“So where exactly are we Doctor?” Rose enquired as the Tardis rematerialized.
“We’re on The Malcolm Zinn,” stated the Doctor as if it was obvious. He flicked a couple of switches on the Tardis control panel, and then turned to face the waiting group.
“But what about the storm,” Abi worried. “Isn’t that a bit dangerous? I mean you just pulled us out of the storm, we could get torn apart!”
The Doctor rolled his eyes in exasperation, “We are on The Malcolm Zinn,” he repeated, “Only we are two hundred years in the past! If my calculations are correct, we should have hopefully arrived a couple of days before the last confirmed sighting of it.”
Lloyd who had obviously not believed that the Tardis could travel in time suddenly looked very excited.
“Wow, how cool is that. To really be able to travel in time…just think of all the things that you do…the things you could change!”
The Doctors expression darkened immediately, “We are only here to find out what happened, to solve the mystery of what and how The Malcolm Zinn disappeared and to discover what happened to you when you were on board and who this Jolus character is. We must not change anything! The consequences are direr if you do.”
Rose nodded and glanced over at the Doctor, she knew only too well what could happen if you changed something in the past.
“Now I believe that we have landed in one of the cargo bays, I thought that the tardis would be fairly safe from being discovered here. Now you need to change your clothes, so you can blend in; the Tardis will provide something suitable for you. Rose will show you where you can get changed.”
Half an hour later, they were ready to leave.
“Aren’t you going to change? Wilson asked the Doctor.
The Doctor grinned and winked at Rose, “I have… well sort of, I changed me jumper!”
Rose giggled and told them that the Doctor would not be the Doctor with out his trusted leather Jacket!
Meanwhile on board The Marco Perez, Kramer stumbled along the corridors toward the flight deck, wishing he was twenty years younger and fitter. His left arm hurt like hell and hung loosely at his side, probably broken. He had managed to turn off the warning alarms, but had not been able to contact Emily on the intercom; he was very worried about her.
When he reached the flight deck, it was in poor shape; many of the consoles were smashed and burnt out, as he surveyed the room, his eyes fell on the still form of Emily laying crumpled on the floor, he called out to her, but she did not respond, he hoped to God that she was alright, but his first priority was to get the ship back under control. He cleared the rubble off the control panels and began flicking switches, once he had the ship under his control, he programmed the it to maintain a stationary orbit, he noticed that there was extensive damage, more than he could deal with, with or without Emily’s help, so he activated the distress signal, in the hope that someone would come to their aid…soon.
After rummaging around, Kramer managed to find the first aid kit and he hurried over to Emily. He was relieved to find that she was not dead, just unconscious. After giving himself a shot for the pain, he set about fixing her up as best he could, with one arm.
As the five of them left the Tardis and began to explore the ship, Abi and Wilson kept a close eye on Lloyd, just in case he showed any signs of being taken over again by this Jolus.
The Doctor was right about them blending in, no-one seemed to take any notice of them as they made their way through the ship toward the Data storage room where Lloyd had come over all strange. Then suddenly as they were passing a room with ‘Authorised Personnel Only’ written on it, a floor below where the Data storage room was, Lloyd suddenly stopped and went ridged. Then he spoke in a raspy voice.
“I need to help him…must help Jolus.”
“Doctor, quickly Lloyd is...” but before Abi could finish, Lloyd had keyed in a code on the door panel and entered the room.
They hurried in after him and discovered that the room was in fact some sort of medical laboratory with an examination table and other medical equipment, at the far end of the room was what looked like an isolation/quarantine chamber, and there sitting on a bed was a man wearing what looked like a hospital gown.
“I don’t think we should be here,” worried Rose, she moved closer to the Doctor, who took her hand and held it, giving it a reassuring squeeze.
“Is that Jolus?” the Doctor asked Lloyd.
Lloyd did not answer, he was staring at the man, who had now got up and walked toward the glass wall that separated them. He smiled and put the palm one hand flat onto the glass; Lloyd did the same with his hand and then spoke the strange rasping voice. “I knew you would come, I am Jolus, I come from the planet Bromankia, and this is the first person that I have been able to communicate with.”
Abi pushed in front of the Doctor and spoke, “My name is Abi, can you hear me, and do you understand what I am saying?”
Jolus looked around at the others, he let his gaze settle on Rose for a moment and then looking at Abi he spoke though Lloyd again, “Yes I can understand you, I mean no harm, but the others who come here think I am dangerous and hurt me, and I don’t understand why. I am not the ‘bad wolf’, but they are frightened of me.”
“Bromankia…Bromankia?” muttered the Doctor to himself, “I recognize that name, but I can’t think why!”
But before he had had a chance to say more, the door to the lab opened and in walked two people who were dressed in full body quarantine suits and masks. They did not look happy to see them!
“Who are you and what are you doing in here?” one of them asked.
“Hello, I’m the Doctor,” the Doctor told them cheerfully. “We have just come to visit Jolus here.” He indicated to Jolus.
“I am sorry you are Doctor… Who?”
“That’s it, just the Doctor, now would you mind telling me why this man is in quarantine?”
“Well, he has been cont….No…don’t open that door!” Both men lunged forward.
Some how whilst the Doctor was talking, Lloyd had managed to get over to the door of the quarantine room and had keyed in the code to open the door.
The door opened with a hiss.
“Oh my god…do you know what you have done? You have killed us all...”
To be continued…