Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 4181
Author's Summary: Growing tired of its erratic behaviour, Mel persuades the Doctor to upgrade the TARDIS to a newer model, with hilarious consequences. Well, just consequences.
Characters/Pairings: Sixth Doctor, Mel, TARDIS
Recced because: This is a fun story that I found buried in the Sixth Doctor section a few years ago. I remembered it when it came time to rec again (yet somehow never managed to review it until now). It's an amusing take on the idea of what might happen if the Doctor ever did get an updated TARDIS. The new model, Elise, has a distinct personality and proves to be useful in a number of ways. I was just waiting to find out what her fatal flaw might be, because she seemed too good to be true. Also, this is a story where a TARDIS speaking out loud makes sense to me. One of my favorite sections is the visit to Honest Rassilon, the TARDIS dealer:
The owner, Honest Rassilon, was not the legendary Time Lord himself, but a minor Gallifreyan who had adopted the name in the hope that it would give him more authority. He was sorely mistaken. He was a shifty character, to say the least, and Mel wondered if the Doctor had chosen the right place to trade in his TARDIS. Unfortunately, for reasons he kept to himself, the Doctor refused to visit Gallifrey itself, so this was obviously the only option available to him.