Amy Wolf

Author at Teaspoon and an Open Mind

Because We Have Survived (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 19th June 2008 (1)
Tags: Novelette
Characters: Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones

Summary: It's a book. A stupid book. Cheap paper and blank pages. How's it supposed to fix anything?

This story has two of my favourite things in it: an alien point of view, and the healing of things broken.

The form of the story is a first-person journal, yes, but written by an alien in a psych ward in the year 4992 who is afraid that everyone thinks she's crazy. Except that we know she isn't. In walks Martha Jones, and you realize that she and the Doctor are undercover... and the plot thickens.

The whole thing works magnificently.

The Slow Path, or Two and a Half Centuries in Two and a Half Days (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 13th June 2008 (2)
Tags: Novelette, AU Divergent Timeline
Characters: Tenth Doctor

Summary: AU from Girl in the Fireplace.

So the Doctor has to travel through time the old-fashioned way, at one-minute-per-minute. I like the way this takes the time to show us all sorts of places and times in history, not just a travelogue, but the Doctor's reactions to them, the way he gets tangled in history sometimes even when he's trying to avoid it; not major history, but little things, personal things. There are so many little gems sprinkled across this tapestry.

Different This Time

(1) Harry and the Tuesday Girl (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 30th March 2008 (1)
Tags: Novelette

Summary: He should know about nameless and eccentric by now.

This was recced on Calufrax; I'm glad -- this was a gem. Strangely enough, the rec on Calufrax didn't mention the most important and intriguing thing: this is a Doctor-as-a-woman story. I was a lot more interested in reading it when I found that out. Though I guess the reccer on Calufrax was more interested in the fact that it was the story, for her, that made her like Harry Sullivan.

Now, the idea of the Doctor as a woman has has been done before, yes, usually as a parody. I know there's a femslash one wandering around somewhere. But this one surpasses those. Rather than playing it for laughs or for kink, this is bittersweet.

Harry knows that there is something strange about the "Tuesday girl", he knows that there's a pall of something, that she has secrets... like a fairy tale, where the heroine must not ask, or the enchanted hero must leave forever; except that in this case, Harry is the "heroine". Not that he's a wimp or anything; this is true Harry, a gentleman, chivalrous, but not unaffected by his travels with the Doctor. Sarah Jane gets a look in too.

(2) Sunny and the Magic Box (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 30th March 2008 (2)
Tags: Novelette

Summary: Sunny's read about wizards. They were never like this.

Oh my. This was wonderful. The Doctor as seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old girl. Picture-perfect; a blend of domestic and spooky, of wonder and wondering. The tone is just right. And the Doctor's companion, Lorenzo, was also delightful.

Even though this is the second in this series, it appears to be set earlier, just after the regeneration into this incarnation of the Doctor.