Word Count: 8475
Author's Summary: Mereisekarait, a medical student from the planet Emmeras and a former companion, meets a man with time in his eyes, a look she finds deeply familiar. He doesn't recognize her. Can they solve a mystery and untangle their timelines?
Characters/Pairings: Original character, other Doctor, the TARDIS
OCs can go either way, and their presence tends to deter potential readers. Other Doctors offer a world of possibility, but their unfamiliarity takes a leap of faith to accept. If you take that leap this story is so, so worth it. It’s heart-breaking, it’s reassuring, it’s about a character who endures through space and time no matter what face he wears. It’s about the companions he loves so very much. It’s about his ship, his lovely lady, and his chariot amongst the stars. The OC is one of the most remarkable aliens I’ve encountered in fic, for she is not alien-in-name-only but is a part of a complex and believable culture which we see from her point of view. Yet, she is still completely sympathetic, even if she isn’t as innocent as she pretends. To cut it short, this is a mastery of plot and world-building and frighteningly likely what-if.
I’ll give a shout out for the chapter titles as well, which provide a nice bit of nostalgia as well as being highly appropriate for each scene.