Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3,852
Author's Summary:She's realized that she wants to build herself a new life, a bigger one, one that can fit people who aren't the last of the Time Lords. Martha Jones in the aftermath.
Characters/Pairings: Martha Jones, Tom Milligan, Clive Jones, Francine Jones, Tish Jones, Jack Harkness
Recced because: This is one of the most beautiful Martha stories I've ever read. It's a look at who she became after The Year That Never Was, and the effect that year had on her family and their relationships with one another. The author also does a magnificent job of showing us how Martha ended up engaged to Tom and working for UNIT. This is the Martha Jones I know and love and this story is an absolutely gorgeous love-letter to the character. It's all the little details that make it so fantastic.
Martha Jones is twenty-three years old and a medical student, and there are scars on her body that weren't there a month ago. She doesn't like the taste of licorice and is secretly still fond of the Spice Girls. She has an older sister who was always prettier than her and a younger brother who was never quite as smart as her, and even though they've grown out of those labels, they still stick. She fell in love for the first time at fifteen, and she hid herself in her room for weeks listening to bad pop music because he was dating someone else. After that, she made a vow never to fall for someone that unavailable again, but then she broke that very same vow nine years later. She likes wearing brightly-colored knickers, because they make her smile, because they make her feel happy and goofy and fun. She wants to visit New York when the world isn't in danger and stare at the neon of Times Square. She wants to climb up to the top of the Empire State Building without being distracted by an impending Dalek invasion, visit Broadway and see a show, visit the Statue of Liberty again (as she was in 1930 and not knocked over so a statue of the Master could take her place).
Martha Jones is twenty-three years old. When she was nine, she wanted to be a doctor because she wanted to help people, and during a year that never happened, she saved the world.