thing: fulfill the Doctor's last request.
Twilight Sparkle was feeling an incredibly overpowering feeling of déjà vu. The faded color of what she knew was a once a shiny and new corridor bothered her. Even as she trotted slowly through the interior of the TARDIS she could hear strange whispers and sounds coming from beneath. Every now and then there would be a break in the corridor, and she would have to make a choice. She decided she would cover more ground if she alternated between left and right when choosing paths. Though the more she took this zigzagging pattern the more her exhaustion grew. Twilight didn't know how much longer she could last if she kept traveling like this. Even so, she was doing this for the Doctor. This was all that she had left, and she was going to accomplish her task even if it killed her.
Not too far up in some unknown hall of the TARDIS she saw a pile of rags sitting in the darkness. She looked at it from her current position, but decided it would be best if she got a bit closer to get a good look at it. The moment she stepped close to it the pile of rags animated and floated into the air. She screamed as the rags revealed a pair of clawed hands and a beaked face.
"Pony," The Carrionite shrieked, "accursed pony! You will pay for what you did to me!" The beast fluttered over to the trembling Twilight Sparkle, who did the only thing she could think of at that exact moment: run.
The Carrionite was fast, but Twilight Sparkle was faster. The creature hissed at her as it struggled to keep up. Twilight took any chance she could get to outrun the monster, even if that meant using corridors that she had already taken. She didn't know where those were, however; all the corridors seem to meld now into a single unknown pathway. Twilight was just about to give up hope when she saw a doorway in front of her. She didn't know if her plan would work, but there was no more harm in trying than there was in not trying. She activated the sonic screwdriver that the Doctor had given her, and to her surprise the door opened for her. She jumped inside and activated the screwdriver again. The door slammed shut, and the Carrionite roared with anger as it hit the metal hatch hard. Twilight huffed as she tried to catch her breath. She looked around and noticed that the room she was in seemed to be some kind of junction room. The Carrionite was locked behind one of four different doorways. She sat down for a moment to allow her body to rest and her mind to work. Which doorway could possibly be the best choice? She hadn't even come close to choosing when she noticed that there were several closets present, along with three dummies. She looked from one dummy to the next, but when she laid eyes on the dummy she saw first she noticed that its head was now turned to face directly at her.
"It's Rainbow Dash!" Fluttershy shouted.
"Rainbow Dash," Susan muttered in curiosity, "what is so important at this point in Rainbow Dash's time stream?"
"She's still young, about the same age I got my cutie mark." Fluttershy thought on it for a moment, and then smiled. "Yes, that has to be it!"
"What is it, Fluttershy?"
"The sonic rainboom," Fluttershy replied, "at this exact point in time she managed to achieve a sonic rainboom!"
yes! Oh yes, Fluttershy, you are a genious!" Susan jumped up and down, even throwing a hoof into the air.
"Is there something really, really, really good about a sonic rainboom right now?" Pinkie Pie scratched her mane.
"Don't you see, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy?! How many times has Rainbow Dash created a sonic rainboom?"
"Twice," Rarity stated.
"And that's all we need to know! Don't you see, girls? The sonic rainboom is what caused the dimensional gap! When Rainbow Dash zoomed across the sky like that she tore a small pocket in the dimension. It wasn't big enough at first, but when she did it a second time she pulled at an end of the gap and effectively widened it. Rainbow Dash is the reason grandfather and I are in Equestria!"
How can they be here, Twilight asked herself as she kept running from the Sontarans. The armored aliens were galloping after her, shooting at her with their reconfigured weapons. Shots of laser fire rang out as Twilight Sparkle kept her distance from the advancing creatures, screaming as every near hit came closer to ending her life. She had a desperate need to cry, but she had cried enough while facing the Autons, Mara, and the Master inside the TARDIS. They were all chasing her, and she simply had no tears left to shed. She was so frightened that she forgot where she was going, and nearly tumbled down a vertical shaft. She looked down at the darkness below and sighed in relief. When Twilight turned around, however, she was face to face with the Master.
"And we were having so much fun," The Master grinned, "won't you come and join us all in here, Twilight Sparkle?" She let out a wailing scream as she tumbled backwards into the vertical shaft. She thought she was going to die until she realized that the gravity repositioned her on the vertical shaft to face horizontally. She let out a sigh of relief, and then focused her attention to the entrance of the vertical shaft. The Master was already following her, slowly trotting down from his vertical position to her horizontal position. "I'm
hungry!" The Master cackled as he picked up the pace. Twilight Sparkle was going insane from all the running, but she had no choice; it was either run or die.
"Does that mean we're going to have to stop Rainbow Dash from doing the sonic rainboom?" Rarity inquired.
"No, we can't do that," Susan explained, "It's bound to happen sooner or later, since the event is predetermined as a fixed moment. We just need to get a proper reading from the continuous action so that we know exactly how to seal the breach." Susan activated her vortex manipulator and used her horn to sync with a magic field. The field then floated up and created a runway of sorts in the air directly beneath where Rainbow Dash would come zooming in. The minute she appeared the pathway glowed a bright blue, and the vortex manipulator beeped in response. "There we go, simple as that!" Susan pressed a few buttons and a code appeared before her eyes.
"What are you doing?" Pinkie Pie asked.
"I am dissecting the energy signature and pulling a single base code from the event," Susan mumbled as she worked, "Basically all events in time and space are coded using a single system. These codes fluctuate depending on the exact nanosecond you happen to be in. This event, like all events, has a base code, and once I have that base code I can use it to negate the effects of the time rupture since the base code of the rupture itself remains constant." Pinkie Pie's face scrunched up into one of confusion and mild disregard. Susan sighed and smiled. "I'm collecting the plaster to make the cast," Susan replied simply.
"Now all we really need is the Doctor and the TARDIS," Fluttershy whispered happily, "Right Susan?"
"That's all we need
" Susan looked up as the time rupture seemed to glow even brighter than before. "Please, grandfather. You must hurry," Susan muttered under her breath.
Twilight had collapsed out of exhaustion, having nowhere else to run to she lay on the ground, tearlessly weeping as she began to give up hope. The Doctor was dead, and she was lost in a maze full of monsters. There was nothing left to do but lie down and die. For a maddening eternity she sat there, breathing heavily as her lungs burned. When she was sure she had the strength to stand she did so, only to stare directly into the faces of all the enemies of the Doctor; the ruthless Carrionite, the mindless Autons, the devilish Mara, the calculating Master, the warrior Sontarans, and the cold Cyberponies.
"You have fought well and sacrificed much to defend everything that you had hoped to bring to your world," The Carrionite screeched.
"And yet you sssstill cower in the facccce of your precioussss Doctor'ssss greatesssst adverssssariesssss." The Mara hissed.
"The Universe has no room for a coward like you," The Master sneered, "Someone so incompetent that they couldn't even save the one they cared for the most."
"After everything the Doctor has done for you," one of the Sontarans bellowed, "after everything that he has suffered through
"You still have the capacity to bring shame to his image," a Cyberpony stated.
"We have all fought the Doctor," The Master went on, "and we have lost, time and time again. But even as his most fear nemeses we do not give any sign of weakness, and do you know why? Because we have our own dreams; we all have our own image of a perfect world!"
"To be without purpose in this universe is to give up upon everything that you had been destined to do; everything that you had been born to do," another Sontaran growled, "is that the legacy you leave behind, Twilight Sparkle; that of a coward?" Twilight Sparkle lowered her head in shame. She had given up; she had lost faith in the Doctor. There was no worth to her words anymore, no point in anything. But with this realization she knew it was not too late to redeem herself. Tears flowed into her eyes as she glanced back upon these feared aliens.
"That's right," Twilight Sparkle muttered, "I did give up; I was a coward. But now I have realized the truth. The truth that, after everything the Doctor has given up for me, after everything my friends have done for me, I have never been truly thankful. From the deepest place in my heart I have never truly thanked the Doctor." Her horn lit up with magic, and the monsters seemed to back away. The Master leered at her as a bright purple glow washed over the room. "The Doctor trusts me to do what is right," Twilight continued, "He trusts me, and that's all that matters now. I will find and save the Doctor even if it means I have to rip the TARDIS apart! None of you will stop me, do you hear me?! NONE OF YOU!" Twilight released a bolt of magic that tore its way down the corridor, blasting all of the monsters at the end of the corridor into golden particles. She watched in utter amazement as the particles settled to the ground, glistening in the purple light still left behind by her horn.
"But that's impossible," Twilight gawked, "not even that kind of magic could have done that
" The particles coalesced into a small pile on the floor. Then, as mysteriously as the particles had appeared, they began to swirl around in an unfelt wind. The swirling became stronger and stronger until the particles became a great swirl of golden light. Twilight Sparkle shielded her eyes as she heard that wonderful, familiar grinding sound of the TARDIS. When she looked back at where the particles had been there stood a big, blue, wooden box. "Like a nesting doll," Twilight sparkle chuckled as the tears still stung her eyes, "you clever, clever colt."
Twilight threw open the doors of the TARDIS, finding that everything was exactly the same as she had left it. Rainbow Dash and Applejack were both suspended in mid air, somehow stuck in time. However, no matter where she looked, the Doctor was nowhere to be found. She sighed sadly, and slowly trotted up to the console. The sonic screwdriver the Doctor had given her was badly damaged from being dropped and crushed while she was escaping those creatures, but it still worked. She aimed it at the console of the time machine, and clicked. The blue light of the screwdriver washed over the controls, and immediately a blast of air rushed over Twilight Sparkle's face as Rainbow Dash and Applejack became animated once more, along with the sounds of the battle raging on outside.
Susan had no more than just finished her sentence when her vortex manipulator started beeping. She looked up, and when she did she saw the young Rainbow Dash zipping across the sky. This time, however, she did not repeat the action. Instead, Rainbow Dash went right ahead and completed her sonic rainboom. The sound was not the only amazing feature of the phenomenon, but the colors were as well. A bright, circular rainbow echoed across the grass where Susan, Rarity, Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy all sat. They looked on at the truly remarkable display, and they smiled.
"He did it," Susan cheered, "whatever the Doctor did, he did it!" She punched in a few buttons on her vortex manipulator and grabbed hold of Rarity and Fluttershy. "Hang on, girls, because we're going home!" Pinkie Pie grabbed Susan's tail, and within a second the four of them vanished from that point in time, never to return again.
"What in the blazes just happened back there, Twi?" Applejack inquired, "I just remember that one minute we was in trouble and the next minute we're all here." Applejack and Rainbow Dash jumped as Susan and the others joined in.
"Sorry about the delay, grandfather, but we-" Susan looked for the Doctor, but he was not there. "Grandfather?" Susan trotted over to Twilight. "Where's the Doctor?" Twilight lowered her head as her voice choked up.
"When I found him inside the TARDIS," Twilight began, lightly sobbing, "He told me to use his sonic screwdriver on the controls, and then he
" Susan was about to say something when she looked over Twilight's Shoulder.
"Right behind you?" Rainbow Dash said. Twilight slowly looked behind her to see that the Doctor was standing there, suave as ever, smiling down at her from on the glass staircase.
"Hello Twilight," The Doctor grinned. Twilight Sparkle did not utter another word. She simply ran up the stairs and embraced the Doctor. She couldn't think of anything to say, and so she smiled. Her eyes were bloodshot from all her crying, but she did not care. Her Doctor was safe, and that's all that mattered now.
"I'm glad you can join us, Doctor," Rarity curtsied. Twilight finally broke the embrace to let the Doctor bow.
"I'm glad to be back aboard, Rarity," He looked over at Twilight Sparkle, and when he saw the state of his sonic screwdriver he frowned and sighed stressfully. He leaned backward and cupped a hoof over his mouth. "Old girl," he seemed to yell at the TARDIS console, "Can you fetch me a new sonic screwdriver?! I'm afraid the old one's been fuddled with." Twilight Sparkle hid the old sonic screwdriver behind her back shamefully. The time machine groaned twice, beeped once, and chirped three times, revealing a sonic screwdriver from inside her console. The Doctor trotted around and picked it up. He examined it like a little child examined a brand new toy. He flicked it out and buzzed once, revealing a brilliant green light. "Green," The Doctor chortled, "now that's a color I can live with."
"Doctor," Rainbow Dash whispered, "I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the battle is still going on outside!" The Doctor looked up from his fiddling and smirked sheepishly
"Yes, right, of course. Well, the TARDIS has managed to place a time bubble around the Dalek command vessel, so we need to act fast before the bubble collapses. The TARDIS was able to get the bubble around the ship before the shields went back up, so we should have a direct opening to the inside of the command room."
"Have you got a plan, grandfather?" Susan smiled.
"A little something clever to give as thanks to our Dalek friends
The Daleks knew immediately that the TARDIS had landed on the exterior of the ship, and when they found out they patched a secure transmission to the Doctor himself. The Supreme Dalek in his red and gold armor seemed angrier than ever when the Doctor activated the large monitor inside the capsule.
"DOCTOR," The Supreme Dalek seemed to seethe with rage, "YOUR FEEBLE ATTEMPTS TO STOP THE MIGHT OF THE DALEKS IS MOST IMPRESSIVE. BUT YOU ARE FAR TOO LATE. SOON WE WILL ACTIVATE THE DIMENSION VAULT AND-"
"-and increase the size of the gap and invade the rest of the known universe?" The Dalek fell silent as the Doctor revealed the rest of its plan. "I know all about what you were planning to do, and not because I'm just downright clever, no, I know your plan because this war has been going on for longer than you know."
"EXPLAIN," The Supreme Dalek screamed, "EXPLAIN!"
"You've already tried this plan before. Well, technically the plan never went through because my friends and I had to travel back in time and mop up the mess you caused once before, and let me tell you something, I am not letting that happen again!"
"YOU CANNOT HOPE TO STOP THE DALEKS, DOCTOR. WE HAVE THE UPPER HAND IN THIS SCENARIO!"
"Oh, is that so? Well then I hope to rain down on your parade, so to speak, but I think you will find this fact to be most conclusive!" The Doctor held up a small device and pressed a button on it. The image from the Dalek ship shook as a massive explosion rocked the core of the vessel. The Doctor could hear the screams of the mutants from the other end.
"SUPREME DALEK, THE DIMENSION VAULT ROOM HAS BEEN CRITICALLY DAMAGED; SUB SECTIONS 5, 7, 23, 57, 89 HAVE BEEN COMPROMISED!"
"EXPLAIN," The Supreme Dalek bellowed, EXPLAIN, EXPLAIN!"
"I took the liberty of utilizing the time bubble generated by the TARDIS to leave you all a very special gift. Nothing too special, really, just several explosive charges of my own personal recipe; you're all out of time, Dalek," The Doctor muttered, "quite literally." The Doctor pressed another button, and the image from the Dalek ship cut out as everyone in the TARDIS heard an explosion coming from above them. The Doctor let the device drop to the ground, and he sighed with relief. "I win." Everyone in the room started cheering as the Doctor smiled and clapped. The entire universe was safe once again, all thanks to the Doctor and his resilient companions. That was when the Doctor heard the beam firing overhead. The Doctors expression went from one of elation to one of sheer terror as he ran over to the doors of the TARDIS and threw them open. He was looking at a repeat of the end of the universe; the dimension vault had been activated, and was already starting to widen the gap. The others followed him out onto the surface of the Dalek saucer, watching in disbelief as the beam charged up.
"Doctor," Twilight Sparkle almost wailed, "what are we going to do?!" The Doctor looked at Twilight. She felt a tinge of sadness in her heart as she looked into the familiar smile of the Doctors face; that same look of sadness and regret.
"You're not going to do anything." The Doctor sighed. "All of you, Twilight, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie
you're all going to go home. And so am I." They all looked at him, in shock at what he had just said.
"No, no you're not leaving us like this!" Rainbow Dash shouted.
"I'm sorry, but it has to end like this. The time vortex is stressed enough; if we let this time rupture happen it's going to blow a hole in reality itself. Everything will be destroyed, and with no chance of survival."
"I came all this way, Doctor," Twilight Sparkle sobbed, "I came all this way to see you. And now you are going to leave me?"
"I'm sorry, Twilight. But this is the way that it was meant to be." The Doctor whistled, and as he did four Pegasus ponies appeared. They bowed to the Doctor, and he forced a salute in return. The Doctor turned to Susan, who was just as stunned as the rest. "Are you coming, Susan?" She stared blankly at the Doctor, slowly removing her vortex manipulator. She handed the device to the Doctor, who stared at her with tear laden eyes.
"You're going to need the base code to reconfigure the beam," She choked, "but I'm not coming with you. I'm staying here, with the rest of them."
"Doctor, what's goin' to happen when you leave?" Applejack whispered.
"The base code will be fed all the way into the time stream, repairing the gap in the universe. Everything that has transpired, from me dropping out of the sky, to the Daleks attacking Equestria, will reverse itself. None of this will have ever happened. None of us will remember anything."
"I don't want to forget you," Twilight cried, "I don't want you to go!" The Doctor looked at her, his own tears starting to fall from his eyes. He walked over to all of his companions and motioned for all of them to come forward. They slowly came forward, and when they were within touching distance the Doctor hugged them one by one. When he got to Twilight Sparkle he patted her on the head and whispered into her ear: "Nothing is truly forgotten, Twilight Sparkle." He then trotted over to the left side of the TARDIS, where the four Pegasus ponies stood. "Can one of you carry two?" He asked. They nodded. "Good, good
escort these ponies back to Ponyville." He sniffled as a tear ran down his cheek, "I will never forgive you if any harm comes to them." The four ponies saluted, and motioned for Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy to start flying. Fluttershy nodded nervously and took off. Rainbow Dash looked at the Doctor, tears already beginning to form, and took off behind Fluttershy. The four ponies grabbed hold of Twilight, Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Susan. As they flew off Twilight Sparkle looked on as the Doctor trotted off sadly into his little blue box. She struggled with the Pegasus pony transporting her, desperately trying to reach for her Doctor, who was now so far away.
"Doctor!" She screamed, "Doctor, please!! DOCTOR!" The Doctor did not listen, and instead walked into the TARDIS and closed the door behind him. Rainbow Dash, Applejack and Twilight all heard the doors to the capsule slam shut and it hurt deep within. Their Doctor, their wonderful magnificent Doctor, was finally saying goodbye. Rainbow Dash wept silently to herself as she flew onward into the coming dawn.
The Doctor struggled at the controls to the TARDIS as he could hear the Dalek command ship exploding beneath him. He didn't have much time; the vessel would soon destabilize and speed up the time rupture. The Doctor yanked a small panel off of the time vortex manipulator that Susan had given him, and began connecting the circuitry to the monitor. The base code was fairly simple, but he didn't have time to replicate it without connecting the device into the time machine. The Doctor wiped the tears and the sweat off of his face. He knew that this was going to happen sooner or later; so why did it hurt? He was about to reach for the brakes and lift them up when an explosion beneath him rocked him onto his side. The whole TARDIS had been tipped onto its left, and the Doctor, now hanging from the railing, couldn't reach the brake.
Rainbow Dash had heard the explosion behind her, followed by Twilight's screams. She looked behind her and saw that the Doctor's time machine had been tipped on its side, and was slowly sliding off of the command ship's hull. Rainbow Dash didn't know what to do; she wanted to help the Doctor, but she did want to show feelings for him in front of Twilight Sparkle. She thought hard for a second before her instincts kicked in. She shot toward the TARDIS as fast as her wings could take her.
"Dash, wait!" Applejack cried after her. Rainbow Dash did not stop; she wanted the Doctor to be safe as well, and this would be her last chance to help him before he went.
The TARDIS groaned as the Doctor reached up with a hoof over the railing, trying in vain to lift the brakes. The more he tried to reach for it, however, the farther it seemed to get from him. Tears formed into his eyes as he remembered the first time he met all of the ponies in Ponyville; how he had landed that ridiculous blue box of his in the middle of nowhere. He remembered all of his wonderful experiences flying the TARDIS with Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle, and their encounters with all the mysteries of the universe. His hoof dropped to his side as he gave up trying to reach for the brake. "Of course not," he whispered to himself as he dangled on the side of the rail. He closed his eyes, and waited for the inevitable. That was when he heard a click, and a rumble shook the entire TARDIS. The brake had lifted itself, and the Doctor's marvelous machine was taking off. I knew I could count on you, old girl, he thought to himself as he felt the TARDIS rising into the air.
Rainbow Dash watched as the Doctor's blue box lifted into the sky, twirling around as it made that familiar grinding sound. She moved her hair away from her face as she let her tears flow freely. "Goodbye, my Doctor," Rainbow Dash smiled, "Our wonderful, awesome, crazy Doctor
No pony saw what happened next, for it was too fast to even remember. The TARDIS exploded into a brilliant array of colors as it shot into the sky, sending a bright wave of energy to sweep across the land. This stupendous shockwave of all sorts of colors rippled out over the entire world, erasing the Dalek ships and ponies from view. They did not simply disappear; they were all being sent to their rightful places in time. The Doctor had successfully rewritten time in Equestra; he had written a time without the Doctor. As the TARDIS sped through the time vortex he could feel all of time and space surrounding him, and he could feel the changes taking place within his own body. His memories were draining, and his regeneration was reversing. Everything was returning to normal; so then why did it hurt?
"Amy," The Doctor muttered, "did you leave this here?"
"No, I just thought that's always been there. Why is it blue?"
"Now that you mention it the color is rather interesting." The Doctor was examining a small, almost unimportant feather. It was of the brightest sky blue, and it was incredibly soft to the touch. "Now where have I seen this before
?" The Doctor tried hard to remember. He sat in the chair next to the central controls, moving the feather across his face as he tried to recall.
"Anyway," Rory muttered as the Doctor thought, "I thought it would be interesting if you took us somewhere romantic for our honeymoon. I mean, the trip to Venice was good, and the whole thing with the Egyptian god thing was good too, but we should be going somewhere
"Better," Amy finished for him, "Someplace better." The Doctor looked up at the two of them and smiled his brightest grin.
"How could I have forgotten all of that? After all this time how could I have forgotten?"
"What is it, Doctor?" Amy grinned in return.
"I know exactly where we should go, but you're going to have to trust me..."