I rushed back to the TARDIS with the trio, Levi, and Jean hot on my trail. I had also somehow managed to acquire a few more people. There were two brunettes; one with glasses and one without, a short blonde girl and a taller dark haired girl, and three boys – two of which had hair (blonde and dark brown). Even that blonde man from earlier joined us. Arriving in front of my infamous blue box I pulled out my key and unlocked it when –
“Hold on, what the hell is a police box?” I turned around and saw I was being glared at by Levi and stared at bewilderingly by everyone else.
“It’s a phone box!” I answered with a smile. “You know, so you can ring the police on the street!”
“What’s a phone?” the blonde girl asked confusedly, I raised a brow and tilted my head.
“Umm… what year is it?”
“You mean you don’t know?” asked the girl with the glasses.
“It’s been a long day for me. In fact, I have no idea where I am.”
“It’s 850. You’re at the Survey Corps headquarters within Wall Rose.”
“Wall Rose? What’s that?” Every single one of them looked at me like I had just grown another head. “What?”
“You… you don’t know what the walls are?” I shook my head at glasses girl’s question. “They’re–”
“Fifty metre high barriers that guard mankind from the Titans.” Eren interrupted.
“…” I looked at them blankly and then laughed sheepishly. “… Sorry… what are Titans?”
I was suddenly pushed against the door of the TARDIS, staring wide-eyed at the short black haired man in front of me. He had me pinned with his forearm pressed to my throat.
“Who the fuck doesn’t know what a Titan is? Who are you?” he sneered and I grinned.
“I told you, I’m the Doctor!” he pressed his arm against my throat with more force and I choked a bit. His steel grey eyes glared into my own threateningly.
“There’s no way any person wouldn’t know what a Titan is.” Levi seethed and I could feel the murderous aura radiating off of him. “Even those pigs in Wall Sina know what a Titan is. What’s your excuse?”
“…Maybe that I’m not actually from around here…?” I tilted my head, raising an inquisitive brow. “But tell me what they are! I love learning about new creatures!”
“I didn’t think I’d meet anyone more freakish than Hanji, but it seems that’s changed.”
“You’re really rude.” I paused and looked down at him. “And short.” I added. I could hear the muffled chortles from the surrounding individuals. Levi looked like he was about to strangle me. I was actually sort of relieved when the blonde guy from earlier pulled him off of me. “Thanks, blondie! Anyways, back to business!” I opened the door to the TARDIS and stepped inside. Moments later I was met with an assortment of gasps. I turned around with a wide grin on my face. “Welcome to the TARDIS. It can travel anywhere in space and time, and better yet, it’s mine.”
I was met with shocked faces and a collection of curious and astounded mutterings.
“It’s… but it’s… I mean look at it…” glasses girl stammered, her eyes seeming to have gained a glimmer of excitement and energy. It seemed like it was taking everything in her being not to be bouncing off the walls.
“Go on. Say it. Most people do.” I grinned even wider, shoving my hands into the pockets of my tweed jacket.
“It’s smaller on the outside.” Mikasa commented and almost instantly the grin on my face vanished.
“Okay. That’s a first. I like the bit when someone says it's bigger on the inside. I always look forward to that.” I skipped up to the main console.
“But what is it?” asked the still unnamed glasses girl. “Is it some sort of sorcery? A machine, even?”
“It’s a ship.”
“Best ship in the universe!” I twirled on my heel and pressed a few buttons and pulled a few levers on the TARDIS’s console. “Close the door, would you? You’re letting a draft in.” the tallest boy of the lot closed the door and I smiled at him.
“What on earth are you doing, you madwoman?” Levi asked, still seeming like he wanted to rip my head off.
I only grinned at him. “Hold onto something.”
I gave them little time to react as I pulled a lever and the TARDIS’s famous whirring sound started up and it began to move violently. I was aware that it was still damaged from my regeneration but I needed to figure out where this opening in the wall was.
Soon enough, the TARDIS landed. I turned around and cocked a brow when I saw everyone strewn out around the room, moaning in – what could only be described as – pain.
As they all stood up, something came to mind. They were about to open the door when I stopped them. “Hold up! I still don’t know the majority of your names!” I called out and the all stopped. “Those who I do know the names of are Eren, Armin, Mikasa, Levi, and Jean. Everyone else, do introduce yourselves.”
Soon I was able to put names to each of their faces. Their names were Hanji, Christa, Ymir, Sasha, Connie, Bertholdt, Reiner, and Erwin (who just so happened to be the commander). They were all soldiers from a branch in the military called the Survey Corps, who actually seemed to be the only truly useful branch of the lot.
“Nice to meet you all. I’m the Doctor. Now, the TARDIS has given me some major readings of some strong energy that comes from this area. This is most likely the way that Prisoner Zero managed to escape from.” Looking at them all seriously, I continued. “Don’t follow me.”
I should have expected them not to listen to me, because that’s exactly what they did.
Right in front of me was a wall, but that’s not was caught me off-guard. No, what got me was the small hole that had a bright light seeping out of it.
“So this is the hole you were talking about all those years ago, huh?” I asked the trio.
“What do you mean?”
“The hole we were talking about was way bigger and basically was what destroyed our home.”
“Oh… I’m so sorry to hear that.” I felt a pang of sadness in my chest when I remembered what I did to my own home all those years ago. Shaking those thoughts away, I pulled out my sonic screwdriver and approached the hole.
“What’s that? A sonic probe?” asked Jean.
“That’s screwdriver!” I protested haughtily.
“Who takes a screwdriver and thinks ‘this could be a little more sonic’?” Ymir inquired and I glared at her.
“Ever have a long night? Need to put up a few cabinets or open some doors?”
“That thing can open doors?” Erwin asked and I grinned.
“That and more!” I turned back to the hole and pointed the sonic screwdriver at it. Suddenly, the hole opened even wider and a massive eye peered through.
“Prisoner Zero has escaped. Prisoner Zero has escaped.”
“Hello?” the eye looked straight at me and I was hit by a bolt of light. I doubled over in shock, the hole then sealed itself up, and moments later I was upright again. “There, you see? Told you it would close. Good as new."
“What's that thing? Was that Prisoner Zero?” Armin asked shakily, I turned to look at them all and saw they were all highly on edge.
“No. I think that was Prisoner Zero's guard. Whatever it was, it sent me a message. Psychic paper. Takes a lovely little message.” I scanned the page quickly. “Prisoner Zero has escaped. But why tell us? Unless…”
“Unless, perhaps, Prisoner Zero escaped through here… But he couldn't have. We'd know.” I sighed and walked back into the TARDIS, everyone else following suit. “It's difficult. Brand new me. Nothing works yet. But there's something I'm missing. In the corner of my eye.” I set the TARDIS to go back to the Survey Corps headquarters.
We all stepped out of the TARDIS when suddenly I was alerted by the TARDIS’s cloister bells.
“No! No, no, no, no, no!” I gasped and rushed back, however my wrist was grabbed by Eren. “I’ve got to get back in there! The engines are phasing. It's going to burn! I won’t have a time machine for much longer if I can't get her stabilised. Five minute hop into the future should do it.”
“Can I come?”
“Not safe in here. Not yet. Five minutes. Give me five minutes, I'll be right back.”
“That’s what you said last time.” I smiled apologetically. He let go and I ran back to the TARDIS.
Eren looked down and sighed.