January 22nd, 2009


Rec: Ginger and Free

Story: Ginger and Free
Author: elliptic_eye
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2,901
Author's Summary: A different companion is with the Doctor when he becomes human in 1913 — and, no, it isn't Rose.
Characters/Pairings: Ten/Turlough, the Black Guardian, and two characters I can't mention without ruining the surprise.
Warnings: Swearing

Recced because: I love this story unreservedly, and not just because I helped beta it. Written as an entry for the Cliché-Swap Ficathon, this story takes the "Human Nature"/"Family of Blood" rewrite with Rose trope and applies it to Ten and Turlough.

Although Martha must surely have resented her position at Farringham more than we saw onscreen, squirrely, mercenary Turlough has far less patience for the job than Martha. He quickly takes as much control of the situation as he can, swindling the students in a gambling ring, framing the maids for his petty crimes, and even allowing the Black Guardian to tempt him again into killing the Doctor in exchange for escape from Earth. "Ginger and Free" is filled with black humor and knowing satire about the show itself, and it makes me laugh out loud every time I read it.