August 19th, 2011


rec: End of the Tunnel

Story: End of the Tunnel
Author: Erisinia
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1842
Author's Summary: Sarah Jane Smith is now accustomed to feeling helpless. Hand of Fear AU
Characters/Pairings: Four, Sarah Jane
Warnings: None

Recced because: If I love a well done AU like nobody’s business, which I do, then I love this like top secret files locked in a concrete bunker a dozen stories underground. It is very well done. The idea for Sarah’s Brain of Morbius blindness to be permanent rather than temporary opens up a whole new world of trust issues and power dynamics to explore, which Erisinia does with a deft and subtle touch, giving due time to Sarah’s anguish and conflictedness while grounding the narrative in the familiar friendship and support between her and Four. The tension is ratcheted up another notch by beginning the story directly after the AU version of Hand of Fear, when Four has been called to return to xenophobic Gallifrey…alone.
(Also, kudos must be given for the use of Gallifrey’s xenophobia as a plot point, which I would love to see come up more in stories where the Doctor is traveling with a human companion.)
And there’s a sequel! That one’s a WIP, but you know, reviews have a way sometimes of firing up inspiration…

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