Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1689
Author's Summary: The Doctor gets by with a little help from his friends.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Evelyn Smythe, Harry Sullivan, Hex Schofield, Sarah Jane Smith, Tegan Jovanka, Vislor Turlough, The Master (Delgado), Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Seventh Doctor
Recced because: I know it's probably cheating a bit, since this story was actually written for me in a ficathon, but it really is one of my favorites. I absolutely adore it, and I just couldn't pass up the chance to point people in its direction.
It's actually a series of five short snapshots in time, each one featuring a different incarnation of the Doctor and his various companions. One of the things that I adore about this story is that it features such a variety of companions, including several from the Big Finish audios who aren't seen in fanfiction nearly enough. (Evelyn! Hex!) It's hilarious at some points, bittersweet at others, and everyone is very much in character.
[T]here was something very wrong with the universe, wasn't there? Had seemed that way for a while.
Finally–it seemed like an age later, although the Doctor was fairly certain that was just his perception and not the actual flow of time–they started to haul him up. "Well?" he said when he was safe on firm ground. "What was it this time?"
"One of your future selves again, I'm afraid," said Evelyn. "He must have stopped by since you last were here. They said he looked rather like a tree-stoat. You know, Doctor, I'm starting to think it's all the same one."
The Doctor scowled. "So am I."
"Well," said Evelyn, "if we leave the planet right now and promise never to come back, they'll kindly refrain from executing you. I'm afraid, however, that your blue coat will pretty much have to be left for dead."
"Ah well," said the Doctor optimistically. "I was thinking of taking the old one out of mothballs anyway.
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