Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5,408
Author's Summary: Nine, running. "After he dies, he finds himself back in his TARDIS control room. This doesn't entirely surprise him. After all, it is some sort of afterlife, and he can't think of anywhere else that looks remotely like heaven."
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, the TARDIS.
Recced because: This is my personal canon for what happened to the Doctor between the Time War and meeting Rose. It's clever, powerful, unexpectedly funny here and there, and heartrending. Meredith nails Nine's character, particularly during an encounter with an alien at a concert that is so quintessentially Doctor. We get to see the TARDIS being more upfront than usual at looking after her Time Lord. Your heart will break for Nine all over again, but right at the end the story puts the first few pieces back together.
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All those times I wanted to see that place burn. All those times closed-minded fools hailed me as the Herald of the End of Our Great Civilization. Almost makes you wonder if we knew.
He doesn't like irony. Irony usually hurts him.
He takes stock of the situation. Dead; he remembers dying. On his ship; which seemed to still need repairs. Alone, totally and utterly; but he's lived like that before, and maybe there's somebody out there. Maybe everyone is out there, just waiting for him to wake up and understand and come to find them.
Maybe it's heaven. Maybe it's hell. Maybe it can't be defined in such stupid human terms.