Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1058
Author's Summary: An AU take on what might have happened if the Doctor had found and rescued Gallifrey prior to the events which took place in The Time of the Doctor.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (11th), The Master (Other)
Recced because: I love a good AU. I especially love a good AU that remembers the realities of the Doctor's home planet. The place that he loved, but loathed in equal measure. His people stagnant and corrupt; in trouble more often than he was in their good graces.
I also (let's make no bones about this), adore the Master. I love to hate him and I hate that I love him. There is so much between the two of them, a clash that never ends with so much behind it they will never tell. The speculation has fueled many a fanfic over Doctor Who's long history - and I suspect it will for a long time to come.
Now we come to the nitty-gritty, the basics of what would most likely be the Doctor's reality if he does save his people. His people that he loves so much and yet the same people he ran from again and again. The same people who puppet-mastered him on numerous occasions and weren't afraid to use his friends, his loved ones against him. After all, any leverage is good leverage. Even if that leverage may be an old enemy that was once (maybe) a friend, their history muddled and secret, known only between the two of them. Still, it doesn't make that 'enemy' any less of a valuable card, especially when it comes to the High Council. But I digress.
If there was ever a plausible AU of Eleven's Era (where he found his home before regenerating), this is the fiction. The ending? Is the icing on the cake of it all. And that cake? Well...I guess you'd just have to read to find out.
The Doctor griped at the cell's barred door with his one free hand. "It wasn't my war; It was never my war."
The Master continued as if the Doctor had not spoken, "I ran so far. I ran to the end of the universe, and what did you do? You dragged me back into it."
"It was never my intention to -"
"Wasn't it? But it wasn't enough for you, was it? Forcing me back through the time lock. No-no-no-no, you thought that the entire universe wanted a second round of watching the Time Lords and the Daleks bashing the cosmos in."
"And everyone lived," the Doctor snapped. "Even you can't argue against me on this. The war is over and everyone lived."
The Master stood up and started moving his finger along his cell's wall in a familiar pattern, tracing the invisible, crooked grin of a crack that no longer existed. "And doesn't that make you feel special? Doesn't that make you feel like a god."
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