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19 August 2006 @ 03:50 pm
Episode 4 - The Arrival  
Jack nodded to Dr. Sato and turned to the rest of the group. “Sorry to cut this short, Doctor, but we’ve got to check this out. Prime Minister, you’re welcome to stay and continue talking as you like.”

“Thanks, I think I will,” Harriet Jones nodded.

Gwen followed Jack out of the room.

The Doctor was frantic and forgot his tears, “No, wait, come back! If the Rift is acting up it might be a result of the nature of my arrival here! I was sending my final message to Rose through the last crack in the universe when a feedback loop came through and nearly overloaded the TARDIS’ circuits. I came to this Rift because it was the best place for me to repair it, but there’s also a small chance that the Rift itself was damaged by the strain of the interdimensional travel. If it’s rupturing you need me to help close it! Are you listening to me, Jack?” He slumped against the wall in a huff. “I guess not.”

“I’d be amazed if he understood a word of that anyway, Doctor,” Harriet blinked.

“Oh he would,” the Doctor stewed. “If only he’d pull the wool out of his ears and listen.”

“What does he have against you?” Harriet asked. “Was he another political figure you tried to dethrone?”

“Worse, he traveled with me for a time and I… well, left him behind.”

“At least you left him in his home time,” Harriet suggested.

“No, I left him in the year 200100, and he’s from the 51st century.”

“Oh.”

“I wonder how he got here?” the Doctor mused.

“Might he have his own machine?”

“A TARDIS? No, she’s one of a kind,” the Doctor allowed a slight smile of nostalgia. “And while I’m thinking back that far, I find myself wondering something else. Who was that woman with you and Jack?”

“Agent Gwen Cooper,” Harriet answered. “Do you know her too?”

“I know Gwyneth,” he was lost in thought.

“I don’t believe she goes by Gwyneth.”

“It’s uncanny. Right here in Cardiff, in 1869, we met Gwyneth. She gave her life thinking she would save the Gelth, and then lost it to stop them invading the Earth.”

“Well there you have it, 1869 was a long time ago.”

“I suppose these things happen when you travel through time as much as I do,” the Doctor relaxed a bit. “Not only are you bound to run into yourself from time to time, but even your friends might meet their doubles too.”

“Doctor, you’re doing it again.”

“I’ve seen this happen before…” he was ignoring her now. “Nyssa of Traken, Ann Cranleigh, well, fiancée to Charles Cranleigh but you get the point… I can’t help but wonder if there’s some higher power in the universe dedicated to trying to confuse me…”

* * *

A large unmarked white van pulled up to a makeshift police barricade and Jack, Gwen, and Dr. Sato jumped out. They flashed their government I.D. cards to the nervous policemen and ran across the pavement towards the TARDIS and the colorful rift streaming up, seemingly coming from the TARDIS itself.

“Is that the Doctor’s ship?” Dr. Sato asked.

“That’s the one,” Jack nodded. “She’s called the TARDIS, a semiconscious living space-time machine.”

“And it – she is what’s causing the rift to do this?”

“I’m not sure. Last time this happened, it was a tribophysical waveform macro-”

“In English, please!” Gwen reminded him.

“Sorry, an extrapolator… an interstellar surfboard… an alien device which connected to the TARDIS and caused the rift to go haywire. I don’t know what could be doing it this time, but I’m gonna find out.”

“Wait, look at that!” Dr. Sato was pointing just above the TARDIS.

“Something’s coming through,” Jack looked concerned. “The Doctor once told me that the last time the Rift was open, a hostile alien race known as the Gelth tried to invade.” He drew a handgun. “I’ll handle this, don’t worry Sato.”

She nodded, not taking her eyes off the thing emerging above the TARDIS.

But it was not a Gelthian figure which emerged, but a box-like white shape which slowly solidified into a large spacesuit. The rift suddenly melted away from apparent existence and the commotion above them was gone.

“Not a Gelth?” Sato asked quietly.

“I don’t think so…”

The space-suited figure tumbled clumsily off the TARDIS and landed on the ground ten feet from where they stood.

“I’ll go call for backup,” Dr. Sato decided and started backing away.

“Oh no you don’t,” Gwen caught Sato by the sleeve and pulled her back. “It’s not a Gelth, just wait a minute and see what it is.”

Jack kept his gun trained on the figure and took a step forward. “Hello? Who are you and where did you come from?”

The figure didn’t seem to hear, and picked itself up. When it faced them it stood stock still for a moment. The visor on its helmet was black and not translucent enough to see inside.

“I don’t think he can hear us from in there,” Gwen pointed out.

“Probably not,” he agreed.

The space-suited figure reached up and removed the helmet revealing wide-eyed blonde girl. “J… Ja… Jack? Is that you?”

“Rose?” Jack lowered the gun. “Rose! He was right; you’re alive!”

Rose tried to run over to Jack but was weighed down by the space suit. He saved her the trouble and stepped over to her and they shared a big bear hug. “I never thought I’d find you here!” Rose exclaimed in excitement, but suddenly drew back in fear. “Unless we got the wrong universe?” She looked pointedly at Gwen.

“Gwen Cooper,” she announced. “Colleague of Jack Harkness; we both work at Torchwood.”

“No you’re not, you’re Gwyneth,” Rose was nervous. “How’d you get ‘ere?”

“Just because I live in Wales, that doesn’t mean I go by the Welsh version of my name,” Gwen scolded her.

“You look just like her,” Rose shook her head. “How can I know if I got the right universe?”

“If you’re looking for the Doctor, he’s here,” Jack suggested, levelly.

“Ooo, they did it!” she squealed and hugged him again.

“Who did what, exactly?” Dr. Sato finally found her voice.

“The people over at Torchwood in the alternate universe where I was stranded,” Rose explained. “They figured out how to use the Rift to reach other universes. It’s like a scar in space and time, this rift, and therefore only a quick trip through the Void to get here. They spent months working on it, but weren’t sure what date I’d ending arriving in.”

“It’s July 25th,” Sato answered, helpfully.

“2007?” Rose knew it was worth checking.

“Yes,” Jack grinned. “It hasn’t been long since Torchwood Tower was assaulted by the Cybermen and the Daleks.”

Rose nodded slowly, taking it all in. “You said the Doctor’s here?”

“Uhh, yes, he’s in town,” Jack motioned to the TARDIS behind Rose.

She looked back and smiled at the familiar old police box she’d come to consider home until recently. “Can you take me to him?”

“Eventually,” Jack answered nervously. “Once we get you clearance.”

“Clearance?” Rose was suspicious. “Where is he?”

“He’s…” Jack knew this wasn’t going to go well no matter what he said. “He’s in our custody, the custody of Torchwood. We’re trying to find out what happened at the Tower and he’s not being very-”

Rose slapped him as hard as she could. “You arse! What the hell do ya think you’re doin’? He was only saving the Earth, the universe, and the other universe; that’s what he was doing at Torchwood Tower!”

“Right, right, same old same old,” Jack recovered his wits.

“That’s twice in one day, Jack,” Gwen smirked.

He ignored his coworker and continued, “Maybe now that you’re here he’ll be more willing to talk. He was all bent out of shape because you were gone.”

“Was he?” Rose choked up. “I was hoping but never really sure…”

“Come on,” Jack reached out to her. “We’ll bring you to him. We have a van waiting for us.” He lead her back to the police barrier where the curious crowd was already dissipating. The strange light show in the full daylight was over as suddenly as it had begun and there was daily life to get on with.

But daily life was hardly about to return to Cardiff just yet, for as the trio approached the van, four very large and very strange orange creatures with three legs and tentacle arms materialized in a formation around them. Civilians and policemen alike shouted in terror as the creatures looked around.

Rose stared in horror as one of the things made direct eye contact with her. It had three eyes and when it blinked it seemed like there were eyelids from four directions. She’d seen Daleks, Slitheen, Cybermen, and all sorts of crazy things out there, but this was not just scary, this was bizarre! The creature advanced on her, almost curiously, and she found herself unable to move. Jack was shouting something at her but she couldn’t really hear him; it was as if he was on the other side of a large field, calling to her in vain.

Rose Tyler, the creature seemed to speak to her directly inside her mind. Do not be afraid; come with me.


She found her arm reaching forward towards the thing, but suddenly fell over sideways.

Jack grabbed Rose and pulled her after him as he started to run. “Don’t you go getting yourself hypnotized, now,” he loudly grumbled. “Now’s really not the time!”

Rose blinked and tried to pull herself together. What was that thing?

“They’ve surrounded us,” Dr. Sato panicked. Gwen stood closely next to her and drew a pistol.

Jack let go of Rose and drew his gun, too. “Alright, there’s no need to get feisty, fellas, let’s just talk this over, okay? I am Captain Jack Harkness of Torchwood-”

“We care not who you are,” one of the creatures hissed at him. “We come for the girl!”

“Rose just arrived, she’s not going anywhere,” Jack glared.

“I can shout on my own behalf, you know,” Rose whispered at him, standing up straight and trying to figure out how to look sophisticated in a bulky spacesuit.

“I am afraid she has no choice,” the creature shot back, and pounced on Rose.

Jack fired at it but found his bullets nicking the pavement. The creature, and Rose with it, had disappeared.
 
 
 
"compelled" by danger: DW: polaroidgem_stew on August 20th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
AAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!

*is too upset to comment*