Rating: None, but I'd call it Teen
Word Count: 21,930
Author's Summary: He doesn't do domestic.
Recced because: I debated with myself for a long time about whether to rec this story. On the one hand, it is my favorite fanfic (yes, even though it is babyfic, which I normally loathe); on the other, it's quite well-known, and hardly needs my recommendation. Finally I decided that the story's approach to an Earth-bound Ten/Rose relationship was rather timely, given the events of "Journey's End," and that it was worth linking here in case there were people who hadn't yet read it.
As I mentioned earlier this week, I have a real soft spot for stories where the characters are forced – and fail – to live normal domestic lives, and "Notes" is a classic in that genre. Nostalgia's characterization is perfect – no surprise, since she's a terrific writer, but an even more impressive task when you realize that when she wrote "Notes," the only Ten episode she had to rely on was "The Christmas Invasion." Fundamentally, the problem she tackles here is the same one Paul Cornell tackled in Human Nature – can the Doctor change enough of his basic personality to survive as a human? The answer unfolds over five chapters that are clever, fascinating, humorous, and ultimately, heartbreaking.