OK people, here is the classic final part of this classic anniversary story.
EPISODE TEN: APOCALYPSE
Reality started to
implode in on itself as everything became distorted and unreal. Through the
misty recesses of his distorted mind Ben could see shapes and colours that he
did not recognise. A whole kaleidoscope whirled round inside his head at a
fantastic speed as he could hear the colours and see the sounds. His whole life
passed before his eyes in an instant and he collapsed to his knees, weeping for
the lost opportunities and false dawns. Suddenly the strange sensations began to
lift and he saw the alternate Ben was himself distraught and shaking. Ben
managed to crawl across to him and hug him:
"It's ok .... that was close but
it wasn't the end."
"But next time we won't be so fortunate. We have one more
chance that's all", the alternate Ben replied. Kyle dragged himself to his feet
as a car pulled up beside them. Corinne Shaw lent out of the window:
guys, that was too darn close for comfort. I only just managed to slow the car
down in time. Come on!"
She flung the car door open and they all jumped
A short time later, in London, UNIT forces led by Kate
Lethbridge-Stewart were mounting their assault on Buckingham Palace as Corinne,
Ben, Ben and Kyle arrived. The car zoomed up to the soldiers and skidded to a
hault, throwing up dust. Corinne threw the car door open and strode out,
brushing the dust off the shoulders of her power suit. The two Bens and Kyle got
out of the car as Kate approached them:
"What is occurring?" Ben asked
"We don't seem to be getting anywhere here. They seem to have an endless
supply of fresh troops in there."
"Can't you fire off friggin' bazookas into
the place or bomb it from the air?" Kyle asked her. Kate frowned at him
"Young man, that is Buckingham Palace. Her majesty's main royal
residence. It is bad enough that we are putting bullet holes into it."
Corinne rounded on her:
"What? You mean to say that you are holding back
on those grounds when two universes are at stake?
Kate held her
"Miss Shaw, the fact that we do not let our standards down in moments
of crisis is what makes us a great nation."
As she spoke, Shakey Jake's van
arrived carrying most of the rest of the Operation Delta team. They all jumped
out, including Katie Ryan and Barry Tuck who were both armed with huge
futuristic looking guns which were strapped to them with leather belts.
"Where did you acquire those?" Ben asked curiously.
"We raided the old
Torchwood warehouse", Katie replied.
"Yeah they're the dog's bollocks these
are pal. More friggin' power than a vindaloo fart", Barry Tuck said with a grin.
"Please moderate your language Tuck."
Stewart turned angrily to Ben:
"You are not using those things to assault the
Katie Ryan strode in front of her and stared firmly at her, her hand
on her hip:
"Shut up or ship out", she firmly stated. They she and Tuck ran
towards the palace letting rip with the guns. Futuristic rays shot out and
blasted huge holes in the palace walls as a series of huge explosions rang out
Within the palace, Richard IX sat elegantly on his throne, a
slight hint of worry in his demeanour:
"We do not like the sound of these
explosions. What is your status report?" He asked his courtiers, who were
staring at their futuristic IPhones:
"Not good your majesty. The enemy are
using technology beyond their capabilities to blast their way inside", one of
"Really? Then we will deploy our ultimate defence tactic. Bring
me the communicator."
Outside, the two Bens watched as Barry and Katie
Ryan blasted their way into the palace, followed by scores of UNIT troops. Ben
looked at Kate Lethbridge Stewart with a sense of pride:
"My team may be a
disparate bunch but when it comes to achievement and professionalism, you need
"Well said Ben", the alternate Ben stated, flicking his golden hair out
of his eyes.
Suddenly an audio/visual image appeared in the sky of Richard
IX. He began to speak:
"Citizens of London. We are offended by your
impertinence. Therefore unless you desist from your attack on us, we will order
the immediate execution of your former Queen".
Suddenly the picture changed
to the horrifying image of the Queen standing in front of a firing squad on
tower green. Everyone went silent with complete shock. As they did so a car sped
up and halted. Out got Paul Farraday with Richard IX's brother Giles.
we have to get this guy inside the palace. He's the brother of that madman in
there and the only one capable of talking some sense into his
Quickly the two Bens ran up to Giles, shook his hand and then ran
with him into the burning building , followed by the rest of the team. On seeing
Giles, the King's men began to drop their weapons and kneel before him. They
walked through the corridors and into the main hall, where Richard IX sat with
his councillors. Giles and the two Bens strode forward:
"What is the meaning
of this? Did you not hear our message?" Richard IX asked.
Ben stared at
"I am horrified and very disappointed that you should threaten our
Queen. You are clearly a monarch of refined tastes and elegance however your
behaviour is reprehensible."
Giles also spoke:
listen. Our brother is ill. You must have realised this by now. We stand on the
brink of the apocalypse, of total universe collapse. We have over reached
ourselves coming here. This world is better on its own. We cannot flood it with
our people . Moreover we will destroy both it and ourselves. That is why, for
the sake of our brother's mental health, we are assuming the
"Treason, TREASON!" Richard IX shouted. However one by one the
councillors kneeled before Giles and a group of soldiers gently seized
Later, the two Bens were discussing the case in the Blue Angel
Jazz Café, while enjoying a celebratory meal. The Bens had ordered the vegan
falafel option, which the waiter Kian duly arrived with.
"Thank you Kian.
Your service is impeccable as always", Ben stated, stroking Kian's arm. Katie
Ryan grimaced with distain.
"... and so we have both decided that for
multiple ethical reasons, we are both becoming vegetarians, " Ben stated. Chiara
Smith, who now ran the Operation Delta office, gazed proudly at Ben:
proud of you for doing this Ben, *to the others* I've been trying to persuade
him to go vegan for months. This is the first step."
Barry Tuck took a large
gulp of beer and belched loudly:
"You can say what you like love but I ain't
goin' veggie, I likes my bacon sarnies and there ain't no beatin' a few beers
an' a real ringstinger curry. Mind you I'd be tempted for a nice feel of them
jugs of yours *winks at Chiara* *canned audience laughter*"
stared at him icily:
"Do you always have to be so crude Tuck?"
banter love, only banter", Tuck replied, biting into a burger.
seized the chance to change the subject:
"I propose a toast. Not to one Ben
but to both Bens. For saving the universes. TO BEN! AND BEN!"
They all stood
up and clinked their glasses, toasting Ben.
Shortly afterwards the two
Bens slipped away from the meal and into a quiet part of the club. A lone
trumpet player was softly playing, "I'm a Fool To Want You".
"So this is it
then. Goodbye. It's been great meeting you Ben and I'm delighted to know that
there is another version of me that I can feel really proud of," the alternate
Ben stated, tears welling up in his eyes. Ben gave him a hug:
miss you Ben. I hope you find the inner strength to keep going, as I have. You
know that you're the only person who really understands me and that gives me a
sense of real solidity knowing that somewhere out there you, or rather I exist.
Brave heart Ben!"
"Brave heart Ben", the alternate Ben stated, wiping away
tears as he left the club.