Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 12235
Author's Summary: While trapped in 1969, the Doctor finds employment at the local hospital and finds much more than he bargained for.
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Martha Jones, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright
Recced because: I always love the stories where the Doctor meets up with old companions when he and Martha are trapped back in 1969. This one does it within the context of a traditional Doctor Who mystery story, with aliens, murder, running down corridors, and a good set of original characters to balance it out and give it the feel of an actual episode of the show. It's nice to see Barbara (Wright) Chesterton still true to form, observant and sharp and quite able to take initiative once her suspicions are raised. And the interactions between Ten and Martha, as they transition from dealing with the mundane things like flats and jobs and money, over to conspiracy, alien invasion and general otherworldly peril, are really fun.
"Pink," she said.
"Maternity ward. I'm a porter."
"Oh, no. The disorderly orderly?"
"No, just the regular kind, though I'm not sure for how long." He straightened, then looked down at his companion with a very serious stare. "Martha. I'm afraid I'm going to lose my job."
Martha sat upright, now very awake and very unhappy. "What? Already? You just got the job, Doctor!"
"Right, I know, but it can't be helped."
Martha gave him a withering look. "Can't be helped? Doctor, you just started today! How hard can it be to carry things, clean messes, and rub a few doctors' egos? I've seen porters do their jobs. It's not hard!"
"Hand out medicine, too. Take blood samples."
"Without any training?" Martha looked revolted. "Bloody 1969. Still, you're just a porter!'
"Do the porters you know have aliens as their bosses?" the Doctor asked, raising an eyebrow.
Martha opened her mouth to speak, then shut it again. She shook her head. "I can't take you anywhere, can I?"