Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 5514
Author's summary: Rose decides that, if it’s the clothes that make the man, she’ll try on a pinstriped suit.
Characters/Pairings: Rose, Mickey, Tenth Doctor, Ninth Doctor, Jackie Tyler, Romana II
Warnings: Goes AU from The Girl In The Fireplace.
Recced because: It's not unusual to find AU fic where the alternate universe in question branches off by having the Doctor never find his way back from 18th century France at the end of The Girl In The Fireplace. In fact, there have been at least two other AU fic with the same initial premise already recced in Calufrax (and I should know given that I was the reccer for one of them.) All things considered, it's quite likely that some of you are asking why I would decide to rec another fic with the same beginning. The answer is quite simple: because it's different from both the previous recs and it's good. Well-written and nicely plotted and just plain good. If you only read one rec from me this week, read this one.
Rose and Mickey eventually find their way back to the twentieth century, but the Doctor's not waiting for them when they get there. In fact, he doesn't seem to be anywhere in time and space at all, no matter how hard Rose looks and it's only at the end that she finds the Doctor, only the Doctor isn't what she expected and neither is Rose herself anymore.
Here, have a paragraph from the first part of the story:
Mickey amused himself by playing with the TARDIS, who turned out to be as good company as most of his mates back home. At first they played simple games, like schoolchildren on a rainy Saturday. The ship set its corridors into labyrinthine mazes for Mickey to find his way through. When that was no longer amusing, they devised a sort of scavenger hunt. Mickey spent hours searching out a jar of berry jam, an oversized striped scarf and a Betamax copy of Risky Business. The ill-conceived hide-and-seek phase ended when the TARDIS found Mickey crouching behind a sofa in the library, and triumphantly brained him with the 26th Century edition of the Complete Oxford English Dictionary.