Spoilers: Through Season 2 of BBT, Season 4 of Doctor Who, and Season 1 of Torchwood
Word Count: 2,031
Crossover: TBBT/Doctor Who/Torchwood
Disclaimer: Don't own any of it, BBC and Chuck Lorre own them all I'm just having some fun with them.
Author’s Note: I have pretty much three-fourths of the story mapped out. Enjoy.
One year and six months earlier:
It had been two days after their arrival in the new dimension that the nightmares had started plaguing Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Each night they seemed to become more and more disturbing. This only spurred him on further to find a way back for he knew he never had nightmares in the other dimension. He had spent 48 hours trying to figure out a way to get them back home. When his body couldn’t take it anymore, Captain Harkness ordered him to bed. As he lay there, trying to fight off his sleep he decided that maybe slumber would help him see things clearer. He tried humming ‘Soft Kitty’ to himself in hopes it would help bring happy dreams. As sleep overcame his senses he found himself back in the HUB, but he noticed instantly that something was off.
Looking around he noticed that things had definitely changed, there were more people wandering about in differing levels of military gear, some were totting big guns. Yet others walked around in a daze in ratty old clothes, their heads shaved. Turning and looking behind him he saw the blue doors of the TARDIS, which he seemed to have just stepped out of. Looking around the HUB he saw his friends surrounding a desk all with eyes trained on him. Wolowitz was standing in the back in a white lab coat, while Leonard and Raj were both sitting behind the desk. Penny was sitting on the edge of the table. He noticed they all looked hardened, battle wearied, and tough.
The first one he noticed was Penny, her blonde hair pulled back in a French twist; her usually bright green eyes were dull and bore straight through him. He also noticed she was painfully thin. He noticed that she was in an all black military outfit with a .32 caliber handgun strapped to her hip. She stood arms crossed, no smile, and no acknowledgement of his existence.
He was about to speak when Wolowitz broke the deafening silence.
“Well lookey here guys and lovely lady, looks like our traveling scientist hath returned.”
“Looks like it” Leonard spat glaring at his old roommate.
“It’s been what, 150 years since we last saw him?” Raj said looking over from his computer.
“That’s impossible, I just left yesterday” he said finding his voice.
“Well, looks like Daddy Dearest messed up Moonpie you’ve been gone for 150 years!” Penny said with a sneer.
“Yea, while you were off gallivanting across time and space, we were left behind to defend earth…ALONE…No thanks to you!” Leonard said walking over wrapping a protective arm around Penny.
Looking around he noticed strange aliens with guns standing at each entrance. He looked at his supposed friends for an explanation.
Penny was the first to speak up, “oh I see you’ve noticed our new leaders…All of Earth now answers to them.”
Finding his voice he asked a question he was afraid to get an answer to. “Where are Jack and the others?”
The four looked between each other and Howard stepped forward, “they were all killed by our lovely alien warlords, apparently there is something that can kill Jack after all!”
Penny strode forward and pushed him back against the TARDIS, hatred and tears in her eyes.
“Do you know what they did?” she screamed pounding her fists into his chest.
“I don’t understand any of this Penny, please tell me what happened here?”
“I’ll tell you what happened Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper you moron. These alien warlords ripped our child from me and murdered him. They then made sure I’ll never be able to have kids again.”
“Penny when did we conceive a child? I don’t remember any of it?”
“You know what Sheldon, I hate you!”
Sheldon then found the scene changing; he was now outside the HUB looking up at a tall office building.
“What are we doing out here?” He asked turning to Leonard.
Leonard turned his eyes toward Sheldon “Tradition. Penny does this every year on the Anniversary of us being stuck here and since she can’t die it gives her hope that maybe this will be the last time so she can join her son in heaven. She’s been tortured way too much and way too often by the alien warlords and this gets a good rise out of them. Get ready here it comes” looking up and cupping his mouth “COME ON PENNY!!! YOU CAN DO IT!”
Looking up he was horrified to see Penny standing on the top ledge of the building her blonde locks blowing in the breeze surrounding her face like a halo. He could see her dull green eyes looking down at him with a cold hard stare. She turned away and disappeared from his sight. The next thing he knew she was jumping off the roof in a perfect swan dive and he watched in disgust as her body landed as a broken heap upon the ground. He knew instinctively that she wouldn’t be getting up this time. She was finally at peace.
“DANGER!!!! DANGER!!!” Sheldon shouted, sitting straight up from the horror he just had witnessed. He felt his brow and wiped away the cold sweat that coated it. He grabbed his notebook and scribbled down all the details he could remember of the dream. He then got up and made a hasty exit of his room, nausea rippling through him as he tried in vain to push down the bile that threatened to come up.
Knock, Knock, Knock
Knock, Knock, Knock
Knock, Knock, Knock
The door opened slowly and a very sleepy and disheveled Penny stood blinking at Sheldon with a look of confusion.
“Yes, what is it Sheldon? What do you…?”
Before she could finish her statement, Sheldon enveloped her in an awkward bone crushing hug burying his face in her hair.
Pulling back, confused at what just happened. Penny looked into his eyes, “What’s wrong sweetie? Your heart is racing a million miles a minute.”
Looking down sheepishly, afraid to tell her the truth “I thought I saw a spider” he lied.
“Oh hon, you’re going to have to learn to kill them yourself one of these days.”
“I know, but before I head back to bed I wanted to let you know that I’m glad to be stuck here with you. I know it must be very hard on you.”
Penny’s eyes brimmed with tears as she nodded.
“Oh sweetie, I’m glad I’m stuck here with you guys too. I’d miss you terribly if I was stuck home alone in that other dimension.”
Sheldon gave a curt nod as Penny watched Sheldon shuffle back towards his door. He turned back towards her, his blue eyes shimmering in the hallway light with an emotion she had never seen before.
“Sorry to have interrupted your REM sleep patterns Penny. Good night” and with that he turned and went into his room closing the door quietly behind him.
“Something is definitely up with Dr. Whack-a-doodle more so than normal” she muttered as she wiped at her eyes and went back to bed.
Leaning against inside of the closed door, Sheldon closed his eyes as the images he saw were still freshly burned into his cerebral cortex. He let the tears he had held at bay finally fall and said a small prayer that what he saw would never come to pass. As he curled up in the fetal position on his bed, he didn’t notice that on that day on his calendar were scrawled two words: Bad Wolf.
The next couple nights were fine and Sheldon was able to get good nights sleep. Sheldon thought for a brief moment that maybe the nightmares that had been plaguing him had ceased. Unfortunately as he closed his eyes and drifted off to sleep new images assaulted his mind of a more personal nature.
“Dance with me Dr. Cooper” Penny said playfully as she stuck her tongue between her teeth.
“I don’t dance” he replied going back to work on resonating the cement wall to help get them out of their predicament. A stray thought came to him “why am I resonating concrete?”
“What? Does the world end if the GREAT Sheldon Cooper dances?” Penny asked.
Turning to face her, he sighed as he saw her batting her eyelashes at him from the wheelchair she sat in. “It’s Dr. Sheldon Cooper, and I’m busy resonating concrete Penny, if we’re to get out of here then I NEED to do this Lord only knows what Howard has gotten into.”
Penny stood and strode up to Sheldon getting into his personal space. Grabbing his hand with a glint in her eye, and placing his other on her hip, with a playful smirk she leaned in and whispered into his ear “You’ll find your feet at the end of your legs; you’ll want to move them.”
Sheldon looked down at Penny as they swayed back and forth as Moonlight Serenade played softly on the radio. The smell of vanilla filled his senses and he found himself getting aroused but he could never love Penny as she was human and he was a Time Lord.
Sheldon woke up with a start, as he laid there staring at the ceiling letting his mind regained control of his body once more. He stared at the ceiling as a thought came to him, if Jack Harkness was real, then was the Doctor, Rose, or any of the other companions? One thought kept nagging him, why did he dream HE was the Doctor?
Two weeks later Leonard was the first one to notice something was really wrong with Sheldon. He was working tirelessly on finding a way back, and Leonard was the first to notice the dark rings under his eyes, even though Penny was the one to prod him to see what was wrong.
Sheldon stood in front of a white board covered in equations, everyone knew he was trying desperately to get them home but they had all discussed it and were dealing with the thought of never getting back. They had come through some sort of rift in space and time, and the odds of getting back to their dimension and their time was slim to none. It surprised them all when Penny was the one to point that fact out to them. When they had asked how she knew this, she just shrugged and said she had watched a few seasons of Doctor Who.
Leonard stood in the doorway and watched Sheldon who sat at his desk, head in his hands.
“Hey Buddy…how’s it going?”
Looking up suddenly, Sheldon tried to focus his eyes.
“You don’t look fine, in fact you have dark rings under your…”
“I SAID I’M PERFECTLY FINE LEONARD!”
“Sheldon, its okay, really, we all discussed this in length we all know that there’s a remote possibility that we won’t be able to get back home. Maybe you should get some rest buddy.”
Sheldon leaned forward and clasped his hands in front of him. “Can I tell you something Leonard if you promise never to mention a word of this to the others?”
Leonard nodded and pulled a chair up to the desk.
“It all started two nights after we arrived…”
Penny sat in her room folding the clothes that Tosh and Gwen had helped pick out for her when she heard a knock on her door. She waited to see if there were other knocks and when there weren’t any she got up and opened the door surprised to find Leonard standing there.
“Yes Leonard?” Penny asked.
Leonard looked at her seriously and pushed his glasses up his nose.
“We need to talk.”
Leonard looked over his shoulder to make sure Sheldon wasn’t anywhere near and leaning forward whispered “about Sheldon.” Penny looked relieved and ushered him into her room.
“What do you know?” Penny asked closing the door behind them.