It's about time to a Dr. Who / Merlin CrossOver, so adjust your sonic screwdriver and enjoy!
The Doctor fiddled with one of the many controls of the TARDIS, which was currently pitching and rolling through the time vortex. The TARDIS was being wonky, controlling itself (or was it herself?) and taking him to an unknown destination. It definitely wasn’t the first time it had happened, but he knew to trust the TARDIS.
The Doctor wasn’t sure whether to be excited or worried. Being an ever optimistic kind of guy, he decided to act excited. However, he was impatient for a man with a seemingly limitless amount of time, and he wanted the TARDIS to land already.
A few minutes later, the rocking motions came to sudden stop. The Doctor sauntered over to the door, and cautiously opened it. Sometimes, what he found beyond those familiar doors were less than inviting, especially when he didn’t know what time or where he was.
Before him was a large room, crowded with things, and many books around and stacked in large piles. Two men, one old and the other young, were standing defensively near a wall with some of the most awestruck facial expressions that the Doctor had ever seen. He smiled at them, making sure to look friendly.
Not sensing any immediate danger, the Doctor stepped out of the TARDIS. “Oh my. I didn’t break anything, did I?” Landing in a room was always dangerous business. Perhaps he should have been concerned more about crushing someone rather than furniture. “Or anyone?…”
Not quite sure what to do, Merlin leaned over to his mentor and whispered. “What…what is—”
But Gaius interrupted him.
“I don’t know.” Gaius said curtly.
“Could you possibly tell me where I am?” The Doctor said politely, tilting his head to the side.
“You’re in the library.” Gaius said hesitantly. “In a castle. In Camelot.”
The Doctor looked like a child who had just seen Father Christmas. “Camelot? The Camelot?
Why have I never thought of visiting before?” The Doctor’s voice trailed on, and Merlin and Gaius were watching the very strange man with the blue box with curiosity, not that they could understand his babbling very well.
“Who are you?” Merlin said, his curiosity getting the best of him. Any man who appeared in a box out of thin air was worth looking into.
It was one of the Doctor’s favorite questions. “I’m the—” He started, but he was cut off by a guard, who knocked on the door loudly before entering.
“The King has ordered immediate evacuation of the castle.” The guard said. Before Gaius could ask why, the guard told them. “A prisoner turned into a liquid and slinked off, right in front of me and ten other guards. He’s in the castle. What’s that?” He said pointing the TARDIS.
Merlin was formulating a plan to sneak back in after leaving the castle, whispering to Gaius.
The Doctor could hear everything, and the Doctor was prepared.
“I’m from the Department of Liquid Man Extraction.” He pulled out his trusty psychic paper, effortlessly creating an official looking badge in his mind. “From the land of…” He paused for a moment. “Shire.” He internally smacked himself. “I need these two blokes for navigation, and my box has my extraction equipment.”
Gaius and Merlin nodded their heads and tried to be convincing. The guard nodded his head and left the trio to, erm, extract the liquid man.
“That paper’s blank.” Merlin said. The Doctor looked at it.
“You must be a very special person.” The Doctor said, and he tucked the leather case back into his jacket. Now, if the Doctor had ever heard anything that sounded like something to investigate, this Liquid Man fit the bill perfectly. Merlin was thinking the same thing.
“I’m the Doctor.” He resumed.
“That’s your name?” Merlin said incredulously. He had heard a plethora of odd names before, but his took the cake. It was a title, not a name. Maybe he was withholding his name.
“Yeah. It is.” The Doctor said with childish defense. “What’s yours?” He motioned to both of them.
“I’m Gaius.” The old man said. the Doctor shook his hand happily. It was usually fun to meet new people.
“Merlin.” The other said casually. If the Doctor had been drinking something, perhaps milk, he would have spit it out.
“The Merlin?” Well, if the TARDIS took him to a castle in Camelot, he was bound to meet someone of importance. The Doctor had always known that Arthur and his legends weren’t legends, but he never gave it much thought. The Doctor hadn’t expected Merlin to be so young looking. Gaius fit the general Merlin stereotype, not the tall skinny boy with big ears and a shabby scarf.
“Yes, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of another Merlin. I’m not exactly the kind of guy who people know of.” Merlin said.
The Doctor didn’t want to reveal anything about his future, so he kept cautious. He spoke quietly. “Merlin the wizard?”
Merlin looked at Gaius with concern and spoke again. “Magic is outlawed. If anyone found out, I’d be dead. Are you a wizard Doctor?”
The Doctor had this conversation many times in the past, and answered truthfully. Merlin was someone who could see through the psychic paper, like other brilliant minds, he probably could tell, at least subconsciously, that the Doctor wasn’t human.
“No, but I have been called a wizard. Perhaps a Wizard of Time?” Again, the Doctor mentally facepalmed. He always came up with rubbish names. “I’m from somewhere else.” That was all he had to say.
His answer was good enough for Merlin, although he wished he could learn more about the bizarre man, who probably wasn’t from Camelot, the Shire (wherever that was), or that particular year. Merlin’s mind wandered to the stories of things coming from beyond Earth. From the stars. Being a wizard, he knew anything was possible. Still, Merlin wasn’t going to press any further. It sounded like the Doctor wanted to help them with the Liquid Man, as he had been nicknamed.
“I’m guessing it isn’t the first time that something odd has happened in the castle.” The Doctor said. “You were planning on sneaking back into the castle.”
“We’ve had our eye on the prisoner for quite some time now. He’s not human.” Gaius said, “A changeling, perhaps. We haven’t pinpointed exactly what he is, but he was imprisoned and sentenced to death for eating one of the guards.”
The gears in the Doctor’s mind were turning. He had some pieces to the puzzle, about whatever this Liquid Man could be, but he couldn’t match it to a particular species. He would investigate it further with Merlin and Gaius. However, he was distracted right now. The childlike personality aspect in him was dancing with joy.
“This is so wonderful! Knights and Liquid Men. King Arthur and Merlin, and of course, you Mr.Gaius!” The Doctor spoke what was on his mind out loud. Merlin just smiled awkwardly.
“King Arthur? You mean Uther.” Gaius said. He could tell that this Doctor character was definitely right when he said he was from somewhere else. The Doctor’s joy halted briefly, but not for long.
“Right. Uther. Not Arthur.” The Doctor said, wondering about the possibility of translation mistakes throughout history. Surely it was Arthur?
“There’s a Prince Arthur.” Merlin said to the Doctor, and the Doctor nodded. King Arthur would probably be later in Merlin’s life. In the stories, it was that Merlin was old, and Arthur was a boy. The Doctor knew that stories weren’t always right.
“Have you been a wizard all your life?” The Doctor wanted to know more. He loved learning new things, especially from the source itself.
“Yes. But it’s something you can develop over your lifetime to be better at.” Merlin said. The Doctor nodded. He wasn’t really a believer in magic, but he was waiting for the moment for something, or someone to prove him wrong and change his mind.
Maybe Merlin was an alien, and he didn’t know it. The Doctor thought of some other possibilities to explain how Merlin could be a wizard, but he wouldn’t say anything aloud in fear of offending him.
“Back to the Liquid Man, what else do you know about him? Where he came from? Anything unusual? Like things falling from the sky, or coming out of the ground?” The Doctor said, his head tilted a tiny bit.
Merlin thought for a moment before speaking. “Yes, actually. A rather large star appeared in the sky for a few days and then disappeared. That, and you showing up in that blue box.”
“He’s an idiot. It wasn’t a star, it wasn’t a planet. I know the stars and planets. It wasn’t any other heavenly body either.” Gaius said, making Merlin smile sheepishly.
“Well, it sounds like a job for the Doctor!” He said, then paused. Merlin and Gaius just looked at him, not laughing or finding humour in what the Doctor had said. “Very well then.” The Doctor readjusted his already perfect bowtie, acting like the sentence had never been said.
“Let’s get investigating!” He said, pulling out his sonic screwdriver. Before Merlin could ask what the odd device in his hand was, the Doctor was out the door. Merlin and Gaius looked at each other before dashing off after him. It was going to be an interesting day.