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Frozen in Time Part 4

Marty was jerked to the floor by the reanimated robot. He had no time to react, his arms flew out and he fell hard on his stomach and ribs. The wind was knocked out of his lungs and although he struggled to get away the robot began to pull Marty closer.

"Hang on Marty!" The Doctor called out as he crouched down and started plugging wires into the bits of machines he had just grabbed from the TARDIS.

Marty kicked at the robot with his free leg, and instantly regretted it after he heard a sharp crack and felt a wave of pain go up his leg.

The Doctor finished assembling his device. He grabbed one of the wires and ran towards the robot. He pointed his sonic screwdriver at the robot and its head began to spin.

"Error, error," the robot repeated, then the Doctor jammed the wire he was holding into the robot's right eye-socket.

Marty got his breath back just in time to call out in pain as he felt an electric jolt go through his body, but he also felt the robot's hand give way and he managed to crawl away, coughing as he got to a safe distance.

The robot wasn't moving anymore, but it was still on, its eyes locked onto the Doctor.

"What happened?" Marty finally managed to speak.

"He took less time to reboot than I had thought," the Doctor explained.

Marty painfully got to his feet and limped over to the Doctor, feeling as though his foot might have been broken.

"What'd you do to it?"

"I've overridden its command chip, the only thing it can do now is speak."

"Time traveller detected," the robot said.

"Why?" Marty wondered why they didn't just decapitate the damn thing.

As an answer, the Doctor turned back to the robot and began questioning it. "Who sent you?"

"The maker," the robot answered.

"Who is the maker?"

The robot whirred.

"Why are you looking for me?"

"Mission command: detect time travellers. Acquire subject. Harvest time."

"You want their time energy?"

"Time energy?" Marty was puzzled.

"Harvest time," the robot repeated.

"Why attack the girl? What did she have to do with any of this?"

"Detect time travellers," came to robot.

"But she's not a time traveller."

"Uh… Doctor…" Marty began, but the Doctor was focused on the machine.

"She is a time traveller."

"No she's-" The Doctor stopped talking and looked at Marty.

"Jennifer Parker. Unique signature detected in 1985 and 2015. She is a time traveller."

"She's a time traveller?"

Marty smiled awkwardly. "Well, the thing is-"

"Time traveller detected," droned the robot.

The Doctor looked at the robot. "How many time travellers have you detected today?"

"Three time travellers detected."

Then, much to Marty's confusion, the Doctor pulled out a pair of cardboard red and blue 3-D glasses. He put them on and stared first at Marty, then at Jennifer, and finally back towards the robot.

"Of course, I'm so stupid!" The Doctor exclaimed. "It wasn't after me, not really, it was after any time traveller. It doesn't make sense that that it would have known I'd be here."

"C'mon Doctor, how do we fix Jennifer?" Marty was getting impatient.

"Where's the girl's time energy?"

"Time energy uploaded."

"Uploaded where?"

"The maker."

"Already?"

"Upload performed in tandem."

"What the hell does that mean?" Marty nearly yelled in frustration.

"It means," the Doctor removed his 3-D glasses and put them back in his brown coat, "I can't bring Jennifer back."

"WHAT!" Marty jumped to his feet. "So that's it! I might as well consider her dead!"

"That's not what I mean," the Doctor got up and looked Marty in the eyes. "I-"

The Doctor started pulling his hair as he thought.

"Well, it might work. I mean, she only needs time energy, it doesn't have to be a specific time energy."

"WHAT THE HELL IS TIME ENERGY!"

"This!" The Doctor grabbed Marty's arm and started running towards the TARDIS, dragging the hapless teen behind him.

They ran right up to the controls of the TARDIS and the Doctor pointed at the great cylinder of light that powered the entire ship.

"What, is that the flux capacitor or something?"

"Flux capacitor? Don't be silly, we haven't used those in over a thousand years, long before I was born-" his head snapped towards Marty. "Did you make a flux capacitor? Is that how you time travelled?"

"I didn't make it, the Doc did – my Doc. Doc Brown I mean."

"So you're just a regular human?"

"Human? Of course I'm a human!"

"And this Doctor Brown is human?"

"Yes!"

"He doesn't by any chance own a fob watch?"

"A what watch?"

"A pocket watch?"

"Uh… I don't know. Why?"

"Probably not important."

"So, what," Marty steered the conversation back on to what was important, "you transfer this energy to Jennifer and she'll be fine again?"

"I'm afraid it's not quite that easy."

"Of course it isn't."

"This is not just any time energy, it's a time vortex, and if I give Jennifer too much energy too soon it'll, well, kill her."

"So just give her a little bit."

"Obviously, but it will take some time."

"How much time?"

"Could be years."

"YEARS!"

"Calm down, barely a second will have passed for her, and being that we're in a time machine I could just pop out and pop back in and whereas several years might have passed for me, no time at all will pass for you."

"If you think I'm letting you take my girlfriend anywhere you're insane."

"No, it's a terrible plan."

"I'll say!"

"I'll have to take you too," the Doctor put up his hand before Marty could start screaming at him again. "It isn't safe for you to stay here. No time traveller is safe right now. I wasn't exactly looking for a travelling companion at the moment, but I can hardly abandon you to fend for yourself in the 1980s."

"How do I even know I can trust you? You and this robot show up the same day, and I'm just supposed to accept that you're not connected?"

The Doctor took a step forward, looking Marty dead in the eye. Marty felt absolutely miniscule next to this man, and not because he was nearly a foot taller than Marty.

"Yes," came the Doctors soft reply.

Marty didn't know why, but he couldn't help but believe him.

"I told myself I'd never time travel again," Marty finally managed to say.

"Well, we don't have to necessarily travel through time."

"But it's a time machine."

"Time and space. Time and Relative Dimensions In Space, that's what TARDIS means. We can go anywhere in time and space."

"Anywhere?" Marty looked past the Doctor into the blue box. "Like, the moon?"

"Or another galaxy."

Marty felt unsure. "I don't know."

"Jennifer's only hope is with me. If you want to take your chances here, I won't stop you, but believe me when I say I'm the only man in the universe who can save her."

"It might be less than a couple years… right?"

"Possibly."

"Like months?"

"Could be decades actually," the Doctor said slightly under his breath.

Marty finally managed to force himself to turn around and stare at Jennifer. He couldn't leave her like that, and he sure as hell couldn't leave her alone with some strange man.

"Okay," his voice cracked.

"Sorry?"

"Okay," Marty looked up at the Doctor and held out his had. "Sign me up Doc, let's go galaxy hoping."

"Brilliant," the Doctor shook Marty's hand. "Welcome aboard, Marty McFly."

To Be Continued in Episode Two: Alien Expectations

(Now that I've written episode one, I kinda wish it was more than four chapters long, but I was just so eager to get Marty and the Doctor together and begin the next episode – which will be a separate story, so look to my author profile for updates. I've decided on 13 episodes, and I must say that trying to come up with 13 different plots in order to tell one overall story arc gave me much more respect for writers of television series. I've never appreciated a cliffhanger so much in my entire life.)