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14 February 2012 @ 06:46 pm
Story: Broken Toys
Author: Alligatorade
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 3110
Author's Summary: The Doctor and Romana are cruising around space when they notice something a bit off about the children on one particular planet. Their investigations uncover something unexpected and attract some unwanted attention (as ever).
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (4th), Romana II
Warnings: None

Recced because: Well, I suppose the short answer would be "because I very much enjoy Seasons 16-18 of original-series Who and especially the interactions between Four and Romana and this fic captures that special tone and atmosphere to a tee". As those of you familiar with my online ramblings may know, however, I don't really do short answers...

There's just something about late-period Four. The word I'm looking for, I think, is silly. And I mean that as a pro, not a con. I can see how some Who fans, then and now, don't really like that kind of thing, but it appeals greatly to me. Obviously, Four was that way inclined all along - no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes, etc - but there's something about the Romana seasons, especially once Romana II is on the scene. The Doctor and his companion aren't afraid to be daft, even in the most life-threatening of situations. There's a very specific sense of fun to the proceedings, I suppose. That's a big reason why I like those stories, anyway. And this fiction has it in spades - the character voices and reactions, the playful dialogue. You can imagine it on screen as you read it.

Not that this isn't a fic that has some serious points to make. There's a moral to it, and hints of some very worrying truths about human beings and their attitudes to war. When I first read and reviewed it, I thought the story's last line provided a glimmer of hope, but re-reading it now I'm not so sure whether it doesn't represent the turn of a vicious circle. Thoughts, calufraxers?

I any case, highly recommended. Read it at once and leave your comments for the author.

The Doctor and Romana in actionCollapse )