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A Cure for my land-locked blues (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 7th June 2008 (29)
Tags: Short Story

Summary:The Doctor finds a way back to Rose, but things don't turn out like in his fantasies. Everybody gets a happy ending, just not the one they were hoping for.

The way this author writes in present tense gives the words immediacy, somehow. This isn't plotty at all; more a bunch of snapshots, flashbacks, fragments of introspection. But it works, it works in a lovely way.

The Wedding Night Says: Champagne and Kisses for Everyone (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 30th November 2011 (2)
Tags: Short Story, Missing Scene
Characters: Rory Williams, Eleventh Doctor

Summary: Rory Williams wonders how he could ever forget the Doctor.

A lovely, lovely set of missing scenes from the end of "The Big Bang". Happiness and awkwardness and hugs, Rory, the Doctor; the thoughts in the Doctor's head going on like a runaway train.

Quote: Afterwards the Doctor watches Rory and Amy dance, overcome with a sort of longing that can only be associated with extreme happiness, not just other people's happiness but his own, his intense overwhelming happiness not just for Amy and Rory but at Amy and Rory, this glowing pride he has for them, words like glee and joy shimmering like secrets inside his pockets.

Map of the Stars

(1) Now We Have a Map of the Stars (Doctor Who)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 7th June 2008 (30)
Tags: Novel, AU Divergent Timeline, Adventure, Romance
Characters: Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones, ?Simm!Master

Summary: Total AU: Martha never left and the Master was never killed. The Doctor keeps his promise of taking care of him. Sort of. Martha helps. Kind of. And then Dalek plot happens.

The prologue entices you in; vivid in the second person present tense, like a lucid dream.

The rest is mostly third-person (still present tense), but there is some lovely, lovely writing. Some typos, some PoV problems, and sometimes I've had to go back and re-read something to figure out who is saying what, but it's still worth it. Oh, the mind games the Master loves playing. And the way the Doctor and Martha hold their own, especially Martha. Then we get portents, and approaching menace, and the feeling that the very things they are doing to prevent it are actually bringing the menace closer.

Another thing I like about this is that, with such a long story, the character relationships have time to develop gradually, and thus, believably.

The Torchwood characters felt a bit off to me, but I think that was because I was expecting them to behave like Season 2 Torchwood, and they weren't.