Story: One Does Not Simply Materialize Into Middle Earth . . .
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1803
Author's Summary: A silly little crossover ficlet with "Lord of the Rings", if the Doctor found the ring rather than Frodo and goes to the Elrond Council Meeting. Hilarity, naturally, ensues.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones, the Council of Elrond from "The Fellowship of the Ring"
Recced because: You mean the title's not enough? Okay, how about this, then: Doctor Who is a show that is incredibly easy to use in a crossover -- the Doctor can go anywhere in time and space, after all -- and also incredibly difficult to use in a crossover, because more often than not, the tone of what's being crossed doesn't match up with the show, and the author has to deal with that somehow. This story takes a natural clash of tone between Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings and doesn't just deal with it, it revels in it. Neil Simon once said about "The Odd Couple" that its humor was entirely character-driven, as there wasn't a single joke in the entire play. The same is true of this story. It's crack that isn't crack at all, because while it's hilariously funny, everyone -- the Doctor, Martha, Elrond, Gandalf, everyone -- is completely, utterly in character throughout. And yes, that's exactly why this is so funny, and such a brilliant crossover.
A man sitting with those from the south spoke. "In a dream, I saw the eastern sky grow dark. But in the West a pale light lingered. A voice was crying: Your doom is near at hand."
"Oh, really." The Doctor sighed loudly, clearly unimpressed with the man's dramatic words. "It's probably just low-level psychic impressions from the mountain regions. That's what drew the TARDIS in."