Author: Yay! I'm the first one on this site to write a Doctor Who/Mass Effect crossover. I'm number 1! I'm number 1! I'm num--
Jack: Actually, there's already a Doctor Who/Mass Effect crossover on this site.
Author: Really? How many are there?
Doctor: Just one.
Martha: Are you alright?
Author: I'm number 2! I'm number 2!
In Cardiff, the Doctor, Martha Jones, and Jack Harkness leaned against a rail and looked out onto the world they had just saved. Martha was the first to speak.
"Time was, every single one of these people knew your name. Now they've all forgotten you."
"Good," replied the Doctor.
After a moment, Jack bent under the rail. "Back to work."
"I really don't mind, though," the Doctor said. "Come with me."
"I had plenty of time to think that past year, the "Year That Never Was". And I kept thinking about that team of mine. Like you said, Doctor, responsibility."
"Defending the Earth. Can't argue with that."
The Doctor then grabbed Jack's arm and took out his sonic screwdriver. "Hey, I need that!"
"I can't have you walking around with a time-traveling teleport." The Doctor pointed his screwdriver at the device on Jack's wrist. He activated the screwdriver while pressing the buttons on the device. "You could go anywhere…twice. The second time to apologize"
"And what about me? Can you fix that? Will I ever be able to die?"
"Nothing I can do. You're an impossible thing, Jack."
Jack grinned. "Been called that before." He started to walk away, then stopped, turned, and saluted. "Sir. Ma'am." Both the Doctor and Martha returned his salute.
Inside Torchwood, alarms blared. Toshiko Sato stared at the computer screen in disbelief. This couldn't be right. The computer was telling her that a second rift was opening up almost directly above them. After a couple seconds, however, the reading vanished and the alarms stopped.
On the Normandy, Commander Shepard turned away from the holographic communications device he had been using to speak with the council. He wasn't in a particularly good mood. Then again, he never was after being berated by the Turian councilor.
Shepard sighed and was about to head to the CIC when he was blinded by a flash of light. When he could see again, the Commander spotted a man lying on the ground in front of him. The man groaned as he got to his feet.
The man looked all around the room, his eyes eventually landing on Commander Shepard. The man grinned ear to ear. "Hello. I'm the Doctor."
On the Citadel, Ambassador Udina was reading Commander Shepard's report about the mission on Noveria. Udina sighed. Sure, the Commander was a skilled soldier, and granted he almost always got the job done, but did he really have to make such a mess?
The Ambassador looked up as Captain Anderson walked into his office. "Ah, Captain. You're right on time. I wanted to discuss Commander Shepard's conduct."
"What about it?"
"I was hoping you could convince him to be somewhat more…discrete."
"Discrete isn't really the Commander's style."
"Believe me, I know." The Ambassador got up from his chair and walked around the desk. "Shepard respects you a great deal more than he does me. If you told him to try and…"
Ambassador Udina was interrupted by a blinding flash of light. When it faded, a young woman was lying on her back. She lifted her head and looked at the two men who stared back at her. She got up and looked around the office.
Captain Anderson took a step toward her. "Miss?" She looked at him. Something in her face told the Captain that this woman wasn't to be taken lightly. "Who are you?"
"Martha Jones," she answered, extending her hand, which Anderson shook. "This may sound like an odd question, but what year is it?"
On Feros, employees of ExoGeni were gathered in the ruins of a once magnificent Prothean city. Juliana Baynham and Ethan Jeong were arguing again. "We can't just abandon her!"
"We can't go back to ExoGeni headquarters. We wouldn't make it ten feet on the skyway without getting slaughtered!"
"There must be something we can do!"
"There isn't. She's probably already dead, just like the colonists at Zhu's Hope."
"No! I won't give up hope!"
Jeong was about to reply when they were engulfed in white light. After the light was gone, Juliana, Jeong, and everyone else taking shelter there stared at the man lying on the ground. A man whom everyone knew wasn't there a second ago.
The man got to his feet and looked at the ruins around him. "What a dump. Then again," he muttered, catching sight of one of the guards, a man with a bum like you wouldn't believe. "I guess it could be worse."
On Virmire, one of the scientists was examining the test results on the last batch of subjects. The Asari was so preoccupied that she didn't even notice the flash of light behind her. In fact she didn't realize anything was wrong until she heard someone drumming their fingers on her desk.