Story: From This Day To The Ending Of The World
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4342
Author's Summary: The last shot in the Time War has fired. The Doctor has to deal with the last thing he expected or wanted -- he survived.
Characters/Pairings: Nine, Eight, Original Companions
Recced because: Where better to start with an Eight-To-Nine Time War regeneration fic?
There's a lot of them out there, but this one always sticks with me. It's set in the immediate aftermath of the Doctor's regeneration and after the final battle, when he's coming to terms with what's happened and what this means for him. The setting (which is established in an ingenious moment at the beginning) is perfect for this new Doctor's first moments, as it's like a microcosm that allows him to confront the lingering emotions after the Time War -- guilt, rage, bitterness -- and claw his way out of them to become the Doctor we know and love. And there's a truly devastating flashback to the last moments of the Time War where we meet the Eighth Doctor's last companions, who the author manages to sketch with such skill that despite the fact that we only know them for a handful of paragraphs, we can't help but fall in love with them.