Story: The Purloined Poet
Word Count: 17,327
Author's Summary: The Doctor and his new friend Emma encounter America’s darkest and most misunderstood poet on a train in 1849. Pursued by strange bird-like aliens, they are forced to jump into unknown dangers.
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Original Companion
I am a fan of Edgar Allen Poe, and clearly so is Philyra. I love stories that take kernels of truth about a real person, and then imagine how they might have come to pass; this story does that extremely well. It also contains scary, original aliens. As a trio who have all suffered heart-breaking losses, the Doctor, Emma and Poe make a great team. The final chapter contains an idea that I now like to consider reality, even though it is about a fictional character.