Erin screamed as the lasers shot at us, running away from the ships. I smiled, joining her in her little alcove.
"So what do we do?" she asked, looking on as the people ran around like headless chickens.
"I have an idea." I said, spotting a girl stood in the danger zone, her hands over her head. She seemed to be looking for someone, maybe a younger sibling. "But you have to trust me."
Before she answered, I ran out into the open space, waving my arms around. "Come get me!" I yelled, jumping up and down. Not only did the ships see me and start moving towards me, but so did the girl. "No!" I shouted. "Get out of the way!" I pointed over to Erin and luckily she got the message. Now she was safe, I dashed back to Erin and our new friend, grabbing a discarded handbag.
"Who are you?" she asked as I sifted through the bag. A better idea came to mind and I fell to my knees, emptying the contents of the handbag onto the floor.
"What are you looking for?" Erin dropped down beside me, looking at me.
"Mirror. Plural is better." I said, spreading the stuff out.
"Who are you?!" the girl asked, watching the ships hovering.
"I'm the Doctor and this is Erin." I said, not looking up. "Here we go!" I picked up a reflective surface, holding it up to the sky, triumphant.
"Why?" Erin asked, getting up and taking it from my hand.
"Do you trust me?" I asked, looking into her eyes. She nodded, smiling. I turned to the girl. "And who are you?"
She looked at me, a little shocked by my question. "Angie." She said shyly. I beamed at her, offering her my hand.
"Nice to meet you. Stay here. Under no circumstances should you go anywhere, understand?" She nodded slowly, backing into the alcove. "Ready Erin?"
She looked scared. "For what?"
"This!" I yelled, running off.
* * * * *
"Well that didn't quite go as planned." I said, inspecting the burnt patch in my jacket.
"But you did it!" Angie screamed, smiling at me. "You saved us!"
"So I put them in a complex time loop. It's no big deal." I smiled proudly, blowing imaginary smoke from the end of my sonic. "And I couldn't have done it without you, Erin." I put my arm around her shoulder, grinning at her but she shook her head.
"Never a dull moment." She hissed under her breath. "Can we go now?"
"No." I said simply, spotting someone in the distance who I recognised. The woman was talking into a camera, her pronounced American accent familiar to my ears. "Trinity Wells?" I asked, a little bit excited. She turned to look at me and I waved back, maybe looking a little foolish. "I'm one of your biggest fans!" I beamed but she ignored me. "You're going to go on to great things I promise you!" I ran over to her, hugging her. "I've always wanted to hug a famous person."
"Excuse me sir, but who are you?" she asked, turning from the cameraman.
"I am the Doctor." I said proudly, noticing Erin looking at me suspiciously from the TARDIS.
"Doctor who?" Trinity asked, looking at me.
"Oh you so have to do that to camera. Please, for me?" I begged, smiling my sweetest smile. So she turned to camera and repeated herself, making the simple question sound so groundbreaking. "Brilliant." I said, wandering off. I turned on my heels when I was a few metres away, sonicing the camera. It blew up in a puff of sparks. "Don't want everyone knowing about me now do we?" I gave her one last grin before rejoining my friends.
"Who is she?" Erin asked like a disgruntled mother. "Or should that be who will she be?" I tapped my nose mysteriously, stopping when something caught my attention.
"Angie, how good are you at puzzles?" I asked, catching her off guard again; she seemed to be looking for someone. "And have you lost someone?"
"Alright I suppose. No, haven't lost anyone." But she kept looking around. Odd.
"Right. I need to get to England but I can't use my ship. What do you suggest?"
"Pardon?" Erin asked, pulling me around to face her.
"Do you want the full explanation?" She nodded just as I had been expecting her to. "Right, well I travel in time and space, we all understand that yes?" Erin nodded but Angie just looked dumbfounded. "So say I decide to come back to this exact point in time and watch my encounter with Trinity over there from afar, there would be two TARDISes here. There is a part in my brain that tells me which is the right one, so I don't get into the future TARDIS, do you still follow?" Neither of them looked terribly sure of what I was saying but they encouraged me to finish. "So right now I sense two ships, one here," I tapped my beautiful blue box. "And one over in England. The thing is, that other ship is dying and there isn't another me on this planet."
"Do you understand any of this?" Angie asked. Erin nodded her head but I could tell she wasn't fully sure.
"So why can't we take this one?" She asked.
"Because I'm using this one to maintain that time loop. If I move it, it frees the scouts. And it needs, say a week here to get that time loop so short they won't be able to get out, ever." I scratched my head, unable to come up with an answer.
"So wait a week?" Angie suggested. I patted her on the head, glad she was trying.
"If I do, my other ship will die. I need to get there as soon as possible." I could feel the pain of the other ship at the back of my mind.
"So what are you going to do?" Erin asked, looking just as lost as me.
"I don't know. I simply do not know."