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Echo Across the Void (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 29th July 2007 (9)
Tags: Novella

Romana brings complications and danger to Pete Tyler's Torchwood.

Ten/Romana, Ten/Rose, assorted Tylers, Jake, Mickey and at least one random alt-verse counterpart.

I like how things are revealed, little by little. There is quietude and waiting and tension. Rose and Mickey are good (Rose is not whiny, yay). Romana is... not hard, but she is unsurprised by betrayal, and is practical. Resigned and pragmatic, but not cynical.

And I love how these little bits are dropped in, like

"I need to see Rose," she says, rising to her feet and pulling her coat around her body. It's like a blanket. Comforting. It's bright red. Scarlet. She found it on a planet where red was the colour of slavery, although there were no slaves when she left.

    There's an energy weapon in the open locker. The power cell is damaged and the whole thing is more likely to take her hand off than actually shoot anything, but retrofitting it will be simple.
    She knows a great deal about weapons these days.
    The important thing is that it will penetrate polycarbide. That's really all she cares about.

How Martha Jones Saved the World and Lucy Saxon Initiated Divorce Proceedings With Extreme Prejudice (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 29th July 2007 (12)
Tags: Novelette

Entirely AU conclusion to "The Sound of Drums", in which companions come to the rescue, UNIT blows stuff up and Lucy Saxon's pocket-watch is opened.

Characters: Martha, various and assorted ex-companions, UNIT, a couple of originals, the Master, the kitchen sink...

Spoilers for "Human Nature", "The Family of Blood", "Utopia", "The Sound of Drums"

This was bril. And fun, and serious, and Did Stuff Right. Anyone who didn't like "The Last of the Time Lords" should read this. And anyone who did, read it anyway.

Huntsman (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 1st May 2008 (5)
Tags: Short Story

Summary:"A passing huntsman heard Red Riding Hood's cries..." Martha knows where fairy tales come from. She just never expected to be part of one.

I'd forgotten I'd read this, because the ending is so vivid, it blocked out my memory of the beginning of the story.


Martha is Martha, full of questions and musings and faithfulness. The Doctor is the Doctor, oblivious and focused, hyper and jumpy, sad and evasive.


A very nifty idea. I like the way it unfolded.


The descriptions are evocative.

This is lovely! And Martha is magnificent.

Irregulars (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 16th September 2010 (8)
Tags: Short Story

Summary:At a loss after his return to our universe, Mickey finds a new purpose, and something rather unexpected. (Spoilers up to the end of Season 5)

Another lovely gap-filler from Lizbee, which explains how Mickey and Martha got together in a very Whoniverse way. Plus some old familiar faces.

The Ladies Auxiliary (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 29th July 2007 (14)
Tags: Short Story

Martha meets some women with common interests.

Spoilers for "Last of the Time Lords", plus assorted bits of oldschool.

Amusing and a bit silly.

The Language That God Speaks (Harry Potter/Sandman)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 6th December 2003 (6)
Tags: Short Story, Crossover, AU
Characters: Hermione Granger

Summary: "Pratchett reassured us that all libraries are one, and Gaiman told us about one particularly unique library. Hermione discovers a twenty-year-old experimental potion which allows her to access the Dreaming."

This was quiet, melancholy, eerie, evocative. Worthy of Sandman.

Learn How to Be You in Time (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 21st May 2009 (16)
Tags: Short Story
Characters: Romana, Duggan

Summary: "No one you can save that can't be saved." Written for the chuchontime prompt: "Romana is in need of some muscle. Duggan has conditions."

Romana/Duggan is not a ship I ship. But this gets bonus points for persuading me, for the duration of the story, that it could happen.

I liked how Duggan was portrayed as someone with street smarts; not the idiot he was in "City of Death", but then this is decades later, so it isn't unlikely that he would have learned since then. I mean, he's still sort of bewildered by Romana's strange ways, but he accepts them. But his best feature is his loyalty. And like many stories set in the Year That Wasn't, there is much that is bittersweet.

One (Earth) Day in the Lives of the Doctor and Romana (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 29th July 2007 (18)
Tags: Short Story

Ten and Romana have adventures together, and hang out, and do stuff.

I'm not sure if this is set in the same universe as her other Ten/Romana stories, but it doesn't really matter if it's a one-off; it's fun, very them.

Ourselves and Immortality (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 25th September 2006 (2)
Tags: Vignette

The Doctor makes one final visit to an old companion. Angsty followup to "School Reuinion". Read if you feel like sweet melancholy.

With True Love and Brotherhood (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 21st May 2009 (17)
Tags: Vignette, Missing Scene

Summary: The Doctor has an invitation, Rosita has a firm right hook, and there's a Yeti.

This is the perfect epilogue to the 2008 Christmas Special "The Next Doctor". Contains spoilers, naturally.

I love this because it shows the awesomeness of Rosita, not just in the adventuring, but in her attitude to the people around her; in this particular case, she did something that made me want to cheer. The others are perfectly in character, too.

This should be canon.

Detectives, Adventurers and Girls Who Don't Wait Around: The Paradox of Amelia J. Williams (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 3rd October 2012 (1)
Tags: Short Story, Post Episode
Characters: Amy Pond
(9KK, 2215 words)

Summary: Between her debut in 1938 and her death in 1993, Amelia Williams probably wrote over five hundred novels, short stories and articles.

This story is the perfect coda to the episode "The Angels Take Manhattan". But it isn't just Amy (Amelia Williams) that it celebrates, but children's literature and old-skool Who companions of various eras. All brought together with a verisimilitude and spot-on illustrations. It made me feel sad and happy and gleeful and delighted. Read it.