Gwen's phone rang. She was sitting in the hub with Owen, Ianto, Tosh and Jack, discussing Jack's travels with the mysterious Doctor. She picked it up, knowing that only one person had a phone with the proper security key to contact her in the hub. She flipped it open, "Rhys? What's wrong?"
"What? Who's Rhys? Who am I talking to? Is that the Torchwood hub?"
Gwen glanced up at the others, who had fallen silent with curiosity, "Who is this? Only Rhys has the right security key to call me."
"Security keys? That technology is so old. I'm the Doctor, and I was hoping that this was Jack, or somebody from Torchwood."
Gwen looked up at Jack, "The Doctor?"
Jack jumped up and grabbed the phone off her, "Doctor? It's Jack."
The Doctor almost laughed with relief, "Jack, thank the heavens. I need your help."
"What is it?"
"My companion... well, sort of companion... she was shot, in the stomach. I brought her to a hospital in Leadworth, but there's something..."
"Why? What went wrong?"
The Doctor held the receiver close, wishing he could say something else, "It was Delven, from the Time Agency. I don't know what he hit her with, but it's burning her, apparently."
Jack stared at the wall, "Oh no."
"Do you know what it is?"
"Yeah, it was a specific type of laser- I think it was made of huon energy residue. I didn't think they'd finished it."
"The medical staff here don't know what to do."
Jack nodded, subconsciously forgetting he was on the phone, "We have to get her here. I'm sure Owen will be able to help. How long does she have?"
"Half an hour, tops."
"We can't reach Leadworth in half an hour! It's too far!"
The Doctor rubbed his face with his hand, "Listen, Jack, have you still got your vortex manipulator?"
"Last time I saw you I disabled it- but it's not broken, you just need a teleport base code to get it working again."
"And this code would be?"
The Doctor pressed his head against the wall, thinking, "Try four and nine. It's what the Sontarans use."
Jack re-calibrated his vortex manipulator, smiling with satisfaction when the readings confirmed that it was working. He spoke to his team, holding his hand over the mouthpiece, "Life support system, first aid kit and stretcher. Quickly." They hurried off to find the equipment.
The Doctor spoke again, "Can you get here?"
Jack grinned, "You bet I can! Just you wait, Doctor!" And he hung up.
And so the Doctor did wait.
But not for long.