Story: Wipe the Sleep Out of My Eyes
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2498
Author's Summary: Dodo Chaplet tries to be normal for forty-one years.
Characters/Pairings: Dodo Chaplet, Donna Noble, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Polly Wright, Tenth Doctor
Recced because: This story is magical. Dodo got shafted in the series and she REALLY got shafted in the extended universe. This story takes a look at what might have happened to Dodo in her post-TARDIS years and manages to make the character more real, more heartbreaking, but in the end more hopeful than I would have thought possible. The language, the interweaving of events from different eras, it's all beautiful. I can't recommend this story highly enough.
In nineteen sixty-seven, she gets a call from a girl called Polly. "I'm sorry," Dodo apologises. "I don't think I remember you."
"Oh," Polly says, "you must have forgotten that whole distressing event. We met when you traveled with the Doctor. You do remember him, don't you?"
"Of course," Dodo says. The telephone line crackles with white noise. She laughs, the white noise seems to fracture the sound. Half of her remembers, half of her forgets. Some days she knows what happened to her, but doesn't remember. Some days she remembers but doesn't know what it means. "How could I forget?"