Rating: All Ages
Author's summary: “Well, as adventures go, it’s certainly not up to your usual standard, Doctor.” Rose’s smile is two points west of normal, but it’s a brave attempt. She sets her tea down, untouched. “No running, no explosions, and no worlds about to end.”
Characters/Pairings: Ninth Doctor, Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler. Gen, with a hint of subtext - no more than was seen on-screen.
Recced because: If you’ve ever thought that second-person fics don’t work for you, just give this one a try. This is so different from most stories you’ll find around the internet. In terms of plot, it’s fairly straightforward: problem arises, the Doctor diagnoses and works out a solution, Jack and Rose are essential in aiding him, and Jack the big damn hero is willing to sacrifice his life to help save the Doctor. But that really doesn’t do the story justice. It’s the writing style, the switch between the ‘mind’ of the TARDIS and the Doctor to the observations of Jack and Rose - the author really does know how to portray the Doctor as a different species - and the use of words and language to paint a vivid picture, leaving the reader breathless as we approach the conclusion, that makes this a brilliant, memorable story.
I am the boiling clouds of space and the jagged rain of the vacuum and I am the vortex of time. I am the inferno that swallowed the enemy.”
Ashes, ashes, the burning paradox of being split apart and existing in every possible time at once. The dust of eternity, and the single igniting spark. This is how a Time Lord kills, obliterates, exterminates.
This is how a Doctor of the Time Lords heals.