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With increasing regularity, the Earth was coming under threat by alien menaces other than the Decepticons. It made sense, the Autobot known as Pyro supposed; the planet was both out of the way and ideally located, depending on where you were coming from. Or which way you were going. The universe was funny like that.

Pyro, in the guise of a firetruck, regarded the man that climbed inside him. He had a rather strange face, but not the strangest they had on file. (Personally, his favorite was the "teeth and curls" look.) This was a new face, all flat and nose and long hair. And his clothes were strange. He had always had questionable fashion sense, but it had always leaned more towards the old-fashioned and less towards the... hm, "singed raggedy."

"Hello, Doctor," the Autobot said once they were rolling. Pyro increased his speed; they hadn't much time.

The man looked surprised for a moment. He glanced towards the passenger seat and the seats behind him to see if he had missed anyone, but he hadn't. He looked above, and then bellow the dashboard. He even checked inside the visor. "Oh, hello. You're a Cybertronian?"

"I prefer to think of myself as Autobot-British. Though most people call us 'Gee Two Transformers'. Built on Earth, you see. They gave me a proper birth certificate and everything. Being built's a lot like being born, I suppose. Sir Pyro Ignatius Spark, at your service. I don't mean to brag about the 'Sir' part, but I was only recently knighted for saving Queen Elizabeth's life and I just like the sound of 'Sir' affixed to my name. But I'm rambling, sorry. Next stop, Royal Leadworth Hospital. Hold on!"

Pyro swerved to avoid a blockage in traffic, driving onto an unused portion the cracked stone sidewalks to prevent any wonton property damage.

As he returned to the proper road, he shifted his attention back onto his passenger. The Doctor looked impressed. Pyro felt triumphant; he knew how hard it was to truly impress the Doctor. "How did you know?"

"It’s hard to describe, but I have the gift of temporal preemptive perception. I came here to Leadworth because I knew I would be here, and waited by that curb because I knew you would need a ride."

"Wibbly-"

"Yes. It has its drawbacks, you know. Surprise birthday parties are out. And I didn't know not to waste my time watching LOST unless I wasted my time watching it."

Pyro paused so the Doctor's phone could ring. The Doctor opened his mouth to say something, but then his phone rang and he had to answer it.

"Are you in?" the Doctor asked the person on the other line. His newest companion, perhaps? Foresight did not entail omniscience. "You need to get out of there. ... Amy? Amy, what's happening? Amy, talk to me!"

"Ask her which room she's in," Pyro advised even though he was already steering himself toward the room he knew they would be in and winching up his ladder.

"Which window are you?" the Doctor asked, even though he was still figuring out what to do. "Which window?"

Pyro hit his brakes. "Out."

"What?"

"Climb on to my ladder! I'll drive you the rest of the way. Come now, it's time for your stylish entrance." As much as he was enjoying this chance to meet his personal hero, they were running out of time. They didn't have much further to go, but the Doctor would never have made it on foot.

The funny man grinned. "Great minds think alike."

"So do temporal preceptors. Good luck, Doctor. It was an honor."

***

And so Pyro found himself waiting by a curb in the middle of a small town that was both out of the way and ideally located, eagerly awaiting the appearance of the man who would come and commandeer him. He adjusted his camouflage paint job to mimic those of the local fire engines. He kept his sensors on full alert, and when the man with two hearts approached, it was all Pyro could do to keep from shuddering. He activated his holoform driver and put up a token amount of resistance, of course, but it was all a show to get the man inside his cab and his foot on the petal.

"Hello, Doctor," he said once they were rolling.
I love crossovers, so I couldn't help submitting an "entry" of my own to the contest. Obviously I'm ineligible to win since I'm the contest organizer, but this was still fun to write.

Obviously, this builds on a scene from the 11th Doctor debut story "The Eleventh Hour." It always bothered me how the Doctor somehow managed to drive a fire truck and climb up its ladder at the exact same time. This is my explanation for how that happened.

For an added touch of irony, the Timelines version of Pyro is based off David Tennant's Doctor, another reason why I couldn't resist this duo. The Doctor really need to have a Transformer for a companion. Impossible, I know, but a nerd can dream.
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First, I must tell you that I have watcher neither Doctor Who nor the Transformers, but I like to get an outside perspective on my fan fiction, so hopefully I can be of some use. ;)

I really like how the piece opens: it introduces us to the world and I like the rather ironic tone of narration. :thumbsup: I especially like the line, "He had a rather strange face, but not the strangest they had on file."

As an outside reader, I got confused at the third paragraph because I did not realize Pyro was the autobot. The term "autobot" does not suggest a sentient being to me and Pyro certainly is such. In fact, from the opening I thought Pyro might be a human spy/criminal who regularly changed his identity and so thought he was "the man." This confusion is cleared by the fifth paragraph, but if a change could be made earlier (perhaps saying that Pyro had taken a man on board) I think that would be helpful.

Now I don't know the character Pyro, but I didn't care for his initial dialogue. It seemed a bit rambly and goofy and at odds with the more detached ironic tone established by the narrator. I did not have this problem with the rest of his dialogue and enjoyed his observation that "Surprise birthday parties are out." Although, does this not take place in the future? The mention of the TV show LOST through me a bit as I'm pretty sure it won't be remembered in a hundred years. ;P

I liked the line, "Pyro paused so the Doctor's phone could ring." ;)

Great way to end the piece! It's a nice framing device and makes this short scene feel complete on it's own. :thumbsup:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Hey there I featured this piece here and just thought I'd let you know.

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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great fic! I giggled at some of the lines, like the surprise birthday parties and the Lost reference. :giggle: I wonder if IDW will ever do a crossover like this. Honestly, it seems more interesting than the Star Trek/Dr. Who one (which I haven't read but I heard about, so maybe it's real good). But that may be my own inner Trans-nerd speaking.
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Glad you liked it! I was trying to go a little rambly-tengenty with Pyro's dialogue, since he was based off the 10th Doctor.

I'm gonna try to pick up the Who/Trek crossover when it comes out on trade, but I leafed through a couple issues and it looks pretty good!
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I liked the Pyro's ramblyness. It worked. :D

You know, I love Star Trek, but for some reason I have problems seeing the two universes together. I'm sure a good writer could pull it off though. Maybe it's just residual cynicism after all the Star Trek crossovers in the, um, 90s was it? They crossed Trek with so many things for a quick buck. I tend to see a Trek crossover, and assume it's just a gimmick for making more money. But, companies seem to be hiring decent writers who can pull off this stuff. It's probably good. :shrug:
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, Star Trek doesn't work quite as well for crossovers as some other franchises. Doctor Who is perfect crossover fodder, though!
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think it was seeing all the superhero crossovers, month after month, that did me in. I forget exactly which ones now, but I think X-men, Gen-13 and I want to say some of the DC heroes all traipsed around with the Enterprise at some point. I like to see the franchise books as canon, and it gets somewhat silly to imagine Captain Picard repeatedly running into late 20th century superheroes. :hmm:

Dr. Who is in the unique position where he's capable of (believably) being there.
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I was cut off from the mainstream during the late 90s, but I can tell I didn't miss much. Although I did read Trek novels by the dozen.
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I loved the Peter David Trek novels. :nod: He had a way of capturing the characters that made it seem like I was watching one of the episodes. I read a few of the other novels, but most of those authors just never quite got it right.
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Peter David is one of my favorite novelists and I was introduced to him through his Trek work. He's got a great sense of snark in his writing but also a mastery of characterization and dialogue. You know he did the novelization of Dark of the Moon? I would love to see him do more work with Transformers. I think he would be a perfect fit.
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afrolady114 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my yes! :) I love it! I remember this episode! :)

And you are right about the UK comics - I wish they did stuff with the Doctor. I mean, heck, here in the US they did crossovers with GI Joe, Spiderman, and a slew of Marvel Superheroes. XD
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