The Eleventh Hour
The ringing of my mobile is what woke me up. I sprang up from my bed and promptly fell off, my red hair getting in my face and mouth. I spat it out then groggily grabbed my phone from off of my nightstand.
"Ello?" I said.
'Grace! Oh my God, Grace get over to my house now. It's an emergency!" yelled Amy into my ear. He hung up and I just sat on the floor starring at my mobile in confusion. I now had a splitting head ache since I had gone out drinking last night with some of my mates. I slowly picked myself up and put on some new clothes. I grabbed a green tunic and put on some black legging with my grey ankle length boots. I made myself a cup of coffee, downed it and then headed to my car. When I sat inside I looked at my reflection and noticed my grey eyes were slightly bloodshot and my ginger hair was a mess. I grabbed my comb from my glove box and started to comb out my hair to make it a little more presentable. The only problem was my hair is curly and long. Curly and long hair does not like to be combed out. It took me about ten minutes to get to Amy's house and nine of those to comb my hair. I had become skilled at one handed driving since this happened so often. Not Amy calling me in a state of panic, but me with my horrible hair, in a rush to get somewhere. When I got inside the house I heard her talking. I made my way up the stairs and stifled a giggle when I heard what she was saying.
"White male, mid-twenties breaking and entering, send me some backup I've got him restrained," she said into her radio, dressed in one of her work uniforms.
"Oi! You sit still," she said and when I noticed the figure on the ground I gasped.
"Holy crap!" I yelled causing both of them to look at me.
"Bu-but, he-he, huh?" I stuttered out.
"Cricket bat, hitting, cricket bat," said the man, just now becoming conscious.
"Hey Grace, took you long enough. Another rough night?" asked Amy in a joking manner.
'Yeah, just don't let me make a bet that I can drink more than Johnny."
"Ok. You were breaking and entering," she said turning back to the man on her floor. Suddenly said man jumped up but jerked back on account of the handcuffs connecting him to the radiator.
"Well that's much better. Brand new me, hit on the back of the head just what I needed."
"Do you want to shut up now? I've got back up on the way."
"Hang on, no wait you're a policewoman."
'And your breaking and entering. You see how this works?"
"But what are you doing here? Where's Amelia?" Amy's face fell and shock registered on her face.
"Yeah Amelia, little Scottish girl. Where is she? I promised her five minutes, but the engines were phasing, I suppose I must have gone a bit far. Has something happened to her? "
"Amelia Pond hasn't lived here in a long time."
"How long?" he asked in a bit of a demanding tone.
"Six months," she said after hesitating for a second.
"No! No, no! No, I can't be six months late I said five minutes, I promised. What happened to her? What happened to Amelia Pond?" he asked as Amy turned around. I could tell he was worried and I was about to tell Amy to give it up and tell him when she gave me a look.
"Sarge, it's me again, hurry it up. This guy knows something about Amelia Pond."
"And who are you?" he said looking at me.
"My names Grace Bennet. I split the rent on this place with her," I lied quickly so he wouldn't get suspicious of who I was and what I was doing here.
"But you're police?"
'Yeah and this is where I live! You got a problem with that?"
"How many rooms?" he asked out of the blue.
"I'm sorry what?"
"On this floor how many rooms? Count them for me now."
"Because it will change your life."
"Five. One, two, three, four, five," she said pointing to each door.
"Exactly where you don't want to look. Where you never wanna look. The corner of your eye. Look behind you" I was confused. Not about her shock at knowing there were six rooms but at her not knowing. I had known all the time about the sixth door I just never opened it because it was locked and Amy acted as if it wasn't there so I left it alone. I turned to the door behind me and gazed at it, while Amy turned slowly.
"That's, that is not possible. How is that possible?" she asked in shock.
"There's a perception filter all around the door. Sensed it last time I was here, should have seen it."
"But there's a whole room. There's a whole room I've never noticed."
"The filter stops you noticing. Something came here a while ago to hide, it's still hiding and you need to uncuff me now!"
"I don't have the key I lost it."
"How can you have lost it? Stay away from that door! Do not touch that door. Listen to me do not open that-" he tried but Amy just wouldn't listen. She walked toward the door, turned the handle and walked inside. I wisely stayed out, listening to the mad man's words. I figured since it had been locked for years now and it had a filter thing around it, that nobody wanted it to be opened.
'Why does no one ever listen to me? Do I just have a face that nobody listens to!? Again." Then he began rummaging in his pockets.
"My screwdriver where is it? Silver thing blue on the end! Where did it go?"
"There's nothing here." She called out from the room.
'Well what is in there stopped you from seeing the whole room. What makes you think you could see it? Now please just get out!"
"I think you should listen to him!" I yelled to Amy, getting knots in my stomach at the man's constant warnings.
"Silver, blue at the end?" called Amy form inside the room.
"My screwdriver yeah," the man on the floor called back.
"Must have rolled under the door."
"Yeah, must've. And then it must have jumped up in the table," she said the last bit quieter so I only just barely made it out.
"What did she say?" he asked me.
"She said it must have jumped up on the table," I replied my voice betraying the panic I was feeling.
"Get out of there. Get out of there! Get out! Get out of there!" he yelled trying once again to get out of his cuffs. She still didn't listen and stayed in the room.
"What is it? What are you doing?"
"There's nothing here but-"
"Corner of your eye."
'What is it?"
"Don't try to see it. If it knows you've seen it, it will kill you. Don't look at it. Do not look." A second after he said this we heard a scream and Amy came running out. As soon as she did I closed the door and locked it. I ran towards the man and Amy.
"Give me that," he said when he saw she had his screwdriver thing. He pointed it at his cuffs and I'm guessing it didn't work since his cuffs didn't open and the expression on his face.
"What's the bad alien done to you?" he asked his screwdriver.
"Will that door hold it?" I asked.
"Oh yeah, yeah, course it's an inter-dimensional multi-form from outer space, they're all terrified of wood," he said with a high level of sarcasm.
"No need to get snippy, I was just asking!"
'What's that? What's it doing?" asked Amy as a golden glow came from the door. The man just kept rubbing his screwdriver.
"I don't know, getting dressed. Run, just go. You're back up's coming. I'll be fine."
"Sorry to burst your bubble, but there is no backup," I said.
"I heard her on the radio, she called for backup," he said in confusion.
'I was pretending, it's a pretend radio," said Amy.
'But you're a policewoman."
"I'm a kiss-a-gram!" she yelled taking off her hat and tossing it away. Suddenly the door fell down and there stood a big, bald man and his black dog.
"But it's just."
"No it isn't. Look at the faces," said the man as the dog began to growl only the dog's mouth wasn't moving. I looked up at the man and saw him snarling and barking at us in the dog's voice.
"What? I'm sorry, but what?" I asked.
"It's all one creature. One creature disguised as two. Clever old multi-form. A bit of a rush job there. Got the voice a bit muddled did you? And you where did you get the pattern from? You'd need a psychic link. A live feed. How'd you fix that?" he called the last few sentences to the creature at the end of the hallway. The man just kept on snarling at us. He took a step towards us and then opened his mouth. Ten sharp teeth were there instead of human teeth and that is when I really started to freak out.
"Stay there! I mean were safe, you know why? She called for backup," he said patting Amy's foot.
"I didn't send for backup!" yelled Amy.
"I know that was a clever lie to save our lives. Okay yeah no backup! And that's why we're safe. Alone we're not a threat to you. If we had backup then you'd have to kill us."
" Attention Prisoner Zero the human residence is surrounded. Attention Prisoner Zero the human residence is surrounded," called a huge booming voice from outside.
"What's that?" I asked in a whisper.
'Well that would be backup. Ok one more time, we do have backup and that's definitely why we're safe."
"Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence or the human residence will be incinerated."
'Well safe apart form you know incineration."
"Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence or the human residence will be incinerated." The creature walked out of the room with his dog into another room and the man started to hit the floor with his screwdriver.
'Work, work, come on. Ugh!" he kept banging on the floor and then he slid the button and it made the same sound as before. He pointed the blue glowing end at the cuffs and after a second they unlocked.
"Run, run!" he said grabbing Amy's and my hand. And that is exactly what we did. We ran down the stairs, through the entryway and out the back door.
"Kiss-a-gram?" asked the man as he pointed his screwdriver at the door. Then we were running again.
"Yes a kiss-a-gram what's going on?"
"Why did you pretend to be a policewoman?"
"You broke into my house! It was either this or a French maid! What's going on tell me!" He reached a blue box a second later and he fiddled with the door a second.
"Tell me!" yelled Amy again.
'An alien convict is hiding in your spare room disguised as a man and a dog and some other aliens are about to incinerate your house. Any other questions?"
"Me too, no no no! Don't do that now! It's still rebuilding. Not letting me in." The barking picked back up again and this time it was both the man and the dog.
'Come on!" I yelled as I grabbed him arm and dragged him off with Amy right in front of me.
"What? Wait, wait, wait hang on. This shed! I destroyed that shed last time I was here, smashed it to pieces." He said getting out of my grip and running over to it.
"So there's a new one, let's go!" said Amy making her way over to him.
"Yeah but the new ones gotten old, ten years old at least! Twelve years, I'm not six months late I'm twelve years late!"
"He's coming!" I said as the barking got louder and closer.
"You said six months. Why did you say six months?"
"We've gotta go!" I yelled.
"This matters! This is important, why did you say six months?'
"Well why did you say five minutes!" yelled Amy.
"What?" he said softly.
"Oh come on kids, we can argue later!" I yelled grabbing their arms once again and take off running.
"WHAT?" he said again looking at Amy in shock. It took us about ten minutes but soon we were close to the middle of town and running up a ramp when we stopped.
'And your late," said Amy walking off again.
"Amelia Pond? You're the little girl?"
"I'm Amelia, this is Grace and you're late!"
"You hit me with a cricket bat!"
"A cricket bat!"
"Twelve years and four psychiatrists!"
"I kept biting them."
"They said you weren't real," I said turning to look at them with a smug smirk.
"Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence or the human residence will be incinerated. Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence or the human residence will be incinerated. Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence or the human residence will be incinerated."
"Oh no come on. What? We're being staked out by an ice cream man!?" Amy asked in a tone of disbelievence. We ran towards the ice cream truck where the voice was coming from a pair of yellow speakers.
"What's that? Why are you playing that?" asked the Doctor.
"It's supposed to be Claire Delone." The Doctor picked up the radio which was just inside the truck to find that it was also playing the strange alien voice. After turning for a second he ran off again and Amy and I looked around Noticing people on their mobiles and looking at them in confusion. I ran after the Doctor and then Amy followed me.
"Doctor what's happening?" I asked. He ran off again and jumped over a white fence and ran into the house. I followed taking the same route while Amy went another way. When we got inside there was an eye on the telly screen and it was playing the same message as the radio and speakers.
'Hello! Sorry to bust in we're doing a special on television faults…and crime," he added as Amy ran into the room.
"Let's have a look," he said moving over to the telly.
"I was just about to phone, it's on every channel," said the old lady.
"Oh hello Amelia and Grace. Amelia are you a policewoman now?" she asked
"Well sometimes," she said in obvious discomfort.
'I thought you were a nurse." At this the Doctor looked over at Amy with a confused look on his face. He just shook his head and turned back to the telly.
"I can be a nurse."
"Or actually a nun?"
"Amy who's your friend?"
"Who's Amy? You were Amelia."
'Yeah and now I'm Amy."
"Amelia Pond, that was a great name."
"A little too fairy tale."
'I know you, don't I? I've seen you somewhere before."
"Not me, brand new face," he said and then he opened his mouth really wide and made one of the strangest faces I've ever seen.
"First time one. And what sort of job's a kiss-a-gram?"
"She goes to parties and kiss's people. In costumes," I say.
"It's a laugh!" she yelled at me.
"You were a little girl five minutes ago!" yelled the Doctor back at Amy.
"You're worse than my aunt!"
"He's the Doctor he's worse than everybody's aunt," I said without a second thought. The Doctor and Amy gave me strange looks.
"How did I know that?" I asked, slightly scared.
"I don't know. But that is not how I am introducing myself," he said to the old lady. He then pointed his screwdriver at the radio, changing its channel and the same message played over in different languages.
"Ok, so it's everywhere. In every language. They're broadcasting to the whole world." He ran over to the window, opened it and poked his head out and looked up at the sky.
'What's up there? What are you looking for?" I asked moving a little behind him. He brought his head back in a minute late and stood straight.
"Ok, planet this size, two poles, your basic molten core. Oh they're gonna need a forty percent fisher blast. But they'll have to power up first won't they?" he said walking over to Jeff who had just walked into the room. I had known Jeff for a few years and he had been one of the mates I went out with last night. We had always been really close and sometimes he acted as if he wanted to be more than friends and then he would just act like everything is ok. He actually reminded me a lot of that Katy Perry song "Hot n' Cold".
"So, assuming a medium sized starship, that's twenty minutes. What do you think? Twenty minutes? Yeah, twenty minutes," he said kneeling up and down. I stifled a giggle at the expression on Jeff's face as his head followed what the Doctor was doing.
"We've got twenty minutes."
"Twenty minutes to what?" asked Amy with an impatient tone.
"Are you the Doctor?" asked Jeff.
"He is isn't he? He's the raggedy Doctor. The raggedy Doctor, all those cartoon you use to draw when you were little. The raggedy Doctor, it's him!" exclaimed the old lady.
"Cartoons?" asked the Doctor slowly, giving Amy weird looks. He walked over and plopped down on the couch and I followed, sitting down next to him.
"Gran, it's him isn't it? It's really him?"
"Jeff, dear, shut up!" I called back to him.
"Twenty minutes to what Doctor?" asked Amy again.
"When they say the human residence they aren't talking about Amy's house are they? They're talking about the planet," I said looking at the Doctor, more than just a little worried now.
"Yes, somewhere up the is a spaceship and it's going to incinerate the planet. Twenty minutes to the end of the world," he said leaning forward on the couch. He jumped up and we quickly left the house making our way down the street.
"Where are we? What is this place?" he asked after a couple minutes.
"Leadworth," answered Amy.
"Where's the rest of it?"
"This is it," I said.
"Is there an airport?"
"A nuclear power station?"
"Eh heh, no," said Amy.
"Even just a little one?"
"Half an hour away by car," I said.
"We don't have half an hour. Do we have a car?"
"Eh no," said Amy.
"Well that's good, fantastic, that is fantastic! Twenty minutes to save the world and I've got a post office. And it's shut. What is that?" he yelled pointing to the duck pond a few meters away.
"It's a duck pond," said Amy as we jogged towards the pond.
"Why aren't there any ducks?"
"I don't know, there's never any ducks."
"Then how do you know it's a duck pond?"
"It just is. Is it important, the duck pond?"
"I don't know. Why would I know?" he asked as his back arched and he fell over, clutching the place where his heart is.
"This is too soon, I'm not ready, I'm not done yet." He stayed sitting on the ground when suddenly it became darker.
"What happened? Why is it going dark? What's wrong with the sun?" asked Amy.
"Nothing, there's a force field in the way. It's like a magnifying glass, that what the sun actually looks like," I said. Again freaking myself out.
"Ok how did you know that!?' yelled Amy looking at me in a scared and confused way.
'I don't know!" I yelled back.
"They've cut off the upper atmosphere and now they're getting ready to ball the planet. Oh and here they come, the human race. The end as it was always gonna come-"
"Down a video phone," I finished. Once again Amy and the Doctor gave me weird looks and I just stood there. Trying to calm down.
"This isn't real is it? This is some kind of big wind up," said Amy nervously, wringing her hands.
"Why would I wind you up?"
"You told me you had a time machine."
"And you believed me."
"And then I grew up."
"Oh you never want to do that. No, hang on shut up! Wait. I missed it I saw it and I missed it," he said slapping his forehead.
'What did I see? I saw. What did I see?" he said turning to look back at the people. He stood there for a couple minutes. Then he snapped out of his trance looked at the clock and turned back to us.
"Twenty minutes, I can do it. Twenty minutes, the planet burns, run to your loved ones and say goodbye. Or stay and help me," he said giving Amy and me a look.
"No," said Amy just as a car pulled up behind her.
"I'm sorry?" asked the Doctor with a small grin on his face.
"No!" she shouted and then she grabbed his tie opened the door of the car when the driver got out. Shut the door on his tie and locked the car.
"Are you out of your mind?"
"Who are you?"
"You know who I am."
"No really. Who are you?"
"Look at the sky, end of the world twenty minutes."
"You better talk quickly then."
'Amy I am going to need my car back," said the old man who had just gotten out of the car.
"Yes, in a bit, now go and have coffee."
"Right, yes," said the old man walking away. The Doctor fiddled around in his pocket for a second and then pulled something out of it.
'Catch," he told her as he threw the apple. It was the same apple that she had given him. Smiley face and all.
"I'm the Doctor, I'm a time traveler. Everything I told you twelve years ago is true. I'm real. What's happening in the sky is real and if you don't let me go right now everything you know is gonna end."
"I don't believe you," she said clutching the apple.
"Just twenty minutes, just believe me for twenty minutes. Look at it, fresh as the day you gave it to me and you know it's the same one," he said holding her wrist.
"Amy, believe for twenty minutes." She searched in his eyes and I could tell that she was willing to try. She lifted her hand and pressed the unlock button.
'What do we do?" she asked.
"Stop that nurse," he said opening the door and freeing himself. We ran quickly and jumped over the small fence and sprinted across the grass. When we stopped I was surprised the nurse he meant was Rory. The Doctor grabbed Rory's phone and look at the screen.
"The sun's going out and you're photographing a man and a dog. Why?" he asked handing the phone back.
"Amy!" exclaimed Rory when she caught up to us.
"Hi, oh this is Rory, he's a friend."
"Boyfriend," corrected Rory.
"Man and dog, why?" the Doctor asked again.
"Oh my god, it's him," said Rory pointing at the Doctor
"Just answer his question please," said Amy, clearly not wanting to explain again.
"It's him though, the Doctor, the raggedy Doctor."
"Yeah, he came back."
"But he was a story, he was a game." Then the Doctor grabbed the front of Rory's jacket nad pulled him close, so their faces were only a few centimeters apart.
"Man and dog, why? Tell me know?" he said shaking Rory.
"Sorry, because he can't be there. Because-"
"He's in a hospital, in a coma," said the Doctor and Rory at the exact same time.
"Yeah," said Rory a little scared and nodding.
"Knew it, multi-form you see. Can disguise itself as anything but it needs a live feed, a psychic link with a living but dormant mind. Then the man and dog began to bark at us once again. We all turned at the noise and the Doctor walked toward it, me following after him.
"Prisoner Zero," he said slipping his hands into his pockets. The Doctor and I turned when we heard something come from the sky. What I saw shocked me. It looked like a giant crystal formation with a giant eye right in the center. For some unknown reason and word popped into my head.
'Atraxi," I thought. A beam of white light came out of the Atraxi's eye and it moved around, as if it was looking for something. People stood up and started to take pictures of it with their camera phones.
"See that ship up there is scanning this area for non-terrestrial technology and nothing says non-terrestrial like sonic screwdriver." The man and dog looked at us in confusion. The Doctor held up his sonic screwdriver and it made that buzzing sound. Light posts shattered and car alarms went off. At one point I looked over to see an automatic wheelchair driving itself, its passenger was an old lady who was screaming at the speed. A fire truck had run away from its drivers and they were running after it, trying to stop it. Amy and Rory were behind us laughing and I started to laugh to. The Doctor looked over at me with a huge grin on his face. The Atraxi was still scanning for non-terrestrial technology.
"I think someone's gonna notice, don't you?" asked the Doctor and then the creature barked and snarled at us once more from the man's mouth. The Doctor then pointed the sonic screwdriver to the telephone booth on the corner and it exploded in a shower of sparks. That is when the screwdriver fried.
"No, no! No! Don't do that!" he said crouching down, picking up the screwdriver, only to through it down again in frustration.
"It's going," said Rory as the Atraxi left.
"No! Come back, he's here. Prisoner Zero is here! Come back!" yelled the Doctor at the retreating Atraxi ship. I turned to see the creature smiling as it melted down into the sewer.
"Doctor, the drain it just sort of melted and went down the drain," I said tapping thre Doctor on the shoulder to get his attention.
"Well of course it did."
"What do we do now?" asked Amy.
"It's hiding in human form and we need to drive it into the open. No Tardis, no screwdriver, seventeen minutes, come on. Think, think!"
"So that thing, that hid in my house for twelve years?"
"Multi-forms can live for millennia; twelve years is just a pit-stop."
"So how come you show up again on the very same day that lot do? The same minute?"
"They're looking for him, but they followed me they saw me through the crack got a fix. They're only late cos I am."
"What's he on about?" asked Rory obviously not following the conversation.
"Nurse boy, give me your phone," said the Doctor putting his hand out for the device.
"How can he be real? He was never real."
"Phone, now, gimme!" said the Doctor getting impatient.
"It was just a game, we-we were kids. You made me dress up like him!"
"These photo's they're all the coma patients?"
"No, they're all the multi-form. Eight comas, eight disguises for Prisoner Zero."
"He had a dog though, there's a dog in a coma?" asked Amy.
"Well the coma patient dreams he's walking a dog Prisoner Zero gets a dog. Laptop! Your friend what was his name? Not him, the good looking one," he said pointing at Rory.
"Thanks," said Rory, slightly insulted.
"Jeff," said Amy.
"Oh thanks!" said Rory, really insulted now.
"Don't worry Rory; you're still good looking to me. In a dorky way," I said ruffling his hair.
"He had a laptop in his bag, a laptop. Big bag, big laptop!" he exclaimed putting arms around Amy and Rory.
"I need Jeff's laptop. You two get to the hospital; get everyone out of that ward, clear the whole floor. Phone me when you're done. Grace your with me!" he patted Amy and Rory on the back, grabbed my wrist and then we were off. It took us a couple minutes to get back to Jeff's house and once again we barged right inside. I quickly apologized to Jeff's gran and we went back to Jeff's room.
"Hello, laptop, gimme!" he said slamming the bedroom door.
"N-n-no," said Jeff trying to close the screen.
"Wait, it's fine!" said the Doctor trying to pry the laptop out of Jeff's hands.
'Give it here," said the Doctor giving another yank and sitting on the end of the bed when he got the laptop.
"Blimey, get a girlfriend," he said in response to what was on the screen. I gave Jeff a look and then sat on the bed next to the Doctor.
"What are you doing?" asked Jeff's gran, walking into the room.
"Sun's gone wibbly so right now somewhere out there, there's gonna be a big old conference call. All the experts in the world panicking at once and do you know what they need? Me. Ah and here they all are. All the big boys." He had been typing the entire time he was talking to Jeff's gran and I peered at the screen.
"NASA, Jodrell Bank, Tokyo Space Center, Patrick Moore," I said pointing at each name on the list.
"Oh I like Patrick Moore," said gran.
"I'll get you his number, but watch out he's a devil," said the Doctor going back to his typing.
"But you can't just hack in on a call like that," said Jeff.
"Can't I?" It was when he got in we saw six others on the screen. He held up a wallet with a blank piece of paper attached to it, to the webcam.
"Gentlemen, hello, yeah I know you should switch me off, but before you do watch this," said the Doctor as he began typing again.
'It's here to, I'm getting it," said one of the men on the call.
"Fermat's Theorem, the proof, and I mean the real one, never been seen before, poor Fermat got killed in a duel before he could write it down. My fault. I slept in. Oh, and here's an oldie but a goodie, why electrons have mass, and a personal favorite of mine, faster than light travel with two diagrams and a joke. Look at your screens. Whoever I am, I'm a genius. Look at the sun. You need all the help you can get. Fellas - pay attention."
"Sir what are you doing?" asked another person on the call.
"I am writing a computer virus, very clever, super-fast, and a tiny bit alive, but don't let on. And why am I writing it on a phone? Never mind. You'll find out. Okay, I'm sending this to all your computers. Get everyone who works for you sending this everywhere. Email, text, FaceBook, Bebo, Twitter, radar dish. Whatever you've got, any questions?" said the Doctor as he began typing on Rory's phone.
"Who was your lady friend?" asked Patrick Moore.
"Patrick, behave," I told him.
"What does this virus do?" asked another caller.
"Oh, it's a reset command, that's all, it resets counters, it gets in the wi-fi and resets every counter it can find. Clocks, calendars, anything with a chip will default at zero at exactly the same time. But yeah, I could be lying, why should you trust me? I'll let my best man explain." It was here that the Doctor paused and there was a bit of a lengthy silence where no one said anything.
"Jeff. You're my best man."
"You what?" asked Jeff in complete shock. I mean he hadn't know that Doctor for very long so obviously he was gonna be confused.
"Listen to me. In ten minutes, you're gonna be a legend. In ten minutes, everyone on that screen is gonna be offering you any job you want. But first, you have to be magnificent. You have to make them trust you and get them working. This is it, Jeff, right here, right now. This is when you fly. Today's the day you save the world," I told Jeff in order to get him to cooperate.
"Why me?" he asks.
"It's your bedroom. Now, go, go, go," said the Doctor spurring Jeff on. The Doctor grabbed my wrist and once again we were running out of Jeff's bedroom and outside. We quickly changed routes and ran back indie where the Doctor barged back into Jeff's room.
'Oh and delete your internet history," the Doctor told him shaking a finger. I rolled my eyes, went up to Jeff and gave him a peck on the cheek. This time we left for real. We ran out of the house and then headed straight for a fire truck. Then I heard Rory's phone ringing and the Doctor handed it to me since he was drving.
'Hey Amy," I said letting her know it was me.
"They're at the hospital and they can't get in," I told the Doctor.
"Tell Amy to look in the mirror," he said.
"You catch that? He said to look in the mirror."
"Yes we are. Don't worry we've commandeered a vehicle." Right after I sad this the Doctor put on the sirens and I could hear Amy laughing through the ear piece. She hung up on me and the Doctor sent me a grin, happy at his choice of 'vehicle'. A couple minutes later the phone rang again.
"Are you in? Good. What?" I put the phone on speaker when she told me the monster was there and I told her to repeat what she had said.
"So is Prisoner Zero," said Amy.
"You need to get out of there," said the Doctor. I heard a soft voice in the background and then I heard something that sent chills down my spine.
"Oh I'm getting it wrong again, aren't I? I'm always doing that. So many mouths." I looked at the Doctor, my eyes wide and my heart pumping.
"Amy, Amy what's happening?" I asked. We heard running footsteps and hissing. A door slammed and then there was banging against said door.
"Amy, talk to us!" yelled the Doctor.
'We're in the coma ward but it's here, it's getting in."
"Which window are you?"
"Uhh, first floor on the left, fourth from the end," she said, beyond confused by now. I heard something snap and then I heard the voice form before, talking to Amy. She had unknowingly hung up on us so when the Doctor told me to I sent a text that said 'DUCK' as we came up to the hospital. The ladder had been sticking so it ran right through the window. The Doctor and I hurriedly climbed up the ladder.
"Right! Hello! Am I late? No! Three minutes to go. There's still time."
"Time for what, Time Lord?" asked Zero in the lady's voice.
"Take the disguise off, they'll find you in a heartbeat. Nobody dies."
"The Atraxi will kill me this time. If I am to die, let there be fire."
"Ha ha, oookay. You came to this world by opening a crack in space and time. Do it again. Just leave."
"I did not open the crack."
'Well somebody did," I said coming up behind the Doctor.
"The cracks in the skin of the universe - don't you know where they came from? You don't, do you?"
"The Doctor in the TARDIS doesn't know. Doesn't know, doesn't know!" this time it was the little girls voice coming out of the mother.
"The universe is cracked. The Pandorica will open. Silence will fall," said the multi-form with the mothers voice once again.
"Aaaand, we're off. Look at that. Look, at that," he said pointing behind Zero to the clock on the wall which now read 0:00.
"Yeah, I know, just a clock, whatever, but d'you know what's happening right now? In one little bedroom, my team are working. Jeff and the world. And, d'you know what they're doing? They're spreading the word. All over the world. Quantum fast. The word is do you know what the word is? The word is zero. Now, me, if I was up in the sky in a battleship, monitoring all Earth communications, I'd probably take that as a hint. And if I had a whole battlefleet surrounding the planet, I'd be able to track a simple old computer virus to its source in... what, under a minute? The source, by the way... is right here," he said fishing Rory's phone out of his pocket.
"Ooooohhhhh, and I think they just found us!" I said as a bright light filled the room.
"The Atraxi are limited. While I'm in this form, they'll still be unable to detect me. They've tracked a phone. Not me," said Prisoner Zero.
"Yeah! But this is the good bit, I mean, this is my favorite bit. Do you know what this phone is full of? Pictures of you. Every form you've learned to take, right here. Oh, and, being uploaded, about... now. And the final score is, no TARDIS, no screwdriver, two minutes to spare... Who da man?!" shouted the Doctor swinging his arms out. I chocked back a laugh behind me hands, finding his enthusiasm hilarious. Prisoner Zero looked on unimpressed and Amy just gave him a sympathetic smile. He looked at me and gave me an odd look as I tried to hide my mirth.
"Oh. Well. I'm just, never saying that again. Fine."
"Then I shall take a new form," said Zero getting us back on track.
"Oh, stop it, you know you can't. Takes months to form that kind of psychic link."
"And I've had years." I heard a thump behind me and realized Amy had fallen unconscious.
"No! Amy! You've gotta hold on! Amy! Don't sleep! You've gotta stay awake, please!"
"Doctor!" yelled Rory and I at the same time. He turned around and we looked at what Zero had chosen this time.
"Well that's rubbish. Who's that supposed to be?" asked the Doctor.
"That's you," I said moving next to him.
"Me? Is that what I look like?" he asked looking down at his cloths and then back up at Zero.
"You don't know?" asked Rory.
"Busy day. Why me, though? You're linked with her! Why are you copying me?" he said standing up and moving towards Zero.
"I'm not," said a little girl walking out from behind the figure of the Doctor. It was a young Amelia Pond, holding the Doctors hand.
"Poor Amy Pond. Still such a child inside. Dreaming of the magic Doctor she knows will return to save her. What a disappointment you've been."
"No, she's dreaming about me cause she can hear me." He ran back to Amy and slid down nxt to her on the floor.
"Amy. Don't just hear me, listen. Remember the room, the room in your house you couldn't see. Remember you went inside, I tried to stop you but you did. You went in the room. You went inside. Amy...dream about what you saw," he said cupping her face. Zero glowed a faint orange and started to fade away when we got to see what it really was. A snake like thing, hanging from the ceiling with two rows of insanely sharp teeth.
"No. No. No!" it shouted as it changed forms.
"Well done, Prisoner Zero. A perfect impersonation of yourself." A white light came through the window and Zero screamed. He screamed in agony and writhed about.
"Silence, Doctor. Silence will fall,' it said when it calmed down. The multi-form faded away and was soon gone, as well as the light from the window. The Doctor rushes over to the window he broke earlier and stuck his head out. When he came back in he looked displeased about something.
"The- the Sun, is back to normal, right? That's... That's good, yeah? That means it's over," said Rory, still kneeling by Amy. The Doctor took back Rory's phone and began to quickly dial. He ruffles Rory's hair as he walked past and just kept on dialing.
"Amy? Are you okay? Are you with us?" asked Rory as he gently shook Amy trying to rouse her.
"What happened?" she groaned as she regained consciousness.
"He did it. The Doctor did it."
"No I didn't," said the Doctor, still piddling with the phone.
"What are you doing?" I asked.
"Tracking the signal back. Sorry, in advance."
"About what?" asked Rory.
"The bill," said the Doctor putting the phone up to his ear.
"Oi! I didn't say you could go! Article 57 of the Shadow Proclamation. This is a fully established level five planet. And you were gonna burn it? What? Did you think no one was watching? You lot. Back here, now." He hung up the phone and tossed it back to Rory.
"Okay. Now I've done it," he said making his way out of the room.
"Uh, did he just bring them back? Did he just save the world from aliens, and then bring all the aliens back again?!" asked Rory in a panic as Amy and I got up to follow the Doctor.
"Where are you going?" I asked.
"The roof! No. Hang on," he said walking into the mens locker room where all the doctors had left their clothes. He started tossing around shirts and ties and such looking for an outfit.
"What's in here?" asked Amy.
"I'm saving the world, I need a decent shirt! To hell with the raggedy - time to put on a show!" he said spiining with a jacket and then tossing it back.
"You've just summoned aliens back to Earth! Actual aliens! Deadly aliens! Aliens... of death, and...now you're...taking your clothes off. Amy, he's taking his clothes off," said Rory obvioiusly more than a little panicked.
"Turn your back if it embarrasses you," said the Doctor taking off his shirt.
"Are you stealing clothes now? Those clothes belong to people…you know!" yelled Rory at the Doctor trying to get him to stop. Amy and I just kept staring admiring the view as he took his trousers off and put a new pair on.
"Are you not gonna turn your back?" asked Rory as he turned around.
"Nope," said Amy looking quite smug.
"I'm an unattached woman, I can enjoy the view if I want." I heard the Doctor chuckle at this and it made me grin even bigger. A minute late he had on a pair of navy blue trousers, a tan shirt, a tweed jacket, and at least three ties hanging around his neck. We ran up the stairs and made our way onto the roof.
"So, this was a good idea, was it? They were leaving!" shouted Amy.
"Leaving is good. Never coming back is better. Come oooooooon then! The Doctor will see you now!" he yelled at the Atraxi ship. The giant eye rushed out and flew right up to the Doctor. The eye scans the Doctor with the same light as it had before.
"You are not of this world," it concluded in its loud and deep voice.
"No, but I've put a lot of work into it. Umm... uhh... I dunno. What do you think?" he asks holding up a tie, trying to figure which works best.
"Is this world important?" asked the Atraxi.
"Important?! What does that mean, important? Six billion people live here, is that important? Here's a better question: is this world a threat to the Atraxi? Come on, you're monitoring the whole planet. Is this world a threat?" he threw some ties back as he said this and always managed to hit Amy or Rory.
"No," it said after looking through what I had found while monitoring the planet.
"Are the people of this world guilty of any crime by the laws of the Atraxi?"
"No," it said again after once more searching through its knowledge of Earth.
"Okay! One more, just one. Is this world protected?" he asked finding a tie and putting it on.
"Cause you're not the first lot to have come here. Oh, there have been so many. And what you've got to ask is... what happened to them?" The Atraxi was watching all the things the Doctor had done, there were metal men and strange looking aliens and then a face. Ten faces that were all different and yet the eyes stayed the same. Not in color but in the deep sadness they held. The longing and anger and sadness.
"Hello. I'm the Doctor. Basically. Run," he said stepping through the hologram causing it to disappear. The eye flew back up to its ship and quickly took off into the sky. Its departure stirred up a huge gust of wind and all our hair blew around and our clothes flapped a bit.
"Is that it? Is that them gone for good? Who were they?" asked Amy. When she received no reply we all looked around to find that the Doctor had taken off. We ran down the stairs and were just able to catch him running across the lawn of the hospital, on his way back to Amy's house. We were only a few seconds behind him and it took us a couple minutes to catch up. He ran into the back yard of Amy's house and a second later we heard a whirring sound. We got there just as the Doctors machine disappeared. I couldn't help but feel upset and one look at Amy's face let me know she felt the exact same thing.
It was the middle of the night and I was staying over at Amy's house when I heard it. A familiar whirring sound that I had heard only one other time in my life. I looked out my window and saw a blue box appear in Amy's yard. I grabbed my robe and slippers then ran out the door. I heard another pair of feet behind me and looked to see Amy following me. We ran out the back door and just stood there, gazing at the man before us, who had just stepped out of his box.
"Sorry about running off earlier! Brand new TARDIS, bit exciting! Just had a quick hop to the Moon and back to run her in. She's ready for the big stuff now," he said patting the side of the Tardis. Amy and I moved closer stopping at the archway into the garden.
"It's you. You came back," I said, not believing what my eyes were seeing.
"Course I came back. I always come back. Something wrong with that?"
"And you kept the clothes?" asked Amy walking over to the Doctor with me following.
"Well, I just saved the world. The whole planet, for about the millionth time, no charge, yeah. Shoot me. I kept the clothes."
"Including the bow-tie."
"Yeah. It's cool. Bow-ties are cool." Amy just looked at him in confusion.
"Bow-ties are pretty cool," I agreed.
"Are you from another planet?" Amy asked abruptly.
"Okay,' I said.
"So what do you think?" he asked both of us.
"Other planets, wanna check some out?"
"What does that mean?" asked Amy.
"It means, well, it means... come wi' me."
"Where?" I asked.
"Wherever you like."
"All that stuff that happened, the hospital, the spaceships, Prisoner Zero-" said Amy.
"Oh, don't worry, that's just the beginning, there's loads more."
"Yeah, but those things, those... amazing things, all that stuff." The Doctor was smiling and this is when I stepped forward and glared at him.
"That was two YEARS ago!" I yelled.
"Ooohhh. Oops," said the Doctor ashamedly.
"Fourteen years," said Amy.
"Fourteen years since fish custard. Amy Pond. The girl who waited, you've waited long enough."
"When I was a kid, you said there was a swimming pool. And a library, and the swimming pool was in the library."
"Yeah. Not sure where it's got to now, it'll turn up! So! Coming?"
"You wanted to come fourteen years ago."
"I grew up."
"Don't worry. I'll soon fix that," he said and then he snapped his fingers and the Tardis door opened. Light poured out of the opening and what I saw astounded me. Amy and I looked at the Doctor and then stepped in. We both just gaped at the sight before us, wondering how in the world it could be this big. I gazed at the brass colored walls; inside them were lights so the entire room was flooded with light. A ramp lead up to what looked like a console and in the middle of the console there was a tower with a glass thing inside it. There were wheels and buttons and so many other things including a typewriter on the console.
There were seats up against the rails of the platform on which the console sat and there was also a set of stairs leading under the platform. I was huge and beautiful. And the instant I stepped in, I felt something enter my mnd. It wasn't wholly unpleasant but it did shock me. It felt so familiar like I had felt this connection before. I shook it off and stepper further into the Tardis.
"I'm in my nightie," said Amy.
"Oh, don't worry! Plenty of clothes in the wardrobe. And, possibly, a swimming pool. So! All of time, and space, everything that ever happened or that ever will. Where do you wanna start?" said the Doctor in a rush.
"You are so sure that we're coming," said Amy.
"Yeah. I am."
"Why?" I asked.
"Cause you Amy, are the Scottish girl, in the English village, and I know how that feels. And Grace, because you want to know why you know things that you shouldn't. And I can tell you."
"Oh, do you?" "Can you?" asked Ami and I at the same time.
"Well, all these years living here, most of your life and you've still got that accent. Yeah, you're coming. And yes I can."
"Can you get me back for tomorrow morning?" asked Amy.
"It's a time machine. I can get you back for five minutes ago. Why? What's tomorrow?"
"Nothing. Nothing! Just, you know. Stuff."
"All right, then. Back in time for 'stuff'." He was on the other side of the console and I saw a new screwdriver slide out of a hole in the console. The Doctor excitedly picked it up with a huge smile I his face.
"Oh, a new one! Lovely. Thanks, dear," he whispered the last bit and I barely heard it. I felt a hum in my mind, like the source of the hum was happy. The happiness was infectious and it caused my smile to grow. I felt a pair of eyes on me and saw the Doctor watching me.
"You can feel her?" he asked.
"What?" I replied.
"You can hear a hum in your head? That's the Tardis. I can hear her too but that's because I'm a Time Lord. You shouldn't be able to hear her. What are you?" he said coming towards me with his new screwdriver. He flicked it open and scanned me.
"Human, but that's impossible. No humans ever been able to hear the Tardis. Oh well, I'll figure it out eventually," he said turning back towards the console where he started typing on a typewriter.
"Why us?" asked Amy.
"Why not?" replied the Doctor.
"No, seriously. You are asking us to run away with you in the middle of the night, it's a fair question. Why us?"
"Dunno! Fun! Do I have to have a reason?"
"People always have a reason," I chimed in.
"Do I look like people?"
"Yes!" Amy and I said at the same time.
"Been knocking around on my own for a while, my choice, but I've started talking to myself, all the time, it's giving me earache."
"You're lonely. That's it. Just that," I said walking closer to him.
"Just that. Promise."
"Ok," Amy and I say at the same time again.
"So you're okay then? Cause this place. Sometimes it can make people feel a bit... you know."
"I'm fine. Fine. It's just... there's a whole world in here, just like you said. It's all true. I thought, well, I'd, I'd started to think that maybe you were just like a... madman with a box."
"Amy Pond, Grace Bennet, there's something you better understand about me, cause it's important, and one day, your life may depend on it. I am definitely a madman with a box." We grin and laugh at his joke and then he turns back to the console, still smiling.
"Ha haa, yes! Goodbye, Leadworth! Hello... everything!" He pulls down on a lever and we feel a jolt. We clung to the console and held on as the Tardis jerked us about. Now one thing you may be wondering about. Why was I at Amy's house? Well, I was at her house because tomorrow is a very important day. Tomorrow Amy is getting married.